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...................................... 29 2.............................2 Back Up and Restore the Registry ................................................ 37 2.............................5 About the Group Policy Editor ......1 Windows 7 System Requirements ........................0 Windows 7’s New Features ................................................. 58 ...................................................... 24 1...................2 Windows 7 32 or 64-bit? ....... 27 1................................................................... 48 3.....................................4 Recover Lost Data on Your Drive .........................................................................................................................................2 Add Take Ownership to Context Menu ................................................................................... 7 1..........................3 Encrypt your USB/HDD Data..........4 About the Windows Registry ......0 Security .......1 Choose an Anti-virus Program ...................................... v Introduction ...............................................................4 Maximize Privacy: Windows Media Player 11 .... 47 3.............................................................. 47 3.................................................................................................................................................3 Create a System Recovery Disc .......................................................0 Get Started...................................1 Backup and Restore ................................. iii Dedication ............. 10 1....3 Install Windows 7 ........................................................... 46 3.. 1 1........... 40 2.......... 51 4.................0 Back up Your Data .................................... 32 2.vii | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Contents Copyright ... 7 1...... 6 1....6 You Are Ready to Begin .............. 33 2..................................... 42 3...............

..........2 Rate and Improve Your Computer's Performance ..... 64 4.1 Reduce Boot Time............................... 120 5.................................................................... 109 5... 127 6........................................................1 Libraries ...............................7 Schedule Defragmentation ................... 104 4....................................................................... 85 4................. 123 6.....................10 Geographic Location ......4 Speed up Your External Hard Drives........................... 77 4.... 112 5...9 Internet Explorer 8.........................................................4 Remove Unwanted Software.....................................3 Remove Entries from Add/Remove Programs .............................................................3 Enhance SATA Disk Performance ...........................................................................................................................................................V I S T A C U S T O M I Z A T I O N M A N U A L | viii 4...................... 111 5.... 130 6......................................................... 63 4........................3 Federated Search . 115 5.....7 Device Stage ......4 Improvements in User Account Control ........ 59 4.........................11 In Conclusion ..................................................... 60 4............................................ 66 4.. 116 5...................8 Action Center ................................2 AeroSnap and AeroPeek ..................... 108 5.............. 94 4..... 129 6...........6 The Windows HomeGroup ... 118 5....................................2 Clean up Windows ..1 Automatically Delete Temporary Files ....................... 132 .......................................6 Shrink/Extend a Partition on Your Hard Drive .................. 86 4........5 BitLocker To Go and Biometric ............8 Take Charge of Automatic Updates ............ 126 6.......................................................5 Disable Memory Dump Files and Save HDD Space........................................0 Increase Performance .......................................... 106 5..................0 System Maintenance and Management .....................................................

.........0 Customize Your Start Menu and Desktop ................................................................................ 147 7...................................................................... 197 9................8 Recommended Screensavers ..............4 Activate Hidden Regional Themes ............................................. 199 ................... Themes... 190 8............... 168 7.......................4 Customize Desktop Icons .................................................. 141 7.6 Save Your Settings as a Theme ............................................. 171 8.................... 182 8................5 Use Readyboost to Speed up Programs ........3 Change Your Account Picture ................7 Choose a Screensaver ...................................................................................7 Run Memory Diagnostic Tool ........... 152 7................ 188 8.................... 192 9..........................................................................................0 Wallpapers.2 Make Your Wallpaper More Functional ....................3 Shuffle Desktop Backgrounds .. 160 7........................................ 196 9........................ 153 7..0 Customize Windows Explorer ................................... 165 7...2 Change Start Menu Power Button Action ............................................................................ 146 7...5 Get More Themes .....6 Add an OS X Style Dock to Your Desktop...........1 Customize Your Start Menu..................................... 186 8.............. 183 8............................... 155 7.............................7 Customize the Taskbar ................ 177 8....ix | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 6................ 176 8......................2 Set up Shortcuts to Common Folders .....5 Customize Your Mouse ... 139 6.................1 Set Views for all Folders .................................... and Screensavers .................. 180 8........................... 164 7........................................6 Make Windows Shut Down Faster ......8 Restore the Quick Launch Toolbar ........... 135 6.......9 Add Extra Clocks ........................1 Change Your Desktop Wallpaper .......................................

................. 203 9....................................................................................1 Automatically Move Files from Your Desktop ................................................. 246 Version History ................................ 236 11....4 Customize Folder Icons....3 Select Multiple Files with Checkboxes..........4 Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys ......................4 Relocate Personal Data Folders .....................................................................................2 Use Naming Conventions to Organize Your Data ........ 227 11............................................3 Batch Rename Your Files ................................................................ 222 10... 210 10.6 Useful Windows Commands...... 232 11.......................................5 Remote Desktop Shortcut Keys ..0 Work Efficiently ... 200 9............... 240 About This Book............................................................ 214 10................... 233 11.................................5 Scan Your Drive for Duplicate Files......................0 Organize Your Files ..................................................................................................................... 234 11....... 217 10................................... 221 10.......... 211 10.......5 Set AutoPlay Defaults ....................................................................1 General Windows Shortcut Keys ............3 Windows Photo Gallery Shortcut Keys .............7 Sync System Clock with Internet Time .................. 215 10.......VISTA CUSTOMIZATION MANUAL |x 9................................................................................. 235 11.. 239 11......... 248 ............................ 207 10.......... 244 Contact Me .................6 Index Zip File Contents for Searching ..........................................2 New Windows 7 Shortcut Keys......

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if you are very new with computers.7 POCKET GUIDE |2 Introduction Introduction W indows 7 is Microsoft’s newest operating system. this chapter will give you a good foundation for the rest of the book. I recommend you begin by reading the Getting Started chapter. A basic knowledge of how Windows works is required to follow most of the guides. If you are looking to add a personal touch to your installation of Windows 7. however. I’ve written this book so anyone can pick it up and work through it. I am still confident you will learn a lot as you go through this book – taking things one step at a time. . this book will help you get started. As always. There are thousands of customizations you can apply and this pocket guide only scratches the surface.

3|7 POCKET GUIDE Introduction Once you have read Getting Started chapter. You do not need to read this book in order. take a browse through the contents page and see what strikes your interest. If you have questions or feedback. I will continually update this book and make sure that it's ready for the final release of Windows 7. feel free to explore. I felt this was a good time to start getting familiar with the features that would soon be ready with the released version of the operating system. head to Windows Guides for an updated version. However. . head to the Contact Me section at the end of this book and get in touch with me. I began writing this book as soon as the public beta came out. some of these guides may no longer work exactly as stated. If this version of the book seems a little dated. I’m sure there’s something here for everyone. you’re ready to explore the rest of the book and personalize your machine to match your style. as features are updated.

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Enjoy working through this book and remember: More is less when you customize your system. don’t try to change every last thing.7 POCKET GUIDE |6 Getting Started 1. In the latter half of this chapter. Make changes that look good and keep your system clean and tidy. there are a few questions you should ask yourself: Should I install Windows 7 and still keep Vista or XP on my computer?   Should I use the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 7? This chapter addresses these questions and helps you formulate the answers that best suit your needs. . you’ll learn about the Windows Registry and Group Policy Editor.0 Get Started B efore you get started with this book.

Knowing what software runs on 64-bit should influence .2 Windows 7 32 or 64-bit? When deciding to move up to a 64-bit operating system. you should first consider what 64-bit gets you. however.1 Windows 7 System Requirements As the current version of Windows 7 is still not the final version. However. 1. the system requirements are subject to change.7|7 POCKET GUIDE Getting Started 1. the current minimum system requirements are as follows:     1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor 1 GB of system memory 16 GB of available disk space Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable Aero theme)  DVD-R/W Drive I’ve tested Windows 7 with 512MB of RAM and found it to work well. I do not recommend running with such low memory – unless you really have to.

179. which had since evolved into Windows 2000 and then XP. became mainstream. (Yes. You also lose the ability to run 16-bit software.1 What Does 64-Bit 7 Get Me? More bits gets you access to more memory. released in 1993. such as old work software or home-made packages you haven’t yet updated. Windows 9x ran 32-bit applications.2. you will see no advantage if you are running 32-bit software on a 64-bit OS. 1.7 POCKET GUIDE |8 Getting Started your decision. the processor inside your PC communicates with your system memory (RAM) with numeric addressing. the maximum amount of memory a 32-bit processor can address is 4 gigabytes. Thus. Windows NT.184 gigabytes (16 exabytes) of RAM. which shouldn’t be a problem unless you rely on older software. but it was a hybrid OS that ran on a 16-bit DOS foundation. which was one . it took eight years before the platform. Newer 64-bit processors— not to mention the 64-bit operating systems that run on them—can address 17. was Microsoft’s first fully 32-bit operating system.869. however.

.2. it’s not compatible with 32-bit hardware drivers or 32-bit utilities like Windows Explorer extensions (e.2 How Mainstream is 64 bit? While 64-bit 7 can run most 32-bit applications without a problem. 64-bit software running on 64-bit Windows has been known to run as much as 10% faster. context menu add-ons.) This means you need a native 64-bit driver for every device on your PC.9|7 POCKET GUIDE Getting Started of the reasons it was so unstable.) 64-bit Windows became a reality in XP. and Vista was Microsoft’s first serious attempt to make 64-bit computing mainstream. Just be .g.3 Is there a Performance Increase? Now.2. The question is: how mainstream is 64 bit? 1. I am sure more people will use Windows 7 64 bit because of the increasing demands for more RAM. at least on older computers 1. which illustrates the other reason—aside from memory addressing—that people find 64-bit 7 alluring. finding support for all your hardware may be a bit of a challenge.

To upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista. You have three options:    Upgrade from Windows Vista Dual boot with XP or Vista Install Windows 7 from scratch Learn how to do each of the above in this section. at least for the next few years until Microsoft releases a 64-bit-only OS. you’ll want to get it installed on your PC. do the following: 1.3.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 10 Getting Started prepared for lackluster industry support. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your DVD-ROM drive . However. upgrading can take a long time.1 Upgrade to 7 from Windows Vista Upgrading is the easiest option of the three.3 Install Windows 7 Now you’ve decided which version of Windows 7 to use. 1. 1.

11 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 2. Click Run setup. Click Install now on the Install Windows screen .exe from the Autoplay menu 3.

Setup will begin by copying files to your computer 5.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 12 Getting Started 4. I recommend you get updates online before upgrading Windows .

which will help you determine what may not work properly after the upgrade.13 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 6. Accept the license terms and click Next 7. Now click Upgrade and follow the instructions. You may get a compatibility report. .

