Posts Tagged ‘Windows 7’

Caintech.co.uk Please Note: Please ensure that you Back-up your Registry before attempting to modify it in anyway just in case you make a mistake. Here’s how:

  1. Depending on your version of Windows, do one of the following:
    • For Windows XP: Click Start > Run.
    • For Windows 7 or Vista: Click the Start button, and then click All Programs > Accessories > Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type the following text:

    regedit

  3. Click OK.

    If the User Account Control window appears, click Continue.

  4. On the File menu, click Export.
  5. In the File name box, type a name that you will remember, such as Registry Backup.
  6. Select a location where you want to save the Registration Entries (.reg) file, I suggest your desktop.
  7. Click Save.

Ok now that has been done lets get into the real technical stuff.

Changing the Default Installation Path in Windows 7 isn’t all that difficult, we all know that our Default Installation Path is C:\Program Files but if you want to change this to another Drive so that will become the Default Path for all new program Installations you can with a few clicks in the registry editor.

Ok for X64 Version User’s this simply Copy and Paste the following into the Run Box

%systemroot%\syswow64\regedit

For X32 Version User’s Go to Start and in the Search Box type in Regedit and Hit Enter to Open the Registry Editor

Now the Registry Editor will open

  • Ok now locate the following:- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion

Now you will see that I have marked out the ProgramFilesDir for the X32 Version and ProgramW6432Dir the X64 Version and the reason for this you will need to change both if you are running a X64 Version.

So, If you have the X32 Version of Windows then choose the ProgramFileDir x86 path by Right Clicking and then Selecting Modify.

Then simply change the Drive Letter and Path to where you want to Install your Programs then Click OK

  • For X32 Version user’s, that it for you all done!

So, If you have the X64 Version of Windows then choose and Modify both ProgramFileDir x86 and ProgramW6432Dir path by Right Clicking and then Selecting Modify.

Then simply change the Drive Letter and Path to where you want to Install your Programs then Click OK

Now if you have messed it up and when you reboot your machine you get errors, a simple way to revert back to the previous version of the registry is to:

Reboot the machine  keep tapping F8 this will take you into ‘Safe Mode’

When the desktop boots double click on the .reg file you made earlier in this tutorial and when prompted with a warnig (as below) press ‘Yes’

Reboot and now you are back to how your registry was before you started (now print this tutorial out and try again)

 

Firefox is the latest version of Mozilla’s popular Internet browser. People using it typically update the software to get its new features. Unfortunately, this version brought us an unpleasant crash issue connected with Flash Player. More accurately, when you update Firefox 13 with Flash 11.3 on your Windows 7 computer, you may encounter the Flash 11.3 Protected Mode problem. In the instructions below you can read about how to fix this issue and prevent unpleasant Flash Player crashes.

 

Fixing Flash 11.3 Protected Mode Issue in Firefox 13 Instructions:

  1. Open “Computer / My Computer” and go to Flash folder:
    For Windows 32bit Users: C:\windows\system32\macromed\flash
    For Windows 64bit Users: C:\windows\syswow64\macromed\flash
  2. Find and open the “mms.cfg” file in a text editor.
    Note: If there is no mms.cfg file, you will need to create one.
  3. Add the following command to the file:
    ProtectedMode = 0
  4. Save the “mms.cfg” file and close it.

According to the latest results of the market share of desktop operating system in the U.S. in April 2011 compiled by StatCounter, you see people as they are finally leaving Windows XP back and get an upgrade to Windows 7. For the first time since he became the most popular operating system around, the share of Windows XP in the market has been superseded by Windows 7.

Windows 7 is now used in 31.71% of computers in the U.S., while Windows XP has been reduced to 31.56%. Now luck is not an advantage, but show that Windows XP has finally peaked and is on track now. Windows Vista is in third place with 19.07%, Mac OS X in fourth place with 14.87%, Linux is the last to 0.70% and other operating systems make up 2.09% number of the letter. Makes you wonder if there are users in Windows 3.1 still there. How many of you have yet to upgrade to Windows 7 from XP or Vista?

