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Microsoft Windows 7

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Organize Your Open Windows in Windows 7

While working in Windows 7, you may end up with a screen overflowing with open windows. Organize those open windows in Windows 7 by using the hints in this table: [more…]

PC Requirements for Running Windows 7

Windows 7 is powerful software and it requires equal power from the PC it runs on. If the PC doesn't meet requirements for Windows 7, it won't run the software very well. See how the hardware stacks up [more…]

Practice Safe Computing in Windows 7

Protect yourself in Windows 7 by practicing safe computing —after all, the best defense is often a good offense. Consider these safe-computing tips: [more…]

Set Up Windows 7 and Protect against Viruses and Spyware

Here are some Windows 7 setup tasks to complete immediately to make your computer more effective to use and safeguard against viruses and spyware: [more…]

How to Find Vista or XP Items in Windows 7

In Windows 7, you may find that the Windows Vista and Windows XP features you know and love have moved or changed. If you’re going from Windows XP straight to Windows 7, here’s what changed: [more…]

How to Cure Common Windows 7 Problems

Here are the five most common problems that Windows 7 users face — from missing files and cursors to bad Internet connections — and how to fix each one: [more…]

Windows 7 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In Windows 7, discover how to find the features you grew to love in Windows XP or Vista. Pinpoint important setup tasks in Windows 7 and check out the cures for common Windows 7 problems. [more…]

Creating COM and .NET Objects with Windows PowerShell 2

PowerShell 2 enables you to automate your Windows operating system, which entails dealing with objects: COM objects are created using the New-Object method with the [more…]

How to Create and Run a PowerShell Script

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, it helps to know how to create scripts that you may be able to loop and use more than once. The steps to create a script follow: [more…]

Commonly Used Automatic Variables in Windows PowerShell 2

PowerShell 2 helps you automate functions within Windows. Its automation functions include automatic variables, variables the system defines automatically that are given values based on the condition or [more…]

Commonly Used Comparison Operators in Windows PowerShell 2

As you use PowerShell 2 to help automate your Windows operating system, you use comparison operators to compare one value with another. Some of PowerShell 2's most common comparison operators are listed [more…]

Using Conditional Statements in Windows PowerShell 2

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, you use conditional statements to run different script blocks depending on a specific condition, usually using an [more…]

Performing Loops in Windows PowerShell 2

As you automate your Windows operating system with PowerShell 2, you can automate some of the script you need as well. Loops run the same script block multiple times — often on changing values. A few examples [more…]

Windows PowerShell 2 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

With the Windows PowerShell 2 scripting language, you can automate your Windows operating system. During that process, you may need to deal with automatic variables, comparison operators, COM and .NET [more…]

Why Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7?

Microsoft hopes everybody will immediately switch to Windows 7, but they're targeting two groups in particular: people already using Windows XP and people already using Windows Vista. But if you've already [more…]

Why Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7?

If you bought your PC between 2001 and 2006, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the mechanics of Windows XP. But Microsoft releases a new version of Windows every few years. That leaves the nagging question [more…]

How to Speed Up Windows 7 on a Laptop or an Older PC

Both Windows Vista and Windows 7 love slick graphics, but all those smooth edges, dimensional effects, and fancy colors can bog down a laptop or an older PC. Follow these steps to speed up Windows 7. [more…]

What to Look for in a New Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 will run on most people’s existing computers, but if yours is particularly old or limited or if you just want the latest and greatest, you need to know what to look for in a new Windows 7 PC. [more…]

How to Use Aero Snap in Windows 7 to Resize Windows

Windows 7 includes several "gesture" features that can save you a lot of time. Foremost among them: a half-window docking capability that Microsoft calls Aero Snap. You can use Aero Snap in Windows 7 to [more…]

How to Use Sticky Notes in Windows 7

The Sticky Notes accessory enables you to plaster the electronic equivalent of good old-fashioned Post-It notes all over your Windows 7 desktop. You can use Sticky Notes in Windows 7 as onscreen reminders [more…]

New Features in Windows 7's Calculator

Windows has always had a calculator, but for the most part it was a pretty cheap calculator. Windows 7 has substantially improved the calculator, adding more functions. You can now use the calculator in [more…]

How to Turn Off the Aero Peek Feature in Windows 7

Aero Peek is one of the new desktop enhancements in Windows 7; it's part of what makes Windows 7 look and feel different. But you do have the ability to turn off the Aero Peek feature in Windows 7 if you [more…]

How to Remove a Gadget in Windows 7

As you try different gadgets on your Windows 7 desktop, you'll surely load some gadgets only to find that they aren't as useful (or as cool) as you thought. When this happens, you can easily remove the [more…]

How to Customize a Gadget in Windows 7

As anyone who has built an iGoogle page full of gadgets knows, gadgets can be great fun. But most gadgets are generic and need to be customized. In fact, the more you can customize the content to suit [more…]

How to Use Aero Shake in Windows 7

Windows 7 includes several "gesture" features that can save you a lot of time. One that’s gotten a lot of buzz is the Aero Shake. You can use the Aero Shake feature in Windows 7 to keep your desktop workspace [more…]

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