2. Please follow the instructions according to which version of Windows you are currently using. you may install Windows 7 on it. you can learn how in this section. The process of creating a dual boot environment differs from Windows Vista to XP. making it work can be very rewarding.1 Dual Boot Windows XP with Windows 7 You will need third party software to create a second partition for Windows 7. If you are not familiar with adding a partition. Once you have created the partition.3. 1. Download the GParted live CD here . however. do the following: 1.3. To run two operating systems on your computer.2 Dual Boot Windows XP/Vista with 7 Dual booting Windows is the most challenging of the three options. Creating a New Partition To create a second partition on your hard drive in Windows XP. you will need to add a second partition.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 14 Getting Started 1.

reboot your computer. do the following: 1. (How to burn an ISO to a disc) 3. you may install Windows 7 on it. Creating a New Partition To create a second partition on your hard drive in Windows Vista.2 Dual Boot Windows Vista with Windows 7 Windows Vista natively manages partitions. and select Manage . you will need to create a second partition for Windows 7. Once you have created the partition. Once you’ve booted into GParted. create a partition for Windows 7 (16 GB+ recommended) (How to create a partition with GParted) 4. Refer to the Install Windows from Scratch section of this chapter to learn how to install Windows 7 on your newly created partition.15 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 2. Burn the image to a CD.2.3. right click Computer. and boot from the CD. Press the Start button. 1.

In the left pane. Now create a new partition by shrinking a previous volume. click Disk Management 3.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 16 Getting Started 2. Right click on the partition and select Shrink Volume .

Now right click the free space and click New Simple Volume… 6. Click Next .17 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 4. in MB. you want to shrink the partition by (16 GB = 16.384 MB) 5. Input the size.

Select the volume size and click Next 8. Assign a letter to the drive and click Next .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 18 Getting Started 7.

and click Next . Format the drive as NTFS. give it a label.19 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 9.

Click Finish 11.3 Install Windows from Scratch Whether you are installing Windows 7 on a blank hard drive or a newly created partition.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 20 Getting Started 10. do the following: . Refer to Install Windows from Scratch to learn how to install Windows 7 on your newly created partition.3. the procedure is the same. To install Windows 7 from scratch. 1.

please refer to your manufacturer’s website or computer’s manual.21 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 1.) If you are unsure how to do this. Click Install now . Turn your computer on. 3. and restart your computer 2. 4. Windows will now load the installation files. insert the Windows 7 DVD. Press the necessary key to initiate booting from your DVD (usually ESC or F12.

You need an Internet connection to get updates 6. click Next to begin the installation b.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 22 Getting Started 5. On the Get important updates for installation page. On the Where do you want to install Windows? page. or create partitions on your hard disk. do one of the following a. click Custom 8.) 7. I recommend getting the latest updates to help ensure a successful installation and protect your computer against security threats. click I accept the license terms. On the Which type of installation do you want? page. (You must accept to continue the installation. OR If you already have another existing partition with enough free space and want to install Windows 7 on that partition to create a multi-boot configuration. If you don't want to specify a partition to install Windows on. select . if you accept the license terms. On the Please read the license terms page.

so be patient 10. Your computer will restart several times during the process. (Be sure to install Windows 7 on a different partition from where your current version of Windows is installed. Windows will take some time to install. and then click Next to begin the installation.) 9. Be sure to leave the DVD in the drive and let Windows take care of itself .23 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started the partition you want to use.

Before doing anything with the Windows Registry. 1. but it can be fun to script or create your own registry files. you should know what the registry is. If you are running a dual boot. After some time.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 24 Getting Started 11. you should have the choice of either version of Windows when you turn your computer on. some guides require you to access the Windows Registry and make changes. Windows will now be installed. . I try to make executable registry hacks in most cases.4 About the Windows Registry Throughout this book. how to back it up.

individual program settings. 1. press the start button.2 Access the Windows Registry Editor To access the Windows Registry. and how to add keys and values.25 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started how to restore it to a previous state. The registry is made up of the following components:    Keys Subkeys Values . and press Enter. Windows settings.4. 1.1 What is the Windows Registry? Think of the Windows registry as a control center for your computer. and other important configuration information are stored here.4. type regedit.

Right click on the parent key 2.4. do the following: 1.4. Follow the guide’s instructions for what key name to assign 1. Select New > Key 3.4.3.1 Add a New Key To add a new key. do the following: 1. 1. Navigate to the key that you want to add a value to .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 26 Getting Started 1.3.2 Add a New Value To add a new value.3 Add Keys or Values In some of the tutorials in this book. you will need to create a new key or value.

5 About the Group Policy Editor Group Policy is a feature of Microsoft Windows that provides centralized management and configuration of computers. 1. please refer to the Back up Your Data chapter. Follow the guide’s instructions for what value to assign 1. . Select New > xx (Where xx is the value specified in the guide) 4.4.4 Back up the Registry To back up the registry.27 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 2. Right click in the blank space of the right pane 3.

1.2 Work with the Group Policy Editor . type gpedit.5.1 Access the Group Policy Editor Press the start button. 1.msc.5. and press Enter.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 28 Getting Started Please Note: The Group Policy Editor is not included with every version of Windows 7 and is currently only available in Windows 7 Ultimate.

. I strongly suggest you review the Back up Your Data chapter. As a brief recap. but you are now free to explore the book.6 You Are Ready to Begin You made it this far and now you are ready to begin. 1. and how to install your chosen version.29 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started To enable options (as directed in any of the guides). You also learned about the Windows Registry and the Group Policy Editor. the version to install. you learned the requirements of Windows 7. double click on the specified option in the right-hand pane. and change the setting to Enabled.

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.7 POCKET GUIDE |6 Getting Started 1. don’t try to change every last thing. you’ll learn about the Windows Registry and Group Policy Editor. there are a few questions you should ask yourself: Should I install Windows 7 and still keep Vista or XP on my computer?   Should I use the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 7? This chapter addresses these questions and helps you formulate the answers that best suit your needs. In the latter half of this chapter. Enjoy working through this book and remember: More is less when you customize your system. Make changes that look good and keep your system clean and tidy.0 Get Started B efore you get started with this book.

the system requirements are subject to change.7|7 POCKET GUIDE Getting Started 1. I do not recommend running with such low memory – unless you really have to.1 Windows 7 System Requirements As the current version of Windows 7 is still not the final version. 1. Knowing what software runs on 64-bit should influence . you should first consider what 64-bit gets you. the current minimum system requirements are as follows:     1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor 1 GB of system memory 16 GB of available disk space Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (to enable Aero theme)  DVD-R/W Drive I’ve tested Windows 7 with 512MB of RAM and found it to work well.2 Windows 7 32 or 64-bit? When deciding to move up to a 64-bit operating system. However. however.

1. however. Windows 9x ran 32-bit applications. Windows NT.1 What Does 64-Bit Vista Get Me? More bits gets you access to more memory.179. (Yes. which was one . became mainstream. but it was a hybrid OS that ran on a 16-bit DOS foundation. you will see no advantage if you are running 32-bit software on a 64-bit OS.2.184 gigabytes (16 exabytes) of RAM. Thus. You also lose the ability to run 16-bit software.7 POCKET GUIDE |8 Getting Started your decision. was Microsoft’s first fully 32-bit operating system. released in 1993. the processor inside your PC communicates with your system memory (RAM) with numeric addressing.869. Newer 64-bit processors— not to mention the 64-bit operating systems that run on them—can address 17. such as old work software or home-made packages you haven’t yet updated. which shouldn’t be a problem unless you rely on older software. which had since evolved into Windows 2000 and then XP. it took eight years before the platform. the maximum amount of memory a 32-bit processor can address is 4 gigabytes.

finding support for all your hardware may be a bit of a challenge. and Vista was Microsoft’s first serious attempt to make 64-bit computing mainstream. The question is: how mainstream is 64 bit? 1. at least on older computers 1.2 How Mainstream is 64 bit? While 64-bit 7 can run most 32-bit applications without a problem.2. 64-bit software running on 64-bit Windows has been known to run as much as 10% faster. Just be .. which illustrates the other reason—aside from memory addressing—that people find 64-bit 7 alluring. it’s not compatible with 32-bit hardware drivers or 32-bit utilities like Windows Explorer extensions (e.9|7 POCKET GUIDE Getting Started of the reasons it was so unstable. context menu add-ons.g. I am sure more people will use Windows 7 64 bit because of the increasing demands for more RAM.3 Is there a Performance Increase? Now.) This means you need a native 64-bit driver for every device on your PC.2.) 64-bit Windows became a reality in XP.

1 Upgrade to 7 from Windows Vista Upgrading is the easiest option of the three. do the following: 1. 1. upgrading can take a long time.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 10 Getting Started prepared for lackluster industry support.3 Install Windows 7 Now you’ve decided which version of Windows 7 to use. you’ll want to get it installed on your PC. However.3. To upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista. 1. at least for the next few years until Microsoft releases a 64-bit-only OS. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your DVD-ROM drive . You have three options:    Upgrade from Windows Vista Dual boot with XP or Vista Install Windows 7 from scratch Learn how to do each of the above in this section.

Click Install now on the Install Windows screen .exe from the Autoplay menu 3.11 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 2. Click Run setup.

Setup will begin by copying files to your computer 5. I recommend you get updates online before upgrading Windows .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 12 Getting Started 4.

Accept the license terms and click Next 7. You may get a compatibility report. . which will help you determine what may not work properly after the upgrade. Now click Upgrade and follow the instructions.13 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 6.

To run two operating systems on your computer. you can learn how in this section. Please follow the instructions according to which version of Windows you are currently using. however. If you are not familiar with adding a partition.3. 1.2.2 Dual Boot Windows XP/Vista with 7 Dual booting Windows is the most challenging of the three options. you will need to add a second partition. you may install Windows 7 on it.1 Dual Boot Windows XP with Windows 7 You will need third party software to create a second partition for Windows 7. making it work can be very rewarding. do the following: 1. Download the GParted live CD here . Creating a New Partition To create a second partition on your hard drive in Windows XP.3. The process of creating a dual boot environment differs from Windows Vista to XP. Once you have created the partition.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 14 Getting Started 1.

do the following: 1. Press the Start button. and select Manage . and boot from the CD. you may install Windows 7 on it. Once you’ve booted into GParted.2. reboot your computer. Creating a New Partition To create a second partition on your hard drive in Windows Vista. right click Computer. create a partition for Windows 7 (16 GB+ recommended) (How to create a partition with GParted) 4. Once you have created the partition.15 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 2. Refer to the Install Windows from Scratch section of this chapter to learn how to install Windows 7 on your newly created partition. (How to burn an ISO to a disc) 3.2 Dual Boot Windows Vista with Windows 7 Windows Vista natively manages partitions. you will need to create a second partition for Windows 7. Burn the image to a CD.3. 1.

Now create a new partition by shrinking a previous volume. Right click on the partition and select Shrink Volume . In the left pane. click Disk Management 3.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 16 Getting Started 2.

17 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 4. in MB. Input the size. Now right click the free space and click New Simple Volume… 6. Click Next . you want to shrink the partition by (16 GB = 16.384 MB) 5.

Assign a letter to the drive and click Next .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 18 Getting Started 7. Select the volume size and click Next 8.

give it a label.19 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 9. and click Next . Format the drive as NTFS.

3 Install Windows from Scratch Whether you are installing Windows 7 on a blank hard drive or a newly created partition. To install Windows 7 from scratch.3. Click Finish 11. do the following: . Refer to Install Windows from Scratch to learn how to install Windows 7 on your newly created partition. the procedure is the same.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 20 Getting Started 10. 1.

Press the necessary key to initiate booting from your DVD (usually ESC or F12.) If you are unsure how to do this. please refer to your manufacturer’s website or computer’s manual. Windows will now load the installation files. insert the Windows 7 DVD. Click Install now . 4.21 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 1. Turn your computer on. 3. and restart your computer 2.

