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Windows 7: Features, Tips & Tricks

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by LarryFlowers, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    A good recommendation....I migrated from Symantec/Norton....and have found it to be very solid, and also considerably less of a headache.
     
  2. kfcrosby

    kfcrosby Godfather

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    I ran into this last Saturday of my wifes machine:

    Install Windows' Old-School "Help" in Windows 7

    When you install older software in Windows 7, you might notice that .hlp-formatted Help files aren't recognized or supported. Microsoft offers a free download to read and manage those WinHelp files.

    Windows 7 comes with its own Help and support systems, so this is just a compatibility update for anyone needing to look through older .hlp files on the new Win 7 OS. You'll have to run a "Genuine Windows Advantage" check before you can download, but once that awesome little bit of corporate security is over, the WinHelp reader quietly installs, opening whenever you open a .hlp-formatted Help file.

    Windows Help for Windows 7 is a free download.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...FamilyID=258aa5ec-e3d9-4228-8844-008e02b32a2c


    Kevin
     
  3. kfcrosby

    kfcrosby Godfather

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  4. FHSPSU67

    FHSPSU67 CE'er & Retired Engineer DBSTalk Club

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    I have this book in my Amazon cart and was wondering if anybody has seen it or might have a comment about it. Reviews are pretty positive, however it is BIG. It's called Windows 7 Secrets by Paul Thurrott.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance
     
  5. kfcrosby

    kfcrosby Godfather

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    Paul's site http://www.winsupersite.com/ is one of my goto sites for most anything Windows, so I would not hesitate to recommend it!

    Kevin
     
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    Thanks for the heads up on this. My application provider wouldn't certify for Vista or Win7 without WinHelp. I want to get rid of Vista but Win7 wasn't an option until I found your post.

    Long term, the vendor is going to go to uncompressed HTML help but if it requires IIS (or whatever Microsoft is calling it now), I'm going to have to find a new application provider.
     
  7. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    Ditto... Paul's site is one of the very best!
     
  8. Zyeox

    Zyeox AllStar

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    I have one question maybe someone can find it out for me. I looked all over the web to no avail. I also looked in folder options but the only thing I found was get the video type icon off the thumbnails.

    My question is how can I get the film reel that are on thumbnails to disappear? I like to just see the thumbnail and that's it.

    Another question is why can't I see .mkv thumbnails in windows explorer?

    Any tips or tricks on these topics would be appreciated. Thanks!!
     
  9. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    You will need a 3rd party application called Thumbnailer Lite, google it, it will solve your problem.
     
  10. FHSPSU67

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    Thanks, guys! Somehow I've missed Paul over the years:( I've followed Brian Livingston and his gang since the early '80's but I don't think I've run into Paul.
    Thanks again:)
    I've bookmarked his url. Looks good!
     
  11. dpeters11

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    I would also recommend Windows Weekly, a podcast Paul does with Leo Laporte on the TWIT Netcast Network (Also available through iTunes). Comes out on Fridays, ironically, they were having trouble figuring out a schedule for this week.
     
  12. kfcrosby

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    Larry

    Question for you sir...

    I know Win 7 is network aware in that it will automatically switch default printers according to which wireless network you are attached. My question, since I have not had a chance to test, are you able to switch default SMTP servers according to which network you're connected to?

    Kevin
     
  13. LarryFlowers

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    Kevin, I haven't seen any indication that this is available. It may be because there are many third party apps that do this by setting up network profiles, though I do not know if any of them are Windows 7 Ready. I will post this question in a couple of places to see if I can get more information for you. May take a couple of days.
     
  14. kfcrosby

    kfcrosby Godfather

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    Thanks.... We've been using Netswitcher, but it wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to get away from yet another piece of software....

    Kevin
     
  15. kfcrosby

    kfcrosby Godfather

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    Now this IS cool

    Upgrading to Windows 7 from XP you will need to do a clean install, and installing your favorite apps again is time consuming and annoying. Here is an app that eases the pain.

    Ninite is a cool new service based on the premise that installing software shouldn’t require work. It’s simple to use and has a large selection of popular freeware and open source applications. Just pick the apps you want to install, download the installer, then walk away and do something fun while it does all the work for you. The service installs the software with default settings and says “no” to any extra crapware (like browser toolbars) the installers might try to sneak in. Ninite isn’t even installed on your system, you just use a stand alone executable to begin the install process.

    http://ninite.com/


    Kevin
     
  16. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

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    What's happening when you run Win7Pro in XP Mode? Are you running Win7 and just enabling older programs to work, or are you effectively downgrading to XP as a whole losing Win7 features?

    Also, I never really understood the difference between the OEM and the Full Retail versions. I don't see the extra packaging and book being worth another $150. What am I missing? The actual software is the same, right?
     
  17. wingrider01

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    XP mode - a virtual machine that runs on Windows 7, requires specific hardware capabilities to support it

    OEM - technically has to be sold with a new 3rd party machine or a qualifying piece of hardware, used to be a hard drive, motherboard or some other main component, you get 0 support from MS if you call in to their hotline, you are told to contact the manufacturer of the PC for trouble support.
     
  18. kfcrosby

    kfcrosby Godfather

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    Another difference that happens with some OEM software. You are limited to install that version of Windows ONLY on that piece of hardware (HP for example). With the full retail you are usually able to install on one computer at a time, but it you purchase another machine, re-install it on that one as well.
     
  19. kfcrosby

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    These 10 downloads improve Windows 7's looks, functions, and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to upgrade to. From Lifehacker.

    10. Bring back the "classic" Start menu
    9. Logon changer customizes password screens
    8. Create recovery discs for pre-installed Windows 7
    7. Pull up incoming Gmail from the taskbar
    6. Winfox makes Firefox work with Jump Lists
    5. Hulu Desktop Integration adds streaming TV to Windows Media Center
    4. Add stacks to your desktop
    3. Tweak hard-to-find settings
    2. Make Alt+Tab switching more intuitive (I use the WinKey-Tab task switcher)
    1. Install all your necessary apps at once


    http://lifehacker.com/5388948/top-10-windows-7-booster-apps
     
  20. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    I had been running the WIN7 Advisor beta...and found the updated final version just last week....it would be of benefit to those who don't have that version yet to get it, and use it as their information for their upgrade needs.
     

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