Archive for 27 agosto 2011

How to create a Windows 7 Backup Image
agosto 27, 2011

Sur e, you back up all your important data files, but a nice feature of Windows 7’s built-in backup program is that it can create a complete system backup image, which will restore all your programs and settings too. Here’s how to do

  1. Click Start and in the Search box, type Backup
  2. Click Backup and Restore in the list of programs shown
  3. In the left pane, click Create A System Image
  4. Select a location where you want to save the system image. It should not be on the same partition where Windows is installed
  5. Click Next
  6. Choose which drive to back up. To back up your operating system and program files, select the drive where Windows is installed, usually C:
  7. Click Start Backup

After the backup finishes (which could take a while if you have lots of programs and/or data), click Create a System Repair Disk in the left pane
Insert a blank DVD or CD and click Create Disk Now you can use the System Repair Disk and your system image to restore your computer.

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How to create a key combination to eject your optical drive
agosto 20, 2011

They say CD and DVD drives are going the way of the dinosaur soon, but in the meantime, many of us still use them – for installing software, for backing up data, for transferring data from one computer to another, for watching movies or playing music. Sure, you can eject the disc by pushing the hardware button or going through the menu, but if you’re a keyboard wizard who hates to remove your hands from the home keys, wouldn’t it be handy to have a key combo to do it? Here’s how to do

  1. Download NirCmd from Nirsoft (link at the bottom of the instructions).
  2. Right click on the desktop or in Windows Explorer and select New, then Shortcut. You need to first create a shortcut to which you can assign the key combination.
  3. In the “Location” field, type the path to where you saved the nircmd.exe file, and at the end of it, add “cdrom open , with quotes around the path, so the entry looks like this if you saved the NirCmd utility to a folder called SavedStuff on drive C and your CD drive is D: “c:SavedStuffircmd.exe” cdrom open D:
  4. Name the shortcut and put it wherever you want. You can put it on the desktop and double click it to eject the CD that way.
  5. Right click the shortcut icon and select Properties.
  6. Click the Shortcut tab.
  7. In the “Shortcut key” field, choose the key combination you want to use to eject the CD and click OK.

Here’s where you can download the free NirCmd tool, which you’ll note does more than just eject discs:

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How to customize the shutdown button
agosto 13, 2011

By default, at the bottom right of the Windows 7 start menu is a button labeled “Shut down.” If you want to restart, log off, or put the computer to sleep instead, you have to click the arrow to the right and select the action from the drop-down menu. It’s not as if that takes a lot of time, but if you almost never shut the computer down and often need to log off and log back onto a different account, for example, you might want to change the button so you can do your most frequently used tasks with one click. Here’s how:

  1. Right click the Start button on the taskbar
  2. Select Properties
  3. Click the Start Menu tab
  4. Under “Power button action,” select the action that you want to be the default for the button.
  5. Click OK

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How to customize the CTRL+ALT+DEL screen in Windows 7 Pro and above
agosto 6, 2011

When you press the key combination CTRL+ALT+DEL in Windows 7 (and Vista), you get a screen that shows you a number of options, including locking the computer, changing your password, logging off, and starting Task Manager. You can customize this screen to show only those options you want to see, using Group Policy – if you’re running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate edition. Here’s how:

  1. Click Start
  2. In the Search box, type gpedit.msc and press ENTER to open the Group Policy Editor
  3. In the left pane, navigate to and click on User Configuration | Administrative Templates
  4. In the right pane, double click the folder name “Ctrl+Alt+Del Options”
  5. In the right pane, you’ll see the items that you can remove (for example, “Remove Lock Computer”). To remove one, double click it and click Enabled to enable the policy and remove the item from the screen menu
  6. When you’re finished, click Apply and then OK

To see the change, press CTRL+ALT+DEL

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