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How to Work with Desktop Gadgets in Windows 7

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 now it is a bit more customizable than before. In this article I will explain
How to Work with the Action Center in Windows 7

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 Center, which was first introduced by Windows XP Service Pack 2 and then tweaked by Windows Vista. In this article,
How to Map Network Drives, Websites and FTP Locations in Windows 7

How to Map Network Drives, Websites and FTP Locations in Windows 7

Drive mapping is the procedure through which you can associate a local drive letter (A to Z, as the ones used by your partitions) with an area on another network computer (like a shared folder) or internet location (e.g. FTP site). Using drive mappings can be very useful, especially when working with different operating systems on the same network. For example, if you use both
How to Customize Your Windows 7 Logon Screen

How to Customize Your Windows 7 Logon Screen

We will continue our series on customizing the appearance of Windows 7 with an article about logon screens. Even though now you can customize lots of visual elements directly from the Control Panel, you still cannot change the logon screen. As with previous versions of Windows, you need to use third-party tools for this task. In this guide I will show which tools you can
How to Unveil Hidden Regional Themes in Windows 7

How to Unveil Hidden Regional Themes in Windows 7

At the installation of Windows 7 you are prompted for your country and language. Based on your selection, a group of themes will be installed. Apart from that, Windows 7 will copy on your hard disk some additional hidden themes that you aren't aware of. There are a few hidden themes, considered by Microsoft to be regional themes which aren't accessible in the default list
How to Customize Network Sharing Settings in Windows 7

How to Customize Network Sharing Settings in Windows 7

I will continue our series on Windows 7 networking with an article about how to set your network sharing settings. Compared to older versions of Windows, Windows 7 makes it is easier to set such settings. In this article, I will cover the following: where to find the network sharing settings, how to turn on or off network discovery, file sharing, media streaming, password protection,
How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks in Windows 7

How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks in Windows 7

I will continue our Windows 7 Networking series with a guide on how to connect to hidden wireless networks. Hidden wireless networks are those networks which do not broadcast their Network ID (SSID). While not that many people use such networks, some have the feeling of a bit more security to have their home wireless network hidden from unwanted guests. In this guide I will
Will Austin About His Trip to the Desktop of Millions

Will Austin About His Trip to the Desktop of Millions

One of the great things about Windows 7 is the fact that it has a very strong visual personality. It includes a very diverse set of wallpapers from a long list of visual artists. The funny thing is, the wallpapers which our team likes best are all created by one photographer. His name is Will Austin and we were very fortunate to have him as
How to Connect to Wireless Networks in Windows 7

How to Connect to Wireless Networks in Windows 7

A growing number of people use laptops, notebooks, and netbooks instead of desktop computers. As a result of this trend plus the growing number of devices such as smartphones, lots of wireless networks appear every day and more people use them on a regular basis. Windows 7 offers all you need to connect to wireless networks effortlessly. In this section we will show how to
The Complete Guide to the Windows 7 Start Menu

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 new features and many fixes for the less inspired changes introduced by Windows Vista. In
Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista: the UAC Benchmark

Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista: the UAC Benchmark

One of the most hated features of Windows Vista is the User Account Control, or UAC in short. Many people found it annoying and chose to disable it right away, even if this meant exposing their system to additional security threats. In Windows 7, Microsoft has seriously changed this feature. Now users have a lot more control over it and how it works and it