Windows 7

Run Old Programs in 64-bit Windows with Compatibility Mode Options

by File in: Windows 7

The switch from 32-bit versions of Windows to 64-bit versions has been a slow transition. Although Windows XP, Vista, and 7 all have 64-bit versions available, many companies still opt for the 32-bit versions. The biggest reason for this is compatibility issues with older programs, hardware, and drivers. Microsoft recognizes that wanting to use older programs […]

5 Easy Ways to Speed Up a Slow Windows 7 Computer

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In terms of optimizing your computer, Help Desk Geek’s 99 Ways to Make Your Computer Blazingly Fast is tough to top; but if you don’t have the time to initiate all of those helpful fixes in one session, there are some quick and easy steps that you can take to rejuvenate a slow computer, all […]

Change How Windows Prompts for Admin Approval Mode

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Windows 7, 8 and 10 user accounts that have administrative privileges operate differently than admin accounts in previous versions Windows. Rather than giving administrative accounts complete and unbridled access to everything on the PC, these accounts operate as normal user accounts until an action requiring admin privileges pops up. At this point, the account enters Admin […]

Print the Contents of Any Windows 7 Folder

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Since Windows 95, there has been a missing feature in the operating system that frustrates many users. Microsoft has never given us an easy way to print the contents of a folder. There are several workarounds to this problem but some solutions are easier than others are. Why Print Folder Contents? Any folder in Windows […]

Create a “Switch Between Windows” Shortcut in Windows 7

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The Aero Desktop introduced in Windows Vista and now part of Windows 7 made amazing visual enhancements to an otherwise static desktop found in previous versions of the operating system. One useful feature is the ability to cycle through open windows and programs using a three-dimensional interface. Unfortunately, Microsoft made access to this feature a […]

Create a Show Desktop Icon in Windows 7

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Although a minor component in Windows XP, the Show Desktop icon was one of those features that many users took for granted. Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft offers an alternative to the Show Desktop icon that isn’t quite as convenient as the original. Luckily, you can manually create a Show Desktop icon in Windows 7. […]

How to Change Computer Name in Windows 7

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A computer running Windows 7 must have a unique name so that other computers and networks know where to find the computer and the files that are stored on it. What some users of Window 7 don’t know is that you can change the name of your computer to just about anything you want. Learn […]

Windows 7 Taskbar Disappearing?

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A new issue I’ve seen going on with some Windows 7 users is that their taskbar will suddenly disappear completely. The only thing that remains is the Start Menu button/orb. Here’s an example of a desktop in which the Windows 7 taskbar just vanished: That’s pretty crazy right! Not only that, if you right-click in […]

Create Home DVDs using Windows 7’s DVD Maker

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Windows 7 by default comes with a DVD Maker software.  Home users will particularly like this tool since it lets them burn DVD movies using their own media like home made videos and digital photos. The quickest way to make a DVD is to add pictures and videos in Windows DVD Maker, and then burn […]

Windows 7 MS Paint Review

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If you’re someone who happily created pixel art using Paint on Windows XP or Windows Vista, you’re probably going to hate the new Paint in Windows 7. Even though the new Paint has some new features and uses the new Ribbon UI that Microsoft is using across all its Windows and Office products, they have […]