it’s wednesday and here’s my second set of tips from an upcoming 60 tips in 60 minutes presentation in april.

11. xp mode (allows you to run internet explorer 6 on windows 7)

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one of my favorite geek features is virtualized operating systems (past, present or future) – here’s a way just to run the application directly on windows 7.


12. live essentials (live messenger - taskbar notifications)

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many of the features that are part of live essentials will make this list as an actual tip – this one will be to point out that they aren’t part of windows 7 and they work on windows xp, windows vista or windows 7!  i’ll also showcase the live messenger windows 7 taskbar integration


13. media player (taskbar controls and thumbnails)
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in the same way that live messenger provides status on the windows 7 taskbar, windows media player provides simple controls from the taskbar and a thumbnail preview (including video)

14. snipping tool

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most of the time i remember this is part of windows 7 (i’m still a big print screen + mspaint guy)


15. problem steps recorder

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troubleshooting an issue?  trying to help someone with step by step instructions?  check out problem steps recorder (psr.exe or search for record steps) in windows 7! 

16. dvd maker

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have pictures, music and video?  create a dvd with a menu structure using dvd maker!


17. location aware printing

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wireless or wired networks can be assigned a default printer!  finally a solution so that confidential printouts print where you are and not always at work!

 

18. wireless network enhancements (home, work, public)

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new in windows 7 – treat all additional networks as public

19. windows mobility center

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in windows vista as well – but i just love having all this stuff a keyboard shortcut away (windows key + X)


20. personalization

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…and many of the reasons i loved using the mobility center are now available through the windows 7 personalization settings (you could setup work, home and presentation settings including wallpaper, screen saver and sounds)