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Windows Access Panel Provides Instant Access To Windows Utilities

Windows ships with dozens of system utilities which allows the user to modify almost every aspect of the operating system. However, many of these utilities are buried deep within the Control Panel. Even worse, it is impossible to access some of these utilities like the DirectX diagnostic tool (dxdiag), unless you know exactly what you are looking for.

Windows Access Panel is a portable utility developed by The Windows Club which includes shortcuts for launching forty eight Windows utilities. The utilities are grouped into two tabs Basic and Advanced. The basic section contains many commonly required utilities like Checkdisk, Registry Editor, Group Policy Editor, Windows Firewall, System Restore and Disk Defragmenter. The advanced section contains utilities like DirectX Diagnostics, Memory Diagnostics, Performance Monitor, Resource Monitor, Task Scheduler and Problem Step Recorder.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

Windows Access Panel doesn’t add anything to Windows. It basically acts as a launcher for Windows system utilities. It is something all PC repair guys (and tech enthusiasts who love toying with their system) should have in their collection. Windows Access Panel will also help novices discover useful Windows Utilities they might not have been aware of. It is a nice little application which definitely serves a purpose.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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Power Plan Assistant: Intelligent Power Management Tool For Windows 7

Power Plan Assistant is a power plan management utility for Windows 7. Windows 7 includes fairly detailed power management options and offers three power plans out of the box. Power Plan Assistant makes use of the power management features present in Windows 7 and adds additional functionalities which make management easier.

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The best feature of Power Plan Assistant is its ability to automatically change power plans based on the current power supply. It can use High Performance when your system is plugged-in, switch to Balanced when your system is running on battery and change to Power Saver mode when battery level falls below 40%.

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Power Plan Assistant also offers a few other handy features like the ability to instantly power off the display or change between any power plans (including all custom power plans). Power Plan Assistant is a nifty utility with a nice range of features. It is classified as a donationware. The free builds of Power Plan Assistant expires every week. In order to keep using it you will either have to donate or download a new weekly build.

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Download Windows 7 Wallpaper Pack

Quite sometime back, we put up several stunning Windows 7 wallpapers up for downloads. If that hasn’t satisfied your appetite to jazz up your desktop, here are few more beautiful wallpapers you can download.

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The Ultimate Windows 7 Wallpaper pack consists of high quality wallpapers, available in 1366×768, 1280×800, 1680×1050,1920×1200 resolutions. The wallpapers can also be used on widescreen monitors.

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Editorial: Should You Buy Windows 7?

The widely anticipated , will be released on October 22nd. Windows 7 is perhaps the best operating systems Microsoft ever made, and after Windows Vista’s debacle, it has definitely put Microsoft fortunes on the right path again.

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But should you as a user upgrade to Windows 7? Should you invest more money to buy a new OS? Should you wait to hear feedback from others before you upgrade?

Also Read: Ultimate List of Tips & Tricks for Windows 7

These questions cannot be easily answered, but let me tell you one thing. If you are using , it is well worth the $120 or so to upgrade to Windows 7. To be very frank Windows Vista was a nightmare, not only for Microsoft, but for several million users who were forced into buying new PCs and Laptops, pre-loaded with Windows Vista.

Frustrations with Windows Vista

When I was running Windows Vista on my HP Special Edition laptop, there was not one day, without frustrations and crashes. Since I have moved to Windows 7 RTM, I have been able to run the same laptop with double productivity. Not once have I seen a crash or BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), which is so famous and ridiculed in almost every Microsoft OS.

To be frank, I used Windows Vista for more than a year, and that piece of crap cut down my productivity to the lowest levels. I was spending more time trying to keep the system stable, running as few applications as I could, while I could get my work done.

As far as Windows 7 goes, I can tell you that I am very much satisfied. I have been able to open 30 applications at once, without even having my CPU or memory load go beyond 75%, a truly amazing feat.

Also Read: 3 Really Useful Windows 7 Tips

More Control for the User with UAC

Microsoft’s attempt at providing security, completely went wrong with the introduction of UAC (User Access Control). Not only was it totally annoying, it also made users less productive even when they wanted to perform the smallest of tasks.