On the Get important updates for installation page. or create partitions on your hard disk.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 22 Getting Started 5. You need an Internet connection to get updates 6. I recommend getting the latest updates to help ensure a successful installation and protect your computer against security threats. click Custom 8. On the Please read the license terms page. click Next to begin the installation b. click I accept the license terms. do one of the following a.) 7. On the Where do you want to install Windows? page. On the Which type of installation do you want? page. If you don't want to specify a partition to install Windows on. select . (You must accept to continue the installation. if you accept the license terms. OR If you already have another existing partition with enough free space and want to install Windows 7 on that partition to create a multi-boot configuration.

23 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started the partition you want to use. Be sure to leave the DVD in the drive and let Windows take care of itself . so be patient 10. Windows will take some time to install.) 9. Your computer will restart several times during the process. (Be sure to install Windows 7 on a different partition from where your current version of Windows is installed. and then click Next to begin the installation.

If you are running a dual boot. 1. After some time. . Before doing anything with the Windows Registry. how to back it up. Windows will now be installed. you should know what the registry is.4 About the Windows Registry Throughout this book.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 24 Getting Started 11. but it can be fun to script or create your own registry files. some guides require you to access the Windows Registry and make changes. you should have the choice of either version of Windows when you turn your computer on. I try to make executable registry hacks in most cases.

1. Windows settings. The registry is made up of the following components:    Keys Subkeys Values .4. and press Enter.25 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started how to restore it to a previous state. press the start button. type regedit. and how to add keys and values. 1.2 Access the Windows Registry Editor To access the Windows Registry. and other important configuration information are stored here.1 What is the Windows Registry? Think of the Windows registry as a control center for your computer.4. individual program settings.

Follow the guide’s instructions for what key name to assign 1. do the following: 1.2 Add a New Value To add a new value. you will need to create a new key or value. Navigate to the key that you want to add a value to .3 Add Keys or Values In some of the tutorials in this book.3.4. Right click on the parent key 2. 1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 26 Getting Started 1.1 Add a New Key To add a new key.4.4.3. do the following: 1. Select New > Key 3.

Right click in the blank space of the right pane 3.27 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 2. 1.4. please refer to the Back up Your Data chapter.5 About the Group Policy Editor Group Policy is a feature of Microsoft Windows that provides centralized management and configuration of computers. Follow the guide’s instructions for what value to assign 1. Select New > xx (Where xx is the value specified in the guide) 4.4 Back up the Registry To back up the registry. .

msc.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 28 Getting Started Please Note: The Group Policy Editor is not included with every version of Windows 7 and is currently only available in Windows 7 Ultimate. 1. type gpedit.1 Access the Group Policy Editor Press the start button. 1.2 Work with the Group Policy Editor . and press Enter.5.5.

1. you learned the requirements of Windows 7.6 You Are Ready to Begin You made it this far and now you are ready to begin. double click on the specified option in the right-hand pane. . I strongly suggest you review the Back up Your Data chapter. and how to install your chosen version. As a brief recap.29 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started To enable options (as directed in any of the guides). but you are now free to explore the book. the version to install. and change the setting to Enabled. You also learned about the Windows Registry and the Group Policy Editor.

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please read this chapter.0 Back up Your Data I f you are not familiar with data backup or currently choose not to back up your files. backup and restore your registry. you’ll learn how to use Backup and Restore. complete. however.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 32 Back Up 2. Making changes to your computer brings a certain level of risk. and how to recover lost files. congratulations. This risk is alleviated greatly when you make backups that are timely. . In this chapter. and functional. this chapter is definitely for you. If you are one of the lucky people who have never lost a file on your computer. If you have lost files before – yep that’s you – then you should review this chapter too before you begin.

1 Launching Backup and Restore To launch the Backup and Restore Center.1.1.1 Backup and Restore Backup and Restore – bundled with Windows 7 – is an excellent tool. do the following: 1.2 Backing up Your Files To backup your files. Select Backup and Restore 2.33 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up 2. which allows you to backup and restore either your files or an image of your operating system. Click Set up backup… . 2. Press the Start button and type Backup 2. do the following: 1.

Choose a backup destination and click Next 4. I recommend you choose your files to backup. Windows will now prepare your system for backup 3.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 34 Back Up 2. .

Select the files you want to backup. This can be restored if something goes really wrong.35 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up 5. which will save your Windows settings as they are. 6. You may include a system image. Review your backup settings .

Windows will now backup your files 2. .3 Restoring Your Files Launch Backup and Restore and click Restore Files.1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 36 Back Up 7. Set the frequency of backup 8. Locate the medium your files are stored on and follow the instructions to get your previously backed up files back.

To back up and restore your registry. do the following: 2. you may find your computer is not as functional as it was before.2 Back Up and Restore the Registry Some guides in this book will require you to change values in your registry.2.37 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up 2. If you make a mistake and don’t correct it. you need to backup your registry.1 Back up the Registry To back up the Windows registry. Press Start and type regedit 2. Left click Computer in the left pane . To protect yourself from any mistakes. do the following: 1.

Go to File > Export 4. Save the file (for extra precaution. save the file to a USB thumb drive) .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 38 Back Up 3.

2. Press Start and type regedit 2.2 Restore the Registry To restore your registry from a backup. do the following: 1. Click your backup file and click open .39 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up 2. Left click Computer in the left pane 3. Go to File > Import 4.

The system recovery disc cannot be used to install Windows. but it can be used to fix common problems that prevent Windows from booting. you can attempt a repair. to see if the problem can be fixed. To create a system recovery disc. at boot up. If you don’t have access to a Windows 7 disc.3 Create a System Recovery Disc If Windows 7 goes wrong. you can create a system recovery disc. do the following: .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 40 Back Up 2.

Select your DVD drive and click Create disc . Select Backup and Restore 4. In the left column. click Create a system recovery disc 5. Press the Start buttom 2.41 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up 1. Type Backup 3.

4 Recovering Lost Data on Your Drive If you lose your data. Test the disc by rebooting your PC with the disc in the drive. 8. Save the recovery disc in a safe place 2.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 42 Back Up 6. there is still hope. be sure to check the recycle bin first. Wait for the disc to burn 7. If there are no files in the recycle bin. Boot from the optical drive and ensure the disc works. Even though your files are deleted. the data may still be recoverable because the reference to the file has simply been deleted and not the data itself. As .

Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs. I’ve decided Recuva is by far the best. crashes and viruses! . After trying many file recovery programs. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. you have a chance at recovery.43 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up long as your file has not been overwritten.

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you will learn how to choose an antivirus program. how to take ownership of your files. and how to protect your privacy in Windows Media Player 11.0 Security O ne of the most important ways to protect yourself. is to be in control of security. There are so many threats out there that it is important to be proactive and protect your computer. . There is so much you can do to protect yourself. but these guides should help you gain more control and help you know how to make good choices when using your computer. how to encrypt your sensitive data. when you are using your computer. In this chapter.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 46 Security 3.

1 Choose an Anti-virus Program To protect yourself. I recommend AVG. you must have an anti-virus program. 3. Download TakeOwnership.2 Add Take Ownership to Context Menu Many folders in 7 are protected from changes and require administrative approval to change every time.zip 2.reg into your windows registry . Microsoft currently supplies a list of all vendors whose software works with Windows 7. Add Take Ownership to your context menu by merging (double click) InstallTakeOwnership. 1. Of the current software. so I’ve created a registry hack you can use to take ownership of select files. Sometimes this can become tedious. A virus is designed to disrupt the normal operation of your PC and can be costly: both in your time and repairs that need to be made to recover your system.47 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Security 3.

but don’t want to pay for expensive software? TrueCrypt was designed for you and in this section you’ll learn how to use it. but newer versions should operate in a similar fashion. but not system files. . simply replace this phrase with “hard disk drive” – the procedure is identical. Final word: do not encrypt the entire drive your OS is stored on.3 Encrypt your USB/HDD Data Do you have data on your USB drive that could be accessed by someone if they found your key drive? Do you have sensitive data that you need to protect. If you are encrypting your hard disk drive.3a. You may encrypt parts of the drive.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 48 Security Remove Take Ownership from your context menu by merging RemoveTakeOwnership. 3.reg into your registry. I will refer the media as a “USB key drive” throughout this tutorial. This guide is written for TrueCrypt 4.

When prompted.49 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Security 3.but will show as two different drive letters when you complete this tutorial) 3. Download TrueCrypt 2.1 Download TrueCrypt 1. but it will be split into .exe 2. 3. Ensure you keep the following four files as depicted in the above figure. select Extract and click Next 4. select a drive letter that will become the encrypted volume (the drive letter of your USB drive won’t change .3. Run the installer 3.e. Your USB drive will still keep its letter (i. Extract the files to your USB key drive in a folder named TrueCrypt You can delete other files in the directory if you wish. Press Create Volume. “R”).3.2 Encrypt part of your USB drive 1. Once loaded. Run TrueCrypt.

Go to your Computer and look for a “W” (or letter you chose) drive. It’s not there. Select the size of the encrypted volume (I suggest you use 1/2 the size of the drive) 7. Create a secure password 8. Now select Format and your Container will form 9. Open TrueCrypt 3. The next screen will ask you where you want to store the volume. Select the drive letter you chose in the previous steps . After a confirmation message. click Exit 3.) 4.3 Verify Your Encrypted Drive Works 1.3. Save a file named Container in the Truecrypt folder on your USB thumb drive and click Next 6. Now select Create a standard TrueCrypt volume and click Next 5. good news! 2.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 50 Security two virtual drives (so the encrypted data will appear as a “W” drive in Computer after you finish the setup.

I like to ensure maximum privacy when using my computer. Click Select File and find your Container you created 5. Go to Computer and your drive will be there When you are done. Congratulations. Click Mount 6. This section will show you how to ensure maximum privacy in WMP11. There are many programs that gather and send data. however. you now have your data encrypted on your USB drive. 3. Type in your password and press OK and your volume will mount 7. .51 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Security 4. go back to TrueCrypt and select Dismount. I will focus on Windows Media Player 11 because this is bundled with Windows 7.4 Maximize Privacy: Windows Media Player 11 Personally.

when setting up WMP11 for the first time. do the following: 1. Click on the Windows Media Player icon on the Superbar 2.1 Configuring Privacy When Setting up WMP11 for the First Time To configure privacy settings.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 52 Security 3.4. Select Custom Settings and click Next .

53 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Security 3. below. Choose whether or not to make Windows Media Player your default media player. Click Finish . for my recommendations. Review the screenshot. Adjust the privacy options accordingly. Click Next 4.

On the Windows Media Player screen. Click on the Windows Media Player icon on the Superbar 2. and click Tools > Options… . after WMP11 is already set up.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 54 Security Your privacy is now protected when viewing and listening to media.2 Configuring Privacy after WMP11 is Set Up To configure privacy settings.4. do the following: 1. Press the ALT key. 3.

below.55 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Security 3. configure your privacy settings. Review the screenshot. for my recommendations. Click OK . Under the Privacy tab.

