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....................3 Install Windows 7 ........................ 51 4............................................................2 Back Up and Restore the Registry .............................................1 Windows 7 System Requirements ... 32 2......0 Windows 7’s New Features ........0 Back up Your Data ..................... 47 3.4 Recover Lost Data on Your Drive .........................................................vii | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Contents Copyright ............................. 33 2.............................. 46 3...............................................................0 Security ....................................................................... 7 1............................. 24 1............0 Get Started........... 29 2...................................................2 Add Take Ownership to Context Menu ......................................1 Backup and Restore ....4 Maximize Privacy: Windows Media Player 11 .............................................................. 48 3............................................................................................... 7 1.................. 1 1.... 42 3.......................................................................... 6 1........................................4 About the Windows Registry .......................................5 About the Group Policy Editor .........................................................................................3 Create a System Recovery Disc ................... 40 2.........1 Choose an Anti-virus Program ........ v Introduction .... 27 1................... 47 3......... iii Dedication .............................................................................................. 10 1.6 You Are Ready to Begin .......3 Encrypt your USB/HDD Data................... 58 ................................................ 37 2................................................2 Windows 7 32 or 64-bit? ......................................................

.......................................... 66 4........ 86 4....... 123 6.. 127 6................................................................ 94 4................... 77 4....4 Speed up Your External Hard Drives............................. 64 4.......................................... 116 5.................3 Remove Entries from Add/Remove Programs .. 120 5.................................... 59 4....... 112 5...... 109 5...............1 Automatically Delete Temporary Files ........3 Federated Search ................5 Disable Memory Dump Files and Save HDD Space................................................2 AeroSnap and AeroPeek ...............................................................................................................................................7 Device Stage ................2 Clean up Windows .......... 106 5.........................................4 Remove Unwanted Software.......................7 Schedule Defragmentation .....2 Rate and Improve Your Computer's Performance ........................8 Action Center .. 132 ............. 104 4............................................. 126 6...................... 130 6.....11 In Conclusion ......... 63 4....................................................1 Libraries ................................... 111 5......9 Internet Explorer 8..0 System Maintenance and Management ..........5 BitLocker To Go and Biometric .....................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..................0 Increase Performance ..................... 108 5.1 Reduce Boot Time......................................... 129 6.....................................................................................................................6 Shrink/Extend a Partition on Your Hard Drive .......................................................................................10 Geographic Location ................. 60 4..6 The Windows HomeGroup ...............4 Improvements in User Account Control .....................................8 Take Charge of Automatic Updates ...................................................3 Enhance SATA Disk Performance .............. 115 5................................ 118 5................................................... 85 4.....................................

.........8 Recommended Screensavers ................5 Use Readyboost to Speed up Programs ............ 164 7....................... 141 7..1 Set Views for all Folders ................................................. 192 9................................................................................................................2 Set up Shortcuts to Common Folders ....0 Customize Windows Explorer .................... 160 7.................................................. 139 6..... 199 ....................................... 188 8.............2 Change Start Menu Power Button Action ....................................................... 165 7...........7 Run Memory Diagnostic Tool .....................9 Add Extra Clocks ............................. 153 7................. 182 8....................... 197 9.........................................8 Restore the Quick Launch Toolbar ....4 Activate Hidden Regional Themes ...................................2 Make Your Wallpaper More Functional ................................... 171 8........................3 Shuffle Desktop Backgrounds .. 176 8............................................. 152 7.... 183 8......... Themes............................0 Wallpapers.....................................................0 Customize Your Start Menu and Desktop ... 186 8.........4 Customize Desktop Icons ...... 190 8....................................................5 Customize Your Mouse .............................. 155 7............................ and Screensavers ....7 Customize the Taskbar .................................... 135 6.6 Add an OS X Style Dock to Your Desktop...................................................................6 Make Windows Shut Down Faster ...... 177 8.... 168 7..............................7 Choose a Screensaver ........3 Change Your Account Picture ..............ix | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 6........... 196 9............................... 147 7........................... 180 8.......................1 Customize Your Start Menu.......5 Get More Themes .... 146 7...............................................................1 Change Your Desktop Wallpaper ...........6 Save Your Settings as a Theme .............................

.............................................................. 246 Version History ............1 Automatically Move Files from Your Desktop .............................. 244 Contact Me .................... 215 10...................6 Index Zip File Contents for Searching ............ 248 ................. 234 11......................................... 227 11.... 233 11.......... 221 10................... 207 10.........................................2 New Windows 7 Shortcut Keys.............................................................................................0 Organize Your Files .................................................................................................. 240 About This Book........................ 232 11..2 Use Naming Conventions to Organize Your Data ........... 214 10.................... 200 9..............3 Batch Rename Your Files ...................3 Select Multiple Files with Checkboxes................................... 222 10.3 Windows Photo Gallery Shortcut Keys ....0 Work Efficiently .....5 Set AutoPlay Defaults .................4 Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys ........................ 210 10..........................................................................VISTA CUSTOMIZATION MANUAL |x 9.. 236 11.4 Customize Folder Icons....................................5 Scan Your Drive for Duplicate Files.................................... 203 9.6 Useful Windows Commands....... 239 11............................................................... 235 11..............4 Relocate Personal Data Folders ........................... 217 10..................... 211 10......................................................................................................7 Sync System Clock with Internet Time .1 General Windows Shortcut Keys .......................................................5 Remote Desktop Shortcut Keys .....................

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

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

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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. . don’t try to change every last thing. you’ll learn about the Windows Registry and Group Policy Editor.7 POCKET GUIDE |6 Getting Started 1. 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.

2 Windows 7 32 or 64-bit? When deciding to move up to a 64-bit operating system. 1. However. the system requirements are subject to change. you should first consider what 64-bit gets you.7|7 POCKET GUIDE Getting Started 1. Knowing what software runs on 64-bit should influence . I do not recommend running with such low memory – unless you really have to. 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. however.1 Windows 7 System Requirements As the current version of Windows 7 is still not the final version.

which shouldn’t be a problem unless you rely on older software. which had since evolved into Windows 2000 and then XP. (Yes.1 What Does 64-Bit 7 Get Me? More bits gets you access to more memory. Newer 64-bit processors— not to mention the 64-bit operating systems that run on them—can address 17. Windows 9x ran 32-bit applications. it took eight years before the platform. Windows NT. the processor inside your PC communicates with your system memory (RAM) with numeric addressing. however. such as old work software or home-made packages you haven’t yet updated.2.869. You also lose the ability to run 16-bit software.179. became mainstream. Thus. but it was a hybrid OS that ran on a 16-bit DOS foundation. which was one . you will see no advantage if you are running 32-bit software on a 64-bit OS.7 POCKET GUIDE |8 Getting Started your decision. released in 1993. was Microsoft’s first fully 32-bit operating system.184 gigabytes (16 exabytes) of RAM. 1. the maximum amount of memory a 32-bit processor can address is 4 gigabytes.

