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How to Create Playlists in Windows Media Player 12

Playlists allow you to create themed mixes or restrict playback to songs based on a certain criteria, such as your favorite songs, newly added songs and other parameters. Creating, saving and editing Windows Media Player 12 playlists and auto playlists (sometimes called "smart...

How to Sort, Tag and Rate Pictures in Windows Media Player 12

Most Windows 7 users value Windows Media Player 12 because it allows them to conveniently and intuitively import, organize and find their audio and video files. But did you know that Windows Media Player 12 can do the same for pictures? Using Windows Media Player 12, you can...

Importing Pictures from a Camera or Mobile Device into Windows 7

Windows 7 makes keeping track of your pictures incredibly easy, thanks to the Libraries feature. But if you want to add pictures from a digital camera or mobile device to your Windows 7 Pictures Library, you'll have to import them. Luckily, this is incredibly...

Install a Network Printer from Windows XP Using the Add Printer Wizard

Recently I've shown how to Share a Printer with Your Network and how to install a network printer from Windows XP using the driver setup. However, there are printer drivers which do not have an installation wizard and a setup.exe file which does the work for you. If you...

Install a Network Printer from Windows XP Using the Driver Setup

Many of you told us you have home networks with computers using Windows XP and cannot install & use a network printer from those PCs. In order to help, we will show you how to install a printer connected to a Windows 7 computer from a Windows XP PC, using the driver...

Sharing Between Windows XP and Windows 7 Computers

I will continue our networking series and show how to share files and folders between Windows XP and Windows 7 based computers. The procedure can be slightly more complicated than when sharing between Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers but it's still very...

How to Use Playback Enhancements in Windows Media Player 12

Windows Media Player 12 is designed to replicate many of the features you'd see on a physical home stereo or theater system, complete with a mixer, EQ and other audio tweaking devices. The software equivalent of the myriad knobs and sliders you'd see on high end stereo equipment...

Stream Music Over Your Home Network with Windows Media Player 12

Earlier, we walked you through how to stream Windows Media Player 12 library over the Internet, which is a great way to take your movies, music and photos with you wherever you go. But for a faster, more secure way to share media between Windows 7 machines, you can also share...

Streaming Your Windows Media Player 12 Library Over the Internet

Windows Media Player 12 has one very cool feature which allows you to play your entire media library from any Windows 7 machine over the Internet. That means everything: songs, videos, photos, even purchased media. This is useful for when you want to enjoy your Windows Media...

The Network Map - Access Your Network Computers in a Fun Way

One of the less known features of Windows 7 is the network map. This features does what its name implies: it shows you a complete map of all the computers connected to your network at a specific point in time. It was first introduced in Windows Vista and it was kept pretty much...

An Overview of System Recovery Options for Windows 7

Sooner or later, everyone has problems with their operating system, no matter the version. When the going gets tough, some system recovery tools come in handy. Windows 7 has a few tools available which can help you when the system no longer behaves as it is supposed to. These...

How to Burn CDs and DVDs in Windows Media Player 12

Windows Media Player 12 allows computers with built-in CD and/or DVD burners to quickly and easily create audio CDs, data CDs and Data DVDs. This functionality makes creating mix CDs and copying audio CDs for playback in car stereos and other CD players incredibly simple....

How to Create or Delete User Accounts in Windows 7

Building on our article about how to edit user accounts, I will try to complete this subject with a tutorial about creating and deleting user accounts and how to turn on or off the guest account in Windows 7. I'll also explain what is the difference between the available account...

How to Set Up an Ad Hoc Wireless Computer-to-Computer Network in Windows 7

Have you ever needed to create network between two laptops and you did not have a network cable available? As it turns out, you can create an ad hoc network using their wireless networks cards. You can use that network to transfer any kind of files between the two, as if they were on...

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...

How to Work with the Action Center in Windows 7

Windows 7 comes with a convenient way to help you review the state of your system and find solutions to security and maintenance issues. The feature which facilitates this is called Action Center and it is built upon the foundation set by the Windows Security...