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we‟ll take a look at some of these new features and how they can help you work more efficiently on your computer. .0 Windows 7‟s New Features W indows 7 is packed with a whole host of new features. are explained in more detail later in this book. my hope is to both bring awareness of what Windows 7 has to offer and inspire you to make the most of what is on offer. and others. Some of these features. While this is not an exhaustive break down of each feature.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 58 7 Features 4. In this chapter.

TV Shows. Movies.g. Figure 1 shows the Libraries view.59 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4. Figure 1: Windows 7’s libr aries .1 Libraries Libraries are special folders. and Camera Videos). which aggregate your current media folders into one. which gives you quick access to your documents. and have quick access to all your files at once. For example: if you have three video folders (e. videos. and more. you can merge them into one. This feature is particularly useful if you have a home media server and want to access the media on the server without navigating to mapped drives. Public folders will also be merged into your files so your whole network can have seamless access to public files. pictures. music.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 60 7 Features Figure 2 shows an example of a library . which contains two different folders. however. AeroSnap will work regardless of Aero running. If you‟ve ever wanted to compare two windows side by side. A library can contain many folders from different locations including network locations. Both features work well with Aero enabled.2 AeroSnap and AeroPeek AeroSnap and AeroPeek are two features.2. Figure 2: Libraries can contain m any different folders 4. which help you work more efficiently in Windows 7. this is the feature you‟ve been waiting for. 4. .1 Ae roSnap AeroSnap is used to “dock” your windows to a side of the sc reen.

61 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features Simply drag the window you are using to the left or right hand side of the screen. as shown in figure 3. Figure 3: AeroSnap “snaps” your windows to screen edges . You can also drag a window to the top of the screen to maximize it. The window will then “snap” to that side of the sc reen.

This feature helps you regain focus. right-hand side of the sc reen.2. Figure 4 shows an example of AeroPeek in action.2 Ae roPeek AeroPeek helps you take a “peek” at your desktop by moving the mouse to the bottom. Figure 4: AeroPeek lets you “peek” at your desktop .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 62 7 Features 4.

3 Federated Search Federated searc h is used to search beyond the scope of your PC. you may search remote repositories. Figure 5 shows the Live Search connector after installation. You can c reate your own connectors. you can now use Live Search direc tly from Windows Explorer.63 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4. Based upon OpenSearch and RSS. Figure 5: Use Federated Search conne ctors . which is very easy because of the standard format used by OpenSearc h.

then this level of security becomes more of a stumbling block. asking a user if they want to take a specific action does add a level of security. however. Figure 6 shows the details of this setting. changes made by programs still need approval.4 Improvements in User Account Control One of Windows Vista‟s most c riticized features is User Account Control (UAC. Yes.) Things need to be simple when using your computer and UAC seemingly added a new level of complexity that rarely helped the average user. For example: the default user in Windows 7 (the one you set up when you installed Windows) has the setting enabled whereby self-made changes to Windows settings do not need a prompt.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 64 7 Features 4. Note the only warnings are given when changes to the computer are requested by the software you run on it. Microsoft listened to the user and has greatly improved UAC. However. . if the user is clicking yes to every thing.

Microsoft isn‟t the only one that made changes. Press the Start button. and click on Change User Account Contro l Settings Currently. These options are range from Never notify to Always notify. type UAC. other companies have built their software to work with UAC so there will be much less compatibility issues by the time Windows 7 rolls around . do the following: 1.65 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features Figure 6: Default UAC Setting To access UAC settings. . there are four options are offered when deciding on the level of security set by UAC.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 66 7 Features 4. With an inc reasing number of key drives at our disposal.1 BitLocker To Go BitLocker To Go encrypts the data on your portable media.5.5.1. you‟ll learn how to enc rypt your thumb d rive with BitLocker To Go. In this guide. Plug your thumb d rive into a USB port .5 BitLocker To Go and Biometric BitLocker enc rypts your d rives so others cannot access them without a password . loss of sensitive data is becoming more of a threat. do the following: 1. 4. how to verify the data is encrypted and how to remove enc ryption from your drive. The following is an explanation of both of these features: 4.1 Encrypting Your Thumb Drive To enc rypt your thumb drive. Two new and exciting features in Windows 7 are BitLocker To Go and BitLocker Biometric.

Next to your thumb d rive. Click the Start button. If your thumb d rive is compatible. click Turn on BitLocker 4. and click on BitLocker Drive Encryption 3. BitLocker will prepare it for enc ryption . type BitLocker.67 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 2.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 68 7 Features 5. Choose a password and click continue .

Either save your recovery key (used if you forget your password) or print a copy of it out .69 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 6.

Click Next . If you save the file. ensure the file is stored somewhere safe 8.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 70 7 Features 7.

Your d rive will now be encrypted . Confirm your chosen settings and password and click Start Encrypting 10.71 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 9.

you will need either XP SP3 or Vista SP1 or . to ensure your data is protected.2 Ve rifying Your Data is Encrypted When protecting your data or any thing you own. I took my thumb d rive out of the Windows Seven machine and put it in a Vista machine.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 72 7 Features 11. Please note: If you check the d rive in an older version of Windows. If you have a large thumb drive. You should do the following too. it is important to ensure the protection actually works.1. this may take a long time 4.5.

you will be prompted for a password (see the next step. If you have BitLocker installed on the machine. If you have BitLocker installed on the PC you are testing on. To verify your data is protected. You should see a BitLocker setup file. Other operating systems will recognize the d rive as an unformatted drive.) 2. do the following: 1.73 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features above to read the enc rypted drive. which shows BitLocker is not installed on the computer you‟re testing on. Put your thumb drive in another PC and try to open the files. you will be prompted for your password .

type BitLocker. do the following: 1.5. Enter your password to get to your data 4.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 74 7 Features 3. and click on BitLocker Drive Encryption . Click the Start button.3 Removing BitLocker Encryption If you would like to decrypt your d rive.1. Plug your thumb d rive into a USB port 2.

click Turn Off BitLocker. . and click Decrypt Drive 4.75 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 3. Next to your thumb d rive. which helps you protect your data. Your d rive is no longer enc rypted Now you are familiar with Windows 7‟s built-in feature. This will take some time 5.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 76 7 Features 4. Figure 7: List of Biometric devices You can assign any finger when enrolling a biometric device as shown in figure 8.5.2 BitLocker Biometric BitLocker Biometric protects your computer via fingerprint c redentials. If you don‟t currently have a fingerprint scanner on your laptop. Figure 7 shows a list of biometric devices attached to your computer. you‟ve seen someone with a laptop that does this. Expect to see more and more programs using this feature. BitLocker Biometric provides native support for logon authentication for Windows and also comes with an API that software vendors can use to protect access to programs. I am sure. by now. .

6 The Windows HomeGroup Setting up a home network can.77 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features Figure 8: Assign a finger to your biometric device BitLocker biometric looks to be an exciting feature that will become more integral to our computing habits in the near future. In the past. 4. As the average household houses more than . be complicated. at times. Windows XP and Vista haven‟t done a great job at guiding you through the setup process.

. a home network is easier to setup and a lot more useful. Windows will start modifying settings to enable resource sharing. With PCs running Windows 7.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 78 7 Features one computer these days (no source.1 Setting up Your HomeGroup Figure 9 shows the location specification of the current network you are connec ted to. photos. but I‟m just assuming this is the case). music. HomeGroup makes it easier to connect to other computers and devices on a wireless home network. printers. 4. you can use the Network and Sharing Center to choose what you share with other HomeGroup members. When you select Home as your network. HomeGroup is strictly a feature of Windows 7.6. so you‟ll need to have at least two PCs running Windows 7. Once you've set up a HomeGroup. home networking is becoming more of a mainstream need. and more throughout your home network. so you can share files.

) When you click Create Now. your network will be set up appropriately with the choices you made (Figure 11. and Videos (Figure 10.) . Printers.79 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features Figure 9: Selecting the location of your network After Windows prepares your network. Documents. you will be asked to decide what you want to share on the network. Choose from Pictures. Music.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 80 7 Features Figure 10: Selecting shared items for your HomeGroup Figure 11: Windows prepares your HomeGroup for you .

81 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features Now your HomeGroup is nearly set up. running Windows 7. Figure 12 shows the screen where you are given your password. to connect to your HomeGroup. which allows other computers. You can view this password whenever you need by going to the Network and Sharing Center. Figure 12: Your HomeGroup password . All you need is the password.

Connect to the same network (wireless or wired) the HomeGroup is set up on. Click Join Now 3. To join your current HomeGroup. go to your second PC and do the following: 1. You will be prompted to join the HomeGroup. 2.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 82 7 Features 4. you may join other computers to it.6. Type in your HomeGroup password .2 Joining Your HomeGroup with Another PC Now you‟ve set up your HomeGroup.

After sharing your files.83 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4. Now you can decide what you would like to share on the HomeGroup 5. you are now part of the HomeGroup .

Click on the links to access the shared data. Open Windows Explorer (Winkey+E) 2.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 84 7 Features 4. you should now see your HomeGroup files. In the left-hand pane.3 Accessing Files Shared on the HomeGroup To access files shared on your HomeGroup. do the following: 1. .6.

Device Stage lets you see device status and run common tasks. . I am very impressed with Device stage. I plugged in my LG TV and not only did it recognize it as such. This a current list of products that take advantage of Device Stage. Windows needs drivers for these devices to communicate with them properly . but it changed my resolution to the TV‟s native resolution of 1920 x 1080 without my clicking the mouse once. Device stage is designed to take the pain out of adding new devices to your computer and have them working almost instantly. Device stage will install drivers w hen you plug a new device in or go out to Windows Update to get the necessary files. Simply put.85 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4. Windows cannot interact with all these devices instantly because they all work differently.7 Device Stage Device Stage is a new technology that helps you interact with any compatible device connected to your computer. Many people wonder why it is so hard to recognize a device plugged into a machine.

in the past.8 Action Center Windows Action Center is an improved version of Vista‟s Security Center. Notifications are delivered through the notification area (Figure 13. 4.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 86 7 Features Essentially. The action center alerts you to problems with your PC and lets you know how you can resolve them.) Figure 13: Action Center notifications . to access your devices. device stage should alleviate the need for bulky third-party applications that were required.

and more. Windows update. . w hich gives you alerts about virus protection settings.87 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features Figure 14 shows the action center. Figure 14: The Windows Action Center The Action Center deals with both security and maintenance.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 88 7 Features 4. firewall settings.1 Action Center – Security The security section of the Action Center deals with antivirus and spyware protection. Figure 15: Action Center .8. This is your one-stop solution to ensuring your computer is secure. and more.Security alerts . UAC. Figure 15 shows the settings that are monitored.

Figure 16: Action Center . the Action Center also ensures your computer is maintained and deals with backup. and more.8.Maintenance alerts .89 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4.2 Action Center – Maintenance In a similar fashion to the security section. updates. Figure 16 shows the areas the Maintenance section is responsible for.

open the troubleshooting component and Windows will run tests to determine why the problem exists and how it can be fixed. type action. If you are having problems with your computer. Scroll down and click on Troubleshooting .8. To test the troubleshooter. I decided to let Windows find out w hy I cannot run Aero.3 Action Center – Troubleshooting One great feature bundled with the Ac tion Center is troubleshooting.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 90 7 Features 4. and click on Action Center 2. apply the following steps: 1. Press the Start button. To troubleshoot a problem.

