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How to customize and organize the Windows 7 Libraries

One of the most helpful features of Windows 7 are the libraries, but it is not that easy to organize them proper from the beginning on.

A very helpful How To to organize and customize your Win 7 libraries you can find here on that Geeks web site.

If you like to handle your folders all by yourself and don’t want to use the library functionality, you can simply disable the Windows 7 library function.

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Get back your old “Show Desktop” button from Win XP into Win 7

To show or preview the desktop in Windows 7, you need to click or hover on the little bar on the right side of your task bar (that one beside the clock and date).

To get back your old fashion “Show Desktop” button, is not that magic….

Just follow the instructions of this Blog  and you have your old “Show Desktop’ button back.

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Need to recover or repair Windows 7 and you don’t have a Windows 7 DVD

Many of you out there bought a new Computer or Laptop with the Windows 7 operating system pre installed.

And usually you do not get any DVD for Windows 7 with it as it is pre-installed on your new machine.

What to do, if you have some , not unusual system problems, and you didn’t made a recovery CD / DVD or your manufacturer didn’t give you a recovery CD / DVD when you bought the machine.

The CD/DVD is the only way to recover a broken installation.

The Windows 7 DVD has a complete “recovery center” that provides you with the option of recovering your system via automated recovery (searches for problems and attempts to fix them automatically), rolling-back to a system restore point, recovering a full PC backup, or accessing a command-line recovery console for advanced recovery purposes.

Thankfully, Microsoft seems to have realized this problem, and have thankfully made a recovery disc for this purpose. It contains the contents of the Windows 7 DVD’s “recovery center,” as we’ve come to refer to it.

It cannot be used to install or reinstall Windows 7, and just serves as a Windows PE interface to recovering your PC.

Technically, one could re-create this installation media with freely-downloadable media from Microsoft (namely the Microsoft WAIK kit, a multi-gigabyte download); but it’s damn-decent of Microsoft to make this available to Windows’ users who might not be capable of creating such a thing on their own. You can make your own copy from Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, but now you have an easier alternative.

The guys from neosmart.net are holding a copy of the Windows 7 recovery disc for download ( 32bit / 64bit )

We hope this gives you the help you were searching for.

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Windows 7, quick system analysis

Your computer will not work as intended and it is becoming unstable?

To get an overview on the current status of local hardware resources, processes and response times of the local system, just type the command “perfmon / report” into the search box in the Start Menu.

The tool analyzes the system and after about a minute you get a comprehensive overview of the system state.

How To Format Your Mac Hard Drive

You want to do a clean system install of Mac OS X on your shiny new Mac?

Or perhaps you just need a larger drive to hold all the movies you’re been downloading?

No matter what the reason, before you can use a blank hard drive, you’ll need to format it first.

Luckily, formatting a drive is easy, but you do need to make some decisions ahead of time based on how you plan to use the drive. For example will your drive be used only in a Mac? Or if your drive is going to be used for storage, will you need to connect from Windows? Mac? Both?

Be aware that formatting your drive will erase **ALL** your existing data. Make sure you’ve backed up any existing files on the drive before you format!

  • BACK UP

    Remember, formatting a drive erases all the data on your Mac, so make sure you back up all your files before you begin!

  • USING THE DISK UTILIY IN MAC OS X

    To format an external or an extra internal hard drive on your Mac, just attach (or install) the drive and open the application “Disk Utility”.

    It’s in your Applications > Utilities folder. Select your new hard drive in the menu on the left, then choose the Erase tab in the main window.

    Now select a drive format. If you’re using the hard drive exclusively with Mac OS X, we recommend Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If you’ll be accessing the drive from Windows as well, select FAT32.

    Once you’ve selected a format, click the erase button and wait a few minutes for the drive to finish formatting.

  • USING THE INSTALLATION DVD OF MAC OS X

    If you’d like to format the system hard drive inside your Mac, the procedure is the same, but you’ll need to boot your Mac from an OS X install DVD or another Mac.