Window 7 is the one of the best OS system which is used by the people all over the world and with greater popularity of this OS system every one want to install window 7 in their PC normally everyone know that how to install window 7 using DvD but one of the hottest question which i saw in many forums is “How to Install Windows 7 from a USB Drive” .i will give you the step to step tutorial to install Windows 7 from a USB Drive.

By using this method you can save lots of your valuable time as to Installs from a flash drive tend to take about 75% of the time it takes with a DVD.It will took 20 minutes instead of 30 minute which is took by DVD .
Here we start a process to install Windows 7 from a USB Drive just follow simple steps show below:
1. First of all you have USB Drive,which must be at least 4 GB.
2.Plug the drive into your PC.
3.After that open a command prompt as administrator. (Right click, Open as Admin, or Ctrl+Shift+Click)
4.Get the drive number by typing:
Diskpart => List disk => In my PC USB disk was number 1.
5.After doing just Format the drive by typing:
Select disk 1 => clean => Create partition primary => Select partition 1 => Active => Format fs NTFS => assign => Exit
6.After that mount the Windows 7 beta iso or insert the disk.
7.Then you can copy everything from the Windows 7 installation DVD/iso onto the USB key (a simple drag and drop will do).
8.Now you can insert the thumb drive into the system you want to install Windows 7 onto and boot the system. The installation will now proceed as usual—but faster.
Now wasn’t that easy.

If you’ve ever forgotten your password or been asked to assist somebody else in resetting their password, there’s a lot of different ways to accomplish it. Here’s how to do it by hacking the Sticky Keys feature.

Over at the 4sysops blog, they’ve written up the process of resetting your Windows password by booting off a repair disk, opening a command prompt, and copying cmd.exe over top of sethc.exe. Once you’ve done that, you can boot back up into Windows until you get to the login prompt, press the Shift key 5 times, and you’ll see a command prompt where you can use the net user command to reset the password.

If the system already has the Sticky Keys feature disabled, or you don’t feel like copying files around, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD to reset your Windows password instead.

For more Windows 7 articles go to howtogeek.com

If you like or need to have a lot of windows open on your desktop you can easily navigate
through these windows using Windows Flip 3D. It helps you to easily organize your open
windows and programs to locate the one you need. This is one of the options of
Microsoft’s Aero interface. Flip 3D was introduced first in Windows Vista and is a
replacement for the Alt+Tab way of cycling through all open files and applications.

Some people argue that Flip 3D is actually a slower method than the old version of
Alt+Tabbing your way through the open windows. A lot of this comes down to personal
preference and the hardware that you are running. Just because you meet the hardware
specifications enough to be able to enable Windows Aero does not mean that you are
running the Aero experience the way that the developers intended.

Note* To be able to use Windows Flip 3D you must have Aero enabled.

1. Press Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab. This will move the windows into a 3D stack as
shown above.

2. Press Tab to move through the windows. Pressing the Right Arrow or Down Arrow
will advance one window, or press Left Arrow or Up Arrow to go back one window.

3. Clicking on a window in the stack will display that particular window, or click
outside the stack to close Windows Flip 3D without switching windows. Rotating the
wheel of your mouse will cycle the open windows quickly.

An alternative way to cycle through the open windows is to press the Windows logo
key.

Switching windows using Flip 3D
Adding a Windows Flip 3D Shortcut to your Desktop

1.) Right click on any empty area of the desktop and then click on New and Shortcut.

2.) Type

C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe DwmApi #105

into the location field then click on the Next button.

3.) Type

Flipping Windows

for the name, and click on the Finish button. At this point you can name this shortcut anything you would like that
identifies the Flip 3D program for you.

4.) Right click on the new Flipping Windows shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.

5.) Click on the Change Icon button. Make sure that this on the shortcut tab. The tabs are located at the top of the
small window you opened.

6.) In the line under Look for icons in this file, type

%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll

and press Enter.

