How To Manage your Programs and Windows Features in Windows

How To Use the Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter

In Windows 7, Microsoft modified the inner-workings of the defragmentation process and redesigned the graphical interface of the Disk Defragmenter tool. This version provides great control over the process and, like previous versions, allows the scheduling of run times. To learn more about what defragmentation is and how to use the Disk Defragmenter click on Read more.

Windows Defender - How to Turn it On or Off in Windows 7

In one of our previous tutorials I've shown how Windows Defender works in Windows 7. For those of you who use other security solutions with similar or better functionality, it might be useful to know how this program can be turned off. In this article I will teach you how to turn Windows Defender on or off, depending of your needs.

Four Reasons Why Windows Media Player Plus! is Worth a Download

Winamp, iTunes, Doubletwist, Songbird - the list of freeware media library and playback options for Windows 7 users goes on and on. But in spite of the glut of alternatives, Windows Media Player 12 remains a decent default media player in its own right. Sure, there are a few usability features missing, but nothing absolutely critical. And that's what makes Windows Media Player Plus! from BM Productions such a hot download. It reintroduces some of the ease of use from earlier Windows Media Player versions and adds some other tweaks that correct some of the shortcomings of Windows Media Player 12 that, while not exactly deal breakers, may have steered you away initially. With Windows Media Player Plus!, Windows Media Player 12 makes a lot more sense to more users.

Useful Tips & Tricks for Sticky Notes

In one of our previous tutorials, we've shown you How to use Sticky Notes. Now it's time to take it to the next level and show you how to customize certain aspects of working with Sticky Notes. In this article I will show how you to restore the delete dialogue box, backup your notes, copy text from other applications to Sticky Notes while maintaining the same formatting.

How to Customize File Types, AutoPlay & Default Programs Settings

One of the things that became obvious after publishing our series on how to set default programs, associate file types and set up AutoPlay settings, is that Windows 7 has limited capabilities for setting all these things. Fortunately for us, there are third party programs, such as the Default Programs Editor that allow you to do all this plus customize context menus. In this tutorial I will share where you can get this cool program from and how it works.

How to use Sticky Notes in Windows 7

In one of our previous tutorials, we've learned how to use Snipping Tool. Another small utility that can make our lives easier is Sticky Notes, a tool which allows users to create short notes. The notes are arranged in a stack on the desktop, similar to paper sticky notes. You can put notes anywhere you want on your desktop. You can format their text, paint them in a variety of colors and easily resize them. In this tutorial I will show you how to do all of this. Just click on read more to find out.

Shop Online & Use the Windows Media Guide with Windows Media Player 12

Windows Media Player 12 has an answer to the iTunes store via its online store browsing capabilities. You can browse Microsoft's own Windows Media Guide to check out free trailers, music videos and singles from top artists directly in Windows Media Player 12. Or you can visit other online content services, such as eMusic and Audible without ever leaving Windows Media Player 12. This capability gives you access to dynamic content, including featured artists, Internet Radio and sneak peaks of box office movies alongside the videos and music saved locally on your hard drive. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to choose a store, browse online stores, download and stream songs and navigate the Windows Media Guide.

How to Restore the Windows Firewall to its Defaults

In our previous tutorials about the Windows Firewall we've shown everything you can do with it: beginning with how to enable it, accessing defined rules, creating new ones, checking advanced reports and defining advanced communication rules. If you've done lots of configuring on it, something might stop working at some point. In such cases, it would be best to reset all rules to the default ones created by Microsoft and start from scratch. In this tutorial I will show how to do just that.