This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- The Hidden Games in Windows 7 Professional
I wanted to play MineSweeper the other day, so I went to the Start button, clicked All Programs, and started looking for the games. I couldn’t find a Games folder in the Start Menu. I checked the Accessories section, too, and still no Games folder.
At that point, I started searching with a little more effort.
Note that you probably don’t have this issue, if you have a manufacturer-installed operating system. In my case, I’m using Windows 7 Professional which I installed from a Windows 7 Professional Retail package. I didn’t select Games during the installation, if it was even available as a choice.
However, Windows 7 may have more games available than are displayed on your system. You can check that, and install the others, by following this process.
First, I started at the Control Panel, […]
- Finding Hidden Functions in Windows 7
I was digging around in the Windows 7 Control Panel this week. Normally, I have the Control Panel set to display the Category View, which is the default setting.
When you use the Category view, you see major types of functions and several specific links shown below each of them. The most important thing to know is that those detailed functions are not a complete list.
Click on each of the header links (for each type of function) and you’ll open dialog windows or dialog boxes that will have many more functions and options.
That’s what I usually did. However, this week, […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Cleaning Up the Start Menu
Have you ever noticed that every program wants to install itself into the Start Menu in its very own line?
The Start Menu quickly balloons as each game adds its own block, each utility adds each own section, each graphics program, each communications program, etc. all with their very own listing under “All Programs”…
If you’ve got a small screen, especially if you use a large resolution[…]
- Disadvantages of a Notebook Computer
I’ve mentioned many times that, for a long time, my main computer was my notebook computer. Sure, I had a desktop computer, too, I just didn’t use it very much. I also have my home theater PC and a Linux-based file server for backup. But, my Dell Inspiron 8600 was the real workhorse.
In my article Why Buy a Notebook Computer? I wrote about making the decision on whether or not to buy a notebook computer — and when to go for the cheaper models.
But, first, let’s consider some of the limitations […]
- What Does It Mean To Trust a Network?
What does it mean to trust a network?
When you connect your computer to a network, at least one dialog box should open warning you if you’ve never connected to that network before. If you’re running Windows 7 or later, you should get two separate queries.
The first dialog box to open should be from your firewall program. If it’s doing its job, it should identify that the IP addresses on the network and/or the MAC address of the switch or router to which it is connected, are different than it has seen before.
At that point, it should […]
- Computer Safety with System Restore
One of the new features that Microsoft introduced with Windows Millennium (Windows Me) was the incorporation of a third-party program that backed up the Windows operating system and critical files, including the Windows Registry. It was called GoBack.
While GoBack was incorporated into Windows Me, and was made available from the third-party software company for earlier versions of Windows, it never really caught on. Perhaps because it ran before Windows ever started. It also modified the Windows C: drive’s partition to a non-standard partition type, which broke a number of third-party utilities.
With the advent of Windows XP, GoBack was gone from Windows. Microsoft introduced a new feature called System Restore to Windows. Over the years, and over changing operating systems, System Restore has gotten better and better. […]
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