Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
The successor to Windows Vista, released in late 2009.
User Account Control or UAC requests confirmation when a program needs administrative access. If you know it's safe, we can bypass UAC with a shortcut.
It's very possible to remove Windows 7 and switch back to Windows XP. I'll describe how. In my opinion, however, switching back to Windows XP is a mistake.
There's no direct upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7, but upgrading to Windows Vista first works, in theory. In practice? It's risky.
When installing or upgrading to the latest version of Windows, one of the first decisions is 32-bit or 64-bit? I'll look at which you should choose.
An XP program may be run in a virtual machine on a Windows 7 computer, if it is set up correctly.
Windows 7 Home editions do not include the policy editor. We'll look at what your options are in general, and then walk through one specific example.
It's important that each computer on your network have a different name. Since you might as well make it meaningful, I'll show you how to change it.
You can change system fonts in Windows 7 using the Window Color and Appearance dialog - if you can find it, that is. I'll show you.
One of the often overlooked steps in preparing for disaster is creating a system repair disk. I'll review how to do that and what it does and does not do.
Live preview shows a small version of a running application's window when you hover the mouse over its taskbar icon. I'll look at turning that off.
Several things can interfere with Windows 7's boot process. However, Windows 7 now has a helpful repair utility for just such situations.
Most often the trick to running 32-bit software in Windows 64 is to simply run it. 64-bit Windows has broad 32-bit compatibility built in.
Pinning something to the task bar in Windows 7 is convenient, but appears to hide the "run as administrator" option. We'll find it.
It can be confusing to remove multi-boot choices for operating systems that have been removed. We'll walk through the simple process for Windows 7.
Windows has several mechanisms for having something start automatically when you log in. I'll walk through one of the simplest.
Windows 7 has a useful utility for monitoring system activity. You can use it to find out a lot about what your computer is doing online.
When upgrading or moving to a new PC you'll probably need the installation media for your applications. Without it, things can get difficult.
I'll show you how to move from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail on Windows 7 (the easiest moving option), step by annoying step.
There are several software options available for running an older game on a newer computer, but you may have to take a step further.
Windows 7 has no explicit repair option when installing, but if a few criteria are met, there is a way to repair Windows 7.
Windows 7 changed one of the ways to create desktop shortcuts from IE. I'll look at what's changed and how to create shortcuts that can be modified.
If you're willing to take the risk, configuring Windows 7 to sign in automatically is pretty easy; I'll walk through the steps and show you in video.
A clean install of any operating system assumes that the hard disk is empty. That implies some preparation is required to preserve and transfer data.
Thumbs.db is created by Windows Explorer as a performance optimization. We can turn it off with a simple setting in Windows 7.
After trying Windows 7 you might find that it's not your cup of tea. What then? Well, it's not really an "uninstall", it's more of a replacement.
If you have a 64-bit capable machine, you may want to upgrade from 32-bit Windows to 64. Unfortunately, the upgrade, while quite possible, isn't easy.
The upgrade path from XP to Windows 7 is clear, albeit some work. The path from Vista can be simpler, but I recommend a clean install anyway.
Now that Windows 7 has been out for some time we'll revisit the exceptionally common question: should I upgrade?
Windows 7 doesn't have the 'Quick Launch Bar' that Windows XP did. I'll show you how I made my own.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is available. I'll look at when, and why, and how soon Windows 7 SP1 makes sense. I'll also look at the best ways to get it.
With Windows 7 imminent and 64 bit capable hardware more common, many people are wondering if it's time to make the switch to 64 bits with Windows 7.
Windows 7 is coming soon, and all reports are that it's a better, more reasonable Windows than Vista. Should you switch?
I upgraded my wife's computer and want to share the exact process I used, and the results.
Windows 7 Professional and above include "Windows XP" mode. If you have programs that don't work or aren't available in Windows 7, XP Mode may help.
The Run command is used frequently by experienced computer users and can easily be added and removed from the Start menu in Windows 7.
Windows Mail has been removed from Windows 7, along with several other applications. We'll look at where to find their replacements.
Windows Mail and Outlook Express are gone, and it's unlikely that Microsoft will revive them out of the archives. I have some suggestions for moving forward.
Flash in 64-bit Internet Explorer won't work if it is the 32-bit version of IE running on a 64-bit machine. Confused? You're not alone!
Windows has several volume controls. Add to those a couple of additional volume controls and making things louder can quickly get confusing.
Windows 7 restore points disappear automatically as newer restore points are created. You can't directly control the number of restore points kept.