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

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.3. 1.1 Upgrade to 7 from Windows Vista Upgrading is the easiest option of the three. at least for the next few years until Microsoft releases a 64-bit-only OS. upgrading can take a long time.3 Install Windows 7 Now you’ve decided which version of Windows 7 to use. However. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your DVD-ROM drive .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 10 Getting Started prepared for lackluster industry support. do the following: 1. you’ll want to get it installed on your PC. 1.

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

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. Setup will begin by copying files to your computer 5.

which will help you determine what may not work properly after the upgrade. Now click Upgrade and follow the instructions. . Accept the license terms and click Next 7.13 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 6. You may get a compatibility report.

3. If you are not familiar with adding a partition. Please follow the instructions according to which version of Windows you are currently using. do the following: 1. 1. you may install Windows 7 on it. Once you have created the partition. Creating a New Partition To create a second partition on your hard drive in Windows XP. you can learn how in this section. however. Download the GParted live CD here .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 14 Getting Started 1.2 Dual Boot Windows XP/Vista with 7 Dual booting Windows is the most challenging of the three options.3.1 Dual Boot Windows XP with Windows 7 You will need third party software to create a second partition for Windows 7.2. you will need to add a second partition. making it work can be very rewarding. To run two operating systems on your computer. The process of creating a dual boot environment differs from Windows Vista to XP.

Press the Start button. Creating a New Partition To create a second partition on your hard drive in Windows Vista. reboot your computer. and boot from the CD. you may install Windows 7 on it. (How to burn an ISO to a disc) 3. Burn the image to a CD. Once you have created the partition. do the following: 1. Once you’ve booted into GParted. you will need to create a second partition for Windows 7.2.3. create a partition for Windows 7 (16 GB+ recommended) (How to create a partition with GParted) 4. right click Computer. Refer to the Install Windows from Scratch section of this chapter to learn how to install Windows 7 on your newly created partition. and select Manage . 1.2 Dual Boot Windows Vista with Windows 7 Windows Vista natively manages partitions.15 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 2.

click Disk Management 3. Now create a new partition by shrinking a previous volume. In the left pane.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 .

Input the size.384 MB) 5.17 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 4. Now right click the free space and click New Simple Volume… 6. Click Next . in MB. you want to shrink the partition by (16 GB = 16.

Assign a letter to the drive and click Next . Select the volume size and click Next 8.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 18 Getting Started 7.

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

1. do the following: . Click Finish 11. To install Windows 7 from scratch.3.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 20 Getting Started 10. Refer to Install Windows from Scratch to learn how to install Windows 7 on your newly created partition. the procedure is the same.3 Install Windows from Scratch Whether you are installing Windows 7 on a blank hard drive or a newly created partition.

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

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

Windows will take some time to install. Be sure to leave the DVD in the drive and let Windows take care of itself .) 9. so be patient 10. and then click Next to begin the installation. 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.23 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started the partition you want to use.

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

4. 1. and press Enter. 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. type regedit.2 Access the Windows Registry Editor To access the Windows Registry. individual program settings. The registry is made up of the following components:    Keys Subkeys Values . Windows settings. 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. press the start button.

you will need to create a new key or value. Follow the guide’s instructions for what key name to assign 1.1 Add a New Key To add a new key. do the following: 1. 1.4.4. Right click on the parent key 2.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 26 Getting Started 1. do the following: 1.3 Add Keys or Values In some of the tutorials in this book.3. Select New > Key 3.3. Navigate to the key that you want to add a value to .4.2 Add a New Value To add a new value.

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.4.4 Back up the Registry To back up the registry. Select New > xx (Where xx is the value specified in the guide) 4. Follow the guide’s instructions for what value to assign 1.27 | 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. .

and press Enter.2 Work with the Group Policy Editor .1 Access the Group Policy Editor Press the start button.5.7 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. 1.5. type gpedit. 1.msc.

and change the setting to Enabled. I strongly suggest you review the Back up Your Data chapter. .6 You Are Ready to Begin You made it this far and now you are ready to begin. You also learned about the Windows Registry and the Group Policy Editor. you learned the requirements of Windows 7. 1. As a brief recap. the version to install. but you are now free to explore the book. 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). double click on the specified option in the right-hand pane.

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0 Get Started B efore you get started with this book. don’t try to change every last thing. . you’ll learn about the Windows Registry and Group Policy Editor.7 POCKET GUIDE |6 Getting Started 1. Make changes that look good and keep your system clean and tidy. In the latter half of this chapter. Enjoy working through this book and remember: More is less when you customize your system. 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.

1. you should first consider what 64-bit gets you.7|7 POCKET GUIDE Getting Started 1. I do not recommend running with such low memory – unless you really have to. however. Knowing what software runs on 64-bit should influence . 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.1 Windows 7 System Requirements As the current version of Windows 7 is still not the final version. the system requirements are subject to change.

You also lose the ability to run 16-bit software.184 gigabytes (16 exabytes) of RAM. the maximum amount of memory a 32-bit processor can address is 4 gigabytes. (Yes.7 POCKET GUIDE |8 Getting Started your decision. which shouldn’t be a problem unless you rely on older software. which had since evolved into Windows 2000 and then XP. Newer 64-bit processors— not to mention the 64-bit operating systems that run on them—can address 17. you will see no advantage if you are running 32-bit software on a 64-bit OS. the processor inside your PC communicates with your system memory (RAM) with numeric addressing. became mainstream.2. it took eight years before the platform. was Microsoft’s first fully 32-bit operating system. however. 1.179.869. Windows 9x ran 32-bit applications. Windows NT. Thus.1 What Does 64-Bit Vista Get Me? More bits gets you access to more memory. but it was a hybrid OS that ran on a 16-bit DOS foundation. released in 1993. such as old work software or home-made packages you haven’t yet updated. which was one .

g. Just be . The question is: how mainstream is 64 bit? 1.) This means you need a native 64-bit driver for every device on your PC. I am sure more people will use Windows 7 64 bit because of the increasing demands for more RAM. and Vista was Microsoft’s first serious attempt to make 64-bit computing mainstream. at least on older computers 1.2.2.2 How Mainstream is 64 bit? While 64-bit 7 can run most 32-bit applications without a problem.3 Is there a Performance Increase? Now.) 64-bit Windows became a reality in XP.9|7 POCKET GUIDE Getting Started of the reasons it was so unstable.. context menu add-ons. finding support for all your hardware may be a bit of a challenge. 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. 64-bit software running on 64-bit Windows has been known to run as much as 10% faster.

To upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows Vista. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your DVD-ROM drive . 1.1 Upgrade to 7 from Windows Vista Upgrading is the easiest option of the three. you’ll want to get it installed on your PC. do the following: 1. at least for the next few years until Microsoft releases a 64-bit-only OS.3. upgrading can take a long time. However.3 Install Windows 7 Now you’ve decided which version of Windows 7 to use. 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. 1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 10 Getting Started prepared for lackluster industry support.

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

I recommend you get updates online before upgrading Windows . 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.

which will help you determine what may not work properly after the upgrade. Now click Upgrade and follow the instructions. You may get a compatibility report. Accept the license terms and click Next 7.13 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 6. .

you can learn how in this section.3. Once you have created the partition. To run two operating systems on your computer. Creating a New Partition To create a second partition on your hard drive in Windows XP.2. 1. however.2 Dual Boot Windows XP/Vista with 7 Dual booting Windows is the most challenging of the three options. Download the GParted live CD here . you may install Windows 7 on it. The process of creating a dual boot environment differs from Windows Vista to XP. Please follow the instructions according to which version of Windows you are currently using.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 14 Getting Started 1.3. making it work can be very rewarding. If you are not familiar with adding a partition. do the following: 1.1 Dual Boot Windows XP with Windows 7 You will need third party software to create a second partition for Windows 7. you will need to add a second partition.

Creating a New Partition To create a second partition on your hard drive in Windows Vista. Press the Start button. Refer to the Install Windows from Scratch section of this chapter to learn how to install Windows 7 on your newly created partition. Burn the image to a CD. 1.2 Dual Boot Windows Vista with Windows 7 Windows Vista natively manages partitions.3. Once you’ve booted into GParted. and select Manage . create a partition for Windows 7 (16 GB+ recommended) (How to create a partition with GParted) 4.2.15 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 2. you may install Windows 7 on it. Once you have created the partition. and boot from the CD. reboot your computer. you will need to create a second partition for Windows 7. do the following: 1. right click Computer. (How to burn an ISO to a disc) 3.

Right click on the partition and select Shrink Volume . click Disk Management 3. In the left pane. Now create a new partition by shrinking a previous volume.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 16 Getting Started 2.

Click Next .17 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 4. Now right click the free space and click New Simple Volume… 6. in MB.384 MB) 5. you want to shrink the partition by (16 GB = 16. Input the size.

Assign a letter to the drive and click Next . Select the volume size and click Next 8.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 18 Getting Started 7.

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

the procedure is the same. Click Finish 11. do the following: . To install Windows 7 from scratch.3 Install Windows from Scratch Whether you are installing Windows 7 on a blank hard drive or a newly created partition. Refer to Install Windows from Scratch to learn how to install Windows 7 on your newly created partition.3.7 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. Click Install now .21 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started 1. please refer to your manufacturer’s website or computer’s manual. and restart your computer 2. Windows will now load the installation files. insert the Windows 7 DVD. 4. Turn your computer on. 3.) If you are unsure how to do this.

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

Be sure to leave the DVD in the drive and let Windows take care of itself . so be patient 10.23 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started the partition you want to use. (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. Your computer will restart several times during the process. Windows will take some time to install.) 9.

After some time. Before doing anything with the Windows Registry. Windows will now be installed. I try to make executable registry hacks in most cases. If you are running a dual boot. how to back it up. .4 About the Windows Registry Throughout this book. 1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 24 Getting Started 11. you should know what the registry is. some guides require you to access the Windows Registry and make changes. but it can be fun to script or create your own registry files. you should have the choice of either version of Windows when you turn your computer on.

1. type regedit. Windows settings. The registry is made up of the following components:    Keys Subkeys Values . individual program settings.2 Access the Windows Registry Editor To access the Windows Registry.4. and press Enter. press the start button. and how to add keys and values. and other important configuration information are stored here.25 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started how to restore it to a previous state.4.1 What is the Windows Registry? Think of the Windows registry as a control center for your computer. 1.

Select New > Key 3.3. you will need to create a new key or value.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 26 Getting Started 1. do the following: 1.4. do the following: 1.2 Add a New Value To add a new value. Follow the guide’s instructions for what key name to assign 1.4.4. 1. Right click on the parent key 2.3. Navigate to the key that you want to add a value to .1 Add a New Key To add a new key.3 Add Keys or Values In some of the tutorials in this book.

. Select New > xx (Where xx is the value specified in the guide) 4. 1. please refer to the Back up Your Data chapter.4. Follow the guide’s instructions for what value to assign 1.4 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 3.5 About the Group Policy Editor Group Policy is a feature of Microsoft Windows that provides centralized management and configuration of computers.

msc.2 Work with the Group Policy Editor .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. 1.1 Access the Group Policy Editor Press the start button. type gpedit. 1.5.5. and press Enter.

but you are now free to explore the book. and change the setting to Enabled. double click on the specified option in the right-hand pane. As a brief recap. 1.29 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Getting Started To enable options (as directed in any of the guides). . and how to install your chosen version. 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. You also learned about the Windows Registry and the Group Policy Editor. I strongly suggest you review the Back up Your Data chapter. the version to install.

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

1. do the following: 1. which allows you to backup and restore either your files or an image of your operating system.1. Press the Start button and type Backup 2.33 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up 2. Click Set up backup… . Select Backup and Restore 2.1 Backup and Restore Backup and Restore – bundled with Windows 7 – is an excellent tool.1 Launching Backup and Restore To launch the Backup and Restore Center. do the following: 1. 2.2 Backing up Your Files To backup your files.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 34 Back Up 2. . Choose a backup destination and click Next 4. Windows will now prepare your system for backup 3. I recommend you choose your files to backup.

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

1. Locate the medium your files are stored on and follow the instructions to get your previously backed up files back. Windows will now backup your files 2.3 Restoring Your Files Launch Backup and Restore and click Restore Files. Set the frequency of backup 8. .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 36 Back Up 7.

If you make a mistake and don’t correct it. To back up and restore your registry.1 Back up the Registry To back up the Windows registry.2 Back Up and Restore the Registry Some guides in this book will require you to change values in your registry.2. do the following: 2. Left click Computer in the left pane . do the following: 1.37 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up 2. you may find your computer is not as functional as it was before. you need to backup your registry. To protect yourself from any mistakes. Press Start and type regedit 2.

Save the file (for extra precaution. save the file to a USB thumb drive) . Go to File > Export 4.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 38 Back Up 3.

Press Start and type regedit 2.2 Restore the Registry To restore your registry from a backup. Click your backup file and click open . do the following: 1.2.39 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Back Up 2. Go to File > Import 4. Left click Computer in the left pane 3.

