Showing posts with label Windows 7. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows 7. Show all posts

How To Safe Boot Windows 7

Windows 7 Boot Screen

Booting Windows in safe mode can help us to know if any odd behavior of your windows system is due to software or hardware component.Recently, my Dell laptop couldn't connect to internet and it showed DNS Server not responding error.When I contacted Dell customer care and they suggested me to boot Windows in safe mode and see if the problem is solved.
So now the question is....


How To Safe Boot Windows 7

To safe boot Windows, you first need to access Advanced Booting Option.There are two ways to access Advanced Booting Option:
1.When system boots up
2.Through system configuration
1.When System Boots Up

This is the fastest way to get into advanced boot options in Windows.Keep tapping F8 button immediately after your system is ON.If you were fast enough and lucky you would see Adanced Boot Options instead of Windows boot screen.

If you're F8 key is not working, or if in rare case, if your system is like ssuuppeerr fast - this method won't work for you.

2.Through System Configuration

To access Boot options through system configuration, first open Run dialog box.

open msconfig Windows 7

Run dialog box in Windows 7

Type "msconfig" and click OK.

You will see System Configuration windows.Click Boot tab.

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System Configuration Windows 7

From there you can select Safe boot. If you want safe boot with networking check the network button.

Now restart your system to boot Windows in safe mode.To restore normal booting, you should foolow the same procedure and uncheck the safe boot option.

Turbo C for Windows 7

C language is one of the most widely used programming language.Students in schools and universities are taught C programming language as a introduction to the world of computer programming.Turbo C / Turbo C++ is the standard and easiest compiler used for compiling and executing C programs.

Turbo C works with every versions of Windows till Windows XP.Today, Windows 7 is the most popular OS.You can hardly find anyone who's still using Windows XP or earlier OS.But Windows 7 does not support executing DOS applications.So getting Turbo C compiler work on Windows is pretty difficult.

To make Turbo C work on Windows 7, the only available option was to use DOSBOX - a tiny platform for running DOS applications.Getting Turbo C run through DOSBOX is not easy and you had to repeat the steps every time you run Turbo C.

Fortunately, some developers with good minds have made it easy for us to run Turbo C in Windows 7.There are two versions of Turbo C that works with Windows 7 :

Turbo C Simulator


Turbo C simulator is an easy application which provides a simulation environment to run DOS applications in Windows Vista / Windows 7.

Download Turbo C Simulator : (3.6 MB)

After downloading Turbo C simulator, you can install Turbo C in the directory of your choice and it will do the rest accordingly.The only limitation with Turbo C simulator is that you can't switch to fullscreen mode.


Turbo C For Windows


This version of Turbo C is pre-emulated and uses DOSBOX to run on Windows 7.You can also switch to fullscreen  mode on this version of Turbo C for Windows 7.


Download Turbo C for Windows : (4.5 MB)

The above Turbo C / Turbo C++ softwares are specially modified to run in Windows 7, but you can also use it on Windows XP.If you want the original Turbo C compiler check out this post...

From Windows 1.0 to Windows 7 : Chronological Evolution !

Have you anytime wondered that how Windows acquired to such a beauty?
How was windows back it was aboriginal alien and how it all improved? The Windows 7, Latest masterpiece by Microsoft offers a affluent acquaintance to users with its eye-candy animations and solid programming.

To accept a aiguilles at the change of Windows with time, apprehend more.

Windows 1.0
Windows 1.0 was alien in November 1985. It was a huge advance at that time as it offered a Graphical User Interface (GUI) instead of black command screens acclimated by antecedent operating systems.
Windows 1.0 did not acquiesce overlapping of altered windows as it was a affection acclimated and copyrighted by Mac operating system. So instead of that window 1.0 acclimated tiled arrangement for the adjustment of windows.



Windows 2.0
Windows 2.0 was alien in November 1987. It offered a cogent advance over Windows 1.0. It alien several appearance like overlapping of Windows, new Keyboard shortcuts and bigger GUI. It additionally featured abounding new applications.

After some time windows 2.1 was alien which could multi-task several applications and had bigger anamnesis administration schemes. Visually it was identical to windows 2.0.

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Windows 3.0 & 3.1
Windows 3.0 and 3.1 brought a advance in claimed computer industry. They were broadly adopted by several pc manufacturers. Apple’s Mac OS about was alone accustomed to be installed on Apple computers.
Windows 3.0 brought abounding new appearance into the windows realm. It accurate bigger multi-tasking and it had admission to added anamnesis modules than any added antecedent versions. As best of the coding was done in accumulation language, This Windows was faster and added reliable.

