By David A. Karp

Windows 7 might be speedier and extra reliable than Vista, yet it is a a long way cry from problem-free. David A. Karp involves the rescue with the newest in his well known home windows Annoyances sequence. This thorough advisor can provide the instruments you want to repair the problematic components of this working approach, plus the options, hacks, and timesaving the way to utilize your PC.

  • Streamline home windows Explorer, enhance the hunt instrument, get rid of the fairway Ribbon of dying, and tame person Account keep an eye on prompts
  • Explore robust Registry assistance and instruments, and use them to customise each point of home windows and resolve its shortcomings
  • Squeeze extra functionality out of your with options in your hard drive, desktop battery, CPU, printers, and more
  • Stop crashes, take care of obdurate and drivers, repair video playback matters, and troubleshoot home windows whilst it will not start
  • Protect your stuff with permissions, encryption, and shadow copies
  • Secure and accelerate your instant community, repair networking woes, make Bluetooth useful, and increase your net experience
  • Get the majority of the chocolates in 7 final, regardless of which variation you have

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"To use home windows is to be frustrated -- and this ebook is the way to resolve any annoyance you return throughout. it is the such a lot accomplished and unique consultant you will get for turning home windows into an working process that is a excitement to use."

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See Chapter 5 for more information on partitions and the tools included with Windows to manage them. If the hard disk is clean and you want to use the entire hard disk for your installation, just click Next to proceed. Otherwise, use Delete to wipe out any existing partitions—as well as the data on them (warning: there’s absolutely no undo here)—and New to create new partitions on the drive. See Chapter 5 for more on partitions and the reasons you might want more than one. Figure 1-2. Click the Drive options link to show these drive preparation and partition editing tools Windows 7 setup creates a 100 MB “System Reserved” partition when you install on a blank hard disk (Professional edition or better).

You’ll need a flash drive of at least 4 GB, and one that plugs directly into a USB port. ) Also, only newer PCs can boot from flash drives; to see if yours can, check the documentation or snoop around your PC’s BIOS for settings to enable this feature, as explained in Appendix A. Next, open a Command Prompt window in administrator mode (see Chapters 9 and 8, respectively), and type diskpart to open command-line disk partitioning tool (discussed in “Work with Partitions” on page 328). At the diskpart prompt, type: list disk Look through the list and find the number assigned to your USB flash drive.

Open your Start menu, type msconfig in the Search box and press Enter to open the System Configuration window, and choose the Boot tab as shown in Figure 1-5. 28 | Chapter 1: Get Started with Windows 7 Get Started with Windows 7 Figure 1-5. The Boot tab of the System Configuration tool provides most of the features of BCDEdit in a much more pleasant interface Here, the easy options are truly self-evident, and the advanced options are at least available. On the right, you can adjust the Timeout from its default of 30 seconds; type 5 here, and you’ll instantly shave off 25 seconds from your unattended boot time.

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