Enable Run Command In Windows 7 Start Menu

The run command is probably one of the most used tools while launching to applications and control panel applets provided by Windows, however does not seem to have the run command enabled by default.

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Nirmal from Life Rocks has a simple hack that will allow users to enable the run command in Windows 7, the hack is pretty simple and you can enable the run command by changing a few properties.

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Ultimate List Of Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

has just been released to the general public and there are several tips and tricks flying around on several blogs, just like our earlier where we collect and share some of the best tips and tricks for a product, here are some of the best tips and tricks for Windows 7.

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Windows 7 Features Walkthrough

Want to learn what is new in Windows 7? The How-To-Geek has put up a comprehensive screenshot tour, which walks you through the new features in Windows 7. Take a look at what you should expect from Windows 7 beta to learn more.

10 Things You Should Know Before Installing Windows 7

Windows 7 is in beta, and there are bound to be several things which will not work. The Windows 7 center has a list of 10 things you should know before you install Windows 7.

Dual Boot Windows 7 With Windows XP and Vista

Windows 7 is still in beta and it would be a tad bit early to get a brand new PC to just run Windows 7, so it makes more sense for users to stick to a current machine and dual boot Windows 7 with the current operating system. Adam Pash from Lifehacker has put up a nice tutorial using which you can dual boot Windows 7 with Windows XP and Vista.

What are Windows 7 System Requirements?

Windows 7 is not as resource hungry as , and you can run Windows 7 on a really low configuration. Learn more about the Windows 7 System Requirements.

How To Get Genuine Windows 7 Beta Product Key?

If you have downloaded Windows 7 Beta 32-bit or 64-bit, you will not be able to run it unless you use a valid product key, read our earlier guide to know, how you can get a Genuine Windows 7 Beta Product Key.

List of Compatible Anti-Virus for Windows 7

Windows is one of the most exploited operating system and you definitely cannot survive online threats without a good anti-virus and anti-spyware software. The How-To-Geek lists has compiled a list of Anti-virus softwares compatible with Windows 7.

5 Great Features in Windows 7

Martin from Ghacks talks about 5 Great Features you should know about in Windows 7, he promises that those features are not just run of the mill.

Extend Windows 7 Trail From 30 To 120 Days

The Windows 7 product keys are programmed to run for 30 days, however the How-To-Geek has a tutorial that will help you extend Windows 7 trial period from 30 to 120 days.

Shortcut Keys in Windows 7

definitely save users a lot of time, and Minty White has come up with a handy list of shortcut keys available in Windows 7, definite time saver.

Hidden Themes In Windows 7

The latest versions of Windows are more about looks, and Windows themes are definitely a craze, however Windows 7 does not allow users to use all the themes out of the box. Nirmal points out a neat trick that will allow you to use all the hidden themes in Windows 7.

How To Remove Send Feedbacklink from Windows 7 Title Bar?

Windows 7 is in beta mode and Microsoft is looking for feedback, fair enough, however many users are irked to see the Send Feedbacklink in the title bar of all the windows, Minty White talks about a registry hack that will allow users to remove the Send Feedbacklink from Windows 7 title bar.

Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder

Windows 7 comes with a useful tool Problem Steps Recorderthat will allow users to record screen activities just like a regular screen capture program albeit for debugging purpose. The I Started Something blog tells us more about the Problem Steps Recorder and how you can use it.

How To Enable Aero In Windows 7?

We all love eye candy, but with that comes the need of a higher configuration PC. BlogsDNA tells us how to Enable Aero in Windows 7 on a decent configured PC.

How To Set Taskbar Buttons to Show Text Instead of Icons Only?

Windows 7 has a icon only taskbar, however Tech Recipes shows users How to set the Taskbar Buttons to Show Text Instead of Icons-Only.

How To Enable Run Command In Windows 7?

The run command is hidden by default in Windows 7 and blame it on the improvised start menu, however this trick can help you enable and display the run command in Windows 7.

How to Enable Disable Taskbar Thumbnails Preview in Windows 7?

BlogsDNA has another interesting tutorial where they talk about the trick to enable or disable the taskbar thumbnails in Windows 7.

How to Enable – Disable Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7?

The Quick Launch bar has been disabled by default in Windows 7, BlogsDNA tells us How to Enable – Disable Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7

How to Show AM / PM Symbols in System Tray Clock in Windows 7?

