19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs to Know

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I have windows 7 operating system..and its totally new for us..I was looking for the guide for this..I think,this is the right place where I could get all the information about windows 7..

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JohnRocks

I must say that I have changed to windows 7 from vista couple of days ago and I love it! It may be applicable to vista which was crap and I would love to make the windows bar more slim, but did not find a solution I guess I have to patch and install another visual style. 1U Rackmount LCD

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akky1987

*Off topic* agreed some people just take the P**S no need for that arguing and such. We just want to learn relevent or not, you dont have anything nice or constructive criticism then just keep it shut. AND agreed that we should have had more advanced sys/reg tweak, check out tweakhound. first class articles over there, big shout out to them guys.

ANYWAYS how to put my quite expesive 16gb flash drive back to normal, failed attempt to locate windows7 folder on desktop. so I thought id just go through first few steps again to CLEAN part to wipe all partitions and other hidden sectors but now i cant format my drive or even get it to recognise in my reader, doh!

 

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WhateverWorks1728

I was a die-hard XP user. There was no power in the multi-verse that was going to get me to switch up to Vista.

Then came Win 7, and I started to think about making the switch. Through articles in your magazine, I learned a lot of tips & tricks and really cool things that Win 7 could do. It helped a great deal in finally taking the plunge and making the jump to Win 7.

 

Thank you, MaximumPC for making that journey a little less alien. Cheers!

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jlsrenton

Tried to create a bootable flash drive per your tutorial but it did not work. Have Win 7 pro and was able to follow instructions to step 4, but when I entered "CD BOOT" the system responded that  this was an invalid command. Whats wrong with this article?

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joewe345

Every time I try to run the power consumption command always get invalid command any ideas out there??

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SirJaxx

You can also flip your screen around, by hitting CNTL + Alt + Left (or Right, or Down) Arrow, and then to get your screen back to normal, CNTL + Alt + Up Arrow! Pretty kewl if you want to share your screen around a table without having to reposition your laptop.

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Danduhman

Tried that power consumption thing. It could never find the folder when I tried to open it from the folder.

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SamCal

I liked the article explaining how to install bootable Win 7 on a USB stick, and was looking forward to trying it out.  Step 4 "Copy DVD to a Desktop Folder" made me pause.  First, the photo depicts copying source files from from the C: drive - not the DVD - to the USB stick. That photo goes with the STep 6 content, right?Second, I have Win 7 Ultimate UPGRADE (from Vista) DVD - not a vanilla install DVD.  What changes (any?) are necessary?

Thanks for a good article and for the always-pithy content.  Some folks are complaining these tips have been around (true) but it was nice to be reminded of some of 'em and to find everything in one, small article.  (Actually, I did not know about built-in ISO burning, cttune, or dccw - so I found some useful nuggets...)

Cheers,

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Founck

Yeah, I'd buy one if it didn't look like KITT from Knight Rider.

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Mighty BOB!

DEAR MAXIMUM PC: YOUR SPAM FILTER SUCKS ASS.  DEAL WITH IT!!!

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Ugh, I like* how the stupid filter seems to be completely random in what it filters, making it impossible to guess which word it is hanging on.  That and how it goes after random words, but lets profanity slide right on by...

 

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Cruzg10

The irony of the spam filter is all of the articles MaxPC has done on other companies using bastardly DRM schemes and lowballing their customers yada yada yada. then they go and put the spam filter in place.

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justchad

you know its bad when you see a comment on every article page about how much the filter sucks. Well I better copy this b4 I post. 

 

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omen3330

I found a couple of new things but for the most part this was a refresher, still good though.

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djremix71

Can I just say that your choice to use an Alienware m11x for your screenshots was impecable. Undoubtably the best laptop I have ever owned.

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aerotive

Changing the taskbar back to Vista style is one of the first Windows 7 configuration steps that I made.  The default is awful.  Why Mac users like that style I'll never know.  Will continue to "cling desperately" permanently.

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Danthrax66

This isn't really for all windows 7 users more for people that think they know what they are doing with computers but actually don't. Not a bad article; I guess this would be useful for kids interested in computers too.

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Primus2112

Thanks guys. Nice tips. I especially liked the keyboard shortcuts. And the hidden wallpaper!

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BAMT

"Windows 7 eliminates the option to use the classic grey Windows 2000–style Taskbar."

I don't know what kind of disc you have, but the Home Premium my laptop used to have had the classic style and all the Win7/Vista/XP computers on my domain have enforced classic style. It's a theme under "personalizing" the desktop and can be forced with Group Policy Manager. Then apply the "Vista"-like tweaks and you have 2000 style.

On a side note, what's up with "nix_friction_your_win7_system?" Did Linux have lots of fun with my Windows partition? 

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Yes... Wait a minute...

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Keith E. Whisman

Where are all the kick ass Registry tweaks? A few here are neat I guess but some power user Registry tweaks would have been better.

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Neufeldt2002

You know, I used to think these minor tweaks were important. Now I find they really don't do much, unless you need them for work, or computer hobby like photo editing. Not saying you shouldn't setup your OS, I do, just pick what is important and leave the rest.

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Htorne

Epic article for the more noobish computer users like me :)

 

thanks

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