Just like software, the device drivers are updated by their manufacturers. These updates are made to remove any bugs or to add some additional functionality to the hardware. Thus in this way the manufacturers try to improve the performance of the devices. It is always recommended that you should update your drivers regularly so that your system devices can work flawlessly. Here are the steps which you should follow to update your device drivers in Windows 7.
Note: This is a very basic post targeting towards those users who are upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7.
Windows 7 XP
Mode provides you with the option to run some of Windows XP's productivity applications on your Windows 7 computer. These are the same applications that worked on Windows XP but did not work on Windows Vista. SecurAble
is a free portable tool that answers one of the most frequently asked question,"Is my system capable of running Windows 7 XP mode?". It analyzes the processor to determine the presence of all the required modules to run the XP Mode.
is one of the most promising features of Windows 7 and it lets you peek at the different application you've started. It is also used to view the desktop without minimizing all the open windows or applications. You will definitely find it useful when you just want to have a quick look at the desktop and you don't want to minimize all the open windows.
If you have experience of using Microsoft's Windows Vista, then you might have noticed that when you move the mouse over a tab of a window in the task bar, a thumbnail is displayed to show you the contents. This feature has been enhanced in Windows 7, it not only shows the thumbnails larger but every thumbnail also includes close button, you can directly close any application or window from here.
Windows 7 offers very eye-candy themes by default, you can view the list of available themes by right clicking the Windows 7 desktop and choosing the Personalize
option. You can also download many attractive themes, but there are some hidden themes in Windows 7 as well. Basically these hidden themes are provided for regional countries such as Australia, Canada, Great Britain, United States and South Africa. Lets see how we can enable it.
Ultimate Windows Tweaker
is a free utility which offers a very user-friendly interface to tweak your Windows 7. It basically works on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. It automatically detects that whether you are running Windows Vista or Windows7 and offers tweak options accordingly. It lets you easily tweak various settings related to System Performance, User Accounts & UAC, System Security, Network Security, Internet Explorer, etc.
So many people have the habit to place their files on their computer's desktop, also many of us usually save their downloads on their desktop. If you continue this old practice, your desktop becomes a real mess and you are even unable to find any files from it. Worst of all it also it becomes very time consuming for you to clean up your desktop manually. Don't fret yet, Deskcretary
will help you out.
Do you find it boring to type long emails, just like me? Now give JDVoiceMail
a try. It is a free tool which lets you send voice messages to anyone's email addresses. It records your voice message in the compressed .wav or.mp3 format and send as an attachment in the email. It is a very light-weight and easy-to-use tool, and best of all there is no special software needed on the end of receiver to listen to your message, he/she can simply listen to it in Window Media Player or any other audio player.
is a free dock application that gives fast access to your most frequently used applications. It provides you features like multi-dock system, live icon reflections, magnification, document thumbnails, and keyboard navigation, along with complete customization. When installed, it looks more like a Mac dock.
is basically a panel that houses the command buttons and icons and it also organizes commands as a set of tabs. The ribbon consolidates the functionality previously found in menu, toolbar, and many task panes into one area, and thus as a result, it increases both productivity and usability. It is not a new concept, Microsoft introduced it in Office 2007, but Office 2010 has implemented it with some enhanced features and it also lets you customize the Ribbon. One of the important things is that now it is not just limited to MS Word and MS Excel, Outlook also implements this feature.
is a command line tool and scripting interface which is very handy for system administrators and developers. It is also supported on Microsoft's Windows XP and Windows Vista, but you need to install it as a separate tool. Microsoft has realized it's importance and now it comes by default with Windows 7 , not only this, but it has also been enhanced with many new features. It helps IT professionals to control and automate the administration of their Windows OS and of applications that run on it. Now, its very easy to manage your system, write scripts to automate tasks, and create new tools. Lets explore it a bit more.
ClearType Text Tuner tool lets you
ensure that the text on your computer screen is crisp and sharp. With ClearType Text Turner, the words on your computer's screen appears as sharp and clear as those printed on the paper. It is aimed to increase the readability of words on the computer screen. Lets explore how we can achieve text tuning in Windows 7.
There are a lots of enhanced features that have been added to Microsoft's Office 2010 which make its interface more user-friendly. Office Button
is a nice addition and provides features that you will definitely need to use while editing your documents. It not only provides a very fancy menu, but also helps you manage your open documents, presentations, or spreadsheets at a much greater level.
Microsoft Outlook is the most powerful and intuitive e-mail client software. Microsoft's Outlook 2010 provides a very rich set of e-mail management tools to help you better manage your emails with a cool user interface. If you have a GMail account, then configuring the account with Microsoft Outlook 2010 is a piece-of-cake.
In the world of computers, always prepare for the worst. Almost all versions of Microsoft Windows provide some data backup utility but these are limited to some basic features only. Now, Windows 7 provides you with an enhanced utility to backup and restore your important data in a very easy way. Windows
7's Backup & Restore
utility can back up files on the basis of the schedule you set. It can
back up files to another drive, over network, to a DVD, etc.
What Is Parental Controls
let parents restrict which games their children can play, which programs they can use, and which websites they can visit ,etc. This feature was originally introduced in Microsoft Windows Vista but was limited to website-filtering capabilities and some other basic features, but the upcoming Windows 7 has added many enhanced features to it. Now, you can easily control and monitor applications, games, emails and instant messaging, etc. Lets explore how we can use it in Windows 7.
What Is Windows 7 Libraries
The upcoming windows 7 has introduced the concept of Libraries which lets you organize your data in a more professional way.
Libraries are actually the collection of folders on the computer system. As you know that many users do not save their documents, images and other files in one place and mostly you will find them scattered all over the hard disk, so the Windows 7 Libraries
concept has provided an easy way to access all the files in one place. In other words, a library organizes all your files together in one place regardless of where it is stored.
If you need to include an image without its background in Word document
or Powerpoint presentation
and are not familiar with Photoshop or any other image processing tool, then there is no need to fret. Background Removal Tool
in Microsoft Office 2010 can do it for you. Among the long list of enhanced features in Microsoft Office 2010, there is Background Removal Tool
. Removing the background of any image is now only a couple of clicks away.
If you are really conscious about your system's performance then it is necessary that you should monitor it regularly. All versions of Microsoft Windows has Task Manager utility which let you identify the processes and applications which are consuming the most system resources. Windows Vista offered Resource View which became very famous because it added some more functionality to Task Manager utility. Now what's new in upcoming Windows 7? It's Resource Monitor
. You can say that Vista's Resource View
is a cut down version of Windows 7's Resource Monitor. Resource Monitor lets you keep an eye on CPU, Memory, Network status and Disks status of your system.
As you all know that System Restore
is one of the important components of Microsoft Windows, it allows you to roll back(restore) system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc to a previous state in case of any disaster. Although Windows Vista provides the enhanced System Restore functionality, the upcoming Window 7 is aimed to improve it more. Now, get ready to experience the System Restore features of Windows 7.
If you have used Microsoft's Windows Vista, then you will be definitely familiar with Security Center where you can find useful security information, this feature has been enhanced in Windows 7 and named as Action Center
. It is one place to provide you useful information regarding system maintenance, security and troubleshooting. It provides you different types of notifications, reports you about any issues in your system, and lets you troubleshoot any problem. It is being considered as one of the perks of upcoming Windows 7. Lets explore more about it.