Windows 7

Windows 7 Switch User Disabled or Greyed Out?

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A client of mine recently had a strange problem in Windows 7 where he could not switch between users using the normal procedure. By default, if you click Start, then click on the little arrow next to shutdown, you can choose Switch User as shown below: If this option is disabled or greyed out on […]

Change the Windows 7 Login Screen Background Image

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When you login to your Windows 7 computer (assuming you haven’t used something like this tutorial to turn on automatic login), you’ll generally see a login window with a background looking something like this. It’s fine; there’s nothing wrong with it. But sometimes a change is good, so in this article we’ll show you how […]

What is Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter?

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So recently I was on a friend’s computer trying to troubleshoot some network issue and when I went to adjust the settings on one of the network adapters, I noticed something interesting I had not seen before: In addition to the normal WiFi network, there was also a Wireless Network Connection 2 and the adapter […]

Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 Hanging Issues

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Previously, I wrote the Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 Homegroup Issues, which a lot of people found useful. Today, I am going to write up a ultimate troubleshooting guide for Windows 7 hanging issues. This includes Windows 7 hanging on startup/boot, hanging when logging off, hanging when shutting down, hanging when installing programs, etc. […]

Difference between Windows 7 Home, Professional and Ultimate

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If you are running Windows XP or Windows Vista and are thinking about making the switch to Windows 7, you might be wondering what’s the difference between all the different versions. Unlike OS X, which has one version for everyone, Windows tries to break it down into several groups with different price points. Depending on […]

Is there a Classic View in Windows 7?

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Yes Windows 7 has some fancy eye-candy graphics and display options with the new Aero interface, but maybe you don’t want that? Maybe you’ve gotten accustomed to the classic Windows look which has been around since Windows 95? If so, well there is an answer! Luckily, Microsoft is not crazy enough to completely cut out […]

Show the Classic Navigation Tree in Windows 7 Explorer

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Windows Explorer in Windows 7 has undergone some major changes, one of which is the new Navigation pane. The classic tree view of folders and directories from Windows Vista and XP has been replaced by a list of groups like Favorites, Libraries, Homegroup, Computer, and Network. The Computer group does not display unused drives like […]

Optimize Windows 7 Startup and Boot Time

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I have found that Windows 7 runs fairly faster than Windows XP and Windows Vista right out of the box. The footprint has definitely been lessened and it doesn’t feel as bloated as Vista did. However, as with any operating system, you can tweak or change the software and hardware to truly maximize performance. With […]

Easily Flush the Windows Memory Cache

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If you run multiple applications simultaneously in Windows for long periods of time, you probably notice that your system’s performance gradually decreases over time. When you close an application either from within the application or by using the Task Manager, the tasks or threads associated with the application may not all be completely released. This […]

Speed Up Windows 7 and Vista by Turning Off Glass Transparency

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The transparent glass look of Aero Glass in Windows 7 and Vista may look nice, but it also may slow down computers that don’t have powerful video adapters. If the performance of your computer is being adversely affected by the Aero Glass feature, you can speed up Windows and still benefit from the Aero features, […]