If you find yourself tripping over new Windows 7 features or missing favorite old ones, I’ve got some tips that will come to your rescue.
Lost in all the glowing Windows 7 reviews and marketing hype is the fact that not everything about Microsoft’s new OS is an unqualified success. You don’t have to use Win7 for very long before you notice one of your favorite features of earlier Windows versions is changed or missing.
But if you don’t like the default Win7 interface and the features that Microsoft prefers, no problem! A few simple tweaks can let you adjust Win7 to your own liking. Even better, some of the following tips also apply to Vista and XP.
The return of the Quick Launch toolbar
Annoyance: The latest Windows versions let you place the Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar. From there, you can launch your favorite applications, documents, or folder windows with a single click. In Windows 7, unfortunately, Quick Launch is MIA.
In Win7, a new Taskbar combines elements of the classic Taskbar and Quick Launch toolbars into one. To be sure, many people like the new Taskbar. Al Arnston is one of several readers who suggests that Win7’s “Pin to Taskbar” feature trumps Quick Launch. But you may disagree. More »
Following the advent of Windows 7 and PowerShell 2.0, Microsoft has backported the command-line shell and scripting language on older releases of Windows, including Windows Vista SP2 and Windows XP SP3. However, admins looking to take advantage of the evolution in terms of automation for Windows tasks are not able to grab PowerShell 2.0 as a standalone download. Instead, they have access to Windows Management Framework. According to the Redmond company, the Windows Management Framework Core package brings to the table the following components: Windows PowerShell 2.0 and Windows Remote Management (WinRM) 2.0.
Xin Li, Windows PowerShell Team, revealed that some customers had been reporting installation issues related to Windows Management Framework and down-level operating systems. Li indicates that the vast majority of deployment features are reported to produce the following error message “The update does not apply to your system.”
“It is a blocking issue for some customers since they cannot get WMF successfully installed and the error message does not help much with a fix,” Li stated. However, not even Microsoft is offering a fix. Apparently, the installation failures and associated error message is caused by actions taken from the end users, rather than an actual bug in the package. More »