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Windows 7 Maintenance & Troubleshooting

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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 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 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 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 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…]

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 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…]

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 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…]

How to Update Applications Software

If you don’t know how to perform software updates, you won’t benefit from application improvements, bug fixes, and new security defenses (including virus and malware attacks). Follow these instructions [more…]

Diagnose Problems with Peripherals in Windows 7

Windows 7 features many troubleshooting and diagnostic tools, all carefully hidden in the Control Panel. You can use those tools to quickly determine what’s wrong with your PC and, hopefully, fix it. Most [more…]

Troubleshoot Windows 7 Issues

Apparently Microsoft has realized the importance of PC troubleshooting and maintenance. Windows 7 features two locations to help you do both: the Action Center and the Troubleshooting window — a special [more…]

How to Activate Parental Controls in Windows 7

The key to using parental controls is to properly configure multiple accounts on your PC. Specifically, a parent’s account must be at the administrator level, or the parent must have access to an administrator-level [more…]

How to Change Parental Control Settings in Windows 7

Using Parental Controls in Windows 7, you can control the times that your children can use your computer, the kinds of games they can play, and the programs they can access. Each of these settings can [more…]

How to Run a Program with Elevated Permissions

Sometimes, you need to run a program as the administrator in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Running a program as administrator means that the program has more access to the computer when it runs: It has [more…]

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