Windows 7, like all powerful operating systems, can seem a bit overwhelming and give you the feeling you’ve lost control.
Fortunately, there are some great utilities for taming Windows 7.
Some problems are obvious: you’ve got so many icons on your desktop you’ve given up trying to keep them organized. Other problems are more obscure for example, why Windows takes so long to boot. And it’s always good to know exactly what hardware and software are residing in your PC.
Here are four free programs that make Windows easier to control. I’m betting you’ll find them as useful as I do.
Here is an easy tip to spruce up your end of day windows shut down. Have it perform some simple tasks before shutting down your system for the day.
I have made a simple batch file to run a system defrag, then make a registry backup before shutting down the system for the night.
Here is what the batch file looks like:
regedit /e c:\regbackup.reg
Save the file as myshutdown.cmd (or anything you want), save it somewhere on your drive, then you can make a shortcut to the file on the desktop. More »
Sometimes, you want that you system should get switched off automatically, especially when you are not monitoring that system. It often happens that the tools commonly used by the users do not provide the sufficient options for the system shutdown. Thus, they are supposed to be specific while leaving their system for automatic shutdown.
The freeware which I will be reviewing today will solve this problem by allotting you large number of options for automatic system shut down, the name of this tool is DShutdown.
This tool has large number of features, which I will be explaining later. I have already reviewed a similar tool knows as ‘Shutdown Timer’ but it has less features as compared to DShutdown. This tool can list out the number of systems present on your network and can shutdown them, only if you already have the right to do so. More »
Even when Windows 7 was still in development, early adopters already running the operating system agreed that it bested its predecessor in all aspects. However, Microsoft itself felt pretty confident early on during the building of Windows 7. Back in the first half of November 2009, the Redmond company demonstrated a boot time drag race between Windows Vista and Windows 7 pre-Beta Build 6801 Milestone 3. Windows 7 won, at a distance so to speak, and the rest is history. According to Microsoft, Aaron Dietrich, senior development lead on the Windows Client Performance team along with his group were responsible for making Windows 7 start-up faster than its predecessor.
Dietrich read the first positive review of the Windows 7 improved boot performance ahead of Windows 7 release. “It gave me a really good feeling,” Dietrich recalled. “I thought, ‘Wow, it’s not just that we’re on the right path, but we’re really making a change in perception for reviewers and the general public here.’ It’s not a fancy new UI feature,” he added. “It’s not that thing in your face all the time like a desktop feature or window switcher or something like that.”
However, Dietrich doesn’t take credit alone for the boost in speed that Windows 7 brought to the table in comparison to Windows Vista. “I always viewed myself as just one piece of the whole Windows puzzle,” he said. “It’s really when we brought it all together that we got such a great product.” More »