Of course, you could always disable UAC in Vista. However, the mere thought of its existence made many users fret. Windows 7 also comes with UAC, however, this time Microsoft has given more control to the users, by allowing them to set the level of control the OS should have over activities on the PC. You can also disable the UAC in Windows 7.

Features and Goodies in Windows 7

To add to that, Microsoft has really put all its efforts into making Windows 7 productive for the users. Features like the redone taskbar, Libraries, JumpList, Aero peek, Aero Glass and Aero Shake make it a wonderful experience to work with. Windows 7 is the best in every way I could see. It makes everyday computing easier.

Drivers, Drivers and more Drivers

Back in the days, when I was using Windows 98. I had a full stack of drivers in the form of floppy drives and CDs. That stack grew smaller once I moved to Windows XP. However, it grew substantially after I moved to Windows Vista.

With Windows 7, I did not have to install a single driver, everything was installed for me. It detected each and every hardware on my laptop, and installed all the correct drivers. No more figuring out those yellow marks in the device manager.

Windows Vista, was a system administrators nightmare since it did not recognize even popular hardware. Windows 7 on the other hands will make system administrators pretty happy, since their work is cut down as far as installing drivers is concerned.

Lower Requirements to Run Windows 7

Windows 7 might work just fine on your old PC or laptop, unlike Windows Vista which had requirements that were extravagant in every sense. On the other hand, Windows 7 will work on your old workhorse, powering your Windows XP installation. However, having a decent graphics card and at-least 1GB Ram is recommended.

You may want to check the system requirements for Windows 7, to verify if your old system will be able to run Windows 7.

Benchmarking Windows 7

Several sites have benchmarked Windows 7, and most of the times, it has performed much better than its predecessor.

There are improvements in boot time, shutdown time and wakeup from sleep, which were really very slow in Windows Vista. In my tests, I have been able to run more than 35 full-blown heavy applications and haven’t yet seen any problems.

Ball is Your Court

The ultimate decision of buying Windows 7 or not, is in your hands. However, before you do buy it, take a tour and try it for yourself. What works for someone, may not actually work out for someone else. The best option, is to try things out for yourself before you make a decision.

You might also want to consider, that in the future will no longer be supported. On the other hand, Windows Vista is a pain in the posterior. Windows 7 is not cheap, however you can buy anytime upgrade and a family pack which will allow you to install the same copy on 3 PCs.

Starting October 22nd you can also buy new laptops and desktop computers pre-loaded with Windows 7. If you want to upgrade your current PC or laptop, you can take a look at Windows 7 pricing and decide if you want to upgrade.

It would be interesting to know if you would be buying Windows 7 or upgrading your current PC? Do let us know about your thoughts.

Nokia 3G Booklet For $299.99 This Holiday Season

Nokia jumped into the booklet market during the Nokia world event and now Nokia has come up with a Holiday season offer on its 3G booklet in partnership with AT&T, Best Buy and Microsoft.

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Nokia 3G booklet primarily made for all-time connectivity will now be available for $299.99 only this holiday season. In the press release by Nokia it says:

"Nokia understands mobility like no other company and recognizes that the most ‘powerful’ device is the one that doesn’t have you running for the power plug or network point," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, president and CEO of Nokia. "By combining the Booklet’s sleek design, impressive features and competitive price together with the new Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft, AT&T’s nationwide 3G coverage and Best Buy’s unmatched national retail footprint, we believe we have a winning combination for U.S. consumers."
"Our alliance with Nokia is advancing on multiple fronts and the Nokia Booklet 3G is an important step," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We are excited with Nokia’s decision to launch its first PC with Windows 7. By combining the value and simplicity of the operating system with the all-day mobility of the Nokia Booklet 3G, we are bringing new and valuable experiences to consumers and businesses."

Best Buy associates will offer Walk Out Working on the Nokia Booklet 3G, as they do for all smartphones. The free service will help customers activate the device, walk through the Windows 7 operating system and make sure customers understand all of the extras including Ovi Suite, the Ovi Maps gadget, and features like Bluetooth connectivity.

