Windows 7 and file sharing

One of the great Windows 7 features is called Homegroup; it allows you to easily share files with other computers running Windows 7. Homegroup makes sharing your music, pictures, documents, files and USB-connected printers a breeze. As soon as you network your computers, you will be prompted to set Network location, once you select Home Network, the Homegroup wizard will let you create your Homegroup in a matter of minutes.

The Homegroups are password protected for better security and you can select which ones of your libraries to share: Pictures, Music, Videos, or Documents; you can share USB printers as well. Simply make your selections, finish the Wizard and that’s that.

Joining already created Homegroup is also pretty straightforward – you just have to type in the Homegroup password and select the files that you wish to share.

After you have joined the Homegroup, you can add any file to the shared libraries and share them with other users; you can also make some or all of your files read-only, so other users can view them, but can’t make any changes. The Homegroup will also appear in your Windows Explorer left pane, so you can access all the shared items with a few mouse clicks.

However, the Homegroup feature works only if all the networked computers run Windows 7; if any of your machines is running Windows XP or Vista, you can still network them and share your files and documents, but the process isn’t as easy and requires more effort to set up.

Windows 7 top 5 features

Windows 7 is packing some new and exciting features, which will make your life easier and save you a lot of time and effort and below are listed the top five Windows 7 features that are available in all editions:

1. Windows 7 taskbar – the new Windows taskbar is all about convenience. Many of us are so used to working with multiple windows that right up to now we had to close a dozen of them in order to find the one that we want to use. Well, not any more. The new Windows 7 taskbar lets you navigate through all your open windows just by hovering your mouse over their taskbar icons; and that is not all: if you have multiple tabs open in a program such as Internet Explorer, you can get a quick preview of all the open tubs – hover your mouse over the IE icon and you will see thumbnails of each one of them.

Aero peek: hover over the thumbnail and the full-size window will come to the foreground, click on the thumbnail if you want to start working with that window.

Jump lists: right clicking on one of the active taskbar icons will present you with more options, specific to the particular application; right clicking on the Word icon will give you a quick access to your most recently edited documents, right clicking on the IE icon will give you quick access to your frequently visited sites, etc.

2. Windows 7 libraries – the libraries let you organize similar files and the new part is that you don’t have to move your files to the same folder, the files in a library can reside in different folders on your hard drive, but they are conveniently grouped in a library for an easy access. You can create new libraries or delete old ones, add and remove folders, and share your libraries with other users in your Windows 7 Home Group.

3. Start button search functionality – this feature has been designed to save you a lot of time, no matter what you search for, try typing it in the start button search and you are likely to find it. This is an excellent way to access some not-so-easy-to-find Control Panel features; type “set time” in the search button field and you will get quick access to all the tasks that you might want to perform.

4. Aero snap – another great feature that allows you to work with open windows easily. This is extremely useful when you want to compare or work with two documents side by side. Drag the one window to the left side of your screen, drag the second window to the right side of your screen and they will get automatically aligned next to each other, giving you perfect view of both windows.

5. Windows 7 homegroup – extremely useful feature, providing that you have computers that run Windows 7; then you can easily create or join a homegroup and instantly share your documents, pictures, files and printers. Homegroups are password protected for better security and just like with the previous operating systems from Microsoft, you can make some or all of your shared files read-only so they don’t get accidentally deleted or edited by other member of your homegroup.

Windows 7 Mail

It might come as a surprise to many, but there is no bundled email program in Windows 7, which leaves you quite a few options: you can use web-base email such as yahoo, g-mail, or hotmail, or you can download one of the many free email clients available. In fact, Microsoft provides an excellent e-mail client, Windows Live mail, which allows you to access all your different e-mails accounts from a single program.

Windows Live is available for download for free: simply click on the start button of your Windows desktop and type “essentials,” then click on the “Go online to get Windows Live essentials” link. Once the web page opens in your browser, click the Download button and save the setup file in a folder of your choice. Launch the installation file and choose which of the available free programs you wish to install on your computer; you can install Windows Live Mail, Messenger, Movie Maker, and a few other utilities and tools. The installation is pretty straightforward and once you have Windows Live Mail on your PC, you can import your Outlook Express account settings, and configure the program to access your Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo accounts as well.

Instead of using Windows Live Mail, you can download and install any of the full-featured and free email programs that work with Windows 7 such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Eudora, IncediMail, or Opera Mial. All these programs come with features and security settings that will help you stay in touch with your friends and colleagues, get less spam in your inbox, read, delete, archive, and sort your messages and perform any other operation that you can expect from similar e-mail programs.

Creating System Restore Point in Windows 7

System Restore allows you to change your computer configuration to a previous state and can be extremely useful in case your system becomes unstable. On a computer running Window 7 rolling back is extremely easy: simply click the Start button, type rstrui in the search box and press the Enter key on your keyboard.

On the System restore Window click the Next button and you should see the restore points that have been automatically created by Windows 7 (they are created every time significant changes such as updates and installing or uninstalling of applications have been made).

Confirm your choice and finish the process

In order to manually create a restore point in Windows 7 right click on the Computer icon on your desktop and select Properties.

Click the Advanced System settings link

open the System protection tab and click the Create button

type a description for your restore point and finish the process.

How to create a System Repair disk in Windows 7

It seems that Windows 7 is a really stable operating system and you might never have to use the system repair disk, but it is always good to have one in case you are unable to boot-up your computer; the system repair disk contains Windows Recovery Environment, which has all the necessary tools that will allow you to successfully boot-up.

Creating the disk is pretty easy and straightforward:

Click the Start button, type recdisc.exe in the search box and press Enter. Select the drive, where you have inserted the blank CD or DVD from the drop-down menu and click Create disk.

Once created, you can use the Windows 7 repair disk in case your system malfunctions and you cannot boot-up; simply select your CD or DVD drive as the first boot device in your BIOS, insert the recovery disk, and restart your computer. You will be presented with the following recovery options: Startup Repair, System Restore, System Image recovery, Windows memory diagnostic and Command prompt.

How can I uninstall Panda Cloud Antivirus

If you have Panda Cloud Antivirus and wish to uninstall it from your computer, you might discover that the Add/Remove program won’t actually remove it. In order to do a very easy and clean uninstalation, you should download the Panda Cloud Antivirus Uninstaller and run it.