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 attempt a repair. To create a system recovery disc. do the following: . to see if the problem can be fixed. The system recovery disc cannot be used to install Windows. you can create a system recovery disc. but it can be used to fix common problems that prevent Windows from booting.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 40 Back Up 2.

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

Boot from the optical drive and ensure the disc works. As . Test the disc by rebooting your PC with the disc in the drive. be sure to check the recycle bin first. If there are no files in the recycle bin. Even though your files are deleted. 8. there is still hope. Save the recovery disc in a safe place 2. the data may still be recoverable because the reference to the file has simply been deleted and not the data itself.4 Recovering Lost Data on Your Drive If you lose your data. Wait for the disc to burn 7.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 42 Back Up 6.

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

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how to encrypt your sensitive data. how to take ownership of your files. and how to protect your privacy in Windows Media Player 11. There is so much you can do to protect yourself.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 46 Security 3. you will learn how to choose an antivirus program. There are so many threats out there that it is important to be proactive and protect your computer. but these guides should help you gain more control and help you know how to make good choices when using your computer.0 Security O ne of the most important ways to protect yourself. when you are using your computer. is to be in control of security. . In this chapter.

you must have an anti-virus program. Download TakeOwnership.zip 2.2 Add Take Ownership to Context Menu Many folders in 7 are protected from changes and require administrative approval to change every time. Sometimes this can become tedious.reg into your windows registry . Of the current software. I recommend AVG. 1. Add Take Ownership to your context menu by merging (double click) InstallTakeOwnership. so I’ve created a registry hack you can use to take ownership of select files.1 Choose an Anti-virus Program To protect yourself. 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. 3. Microsoft currently supplies a list of all vendors whose software works with Windows 7.47 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Security 3.

. but newer versions should operate in a similar fashion.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. 3.reg into your registry. I will refer the media as a “USB key drive” throughout this tutorial.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 48 Security Remove Take Ownership from your context menu by merging RemoveTakeOwnership. but not system files.3a. simply replace this phrase with “hard disk drive” – the procedure is identical. You may encrypt parts of the drive. Final word: do not encrypt the entire drive your OS is stored on. If you are encrypting your hard disk drive. 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. This guide is written for TrueCrypt 4.

but it will be split into . Ensure you keep the following four files as depicted in the above figure. select Extract and click Next 4. 3.exe 2.49 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Security 3.e. Your USB drive will still keep its letter (i. Once loaded. Download TrueCrypt 2.but will show as two different drive letters when you complete this tutorial) 3. Press Create Volume. Run TrueCrypt. Run the installer 3.3. Extract the files to your USB key drive in a folder named TrueCrypt You can delete other files in the directory if you wish.2 Encrypt part of your USB drive 1.3. “R”). When prompted.1 Download TrueCrypt 1. select a drive letter that will become the encrypted volume (the drive letter of your USB drive won’t change .

Create a secure password 8. After a confirmation message.) 4. Now select Create a standard TrueCrypt volume and click Next 5. Open TrueCrypt 3.7 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.3. Select the drive letter you chose in the previous steps . good news! 2. click Exit 3. Save a file named Container in the Truecrypt folder on your USB thumb drive and click Next 6.3 Verify Your Encrypted Drive Works 1. The next screen will ask you where you want to store the volume. Select the size of the encrypted volume (I suggest you use 1/2 the size of the drive) 7. Go to your Computer and look for a “W” (or letter you chose) drive. Now select Format and your Container will form 9. It’s not there.

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

1 Configuring Privacy When Setting up WMP11 for the First Time To configure privacy settings. Click on the Windows Media Player icon on the Superbar 2. when setting up WMP11 for the first time. do the following: 1.4. Select Custom Settings and click Next .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 52 Security 3.

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

3. Press the ALT key. after WMP11 is already set up. On the Windows Media Player screen.4. and click Tools > Options… . Click on the Windows Media Player icon on the Superbar 2. do the following: 1.2 Configuring Privacy after WMP11 is Set Up To configure privacy settings.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.

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

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

and Camera Videos). you can merge them into one. videos. music. Public folders will also be merged into your files so your whole network can have seamless access to public files. and have quick access to all your files at once. 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. Figure 1: Windows 7’s libr aries . which aggregate your current media folders into one.59 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4. pictures. Figure 1 shows the Libraries view. TV Shows. which gives you quick access to your documents.1 Libraries Libraries are special folders. For example: if you have three video folders (e.g. and more. Movies.

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

as shown in figure 3.61 | 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. The window will then “snap” to that side of the sc reen. You can also drag a window to the top of the screen to maximize it. Figure 3: AeroSnap “snaps” your windows to screen edges .

Figure 4 shows an example of AeroPeek in action. This feature helps you regain focus. Figure 4: AeroPeek lets you “peek” at your desktop .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 62 7 Features 4.2 Ae roPeek AeroPeek helps you take a “peek” at your desktop by moving the mouse to the bottom. right-hand side of the sc reen.2.

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

Yes. if the user is clicking yes to every thing. However. Note the only warnings are given when changes to the computer are requested by the software you run on it. 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. however. changes made by programs still need approval. Microsoft listened to the user and has greatly improved UAC. asking a user if they want to take a specific action does add a level of security.4 Improvements in User Account Control One of Windows Vista‟s most c riticized features is User Account Control (UAC. Figure 6 shows the details of this setting. then this level of security becomes more of a stumbling block.) Things need to be simple when using your computer and UAC seemingly added a new level of complexity that rarely helped the average user.

65 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features Figure 6: Default UAC Setting To access UAC settings. Press the Start button. 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 . and click on Change User Account Contro l Settings Currently. do the following: 1. . there are four options are offered when deciding on the level of security set by UAC. type UAC. Microsoft isn‟t the only one that made changes. These options are range from Never notify to Always notify.

5. In this guide. The following is an explanation of both of these features: 4. loss of sensitive data is becoming more of a threat. Two new and exciting features in Windows 7 are BitLocker To Go and BitLocker Biometric.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 66 7 Features 4.1 BitLocker To Go BitLocker To Go encrypts the data on your portable media.5. how to verify the data is encrypted and how to remove enc ryption from your drive. you‟ll learn how to enc rypt your thumb d rive with BitLocker To Go.1.1 Encrypting Your Thumb Drive To enc rypt your thumb drive. do the following: 1. 4. With an inc reasing number of key drives at our disposal. 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 .

Click the Start button. BitLocker will prepare it for enc ryption . Next to your thumb d rive. If your thumb d rive is compatible. and click on BitLocker Drive Encryption 3.67 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 2. type BitLocker. click Turn on BitLocker 4.

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

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

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 70 7 Features 7. Click Next . ensure the file is stored somewhere safe 8. If you save the file.

