Monthly Archives: April 2013

Windows 7 How To Create Password Reset Disk

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Can’t Log In To Windows

  Windows 7 password reset disk is a must have tool should you ever lose or forget your Windows password. When you first get your computer and make the user accounts, it is great practice to create a password reset disk just in case you run into this problem. The alternative would be completely reinstalling your operating system. Which is not a fun option for most people who can not afford to erase important data on their computer systems.  A password reset disk is not complicated to create or use. You have two choices in which media type you can choose to use including a floppy disk or USB flash drive. Insert the floppy disk or USB flash drive you want to save the password reset disk to.

windows password reset disk

Create A Password Reset Disk

How To Create A Password Reset Disk:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type “User” in the search bar
  3. Select User accounts
  4. In the left panel click Create a password reset disk
  5. Click Next
  6. Now select which media you chose to use in the drop menu (Floppy Disk or USB)
  7. Click Next
  8. Type your current password
  9. Click Next
  10. Wait a moment for the Password Reset Disk to be created
  11. Click Next
  12. Click Finish

Step by step that is how to create a Password Reset Disk. Make sure to store whatever media you chose to use in a safe place where you will definitely remember its’ location. Now let’s go over how to use the Password Reset Disk step by step.

How To Use A Password Reset Disk:

  1. First you should be on the login screen
  2. Insert the media device
  3. Leave the password box blank and hit enter
  4. You will get a message saying “User name or password is incorrect” click ok
  5. Under the password box you will see a hint and under that click Reset Password
  6. Click Next
  7. From the drop menu select the media containing the password reset disk
  8. select Next
  9. Type a new password and then reenter it for confirmation
  10. Type a new password hint
  11. Click next
  12. Click finish
  13. Now type in the password you just created and press enter

You should now be logged on to your desktop. The password reset disk has worked and also updated itself so it will still work if you forget the new password you created. So again put it in a place where it will be safe and remembered.

Windows 7 Activation

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How To Activate Windows 7

Windows 7 activation is a program by Microsoft to prevent people from using illegal copies of Windows 7. Problems arise in certain situations, while unintentional, can cause the software to think you have a non genuine copy of Windows 7. You may come across the unfortunate occurrence where you have a genuine copy of Windows 7 and still are limited by the activation software. If you installed a new motherboard or hard drive, the system may detect the new serial number and recognize it as a different computer. You could, for what ever reason, install the Windows 7 operating system more than once on the same computer within a short period of time. These and other situations can result in a non genuine product status. The way to tell if you need to complete the activation is there will be an icon in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop stating this copy is not genuine. From the day you install Windows 7 you have 30 days to activate the software. If you don’t activate the windows 7 by the deadline it will restrict your ability to use the computer. It can even go as far as when you turn on the computer it will ask you to activate and if you choose not to it will simply shut the system down. Microsoft offers two solutions for this type of problem. You can choose to either go through a very short internet activation or they offer the convenience of phone activation for those who don’t want to use the internet activation.

activate-nowInternet activation is fairly simple:

  1. Click Start button
  2. Right click Computer
  3. Select Properties
  4. At the very bottom of the new window select Activate Windows Now
  5. Click Activate Windows Now Online
  6. Wait for Windows to activate ( may take a few minutes)
  7. Close window
  8. Windows 7 is now activated

Phone activation:

  1. Click Start
  2. Right click Computer
  3. Select Properties
  4. At the very bottom of the window select Activate Windows Now
  5. Click Show Me Other Ways To Activate
  6. Select Use The Automated Phone System
  7. Choose the nearest location to you in the drop box and click Next

From here the on-screen steps are in the order that you should follow.
Call the number provided and follow the instructions given to you by the system to complete your activation. Be careful not to confuse the product key for the installation ID. Your product key consists of a 25 character set of letters numbers located on a label somewhere on the computer. Your installation ID will be shown in the window as step 2 during the phone activation. Make sure to have a pen and paper handy when you put in your installation ID. You will need to write down a confirmation ID and input it on the computer as step 3. After you enter the confirmation ID given to you by the automated phone system, your Windows 7 should be activated.

Remember that Windows 7 activation is an important part of getting started using your Windows 7 PC.  Enjoy your newly activated Microsoft Windows 7.

 

Windows 7 Features

New Features In Windows 7

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Windows 7 Desktop

Whether you have a Windows 7 PC or are thinking about upgrading to Window 7, check out these impressive new features and  great improvements on features you may already have experienced.

The Task Bar, also known in Windows 7 as the Super Bar, has been improved upon in a multitude of ways. When you bring your cursor over one of your tabs such as your internet browser it opens a small preview window showing what you have open in that program. If you run your cursor over the preview it allows you to quickly view the page without actually opening it. You can also close Tabs from these previews without open the programs themselves. When downloading something having to check back on its’ progress is a chore all on its’ own. With Windows 7 the tab for your internet explorer download will progressively show you your download status filling from left to right. You can also quickly access the tabs by holding the windows key and pressing the corresponding number going from left to right.

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Jump List

Jump List is a new feature in Windows 7.  Right-click your taskbar icon which opens the Jump List where you can easily access recent items you have opened with that program. There is also a Pinned section of the menu which is comparable to bookmarking a web page in your browser.  Use it as a shortcut to open frequently used documents or photos.

The Home Group allows you to share picture, documents, music videos, and even printers with all the devices you link to the network. Windows 7 also comes preloaded with some very elegant themes. You can also customize your own theme to suit your own tastes.

A new feature called Snap makes window management much faster and more convenient. When trying to place windows side by side you no longer have the daunting task of resizing each window to only take up half the screen. You simply drag the window to either side and it will snap into place taking up half the screen on the side you chose. If you drag it to the to of the screen it automatically becomes full screen.

For those times when your screen just becomes to cluttered with windows this innovative new OS has a feature to assist you. If you have a multitude of windows open and want to minimize all but one  the new feature called Aero Shake makes it a breeze. Simply grab the window you want to keep open and give it a shake.  All other open windows are minimized instantly.  Repeat this action to restore all open the windows that were minimized by your first shake.

Want to take a peek at your desktop icons that are hiding behind open windows?  Aero Peek feature will clear the entire screen when you click a small rectangular button all the way to the right on the Task Bar.

These are just a few of updated abilities of Windows 7 . From the basics to the new and exciting Windows 7 comes with great promise and high hopes.

USB 3.0 Explained

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Laptop USB 3.0 Port

 

 

 

 

 

 

USB 3.0 Comparision
USB 3.0 USB 2.0
Transfer Speed 5 gbit/s 480 mbit/s
Cable Length 2-5 m 2-5 m
Hot Pluggable Yes Yes
Electrical 5.00+0.25-0.55 V 5.00±0.25 V
Max Devices 127 127

 

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USB 3.0 Connector and Cable

 

 

Tired Of Waiting On Slow File Transfers?

Welcome the latest edition in computer connectivity.  USB 3.0 is the newest revision to the Universal Serial Bus standard for computers and media devices. This improvement over USB 2.0 offers up to 10 times faster transfer speeds. Along with faster transfer speeds USB 3.0 boasts more efficient power management. The important thing to remember when taking advantage of USB 3.0 is that you must use USB 3.0 cables, ports, and devices. For example, if a USB 3.0 hard drive or flash drive is plugged in to a USB 2.0 port then the transfer speed will max out at the USB 2.0 capability. It is easy to tell when you are dealing with USB 3.0 because of the blue connection or SS(Super Speed) that is stamped on it.  Get started with a new flash drive today!