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Windows 7 All-in-One For Dummies

By: Woody Leonhard Published: 08-28-2009

As the #1 operating system in the world, Windows provides the platform upon which all essential computing activities occur. This much-anticiapted version of the popular operating system offers an improved user experience with an enhanced interface to allow for greater user control. This All-in-One reference is packed with valuable information from eight minibooks, making it the ultimate resource. You'll discover the improved ways in which Windows 7 interacts with other devices, including mobile and home theater.

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Windows 7 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-27-2016

In Windows 7, discover how to find the features you grew to love in Windows XP or Vista. Pinpoint important setup tasks in Windows 7 and check out the cures for common Windows 7 problems.

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Windows 7: Set Up an Inbound Exception in Windows Firewall

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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 inbound exception in the Windows firewall to let a program in. Some of your programs won’t respond until they receive a signal via the Internet. If you have a program that doesn’t poke its own hole through the Windows Firewall, you can tell the firewall to allow packets destined for that specific program — and only that program — in through the firewall.

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How to Open a Port in the Windows 7 Firewall

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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 open a port in the Windows firewall to let a specific IP communicate with your computer. For example, if you want to play many online games. Most first-time firewallers are overwhelmed by the idea of opening a port. Although open ports are a security threat, sometimes you truly need to open one. Still, you may need to open a port to enable a specific application. For example, when you select the check box to allow Remote Desktop, you’re opening port 3389. That’s the security price you pay for enabling programs to talk to each other.In general, if you need to open a specific port, the documentation for the program (game, torrent downloader, file sharer) will tell you . . . assuming you read the program’s manual.

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How to Add Gadgets to the Windows 7 Desktop

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

You can now add gadgets directly to a Windows 7 desktop. Windows gadgets are little desktop programs that can interact with you, with Windows, with files and folders, with your network, and with other gadgets. Microsoft introduced gadgets in Windows Vista, but there weren’t that many interesting gadgets, and they had to be docked into a Sidebar. Windows 7 improves on gadgets significantly. Now, gadgets live on the desktop — and they aren’t as prone to hobbling or even bringing down your computer as they were before (although the Windows Media Center gadget sucks up cycles as eagerly as the media center itself does).

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How to Restore the Quick Launch Toolbar to the Taskbar in Windows 7

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

One of the biggest changes you'll see in Windows 7 is in the taskbar. The old Quick Launch Toolbar is missing! However, if you don't like the change, you can restore the Quick launch Toolbar to the taskbar to the Windows 7 desktop. It’s hard to wax nostalgic about an old Windows feature, but the Quick Launch toolbar has been around since 1997, and plenty of people mourn its passing in Windows 7. Quick Launch works differently from the new taskbar, and if you want to continue to use it, you’re in luck. Here’s how to bring it back:

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How to Use the Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Windows 7 includes a fabulous new feature that is sure to help anyone needing tech support — the Problem Steps Recorder (PSR). Once you know how to use the Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7, you’ll be able to record exactly what your computer is doing wrong so that you can show whoever you’ve asked for help. We’ve all been in situations where the computer is doing something it isn’t supposed to do, whether it is the result of a bug or user error. When you call someone for help, they often respond “that’s not possible.” With the new PSR feature you can show them that not only is it possible, it is actually happening. Your friend simply has to log on to Internet Explorer and they can view a slideshow of what you’ve done and how the computer reacted. This simple process will greatly speed up the resolution of computer problems.

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

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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. For example, you can add the Windows Home Server Photos shared folder to your Windows 7 Pictures library, which will give you enhanced access to all the photos on all the computers in the WHS network. It's a great idea to add the WHS Photos, Music, and Videos folder to your Windows 7 libraries to avoid wasting space with duplicates of the same thing.

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

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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 add a printer to a computer in the HomeGroup network, Windows automatically recognizes it and adds it to the Device Stage on every computer in the HomeGroup. With Windows 7, you can have both regular networks and HomeGroup networks. As long as a printer (or other device) is attached to a computer within your network, you can add it to your HomeGroup, even if the computer its attached to isn’t going to be part of the HomeGroup.

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How to Scan Photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

In Windows 7, you can scan photos (or anything else, for that matter) directly into Windows Live Photo Gallery. Although you can also scan photos and documents using Windows Fax and Scan, you’ll get a superior image and higher resolution if you scan your photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery. WLPG uses the same scanning routines that you see throughout Windows. However, the dialog box details may vary depending on which kind of scanner you have installed.

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How to Schedule Multiple Drive Defragmentations in Windows 7

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

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 to be defragged with Windows 7. One nice update to the Disk Defragmenter feature in Windows 7 is that you can now schedule as many drives as you’d like to defragment at the same time. In previous versions of Windows, you’d have to wait for one drive to finish before you began defragmenting another drive.

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