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Microsoft Bob

Microsoft bob was a GUI experiment by Microsoft that was innovative but it failed. It presented a cartoon view of an office, where users can access their programs easily. Microsoft Bob is usually mentioned as one of the worst products Microsoft created


Windows 95

Windows 95 was the base of the future Windows versions introduced. Windows 95 was more stable and reliable as compared to previous versions of Windows. It supported 32-bit applications.

Windows 95 became a highly successful and acclaimed OS.



Windows NT versions

First windows NT version was released on July, 1993 and after came a series on NT labeled Windows Versions. NT 3.0, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0 are prominent in those versions. NT stands for “New Technology”, which means NT was a full windows version that was an upgrade from 8/16 bit windows to 32 bit windows.




Windows 98

Microsoft introduced Windows 98 in year 1998. It had several stability and memory fixes over windows 95.

This OS was very widely opted by PC manufacturers in the World.


Windows ME

Shortly after windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition was launched. It didn't performed very well in the market because it had several stability flaws. It is known in technological circles as “Windows Mistake Edition”.


Windows 2000

Windows 2000 was one of the operating system offered by Microsoft which was built on NT platform. This OS was widely installed on many Servers of the World. Overall it was a success.


Windows XP

Windows XP is regarded as the most successful creation by Microsoft Corporation. Windows XP has entirely revamped User Interface with several new features and stability fixes. XP was most stable operating system as it did not crash when one of the applications malfunctioned. Windows XP was widely installed and people upgraded from previous versions of Windows to XP.


Windows Vista

Windows Vista was released worldwide on January 27, 2007. Windows Vista featured advanced GUI and security features. The Animations and Alpha shading effects of Windows Vista came at a shear expense of system resources.

Huge system resources were required to run Vista smoothly. Minimum RAM requirement was 2 GB. These problems hindered wide adoption of Vista by masses. So Vista is not regarded as a successful operating system compared to previous versions of Windows.


Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 7 was released to worldwide OEM’s on July 22, 2009 and to users on October 21, 2009. Windows 7 promised to offer fast and rich user experience. The system requirements for Windows 7 were reduced and it was made lighter and more agile. It had the largest pre-order in the history, performing many times better than Vista in the first week of sales.

Windows 7 has entirely revamped UI and engine. The Taskbar makeover in the builds is shown below, the last Taskbar is the final version used in Windows 7.






How to Make your Windows Start-up Faster

Does your Windows computer take really long to start-up?

Well, you are not alone with this problem but fortunately, with some minor tweaks, you can get your sluggish Windows to start much faster without re-installing Windows or adding any new hardware.

The logic is fairly simple. Your computer loads quite a few software programs and services during start-up (look at all the icons in your Windows System tray). If you can trim this list, your computer’s boot time will decrease.

I have been testing a free utility called Soluto and it helped reduce the start-up time of my Windows computer from 3.15 minutes to around 1.25 minutes. All this with a few easy clicks and without confusing the user with any technical jargon.



After you install Soluto, it sorts your start-up programs list into three categories:

  • No-brainer – remove these programs from start-up with giving a second thought.
  • Potentially removable – another list of start-up programs that may also be removed provided you know what these programs do.
  • Required – Certain programs and services are required to run Windows properly and therefore should not be removed.

Depending upon the software app, you may then either choose “Pause” to completely remove that app from the start-up queue or choose “Delay” when you want the app to run automatically but not immediately at start-up. Soluto will launch the “delayed” app once the boot up is over and your system is idle.

You can also hover the mouse over any program name and Soluto will display the number of seconds that the app adds to the start-up time. And don’t bother about making mistakes because Soluto has a useful “Undo all” feature that will restore the start-up list to the original state with a click.


Once you are done classifying your start-up programs list, reboot the computer and you should notice a difference between the start-up time.

Where to download Soluto?

The official site for Soluto is but in order to download the program, you should head over to

Alternatives to Soluto

If you are tech-savvy, you can also use a utility like Sysinternals Autoruns to manually prevent all the non-essential Windows processes and programs from running at start-up.

Just uncheck all the Autorun entries and Services that you don’t wish to load at startup and reboot your system. You’ll however need a separate program to get the “delay” feature which is so handy in Solute.


Transform Windows 7 into XP with XP Skin Pack

How many of you wants XP look for Windows 7, nobody wants to use old and outdated technology of course we’re only changing the look here, specially Windows 8 Beta release round the corner which may release in February. XP Skin Pack  released by Hamed transforms Windows 7 into XP. You should know after this skin pack installation logon screen, cursor, desktop, explorer, dialog boxes, visual style of Windows 7 transforms into XP.

Download the program zip file, extract its contents to a folder and run the skin pack executable. Choose Custom installation during the setup and uncheck for all three options under it some IncrediBar crap nobody wants. Click Next to complete the installation, you need to reboot after that.image

After reboot you’re on Windows XP kind of like that.  Make sure to create restore point and backup necessary files before installing this skin pack helpful incase to get back to previous state. Do uninstall any skin packs if any installed on your Computer.

