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Built-in Applications in Windows 7

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How to Set Up Windows Media Center in Windows 7

You can set up the Windows Media Center to enjoy your favorite photos, music, TV, and videos by using just your PC. Viewing stuff on your PC is pretty easy if you don't want to hassle with configuring [more…]

How to Burn a DVD in Windows Media Center

Windows Media Center is one of the features in Windows 7 that you can use to burn DVDs. WMC uses the Windows DVD Maker engine to burn the DVDs and CDs, but does it from within the Media Center interface [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…]

How to Install Windows XP Mode on a Windows 7 Computer

Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 lets you run older software that was designed for Windows XP. Windows XP Mode was designed specifically to run the kind of custom software that many small businesses use to [more…]

How to Access USB Devices in Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7

One of the key upgrades in Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 is the new ability to access USB devices directly from a virtual machine. The ability to access USB device in Windows Virtual PC means that you [more…]

How to Install a Program in Windows 7 Using Windows XP Mode

Installing an older program in Windows 7 using Windows XP Mode is not that different from installing it in Windows XP itself; you just need to install the program from within the Windows XP Mode window [more…]

Get Help with Computer Problems

Having trouble with your PC? Computer help comes from many sources: the manufacturer and local computer stores are just two. The Windows Remote Assistant lets a friend or trusted expert control your machine [more…]

How to Use Windows Laptop Utilities

Portable computing has always had its drawbacks. The screens and keyboards tend to be smaller. But there are Windows utilities that make using your laptop a tad easier. They are called Ease of Access tools [more…]

How to Open Windows Task Scheduler

Windows 7 and Windows Vista sport a feature-rich task scheduler called, amazingly, Task Scheduler. It shows you all the tasks scheduled in Windows — tasks you create yourself as well as system tasks. You [more…]

How to Make Your Task Folder in Windows Task Scheduler

You can take advantage of the power of Windows Task Scheduler to set up and run your own tasks. It’s best to place your own tasks into a special folder in the Task Scheduler window. That keeps them organized [more…]

How to Create a Task to Run a Program in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, Defrag, Backup, System Restore, and Check Disk are scheduled for you. So, it’s unlikely you will need to create a task for general maintenance. But, to illustrate some important [more…]

How to Create a Task to Send E-mail in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can use the Task Scheduler to automate the sending of an email. However, the email message you send is static: You cannot customize the message to relate any information [more…]

Create a Task to Display a Pop-Up Message in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can use the Create Task method in Windows Task Scheduler to create a task to display a pop-up message. Here are the steps to create a pop-up message task: [more…]

How to Confirm a Task Ran in Windows Task Scheduler

In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you can automate a lot of tasks in the Windows Task Scheduler, but never assume that automation takes place. To confirm that a task has run and run properly, follow these [more…]

For Seniors: Find Windows' Gadgets Online

Windows provides gadgets through its Desktop Gadget gallery, although you can search for more gadgets online. Gadgets are useful apps, and you'll find a collection of them on Microsoft's website. [more…]

For Seniors: Using Windows Desktop Gadgets

Gadgets are little applications (such as a clock or a calendar) you can display as icons on the Windows 7 desktop. Using Windows gadgets, you can quickly check the weather, review your calendar, check [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Clock Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Clock gadget on your Windows desktop, you can easily keep track of time. The Clock gadget allows you to change clock styles and set different time zones if needed. A gadget, by the way, is a small [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Slide Show Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Slide Show gadget on your Windows desktop, you can display a continuous show of the pictures. The Slide Show gadget allows you to select the folder of pictures to use, the number of seconds to [more…]

For Seniors: Add the Puzzle Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the Puzzle gadget on your Windows desktop, you can play a quick game and relieve mental stress. The Puzzle gadget displays a mixed-up picture; your job is to put it right again. You can even time [more…]

For Seniors: Add the CPU Monitor Gadget to the Windows Desktop

With the CPU Meter gadget on your Windows desktop, you can track your laptop's performance. If your laptop is acting sluggish, the CPU Meter gadget can tell you if the CPU is working hard and if memory [more…]

For Seniors: View an Image in Windows Photo Viewer

Windows Photo Viewer enables you to view digital photos. You can also use Windows Photo Viewer to e-mail or print photos, burn (save) photos to disc, or display images in a photo slide show on-screen. [more…]

For Seniors: Burn Windows' Photos to a CD or DVD

You can burn (save) a copy of Windows' photos to a CD or DVD disc, and then share the photo CD or DVD with friends or use the photo disc as back up for the original photos if they get damaged. A DVD holds [more…]

For Seniors: Play a Slide Show of Windows' Photos

You can play a slide show of photos on your Windows computer, displaying each photo one by one automatically. Slides shows of Windows' photos can also be saved and edited, if desired. [more…]

For Seniors: Play Solitaire on a Windows Computer

Windows provides many games such as Solitaire that you can play for fun and to relieve stress. You play Windows Solitaire like you might play real solitaire, by arranging cards in order on-screen. [more…]

For Seniors: Play FreeCell on a Windows Computer

FreeCell is a variation of solitaire you can play in Windows. Games such as FreeCell are often just what you need to do in Windows to recharge your batteries after a long day. [more…]

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