Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

How to Format Your Hard Drive in Windows 7 by Kelly Lynn

  If you are running Windows 7 and need to format the hard drive that it is installed on, follow these simple steps below. Keep in mind that by formatting your hard drive, you are deleting all of the files, folders and other documents or programs that are installed, so be sure to back up your system before you begin. Let's Begin: · Open the Windows 7 Disk Management Utility and locate the drive in which you want to format. If you do not see your hard drive listed in the box or you get an Initialize Disk window you most likely have not partitioned the hard drive yet. · You will need to partition the hard drive before you will be able to continue, so if you get this … Continue reading

Can You Get Windows 7 on a New Computer? by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 7 is two Windows versions old. Yet, it is still available - you can still buy new PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed, in 2014. While business users have the easiest access to Windows 7, home users have ways to get the older operating system on a new computer, too. You might need to go to a little trouble and pay extra, though. Your first choice - look for a computer that ships with Windows 7 Walmart's online store sells a number of laptops with Windows 7 preinstalled, even today. For about $440, for instance, you can buy an Acer laptop with a Core i3 processor and Windows 7 Home Premium. Amazon has a wide range in Windows 7 laptops, too - you get models from every brand starting … Continue reading

Disabling the Windows Recycle Bin by Kelly Lynn

  Disabling the Recycle Bin is useful when you have to delete large files or folders such as game installs, virtualized images of discs or media. For example, you can manually back up your music folder periodically and simply delete the old one. This process can take 30 minutes while your computer sends the individual files to the Recycle Bin. However, it only requires a few moments if you disable the Recycle Bin and you don't have to empty the bin later. You'll see that you can change Recycle Bin settings for every drive connected to your computer. This enables you to always directly delete files from an external hard drive. However, you should remember to enable the Recycle Bin once more if you're at all worried about accidentally deleting … Continue reading

What Is the Easiest Way to Share Files With Nearby Computers? by Kelly Lynn

  It’s a common situation in any home or small office with several computers – the people on each computer need to access files on other computers. Often the most intuitive way to go forward for many people is to do it with a thumb drive or portable hard drive. If the files in question are small enough, they will even try to use email to get it to the computer in the next room. Of course, it occurs to them that they could simply access other computers by connecting them all to a network. Many people, though, have an aversion to the way Windows networking has tended to complicate matters in the past. As recently as Vista, Windows computers were reputed to be extremely difficult to get to talk … Continue reading

Have You Completely Forgotten Your Windows Password? Here’s How You Get Back In by Kelly Lynn

  Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have devised a strong password for your PC and then completely forgotten it? While it can be a terrible situation, there is a way that you can get back into your computer. This is a way that a hacker would use, though. All you need to make this work is your Windows installation DVD. Let’s take a look at how you would use this method on a Windows 7 computer with a Windows 7 disc. Using the Windows 7 installation disc Getting back into a password locked computer involves using a Windows installation disc to repair the computer. You need to load the DVD up and then set the computer to boots to the DVD drive first (usually, you … Continue reading

Is It a Bad Thing That Task Manager Says That You Are Peaking Your RAM? by Kelly Lynn

  Should you be worried if you find that your computer uses up almost all the RAM it has? Does such full usage show that it doesn’t have enough? High memory usage isn’t always bad You can usually tell when the high memory usage on your computer is the bad kind by looking at the hard disk indicator. If it is always lit and your computer is rather slow as well, it is a clear sign that you are running out of RAM for essential functions and your computer is trying to use your hard disk to compensate. If your computer isn’t actually slow, its high RAM usage habits shouldn’t worry you. Disk caching If you were to try a computer out with Windows XP and Windows 7 by turn, … Continue reading

Using the Control Panel and God Mode by Kelly Lynn

  Windows 7 is a very user friendly Operating System, especially when compared to previous versions of Windows. Windows 8 is great, but not everybody has a touch screen. Unless you have a brand new computer chances are you are going to be running Windows 7, and why not? Windows 7 is solid and if you know how to utilize the power under the hood you can get a lot out of your system. Making changes and adjusting settings in any Windows OS all starts at the control p anel . When Microsoft made the leap to Windows 7 they adopted a more user friendly look and feel and everything seemed a little.. bigger. In truth, the perception of size in Windows 7 is the result of the icons being … Continue reading

Helpful Tips and Tricks in Windows 7 by Kelly Lynn

  There are a vast amount of features within Windows 7 that many users do not know. If you are frequently on the computer then many of these features may be helpful to you. There are five main features that will be shown. These include: changing color scheme, changing time settings (like when your computer shuts down automatically), using multiple background images, hiding files, and changing your keyboard language. Changing the color scheme in Windows 7 is a very simple task that many people would find interesting to do. You can change color and transparency of the borders of everything from files to the taskbar. To do this you do the following: Right click on your desktop background, click personalize, and then click window color and appearance at the bottom. … Continue reading

How to Take a Screenshot With Windows 7 by Kelly Lynn

  They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to your computer, this is doubly true. There are times when it’s simply easier to show someone what you’re seeing on your screen that to attempt to describe it. Whether you’re giving instructions, asking for assistance, putting together a presentation or something else altogether a screenshot can make the entire process simpler and more effective. Luckily, if you’re a Windows user, capturing your screen – and then pasting it in a document, printing it, emailing it or saving it – is quick and easy to do. Start by identifying the print screen key on your keyboard. Usually located somewhere near the backspace button or function keys, it will be labeled PrtScn, prt sc, PRTSC, or PRTSCN. If … Continue reading

Editing a Photo Using Windows 7 Paint by Kelly Lynn

  Thanks to the popularity of social media and sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, photo editing has become a national obsession. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive photography software to express your creativity. There are a number of free, easy-to-use ways to edit your pictures. And one of these may already be at your fingertips if you’re using Windows 7. Windows 7 improved drawing utility – Paint – is a great way to edit your pictures, improve their quality, and add fun effects like colors or text. For those who are new at manipulating their photos, Paint is a great way to learn the ropes. Begin by clicking on Start from your Windows menu, then select All Programs, followed by Accessories and then Paint. … Continue reading