Windows 7

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

Simple Questions: What is WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)?

wirelessIf you have configured a wireless router on your own, you have encountered the term WPS in its configuration menus. Or you have have seen a button named WPS alongside all the ethernet ports on the router's back. Do you know what WPS is? What does it stand for and how is it used? Which devices and operating systems provide support for WPS? Learn the answers to these questions and more, from this tutorial.

Simple Questions: What is the BIOS & What Does It Do?

BIOSIf you are a casual computer user, you may have heard about the BIOS, or BIOS failures or Dual - BIOS motherboards, but you may not understand very well what all these terms are. What is a BIOS except a weird-sounding acronym? What does it do and why is it important? If you read this article you will learn the answers to these questions and more.

How to Report Problems With Microsoft Services, Including OneDrive

report problemsOne of the good things about Microsoft's services is that they offer a quick way to report when you have issues. Also, Microsoft provides complete service status history so that you can find out what issues have happened in the past and when they were fixed. If any Microsoft service is not working for you (OneDrive, Outlook.com, Family Safety, etc), here's how to report your problem in just a couple of seconds:

Simple Questions: What is PowerShell & What Can You Do With It?

PowerShellWhile many casual users know about the Command Prompt, very few have heard about Windows PowerShell. In a way, PowerShell is a tool that's intended to replace the Command Prompt and deliver more power and control over the Windows operating system. That's why we decided to get a taste of PowerShell and then explain to all our readers what this tool is, why it is so powerful and who tends to use it more often. Let's see what PowerShell is and what you can do with it.

2 Ways to Generate the Link to a Shared Network Folder or Library

shared folderWhen working with shared resources on a network, I have encountered the need to quickly learn the link to a shared network folder and paste it into a chat window or a document I was about to share with others on the same network. Even though they are not very easy to figure out, Windows offers two ways for generating the direct link to any folder or library that is shared with the network. Here's how they work:

How to Use the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 7 & Windows 8

keyboardIf you need to type without a keyboard, the on-screen keyboard in Windows might be helpful. It allows you to type by using a mouse. You can even set up and use this function without having a keyboard connected to your computer, which can be useful if your keyboard is unavailable. This article will explain how to access the on-screen keyboard, how to operate it, how to use it to log on to a password-protected user account without the use of a physical keyboard, and how to use several of its options including the predictive text function.

Simple Questions: What is the Guest Account & How to Turn it On?

user accountsWhen someone is visiting for a while and they need access to your Windows computer or tablet, you don't have to create a new user account for them, and you definitely should not give them your user account details. The best solution is to enable the Guest account in Windows and have them use it. This will keep your private files or system settings safe. In this guide we will explain what a Guest account is and how to turn it on in Windows 7 and Windows 8. We will end this guide by also sharing how to turn it off when you no longer need it.

Does ReadyBoost Work? Does It Improve Performance for Slower PCs?

ReadyBoostThe theory behind ReadyBoost is that it helps speed up older computers with low amounts of RAM memory. However, nobody knows how much of an impact this technology has, so we decided to make our own measurements and learn whether ReadyBoost has a positive impact or not. Read on to learn what we have found:

Simple Questions: What are User Accounts & How Are They Managed by Windows?

user accountsOne of the most basic and important concepts in computing is the user account. We all think we know what a user account is, how it is used and why. But do we really know everything there is to know? This guide will share the detailed definition of the user account and its attributes. You will also learn how to list all the user accounts that exist on any Windows PC or device and how to see which users are signed in at the same time, on the same PC.

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