If any updates have been downloaded and are available for your Windows operating system then you see the Install Updates and Shut Down popup notification option before shutting down the computer, but what if you don't need this option even if the updates are available. Below I have explained the step by step process to disable this setting, it involves some small changes in the Windows Registry.
Editor's Notes: I don't recommend disabling this option since keeping Windows up-to-date is the best way to secure the computer. This can only come useful to those professional users who have full control over their computer and don't want to install specific updates at the moment.
If you own a Laptop then you should be conscious about its battery’s power consumption. There is no need for any third party tools to get a report of the power efficiency of your battery, Windows 7 has a built in utility (powercfg
) to get the report of the system’s power efficiency. It is a hidden built-in command line tool that will examine your laptop's energy consumption and make recommendations on how to improve it.
You may often find yourself in situations where you need to convert a PowerPoint presentation to Video, for instance it may be the case that you need to upload a presentation as a movie to YouTube or any other service. The advantage of converting presentation into video format is that viewers won't require PowerPoint to view it since it could be played in any media player. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 includes a built in tool which lets you convert PowerPoint presentations to video.
The Image Format Converter
application has been developed for quick conversion of image files like jpg, bmp, gif, to other types like png, tiff, icon, bmp, gif, jpg, psd, etc. This tool is not limited to just format conversion, as it also offers very useful image editing options like rotating, resizing, merging, filtering, etc. It uses advanced algorithms for better image editing and conversion.
Are you looking for a way to adjust the spacing between the icons on your windows 7 desktop? In Windows 7 now it is possible to increase the space between the icons. Simply go through the following easy steps to increase or decrease the icon spacing.
Now there is no need to keep your Gmail account or Google talk logged in all the time, Scott's Gmail Alert
is a handy tool that provides an alert whenever you receive a new email in your Gmail account. This tool stays in the system tray and once you receive an email, it opens a small notification window and by clicking the window you are taken to your Gmail account. It can monitor up to five Gmail accounts and each account can be configured to have its own color. It is very easy to send the emails directly from the Gmail Alert tool without having to login to the respective Gmail account and you may add signatures for the out going emails.
Windows 7 is the first ever operating system from Microsoft that has been developed largely by keeping user feedback in mind. It is much more faster and better looking than Vista. If you are one of those users looking to upgrade or buy Windows 7, then you should definitely look out for some custom made themes. Today we present you 26 of the best, most refreshing themes created by DeviantArt users.
Note: If you like these themes, you might also want to take a look at our collection of Windows 7 wallpapers. Visit our HomePage to find useful freeware and tips on Windows 7.
Ms Office AutoCad Pdf Psd Tiff Viewer
is newly released tool that lets user view and print MS Office, AutoCad, PDF, PhotoShop and Tiff files without installing any of these software. It supports all formats of MS Office, including doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xml, xmlx, and more. Sounds awesome, right?
is a free user-friendly application for the fast preview of large images in the BMP format. It acts as a large BMP-image previewer for Windows which provides additional options like adding contrast, smoothing filter, region zooming, saving to file, coping to clipboard, keyboard shortcuts for all operations, and command line support.
What makes it useful is that you can scale individual fragments of the image and also it supports 24, 8 bit indexed palette with 256 colors and 1 bit monochrome image. It is very lightweight tool taking a little less than 1MB in system memory.
Windows 7 offers a variety of useful gadgets but user can install additional gadgets as well. By default, the user installed gadgets are enabled in Windows 7 but you can easily change the settings and can prevent all users from being able to install a gadget too. You will need to make a little change in the group policies, go through the following simple steps to achieve this.
is a recently launched search utility that allows users to find for any files inside archive files quickly. Unlike Windows default search, it searches in both file systems and archives. You can add multiple files names, wildcards, and directories. There are two additional search options given – Include all files in search and Include directories in search.
is a free portable tool which lets you attach any file to a PDF document quickly. You can also attach other documents inside PDF, such as, Microsoft Word, Excel, Visio, or Publisher documents. It does not require any installation, just download it from the link mentioned in the end of the post and run the executable file.
Even though Microsoft is working on Security Essentials, Windows 7 does not have a default antivirus. You will obviously find Windows Firewall, but it will only protect your computer from basic threats. So what will you do to better protect your newly installed Windows 7? If you are like me, who loves simplicity and ease-of-use, then Comodo Internet Security would be the best choice. Read More
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.
Do you know about those awesome Aero Shake and Aero Snap features in Windows 7? Now you can get them on both Windows XP and Vista. For those who don’t know what AeroShake and AeroSnap are, here is a small intro for them.
Minimizes all other windows, when one active window is shaken.
You can maximize, minimize, resize window by just dragging-dropping it to the side of the the screen or to the screen corners.
EASEUS Todo Backup
is a free backup utility that saves all the data including your operating system, programs, settings, etc. So you are safe in the case of any unexpected damage or loss. It provides features like backup, restore, and disk-clone, and it proves to be very useful if you want to replace the older hard disk of your computer by a newer larger hard disk without reinstalling the operating system and applications once again.
Windows 7 task bar is also known as the super bar and offers cool features like larger icons, jump lists, pinning option and particularly improved thumbnail preview feature. Taskbar's thumbnail preview displays a small thumbnail preview of your minimized window or application when the mouse is hovered over it. But usually it takes some time to display the thumbnail, to reduce this time follow the steps below.
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 Vista lets
you pin programs to the Start
menu for easy access, but Windows 7
provides you freedom to pin programs anywhere on the Taskbar. So once you have pinned the programs to the Taskbar, its very easy to open them since it requires a single click. No doubt it is very convenient and fast to launch your applications with it, but Windows 7 gives you more control over your system. If you don't want this feature, you can easily disable it.
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.