Uninstalling XP Skin Pack

During the uninstall, you can select Files, Extras and remove Uninstaller and Backup files a quick restart brings back Windows 7. Everything went fine on your system we installed and uninstalled successfully.


XP Skin packs supports Windows 7 and 7 SP1.

Download XP Skin Pack

Keyboard Shortcuts for Committed Mouse Abolitionists

Let's kick off this power-user party with keyboard shortcuts-tricks every enthusiast should memorize when mastering a new OS. We're confident the following time-saving keystrokes will save you precious neural processing cycles, and make your mouse jealous with neglect.

Alt + P

In Windows Explorer, this shortcut activates a preview pane of your selected file, be it an image, sound, or video document. This panel is great for previewing images in your photos directory, obviating the need for fancier third-party software.

Windows + Up and Windows + Down

If a window isn't maximized, pressing the Windows + Up arrow key will make it fill your entire screen. Windows + Down arrow will minimize that active window.

Windows + Shift + Up and Windows + Shift + Down

Hitting these three keys will vertically stretch an active window to the maximum desktop height (the width of the window, however, will stay the same). Pressing Windows + Shift+ Down will restore the window to its previous dimensions.

Windows + + and Windows + -

Pressing the Windows button with either the plus or minus key activates the Magnifier, letting you zoom in on the entire desktop or open a rectangular magnifying lens to zoom in on (and out of) parts of your screen. You can also customize the Magnifier to follow your mouse pointer or keyboard cursor.

Windows + Left and Windows + Right

These two shortcuts will make your active window fill up exactly one half of your screen-depending on which arrow key you use. And once a window is fixed to one side of the screen, you can repeat the shortcut with the same arrow key to flip it to the other side.

Windows + Home

This shortcut minimizes every open window on your desktop except the active window. Pressing this shortcut again restores all the minimized windows.

Windows + T

Like Alt + Tab (still our all-time-favorite Windows shortcut), Windows + T cycles through thumbnails of your open programs via the Taskbar's peek menu.

Windows + E

Automatically opens up a new Explorer window to show your Libraries folder.

Windows + P

Manage your multiple-monitor setup more efficiently with this handy shortcut. Windows + P opens a small overlay that lets you configure a second display or projector. You can switch from a single monitor to dual-display in either mirror or extend-desktop mode.

Windows + Shift + Left and Windows + Shift + Right

If you're using two or more displays-and you are, aren't you?-memorize this shortcut to easily move a window from one screen to the other. The window retains its size and relative position on the new screen, which is useful when working with multiple documents.

Windows + [Number]

Programs (and new instances) pinned to your Taskbar can be launched by hitting Windows and the appropriate number key. Windows + 1, for example, launches the first application in the taskbar, while Windows + 4 will launch the fourth.

Windows + Space

This combo performs the same function as moving your mouse to the bottom right of the Taskbar: It makes every active window transparent (save faint outlines) so you can view the desktop underneath.

How to Back Up and Restore Data With Windows 7

Microsoft includes a full backup and restores utility with Windows 7. Follow this guide to see how it works.

Backing up your files is one of the most important things you can do to safeguard the data you create and store on your computer. To this end, Microsoft included a full backup and restore utility with Windows 7. Here’s how it works.

Backing Up

First you need to launch Windows' Backup and Restore utility. You will find it in the Control Panel by selecting first System and Security and then Backup and Restore. If you have never used this tool before, you'll see a message under 'Backup' that says 'Windows Backup has not been set up'. Click the link labeled Set up backup to the right of that message.


After the program starts, it will prompt you to choose a location for it to store your backup files in. Windows won't let you choose your main hard drive as a backup drive; so if you haven’t already plugged in your external hard drive, do it now and click Refresh.


After you've chosen the drive that you want to use for your backup, the program will ask you to identify what you want to back up. The default selection is to let Windows choose for you, and create a disk image at the same time. You can be much more selective, however, by clicking the radio button next to Let me choose.


Once you've chosen what you want to back up, and where you want Windows to store it, the program will display a backup summary screen that confirms the options you selected. Before you run your backup, though, you'll probably want to take a look at the default schedule that Windows has set up for you, to confirm that your computer is going to be on at that time of day. If you want to adjust it, click Change schedule and then set it to something more suitable to your schedule.


Finally, click Save settings and run backup. The first backup will be a somewhat lengthy process, but future backups will be quicker, as they will back up only files that have been added or changed since your previous backup.

Restoring From Backup

Restoring files from your backup is fairly simple. First, launch the Backup and Restore utility, (as described above); then decide whether to restore all of your files, or just specific files that may have been deleted or become corrupt.

