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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Burn ISO disc images directly from Windows7

Burn ISO disc images directly from Windows 7

Tip 31
They’re a bit toward the geekier side of Windows: ISO files. You may have heard of them but not known exactly what they were. Simply put, an ISO file is an image of all the data on an optical disc, encapsulated in a single file. ISO files are commonly used for burning a perfect copy of any bootable disc, such as a recovery or boot disc.
You may have been given, or have downloaded, ISO files in earlier versions of Windows. (If you ran a beta version of Windows 7, you likely got it via an ISO-file download.) And if you did, you know that Windows didn’t provide any native provision for burning these files

See full-size previews of open windows via taskbar thumbnails

See full-size previews of open windows via taskbar thumbnails

Tip 7If you’re a Windows Vista veteran, you’re familiar with the taskbar thumbnails feature—hover over an item in the taskbar, and you see a miniature version of that program’s window. (Sometimes the thumbnail is even live-animated, for example if you’re looking at a video window.) In Windows 7, these thumbnail previews are still around, but the new OS takes the preview a big step further, letting you see a full-size preview of the window without “committing” and clicking on it to make it active. That way, you can quickly check info on a buried-but-open window and immediately revert to the window you currently have active. In the sample picture below, we're hovering over the taskbar thumbnail and seeing a preview of the Internet Explorer page circled:
Though it’s easy, it’s not immediately apparent how to do this. Hover your cursor over the program’s taskbar icon, which brings up the thumbnail-size preview. Then move your mouse cursor to hover over the thumbnail preview itself. When you do, the relevant window will come to the fore, and all

Miss your old task bar buttons? GET THEM BACK!

Tip 2
For the first few weeks we spent with Windows 7, we stumbled around the new default taskbar like we were lost in a corn maze. Don’t get us wrong—we like most of the changes to it. But the big graphical icons signifying programs, as opposed to the horizontal-tiles-with-text that we were used to from Windows XP and Vista, made us think twice every time we approached the taskbar region. Was the app launched, or merely pinned to the taskbar?
We’re sure we’ll get the hang of the new taskbar yet, but in the meantime, we poked around and discovered that you can revert things to the way they used to be. (That’s comforting, since that can be said of so few things in life.)
Right-click on the taskbar, and choose Properties. This launches the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. (We’ll be coming back to this box more than a few times in this story.) On the Taskbar tab, you’ll see a drop-down menu called Taskbar buttons. We've circled it here:



Show the Windows Desktop with a new shortcut

Tip 1If you’re anything like us, once you’ve installed a new operating system or bought a new PC, you start out organizing files and documents with the best of intentions. But before long your Windows Desktop becomes your de facto filing cabinet, peppered with shortcuts, frequently used spreadsheets, random photos, and abandoned detritus. The easy way to access that debris field to find something—theWindows key + D combination, which minimizes all Windows for a clear view of the desktop—is a helper that most of us know.
Windows 7, though, lets you bring up the desktop without taking your hand off your mouse or pointing device—but it’s not obvious how until you stumble upon it. In the extreme lower right portion of the screen, at the far-right edge of the taskbar, you’ll see a little vertical rectangle with a “glossy” finish. Hover the mouse pointer over it, and the Windows Desktop appears, letting you inspect it. (You’ll still see ghostly outlines of the windows you have open.) Move the mouse off the rectangle, and your windows reappear. You can also activate this via a keyboard shortcut: Windows key + spacebar.
Click on the rectangle, though (as opposed to hovering), and you’ll minimize all windows, allowing you to interact with the desktop, open folders, and the like. If you don’t open or maximize any new windows manually, clicking the rectangle a second time restores the view to the state it was in before you clicked.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

USB Port Not Working : Solutions

USB Port Not Working : Solutions

If you have a problem with the USB port(s) of your computer, here are some guidelines that may help you:

Hardware issues

Problem related to the connected device:
  • Check that the connected hardware runs on another computer.
  • Test other equipment on the same USB port

Problem related to USB ports, motherboard, cables:
  • One or more USB ports may stop workin due to a failure of the motherboard (after a power surge...).
  • There may be a wiring problem between the port(s) and the motherboard (faulty or disconnected cable)
  • Try the other USB ports one by one to check if they are properly connected to the motherboard or enabled in the BIOS.
  • If either the front or rear connectors are working, it is probably due to a fault in the connection between the USB ports and motherboard (check the extension cables).

Driver and software issues
  • Check that there is no yellow exclamation mark in the device manager, which means a driver issue, next to the USB ports (re-install the drivers if necessary). 


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