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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…]

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…]

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…]

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 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…]

How to Set Up Speech Recognition in Windows 7

The Speech Recognition feature in Windows 7 allows you to input data into a document using speech rather than a keyboard or a mouse. The Speech Recognition feature has been around for a while now, but [more…]

Changing What Happens When You Close the Lid on a Windows 7 Laptop

Closing the laptop’s lid means that you’re through working, but for how long? Are you done for the day, or are you coming back after lunch. Windows 7 lets you control exactly what happens when you close [more…]

How to Change Windows 7's Speech Recognition Settings

Windows 7 incorporates a lot of changes and improvements to the Speech Recognition feature. To get the most out of Speech Recognition in Windows 7, you’ll want to change its settings to suit your needs [more…]

How to Change the Way the Power Button Behaves in Windows 7

Normally, a press of a PC’s power button turns off the computer, whether or not Windows 7 is ready. To avoid confusing Windows 7 with an unexpected shutdown, consider changing the way your power button [more…]

How to Set Default Programs in Windows 7

Microsoft assumes that you're going to use their basic programs on your Windows 7 computer, and usually they're right. But if you prefer to use another program for specific tasks, you need to tell Windows [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 Stop Windows 7 from Automatically Turning On Windows Live Messenger

When you install Windows Live Messenger on your Windows 7 system, Microsoft starts running it whenever you’re logged in to the computer, which can be very annoying. To stop Windows 7 from automatically [more…]

Using the Ease of Access Features in Windows 7

Windows 7 contains several features that help people with different levels of physical impairment use Windows. For example, you can use the Ease of Access features to improve the display for the visually [more…]

How to Fine Tune the ClearType Text Display in Windows 7

ClearType improves legibility of text on an LCD display. Nearly every monitor made today is improved with the use of ClearType, but you can often make the display even better if you take the time to fine-tune [more…]

How to Customize Windows 7's Documents Library

Windows 7 brings a powerful new feature to the table: libraries. Libraries are a way to pull related bits of information together from many different folders. You can pull together the documents in ten [more…]

How to Schedule Multiple Drive Defragmentations in Windows 7

Windows 7 automatically defragments your primary hard drive every week. Although that’s great, if you have multiple hard drives (which many people do these days), you need to know how to schedule a drive [more…]

How to Create a Virtual Machine in Windows 7 Using Windows Virtual PC

You can create a virtual machine in Windows 7 using Windows Virtual PC. Although Windows 7 contains many of the popular features from other operating systems, you might have programs you need to use that [more…]

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