7.) Select the Windows Flip 3D icon or any other icon that you would like to designate for this operation and click on
OK.

8.) Click on OK.

9.) Move the shortcut to where you like to keep it.

While browsing the net I found this superb article from www.techradar.com

Have a look at this:

There’s a lot to like about Windows 7, not least its many improvements over Vista: the new OS is faster, less demanding on resources, has better designed security and contains many new productivity-boosting features.

If you were an early Windows 7 adopter, though, you may already have noticed that one old problem still remains. The more you use your PC, adding and removing applications, the more junk builds up throughout your system, and the slower and more unstable it eventually becomes.

You need to treat the problem, detoxing your PC on a regular basis to remove the leftovers – but how, exactly? Which areas of Windows 7 are most susceptible to this gradual degradation? Are there any tools or benchmarks you can use to reveal problem areas? How much can all this clutter slow you down, anyway, and what’s the best way to remove it all and restore your system to its optimum performance?

As we researched this article, one point was clear. Windows 7 is very different internally to Windows XP, and we couldn’t simply assume that old tricks, like optimising services, would work in the same way. What we needed to do was design a test, something that would reveal exactly why Windows 7 systems slowed down over time, and help uncover the best way to restore that initial new PC performance. And so that’s exactly what we did.

Designing the test

We started our trial by obtaining a powerful new 3XS Intel X58 Core i7 PC from Scan Computers. The machine featured a quad-core Intel Core i7 920 (which was overclocked by 20 per cent), 6GB of RAM and a speedy SATA 300 Samsung hard drive. It was an excellent performer that we knew wouldn’t choke unless it was faced with a set of major performance problems.

When the 3XS PC arrived, we installed the latest Windows 7 (Ultimate Edition, 32-bit) and driver updates and then set about establishing baseline measurements of our PC’s performance. The best Windows boot time – which we’re defining as the time that elapses between the ‘Starting Windows’ message and the desktop appearing – was 22 seconds.

boot screen

Seeing the desktop means nothing if you can’t use it, so we also measured the time between the ‘Starting Windows’ message appearing and the point that we were able to launch IE and have it display our Google homepage (28 seconds). We also used Task Manager to collect data on free memory and system activity (processes, threads, and so on).

Finally we checked how long it took to launch apps, including Firefox and Outlook (both around four seconds). With the performance of our clean system safely defined, we set about abusing it.

We installed Windows Live tools, iTunes, Adobe Reader, browsers, antivirus apps, Microsoft Office, DVD-burning suites, video-editing tools, a large Outlook inbox, hundreds of fonts and more. We accepted every extra that was on offer, then reinstalled and updated the apps before moving plenty of files around to ensure hard drive fragmentation. And what did this do to the benchmarks?

The plain Windows boot time increased by around a third, from 22 to 30 seconds. Our system was unusable after that for a long time, though, with IE not displaying Google for 140 seconds. Task Manager showed that system activity had more than doubled. Outlook now took five times as long to launch (21 seconds), and shutdown time increased by 50 per cent to 18 seconds.

So even a powerhouse like our 3XS system can be seriously affected by clutter. Now our really important tests began: discovering how to reverse this slowdown.

Defrag options

The hard drive is a big bottleneck on most PCs, and defragging has traditionally been one way to boost performance. Windows 7’s own defrag tool completed the task in a little over 20 minutes, confidently reporting that there was now 0 per cent fragmentation. But this had little effect on our PC, shaving one second off boot time and leaving other benchmarks unaffected.

Auslogics

We weren’t convinced, and ran Auslogics Disk Defrag immediately afterwards. This produced some interesting information: it thought our drive was still 16 per cent fragmented. We told the program to optimise our file layout (go to ‘Settings | Program Settings | Algorithms | Move system files to the beginning of the disk’) and set it to work.

This delivered real benefits. Boot time fell from 29 to 26 seconds; IE was usable after 107 seconds, a 23 per cent improvement; and launch time for Outlook fell by a third.

