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How to automatically lock your computer

How To Automatically Lock Your Computer

Auto-Lock Your PC & Safely Step Away

Don’t know how to lock your computer automatically while you’re away with Windows 7 – you’re in the right place. Follow these 5 easy step-by-step directions to have your computer lock up when not in use to protect all of your information, files and data that perhaps you do not want other people to see. You may not be too familiar with all of the things that can be done on Windows 7 and that’s alright. This is why we are here to walk you through some of the more common things that people would like to do while on their computer. Like our other Windows tips, you should keep this tip in mind. This is not the same as adding another user onto your computer – which would allow them to use a different desk top that does not have your information provided or locking your information from those using your desktop – this would be found in another blog post.

With these Windows tips, you’re able to have your computer lock automatically when the screen saver is turned on. This requires you (or whoever else) to enter a password in order to be let back into the computer. Make sure to choose a strong password as your computer password. In order for this to work on your computer — you also need to ensure that a password is set up already and requires you to log-in when you shut the computer down and boot it back up. If there is no password that is currently set, the computer is just going to let the person in when they click on the icon.

Set Up Automatic Password Protection

Step 1:

Right click on the desktop and click ‘Personalize’ in order to open the personalization settings. This is an area where you’re also able to change your desktop picture.

Step 2:

Click on the ‘Screen Saver’ option that is under themes in order to change the settings for the screen saver.

Step 3:

You do not need a mouse to do this either. You’re able to hit the ‘Win’ key and then type ‘Screen Saver’ into the search box and then click ‘Change Screen Saver’.

Step 4:

This should open the settings for the screen saver. You then choose your screen saver while you’re in this area, check on the box that allows you to display the login screen when the screen saver is exited. You should then enter the number of minutes the computer should wait before the screen saver starts. Make sure to hit ‘OK’ to save these settings.

Step 5:

After this amount of time passes without you touching the keyboard or mouse, the screen saver will come on without a problem. When the mouse is moved, or a key is pressed – you’re able to access the log-in screen instead of being brought directly to the desktop. You should then enter your password as you normally would to enter into the desktop area.

Don’t want a screen saver?

Still want to make sure your computer locks while you’re away? No problem, follow these steps to do just that…

When you go through these and you end up on step 4, just click the ‘None‘ box for a screen saver. You still check the box like in the instructions, but the computer will just switch to your login screen when it goes into sleep mode instead of onto the screen saver. The screen will be blank since you did not choose to use a screen saver.

Make sure that other people do not know your password when it comes to locking your computer. If they do, then there is no point in going through this whole process to keep people out. It would also be a waste of time so choose a strong password that no one knows or can guess. This is important since you’re going through these steps to save guard your information and not hand it out freely.

How to Set up Wireless Share on Windows 7

How to Set up Wireless Share on Windows 7

Setting up wireless share for Windows 7 might seem like a daunting task for anyone that is not familiar with computers or Windows 7, however it can be done with some simple steps. You’re able to do a lot when it comes to having a wireless network that allows you to browse the Internet from wherever you are in the home – but also send items from one computer to the next. Hook up printers and other items without the use of cords. Having wireless share provides the flexibility that you’re after with any home Internet devices.

Go through the steps in order to set up your wireless share and start enjoying all of the benefits that come with it.

Secure the Network

It is always important to secure the network, especially if you’re going to be sharing between computers. You do not want any of your personal, financial or other sensitive information in the wrong hands. A lot of times the provider will set this up for you, but if they do not then make sure to follow these rules:

  • Change the user name and password on your router if it is the default one. This can be used by anyone in the area so you want both to be specific to you and something you know. Follow the instructions that came with the device to change this information.
  • Set up your own security key on your network to help protect against unauthorized access. Here are the instructions for doing this:
  1. Open your Network and Sharing Center located in the Start menu. Click on the Control Panel. Type in Network in the search box and then click on the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on the Set Up a New Connection or Network
  3. Click Set Up a New Network and click Next
  4. This wizard will then take over and make sure to help you change your security key. Use WPA2 for protected access on your wireless router. This offers the best security against intruders that want to be on your connection.
  • Create your security key and make sure to write it down somewhere so you do not forget it!
  • Make sure to use a firewall in order to continue the protection on your computer from those that wish to harm the contents or use the contents and information against you. It can help block the unauthorized downloads from Trojans, bugs and other malicious software.

Add Computers to the Network

Follow the steps to connect your computer to the network:

  • Open the Connect to a Network by clicking on your network icon which looks like a plug and computer or signal bars.
  • There will be a list of networks being shown, click on which one is yours and click Connect.
  • Enter your security key that was just made.

Share Those Files and Use the Printer

Wirelessly! You’re able to share pictures from computer to computer or access the Internet and printer from any room in the home without having to be plugged in. You will need a homegroup set up in order to share. You’re also able to share through the public folder located in your Documents section. Public sharing has to be turned on however, follow these steps to do so:

  1. Go to the Start menu and click on your Control Panel. Type Network into the search, go to Network and Sharing Center and then click on Change Advanced Sharing Settings.
  2. Click the arrow to expand the network profile.
  3. Underneath Public folder sharing, click On or Off for the options.
  4. Save the changes.

