Archive for 23 julio 2011

How to turn a USB thumb drive into a Windows 7 installation disk
julio 23, 2011

If you need to install Windows 7 on a computer that has no DVD drive and you don’t have a network connection to install from a shared DVD drive on another computer, you can install the OS from a USB thumb drive. Make sure it has plenty of free space for the installation files (I used a clean 32 GB drive). You will need to wipe everything on the drive so be sure to back up any data you have there to a different location. Here are the steps to follow to prepare the USB drive.

1.- the USB drive into a computer that does have a DVD drive.
Click Start and in the search box, type
cmd
and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER to open the command prompt with administrative
privileges
2.- At the command prompt, type
diskpart
At the DISKPART> prompt, type
list disk
3.- Type
select disk
replacing with the number of the USB disk from the list of disks
Type
clean
Type
create partition primary
Type
active
Type
format fs=fat32 quick
Type
assign
Type
exit
Type
exit The above is not a typo. You need to type “exit” twice, once to exit the DISKPART utility and then again to close the command

Now you can insert the Windows 7 installation disc and copy all files to the USB drive. To use it to install Windows 7, insert it in the computer where you want to install the OS, make sure the BIOS is set to boot from the USB drive first, and boot up to begin the Windows setup process.

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How to use location-aware printing
julio 16, 2011

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Windows 7 has a cool new feature that lets you automatically switch the default printer when you move from one network to another (for example, when you move your laptop from your home network to your work network). Here’s how you set it up:

1.- Click Start and in the search box, type Devices
2.- Click the link for Devices and Printers (You can also get to this through the Control Panel)
3.- Select a printer and click Manage Default Printers (note that you won’t see this on desktop computers, only on mobile devices)
4.- Choose “Change my default printer when I change networks”
5.- Select a network, select the default printer you want to use when on that network and click Add
6.- Do the same for each available network (If you’re at home, you obviously will have to wait until you’re at work where the work network is available before you can set up the default printer for that one)

Now when you connect to a new network, Windows 7 will automatically switch to the default printer that you specified for

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How to change the size or resolution of a photo with Paint
julio 9, 2011

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1.- Open Paint by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, and then clicking Paint.
2.- Click the Paint button, click Open, click the picture you want to resize, and then click Open.
3.- On the Home tab, in the Image group, click Resize.
4.- In the Resize and Skew dialog box, select the Maintain aspect ratio check box so that the resized picture will have the same aspect ratio as the original picture. If the Maintain aspect ratio check box is selected, you only need to enter the horizontal value (width) or vertical value (height). The other box in the Resize area is updated automatically.
5.- Do one of the following in the Resize area, and then click OK: To resize your picture by a certain percentage, click Percentage, and then enter a percentage to reduce the width by in the Horizontal box or a percentage to reduce the height by in the Vertical box. To resize the picture so it’s a specific size, click Pixels, and then enter a new width in the Horizontal box or new height in the Vertical box.
6.- Click the Paint button, point to Save as, and then click the picture file type for the resized image.
7.- Type a new file name in the File name box, and then click Save.

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How to change the listening port for Remote Desktop connections
julio 2, 2011

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As some readers noted in response to last week’s editorial about Windows 7 Remote Desktop, you can increase security by changing the default port through which RDP connects (normally port 3389). Here’s how:

1.- Open your registry editor and navigate to the following location:
2.- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ TerminalServer \ WinStations \ RDP-Tcp\PortNumber
3.- Click Edit | Modify
4.- In the properties box, click Decimal
5.- Type in the new port number that you want to use (should be a port not in use by any other protocol)
6.- Click OK
7.- Close the registry editor and reboot the computer to apply the change

To connect via Remote Desktop over the Internet to a computer on a non-default port, when you enter the computer name in the Remote Desktop Connection client, add a colon and the port number (for example: Computername:3390).

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