Windows will now determine why you are having the problem . Locate the issue you are having (in this case Display Ae ro desktop effects) 4.91 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 3.

In this case.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 92 7 Features 5. Windows may continue to detect problems . Windows determined I need to update my d rivers 6.

Computers will never completely fix themselves. but letting you know what the problem is helps greatly.93 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 7. . Windows has found the exact problem: my graphics card (a generic VMWare card) is not compatible with Aero The Action Center is great and a move in the right direction.

Click on IE8 on the Supe rbar . you are presented with some questions. I‟ve put together a simple step by step and explanation of the initial setup as follows: 1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 94 7 Features 4.9 Internet Explorer 8 Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft‟s latest web browser. Below is an explanation of how to get IE8 up and running and a breakdown of some of the best features. 4.1 Configuring IE8 for the First Time When you first launch IE8. which comes packed with many new features.9.

95 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 2. Click Next 3. You will see the initial setup screen. Choose whether you want suggested sites or not .

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 96 7 Features 4. I recommend choosing Custom Settings 5. select Show me a webpage after setup to choose more search provide rs . If you want a custom provider.

If you want to set up more accelerators. Smart Screen Filter helps protect you from malicious websites . select Show me a webpage after setup to choose mo re Accele rators 7.97 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 6.

See the selection of Web Slices here.2 Web S lices Web slices are used to save „snippets‟ of your favorite web pages and show you just the parts you want to see. 9. These updates make websites. look better. You can choose to use compatibility updates.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 98 7 Features 8. .9. designed for older browsers. Click Finish and you are ready to go 4. These can be really useful when you follow some websites that are updated frequently.

.9. when you are browsing. with ease. such as online searc h and mapping.3 Accele rators Accelerators help you perform common tasks. simply highlight some text and click the accelerator arrow to perform a task.99 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features An example of a Webslice: MSN News Slideshow 4. Download accelerators here and install the ones you want to use. Then.

. select the accelerator you want and click Add.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 100 7 Features Adding new accelerators is easy.

4.101 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4.5 I mproved Search Search has been greatly improved.4 Quick Tabs Quick tabs show you all currently open tabs at a glance to help you select the page you need. . Enter your query in the searc h bar and receive customized results and suggestions depending on the current searc h engine in use.9.9. with smart suggestions and even inline search – a feature I‟ve taken for granted in Firefox.

This includes cookies.9. and . without the hassle of a pop-up searc h box. history .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 102 7 Features Inline search helps you find the key phrases you are looking for. 4. temporary Internet files.6 InPrivate Browsing InPrivate Browsing helps prevent Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session.

Toolbars and extensions are disabled by default. 4. IE8 recovers your browsing session automatically. you won‟t lose your current tabs.103 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features other data. .9.7 Automatic Crash Recovery If IE8 crashes while you are using it.

will utilize your geographic location. and click on Default Location . type loc. This location will be used in a variety of ways including letting people know where you are w hen you send emails and take pictures etc. Click the Start button.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 104 7 Features 4. do the following: 1.10 Geographic Location Many programs in Windows 7. To set your default geographic location. such as Firefox.

you may set you default location settings 3. . click Apply Now you are ready for maximum utilization as more location-aware programs and services are released. From this sc reen. When you are done.105 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 2.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 106 7 Features 4. Yes. I am in no doubt about this statement. . however. Windows 7 is Microsoft‟s best operating system to date. I feel ones I‟ve covered are the most exciting and useful.11 In Conclusion Windows 7 has some excellent new features. there are even more new features than I previously listed in this chapter. The future is bright.

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Windows needs to be maintained and cleaned frequently. they just have to learn how. I have a check list of things I like to do to ensure I won’t be working on the same computer anytime soon.0 System Maintenance and Management J ust like any car. .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 108 Maintenance 5. Anyone can maintain their computer. Whenever I work on someone’s computer. In this chapter you’ll learn some basic tips and about some tools to use – to ensure your computer becomes/remains clutter free and does not get sluggish.

but only if they are over a week old.1 Creating the Batch File 1. Open Notepad and type the following: cd C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local rmdir /S /Q Temp 2.1. To create a simple batch script that will clean up your temporary directories.109 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 5.1 Automatically Delete Temporary Files The Windows Disk Cleanup Wizard will delete your temporary files. do the following: 5. Save the file as cleantemp.bat .

Now double click on the file to remove your temporary files and free up space on your computer. . so you do not need to remember to run it.1. do the following: 1. Right click on the batch file and select create shortcut 2. Now when you log in to Windows Vista. If this doesn’t work and gives an access error. Place the shortcut in your startup folder in the start menu.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 110 Maintenance 3.2 Automating the Process To automate this process. 5. your temporary files will be deleted. try replacing %username% with you windows login username.

) AWC is a comprehensive PC-care utility that has a one-click approach to helping protect. The first of these two programs is the well known CCleaner. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. CCleaner is a freeware system optimization. I prefer AWC but CCleaner is great too. Another program I use frequently is Advanced Windows Care (AWC. repair and optimize your PC. privacy and cleaning tool. Manual cleaning may be more thorough. one of these programs .111 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 5. Luckily there are two programs suited to this job.allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It removes unused files from your system . but would take hours. You do not need both of these programs. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner.2 Clean up Windows Cleaning up Windows can be a tedious task as there are so many temporary and unused files stored everywhere.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 112 Maintenance will take care of keeping your computer free of temporary clutter. if you follow these instructions. Press WINKEY+R 2.3 Remove Entries from Add/Remove Programs There may be several reasons for removing certain programs from the add/remove programs list. Type in regedit . One reason may be that you have no intention of removing some programs and they are cluttering the list . however. In this guide you will learn how to remove these programs. 5.or you may want to remove that net monitoring program so your kids can’t remove it. you will be fine. 1. I recommend you backup your registry before doing this.

113 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 3. Now you will see the registry editor 4. Go to the following entry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Wind ows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall .

Select the key in the left pane and click File > Export 7. In the left pane are the programs (some represented by numbers and letters.) 8.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 114 Maintenance 5. Find the key that corresponds to the program you want to hide. Now the key is backed up. you can delete the key by right clicking on it and choosing Delete . (This will allow you to restore the key when you want to uninstall the program. Choose a name for the file and save it. and some by their name) and in the right pane you can see the display name 6.

coined “bloatware”. and run the EXE. however. You will be able to pick and choose what you want to remove. The PC Decrapifier is designed to remove a specific list unwanted software in an unattended fashion. the older the PC is. the less likely it will have any of the software it can detect. If you have a newer PC.4 Remove Unwanted Software I advise you to browse your add/remove programs list and weed out any software you do not use and is clearly taking up space. . you will be presented with a wizard style dialog box that steps you through the entire process. there may be a lot of trial software. These warnings can be safely ignored.115 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 5. There is no installation necessary. it may complain about this program because it is written with a scripting language. When it runs. Simply download the file above. If you have anti-virus software installed. The PC does not need to be new.

This guide will show you how to save space by disabling memory dump files in Windows 7. without prompting you first. From this dump file you can diagnose the source of the problem. 5. Press Start and click Control Panel 2.5 Disable Memory Dump Files and Save HDD Space If your computer crashes it will create a dump file. if you do. It is unlikely you will need this file. Hit the “Next” button and it will begin cleaning your PC.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 116 Maintenance The program will not begin removing anything. you can always turn the option back on. 1. Type Advanced in the search box 3. Click on View advanced system settings in the search results . If it does not find anything. a pop-up box will notify you of this and the program will exit and not modify your PC.

click Settings 5. click (none) and press OK . In the Write debugging information drop down.117 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 4. Under Startup and Recovery.

Right click on Computer and then click Manage (The Computer Management Console will show) 2. In the left pane. 5.after realizing you want more space on another one of the partitions. you may want to shrink or extend one of them .6 Shrink/Extend a Partition on Your Hard Drive If you use multiple partitions on your hard drive.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 118 Maintenance You will now save space and not store (possibly) useless information. click Storage and then Disk Management . 1.

Now you see all your partitions which you have created. Enter the amount of space to shrink by – in MB . To shrink a partition. simply right click on the partition and choose Shrink Volume 4.119 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 3.

7 Schedule Defragmentation Defragmentation helps speed up access to data on your drive. Then go back to step 4 and instead select Extend Volume. 5. you will need to make sure there is empty space available behind the partition. In this guide you’ll learn how to schedule defragmentation so you don’t have to worry about ensuring your drive is defragmented. .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 120 Maintenance If you would like to extend a partition.

these too need to go on the end of the shelf.1 What does “Defragment” mean? When you constantly add and delete files on your hard drive.121 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 5. Think of this as follows: You have a library full of collections of books. You sell a collection and buy a bigger one to replace it. Unfortunately. Each of these collections represents a file on your hard drive.9. they become fragmented. You do this for years and you have a mess on your hands. and makes access to them a lot easier.2 Setting up Scheduled Defragmentation Setting up scheduled defrags is easy. Just do the following: .9. the whole collection doesn’t fit in the recently made space so you put half in the space and half at the end of the shelf. Every now and then you get a new book for a collection. Defragmenting “re-orders your book collections”. 5. You take one book from the collection and put some sticky notes in the book and make it too big to fit back on the shelf–so you put it on the end.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 122 Maintenance 1. type defrag. Click the Start button. and click Disk Defragmenter 2. Click Configure schedule 3. Choose a time when your computer is turned on. but you are not using it .

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4. Click OK and Close to save your settings Your disk will now be defragmented regularly.

5.8 Take Charge of Automatic Updates
If you leave your computer on overnight, you may find you come back in the morning to find all your programs closed and that download, you were waiting for, canceled. Likely, automatic updates restarted your computer for you… or you had a short power outage. In this guide, we’ll blame automatic updates and learn how to disable automatic installation of the updates. Automatic updates will let you choose different options:   Downloading the updates and waiting for your permission to install the files Notifying you of updates and letting you decide whether you want to download them

To configure automatic updates, do the following: 1. Click the Start button and click Control Panel

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2. Click System and Security

3. Click Turn automatic updating on or off

4. Choose your preferred method of updating your computer

5. Press OK

Now, when updates are available, you will not necessarily have to install them instantly.

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6.0 Increase Performance

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indows runs pretty well on its own. I am very impressed by how well Windows 7 works out of

the box, but there are still a few things you can do to improve performance. I could write many books on all the tweaks you can apply; however, in this chapter I will focus on the key things you can do to get the most out of doing the least in terms of performance.

As always, I recommend you make backups before making major changes to your system. Refer to chapter two for guidance.

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6.1 Reduce Boot Time
Does your computer boot slowly? If you shut your computer down regularly, this can be a real pain. Anything more than about 45 seconds tests my patience and I’ve used computers that take well over five minutes to boot (really not kidding.) There are three easy things you can do to improve boot time:    Remove spyware Remove unnecessary startup programs Delay non-essential programs on startup

In this guide you will learn how to do the latter two of these tasks.

