Windows 7

Stop Windows 7 from Automatically Installing Device Drivers

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Although Windows 7 makes some things much easier than in previous versions of the operating system, sometimes it can be an aggressive bugger when it comes to detecting, downloading, and installing device drivers for newly discovered hardware. Many users of Windows 7 prefer to install drivers manually and don’t need the operating system helping out […]

Windows 7/10 Safe Mode – Boot Options

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In the first article in this series on Windows 7/10 Safe Mode, we looked at what to do when the F8 method of starting up Windows in Safe Mode just won’t work. However, we also uncovered a few boot option gems that can serve as powerful troubleshooting and diagnostic tools that the standard Safe Mode […]

Take Control of Windows 7 Administration

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Windows 7 represents a step forward in security for home PCs, but administration in the operating system can be a bit confusing. Everything from the secret administrator to User Account Control (UAC) puts a greater burden on the casual user. To take control of your computer’s administration, you have to understand how Windows 7 is […]

Top 10 Differences between Windows XP and Windows 7

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If you skipped over Windows Vista like so many others have, you may be in for a shock when you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. Microsoft’s newest operating system is a major shift in usability, convenience, and overall computing from previous versions of Windows. Although not all are earth-shattering changes, listed below are […]

Windows 7/10 Safe Mode – F8 Not Working?

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If you’ve been using Windows for a while, chances are you’ve had to boot into Safe Mode at one time or another. If not, chances are you’ve seen the option to boot into Safe mode after your computer recovered from the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). Booting into Windows Safe Mode often requires holding down […]

Where is the Sidebar in Windows 7?

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Some people loved it and some people hated it. Wherever you land on that spectrum, Microsoft introduced us to the Sidebar in Windows Vista. However, many users who upgraded to Windows 7 were surprised that the Sidebar was not a part of the Aero Desktop. Learn what happened to the Sidebar in Windows 7 and […]

Windows 7 Version Comparison – Home, Professional, Ultimate

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Trying to decide which version of Windows 7 you should get: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate? It basically depends on your needs and what you are going to be using Windows for. The rank of functionality from highest to lowest of the three Windows versions is: Ultimate – Professional – Home Premium. Here are some […]

Easily Add Programs to Windows 7 Startup Folders

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Starting with Windows 95, Microsoft made adding programs to the startup folder as easy as navigating to the folder in Windows Explorer and dragging shortcuts or programs directly into it. The startup folder, conveniently shown on the Start Menu, made it easy to see which programs would launch when Windows booted up. However, in Windows […]

How to Use XP Mode in Windows 7

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So far, Windows 7 has proven itself to be a good overall operating system. It has brought several needed improvements, and even some new technological features. However, Windows 7 can have some problems with backwards compatibility, which is to be expected with any new operating system. Microsoft anticipated this and decided to add XP Mode […]

Troubleshoot AppCrash iexplore.exe in Windows 7

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The Windows 7 AppCrash iexplore.exe error is a serious pain in the neck. It is an error message that randomly occurs at different times that forces you to restart Windows explorer. In turn, any programs that you have open must also restart, meaning loss of data (unless you have an autosave feature enabled). Unfortunately, Microsoft […]