71 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 9. Your d rive will now be encrypted . Confirm your chosen settings and password and click Start Encrypting 10.

You should do the following too.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.5. it is important to ensure the protection actually works.1. you will need either XP SP3 or Vista SP1 or . Please note: If you check the d rive in an older version of Windows. this may take a long time 4. If you have a large thumb drive. to ensure your data is protected.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 72 7 Features 11.

73 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features above to read the enc rypted drive. Other operating systems will recognize the d rive as an unformatted drive. which shows BitLocker is not installed on the computer you‟re testing on.) 2. If you have BitLocker installed on the PC you are testing on. you will be prompted for your password . To verify your data is protected. Put your thumb drive in another PC and try to open the files. you will be prompted for a password (see the next step. do the following: 1. You should see a BitLocker setup file. If you have BitLocker installed on the machine.

Enter your password to get to your data 4. Plug your thumb d rive into a USB port 2.1. do the following: 1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 74 7 Features 3.3 Removing BitLocker Encryption If you would like to decrypt your d rive.5. type BitLocker. and click on BitLocker Drive Encryption . Click the Start button.

and click Decrypt Drive 4. Next to your thumb d rive. .75 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 3. 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. click Turn Off BitLocker. This will take some time 5.

Figure 7 shows a list of biometric devices attached to your computer.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 76 7 Features 4.5. Figure 7: List of Biometric devices You can assign any finger when enrolling a biometric device as shown in figure 8. by now. I am sure. . If you don‟t currently have a fingerprint scanner on your laptop. Expect to see more and more programs using this feature. you‟ve seen someone with a laptop that does this.2 BitLocker Biometric BitLocker Biometric protects your computer via fingerprint c redentials. 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.

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. at times. 4. As the average household houses more than . Windows XP and Vista haven‟t done a great job at guiding you through the setup process.6 The Windows HomeGroup Setting up a home network can. In the past. be complicated.

so you can share files. HomeGroup makes it easier to connect to other computers and devices on a wireless home network.6. you can use the Network and Sharing Center to choose what you share with other HomeGroup members. Once you've set up a HomeGroup. a home network is easier to setup and a lot more useful. but I‟m just assuming this is the case). HomeGroup is strictly a feature of Windows 7. photos. music. 4. With PCs running Windows 7. home networking is becoming more of a mainstream need.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 78 7 Features one computer these days (no source. When you select Home as your network.1 Setting up Your HomeGroup Figure 9 shows the location specification of the current network you are connec ted to. so you‟ll need to have at least two PCs running Windows 7. . and more throughout your home network. Windows will start modifying settings to enable resource sharing. printers.

and Videos (Figure 10.) . your network will be set up appropriately with the choices you made (Figure 11. Music. Documents. Choose from Pictures.) When you click Create Now. 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. you will be asked to decide what you want to share on the network.

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 .

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

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 82 7 Features 4. You will be prompted to join the HomeGroup. 2.6. go to your second PC and do the following: 1. you may join other computers to it. Type in your HomeGroup password . Click Join Now 3. Connect to the same network (wireless or wired) the HomeGroup is set up on.2 Joining Your HomeGroup with Another PC Now you‟ve set up your HomeGroup. To join your current HomeGroup.

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

.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 84 7 Features 4.3 Accessing Files Shared on the HomeGroup To access files shared on your HomeGroup.6. you should now see your HomeGroup files. In the left-hand pane. Click on the links to access the shared data. Open Windows Explorer (Winkey+E) 2. do the following: 1.

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

device stage should alleviate the need for bulky third-party applications that were required.) Figure 13: Action Center notifications .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 86 7 Features Essentially. in the past. 4. to access your devices.8 Action Center Windows Action Center is an improved version of Vista‟s Security Center. The action center alerts you to problems with your PC and lets you know how you can resolve them. Notifications are delivered through the notification area (Figure 13.

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

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

8. and more.Maintenance alerts .2 Action Center – Maintenance In a similar fashion to the security section. the Action Center also ensures your computer is maintained and deals with backup. Figure 16 shows the areas the Maintenance section is responsible for. updates.89 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4. Figure 16: Action Center .

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 90 7 Features 4. To test the troubleshooter. Press the Start button. type action. Scroll down and click on Troubleshooting . and click on Action Center 2. To troubleshoot a problem. 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. apply the following steps: 1. open the troubleshooting component and Windows will run tests to determine why the problem exists and how it can be fixed.8. If you are having problems with your computer.

Locate the issue you are having (in this case Display Ae ro desktop effects) 4. Windows will now determine why you are having the problem .91 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 3.

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

. 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.93 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 7. Computers will never completely fix themselves. but letting you know what the problem is helps greatly.

1 Configuring IE8 for the First Time When you first launch IE8.9 Internet Explorer 8 Internet Explorer 8 is Microsoft‟s latest web browser.9.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 94 7 Features 4. which comes packed with many new features. I‟ve put together a simple step by step and explanation of the initial setup as follows: 1. you are presented with some questions. Below is an explanation of how to get IE8 up and running and a breakdown of some of the best features. Click on IE8 on the Supe rbar . 4.

You will see the initial setup screen. Click Next 3. Choose whether you want suggested sites or not .95 | 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 | 96 7 Features 4. I recommend choosing Custom Settings 5. If you want a custom provider. select Show me a webpage after setup to choose more search provide rs .

Smart Screen Filter helps protect you from malicious websites . If you want to set up more accelerators. 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.

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. These updates make websites. .9. Click Finish and you are ready to go 4. You can choose to use compatibility updates. designed for older browsers. look better. These can be really useful when you follow some websites that are updated frequently. 9.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 98 7 Features 8. See the selection of Web Slices here.

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

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

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. . with smart suggestions and even inline search – a feature I‟ve taken for granted in Firefox.5 I mproved Search Search has been greatly improved. 4.9.9.101 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E 7 Features 4.

9. 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. without the hassle of a pop-up searc h box. and .6 InPrivate Browsing InPrivate Browsing helps prevent Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. 4. This includes cookies. temporary Internet files.

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

and click on Default Location . type loc. will utilize your geographic location. such as Firefox. do the following: 1. To set your default geographic location. Click the Start button. 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.10 Geographic Location Many programs in Windows 7.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 104 7 Features 4.

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

there are even more new features than I previously listed in this chapter. Windows 7 is Microsoft‟s best operating system to date. however. The future is bright. I am in no doubt about this statement. Yes.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 106 7 Features 4.11 In Conclusion Windows 7 has some excellent new features. I feel ones I‟ve covered are the most exciting and useful. .

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Windows needs to be maintained and cleaned frequently.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. I have a check list of things I like to do to ensure I won’t be working on the same computer anytime soon. 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. Anyone can maintain their computer. they just have to learn how. Whenever I work on someone’s computer. .