6.1.1 Use Startup Delaye r to Reduce Boot Time Some programs need to start right away, like your dock or your antivirus program. Some programs can wait; for example: Messenger programs etc.

you can set programs to start up in defined intervals. The program also acts as a startup manager. Figure 1: Startup Delayer's interface .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 128 Performance With StartUp Delayer. you can define how long to wait before these programs start. which will smooth the startup process considerably. Figure 1 shows Startup delayer’s interface. which lets you drag programs to the delay area. allowing you to uncheck programs you don’t want to run at all. Once in the delay area.

To rate your system. and click on Perfo rmance Information and Tool 2. Windows Seven comes with a performance rating tool. which rates your system and then gives you tips on improving it.2 Rate and Improve Your Computer’s Performance Like Windows Vista. Click on Rate this computer and let the tests run . 6. Click the Start button. but this is still a real improvement. I managed to get a complete startup time (boot to func tionality) in 28 seconds (originally 41)… not bad. type perf. In this guide. you’ll learn how to use Windows 7’s Performance Information Tools to rate your system.129 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance After testing this software on my Seven Ultimate laptop (Core Duo 2 Ghz. 3 GB ram). do the following: 1. I have done other things to tweak my laptop.

After the test is complete. If you are not sure whether or not you have an SATA drive in your computer.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 130 Performance 3. losing . please check with your manufacturer. A quick warning: If you turn this setting on and your computer is not connected to a battery backup.3 Enhance SATA Disk Performance This guide will help you improve the performance of your SATA hard drive by enhancing write caching. Windows will offer suggestions on how to i mprove your computer’s performance 6.

Right click on your hard drive and select Prope rties 4. Click on the Start Button. To enhance SATA drive performance. do the following: 1. and click Device Manager 2. Click on the + Next to Disk Drives 3. the chances of this are unlikely as you have a battery in the laptop that will act as a power source if there is an outage.131 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance power inc reases you risk of data loss or corruption. If you are using a laptop. Select the Policies tab and check Enable advanced performance . type dev in the search box.

To turn w rite caching back on and activate advanced performance.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 132 Performance 5.4 Speed up Your External Hard Drives The default setting in Windows Seven disables write caching for external drives. Click on the Start Button. Now click OK and close Device Manager 6. This is done so that you can eject the d rive at any time without data loss. you can increase the performance of your external hard drives. do the following: 1. and click Device Manager . type dev in the search box. If you are willing to eject your drive each time.

Click on the + Next to Disk Drives 3. Right click on your external hard drive and select Prope rties 4. Select the Policies tab and select Optimize for performance .133 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance 2.

Click OK and reboot your co mputer .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 134 Performance 5. If available. check Enable write caching on the disk and Enable advanced performance 6.

2 How Does Readyboost Work? Solid state memory (what your USB drive uses) has excellent transfer speeds. Windows Vista Readyboost uses the USB thumb d rive as an extra cache between the processor and the hard disk. the data is stored on your thumb . it can be used to store and access data that is needed quickly.135 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance 6.4. what its requirements are. we will learn what Readyboost is.5 Use Readyboost to Speed up Programs Using Windows Readyboost is a great way to improve the performance of your computer when doing your day-to-day tasks. 6. therefore.4. and how to get it working for you. Unlike RAM. 6.1 What is Readyboost? Readyboost uses a USB thumb d rive to create an extra cache of the most commonly used data. In this guide.

6. do the following: 1.4.4. 6. select Speed up my System with Windows Readyboost .3 What are the Require ments fo r Readyboost? For a USB thumb drive to be compatible.4 How Can I get Readyboost Working fo r Me? To enable Readyboost. Put your USB thumb drive into a USB port on your computer 2. it needs to have a minimum of 256 MB free space. When the Autorun menu appears.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 136 Performance drive and can be used next time you use your computer — a great time saver. Most modern USB thumb d rives will meet the space and speed requirements of Readyboost.

137 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance 3. Select your device and select how much of the drive you want to use for Readyboost. (TIP: matc h the size of your d rive to the amount of RAM you have in your computer.) . I recommend using a full USB drive.

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type regedit in the searc h bar. it slows down .139 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance 6. and hit enter 2. Decrease the time it takes for Windows to shut down by doing the following: 1. what you may not know is that the programs install what we call services. navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentContr olSet\Contro l . However. You will see a screen like the one below.6 Make Windows Shut Down Faster As you install programs on your computer. Windows is “kind” enough to patiently wait for these services to stop when you shut down your computer.we all know that. Click the Start button. I t really doesn’t pay off to wait. In the left menu.

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3. In the right pane you will see a key called WaitToKillServiceTimeout, with a default value of 12000 (12 seconds.) 4. Right click on the key and select Modify…

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5. Change the value from 12000 to 5000

This can potentially reduce your shut down time by 7 seconds. Please note: I do not advise setting this value to less than five seconds.

6.7 Run Memory Diagnostic Tool
Memory (RAM) can become corrupted and not work properly. Usually, a replacement is needed to fix the problem, but before you replace your hardware, you should use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. This tool is available in both Windows Vista and Seven. Learn, in this guide, how to run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool in Windows 7 or Vista.

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To run Windows Memory Diagnostic, do the following: 1. Click the Start button, type mem, and click on Windows Memory Diagnostic 2. When the Windows Memory Diagnostic screen loads, click Restart now and check fo r proble ms

3. You computer will restart

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4. The memory diagnostic will run and may take some time (or a c rap-load of time depending on your patience!)

5. Windows will restart and report any errors to you

After sharing this feature with Windows Vista users, many of them reported a more responsive system after the test.

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When you are done customizing. . more is less with customization. system tray.0 Customize Your Start Menu and Desktop T he start menu and your desktop are two of the most commonly used elements of Windows 7.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 146 Start Menu & Desktop 7. Customizing both of them can make your computing experience more enjoyable and productive. In this chapter. so you don‟t need to follow this chapter completely. you‟ll also learn how to customize your taskbar. Remember. you‟ll learn how to customize and improve your start menu. and color scheme. desktop icons. you can move to the next chapter and learn how to save your configuration as a theme. themes. Use this chapter to inspire you to add the finishing touches to your system.

1 Customize Your Start Menu The Windows Start Menu is notoriously bloated and often confusing – even in Windows 7.1.1 Customizing the Right-hand Pane l 1. The first is to customize the right-hand panel and the second is to organize the programs folder. 7. There are a couple of ways you can customize your start menu to restore order. click the Custo mize… button . Right click on the Start button and select Prope rties 2. On the Start Menu tab.147 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop 7.

1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 148 Start Menu & Desktop 3. Here you can change w hat shows up in the right section of the start menu. your start menu can get cluttered.2 Customizing the Programs List After installing a few programs. why have it linked there? 7. If you don‟t use your Music folder. consider using folders like . To reduce the number of folders in the left part of the menu.

To customize your Start Menu. and uninstall links as these can all be accessed from other places and I rarely use them. „Internet‟ etc . Right click on Programs and select Open All Users / Open (you‟ll need to edit both) 3. help files. you can rename folders and put links together as you please.149 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop „Media‟. do the following. . Once in the windows explorer window. Click the Start button 2. I usually delete the shortc uts to read me files. 1.

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151 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop Afte r: While the search function is great. it doesn‟t hurt to be organized. it probably won‟t remove the link from the start menu because you‟ve changed the location of the shortc ut. Please be aware that when you uninstall a program. .

do the following: 1. by default. in Windows 7. Right click on the Task Bar and click Properties 2. In this guide.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 152 Start Menu & Desktop 7. Under the Start Menu tab. you‟ll learn how to change this default option. To change the default power option.2 Change Start Menu Power Button Action The start menu power option is set to Shut Down. c hoose your desired power button action .

7. you may select one of the default images. When you first set up your account. Press the Start button 2. and more. your start menu. choose Change Your Picture . In this guide you'll learn how to customize your account picture.153 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop 3. windows meeting space.3 Change Your Account Picture Your account picture is used for the login sc reen. Click OK to save Test the new setting by clicking the Start button and viewing the new option. Click your account picture at the top of the menu 3. Do this by following these steps: 1. In the User Accounts window.

OR click Browse For More Pictures.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 154 Start Menu & Desktop a. and click Open If you see any white space around your picture. edit it in paint or another editing program to make your image square. . Either click a picture you want to use b. locate your picture.

This is really helpful when you have multiple users on your account. 7. c hange them. Learn how to customize your icons in this guide.155 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop Now you have your own icon for your user account. Right click the desktop and select Personalize . or even remove them. do the following: 1.4 Customize Desktop Icons There are many ways you can customize your desktop icons: you can resize them. To customize your icons.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 156 Start Menu & Desktop 2. . Here you can select the icons you want to be shown on the Desktop. Click Change Desktop Icons 3.

do the following: 1. Click Change Icon 3. Follow the procedure above 2. click the image you want to replace the selected icon and press OK .157 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop To change the default icons. In the Change Icon dialog box.

Check the icon is the one you want and click apply 5.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 158 Start Menu & Desktop 4. Go to your desktop to ensure the change took place .

and scrolling your mouse wheel.159 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop To change the size. holding the CTRL key. Right click a blank spot on the Desktop. do the following: 1. Choose whether you want the icons to be shown on the Desktop or hidden You may also resize the icon size on the desktop by clicking a blank area on the desktop. and alignment of your desktop icons. select view. and specify the size and alignment of the icons 2. order. .

I always turn the sensitivity of my mouse pad up the maximum. If I want precision. Click Mouse to display the Mouse Properties dialog box . or use the desktop.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 160 Start Menu & Desktop 7. which makes me move my fingers less to get around the screen. I am unlikely to get it with a laptop mouse pad anyway.1 Set the Mouse Buttons To change the behavior of your mouse buttons. do the following: 1.5 Customize Your Mouse You're probably pretty happy with how your mouse works. Learn how to customize your mouse in this guide. 7. which may help you out. so I plug in an external one. Press the Start button and type mouse in the Search box 2. but you can always make so me changes.5.

When you finish changing the mouse settings. you can switch the mouse for left or right-handed use Move the slider to set the speed at which you need to double-click for Windows to recognize your double click.5. 7. do the following: . press the OK button to save changes.161 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop On the Buttons tab.2 Set Mouse Pointer Options To change your mouse pointer options.

type mouse in the Search box. (As you move the slider. and click Mouse to display the Mouse Properties dialog box 2.) Increase the precision of the pointer when you move short distances Configure the mouse to automatically move to the default button in a dialog box to facilitate quick selection of the button Set the length of the trails if you want to inc rease the mouse pointer's visibility by temporarily showing its path Remove the mouse pointer's visibility when you're typing and not using the mouse Locate the mouse pointer on your sc reen by pressing the CTRL key      . Click the Pointer Options tab Here you may set or change the following options:  The speed at which your mouse pointer moves. Press the Start button. you can test the effect of the change by moving your mouse.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 162 Start Menu & Desktop 1.

