Windows 7

Tips and Tricks

5 Helpful Tips and Tricks

1.Troubleshooting Problems

If some part of Windows 7 is behaving weirdly, and you don't know why, then click Control Panel > Find and fix problems (or 'Troubleshooting') to access the new troubleshooting packs. There will be wizards that will resolve common problems, check your settings, clean up your system, and more.

2. Take control

Tired of the kids or other users installing unwanted software or running applications you don’t want? AppLocker is a new Windows 7 feature that ensures users can only run the programs you specify. You can create a rule to allow everything signed by a particular publisher. For example: choose Microsoft and that one rule will let you run all signed Microsoft applications. Launch GPEDIT.MSC and go to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Application Control Policies > AppLocker to get a more in depth on how this works.

3. Set the time zone

The new command line (tzutil.exe utility) lets you set a PC's time zone from scripts. If you wanted to set a PC to Greenwich Mean Time, for instance, you'd use the command: tzutil /s "gmt standard time". The command "tzutil /g" displays the current time zone, "tzutil /l" lists all possible time zones, and "tzutil /?" displays details on how the command works.

4.Enable virtual Wi-fi

Windows 7 includes a new feature called Virtual Wi-Fi. It effectively turns your PC or laptop into a software-based router. Any other Wi-Fi-enabled devices that are in range (a desktop, laptop, and an iPod) will "see" you as a new network. Once you are logged on, you will instantly be able to share your internet connection.This will only work if your wireless adapter driver supports it. Check with your adapter manufacturer and make sure you've installed the very latest drivers to get the best outcome.Once you have driver support then the easiest approach is to get a network tool that can set up virtual Wi-Fi for you.

5.Automatically switch your default printer

Windows 7's location-aware printing allows the operating system to automatically switch your default printer as you move from one network to another. To set this up: click Start, type Devices, and click the Devices and Printers link.Select a printer and click Manage Default Printers (this is only visible on a mobile device such as a laptop; you won't see it on a PC). Choose the "Change my default printer when I change networks" option, select a network, the default printer you'd like to use, and click Add.

Repeat the process for other networks available, and pick a default printer for each one.Now, as you connect to a new network, Windows 7 will check this list and set the default printer to the one that you've defined.

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