Open Notepad and type the following: cd C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local rmdir /S /Q Temp 2. but only if they are over a week old.bat .1 Creating the Batch File 1.109 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 5.1.1 Automatically Delete Temporary Files The Windows Disk Cleanup Wizard will delete your temporary files. do the following: 5. Save the file as cleantemp. To create a simple batch script that will clean up your temporary directories.

5. Place the shortcut in your startup folder in the start menu. your temporary files will be deleted. try replacing %username% with you windows login username. Right click on the batch file and select create shortcut 2. do the following: 1. so you do not need to remember to run it. If this doesn’t work and gives an access error.1. Now when you log in to Windows Vista. .2 Automating the Process To automate this process.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 110 Maintenance 3. Now double click on the file to remove your temporary files and free up space on your computer.

Another program I use frequently is Advanced Windows Care (AWC. CCleaner is a freeware system optimization. You do not need both of these programs.allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. I prefer AWC but CCleaner is great too. one of these programs . The first of these two programs is the well known CCleaner. Luckily there are two programs suited to this job.) AWC is a comprehensive PC-care utility that has a one-click approach to helping protect. privacy and cleaning tool. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. repair and optimize your PC. It removes unused files from your system .111 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 5.2 Clean up Windows Cleaning up Windows can be a tedious task as there are so many temporary and unused files stored everywhere. Manual cleaning may be more thorough. but would take hours.

however. 1. 5.or you may want to remove that net monitoring program so your kids can’t remove it.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. I recommend you backup your registry before doing this. In this guide you will learn how to remove these programs. Press WINKEY+R 2. Type in regedit . One reason may be that you have no intention of removing some programs and they are cluttering the list .3 Remove Entries from Add/Remove Programs There may be several reasons for removing certain programs from the add/remove programs list. if you follow these instructions. you will be fine.

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 .

(This will allow you to restore the key when you want to uninstall the program.) 8. Now the key is backed up. In the left pane are the programs (some represented by numbers and letters. and some by their name) and in the right pane you can see the display name 6.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 114 Maintenance 5. Select the key in the left pane and click File > Export 7. Find the key that corresponds to the program you want to hide. Choose a name for the file and save it. you can delete the key by right clicking on it and choosing Delete .

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

This guide will show you how to save space by disabling memory dump files in Windows 7.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 116 Maintenance The program will not begin removing anything. Click on View advanced system settings in the search results . you can always turn the option back on. It is unlikely you will need this file. if you do. Hit the “Next” button and it will begin cleaning your PC. If it does not find anything. 5. 1.5 Disable Memory Dump Files and Save HDD Space If your computer crashes it will create a dump file. without prompting you first. a pop-up box will notify you of this and the program will exit and not modify your PC. From this dump file you can diagnose the source of the problem. Type Advanced in the search box 3. Press Start and click Control Panel 2.

click (none) and press OK . In the Write debugging information drop down. click Settings 5.117 | 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) 2.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 118 Maintenance You will now save space and not store (possibly) useless information.after realizing you want more space on another one of the partitions. In the left pane. you may want to shrink or extend one of them . 1.6 Shrink/Extend a Partition on Your Hard Drive If you use multiple partitions on your hard drive. click Storage and then Disk Management . 5.

119 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 3. Enter the amount of space to shrink by – in MB . Now you see all your partitions which you have created. simply right click on the partition and choose Shrink Volume 4. To shrink a partition.

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. Then go back to step 4 and instead select Extend Volume. 5.7 Schedule Defragmentation Defragmentation helps speed up access to data on your drive. .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 120 Maintenance If you would like to extend a partition.

Defragmenting “re-orders your book collections”. Just do the following: . 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. You sell a collection and buy a bigger one to replace it.9.2 Setting up Scheduled Defragmentation Setting up scheduled defrags is easy. these too need to go on the end of the shelf. You do this for years and you have a mess on your hands. Every now and then you get a new book for a collection. Think of this as follows: You have a library full of collections of books.121 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Maintenance 5. Each of these collections represents a file on your hard drive.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. 5. they become fragmented. Unfortunately. and makes access to them a lot easier.1 What does “Defragment” mean? When you constantly add and delete files on your hard drive.

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

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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.

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

do the following: 1. I have done other things to tweak my laptop. but this is still a real improvement. Windows Seven comes with a performance rating tool. I managed to get a complete startup time (boot to func tionality) in 28 seconds (originally 41)… not bad. you’ll learn how to use Windows 7’s Performance Information Tools to rate your system. and click on Perfo rmance Information and Tool 2. In this guide. To rate your system. Click the Start button. type perf. 6.2 Rate and Improve Your Computer’s Performance Like Windows Vista. which rates your system and then gives you tips on improving it.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. Click on Rate this computer and let the tests run . 3 GB ram).

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

and click Device Manager 2. do the following: 1. type dev in the search box. Right click on your hard drive and select Prope rties 4. 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. To enhance SATA drive performance. Click on the Start Button. If you are using a laptop. Click on the + Next to Disk Drives 3.131 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance power inc reases you risk of data loss or corruption. Select the Policies tab and check Enable advanced performance .

do the following: 1.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 132 Performance 5. If you are willing to eject your drive each time. you can increase the performance of your external hard drives. Now click OK and close Device Manager 6.4 Speed up Your External Hard Drives The default setting in Windows Seven disables write caching for external drives. and click Device Manager . Click on the Start Button. To turn w rite caching back on and activate advanced performance. type dev in the search box. This is done so that you can eject the d rive at any time without data loss.

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

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and how to get it working for you. it can be used to store and access data that is needed quickly. we will learn what Readyboost is. what its requirements are. the data is stored on your thumb . therefore. 6. Windows Vista Readyboost uses the USB thumb d rive as an extra cache between the processor and the hard disk.1 What is Readyboost? Readyboost uses a USB thumb d rive to create an extra cache of the most commonly used data.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. Unlike RAM.2 How Does Readyboost Work? Solid state memory (what your USB drive uses) has excellent transfer speeds. In this guide.135 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance 6. 6.4.4.

do the following: 1. select Speed up my System with Windows Readyboost . 6.4. it needs to have a minimum of 256 MB free space. When the Autorun menu appears.3 What are the Require ments fo r Readyboost? For a USB thumb drive to be compatible.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.4 How Can I get Readyboost Working fo r Me? To enable Readyboost.4. Most modern USB thumb d rives will meet the space and speed requirements of Readyboost. Put your USB thumb drive into a USB port on your computer 2. 6.

