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Windows 7 Feature - AppLocker

Restrict Access to Programs with AppLocker in Windows 7

If you share a computer and don’t want other users accessing certain applications, there is a new feature in Windows 7 that allows you to block them. Today we take a quick look at restricting what programs other users can access using AppLocker.

Windows Explorer Startup Folder

Set the Windows Explorer Startup Folder in Windows 7

When you open Windows Explorer from the Taskbar in Windows 7, it defaults to the Libraries view. Today we take a look at changing the target path to allow you to customize which location opens by default.

Volume Mixer - Windows 7 Tips

Windows 7 Volume Mixer Enables Quick Access to Sound Settings

Windows 7 does more than just add big, shiny new features—it also has loads of little tiny tweaks that just add a really nice touch to the overall usability of the operating system. Let’s take a quick look at one of those tweaks in the volume mixer.

Change password time limit - Windows 7 Tips

Change the Length of Time When Users Need to Change their Login Password

If you’re the administrator of a shared computer or a few in the office, you probably want to have the users change their password periodically for enhanced security. Here’s how to do it in Windows 7

Note: This uses Local Security Policy which is not available in Home versions of Windows. 

Local user and groups - Windows 7 Tips

Using Local Users and Groups to Manage User Passwords in Windows 7

If you have multiple user on your local machine or manage workstations in an office, you might want to enable or disable their password protection for added security. Today we take a look at how to do it in Windows 7.

Note: Unfortunately this method does not work in Home versions of Windows. Also, these are stand alone machines and not part of a domain.

$INPLACE.~TR and $WINDOWS.~Q - Windows 7 Tips

What Are the $INPLACE.~TR and $WINDOWS.~Q Folders?

So you’ve upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 and you’re wondering what those new hidden folders are doing in the root of your system drive, wasting 1+ GB of space. They are system protected, so should you really delete them?

Mirror 2 drives - Windows 7 Features

Set Up Two hard drives as mirrored

If you have two new equal-sized drives, you can format them to be mirrored copies of each other from the get-go.

Disable Mouse wakeup - Windows 7 Tips

Stop Your Mouse from Waking Up Your Windows 7 Computer

If you use Sleep Mode on your PC, have you ever noticed that moving your mouse will wake the computer from sleep mode? If you would prefer to only have the PC wake up when you hit a key instead, there’s a simple tweak.

Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup - Windows 7

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7

Even with the best backup solution, a hard drive crash means you’ll lose a few hours of work. By enabling drive mirroring in Windows 7, you’ll always have an up-to-date copy of your data.

Reliability Monitor- Windows 7 Features

Troubleshoot Computer Problems with Reliability Monitor in Windows 7

Windows Vista introduced us to the Reliability and Performance Monitor utility to help keep track of hardware and software crashes. It’s now a stand alone utility in Windows 7 and we will take a look at how to access and use it.

Using ClearType Tuner - Windows 7 Tips

Using ClearType Tuner in Windows 7

Back in Windows XP there was an important Power toy created to enable ClearType for users of LCD screens. Now it’s standard in Windows 7, but you may not know about it. So let’s take a look.

Access Clear Type in Windows 7

Add Internet Search to Start Menu - Windows 7 Tips

Add Internet Search to Start Menu

The new Search feature in Windows 7 has greatly improved for navigating your PC. But how neat would it be to search the Internet from the Start Menu? Here we show you how to do it.

Add External Drive - Windows 7 Tips

How To Pin an External Drive to the Windows 7 Taskbar

Adding Drive to Windows Explorer

You would think the process would be as easy as dragging the external drive icon to the Taskbar. Unfortunately that isn’t the case. If you try to drag the external drive icon to the Taskbar, it just adds it to Windows Explorer.

Windows 7 Tips - Remove Shutdown and Restart Buttons In Windows 7

Remove Shutdown and Restart Buttons In Windows 7

Sometimes you might have a shared computer where you don’t want the users to be able to do a Shutdown or Restart. Today we take a look at using Local Group Policy Editor to remove those buttons from the Start Menu in Windows 7.