We can’t guarantee you’ll see similar results, as every defrag situation is different, but it’s clear that Windows 7’s defrag tool alone won’t necessarily do the job. We advise you click Start, type defrag, click ‘Disk Defragmenter’ and make sure that scheduled defrags are turned off for the moment.

Then install Auslogics Disk Defrag, turn on the option to relocate your system files, click ‘Settings | Program Settings | Schedule’ and set it to run every few days to keep your drive running optimally.

Next Page: How to speed up Windows 7: Services and boot

They have tones more great stuff, so don’t forget to visit their page techradar.com

After tabulating all the vulnerabilities published in Microsoft’s 2009 Security Bulletins, it turns out 90 percent of the vulnerabilities can be mitigated by configuring users to operate without administrator rights, according to a report by BeyondTrust. As for the published Windows 7 vulnerabilities through March 2010, 57 percent are no longer applicable after removing administrator rights. By comparison, Windows 2000 is at 53 percent, Windows XP is at 62 percent, Windows Server 2003 is at 55 percent, Windows Vista is at 54 percent, and Windows Server 2008 is at 53 percent. The two biggest exploited Microsoft applications also fare well: 100 percent of Microsoft Office flaws and 94 percent of Internet Explorer flaws (and 100 percent of IE8 flaws) no longer work.

This is good news for IT departments because it means they can significantly reduce the risk of a security breach by configuring the operating system for standard users rather than an administrator. Despite unpredictable and evolving attacks, companies can very easily protect themselves or at least reduce the effects of a newly discovered threat, as long as they’re OK with their users not installing software or using many applications that require elevated privileges.

“We believe that running users as standard users is good for Windows, the ecosystem, and all of our users,” Paul Cooke, Director Windows Client Enterprise Security, told Ars. “Configuring users as standard users enables parents to more securely share family computers with their children and enterprise administrators to configure standard user accounts for employees, lowering TCO and improving security. It is our hope that with the help of UAC that ISVs will continue to adapt their software to work well with standard user rights.”

In total, 64 percent of all Microsoft vulnerabilities reported last year are mitigated by removing administrator rights. That number increases to 81 percent if you only consider security issues marked Critical, the highest rating Redmond gives out, and goes even higher to 87 percent if you look at just Remote Code Execution flaws. Microsoft published 74 Security Bulletins in 2009, spanning around 160 vulnerabilities (133 of those were for Microsoft operating systems). The report, linked below, has a list of all of them, which software they affect, and which ones are mitigated by removing admin rights.

Ever have trouble changing your IP address in Windows 7? Just having to adjust to a new operating system is a total shock for most people. All the places where settings used to be are all moved or rearranged. Microsoft really paid attention to making the systems easier to learn for beginners, so if you have never used a pc before that’s great but for those of us who have, relearning actually puts us to a disadvantage.

Enter the “Godmode” Folder. Ok I know that this is not a new trick, and that it’s been brought back to life by the colorful naming but I must admit, I like it easy, and “Godmode” makes it easy. I have found this to be quite useful so I decided I would share it with you here on EE.

Godmode is a reference to the old IDDQD cheat code in ID Software’s Doom game series. IDDQD gave the player all the keys to all  the doors in the game. This is kinda similar as it gives you every control panel that is spread throughout the computer, on one screen. I remember how difficult it was to find the new Add Remove Programs, well not anymore! IP address settings? Not any more! This is pretty humorous as “Godmode” really has nothing to do with creating Control Panel Icons.

Gaining this super elite Godmode over your computer is actually pretty simple! Just create a folder, anywhere, and rename it to:

GODMODE.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

You can copy / paste that into the rename field to make it easier. This will grant you access to ALL system settings in one location. Which in Win7 can be pretty handy. If you’re like the average person, finding where Microsoft has moved everything to can be tiresome. Having it all in one place is really helpful.