137 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance 3. I recommend using a full USB drive. 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.) .

but stick with it and your computer will begin to perform more efficiently. Press OK. Don’t expect miracles . .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 138 Performance 4.

it slows down . navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentContr olSet\Contro l .6 Make Windows Shut Down Faster As you install programs on your computer.we all know that. In the left menu. 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. Click the Start button. Windows is “kind” enough to patiently wait for these services to stop when you shut down your computer. You will see a screen like the one below. However. I t really doesn’t pay off to wait. type regedit in the searc h bar. and hit enter 2.139 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Performance 6.

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

147 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop 7.1 Customizing the Right-hand Pane l 1. There are a couple of ways you can customize your start menu to restore order. The first is to customize the right-hand panel and the second is to organize the programs folder. On the Start Menu tab. Right click on the Start button and select Prope rties 2.1 Customize Your Start Menu The Windows Start Menu is notoriously bloated and often confusing – even in Windows 7.1. click the Custo mize… button . 7.

consider using folders like . To reduce the number of folders in the left part of the menu.1. Here you can change w hat shows up in the right section of the start menu. why have it linked there? 7.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 148 Start Menu & Desktop 3. If you don‟t use your Music folder.2 Customizing the Programs List After installing a few programs. your start menu can get cluttered.

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

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

Right click on the Task Bar and click Properties 2. In this guide. by default. you‟ll learn how to change this default option. in Windows 7. To change the default power option.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 152 Start Menu & Desktop 7.2 Change Start Menu Power Button Action The start menu power option is set to Shut Down. c hoose your desired power button action . do the following: 1. Under the Start Menu tab.

Do this by following these steps: 1. Press the Start button 2. Click your account picture at the top of the menu 3.3 Change Your Account Picture Your account picture is used for the login sc reen.153 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop 3. and more. you may select one of the default images. windows meeting space. Click OK to save Test the new setting by clicking the Start button and viewing the new option. your start menu. In this guide you'll learn how to customize your account picture. In the User Accounts window. When you first set up your account. 7. choose Change Your Picture .

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

do the following: 1. 7.155 | 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. Learn how to customize your icons in this guide. or even remove them. To customize your icons. Right click the desktop and select Personalize . c hange them. This is really helpful when you have multiple users on your account.4 Customize Desktop Icons There are many ways you can customize your desktop icons: you can resize them.

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

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. Follow the procedure above 2. do the following: 1. Click Change Icon 3. click the image you want to replace the selected icon and press OK .

Check the icon is the one you want and click apply 5. Go to your desktop to ensure the change took place .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 158 Start Menu & Desktop 4.

. 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. holding the CTRL key. select view. and alignment of your desktop icons. and specify the size and alignment of the icons 2. 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. Right click a blank spot on the Desktop. order. do the following: 1.

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

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. 7. When you finish changing the mouse settings.161 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Start Menu & Desktop On the Buttons tab.5.2 Set Mouse Pointer Options To change your mouse pointer options. press the OK button to save changes. do the following: .

) 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      .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 162 Start Menu & Desktop 1. (As you move the slider. and click Mouse to display the Mouse Properties dialog box 2. Press the Start button. you can test the effect of the change by moving your mouse. type mouse in the Search box. Click the Pointer Options tab Here you may set or change the following options:  The speed at which your mouse pointer moves.

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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:

Press the Start button. simply move your mouse to the side of the screen the taskbar is located on and it will appear.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 168 Start Menu & Desktop 1. and IE shortcut? You can have it in Windows 7 too. Check Auto-Hide The Taskbar and click OK To access the taskbar. in this guide. 2. you‟ll learn how to restore this toolbar. and click Taskbar And Start Menu The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box will now display. Show desktop. type taskb in the Search box. . 7.8 Restore the Quick Launch Toolbar Remember the quick launch bar in Windows Vista? The one with the Flip-3D.

Paste the following into the folder field and click Select Folder: %App Dat a%\Microsoft \Int ernet Explorer\Quick La unch 3.169 | 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 uncheck Lock the taskbar . do the following: 1. Right click the Taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar… 2.

To enable large icons. TIP: To remove the text.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. right click the toolbar and select View > Large Icons .

9 Add Extra Clocks If you spend time in more than one time zone. have family around the world. in this tutorial. or a really too lazy to work out what time it is in Japan. To add multiple clocks in Windows Seven. Learn. this guide is for you. do the following: . how to add multiple clocks in Windows 7.171 | 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.

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

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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. . and explore the rest of this chapter. Themes.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 176 Wallpaper & Screensavers 8. If you are already familiar with changing your wallpaper and screensaver. Finally. If this concept is new to you.0 Wallpapers. you will learn how to change your wallpaper and make it more functional. In this chapter. then this chapter is for you. 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. you can skip the basic guides. you’ll learn how to save your settings as a theme so you can reuse your customization settings anytime.

download one. and do the following: 1. To change your desktop wallpaper.1 Change Your Desktop Wallpaper This simple guide will teach you how to change your wallpaper. If you are already familiar with this.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.

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

179 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 4. Tile: Repeat the image across the screen e. Fill: Fit the sc reen (at the expense of some edges that may not fit b. Fit: Ensure the w hole picture shows (may show black edges if the picture is out of proportion) c. 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. Stretch: Fits the sc reen. but may make your picture look bad d. You can specify how your wallpaper will look: a. .

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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

select Yes. 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. Click OK on Folder Options 4.185 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 3. When prompted.

To get more themes for Windows 7. do the following: 1.5 Get More Themes Microsoft has a site where you can get more themes. Right click the desktop. click Get more themes online . On the theme sc reen. you’ll learn the easiest way to get to that site when you need it. and select Personalize 2. In this guide.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 186 Wallpaper & Screensavers 8.

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

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. so things like screen resolution. which is a global setting. will need manual changing.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. do the following: .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 188 Wallpaper & Screensavers 8. you may save the settings as a theme.

Right click the desktop. Give your theme a name . Click Save theme 3. and select Personalize 2.189 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 1.

7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 190 Wallpaper & Screensavers You may now restore these saved themes. you can do the following: 1. by clicking on the theme you like under My themes 8. Right click the desktop and select Personalize 2. Click Screen Saver 3. Select a screensaver from the list (or see the next section to add new screensavers) .7 Choose a Screensaver To change your sc reensaver.

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 .191 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Wallpaper & Screensavers 4.

Right click the desktop and select Personalize 2. 8.8 Recommended Screensavers With so many screensavers available. Click Screen Saver 3.1 Photo/Video Slideshow Screensaver To use you’re photos and videos as a slide show.8. do the following: 1. Select Photos in the Sc reen Saver list .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. here is an offering of some of the best sc reensavers that are low on resource consumption.

