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How to Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7

New computers today come with Windows 7 preinstalled — it’s practically unavoidable. On the other hand, if you’re upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, you’ve got it easy: upgrading to Windows 7 is [more…]

How to Use a System Repair Disc to Restore Windows 7

If Windows 7 won't start or starts with significant problems, you may need to use the System Repair Disc to fix problems with Windows 7. The System Repair Disc is designed to let you boot up Windows — [more…]

How to Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Before making the leap to Windows 7, take a few minutes to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. The Upgrade Advisor scans your Vista or XP computer and tells you whether your PC can handle Windows 7. Running [more…]

How to Use the Windows Experience Index to Determine How Well a Computer Will Run Windows 7

If you want to upgrade a computer that is already running Vista, you’re in luck. The upgrade process is a breeze, and you can use the Windows Experience Index [more…]

How to Create a Desktop Wallpaper Slideshow in Windows 7

One of the new features in Windows 7 is the ability to customize your desktop with a wallpaper slideshow. You can easily create a wallpaper slideshow using the Windows 7 Personalization settings. [more…]

How to Activate Windows 7

When you buy a copy of Windows 7 in a shrink-wrapped box, you’re allowed to install it on one — and onlyone — PC. To ensure that you stick to that guideline, you’re required to activate Windows 7 within [more…]

How to Use ClickLock in Windows 7 for Better Mouse Control

You can use the ClickLock feature in Windows 7 if you have trouble holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse at the same time — a common problem for notebook users. When you use the Windows [more…]

How to Restore Previous Versions of a File in Windows 7

A new feature in Windows 7 allows you to restore previous versions of a file that you’ve modified or even deleted. Anyone who has ever changed a file only to realize that it was better before they messed [more…]

How to Tell Windows 7 Which Drives to Scan for Previous Versions of Files

Windows 7 includes a nifty new feature that allows you to restore previous versions of a file that you’ve modified or even deleted. However, unless you tell Windows 7 which drives to scan for previous [more…]

How to Ease Security between Homegroup and Workgroup Networks

Windows 7 now calls small networks homegroups — they used to be called workgroups in Windows Vista and Windows XP. If you want to share files over a mixed homegroup and workgroup network, you need to know [more…]

How to Restart a Windows 7 Computer with the Last Known Good Configuration

If you’ve recently installed a new device driver and your computer stops running properly, you need to get rid of the new driver in order to get things going again. In other words, you need to restart [more…]

How to Pin a Hardware Icon to the Windows 7 Taskbar from the Device Stage

The Device Stage is Windows 7’s way of keeping track of the status of everything that’s plugged into your computer. When you want to know what is happening with a peripheral or want to interact with it [more…]

How to Use the Device Stage in Windows 7

Whenever you plug anything into your computer — printer, MP3 player, whatever — it appears in the Device Stage. The Device Stage is a new Windows 7 feature that helps you keep track of all of the external [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Problems Using the Windows 7 Action Center

Windows 7 features many automated tools to help you pull yourself out of errors. The first place you should go to troubleshoot problems is the Windows 7 Action Center. The Action Center is packed with [more…]

How to Create a Screen Saver Boss Key in Windows 7

In Windows 7, you can use screen savers to create a Boss Key — a key combination that you can press to make the PC immediately switch over to running the screen saver so your boss doesn’t see what you’re [more…]

How to Restore Default Settings in Windows 7

Sooner or later, you'll want to restore the default settings for a Windows 7 feature. If you want to return to the way things were before you started messing around with them, you'll need to know how to [more…]

Windows 7 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Windows 7, Microsoft’s latest version of the Windows operating system, has all the familiar boxes, windows, and mouse pointers as its predecessors. But Windows 7 also has some new features to explore. [more…]

Windows Live Movie Maker: Create, Edit, and View Movies

To create, edit, and view digital movies in Windows 7, you must download Windows Live Movie Maker. Windows Live Movie Maker — a stripped-down version of the movie-editing program that came with XP and [more…]

Installing and Running Microsoft Security Essentials

In late September 2009, Microsoft shook up the antivirus industry by doing the unexpected: releasing an antivirus solution that doesn’t slow down your PC or complicate what should be a simple task. Unlike [more…]

How to Draw a Picture in Paint for Windows 7

Windows Live Paint, Windows 7's improved drawing program, has been expanded to include a ribbon panel that makes drawing a picture easier than ever. Using the new Scenic Ribbon in Paint, you can access [more…]

How to Connect to Remote Assistance in Windows 7

With so many Windows features, you’re bound to run into something that doesn’t work right or isn’t easy to figure out. One of the best ways to solve problems is to connect to Remote Assistance and watch [more…]

How to Edit a Photo in Windows 7's Live Paint

Paint, Windows 7's improved drawing program, lets you express your creativity with a number of photo editing tools. You can edit photos using Paint in Windows 7 by adding text, changing colors, and other [more…]

How to Use the New WordPad in Windows 7

With the new version of WordPad that works with Windows 7, you can now create a formatted document without having to use a full-blown word processor like Word. Microsoft beefed up the capabilities of the [more…]

How to Use the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 has been loaded with new safety features, such as the SmartScreen Filter, to protect you and your privacy. You can use the SmartScreen Filter to check Web sites to see if they have [more…]

How to Configure a Projector on a Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 makes traveling with your computer and using your PC for presentations a snap. With its easy-to-understand display settings, you can quickly connect a projector to your Windows 7 PC. Gone are [more…]

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