Windows 7 uses a 24 hour clock to display the time, Tweaking with Vishal shows us change it back to show AM / PM Symbols in System Tray Clock in Windows 7.

Updates

We will use this section to link to new updates on handy Windows 7 tips and Tricks that will help you with using Windows 7

This is a non-exhaustive list and I will keep adding more content as and when I come across them, if you want to contribute or add your content to the list, feel free to contact us or drop a comment.

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Windows Control Panel Applet Shortcuts

With every release of Windows there have been several changes to the control panel, where Microsoft has tried to group tasks and make navigation easier, however many users find it hard to use the new control panel options and prefer using the default control panel.

If you want to make it a bit more easier to use the control panel applets, here are some handy for windows control panel applets.

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Windows Unknown Device Identifier

There are certain times when Windows fails to identify a hardware device, by showing yellow question mark against the device in the device manager, due to not enough information being available or because there are no know device drivers available in the Windows database, that can be used to run the device.

In such cases, if you do not have the original device driver media CD/DVD, the device becomes practically useless. Unknown Device Identifier is a freeware that will help you identify unknown windows devices marked with a yellow question mark in the device manager.

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WhoCrashed Performs Postmortem For Windows Crashes

Many users are accustomed to seeing a Blue screen of death (BSOD) in windows or towards sudden reboots, where Windows basically crashes and shows you a cryptic message (pun intended) which is hard to analyze for any lay computer user.

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However the cryptic message does make sense, but only to engineers who are familiar with debugging the error. In such cases as a lay user you may leave the error as it is and continue using your computer.

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How To Change Default Wallpaper Directory In Windows?

People love to keep changing their desktop wallpapers frequently, however if you store the wallpapers in a user directory, you will have to browse through several folders before you can choose a wallpaper to apply for the desktop.

This can get quite tedious if you change wallpapers on a regular basis, however there is a solution for this problem, which will allow you to change the default wallpaper directory and point it to your own custom wallpaper directory.

To apply the solution you will require to edit the registry, if you are not comfortable with editing registry please ask your system administrator to help you out.

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Ultimate Windows Tweaker For Windows Vista

has lots of features which are really unwanted for a normal user, however there are no really good tools like Tweak UI powertoy available officially for Windows XP. Though the wait to get a tool has been long enough, the Windows Vista club has released a tool called Ultimate Windows Tweaker which will help you tweak apply 130 tweaks without having to edit the registry.

The freeware utility has a simple easy-to-use user interface, with the tweaks being classified in separate heads based of their functionality. Most tweaks are hidden inside Vista, and what this tweaker does is to try and put the useful one’s in one place. It has over 130 tweaks, but is yet, just a 370 KB .exe file, which does not require an install.

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Disable Windows Sounds While Listening To Music

There are several times when you are listening to music and a windows sounds interrupts it, not only is it pretty annoying, it can also make listening to music a lot more less satisfying.

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SoundOff is a handy freeware utility that will help you to turn off all the Windows Sounds while you listen to your favorite music.

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How To Turn On Automatic Windows Update In Windows XP And Vista

Microsoft periodically releases updates to the operating systems they support, most of the updates are patches for loopholes which have been exploited in the operating system by hackers. It is highly advisable to keep your system up-to-date with the patches released by Microsoft.

However many users are oblivious to the fact that updates have been released and remain vulnerable till they have been successfully applied to their computers. Windows Operating System have the ability to automatically connect to the update servers and download the updates to your computer, however many users do not turn it on, here are some simple steps that will help you turn on the automatic updates on your computer.

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How To Add Exceptions To Windows Firewall?

This is a guest post by Aseem Kishore, the lead blogger for HelpDeskGeek.com, which focuses on providing Help Desk tips to IT Professionals. Want to write a guest post for us? Drop us a line using the contact us form.

Windows Firewall blocks incoming network connections to your computer to help protect it from malicious programs trying to connect to your computer and steal your data. Note that it does not block outbound connections, so if spyware or malware does ever get installed on your computer, it can send out data without any restriction.

Overall, having the firewall turned on is good, but there are many occasions when Windows Firewall blocks incoming connections for legitimate programs. Most of the time, you’ll get a dialog box asking you whether or not to unblock a program, but sometimes you have to add an exception to the Firewall list manually.

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