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Using a Home Network

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Connecting to Your Home Network Over a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Once you've set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your home network via the Network and Sharing Center in Windows, you're ready to connect to the network! Additional configuration may be necessary [more…]

How to Use Remote Desktop on Your Windows 7 Home Network

Using the Remote Desktop feature in Windows 7 (or other remote control software) to access your computer on your home network from a remote location makes working remotely [more…]

How to Customize Remote Desktop on Your Windows 7 Home Network

You can customize the settings for the Remote Desktop feature on your Windows 7 home network by fine-tuning options in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box. You can change Windows 7 settings such as [more…]

Connecting Your PlayStation, Wii, or Xbox 360 to a Windows 7 Home Network

Connecting your PlayStation, Wii, or Xbox 360 console to your Windows 7 home network and a broadband Internet connection can help you take your gaming prowess to the next level. Gaming consoles can also [more…]

Online Gaming Services for Gaming Consoles on a Windows 7 Home Network

Once you’ve connected your gaming console to your Windows 7 home network, you can sign up for an online gaming service. Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo all offer online gaming services that enable head-to-head [more…]

Looking at PC Gaming Requirements for Your Home Network

PC gaming for home networks is considered to be on the cutting edge among gaming enthusiasts. Some important PC gaming requirements consist of hardware components such as the video card, processor and [more…]

What is the Windows 7 Action Center?

The Action Center is a feature in Windows 7 that monitors various security and maintenance-related items on your computer. It helps you keep your computer up to date and notifies you when there is an issue [more…]

Changing Action Center Settings for a Windows 7 Home Network

There may be situations in which you decide to change or turn off certain monitoring settings in Windows 7 Action Center for your home network. Generally though, you should enable monitoring of all of [more…]

Changing Customer Experience Improvement Program Settings in Windows 7

You can change the default Customer Experience Improvement Program Settings in Windows 7. The Windows 7 Customer Experience Improvement Program collects information such as computer hardware configuration [more…]

How to Change Problem Reporting Settings in Windows 7

Windows Problem Reporting (also known as Error Reporting) collects information from your computer when a hardware or software problem occurs and sends it to Microsoft. Windows Problem Reporting is a triggered [more…]

How to Change User Account Control Settings in Windows 7

The User Account Control (UAC) settings in Windows 7 notify you before computer changes that require an administrator account are made. You can change the User Account Control notification setting to one [more…]

How to View Archived Messages about Computer Problems in Windows 7

You can view a list of archived error messages about previous (or existing) computer problems and issues in Windows 7. You’ve probably encountered error messages in Windows 7 before that you didn’t read [more…]

How to Allow and Block Programs through Windows Firewall

You can use Windows Firewall to allow or block specific programs from accessing your computer and home network. Windows Firewall helps to prevent malware from accessing your computer via your home network [more…]

Turning Windows Firewall On or Off and Changing Notification Settings

Like many Windows settings and features, Windows Firewall notifies you when certain events occur. For example, if a program is blocked, a pop-up window will alert you. For some people, this is fine. Others [more…]

How to Restore Your Windows Firewall Default Settings

There are a lot of settings that can be configured in Windows Firewall, but Windows 7 allows you to easily restore the default settings. When you lose track of what you’ve configured, the risk with Windows [more…]

Changing Windows Firewall Settings with Advanced Security Properties

There are many advanced security properties that can be configured in Windows Firewall. You should not change these settings if you are a relative security neophyte. For those who have a specific advanced [more…]

How to Scan Your Computer for Spyware with Windows Defender

Windows Defender is configured by default to scan your computer daily for spyware, and to provide real-time protection (scan any program that attempts to install on your computer). To manually scan your [more…]

How to Change Previous Actions in Windows Defender

Windows Defender makes it easy to change previous actions that you might want to undo, such as responding to a pop-up window about possible spyware too quickly [more…]

How to Change Microsoft SpyNet Settings in Windows 7

Microsoft SpyNet is an online community that helps Microsoft develop new spyware detection methods and improve Windows Defender’s effectiveness. You can change Microsoft SpyNet settings at any time. The [more…]

Configuring Tools and Settings in Windows Defender

You can configure many advanced options in Windows Defender, such as automatic scanning, default actions, real-time protection settings, excluded files and folders, excluded file types, and more. These [more…]

How to Manually Check for Windows 7 Updates

You can manually check for Windows 7 updates (to fix software bugs and security flaws) at any time. Although automatically checking for updates is the recommended setting, if you change Windows 7 Update [more…]

How to Change Windows Update Settings

You can change how Windows Update installs updates to your computer. Windows Update is Microsoft’s online portal for providing software fixes and security patches to the public. There are several options [more…]

How to Remove Installed Windows Updates

Occasionally, an update (software fix or security patch) installed by Windows Update causes problems on your computer. For example, an update may cause a program to not run correctly or to run much slower [more…]

How to Hide Windows Updates That You Don’t Want to Install

If you remove an installed update (or decide not to install a particular update), Windows Update will constantly warn you that there are updates available. The solution to this problem is to hide the update [more…]

How to Restore Windows Updates That Were Previously Hidden

After you have hidden an update from within Windows Update, you may later decide to restore the hidden update and install it on your computer, particularly if the update is a security update or is listed [more…]

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