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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 Add Network Options to the Windows 7 Start Menu

If you tend to work with network settings quite a bit, you may want to permanently add the network options to your Windows 7 Start menu. The network options include Connect To [more…]

How to Delete Old Backup Files in Windows 7

Periodically, you need to take a few minutes to delete old backups in Windows 7 to make room for new ones. Creating backups of your data is easier than ever in Windows 7, which means that more people will [more…]

How to Restore an Image Backup in Windows 7

Another new feature in Windows 7 is the image backup, which is essentially a snapshot of all the settings and files on your hard drive. You can restore the image backup in Windows 7 to bring everything [more…]

How to Add a Shared Printer to a HomeGroup Network in Windows 7

Windows 7 is designed around networking. Consequently, Microsoft has designed it to be easy to add a network printer to a HomeGroup network using Windows 7. And thanks to HomeGroup networking, when you [more…]

How to Add Windows Home Server Shared Folders to a Windows 7 Library

Windows Home Server is a wonderful tool for managing your files over a network. But where you'll really see the power of WHS is when you add the Windows Home Server shared folders to your Windows 7 libraries [more…]

How to Change a Network Type in Windows 7

When you connect to a network, the main question that Windows asks is whether you’re connecting to a home, work, or public network? Windows uses the information to determine how secure your system needs [more…]

How to Safely Remove Hardware in Windows 7

Before you can disconnect a device from your Windows 7 computer, you must first prepare Windows for the change using the Safely Remove Hardware feature. When you click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in [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 Back Up Documents and Photos in Windows 7

If your computer is stolen, lost, or destroyed, you can replace it, but your data files will be lost — unless you’ve taken the time to back up your documents and photos. Any computer can have problems [more…]

How to Set Up Multiple Monitors with Windows 7

Windows 7 makes working with multiple monitors easier than ever. Although previous versions of Windows will allow you to use multiple monitors, Windows 7 allows you to really control the display by changing [more…]

Defragmenting a Hard Drive in Windows 7

Defragmenting a hard drive with Windows 7 is simpler than ever — in fact, you don’t need to do a thing . . . sort of. By default, Windows 7 automatically schedules a disk defragmentation session to run [more…]

How to Keep Your Drivers Updated in Windows 7

The only way to ensure that you have the best driver for your hardware is to check the driver version number and compare that with information on the manufacturer’s Web site. Just because you’ve upgraded [more…]

How to Set Up Windows 7 for Bluetooth

You can use the Device Stage to set up a Windows 7 computer for Bluetooth to send information to and from your Windows 7 computer. Using Bluetooth, you can send information, music, and videos directly [more…]

How to Stop a Runaway Print Job in Windows 7

We’ve all been there: You send a document to the printer, and as it begins printing, you realize that you’re accidentally printing a zillion pages you don’t want. How do you stop a runaway print job and [more…]

Understanding Windows Home Server for Windows 7

Windows Home Server (WHS) is a feature-packed addition to your Windows 7 world that has a great track record of not being buggy. To get the most out of WHS, it's important to understand what it can do [more…]

How to Add a Windows 7 Computer to a Windows Home Server Network

Adding a Windows 7 computer to an already established Windows Home Server network takes just a few minutes. Once you’ve connected the new PC to the server, the WHS will go straight to work collecting data [more…]

How to Add a Username to a Windows Home Server List

The Windows Home Server (WHS) allows you to have up to ten users at a time. Each user must use an approved logon name and password to access the files and to ensure that their files are protected. Adding [more…]

How to Set Up Microsoft Update for Other Applications in Windows 7

By default, Windows 7 automatically looks for updates to the Windows 7 operating system without you having to do a thing. But you need to manually set up Microsoft Update if you want Windows 7 to look [more…]

How to Share an Internet Connection in Windows 7

Windows 7 makes it easy for you to get connected to the Internet and to share an Internet connection with other computers in your network. You can use the Windows Internet Connection Sharing feature to [more…]

How to Map a Network Folder in Windows 7

If your computer is part of a LAN and you want to use files that are stored in folders on a networked computer, you'll want to map a drive letter to that network folder to make it easier to access. Mapping [more…]

How to Change a HomeGroup Password in Windows 7

To connect to a HomeGroup, you need a password, so Microsoft creates a password every time you set up a new HomeGroup. Although Windows assigns an arbitrary password to you, you can change it at any time [more…]

How to Add Folders to a Windows 7 HomeGroup

If you have a HomeGroup established, you might want to share a new folder with the group. Windows 7 makes it easy to add folders to your HomeGroup. In fact, it’s much easier to add folders to a HomeGroup [more…]

How to Use the Resource Monitor in Windows 7

If you’re having trouble with a program taking over your computer, slowing things down, or even locking things up, you can use the Reliability Data available in the Windows 7 Resource Monitor to see what’s [more…]

How to Complete a System Restore in Windows 7

You can often repair software problems by completing a System Restore in Windows 7. Windows 7 is much less buggy than Windows Vista, but sometimes bugs in software and driver updates will cause your system [more…]

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