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Create a System Restore point in Windows 7

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System Restore is turned on by default, creating restore points regularly for you. In case you want to create your own System Restore point, here’s how to do it.

Click on the Start button and right click on Computer.  Select Properties from the context menu and the System window will open.

Click on System Protection and the System Properties window will open, with the System Protection tab automatically selected.

Click Create and you will be asked to provide a name to this System Restore point.  Use a meaningful name so if ever you need to restore your system, you will recognise the name you used.

Finally, click Create and the System Restore point will be created.

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November 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

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When operating system fails

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There are always those times when you’re in a really bad spot – you can’t boot up properly, and what you really want is something you can quickly use to get at a command prompt so you can properly troubleshoot. Windows 7 now includes the ability to create a system repair disc, which is essentially a CD-bootable version of Windows that just includes the command prompt and a suite of system tools. Just type “system repair disc” in the Start Menu search box, and you’ll be led to the utility.

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November 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Display and ClearType Text Tuning

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If you want to tune up your display for image or text display, there is the tools included out of the box. It’s amazing what a difference this makes: by slightly darkening the color of the text and adjusting the gamma back a little, my laptop display looks much crisper than it did before. You’d adjust the brightness and contrast settings on that fancy 42” HDTV you’ve just bought: why wouldn’t you do the same for the computer displays that you stare at every day?

Check out cttune.exe and dccw.exe respectively, or run the applets from Control Panel.

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November 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Windows Vista-Style Taskbar in Windows 7

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Windows 7 taskbar brings new look and functionality to the way how you use operating system. Personally I find new look better then old version, particularly when I’ve got lots of windows open simultaneously. But there are still people around that would prefer a look more reminiscent of Windows Vista. Here is the good news: the look of the taskbar can be customized to the old version:

Simply, right-click on the taskbar and choose the properties dialog. Select the “small icons” checkbox and under the “taskbar buttons” setting, choose “combine when taskbar is full”.

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November 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Display Projection on Windows 7

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Do you wonder how to get your laptop display onto an external projector? That is very easy to do with Windows 7. Simply hit Win+P, and the following pop-up window will appear:

Use mouse or the arrow keys (or keep hitting Win+P) to switch form “clone”, “extend” or “external only” display settings. For broader control over presentation settings, press Win+X to open the Windows Mobility Center, which allows you to turn on a presentation “mode” that switches IM clients to do not disturb, disables screensavers, sets a neutral wallpaper etc. (Note that this feature is also available in Windows Vista.)

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November 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Windows 7 God Mode

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I’ve gotten a number of emails about how to change different settings in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Some of my customers tried to do some system modiffications by installing 3rd party software. Some of them reported system to be unstable. The problem is some of that software gives you an options you actualy shouldn’t change unless you know exactly what are you doing.
Below I will show you a way to get an access to most of hiden system settings without using and installing any of so called magic tuneup, tweaking programs. The feature I am talking about is “Windows God Mode”. What it basically is, is an extended control panel that allows you to have control over various aspects of the OS that are not typically surfaced via a GUI (Graphic User Interface).

Here’s how you enable it:
Create a new folder (right-click and click on “New Folder”) then name it with code in line below, just copy and paste this:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Nothing major, frankly, but interesting. Use at your own risk, of course.

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July 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm

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