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All-In-One Tray

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All-In-One Tray is a great free Windows 7 utility that sits in your system tray and provides access to pretty well all the operating system’s built in utilities plus a lot more like purging DNS cache and rebuilding icons.  As well there are four custom spots for whatever you’d like. Very slick and a 7 MB footprint make All-In-One Tray a must have.

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Speed Up Windows 7 Downloads folder

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Windows 7 is amazing but clicking the Downloads folder and then waiting and waiting while the green progress bar slowly progresses drives me crazy.  Luckily there is an easy fix to speed it up. Locate your Downloads folder: it’s at c:usersyour-user-nameDownloads.  Right click on it and select Properties, then click the Customize tab.  Under “Optimize this folder for:” drop down the menu and select “Documents”.  Click OK and you’re done.  Accessing the Downloads folder is now speedy and without delay. If you’d like to move your Downloads folder click on…read more

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Get more volume in Windows 7

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On my recent vacation at night my daughter would watch her favourite Disney movies on my Acer Timeline 1410 11.6″ laptop.  Everything worked well and the picture was great but the sound, even at full volume in Windows 7 Professional x64 was kind of weak. Some poking around and web searches led me to Windows 7 Speaker Enhancements, specifically Loudness Equalization.  Enabling this boosted the volume, without distortion, to what I perceived as at least 50%.  Now the movies could be heard easily and without issue. To get to this…read more

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Windows 7 Remote Desktop tricks

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Via Download Squad and Into Windows I came across a user modification that does two wonderful things: enables Remote Desktop for all Windows 7 versions and allows more than one Remote Desktop connection to any Windows PC. For those users running Windows 7 Starter or Home versions you don’t have an option to enable Remote Desktop.  Any for all users of Remote Desktop you can’t run more than one connection to a PC. Via this package you can enable remote desktop and allow multiple Remote Desktop sessions to the same…read more

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Check for drivers before installing a new OS

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Just finished the February 2010 issue of PC World.  They had an article called “The State Of Windows 7 Satisfaction” about early adopters of Windows 7 and their general feedback about installation and features.  Information was gathered from 615 people at www.technologizer.com. Something really jumped out at me: 64% rated themselves as Windows experts and 41.3% had to resolve driver issues.  To me any Windows expert would search out, verify and download all drivers for a new operating system before installing it.  That was certainly the case when I installed…read more

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Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool

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Longest name ever for a one trick app.  Microsoft developed the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to allow people to write an ISO file to a bootable medium: DVD or USB storage.  When Windows 7 launched a lot of people through student discounts, free upgrades and such received the operating system as a downloaded ISO file.  It was simple enough to burn to a DVD, I use ImgBurn, but if your system doesn’t have an optical drive like all netbooks you had to figure out how to get it…read more

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