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7.5.3 Set Scroll Wheel Options Like in Windows Vista, you can configure the behavior of the mouse wheel in Windows 7. I use a mouse with a wheel most of the time and I frequently utilize the mouse wheel. If you too use the wheel, you may find benefit in configuring the behavior of it. In this guide, you‟ll learn how to configure mouse wheel behavior in Windows 7. To configure mouse wheel settings, do the following: 1. Press the Start button, type mouse in the Search box, and click Mouse to display the Mouse Properties dialog box 2. Under the Wheel tab, you may configure the vertical and horizontal scrolling settings

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7.6 Add an OS X Style Dock to Your Desktop
Although OS X doesn‟t suit my computing needs, I do love the look of some of the features it has. One of the best features is the easy-to-use and customizable dock. You can put a dock in Windows 7 too. To install a dock, do the following:

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1. Download ObjectDock here (Go to the page and click the “Free Download” button) 2. Install ObjectDock on to your computer 3. Once installed, launch ObjectDock (if it hasn‟t already) You can get thousands of icons for your dock here. ObjectDock is very easy to use and there is a lot of support out there for this free product; go to the ObjectDock website and click Forums.

7.7 Customize the Taskbar
The Windows Taskbar can be customized to meet your needs. You can resize the taskbar, hide it, and even add toolbars to it.

7.7.1 Move the Taskbar By default, the taskbar resides at the bottom of your screen. You can move the taskbar to any side of the screen or even to another sc reen if you use more than one monitor. To move the taskbar, do the following:

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1. Right click the taskbar and ensure Lock the Taskbar is unchecked

2. Point to a blank spot on the taskbar and drag the taskbar to the side of the Desktop where you want it

7.7.2 Resize the Taskbar By default, the taskbar is one 'row' wide. You can resize the taskbar to any size you want. To resize the taskbar, do the following:

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1. Right click the taskbar and ensure Lock the Taskbar is unchecked 2. Place the mouse pointer on the outer edge of the taskbar until the pointer turns into a two-headed arrow 3. Drag the border to change the size of the taskbar

7.7.3 Auto-hide the Taskbar You may find the taskbar gets in the way when you are using a program, or even when you are on your desktop. You can auto-hide the taskbar in two different ways. The first way is to have the taskbar auto-hide when it is not in focus. The othe r way is to have the taskbar in the background when you maximize a window or move a window over it. To autohide the taskbar, do the following:

you‟ll learn how to restore this toolbar. . 7.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 168 Start Menu & Desktop 1. 2. Press the Start button. simply move your mouse to the side of the screen the taskbar is located on and it will appear. Check Auto-Hide The Taskbar and click OK To access the taskbar. and IE shortcut? You can have it in Windows 7 too. and click Taskbar And Start Menu The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box will now display.8 Restore the Quick Launch Toolbar Remember the quick launch bar in Windows Vista? The one with the Flip-3D. type taskb in the Search box. in this guide. Show desktop.

Paste the following into the folder field and click Select Folder: %App Dat a%\Microsoft \Int ernet Explorer\Quick La unch 3. Right click the Taskbar and uncheck Lock the taskbar .169 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop To enable the quick launch toolbar. Right click the Taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar… 2. do the following: 1.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 170 Start Menu & Desktop 4. Now adjust the Quick Launch toolbar to your tastes. right click the toolbar and uncheck Show Text and Show Title 5. To enable large icons. right click the toolbar and select View > Large Icons . TIP: To remove the text.

To add multiple clocks in Windows Seven.9 Add Extra Clocks If you spend time in more than one time zone.171 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop You now have your beloved quick launch toolbar back! 7. do the following: . have family around the world. how to add multiple clocks in Windows 7. in this tutorial. this guide is for you. or a really too lazy to work out what time it is in Japan. Learn.

Under the Additional Clocks tab. select up to two more clocks. Click the Clock and click Change time and date settings… 2. Press OK to save your settings .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 172 Start Menu & Desktop 1.

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and explore the rest of this chapter. You’ll also learn how to change your sc reensaver and I’ll point you toward some good screensavers you can use on your computer. In this chapter. and Screensavers O ne of the easiest ways to add a personal touch to your computer is to change your wallpaper or your sc reensaver. Finally.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 176 Wallpaper & Screensavers 8. .0 Wallpapers. you’ll learn how to save your settings as a theme so you can reuse your customization settings anytime. If this concept is new to you. If you are already familiar with changing your wallpaper and screensaver. then this chapter is for you. Themes. you can skip the basic guides. you will learn how to change your wallpaper and make it more functional.

To change your desktop wallpaper. and do the following: 1.1 Change Your Desktop Wallpaper This simple guide will teach you how to change your wallpaper.177 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 8. Right click the desktop and select Personalize . please move on to the rest of this chapter to find out what else you can do with your wallpaper and screensavers. If you are already familiar with this. download one.

Top Rated Photos: To pick your favorite pictures by rating d. Click Browse if you want to locate and use a picture from another location . and specify its location (Note: you can select multiple wallpapers and shuffle them at time intervals) a. Solid Colors: to use a single color e. Windows Desktop Backgrounds: to use one of the background patterns or pictures that came with Windows Vista b. Select the wallpaper picture or color you want. Click Desktop Background 3. Pictures Library: to use a picture from your pictures library c.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 178 Wallpaper & Screensavers 2.

179 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 4. Fill: Fit the sc reen (at the expense of some edges that may not fit b. Tile: Repeat the image across the screen e. You can specify how your wallpaper will look: a. . Fit: Ensure the w hole picture shows (may show black edges if the picture is out of proportion) c. Stretch: Fits the sc reen. Center: A normal sized picture in the center of the sc reen with a solid colored background behind it Experiment and see what looks good on your sc reen. but may make your picture look bad d.

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8.2 Make Your Wallpaper More Functional
When you think of desktop wallpaper, you probably think of a way to express yourself with a picture you really like. You probably change your wallpaper often as your tastes change etc. One suggestion I have, is to make your desktop wallpaper more func tional; thus, using it in a different way. We speak of the main sc reen of your computer as a desktop, but it doesn’t really look like a desktop. Download a desktop-like image here and organize your files accordingly – just like you would on a physical desktop. See Figure 1 for a sample of what the wallpaper looks like.

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Figure 1: Desk Wallpaper

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8.3 Shuffle Desktop Backgrounds
Windows 7 comes with native background shuffling functionality . To enable background shuffling, do the following: 1. Right click the desktop and select Personalize

2. Click Desktop Background

3. Select the wallpapers you want

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4. Select the time interval between transitions and ensure Shuffle is selected

5. Press Save Changes and enjoy the slideshow.

8.4 Activate Hidden Regional Themes
Windows 7 is a worldwide operating system and Microsoft made a really good move by adding regional wallpapers into the operating system. When you choose your region settings, the appropriate theme is displayed. In this guide, you’ll learn how to activate hidden regional settings in Windows 7. To activate regional themes, do the following: 1. Open Co mputer, click Organize, and select Folde r and Search Options

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2. Under the View tab, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and uncheck Hide Protected operating syste m files

185 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 3. . Select a region by opening its folder and double click on the theme file to activate the themes You can now use Windows 7’s “hidden” themes. Navigate to %systemroot%\Globalization\MCT\ 5. When prompted. Click OK on Folder Options 4. select Yes.

do the following: 1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 186 Wallpaper & Screensavers 8. Right click the desktop. you’ll learn the easiest way to get to that site when you need it.5 Get More Themes Microsoft has a site where you can get more themes. and select Personalize 2. On the theme sc reen. To get more themes for Windows 7. In this guide. click Get more themes online .

187 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 3. you can go directly to the site here. You can now browse the website to find new themes Alternatively. .

do the following: . you may save the settings as a theme. will need manual changing. A theme incorporates the following settings:       Color and appearance choices Color schemes Sound schemes Mouse pointer schemes Advanced appearance settings Screen saver choice These settings are all unique to your account. which is a global setting. so things like screen resolution.6 Save Your Settings as a Theme When you are satisfied with the appearance of your windows desktop. To save your settings as a theme.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 188 Wallpaper & Screensavers 8.

189 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 1. Give your theme a name . and select Personalize 2. Right click the desktop. Click Save theme 3.

7 Choose a Screensaver To change your sc reensaver. Select a screensaver from the list (or see the next section to add new screensavers) . Right click the desktop and select Personalize 2. you can do the following: 1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 190 Wallpaper & Screensavers You may now restore these saved themes. Click Screen Saver 3. by clicking on the theme you like under My themes 8.

191 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 4. Click Settings and specify the options you want for the sc reen saver You can also do the following from this sc reen:   Preview the screen saver in full-sc reen view Specify the length of time you want your computer to be inactive before the sc reen saver starts .

Click Screen Saver 3.1 Photo/Video Slideshow Screensaver To use you’re photos and videos as a slide show. Select Photos in the Sc reen Saver list . here is an offering of some of the best sc reensavers that are low on resource consumption. Right click the desktop and select Personalize 2.8. do the following: 1.8 Recommended Screensavers With so many screensavers available.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 192 Wallpaper & Screensavers  Require log on after you stop the sc reensaver running 8. 8.

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Specify whether or not you want your pictures appear in random order 8.8. . Press Save and press OK 8. Select the speed at w hich you want the pictures to change 7. Select a theme for the display 6.2 Othe r Recommended Screensavers I have a collection of sc reensavers here that you can download and use. Choose pictures from your Photo Gallery (limit by tags or ratings) b. OR choose pictures from a specific folder (click Browse to specify the folder) 5.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 194 Wallpaper & Screensavers a.

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0 Customize Windows Explorer W indows Explorer is your main portal to all your files. You can also add a personal touch to your file struc ture by following this chapter. set up quickly accessible shortc uts. and customize your folder icons. improve the way you select files.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 196 Windows Explorer 9. you’ll learn how to standardize the view of Windows Explorer. In this chapter. You can greatly inc rease your efficiency by making some simple changes. .

197 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 9. Open and folder and customize it in a way that you want reflected across all your folders 2. Within the folder. tags. do the following: 1. 98% of the time I just want to see the details of the files and I don’t care for thumbnails. If you are like me and want to simplify Windows Explorer’s view. ratings etc. press the ALT key once and then select View > Folde r Options 3.1 Set Views for all Folders Windows Vista does a pretty good job at analyzing the content of a folder to determine how it should display the files. Click the View tab and click Apply to Folde rs .

select Yes and your settings will now be in effect.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 198 Windows Explorer 4. Please Note: Any previous customization may be retained for specific folders you’ve already worked with – but don’t count on it. . When prompted.

9. Click on it and drag it to the menu 9. do the following: 1. do the following: 1.2 Removing Shortcuts fro m the Shortcut Menu To remove a shortcut from the menu. This shortcut menu is customizable and can save you a lot of time if you frequently open and close files from specific locations.2.199 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 9.1 Adding Shortcuts to the Shortcut Menu To add a shortc ut to the menu.2. Right click on the shortcut . Locate the folder you want to add 2.2 Set up Shortcuts to Common Folders Windows Explorer has a great feature in Vista: the shortc ut menu.

Windows Vista’s solution to this is allowing you to select check boxes next to files.3 Select Multiple Files with Checkboxes When you want to select multiple files.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 200 Windows Explorer 2. you need to hold the CTRL key. so you do not have to hold the CTRL key. . Click Delete 9. you lose your entire selection. if you let go of it before selecting another file.

Click the View tab and under Advanced settings.201 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer To enable check box file selection. do the following: 1. press the ALT key once and then select View > Folde r Options 2. locate and select Use check boxes to select items . Within the folder.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 202 Windows Explorer Now you can check the files you want to collectively select. .