    If you’re using the install DVD, before you start the install process head to the menu bar and select the Disk Utility application. Once Disk Utility opens the process is the same as explained above, but be sure to choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled), which is the recommended drive format for OS X.

Network problem Vista

If you facing network connection issue, or more accurately unable to access or connect to Internet or network problem in Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and Windows XP, and repair WinSock settings plus workaround for Vista IE7 strange no connection problem do not save your from Internet woes, you can try to reinstall and reset TCP/IP stack or Internet Protocol, one of the core component of the operating system, which cannot be deinstalled.

Again, with a corrupt TCP/IP stack, the same woes may happen – unable to establish a connection to the server, unable to load a web page, unable to browse and surf the Internet, even though network connection to broadband router or wireless router appear to be OK.

When all means run out, try to reinstall the IP stack with NetShell utility. NetShell utility (netsh) is a command-line scripting interface for the configuring and monitoring of Windows XP, 2003 and Vista networking service.

To reinstall and reset the TCP/IP stack (Internet Protocol) to its original state as same as when the operating system was installed in Windows XP and Windows 2003, simply use the following command in command prompt shell. A log file name must be specified where actions taken by netsh will be recorded on newly created or appended if already existed file..

netsh int ip reset [ log_file_name ]

Example:

netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt

For Windows Vista, things work a little different due to introduction of UAC. Use this guide to perform a reinstalling of TCP/IP protocol in Vista:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Type Cmd in the Start Search text box.
  3. Press Ctrl-Shift-Enter keyboard shortcut to run Command Prompt as Administrator.
    Allow elevation request.
  4. Type netsh int ip reset in the Command Prompt shell, and then press the Enter key.
  5. Restart the computer.

The command will remove all user configured settings on TCP/IP stack and return it to original default state by rewriting pertinent registry keys that are used by the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack to achieve the same result as the removal and the reinstallation of the protocol. The registry keys affected are:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\

and

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DHCP\Parameters\

Vista reset network adapter

TCP/IP stack Winsock settings in Windows Vista may get corrupted, causing errors and problems with Internet connectivity. Corrupt Winsock or Windows sockets configuration can be due to a lot of reasons such as installation of a networking software, or due to virus, trojan or malware infection, or sometime even due to disinfection of spyware by security software.

When Winsock corrupts, the networking errors that you may face include unable to surf the Internet with “Page cannot be displayed” error message in Internet Explorer or AOL even though the DSL/ADSL/cable Internet connection is connected. Sometimes, Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service is terminated as well.

To repair and reset the Windows Vista

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search text box.
  3. Press Ctrl-Shift-Enter keyboard shortcut to run Command Prompt as Administrator.
    Allow elevation request.
  4. Type netsh winsock reset in the Command Prompt shell, and then press the Enter key.
  5. Restart the computer.

What netsh winsock reset command does are it resets Winsock Catalog to a clean state or default configuration. It removes all Winsock LSP (Layered Service Providers) previously installed, including the potential malfunctioned LSP that causes loss of network packets transmission failure. So all previously-installed LSPs must be reinstalled. This command does not affect Winsock Name Space Provider entries.

Note: To check which LSPs installed on your Vista system, use netsh winsock show catalog command.

It’s also possible to reset TCP/IP Internet Protocol stack .

Web site access problem

Perhaps the site was taken off line, or the computer hosting it is down for maintenance. However, the cause could be something more mysterious. At any given moment, a portion of Internet traffic ends up being routed into information “black holes.” These are situations where advertised paths exist to the destination, but messages – a request to visit a Web site, an outgoing e-mail – get lost along the way.

Hubble is a system that operates continuously to find persistent Internet black holes as they occur. Hubble has operated continuously since September 17, 2007. During that time, it identified 887,676 black holes and reachability problems.

Check out their web site , you will be surprised how many black holes are aout there in the cyber space…. even in Thailand….