Reader Philip Lang wrote recently to give a great tip about the Run command in Windows 7. He also had a few questions…
re: Alternate route to the Run command in Win7 Since the task manager is pinned to the task bar, you can get to the run command in just three clicks, 1.open task manager, 2.File, 3.New Task(Run…)
I’m sorry to see they removed the Shutdown button from task manager though. Any way to restore that?
You’ve commented several times on some of the differences between OEM and retail Windows licenses. Could you expand on that, particularly as applied to upgrading? Does using a Win7 upgrade on an OEM WinXP system(clean install) result in an OEM Win7 system? Does upgrading a retail Win7HP system to Win7Ult result in a Win7Ult system with full retail rights? Does using the Win7 Family Pack to upgrade 3 computers with a mix of OEM and retail systems yield a mix of types under the same activation code?
Can you tell from the System panel which license applies?
Philip has a great tip on the Run command. All you have to do is to right-click on a blank part of the Task Bar, select Start Task Manager.
This opens the Task Manager window. Then, on the menu bar, select File > New Task (Run…).
Alternatively, from the Task Manager window, if you’re on the Task tab (which is the default), just look in the lower right-hand corner. You’ll find the New Task… button. One click on that gives the same result as selecting File > New Task (Run…) from the menu bar.
Regarding Philip’s question about accessing the Shutdown button from Task Manager, I don’t know how to add that back to the Task Manager itself. However, the other way to get to Task Manager is much easier and does include the Shutdown/Logoff/Restart options.
Just use the old Windows 3-key salute Control-Alt-Delete. That will hide the entire Windows Desktop and will display a full–screen with options to Lock the Computer, Switch User, Logoff, Change a Password, Start Task Master and Cancel.
At the lower left is an interesting icon, which opens the Ease of Access dialog box. This can magnify the screen, make Windows read the screen to you, and other access assistance options.
At the lower right is the new Windows 7 Shutdown button and Shutdown Options button.
Philip also asked a number of questions about the Windows 7 licenses. I really can’t give detailed guidance on interpretation of licenses. However, there are some points to remember:
- Whether you buy it directly from Microsoft, from your computer manufacturer or in a store, a Windows Upgrade license always a retail purchase and is not a stand-alone license to use Windows.
- The Windows Upgrade license is strictly that — a license to upgrade the version of the operating system you have installed to the specific later operating system.
- The Upgrade License does not convert a retail license to an OEM license nor does it convert an OEM license to a retail license.
When in doubt, read the license applicable to the version on your computer. It took a while to locate, but this page on Microsoft’s site tells you how to find the Windows 7 edition running on your computer and to find the license for that edition.
Unfortunately, I don’t see that it tells you whether you have a retail license or an OEM license. The information displayed appears to be the same on both my home theater PC, which has a full retail Windows 7 license, and on my Inspiron 8600, which has Windows 7 Professional upgrade installed replacing the OEM Windows XP Professional. That may be because you can not directly install Windows 7 over Windows XP — you have to do a fresh install. If you install Windows 7 over Vista, instead of as a fresh install, the results may be different.
The locations are Control Panel > System and Security > System to find the edition, and C:\Windows\System32\en-US\default for the all the possible licenses.
Of course, if your Windows 7 is on a different drive than C:, you’ll have to look there. Similarly, if you’re not running the English U.S. version, you’ll need to look in the corresponding language’s directory.