Windows 7

Tutorials, how to guides, books and reviews for Windows 7.

How to Browse the Web Incognito In All Major Internet Browsers

privacyA very useful tool that any web browser offers is Private browsing. Even though each browser calls it by a different name (InPrivate, Private Browsing, Incognito or Private Tab), this feature always does the same thing: allows users to browse the web without saving data like cache, history or cookies. However, this is done locally, meaning that only people using your computer won't be able to find out what websites you have visited. The websites you visited, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and, in fact, every server your requests pass through, know what you visited. In this article we will show how to enable Private browsing in all the major web browsers and how to check if you are browsing privately or not.

What Are Those Windows Features That You Can Add or Remove?

Windows featuresA couple of days ago, one of our readers asked us to explain what are all those Windows features that can be added or removed from your Windows installation. Even though all of them have some description, the information offered by Windows is either too little or too hard to understand. That's why we decided to publish this article and walk you through every Windows feature that's available in Windows 8.1 Pro. We will describe each Windows feature in a lot more detail than Windows does, so that you can decide for yourself whether to keep it or remove it.

Did Add or Remove Programs Disappear? Where to Find It?

programsAs Microsoft continues to make changes and improvements to its operating systems, users have to get used to new ways of doing the same old things. Starting with Windows Vista, the familiar Add or Remove Programs from previous versions appeared to vanish. It wasn't really gone, of course, but Microsoft gave it a brand new name. Let's take a look at Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, learn where to find Add or Remove Programs and how it works today.

How to Start System Restore When You Can No Longer Log Into Windows

restoreSystem Restore is a great tool that allows you to revert Windows and its settings to a previous state. This is useful when you encounter problems with drivers that destabilize the system or software that malfunctions. However, at times, some of the changes you make may impact your system so badly that you can no longer log into Windows. What can you do in such scenarios? How do you start System Restore and use it to repair your Windows installation? Read this guide and find out:

How to Restore Your Network Card's Original MAC Address

networkingAs discussed in some of our previous articles, you might find yourself in situations where you need to change the MAC address of your network adapter in order to connect to a certain network. But what do you do when you have to restore the original MAC address and you don't know what that is? Luckily, you can easily restore the MAC address by using either the Network and Sharing Center in Windows or a third party application, like the one we will share in this article. Read on to learn how to restore the original MAC address of your network card.

Simple Questions: What is the Workgroup & How to Change it in Windows?

workgroupComputers on a network can be part of a workgroup or a domain. The difference between them is how resources are managed on the network. While domains are fit for enterprise networks, home networks and small business networks can work very well using a workgroup. In this article we will explain what is a workgroup, what's different about it when compared to a network domain, how to access the workgroup setting and how to change the workgroup, both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Simple Questions: What it the Computer Name & How to Change It?

computerWhen you set up your computer for the first time, you are asked to assign it a name. Since we all humans have a name and we name even our pets, why not name our computers? But then you'll ask: What is the purpose of a computer name? Can you change it later on? To learn the answers to these questions, read this article.

How to Configure The Way System Restore Works & How to Disable It

restoreWhile having the ability to restore your system from a restore point is one of Windows' most useful features, it may be that some people will want to turn it off for all or part of their partitions. Others may want to change how much space it is used for System Store. To help you out, we have created this guide that shares how to configure in detail how System Store works, how much space it uses and how to enable it or disable it for a partition or another.

Where to Find Windows & Windows Phone Device Backups in OneDrive

settings backupIf you are using Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone on your computers and devices, your system settings are automatically backed up using OneDrive. These backups are stored in the cloud so that they can be used whenever you reset those devices and you want to restore your settings or so that you can use them when migrating to newer devices. But where exactly are these back up points stored? How do you find them? And what can you do with them?

How to Use Windows Defender Offline to Clean Nasty Malware

Windows DefenderThere are times when your devices are infected by malware that's very hard to remove with traditional antivirus software. On other occasions, the malware blocks the installation of any antivirus software and you cannot remove it manually. In such delicate scenarios, you need to create a bootable disc or flash drive with an antivirus that can be run before the operating system is loaded. This is the only way to disinfect that malware that you are confronting with. For such scenarios, Microsoft has created Windows Defender Offline - a free tool that does a very good job. Here's where to download it, install it and use it to clean that nasty malware from your Windows devices:

How to Add or Remove (Un)Wanted Windows Features, Programs or Apps

programsEach edition of Windows comes with a predefined set of programs, features and apps installed. You can customize Windows by removing the features you don't need and by adding those which you do need, but are not installed by default. And if you remove unwanted features, programs or apps, you can save quite a bit of space on your hard disk. This tutorial will show in detail, how to add or remove Windows features in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.