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  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC – Shutdown XP Mode

    Windows XP mode by default will not shutdown, but only Hibernate when you close it.  All fine and dandy, but what if you have a situation where you need it to shut down.  Close, Log Off… where is shutdown? With the machine still on, you need to click on Ctrl+Alt+Del on the Virtual PC bar, and...
  • Blog Post: Additional Clocks for Multiple Time Zones

    I’m not sure how long this feature has existed in Windows, but I just discovered it on Windows 7 and felt foolish for not finding it sooner.  My customers are National, so I often have meetings in a time zone that I’m not physically located in.  Sometimes, it helps to visually see the clock...
  • Blog Post: Free Screen Recorder

    Yes my dear 7 readers, not only am I back to blogging but I come bearing free gifts.  There is a utility in Windows 7 that many users don’t know about, and it will probably become one of your favorites after reading this.  It’s called the Problem Steps Recorder .  It’s perfect for documenting...
  • Blog Post: Remote Server Administration Tools on Windows 7

    With the popular release of Windows 7, I know of a lot of folks that have it up and running on their main machines already (I have used it on my primary laptop since the beta).  If your an IT Professional, you most likely will want to add this suite of tools to your machine.  Especially if...
  • Blog Post: Add Hardware in Windows 7 – Loopback Adapter

    Adding hardware in Windows 7 is a little different than it use to be in previous versions of Windows.  I recently needed to install a loopback adapter on my main laptop (I have 3 machines running Windows 7), and stumbled for a second before getting to what I needed.  So, here’s a short guide...
  • Blog Post: Turn off Ctrl+Alt+Delete in Windows 7

    Personally, I don’t think this adds a whole lot of security when I login to my machines running Windows 7.  Its more of a nuisance that I have to press Ctrl Alt Delete before I can login, so I typically disable this security feature. To do so: Navigate to Control Panel > User Accounts > User...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Editions – What’s in them

    I recently purchased a netbook, and unfortunately had to install XP on it.  I wanted to install the Windows 7 Beta, but unfortunately it doesn’t support my Verizon Broadband card.  I have seen it working on the RC however, so I’m waiting for it to be publicly released before I put it on the...
  • Blog Post: Edit the Start Menu folders in Windows 7

    I don’t know about you, but the first thing I like to do on a new machine after installing all of my programs is to organize the start menu. A bunch of icons just ercks me when they can be logically organized. For example, all of the Windows applications could go in a folder called ‘Windows’...
  • Blog Post: Notepad2 – A notepad replacement for Windows 7

    I just did a rebuild of my main laptop, taking it from RC to RTM of Windows 7.  It rules, enough said there.  Probably the most daunting part of a rebuild isn’t the software reinstallation, it’s all of these little utilities that we grow to love – but boy are they hard to keep track of. Possibly...
  • Blog Post: Show me the File Extensions!

    Hey there 7 readers… sometimes there are just the littlest things that probably shouldn’t bother us, but they do anyway.  Take not being able to see a file extension.  It bothers me… This has to be one of the most annoying default settings for anyone who edits files often on a desktop or server...