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How to Change the Desktop Background in Windows 7

To jazz up your desktop, Windows 7 covers it with pretty pictures known as a background. (Most people refer to the background as wallpaper.) You can easily change the desktop background in Windows 7 to [more…]

How to Choose a Desktop Theme in Windows 7

In Windows-speak, a desktop theme is simply a collection of settings that control the way Windows looks and sounds. When you choose a desktop theme in Windows 7, you could be changing the desktop background [more…]

The Different Versions of Windows 7

Windows XP had two versions: home and business. Windows Vista split into five different versions. Windows 7 boasts six different versions, but the versions are much easier to figure out. [more…]

Running Windows 7 for the First Time

If you’re running Windows 7 for the first time, click the Start button and click Getting Started to visit the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center covers just about everything you need to get Windows 7 up [more…]

How to Add Desktop Icons in Windows 7

Windows 7 can easily and quickly be customized to suit your needs. For many users, particularly those upgrading from Windows XP, one of the things you’ll want to do is add back some of the desktop icons [more…]

How to Make an Older Program Run in Windows 7

Many programmers design their software to run on a specific version of Windows. When a new Windows version appears a few years later, some older programs aren't compatible and refuse to work. If an older [more…]

How to Restore Files from a Backup in Windows 7

If you're lucky, you'll never need your backup. However, if you lose a file (or more), you can restore files from your backup in Windows 7. Take a few minutes to learn how to restore a file from backup [more…]

How to Create a System Repair Disc for Windows 7

If your computer came with a Windows 7 DVD, you can use that DVD to repair your system, including restoring a system image created in Backup and Restore. If you don’t have a Windows 7 DVD, you need to [more…]

How to Use Flip and Flip 3D in Windows 7

When you have many windows open in Windows 7, you can use the Flip and Flip 3-D features to quickly organize your applications. Flip and Flip 3-D, like Aero Peek, allow you to view what is happening in [more…]

How to Use Windows 7 Logo Key Shortcuts

Most keyboards now have a special Windows logo key. Because these keyboards are so prevalent, Windows 7 has increased the number of keyboard shortcuts that use this key. You can use Windows logo key shortcuts [more…]

Upgrading a Netbook to Windows 7 Home Premium

Most netbooks can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. To determine whether your netbook can handle Windows 7 Home Premium, you first need to evaluate your system hardware capabilities, then [more…]

Understanding the Windows 7 Easy Transfer Feature

The Windows 7 Easy Transfer feature makes transferring settings and data files between two computers easy. You can use the Window7 Easy Transfer feature to send files from one computer to another or even [more…]

How to Use the Magnifier Feature for the Visually Impaired in Windows 7

One of the big improvements to the Ease of Access features in Windows 7 is the Magnifier. Windows 7's Magnifier feature, primarily used by the visually impaired, offers much greater control than earlier [more…]

How to Use the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 7

Windows 7 includes a major overhaul of the On-Screen keyboard feature. Now, when you use Windows 7's On-Screen Keyboard, you can adjust the settings by adding such tools as Prediction and Scan Through [more…]

What is the Windows Live Essentials Pack for Windows 7?

The Windows Live Essentials Pack is a group of applications that Microsoft created to go with Windows 7. The Windows Live Essentials Pack is available as a free download and includes four major applications [more…]

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts save time and show off your Windows 7 prowess. Make Windows 7 do your bidding faster by using these handy keyboard shortcuts: [more…]

Useful Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts while working in Windows 7 minimizes keystrokes and saves time. Many of the following shortcuts work in any Windows 7 program or document, although a few apply only to specific [more…]

New in Windows 7 — For XP or Vista Users

If you're upgrading to Windows 7 from Windows XP or Windows Vista, you'll find pleasant improvements with the new features in Windows 7. Here’s how those new features stand out in Windows 7: [more…]

Helpful Hints for Working in Windows 7

Many people are dragged into using Windows 7 without a choice because their new computers probably came with Windows 7 installed. Working in Windows 7 isn't so hard if you consider the helpful hints in [more…]

How to Use Windows Explorer in Windows 7

In Windows 7, use Windows Explorer to discover what your computer has to offer. With Windows Explorer, you can navigate through Windows 7 libraries and folders, preview content details, and use keywords [more…]

Explore the Windows 7 Start Menu and Taskbar

Use the Windows 7 Start menu and taskbar to run programs such as Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, and Windows 7 accessories. The menu and taskbar will also help you find documents and manage your computer [more…]

Windows 7 For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

New to Windows 7? You can quickly take charge of the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system by knowing how to use the Start Menu and taskbar, Windows Explorer, new features [more…]

How to Clean Install Windows 7 over Windows XP

Windows 7 can’t directly upgrade a PC running Windows XP, which complicates things for Windows XP owners. To upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, known as a “clean install,” follow these steps. [more…]

How to Use the Pictures Library to Play a Slide Show in Windows 7

Windows 7 uses the new Pictures Library feature to store and organize the photos across your entire network. You can use the Pictures Library to play a slide show in Windows 7. You can choose to let the [more…]

How to Use Windows 7's Aero Peek to Flip Between Windows

Aero Peek lets you quickly flip through open windows and programs in Windows 7. This new desktop enhancement in Windows 7 allows you to see through all of the things that are on your desktop and decide [more…]

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