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How to put a real Libraries icon (and not a shortcut) on your Desktop

Libraries is a sweet new feature introduced in the Windows operating system. Of course it is quite simple to add a shortcut to the Libraries on your Desktop, but why not add an actual icon on your Desktop, without the shortcut arrow. This is achieved with a simple registry tweak.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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Add Control Panel to “My Computer” (Computer) in Windows 7

In Windows XP you were able to add the Control Panel to My Computer with a little modification of the folder settings. Unfortunately there is no such options in the Windows 7 folder settings, but with a little registry tweak we can achieve the same effect.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to disable/enable Task Manager in Windows 7

Did you know that you can disable the Task Manager in Windows 7? This is quite handy when you must leave your computer in the hands of someone who doesn’t know what he is doing (a child or a colleague who is not very good with computers, for example). Disabling the Task Manager is done with a little registry tweak and here is how exactly.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for the regedit.exe result and press Enter:
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How to remove the “Shortcut” from new shortcuts in Windows 7

There is one thing I find quite annoying in Windows 7 (and Vista) and that is that when you create a shortcut to a file the text “ – Shortcut” is added to the name of the shortcut. For example a shortcut to the file test.txt will be named test.txt – Shortcut: Read the rest of this entry »

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Run applications in Administrator mode from the Start menu recent items and Start menu search box in Windows 7

By default, if you run an application in Windows 7 it will not run in Administrator mode (will not have Administrator rights). To run an application as an Administrator you need to right-click on it and select Run as administrator: Read the rest of this entry »

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Enabling/Disabling the last accessed Timestamp in Windows 7

The last accessed timestamp is nothing more than a simple log updated by the NTFS file system. It is a good idea to enable this feature mostly for security reasons.

To modify the behavior of the last accessed timestamp we will use a little registry trick. To open the registry, first open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box and press Enter:
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How to create a custom administration panel in Windows 7

Many people find it annoying that they have to open many different windows for each administration tool (Services, Event Viewer, Performance, etc.). Well, creating a custom administration panel in Windows is actually pretty easy. Most admin panels are actually plugins for the Microsoft Management Console (a.k.a. MMC).

First, we’ll have to open MMC. Type mmc in the Start menu Search box and press Enter:
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How to hide local disk drives in Windows 7

There are many ways to password protect your hard disk drives or how to hide your files. However, if you are looking for something quick and simple, which doesn’t require additional software then this trick is the right one for you. We will show you how to hide disk drives.

First, click the Start button and type in gpedit.msc in the Start menu search box and press Enter:
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How to backup your registry in Windows 7

The Windows Registry is a database used for storing configurations of the Windows OS. These configurations include both settings for the OS components (kernel, drivers, services, etc.) as well as for third party applications. It is a vital part of the Windows OS. Sometimes applications “forget” to remove their entries in the registry which may (or may not) cause your system to be unstable. Also many tweaks for Windows are done by editing the registry and even the slightest mistake when modifying can cause great damage to your system. A good practice is to backup the registry after a “clean” install of Windows. Here is a quick how-to on that.

First we will open the Registry Editor. Open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box and press Enter:
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How to print the contents of a folder to a text file in Windows 7

Printing the contents of a folder may be a useful way of tracking what’s going on on your PC. Using a few commands in the Windows command prompt we can easily do that.

First open the Start menu and type in cmd in the start menu search box:
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