Windows 7, Vista and XP Tips & Tweaks


  • Disabling Windows Vista And Windows 7 Login At Startup

When you start your Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, by default the system makes you enter your password to log in. Here’s a way to get around it.


When you first install Vista or 7 and start using it, you are required to enter in a password for your account. But after that, you’re not really given a choice to remove the password if you don’t want it. You’re just sort of stuck typing it in every time and that can get old rather quickly!

If you’re not the only one who uses your computer, consider leaving it this way. It is a good security feature and it helps to keep all of the different accounts, files and preferences separate from each other. But if you’re the only one who ever uses your computer, you should be able to get rid of the password prompt if you want.

If you’d like to bypass the Windows Vista and 7 log on process and remove your password, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start, Control Panel.
  2. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.
  3. Next, click on the User Accounts link.
  4. Under the “Make changes to your user account” section, click on the Remove Your Password link for your account.
  5. On the next screen that comes up, enter in your current password.
  6. Click on the Remove Password button to confirm everything.

Close out of all the open windows and restart your computer. That will allow you to test the system to make sure your password really was removed.

From now on, when you start up your Vista Or 7 computer, you will be taken to your desktop automatically and you will no longer have to worry about a password.

  •  Speedier mouse

To speed up mouse-pointer movements in Windows 7, click Start followed by Control Panel then click the ‘Hardware and Sound’ link and finally Mouse. Select Pointer Options and use the Motion slider to alter the speed.

  • Removing Internet Explorer 9

To remove IE9 from Windows 7, open Control Panel, click Uninstall a program and then click on the ‘View installed updates’ link. Choose IE9, and click Uninstall. IE9 will still be listed as an important update in Windows Update, so deselect it.

  • Prevent display rotation

In Windows 7, right-click the Desktop and choose Graphics Options then Graphics Properties. Deselect the ‘Enable rotation’ option in the Rotate tab.

  • Adjust program volume

To adjust a particular application’s volume in Vista & 7, right-click the volume icon in the Notification Area then click Open Volume Mixer. Now use the sliders to control each application’s sound level.

  • Organise backups

To keep backups in chronological order, use the date ot name the file- starting with the year(so ’2010-05-01-backup.zip’.for example).

  • Remove unwanted wireless networks

In XP, right-click the Notification Area’s wireless icon then choose View Available Wireless Networks. Click ‘Change advanced setting’ then Wireless Networks. Select the unwanted network and then click Remove.

  • Shake for clarity

In Windows 7, click and hold to ‘grab’ any open window’s title bar, then shake it around and all other open windows will minimise to the Taskbar.

  • Convert units

Windows 7?s Calculator application has a Unit Conversion option on the View menu. You will also find mortgage and leasing tools on the Worksheets submenu.

  • Restore previous file versions

To restore previous file versions in Windows 7, right-click a file and then chose Properties. Select the Previous Version tab, choose a version and then click Restore.

  • How to Turn Off Windows Help & Support

Windows has a built-in “Help & Support” feature that allows it to provide beginning users with hints and tips. Windows automatically starts these features using a Service every time the computer is booted. Services can use up system resources and CPU power if they are running, even if you are not currently using their features. If you are an advanced or intermediate user who does not need the “Help & Support” features of the Windows operating system, you can disable them by disabling the service that automatically starts them.

  1. Open the Start menu. Click on “Run” and enter “services.msc” into the “Open” dialog box. Press “OK.”
  2. Locate the Service named “Help and Support” in the right side of the window. Double click on the service.
  3. Set the “Startup type” to “Disabled” with the appropriate radio button. Press “OK.”
  4. Close all open windows and reboot the computer to put the changes into effect.
  • Monitor audio recording

In Windows 7, click Start, type sound and click the Sound icon. Click on the Recording tab, right-click the recording device and choose Properties. Click the Listen tab and tick ‘Listen to this device’.

  • Desktop slideshows

For Windows 7 slideshows, click Start, type desktop background and click ‘Change Desktop Background’. Click Browse, find an image folder and click OK. Tick the desired photos then click ‘Save changes’.

  • Create DVD slideshow

To burn slideshows to DVD in Vista and 7, click Start, type windows DVD maker and press Enter .Drag and drop photos and videos onto the windows, click Next, choose a menu style and add a soundtrack if wanted . Insert a recordable DVD and click Burn.

  • Aero Snap Shortcuts

In Windows7, hold the Windows key and tap the right or left arrow keys to have the current window set to the right or left edge of the screen.

  • Sort folders

Favorite files or folders can be kept at the top of the sort order in Windows Explorer by renaming them to start with either the ‘#’or’~’ symbol – just tap F2 to rename.

  • How To Save Word Documents (.docx) As PDF Documents; By using this Add-on

You can now easily save your Word Documents as PDF Documents; all you need to have is Microsoft Office 2007. This extension is not available for Microsoft Office 2010 because it already has another built-in extension for converting Word To PDF! So, if you’re a MS 2010 user; then you don’t have to download this extension as it is already there for you…
For Microsoft Office 2007 users, You need to download the “SaveAsPDFAndXML”extension to do this…
Microsoft Office 2007 Users; Click Here To Download!

  • Ultimate Control Panel

Expert Vista and 7 users can create a folder that contains all Control Panel tools. Click Start Followed by your username. Click New Folder(or from the File menu) button and name it ‘GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-9971204E01C}’.Double-click to see the Control Panel tools, Note this should not be used in 64-bit versions of Windows as it’s known to cause problems.

  • Add Desktops

Add additional named Desktops to Windows using the free Virtual win program.

  • Disable Caps Lock

In Vista or 7, click Start, type keyboard and then click Keyboard. Choose Key Settings, scroll to the CAPS LOCK entry, select it and then click Configure/Edit. Tick the ‘Disable the CAPS LOCK key’ box then click Finish, then OK.

  • Fix unrecognized USB memory keys

If a USB memory key isn’t recognized, click start, tight-click(My) computer then choose Manage. Click Disk Management and look for an entry that lacks a drive latter: right-click it and choose ‘Change Drive Latter and Paths….’. Click Change and choose the drive latter from the dropdown menu.

  • Permanently delete files

To securely delete files, download the free Eraser program, Once installed, press Control(Ctrl) and N to create a new task .Select ‘Run immediately’ and then click Add data. Select Unused disk space and click on OK.

  • Free up disk space

For a bit of extra disk space in any version of Windows, click Start, point to All programs followed by Accessories then System Tools and click Disk Cleanup and follow the prompts to remove unwanted junk.

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