Windows 7

Windows 7 Taskbar Not Showing Thumbnail Previews?

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One of the nice features of Windows 7 is that the taskbar shows a nifty thumbnail preview of a window or group of windows when you hover over it. So if you have several Internet Explorer tabs open, you can now see a preview of all the IE tabs instead of just seeing text descriptions. […]

Lost Windows 7 Install Disc? Create a New One From Scratch

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If you’ve misplaced your Windows 7 install disc, which may be the actual discs that came with your PC or a retail Windows 7 install disc that you bought separately, then reinstalling Windows can be a bit frustrating. However, there is a very simple way to create your own Windows 7 install disc for Home […]

Create a Custom Windows 7 Install Image

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Creating a customized Windows 7 image can be accomplished using a few different methods and Microsoft even supplies some tips for creating unique and custom Windows 7 deployments. However, many of these custom imaging methods revolve around straight enterprise structure, which may require several workstations, a master PC and Windows 7 Enterprise edition. For non-enterprise […]

Fix Windows Explorer Window Opening on Startup

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I recently ran into a really annoying problem on my Windows 7 64-bit PC: every time I restarted it and booted into Windows, the Windows Explorer Libraries window would pop up. It never occurred before and I could not pinpoint any particular software or update that I had installed that would cause it to start […]

Remove Dotted Border Around Icons on Windows Desktop

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Have you ever noticed that sometimes Windows will give your desktop icons a dotted line border? It’s really annoying and definitely doesn’t look good with the neat and sleek Aero interface of Windows 7. Here is what I mean: Grrrr! I’m one of those picky Windows users who likes things to be a certain way […]

Fix “Windows Anytime Upgrade was not successful” Error

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One of my clients ran into a problem when they were trying to upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional using the Windows Anytime Upgrade tool. Instead of it working like normal, they ended up getting the following message: Windows Anytime Upgrade was not successful The only sorry solution it gives you is to […]

Unable to Pin Programs to Taskbar in Windows 7?

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So I ran into an interesting problem the other day when I tried to pin a program to the Windows 7 taskbar. Usually, I just right-click on the open application and say Pin this program to the taskbar: Unfortunately, something happened, or I did something wrong and this option disappeared! So I tried to drag […]

Windows 7 Screensaver and Power Options Not Working?

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I’ve had my share of problems with Windows 7, but I still use it regularly along with my MacBook Pro. One new problem that creeped up recently has to do with the screensaver and power options. I set my screensaver to start after 10 minutes, but nothing happened! I also set my PC to go […]

Fix Audio Static Crackling Popping with Realtek Sound Card

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If you have a Windows 7 machine with a Realtek sound chipset or drivers, then you may have run into a problem where you randomly hear crackling or popping or static while playing audio through your speakers or even headsets. I realized after doing some research that this is a pretty tricky problem to fix […]

How to Combine Two Images/Pictures without Photoshop

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Recently, I had a situation where I wanted to send someone a picture, but I wanted it to be a combination of two pictures. Sending the pictures separately would not have been fun, due to the fact that they had to be shown side by side to get the best effect. I also wanted to […]