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Windows 7 – New Ways to Work With Windows

Windows 7 offers some new ways to work with windows – opening, closing, moving them etc.

Microsoft has also removes some ways of working with windows, which I’m a bit disappointed with, but there you have it – they can’t make it too easy to work with their new operating system now, can they?

Let’s start with the good things they’ve added.

You can now do a lot by just grabbing the title bar with the mouse and dragging it. Depending on where you drag the window, you can do some pretty nifty things with it.

The biggest change is that you can drag a maximized window and work with it that way. You used to have to restore it to taking up part of the screen before you could do anything with it.

Now you can click the title bar and drag the window anywhere you want. This simultaneously restores the window size, and moves it to where you want it.

If you just drag the title bar down a few pixels, it will do nothing more than restore the window. Keep dragging it around if you want to move it.

To maximize the window, just drag it up past the top of the screen.

If you drag it off the left or right side of the screen, the window re sizes to the full height of the screen, and half the width. This makes it easy to put two windows side-by-side for easy comparison.

Another change is how the taskbar works. When you hover over an icon on the taskbar, you get a thumbnail of all applications associated with that icon.

Now you can close a window by hovering over its thumbnail, then clicking the close button at the top right of the thumbnail.

Microsoft has removed the ability to restore and maximize windows from the taskbar, which is annoying. You can minimize tasks, and return them to their previous state – either restored or maximized. But you can’t go from maximized to minimized to restored (for example) or restored to maximized.

On the whole, Windows 7 makes it easier to work with windows, but it would have been better to keep previous taskbar functionality.

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How to Make Windows XP More Efficient

Speed up Windows XP Defrag Process.

A simple way to do that is by restarting computer before doing defrag process to let operating system clean its swap/paging files and reset them to default. Another method to speed up defrag process is by bringing defrag process at startup. You can do that easily by editing registry.

Run Registry Editor.
Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce.
Right-click a subkey RunOnce.
Select New-String Value.
Name it as Defrag and press enter twice.
Type Defrag.exe c: /f inside Value Data text box and click ok.
Close Registry Editor and restart Windows.

Defrag Process will start after you type password and press enter. Remember that the value in RunOnce will be deleted after running Defrag Process.

Clean Recent Run Windows XP Instruction List.

If you often use Run to run application, you should know that Windows XP always writes in registry called MRU (Most Recently Used). You can access it by clicking drop down arrow near Open text box.

MRU list is made in order to open the same application in the next session easily. But it will be difficult if  the list contains so many listed applications that it’s hard for you to find the desired application. Fortunately, there is a simple way to clean MRU list.

Run Regedit.exe.
Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU.
Right-click on RunMRU and select Export.
Name it as Clear Run MRU, click Save and close Regedit.exe.
Open Clear Run MRU.reg file with Notepad.
Add a minus sign (“-“) at the first of key name (in rectangle bracket).
Delete all of path keys.
Save and close Notepad.
Reboot Windows  or Log off.

Everytime you want to clean MRU list, just double-click Clear Run MRU.reg file.

Turn Off  Windows Messenger.

Windows Messenger automatically runs because of Outlook Express Program or another Microsoft web page. If you have already used MSN Messenger for chatting or video conferencing, you may not need  to use Windows Messenger anymore. That is why it needs to be removed from startup.

Open Run dialog box by pressing [Windows]+R or from Start-Run.
Type inside the dialog box: “Gpedit.msc and click OK to run Group Policy Editor.
Open Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Windows Messenger.
Double-click “Do not allow Windows Messenger to be run.
Choose Enabled then click OK.
Finally, close Group Policy Editor.
Use Letters to Access Local Folder Location.  

When we work in Local Area Network, usually we use “Map Network Drive” instruction to mark our drives with letters. For example: C for Local Disk, D for disk partition, or maybe H for our Network Neigbourhood’s drive. We can use letter to access folder location too. Why bother do several clicks to access folder location, if there’s a simple way just by doing double click. There are many Windows users who don’t realize this. We can use an old DOS instruction called SUBST.

Open Command Prompt from Start-All Programs-Accessories-Command Prompt.
Type: SUBST x: C:\[pathname]\[foldername], where “x” is virtual drive letter and “[pathname]\foldername]” is completed path you choose. An example: SUBST Z: C:\Windows\Fonts. Now, you can access Fonts Music folder just simply by clicking Z letter.

To delete a substituted (virtual) drive:

  SUBST Z: /D

Make Instant Restore Point

Usually you make restore point manually by clicking Start-All Programs-Accessories-System Tools-System Restore. Then, you will follow the wizard. There is an instant way just by hitting one click. All you need to do is making two lines simple VBScript by using WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) to access Class SystemRestore and to make Restore Point.

Run Notepad.
Type in the first line: Set IRP = getobject(“winmgmts:\.\root\default:Systemrestore”)
Type in the second line: MYRP = IRP.createrestorepoint (“My Restore Point”, 0, 100).
Save the file as InstantRestorePoint.vbs.

Every time you want to make Restore Point, just double-click on the file. 

Harrab