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Windows 7 Tips & Tricks

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by LarryFlowers, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    Microsoft has always it possible to relocate the Start-task bar to any edge of the screen although most people didn't realize it or for that matter implement it.

    Windows 7 not only allows it, but for the first time they are activiely taking advantage of it, putting the effort into making sure that the bar functions properly and sensibly no matter where it is placed.

    Now as never before there is an excellent reason to relocate the bar to either the left or right side of the screen... Screen Real Estate. In a time where wide screen monitors are more normal than not, the maximum screen real estate is from side to side and the up down real estate is at a premium.

    Simply unlock the Taskbar and drag it to one side or the other. It is a little awkward at first, but once you get used to it, it becomes vey easy to use.

    Screen captures below.

    Larry
     
  2. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    Windows 7 will create a CD/DVD from an .iso image file without the need for a 3rd Party .iso burner. :grin:

    See my grin...no more Nero bloatware:lol:

    Screen capture below showing the results of clicking on the vista enterprise iso file in the background, pops up the iso burner dialogue box.

    Larry
     
  3. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    Windows 7 has simplified the ability to work laptops with projectors or dual monitors.

    For that matter this also works when I want to throw my PC up on the Samsung 46".

    Simply hold down the Windows Key and hit "P" and you will get the panel shown in the attachment below. The paired icons make it pretty clear as to what the selection reults will be.

    Larry
     
  4. rudeney

    rudeney Hall Of Fame

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    I have been using a very nice (and small) utility called "isorecorder" from Alex Feinman that does this. I also have Alcohol 120% which is much less bloated than Nero and it hadnles the process, too. It's nice to see MS incorporate a much-needed utility into the OS. :)
     
  5. naijai

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    I second that took me 2hrs to download nero 9 and 10 mins for it to install on my pc. i later found a iso recorder from nfts which downloaded & burned the image in less than 20 mins.

    And in the properties for the task bar you can actually tell windowns where to locate the task bar if dragging it doesn't work for you also
     
  6. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    If you build your own PC's, you know that you receive a disc (usually) with the various drivers for the motherboard. This can present a problem if you need a Windows 7 driver from the disc.

    The disc's "AutoRun" will probably error out and report something about an unsuported OS.

    You can open the disc to get at the files but chances are the setup.exe's will trigger the same problem.

    I ran into this trying to install the SMBus drivers, but this fix will work for any of them.

    Simply point the driver update manually to the folder and let it find the information it needs on its own. It will pull the proper information that Windows 7 needs from the files without running the setup.exe file.

    Hope this helps.

    Larry
     
  7. VegasDen

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    Win7 has a nice set of hotkey combinations to make navigating easier.

    Here is a cheat sheet from an MS employee.
     

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