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The old Volume Control from Windows XP was replaced in Windows Vista, 7 and 8 by the Volume Mixer. The new application brings to Windows much more flexibility regarding the sound management of the different applications you have installed on your PC. In Windows XP the only feature of the Volume Control was to increase or decrease the general system sound level. In Windows Vista, 7 and windows 8, the Volume Mixer is capable of managing sound settings for each multimedia application installed on your PC.
Windows 7 has many excellent new features and Aero is definitely one of them. But whilst Aero can be a blessing, enabling you to move to and from the desktop without closing or minimising open windows using Aero Peek and move and resize open windows with ease with the Aero Snap feature, Aero can be a real pain if it misbehaves.
Two of the most common problems are with Aero’s transparency feature and the control of open windows. Here are two simple fixes for solving both these problems.
One of the most searched topics on our site is "how to map a drive". Unfortunately, until now, the searches on this topic didn't return any result for our users. As a consequence to this, we decided to create this article in which we show you how to create a drive mapping in Windows Vista, 7 and Windows 8.
For those of you who don't know it, a drive mapping is a letter assigned to a disk or drive. The most common drive mappings are A: for the floppy disk and C: for the primary hard disk. If you are on a network, a drive mapping can reference remote drives to which you can assign a letter of your choice. For example, you can use the letter Z: to refer drive C: or a network server or a specific shared folder to which you have access to.
As you will see for yourself, the procedure of creating a map drive in Windows is very simple. Just follow these steps:
Upgrading to a new operating system can be a major undertaking, particularly for businesses which have an extensive network of computers. Windows 8 has proven to be one of Microsoft's more controversial releases mostly due to its apparent bias towards tablet computers and other devices with touchscreens. However, there are still many reasons why users of traditional desktop and laptop computers may want to consider upgrading as well. Windows 8 presents a wide range of new and improved features – it is not all about the completely new Start Screen interface. With faster boot times, a vastly improved task manager, an improved Windows Explorer and much lower upgrade prices than previous operating systems, Windows 8 does present a range of benefits for everyone. Regardless of your reasons for upgrading, there are various preparations that you should make beforehand. Consider the following factors before you purchase and install the new operating system.
Some people might have problems reading the text of the icons and menus in Windows Vista and Windows 8. The font size can be too small and making it bigger might help. Windows gives users the possibility to make the text and other items easier to see by making them larger.
This can be done by increasing the so called Dots per inch scale or DPI. To adjust it, just follow the steps outlined below.
A few years ago, upgrading to a 64-bit operating system was something that only enthusiasts would do. These days, 64-bit is the industry standard and virtually any computer should be running a 64-bit operating system. There are various reasons to upgrade, but it is also not a decision to take lightly. The following tips serve to better prepare you for making the step from Windows Vista or Windows 7 to a 64-bit edition. For maximum compatibility and future-proofing, you should ideally install Windows 7 64-bit.
Keeping an organized start menu is something that doesn’t even occur to most computer users. As more programs are installed on your machine, more shortcuts icons appear in the start menu until, eventually, it becomes frustratingly time-consuming to find the shortcut you need. Although, since Windows Vista, the new start menu design has helped to alleviate this problem to some degree, having an organized start menu still provides a number of benefits. It is far more convenient and easier to find things if all of the entries in your start menu are organized and arranged into categories.
The latest version of Microsoft Windows operating system, Windows 7, is one of the most efficient computer operating systems available today. It’s not only user-friendly, but also secure in many respects. Although it has user interface elements very similar to Windows Vista, Windows 7 has much better security in place. In this article, let’s analyze these security features in detail.
The Control Panel in Windows 7 is a great improvement over its Vista and XP predecessors, but it is still far from perfect. Considering it is boldly name a ‘control’ panel, there are still many things that users are unable to actually access from this folder. Admittedly, not everyone wants to control every aspect of their Operating System and have an all-in-one master access, but for those that require more command over the Window 7 features, there is a way to create an all-seeing Control Panel.