To restore all of your backed-up data, click Restore my files, followed by Browse for folders. Next, on the left side, look for the folder bearing the name of your backup. Click that folder, and then click Add folder. Once you've added the folder to your restore list, click Next and choose whether you want the files restored to the original location or to a new location. Finally, click Restore to bring back all of your data.


To restore specific files, first click Restore my files, and then click Browse for files. Navigate to your backup folder, and choose the individual files that you want. Again, the program will ask you whether you want to restore the files to their original location or to a new location. Once you decide where you want them, click Restore to recover the data you selected.

Unsure about the name of the file you want? Click Restore my files, and then use the Search button to examine your backup for the keywords that you type into the search field. In the search results, locate the files you need, add them to the restore list, and restore them as described above.

My seven favorite Windows 7 utilities

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I'm picky about the utilities I use in Windows. I don't like clutter, and I especially don't like anything that slows down the experience of using Windows.

Recently, while assembling a group of new PCs for testing, I had an opportunity to give thumbs up or thumbs down to some programs I've used for years.

This collection of seven utilities represents the utility software I install whenever I set up a new PC.

Some of these tools are specialized and reflect both the kind of work I do and the wat I work. But handfuls are universally useful. Everyone needs a password manager, and a clipboard extender? Well, let's just say you won't realize how much you need one until you try it.


Price: Free


The top half of the screenshot above is a view from the Windows 7 Control Panel showing me the names and other details of 13 programs I installed today. The bottom half shows Ninite doing all the work for me. I wasn't pestered with annoying dialog boxes. No toolbars or unnecessary add-ins was slipped into the installation. I selected some boxes on a web page, clicked the Get Installer button, and ran that one executable file to install all 13 programs.

2. Ninite Updater


Price: $9.99/yearimage

Ninite Updater is a separate program that you can run on any Windows PC, regardless of whether you used the Ninite installer or not.

It's a super-lightweight standalone utility that runs in the background and alerts you when updates are available for any of the programs it monitors. That includes widely used programs that are common targets of malware authors, like Flash, Adobe Reader, and Java.

3. 7-Zip


Price: Free

7-Zip will never win any design awards. In fact, it looks like a throwback to an earlier era, when flat icons roamed the earth.

But this open-source utility does its one job very well—helping you pack and unpack compressed files in just about any format, including ZIP and GZIP, TAR and ARJ, CAB, and DMG files. It also opens standard ISO disk images, Windows virtual hard drive files (VHD) and Windows Imaging Format (WIM) files used for OEM Windows installations.

4. ClipMate


Price: $35 to use on two PCs; $80 for a 5-PC family pack

This is one of those amazingly powerful little tools that I find myself using dozens of times a day. Back in 2008, I called it one of "my 10 favorite Windows programs of all time." Nothing has changed from this description I wrote nearly four years ago:

ClipMate was last updated in 2009, but it's been solid and stable for me on many Windows 7 PCs, as it was on earlier Windows versions. It's one of the first programs I install when I set up a new PC. Don't let the price tag scare you off—it will pay for itself the first time you realize that a piece of work you thought had vanished into thin air is still there on the Clipboard.

5. Synergy


Price: Free

This open-source project might be the geekiest tool on my list, but it’s one I use every day.

I have a PC and a Mac side by side on my desk, each with its own dedicated display. Switching between physical keyboards and mice is annoying. With this utility, I don’t need to think about which keyboard or mouse I’m using—I just move the mouse pointer to the edge of the screen and keep going. It effortlessly moves from the PC display to the Mac and back again. The keyboard follows its focus.


6. Snagit


Price: $50

I have no idea how long I’ve been using Snagit. A long time, certainly more than a decade, probably more than 15 years. Version 1.0 debuted in May 1990—if SnagIt were a human, I could order it a round of drinks as a thank you.

In my daily work, I capture a lot of screenshots. SnagIt offers an exceptional number of ways to customize those screenshots so they help me tell a story. They’re essential in a how-to article, but screen grabs can help tell a news story as well—the screenshots I’ve taken of malware in action on PCs and Macs have been valuable evidence.



Price: Free limited version (10 logins), $10/year for RoboForm Everywhere, $30 for RoboForm Desktop

RoboForm does everything you would expect from a password manager. You can generate unique, random, impossible-to-guess passwords for web logins, save those username/password combinations in an encrypted file, and have RoboForm fill in the information for you when you return to the website.

You can take your choice of two licensing options:

  • RoboForm Everywhere can be installed on as many devices as you own. Your passwords are stored in an encrypted local file and synced to an encrypted file on RoboForm’s servers. Any changes you make on one device are synchronized automatically to other devices. The first year’s subscription is $10; renewals are $20 a year.
  • Roboform Desktop can be installed on one PC and saves passwords locally (you can sync changes with other PCs).