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How to View Digital Images in the Windows 7 Photo Viewer

You can use the Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 7 to view and organize each of the photos and digital images in your ever-growing image collection. Microsoft moved the Photo Gallery tool from Windows 7 [more…]

Game Cheats for Minesweeper in Windows 7

One of the simplest, most absorbing games ever created — and a longtime personal favorite of Bill Gates — Minesweeper has been around since the days of Windows 3.1. Yet, most people don’t know that there [more…]

How to Add Gadgets to the Windows 7 Desktop

You can now add gadgets directly to a Windows 7 desktop. Windows gadgets are little desktop programs that can interact with you, with Windows, with files and folders, with your network, and with other [more…]

How to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 can be a chore. Windows 7 will not automatically upgrade from XP, which means that you have to uninstall Windows XP before you can install Windows 7. And yes, that’s [more…]

How to Access the Windows Home Server Console in Windows 7

Once you’ve established a Windows Home Server network and set up the WHS Connector program on a Windows 7 PC, you can easily access the Windows Home Server Console from any PC that’s connected to the server [more…]

View and Organize Images in Windows 7's Pictures Library

Your Pictures Library is easily the best place to store and view your digital images in Windows 7. When Windows 7 imports your digital camera’s photos, it automatically loads them into the Pictures Library [more…]

How to Copy Photos to a CD or DVD Using Windows 7's Pictures Library

Not only is the Pictures Library in Windows 7 the best place to view your photos. it's also a great starting point for copying photos to a CD or DVD. CDs and DVDs are great ways to share your memories [more…]

How to Set Up a Homegroup in Windows 7

The easiest way to set up a network for sharing files and devices is to use the new Homegroup feature in Windows 7. Setting up a Homegroup in Windows 7 streamlines the network creation process and provides [more…]

How to Join a Homegroup in Windows 7

Unlike most network connections, joining a Homegroup in Windows 7 is quick and painless. Windows 7 added the new Homegroup feature to streamline the networking process and provide a simple way to let every [more…]

How to Install a Wired Network in Windows 7

How to Let Windows 7 PCs Recognize Windows XP Home PCs on a Network

These days almost every home has a computer network. But if one of the PCs in your home uses Windows XP, you need to change the WORKGROUP name in order to let your Windows 7 PC recognize the Windows XP [more…]

How to Manage Libraries in Windows Media Player 12

Take control of your Windows Media Player 12 experience by managing its library. Media Player 12 automatically sorts through your libraries’ stash of digital music, pictures, videos, and recorded TV shows [more…]

How to Resize and Crop a Photo in Windows 7's New Paint Application

Windows Paint, Windows 7's improved drawing program, lets you resize or crop photos. Resizing photos makes them small enough for e-mails or size-specific for inclusion in a document. Many photos can also [more…]

How to Use the Windows 7 Action Center

The Action Center is Windows 7's primary means of alerting you to potential problems. You can use the new Action Center feature in Windows 7 to stay informed of security and maintenance issues that need [more…]

How to Connect to a Wireless Hotspot with Windows 7

Wireless hotspots are places where one or more wireless networks are available for the general public to use, such as a library or coffee shop. It's easy to connect to a wireless hotspot with Windows 7 [more…]

How to Open a Port in the Windows 7 Firewall

When you use a firewall — and you should — you change the way your computer communicates with other computers on the Internet. The firewall blocks all incoming communications unless you open a port in [more…]

How to Set Up Media Player in Windows 7

Windows Media Player, the Windows 7 built-in boom box, sucks you in from the start. Once you set up Media Play in Windows 7, you can use it to play CDs, as well as play, organize, and generally enjoy almost [more…]

How to Sign Up for a Windows Live ID in Windows 7

Before you download Windows Live Essentials, you need a Windows Live ID — Windows Live Messenger doesn’t work without it (among others). If you don’t already have a Windows Live ID, you’ll need to sign [more…]

Windows 7: Set Up an Inbound Exception in Windows Firewall

When you use a firewall — and you should — you change the way your computer communicates with other computers on the Internet. The firewall blocks all incoming communications unless you set up a specific [more…]

Windows 7: Why You Need Windows Home Server

The Windows Home Server (WHS) is an addition that you can purchase to supplement Windows 7. WHS is designed to manage your network for you. To help you decide whether you want to make the investment in [more…]

How to Crop Photos by Using Windows Live Photo Gallery

You can use Windows Live Photo Gallery to crop your photos. When you look through your photos you might find that there is something in the photo that distracts from the image or that the focal point simply [more…]

How to Use the Mobility Center in Windows 7

Windows 7 offers a quick way for laptop owners to see the things that most affect their little PC’s on-the-go lifestyle. You can use the Mobility Center as a one-stop shop for tweaking your laptop’s main [more…]

How to Use Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7

Internet Explorer 8 introduces a new feature called Accelerators in Windows 7. You can use Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8 to take data from a Web page and run with it using a series of right-click [more…]

How to Use the Start Menu's Search Bar

The Search function in Windows 7 actually works. Most searches begin in Windows Explorer, but you can also use the Start menu to begin a search. When you click the Windows 7 Start button, you can immediately [more…]

How to Use WordPad in Windows 7

Although it’s nowhere near as advanced as Word, you can use WordPad in Windows 7 to create polished, professional-looking documents. Windows 7 has made improvements to the options and features available [more…]

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