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Select the speed at w hich you want the pictures to change 7. Select a theme for the display 6. Specify whether or not you want your pictures appear in random order 8. .2 Othe r Recommended Screensavers I have a collection of sc reensavers here that you can download and use.8. Press Save and press OK 8.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 194 Wallpaper & Screensavers a. OR choose pictures from a specific folder (click Browse to specify the folder) 5. Choose pictures from your Photo Gallery (limit by tags or ratings) b.

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You can greatly inc rease your efficiency by making some simple changes. . In this chapter. set up quickly accessible shortc uts.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. and customize your folder icons. you’ll learn how to standardize the view of Windows Explorer.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 196 Windows Explorer 9. improve the way you select files.

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. Open and folder and customize it in a way that you want reflected across all your folders 2. do the following: 1. Within the folder. tags. ratings etc.197 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 9. press the ALT key once and then select View > Folde r Options 3. Click the View tab and click Apply to Folde rs . If you are like me and want to simplify Windows Explorer’s view. 98% of the time I just want to see the details of the files and I don’t care for thumbnails.

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

Locate the folder you want to add 2.1 Adding Shortcuts to the Shortcut Menu To add a shortc ut to the menu. do the following: 1.2 Removing Shortcuts fro m the Shortcut Menu To remove a shortcut from the menu.2. do the following: 1. This shortcut menu is customizable and can save you a lot of time if you frequently open and close files from specific locations. 9.2 Set up Shortcuts to Common Folders Windows Explorer has a great feature in Vista: the shortc ut menu.199 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 9. Click on it and drag it to the menu 9.2. Right click on the shortcut .

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

Click the View tab and under Advanced settings. Within the folder. do the following: 1. locate and select Use check boxes to select items . press the ALT key once and then select View > Folde r Options 2.201 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer To enable check box file selection.

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. .

Here. Pictures. Video. and other folders. I have my Music. In this guide. you’ll learn how to customize your folder icons to achieve something similar to Figure 1.4 Customize Folder Icons I use some folders as a dashboard to get to commonly used folders. A good example of this is my ‘Media’ partition. Figure 1: Customized Folder Icons .203 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 9.

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

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.

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

by opening your DVD immediately or ripping your CDs without you telling your computer to do so.5 Set AutoPlay Defaults Although I do not find Autoplay to be a useful feature. many do. To set Autoplay defaults in Windows7. each time. select which programs or actions you would like to take for each media type . The defaults will save you time as you use media with your PC. and click on Autoplay 2. you’ll learn how to set Autoplay defaults in Windows 7. Click the Start button.207 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Windows Explorer 9. do the following: 1. type auto. When the Autoplay screen comes up. In this guide.

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. When you are finished. .

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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’m sure I missed a lot because I automatically use them. I imagine I saved some decent time while putting this chapter together.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 210 Work Efficiently 10. however. we save a lot of time. I counted over one hund red times. 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. This chapter mainly consists of shortcut keys. that’s a lot. .

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

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

Redo the last action performed. Underline highlighted selection. Change the font.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. if above 12 decreases font by +2pt. View or hide non printing characters. Paste contents of clipboard. Undo last action. Aligns the line or selected text to the right of the screen. Decrease selected font -1pts. Open the print window. Increase selected font +1pts. Increase selected font +1pts up to 12pt and then increases font +2pts. Decrease selected font -1pts if 12pt or lower. Saves the current document. 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 + * . Cut selected text. Closes the current document.

5-line spacing. Changes text to heading 1. Moves the cursor to the end of the document. Deletes word to right of cursor. 1. Double-space lines. Moves to the beginning of the line or paragraph. Changes text to heading 2. Reset highlighted text to the default font. Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document. Moves to the end of the paragraph.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 Help. Deletes word to left of cursor. Changes text to heading 3. Moves one word to the right. 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 . Single-space lines. Open the Task Pane.

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

5 Remote Desktop Shortcut Keys Sideways  .221 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Work Efficiently 10.

Open the run dialogue. you can have quick access to tools to configure and fix your computer.) . They also allow you quick access to Microsoft software embedded within your operating system. by pressing WINKEY+R Now type in one of the following commands to open a program. (Note: Some of these programs may not be available in your Vista editions. Some are not so useful but can be fun to try . Some of these commands can be very useful.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 222 Work Efficiently 10.6 Useful Windows Commands By using Windows commands.

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

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

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

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7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 232 Organize 11. In this chapter. and relocate your personal document folders from the default locations set in Windows 7.0 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. however. batch rename your files. . 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. use naming conventions.

233 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Organize 11. Desktop teleporter is a great utility that moves files and folders that are newly created on your desktop to pre-determined folders. documents etc 3. Set up rules to help manage images. pictures etc you’ve saved recently and then move them to different folders? If this is the case. do the following: 1. music. Download Desktop Teleporter 2. To automate the process of organizing your desktop. Set exceptions to your rules if you need them [Click to see an image of my clutter-free desktop] . or if you just like a clean desktop.1 Automatically Move Files from Your Desktop Do you have a cluttered desktop? Do you spend time looking for the documents. this guide is for you.

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

you’ll learn how to set rules and batch rename your files without going near the command prompt. along with any albums that are in their own folders. It may take a little getting used to. In this guide. As a reminder. Tags essentially do the same thing. 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. I use it all the time and I recommend it to anyone. for screenshots of my file system. but it’s not too complicated and works very well. but it is an invaluable tool for me.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. please visit this page. Download D-FileMU .3 Batch Rename Your Files I don’t remember when I first started using D-File Mu. 11.

If you get a virus or reinstall your operating system. in this .7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 236 Organize 11.4 Relocate Personal Data Folders I don't like having my personal files on the system drive. Windows likes to store your saved videos. I always keep my personal files on a separate partition or d rive.3. music.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. pictures etc in your Documents folder. you stand a higher chance of losing your files.

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

An explanation of how to do this is outside the scope of this book. Click OK Windows will ask permission to c reate the target folder if it doesn’t already exist.7 P O C K E T G U I D E | 238 Organize 3. so click Yes. 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. unless you see a reason not to. I advise moving all the original files to the new location. . enter the address that you want to relocate to 4.

In this guide you’ll learn how to searc h for duplicates and delete them.239 | 7 P O C K E T G U I D E Organize 11.5 Scan Your Drive for Duplicate Files Do you have thousands of photos. saving you space and keeping you organized. you’ll likely have duplicates all over the place. songs etc on your hard drive? If you do. Download Easy Duplicate Finder 11.5. thus. documents.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 .

. If you would like to add the contents of zipped files to your searc hing. follow this guide.5. the searc h func tion is a necessity when trying to access your files.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 11.6 Index Zip File Contents for Searching As hard drive capacities increase.to test which files is safe to delete Much more…  11.7 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 .

and click OK . do the following: 1. Click the Start button and click on Co mputer 2. Under the Search tab. check Include compressed files.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.

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