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Windows 7 Hardware & System Maintenance

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PC Requirements for Running Windows 7

Windows 7 is powerful software and it requires equal power from the PC it runs on. If the PC doesn't meet requirements for Windows 7, it won't run the software very well. See how the hardware stacks up [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 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 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 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 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 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…]

How to Upgrade a Graphics Card on a Windows 7 Desktop PC

Having a decent graphics card is a big deal on a Windows 7 computer. If you’re upgrading an older desktop PC to Windows 7, you might want to take the time to upgrade the graphics card, too. Although digging [more…]

How to Revert to a Previous Version of a Driver in Windows 7

Windows 7 has several features that help you diagnose and treat the sickest hardware. One of the best features to use when your hardware goes haywire is to revert back to a previous version of the driver [more…]

How to Repair a Network Connection in Windows 7

Windows 7 is designed for networking and working with the Internet, so when your network connection isn’t working, it can be particularly frustrating. Fortunately, Windows 7 comes with a built-in troubleshooter [more…]

How to Add a Windows 7 PC to an Older Network

If any of the computers in your house or small office use Windows XP or Vista, you have to change some settings in order for these older PCs recognize your Windows 7 PCs on a network. In order to get all [more…]

How to Limit Folder Access on a Windows 7 HomeGroup

So you have a HomeGroup established and you want to block a folder so that no one in your Windows 7 HomeGroup can view it. With HomeGroup, you don’t have to worry about all the complicated permissions [more…]

How to Connect to a VPN in Windows 7

Windows 7 makes it easy to connect to a VPN so that you can share files, programs, and peripheral devices, such as printers and scanners. Many VPNs are setup using the traditional wired Ethernet connection [more…]

How to Schedule Maintenance Tasks in Windows 7

Every computer requires regular maintenance, just like every car does. The best way to ensure that everything gets done when it should is to schedule maintenance tasks ahead of time so that Windows 7 can [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…]

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…]

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…]

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