Want to really impress your friends? Well Godmode has nothing to do with this Hack. Actually the GUI ID in the name is everything to do with it, that word in front of the period is just what the folder will end up being named. The word before the period/fullstop can be whatever you want to call the folder. So Green_CompleX.{ED7BA470-8E

54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} Would work just as well, but the functionality is really the most interesting part of all. Enjoy exploring all those hard to find settings!

There are other Guid’s that exist as well. Here is a list of a few more, but remember, these can all be found under the “Godmode” Guid code above. These are only for use on Win7. Use any of these codes instead of the “GodCode” to access to specific panels easier.

Action Center.{BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}
Backup and Restore.{B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}
Biometric Devices.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
Credential Manager.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
Default Location.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Devices and Printers.{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}
Display.{C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}
HomeGroup.{67CA7650-96E6-4FDD-BB43-A8E774F73A57}
Location and Other Sensors.{E9950154-C418-419e-A90A-20C5287AE24B}
Notification Area Icons.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Recovery.{9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}
RemoteApp and Desktop Connections.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Speech Recognition.{58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}
Troubleshooting.{C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}
Administrative Tools.{D20EA4E1-3957-11d2-A40B-0C5020524153}
All .NET Frameworks and COM Libraries.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
All Tasks (Control Panel).{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
AutoPlay.{9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}
BitLocker Drive Encryption.{D9EF8727-CAC2-4e60-809E-86F80A666C91}
Computer Folder.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Default Programs.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
Ease of Access Center.{D555645E-D4F8-4c29-A827-D93C859C4F2A}
Font Settings.{93412589-74D4-4E4E-AD0E-E0CB621440FD}
Get Programs.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
Manage Wireless Networks.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
Network and Sharing Center.{8E908FC9-BECC-40f6-915B-F4CA0E70D03D}
Network Connections.{7007ACC7-3202-11D1-AAD2-00805FC1270E}
Network Folder.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Parental Controls.{96AE8D84-A250-4520-95A5-A47A7E3C548B}
Performance Information and Tools.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}
Personalization.{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}
Power Options.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Programs and Features.{7b81be6a-ce2b-4676-a29e-eb907a5126c5}
Sync Center.{9C73F5E5-7AE7-4E32-A8E8-8D23B85255BF}
System.{BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}
User Accounts.{60632754-c523-4b62-b45c-4172da012619}
Windows Firewall.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Windows SideShow.{E95A4861-D57A-4be1-AD0F-35267E261739}
Windows Update.{36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}

Short Version:
Right Click the Desktop, goto New, and then Click on Folder. Name it GODMODE.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
Press Enter, and then open the folder and take a look at what is inside.

Windows 7 in a Box

Posted: 02/01/2010 in Tools, Windows, Windows 7
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If you just landed a new computer for the holidays, you’re probably just now getting it set up and getting your hands dirty with Windows 7, and if you’re coming from Windows XP you may find yourself looking high and low for tweaks and customization options that you know are there but can’t find.
Enter Windows 7 in a Box, a free app that bundles many of Windows 7’s most popular configuration options and some additional tweaks into a single interface. Just click on the menu option that corresponds to the type of tweak you’d like to make, find the setting you’d like to change, and click to open the corresponding control panel or app.

Windows 7 in a Box is a free tool that really serves as a quick gateway to some of the most popular configuration options inside the OS. It doesn’t come with its own utilities or control panels; it just points you at existing apps and services already built into Windows 7. The app organizes tools and options into menus you can select depending on the type of tweak you’d like to make.
For example if you’d to tweak Windows 7’s Internet connectivity settings, there’s a menu called “Internet Settings” that will take you to the control panels and tools available to monitor and change your Internet options. The “functions” menu for example, gives you access to features like the Ease of Access Center, the Printer Management Folder, the User Accounts control panel, and more.
Most users will only find Windows 7 in a Box helpful until they get their bearings and learn where the apps and control panels actually live, and tech savvy users likely won’t have a use for the app at all. However, novice users or people who are just getting the hang of Windows 7 and all of its changes over Windows XP, the utility can be a great way to start tweaking a Windows 7 system and making it your own.