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As the title implies, this guide is going to show you how to add Advanced Users Account options to the Control Panel.

The little hack will give you access to options otherwise hidden or awkward to get to.

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Create a System Image in Windows 7 [How To]

Posted by Stu On January - 26 - 2010

A system image can be used to restore your machine to a defined state.  If you find yourself reinstalling Windows quite often and have to reinstall the same old software each time, this can certainly take the sting out of it.  Respectively, if you have terrible troubles with Windows, a system image can be used to roll back to a good state when nothing else will work for you.

A system Image is a clone of your hard drive, meaning everything will be backed up for later restoration, during which, items cannot be individually specified.  You cannot backup the partition or drive that you are saving the backup image to, and you can only save the backup image on a hard drive or partition that Windows 7 is not installed on.

Unfortunately only Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions have this feature.  For any other flavour, it’s best to check out 3rd party alternatives.

This guide will walk you through creating a System Image in Windows 7.

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Create a Virtual Machine in Windows 7 [How To]

Posted by Stu On January - 25 - 2010

Using Virtual Machines is a great way to test software without making changes to your ‘main’ machine.

To create a virtual machine in Windows 7 without using 3rd party software you’ll need to download Microsoft’s Virtual PC.  If you also want XP-mode, help yourself.  Both are available here.

Once you’ve installed Windows Virtual PC you’ll probably want to create other VM’s running other OS’s.

To do that, do the following;

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Change your DNS Server in Windows 7 [How to]

Posted by Stu On January - 14 - 2010


With Google launching their new DNS Server not long ago, aptly named; Google Public DNS, I’ve been playing around with my DNS server to see which is the quickest!

This guide will show you how to change your DNS server and verify the settings in Windows 7.

See here to test your DNS server.

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Remove Shutdown Options From Windows 7 Start Menu

Posted by Stu On September - 23 - 2009

Removing the shutdown options from the start menu may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  This registry hack may come in handy if you’re performing a large backup or downloading a big file and you share your computer with other family members/colleagues and don’t want them inadvertently turning off your computer half through the job.

This guide obviously involves editing the registry.  Please see here before modifying your registry.

I’ve written two reg. files you can download here if you don’t want to manually edit the registry.  See here on ways to add these files to the registry

For those of you who don’t mind getting stuck in, here we go.

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Decrypt Your Encrypted Files in Windows [How To]

Posted by Rich On September - 8 - 2009

In previous guides, I showed you how to encrypt your files in Windows (XP) (Vista/7) In this guide, I’ll show you how to decrypt these files. You may need to decrypt your files in the following circumstances:

  • Moving files to a new computer
  • Reformatting your current machine and using your encrypted files on the new installation of Windows

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