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The Complete Guide to the Windows 7 Start Menu

The Start Menu is one of the elements which remained unchanged for many versions of Windows. Windows Vista was the first to introduce some major redesign choices, some more inspired than others. Windows 7 marks another evolution but, this time, changes are more subtle. There are a small number of …

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How to Work with Desktop Gadgets in Windows 7

Desktop Gadgets are not something new to the Windows world. They were first introduced in Windows Vista, where they were fitted on the Windows Sidebar. Even if the idea itself was good, it didn’t have the success it might have deserved. With Windows 7, Microsoft slightly redesigned this feature and …

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Top 7 Desktop Gadgets for Windows 7

In my previous article, I have shown ow to work with Desktop Gadgets. Now it is time to continue this subject and share a list with the top 7 desktop gadgets you should install on your Windows 7 computer. They cover different functionality and I’m certain many of them will …

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How to Fix Windows 7 using Startup Repair

Windows 7 offers by default some interesting tools designed to help you fix certain system problems. I will continue the mini-series on the subject of recovery tools and show how to use the Startup Repair tool to scan and fix Windows 7 boot problems. What does Startup Repair do? Startup …

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How To Use the Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter

In Windows 7, Microsoft modified the inner-workings of the defragmentation process and redesigned the graphical interface of the Disk Defragmenter tool. This version provides great control over the process and, like previous versions, allows the scheduling of run times. To learn more about what defragmentation is and how to use …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Inside Out

You might have noticed our Windows 7 Inside Out give-away. Before we give the book as prizes, we’ve thought it would be good to also review it, so that our readers know more about what they will get. Therefore, this article will look in detail at Windows 7 Inside Out, …

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Restore Your Windows 7 System Using a System Image

We will continue the series of articles about Backup and Restore features and show how to restore your system by using a previously created system image with Windows Backup. How to Restore your System when Windows 7 still Boots When your computer stops working, you can use a system image …

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Connecting Remotely to a Windows 7 Desktop from Mac OS X

Computers running Windows XP Professional and certain versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 (nearly every version except Home, Basic and Starter) can be controlled remotely via the Remote Desktop Connection protocol. This allows a remote user to log in to the Windows-based computer and control it as if he …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Step By Step

Have you ever wished someone could explain Windows 7 in small steps so that you could be sure you grasped one concept before moving on to the next? Would you like to have a book that serves as both a tutorial and a reference to Windows 7? Microsoft Press has …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Up and Running

Are you just starting out with Windows 7, after having used another version of Windows? Would you like a compact book that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and explains just about everything someone encountering Windows 7 for the first time needs to know, without talking down to …

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Book Review – Windows 7 The Definitive Guide

When you have the words ‘definitive’ and ‘ultimate’ on the cover, and when a book begins with ‘Everything you need to know about Windows 7 is right here’, it’s quite normal to start the reading session with very high expectations. Now, let’s see if Windows 7 The Definitive Guide, by …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Annoyances

Has there ever been an operating system that wasn’t annoying? From the day I first used a keypunch machine to make cards for a wheezy old IBM mainframe, through the bizarre syntax used by Commodores, through CP/M’s “you don’t have to be a programmer to get this, but it helps” …

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Book Review – Windows 7, The Missing Manual

Have you ever walked through a bookstore or a public library and wondered why there are so many books that try to explain software and hardware? There’s definitely a reason for that. The printed manual is, for the most part, extinct. And people still want to know how things work. …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Plain & Simple

Never has this happened to me before: I start to review this book and I have the final verdict clearly shaped into my mind after only 3 minutes. Ironically, that only made the task more difficult, as I had to make a great effort to lose the preconception, stop thinking …

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Book Review – Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple

If you’ve been reading my reviews, you may have noticed that I am a big fan of the printed software manual and not at all enthusiastic about help files and manuals in.pdf format. And I’ve mentioned that Microsoft’s manuals used to be among the best. Microsoft’s printed manuals are no …

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Getting Started with Windows 7’s Tablet Input Panel

The Tablet Input Panel is a Windows 7 program that looks simple, but is actually quite sophisticated. Fortunately, as with most Windows 7 built-in software, even with its many options it’s very easy to use. You’ll find it in the Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. Like Windows Journal, …

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Training Tablet Input Panel to Work Even Better

In a previous tutorial, we talked about Tablet Input Panel’s handwriting recognition capabilities. If you’ve experimented, you’ve found that it works remarkably well on nearly all handwriting. But if it doesn’t quite understand how you write, or if you just want to make sure Tablet Input Panel works correctly every …

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Book Review – Windows 7 for Dummies

There’s a saying that goes something like “To err is human. To really mess things up requires a computer.” I think just about anyone who’s ever used a computer has occasionally felt like, well, a dummy—especially when confronted with something that only makes sense to computer programmers or high-level hardware …

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Book Review – Windows 7 Visual Quick Tips

Not everyone learns best in the same way. Some people like to see demonstrations. Some people like to have someone else explain new concepts. Some people like to read instructions and see everything laid out in illustrations. Since I’m in that last group, I’ve always been a fan of the …

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Managing Downloads in Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 brought plenty of changes, including a new interface for downloading files and managing them. Therefore, this tutorial will explain how downloading works in Internet Explorer 9, how to access and manage downloaded files, clear your download history and change the default download folder. Last but not least, …

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Book Review – Laptops Simplified

As you can probably tell from my previous reviews, I am a visual learner and I like simple, step by step instructions. This is why the idea of reviewing Laptops Simplified appealed to me. What’s not to like about a lavishly illustrated book that promises to be “Simply the Easiest …

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Book Review – WordPress for Dummies

WordPress is one of many popular platforms for blogs, and its support site confidently says that it’s one of the easiest to set up and run. If that’s really the case, is there any need for a book to explain how it works? The editors at Wiley think so. Let’s …

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How to Work With Windows Easy Transfer Reports

OK, so you’ve read our tutorials and you’ve run Windows Easy Transfer to transfer your data to your new computer and/or operating system. I’m sure you’re wondering what to do next. Windows Easy Transfer has created a comprehensive report that will help you decide. Since I just installed Windows 7 …

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How to Print a Windows Easy Transfer Report

In my previous tutorial about Windows Easy Transfer Reports, I noted that I hadn’t found an easy way to print the information included in these reports. Thanks to our reader Cate Eales, who supplied a useful link, I can now explain in detail how it is done. Believe it or …

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The Best Remaining Desktop Gadgets for Windows 7

Microsoft used to maintain a Desktop Gadget Gallery that showcased quite a few gadgets for users interested in using them. However, in preparation for the upcoming Windows 8 launch, Microsoft decided to (as some put it) “stop pretending to support gadgets”. For the company, supporting them is no longer a …

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Book Review – Effective Time Management

I think it’s safe to say that nearly everyone who’s had to use email on the job has used Microsoft Outlook. I was one of many people who learned just enough about it to get by, and never thought of it as anything more than an email program that could …

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5 Internet Explorer Features Other Browsers Should Adopt

Even though not many websites cover Internet Explorer extensively and write interesting articles and tutorials about it, this browser still manages to hold the title of the most used browser. One of the reasons for it is that it provides some interesting functionality that other browsers don’t have or have …

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Reviewing the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

We would like to start our series of reviews of Windows oriented gadgets with a very good looking device: the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. Even though this product has been launched at the end of 2010, it is still one of the best looking mice you can find on the …

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