This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Managing Your Windows 7 User ID
When you’re the only user of your computer, you might want to bypass the password requirement to log into Windows 7 and log in automatically when you boot the computer.
Of course, that’s not really a good idea from a security point of view when your computer is connected to the Internet, but people want to do it anyway.
The easiest way is to […]
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 like 800×600, you can quickly get a menu that wraps and takes up the whole screen — and more!
However, it’s easy to take control of the Start Menu […]
- Preventing Auto Window Maximization in Windows 7
Windows 7’s automatic window maximization is a pain…
One of the most annoying features of Windows 7, and one that was meant to be an improvement in usability, is that Win7 will maximize a window that is moved to the top edge of the Windows Desktop.
What does that mean? If you left-click on the top bar of a window, and then drag the window as high on the Windows desktop as you can, Windows 7 will expand that window to fill the entire desktop when you let go of the mouse button.
I hate it! Long ago I had figured out how to stop that on my six year old notebook (which very successfully ran the Win7 Release Candidate and then the final version of Win7 […]
- Running a Program As Administrator
One of the biggest problems with Windows over the years has been security.
For a long time, Microsoft seemed to consider that businesses running enterprise-level servers might need security, but that individual and home users had no need for any such protection.
Fortunately, on day, they woke up to realize that the Internet is a rough place, with people who want to attack and subvert (or even just attack and damage) other people’s computers and data. Bill Gates wrote a letter to Microsoft employees re-focusing them to security being a priority.
As a result, we have seen Windows versions become more and more secure […]
- Running a Command Window as Administrator in Windows
By default, Windows gives any program that you run the same privileges as you (the user) have. Sometimes, that’s not enough…
Even if you have an administrator-type account, Windows 7 will try to protect you if you’re run a program that tries to do something that requires administrator privileges.
At that point, Windows 7 will display a warning dialog box to ask if you really want to use your administrator privileges to do that […]
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