Shake ’em away!

More Windows 7 Tips:

Some of these are repeats, but I just got such a kick out of the first one I’ll list it here:

1. Shake ’em away

Ever had 10 Notepad, two Powerpoint and 50 Outlook windows open?

Want to minimize all of them except the most important one?

In Windows 7, you can grab the top of the window and shake it about to scare away all of the other open windows. Simple.

Try it, open a bunch of windows, then grab the top of one and shake back and forth.


and the tips keep coming

Another 10 awesome and handy things to know:

One more tip – creating system images Like GHOST

Windows 7 has a “Ghost” like feature built in. Start – All programs – Maintenance – backup & Restore, then at left, create a system image.

This is a great feature and allows you to restore the system exactly as it was like a ghost image would. (so it might be a good idea to also create a system recovery disk to boot to

In case you ever need to restore the image from boot up)

Another little tip – if you wish to keep multiple images on hand, all you have to do is copy the image folder to another folder and/or rename it (I add the date to the end of the folder.)

The folder will exist on the target drive you chose to backup your image to. The folder is called “WindowsImageBackup”


Awesome Win 7 Secrets & Activation

From the email archive 11/17/2009

Check out this page from maximum pc. The keyboard shortcuts alone at the articles beginning are worth the read – like:

Hold Ctrl + shift then click – to launch an app from the task bar or start menu (with admin rights)

and BTW, Win 7 does have to be activated, to check – right click “computer” then click on properties. Scroll to bottom, what does it say about activation?

If it says “WINDOWS IS ACTIVATED” then you’re good to go

If it says “windows will activate automatically in xx days” – then you should probably do it yourself because auto activation is known to fail, especially on volume license versions

Mine wouldn’t activate on its own, it kept trying and erroring. So I decided to do it by hand, and again encountered errors. The error message would just say it failed, but would

Have an underlined link that said “Details” when I clicked on that I found the following message:

Code 0x8007232B – DNS name does not exist

Adding DNS Server IP’s does not solve the problem. This is actually a throw back to Windows server 2003 and early Vista activation issues and interestingly the fix is

Kind of stupid. There’s a link that says “Enter new product key” next to the activation status area. You click that, but put your same key in and it activates successfully.

(this is probably because it never asked you for a key during install, and so is trying to activate with a blank key)

If you don’t activate and windows keeps failing automatic activation, you will eventually get locked out of the system.

In the past, Vista did this because you had to activate using the admin account, and not an admin equivalent. By default the account you set up when you install is given admin equivalent

And the real admin account is disabled. Whether this is part of the issue or the solution or not, I recommend that while logged in under your default account, that you:

1) Right click the computer icon and choose manage

2) Go to local users and groups, then users below that

3) Right click on the administrator account and choose properties

4) Untick the account disabled check box

5) Save by clicking ok

6) Now right click on the administrator account and choose reset password (answer yes or continue since the account has never been in use and is not logged in)

7) Type in a strong password for the account

This is your back door. If your admin equivalent account hoses for any reason, and this admin account is disabled you might just be done. At least with admin enabled and password protected you can get in to fix stuff.


Windows 7 Open Command Prompt Here Tip

Just found out this cool tip.

With windows XP, when you had the power toys installed, you could right click on a folder in windows explorer, and have the choice “Open Command Prompt Here”

This functionality is already built into windows 7, you just hold down the left shift key, then right click on the folder and there it is “Open Command Prompt Here”