The mini-laptop also comes with an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera for video calling, integrated Bluetooth and an easily accessible SD card reader. Other premium features include the glass 10.1 inch HD-ready display, integrated A-GPS with Ovi Maps, and the latest version of Ovi Suite for effortless synching with a Nokia mobile device.

The Windows 7 operating system on it is an add on to the excitement. Check out specs and pics of Nokia 3G booklet.

So will you buy Nokia 3G booklet this season?

Download Windows 7 Icon Pack For XP

Windows 7 has been enhanced in its visual designs a lot more than its previous versions. However, still many people stick with XP. You know, OLD IS GOLD! ;)

Recently, we had told you about Windows 7 Transformation Pack For XP, with which you can convert your XP interface to Windows 7 interface.

Here is an icon pack that helps you to change only your XP icons into Windows 7 icons. You also need Icon Tweaker, an application, to tweak Windows XP icons, to install this icon pack.

Also Read: Browse and Download Free High Quality Icons

The Pack includes all Windows 7 shell icons for Start Menu, Folders, Network Connections, drives, files and Desktop. It also includes beautiful and transparent Windows 7 cursors.

You can check that detailed tutorial here: dkszone.net

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How to Use Check Boxes to Select Items in Windows Vista and Windows 7

When Windows Vista arrived, Microsoft made a few changes to Windows Explorer and added some new features. If you’re still using Windows XP, I can recommend QTtabbar or ViSplore to get some of these new features. If you are using Vista or Windows 7, keep on reading.

One of the most useful features that I’ve found for the new Explorer is the ability to select files using a check box.

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You may not immediately find the Folder and View options that you were used to seeing in previous versions of Windows Explorer. I’ll show you how to find them once again and enable the check box feature.

First, start Windows Explorer by double clicking Computeron your desktop or typing Windows Explorerin the Start Menu search box and launching it.

Once Explorer opens, click on the Organizemenu and choose Folder and search options.

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When the Folder Options dialog opens, select the Viewtab and place a check-mark in front of Use check boxes to select items.

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Click the OKbutton to finish up and you will now have this feature enabled.

Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or comments about this or any other Windows 7 feature.

How to Disable User Account Control in Windows 7

Why do you want to turn off a feature that Microsoft believes will keep you safer? Are you insane, are you ignorant, do you hate Microsoft, or are you simply aggravated by constant pop-ups?

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Whenever an action is performed that Windows feels can put the system at risk, the User Account Control feature (UAC) will respond with a nice little pop-up window that the user must respond to. This occurs even if the user is logged into an administrator account.

The account controls in Windows XP were already good if they were used properly. By properly, I mean that you should never use your PC while logged into an administrator account unless you are truly performing administrative tasks. I feel that there is no need for the new UAC in Vista and Win7 since standard user accounts are already restricted from making system changes.

Just remember, an administrative account isn’t there for you to surf the net, chat with your friends and answer email. Log into a standard user account to do that. If you haven’t created a standard account for yourself, do it soon. Now that I’m done preaching, I’ll tell you how to easily disable UAC in Windows 7.

To disable UAC in an account:

• Click your Start button
• Type “UAC” (without quotes) into the search box
• Click on “Change User Account Control settings”

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• Slide the bar all the way to the bottom and click “OK”

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That’s it. Now you’ll stop getting those UAC pop-ups.

Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or comments on User Account Controls.

How to Create a New User Account in Windows 7

When you first install Windows, you’ll be prompted to set up new users. Later, if you want to add more users, or remove existing users, you can do so easily by following these instructions.

• Log in to an Administrator account
• Click on the Start button and choose “Control Panel”
• Click on “Add or remove user accounts”

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• Click on “Create a new account”

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• Fill out the account name, select the user type and then click “Create Account”

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That’s it folks. Be sure to comment below if you have any questions or comments on User Accounts.

Three Really Useful Windows 7 Tips

If you are using Windows 7, you are probably aware of new features like Aero Shake and Aero Peek. However, Windows 7 is also packed with lots of neat stuff which aren’t immediately apparent. Today we will share three simple yet effective tips which will help you use Windows 7 even more efficiently.