4 Customize Folder Icons I use some folders as a dashboard to get to commonly used folders. Video. I have my Music. In this guide. A good example of this is my ‘Media’ partition. and other folders. Figure 1: Customized Folder Icons . Here. Pictures. you’ll learn how to customize your folder icons to achieve something similar to Figure 1.203 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 9.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 204 Windows Explorer To change your folder icons. Right click on the folder you want to customize the icon for and select Properties\ 2. do the following: 1. Select the Customize tab and click on Change Icon… .

Select an Icon or browse for your own (get thousands of icons here) .205 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 3.

Press OK on both sc reens and you are done Note: To view larger icons in Windows Explorer.dll for more system icons 5. You can also go to %systemRoot%\system32\image res. .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 206 Windows Explorer 4. until you get to large icons. on the toolbar. click the Views button.

by opening your DVD immediately or ripping your CDs without you telling your computer to do so. do the following: 1.5 Set AutoPlay Defaults Although I do not find Autoplay to be a useful feature. To set Autoplay defaults in Windows7.207 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 9. you’ll learn how to set Autoplay defaults in Windows 7. When the Autoplay screen comes up. In this guide. select which programs or actions you would like to take for each media type . type auto. The defaults will save you time as you use media with your PC. many do. and click on Autoplay 2. each time. Click the Start button.

When you are finished. .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 208 Windows Explorer 3. click Save Note: You can always change your settings later.

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that’s a lot. . This chapter mainly consists of shortcut keys. we save a lot of time. however. When we find a way to do these things more quickly.0 Work Efficiently T here are many things we do on a day-to-day basis that become very repetitive. I’m sure I missed a lot because I automatically use them. I imagine I saved some decent time while putting this chapter together. There is a reason for this: shortc ut keys save you a lot of time! I tried to count the number of times I used a shortc ut key while compiling this chapter. I counted over one hund red times.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 210 Work Efficiently 10.

211 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Work Efficiently 10.1 General Windows Shortcut Keys There are so many shortc ut keys in Windows – here are the best of them: .

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2 New Windows 7 Shortcut Keys .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 214 Work Efficiently 10.

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7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 216 Work Efficiently Here are some Windows Photo Gallery shortc ut keys you can use w hen working with videos: .

Open the font dialogue box. Aligns the line or selected text to the left of the screen. Open find and replace box. Bold highlighted selection. Justify (spread) the text across the page. Open find box. Aligns the line or selected text to the center of the screen. Ctrl + F Ctrl + G Ctrl + H Ctrl + I Ctrl + J Ctrl + K Ctrl + L Ctrl + M Ctrl + N .217 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Work Efficiently 10. Indent the paragraph. Insert link.4 Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys Shortcut Keys Ctrl + A Ctrl + B Ctrl + C Ctrl + D Ctrl + E Description Select all contents of the page. Italicise highlighted selection. Copy selected text. Open a new document. Also opens find and replace box.

Underline highlighted selection. Ctrl + R Ctrl + S Ctrl + U Ctrl + V Ctrl + W Ctrl + X Ctrl + Y Ctrl + Z Ctrl + Shift + F Ctrl + Shift + > Ctrl + ] Ctrl + Shift + < Ctrl + [ Ctrl + Shift + * . View or hide non printing characters. Decrease selected font -1pts if 12pt or lower. if above 12 decreases font by +2pt. Increase selected font +1pts up to 12pt and then increases font +2pts. Aligns the line or selected text to the right of the screen.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 218 Work Efficiently Ctrl + O Ctrl + P Open a document stored on your hard drive. Saves the current document. Change the font. Redo the last action performed. Increase selected font +1pts. Undo last action. Decrease selected font -1pts. Cut selected text. Open the print window. Closes the current document. Paste contents of clipboard.

Ctrl + <up arrow> Ctrl + <down arrow> Ctrl + Del Ctrl + Backspace Ctrl + End Ctrl + Home Ctrl + Spacebar Ctrl + 1 Ctrl + 2 Ctrl + 5 Ctrl + Alt + 1 Ctrl + Alt + 2 Ctrl + Alt + 3 Ctrl + F1 F1 . Double-space lines. Moves the cursor to the end of the document. Deletes word to right of cursor. Open Help. 1. Moves to the end of the paragraph. Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document. Moves one word to the right. Single-space lines. Open the Task Pane. Deletes word to left of cursor. Changes text to heading 3. Moves to the beginning of the line or paragraph. Reset highlighted text to the default font.5-line spacing. Changes text to heading 2. Changes text to heading 1.219 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Work Efficiently Ctrl + <left arrow> Ctrl + <right arrow> Moves one word to the left.

Open the find. Display the print preview.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 220 Work Efficiently Alt + Ctrl + F2 Ctrl + F2 Open new document. Save as. Opens to another open Microsoft Word document. Prints the document. Spell and grammar check selected text and/or document. Paste. Insert the current time. replace. and go to window in Microsoft Word. Save. Insert the current date. Shift + F3 Shift + Insert F4 F5 Ctrl + Shift + F6 F7 Shift + F7 F12 Shift + F12 Ctrl + Shift + F12 Alt + Shift + D Alt + Shift + T . Runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted. Repeat the last action performed. Change the text from upper to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.

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Some are not so useful but can be fun to try . Some of these commands can be very useful. (Note: Some of these programs may not be available in your Vista editions.6 Useful Windows Commands By using Windows commands. you can have quick access to tools to configure and fix your computer. by pressing WINKEY+R Now type in one of the following commands to open a program. They also allow you quick access to Microsoft software embedded within your operating system.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 222 Work Efficiently 10. Open the run dialogue.) .

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you can sy nchronize your clock with an internet-based server. This will ensure your computer time is always correct. especially when you want to searc h for files . Having the correc t time is essential.7 Sync System Clock with Internet Time Just as in Vista.227 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Work Efficiently 10.

com’s time. Click the Clock and click Change time and date settings… 2. do the following: 1. you’ll learn how to sync your clock’s time with time. To sync hronize your clock. you will have trouble finding your files.windows. if the date is incorrect.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 228 Work Efficiently modified on a specified date. Under the Internet Time tab. click Change Settings . In this guide.

. I chose to use the default windows. for some reason. Then press OK Now if. your time gets offset.com and chose Update now.229 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Work Efficiently 3. Check Synchronize time with an Internet time server.time. you will maintain a correct time for your system.

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0 Organize Your Files T here are many ways to organize your files and an in-depth organization solution is out of the scope of this book. this chapter offers a few tips to help you keep on top of your files. you’ll learn how to automatically move files from your desktop. and relocate your personal document folders from the default locations set in Windows 7. use naming conventions. however. In this chapter. .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 232 Organize 11. batch rename your files.

Download Desktop Teleporter 2. music. or if you just like a clean desktop. Set up rules to help manage images. To automate the process of organizing your desktop.233 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Organize 11. documents etc 3.1 Automatically Move Files from Your Desktop Do you have a cluttered desktop? Do you spend time looking for the documents. pictures etc you’ve saved recently and then move them to different folders? If this is the case. do the following: 1. Desktop teleporter is a great utility that moves files and folders that are newly created on your desktop to pre-determined folders. this guide is for you. Set exceptions to your rules if you need them [Click to see an image of my clutter-free desktop] .

Photo Files I archive my photos in the following way: Photo > %Year% > %Date% Title Documents Even though you can sort files by date in all popular OSs. This is just as a guide to get you started on your own system. this is my way (but I’m not an MP3 tag person. Experience has given me newer ideas. Music Everyone names their music differently. but they work. I set many of these conventions many years ago. I still append a date to the front of a file. This helps me with versioning. some of which I am currently using. I usually remember when I w rote something. so I would probably use this for inspiration and not instruc tion.) .2 Use Naming Conventions to Organize Your Data Here you may see the naming conventions I use for my files. and not what I called it. Also.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 234 Organize 11.

please visit this page. Tags essentially do the same thing. 11. Download D-FileMU . In this guide. you’ll learn how to set rules and batch rename your files without going near the command prompt. but when you have over 100 albums (or 1000s as may be the case) it helps to do some organization within your file struc ture. As a reminder. but it is an invaluable tool for me. It may take a little getting used to. but it’s not too complicated and works very well. I use it all the time and I recommend it to anyone. along with any albums that are in their own folders.235 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Organize I archive my music in the following way: Music > %genre% > %album_title% All individual songs that I buy separately go into the genre folder. for screenshots of my file system.3 Batch Rename Your Files I don’t remember when I first started using D-File Mu.

Windows likes to store your saved videos.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 236 Organize 11.1 D-FileMU Features D-File MU Performs the following changes:        Adding strings to the beginning and end of the filenames Deleting specified number of characters from beginning or end of the filenames Adding numbers in sequence to the beginning or end of the filenames Changing to upper or lowercase Replacing strings with specified string Changing the file extension of filenames Capitalizing words and more… 11. music. you stand a higher chance of losing your files. pictures etc in your Documents folder. in this . I always keep my personal files on a separate partition or d rive. If you get a virus or reinstall your operating system.3.4 Relocate Personal Data Folders I don't like having my personal files on the system drive.

Right click a personal folder that you want to relocate and select Properties . Open Windows Explorer and navigate to your personal folders (Usually C:\Users\[your account]\) 2. To relocate your personal files.237 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Organize guide. do the following: 1. you'll learn how to relocate your personal folders.

Click OK Windows will ask permission to c reate the target folder if it doesn’t already exist. enter the address that you want to relocate to 4.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 238 Organize 3. unless you see a reason not to. On the Location tab of the properties dialog box. The final step is to add your new personal folder locations to the searc h index. An explanation of how to do this is outside the scope of this book. . I advise moving all the original files to the new location. so click Yes.

239 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Organize 11. thus.1 Easy Duplicate Finde r Features         Search for true duplicates (files with same contents) Powerful searc h engine with fast files check Full binary (byte-by-byte) comparison Flexible Scan settings Search files by masks Size conditions & skip zero-length files option Find duplicates from selected folders or drives Add multiple folders/d rives for scanning . songs etc on your hard drive? If you do. you’ll likely have duplicates all over the place. documents.5 Scan Your Drive for Duplicate Files Do you have thousands of photos. In this guide you’ll learn how to searc h for duplicates and delete them.5. Download Easy Duplicate Finder 11. saving you space and keeping you organized.

2 Easy Duplicate Finde r System Require ments     OS: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/Vista CPU: 400 MHz or higher RAM: 128 MB or more Hard Drive: 5 MB of free space 11.5.to test which files is safe to delete Much more…  11. the searc h func tion is a necessity when trying to access your files.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 240 Organize    Protect system files and folders Move files to Recycle Bin or delete duplicate files permanently Mark selected duplicates by renaming them with adding prefix to file names . follow this guide. If you would like to add the contents of zipped files to your searc hing. .6 Index Zip File Contents for Searching As hard drive capacities increase.

Under the Search tab. do the following: 1. Click the Start button and click on Co mputer 2. check Include compressed files. and click OK .241 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Organize To include zip file contents w hen searching in Windows 7. Press the ALT key and click Tools > Folde r Options 3.

when you search.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 242 Organize Now. . you’ll be able to find compressed files.

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