Posts Tagged ‘Start’

How to force Windows 7 to use the entire available RAM

It is a little known fact that Windows 7 doesn’t use the entire available RAM by default. For example if you have 8GB of RAM and a 64-bit Windows 7, it will use around 7.1GB of it (in the case of 4GB of RAM and 32-bit Windows 7, it will use around 3.5GB). The reason for this behavior is not completely known, but it is quite possible to alter it – to force Windows 7 to use all available RAM.
How do we do this? First, open the Start menu and enter msconfig in the start search box:

and hit Enter. The System Configuration window will open:

Navigate to the Boot tab:

Click the Advanced options button. A new window will open:

In the BOOT Advanced Options window check the Maximum memory option:

Click OK to close the boot options dialog and another OK to close the System Configuration window.
Restart your computer for the changes to take effect:

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How to forbid downloading files with Internet Explorer

Assuming that if a user of a given machine has chosen Internet Explorer as his/her browser, one can conclude that the user is not quite aware of hat he/she is doing. So just to be safe, it may be a good way to prevent the user from downloading any files from Internet if he/she is using IE.
Naturally, to force such a strange behavior we will use a good old registry tweak. First, we will open the Registry. Open the Start menu and enter regedit in the start menu searchbox:

and hit Enter. The Registry Editor will open:

Using the left-hand pane, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zones\3:

Note: The next step is optional as the value 1803 may already exist.
On the right-hand pane click anywhere except the Name column and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value:

Name the new value 1803:

Double-click on it and a window will open. Enter 0 in the Value data textbox:

Click OK and close the Registry Editor. To revert to your old settings simply delete the value 1803.
Note: This trick works for IE 6 through 9.

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Make Windows remember your folder settings

How often has this happened to you? You have just set everything about a folder (View, Sort by, Group by, folder type, etc.) and a few days later when you open the folder all your settings are gone. Not to mention that it only takes one unmount and remount for a hard drive to reset its settings. Well, this is kind of annoying, isn’t it? Thankfully, this can be solved pretty easy with a little registry tweak.

First open the Registry Editor – open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for search to locate regedit.exe and press Enter:

The registry editor will open:

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell using the left-hand pane:

Note for Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 users: You should navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\ instead.

Create a new DWORD key:

And name it BagMRU Size:

Double-click on it and a new window will open:

Choose Decimal base and enter something like 10000:

Click OK, close the registry editor and you are done.

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Diskeeper – how to defragment my hard disk

Diskeeper defragmentator tool designed to keep your hard disk drives always running at their maximum peak performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to manage the Open with menu in Windows

How often have you opened a file using the Open with menu or the Open menu in Windows Explorer.? Read the rest of this entry »

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How to turn off the annoying Windows Explorer clicking sounds in Windows 7

Each time I browse my files on my PC I am forced to listen to the annoying clicking sounds of Windows Explorer. If you too feel that those sounds are driving you to insanity, here is how to disable them.

Open the Start menu, enter mmsys.cpl in the start menu searchbox and press Enter:
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How to disable Aero Shake in Windows 7 with a registry tweak

Windows 7 has a new feature which I find quite useful. Whenever you have many open windows grab one by the title bar and “shake” it around to minimize all other windows. However if you use a laptop, and you like using the touchpad the Aero Shake function may be a great annoyance, since it sometimes tends to be quite sensitive. Imagine trying to arrange a few windows and they keep minimizing. So we will disable Aero Shake with a little 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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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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How to add Control Panel to the desktop right-click menu in Windows 7

Want to always have Control Panel at the tip of your finger? Don’t like using the Windows 7 Start menu? Well, why not add Control Panel to the desktop right-click menu? All it takes is 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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