1. Pin Folders to Windows Explorer

A little known feature is that you can drag and drop frequently accessed folders on the Windows Explorer icon present in the taskbar. This is the quickest way to Pin a folder to Windows Explorer. Pinned folders show up in the Jump List when you right click on Windows Explorer icon.

Pin Folders to Windows Explorer

2. Use Check Boxes in Windows Explorer

Although check boxes were added in Windows Vista, many people are still not aware of it. Check boxes allow you to quickly select multiple items without having to press the CTRL key. To enable check boxes go to Organize→Folder and Search Options→View and check the “Use check boxes to select items” option.

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3. Use Search Connectors

You can search the web even without launching your browser using Windows Search Connectors. Windows 7 supports federated search which allows you to add almost any online search engine to Windows 7. SevenForums contains more than a dozen search providers which should help you in getting started.

Did you find these tips helpful? Don’t forget to let us know. And check out Microsoft Technet if you are looking for some more helpful Windows Seven tips.

Minimize All Background Windows Using Aero Shake in Windows 7

Quite sometime back we had told you about 10 awesome Windows 7 shortcuts that you probably didn’t know about.

I came across a video of a interesting feature in . The feature also called as Aero shake will allow you to minimize all background windows by shaking the window you want to keep in focus.

Tip: If you don’t want to use the mouse just use the combination of Win Key + Home. Using this hotkey will have the same effect.

Here is a video of the Aero shake feature in action.

[via Digital Inspiration]

Create a System Image In Windows 7

There is no doubt that is one of the most feature packed OS released by Microsoft. Not only is it visually appealing, but there are so many features built into it that it eliminates the need for several software.

A interesting feature that How-to-Geek brings forth is the ability to create a system image and back it up to an external hard drive or disk.

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This feature can come in pretty handy when something goes wrong with your Windows 7 install. You can use the system image to completely restore Windows 7.

In addition to that you can also create a system repair disc that can be used to repair your PC in case something goes wrong.

To create a system image go to Start and type Getting Started, click on it and select “Back up your files”. In the new window that opens up you can start creating a system image by clicking on the link in the left hand side menu.

Get Windows 7 Taskbar in Windows XP

brings in several improvements over but one of the most noticeable one is the new taskbar which is more compact and space saving in addition to Jump Lists.

If you are using and have no plans to switch to Windows 7 even when it is available for $30 a nifty called ViGlance adds a Windows 7 taskbar to Windows XP.

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ViGlance is pretty decent as it uses only about 10MB memory and also provides users with thumbnail previews and the ability to pin favorite applications to the taskbar.

In addition to that it also replaces the start button with Windows 7 Orb replica. Overall a pretty neat implementation of the taskbar.

Download ViGlance [via Cybernet News]

Get HP Quick Launch Buttons in Windows 7

Since I upgraded to I have been missing the HP Quick launch buttons feature on my HP Pavilion dv6000 special edition laptop (dv6875se).

I tweeted about it and fellow Techie buzzer Clif Sipe gave me a working solution, so here is a post that will show you how to get HP Quick Launch Buttons working in Windows 7.

Step 1: Visit HP.com in your web browser and select support & drivers from the menu.

Step 2: From the available radio buttons select Download drivers and software (and firmware) under Step 1. Under Step 2 enter the product number of your HP laptop or PC, in my case it was dv6875se (you will find this under your laptop or the serial number sticker on your desktop). Once you have entered the product number click on the Go button.

Step 3: In some cases HP will display a list of laptops/desktops that match yours select the one that you have to go to the driver page. In cases where you entered the exact product number it will take you directly to the drivers page.

Step 4: In the available list of operating systems click on Microsoft for 32-bit Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows Vista (64-bit) for for 64-bit Windows 7.

Step 5: Scroll down till you see Driver – Keyboard, Mouse and Input Devices, in that list click on the link HP Quick Link Launch Buttons to download the drivers.

Step 6: Install the downloaded software and the quick launch buttons will become functional again.

I tested this out on my laptop and everything works perfectly fine.