Make sure to repeat these steps to ensure that every computer is able to share. If you want to share from one computer to the next after they all have sharing turned on, just drag and drop the file into the public folder that is automatically shared with the others located on the network.

Setting up a Home Group

A homegroup can allow the user to set up a sharing system for other computers on the network but they have to have permission in order to view the shared content in the folders. This can be great for giving certain computers privileges but not others. Normally, when a computer is set up there is already a homegroup added to it. If you want to go in to check or set one up, here are the steps to do so within Windows 7.

  1. Go to the Start menu, Control Panel and then search for Homegroup.
  2. Click on Create a Homegroup and follow the instructions that they give you on that screen.
  3. Create a password for your homegroup in order to ensure that not everyone is able to see the documents and files that you placed in the shared folders.

Note* If there is already a homegroup made, you will be asked to join it instead of create one. You can walk through the steps provided on this screen to do so.

Joining a Homegroup

If there is already a homegroup made and you’d like to join it, you have to first obtain the password from the admin and then follow these steps to share and obtain shared files, information, documents and so forth.

  1. Go to the Start menu, Control Panel and then search for homegroup in the search box.
  2. Click on Homegroup when it pops up.
  3. Click on Join Now and follow the instructions on the screen. This is where you will also need to enter the password.

Access the Files in the Homegroup

You’ll have to access the files that are being shared in the homegroup once you join. This can be done easily by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to your Start menu and click on your user name
  2. In the left pane, right under Homegroup, click on the user’s name of the files you want to access.
  3. When it gives the file list, double click the file and the folder that you’d like.

 

 

 

 

How To Back Up PC Using Windows

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Back Up Your Computer

 

In this time where your entire life is stored on your computer, a backup can save all that you hold dear. Whether it be movies, photos, documents, school work, tax or business records,  if you don’t backup your files you risk losing them forever.  A computer virus could cripple your everyday life by making your computer unusable.  Fortunately, Microsoft included a built-in application without having to purchase another program.  I am going to tell you step by step how to create a system backup in Windows 7 to protect yourself from disaster. Other Windows operating systems versions vary.

 Backup Using Windows 7

  • First, pick a storage device – external hard drive, CD, DVD, or flash drive (Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise offers a network drive backup feature)

    laptop dvd back up

    DVD, Flash Drive Back Up

  • Ensure your chosen media is ready for use
  • Now click Start
  • Click  Control Panel
  • Select System and Security
  • Click Backup and Restore
  • Now choose Set up Backup
  • Click the media selected for backup and click Next
  • Select Let Windows Choose (recommended)
  • Click Next
  • You can schedule automatic backups or just simply disable
  • Click Save Settings and Exit
  • Finally click Backup Now

Depending on how much data you are backing up, this process can take from a few minutes to a few hours.  It is really worth the wait for the piece of mind knowing that when the worst happens and the computer crashes the files you backup are still safe and ready for a system restore. Even those who are buying a new PC can take advantage of backing up their old computer and moving things easily to the new PC.

How Often Should I Back Up My Files?

Backing up your PC is not something you should do once in a while.  You should complete back ups regularly to ensure your important files, and memories are safe. You never know when something like hard drive failure could happen and your computer just doesn’t start-up the next morning.

Internet Explorer 10

internet explorer 10

Internet Explorer 10

What’s New In IE10

When a conversation comes up about surfing the web with Internet Explorer there used to be few things said that were flattering. Microsoft hopes to change all that with the launch of its new Internet Explorer 10 which is available for download. Microsoft’s focus for this browser was not to completely reinvent the wheel but to make as many improvements as possible. The changes while subtle make Internet Explorer 10 the Fastest Browser on the market to date.

 Improvements

Internet Explorer 10 is the first browser made for Touch Screens. This new browser has two versions one for touch screens and another for standard PC. Using a touch screen you can flip ahead or back a page a with swipe of your finger. Using Windows 7 or 8 you can pin frequently visited websites to your start menu for easier access.  The Snap feature allows you to drag the window to the left or right of the screen and it snaps into place taking up half the screen. Sharing  is a breeze via social media with the share button.  Full screen mode gives you a display of one-box making tablets and touch screens easier to view.

Privacy and Performance

The privacy settings are very impressive. Now you can enable a setting that tells the website you visit Do Not Track. This prevents other sites from tracking webpages you go to online and how often you go there. One feature introduced in Internet Explorer 9 has been dramatically improved upon is the ability to utilize your Graphics Processor to render high-definition streaming video and other graphic media content from the web smoothly at blazing speeds.

With all the improvements to the Internet Explorer browser, upgrading  is definite. You may not have a choice in the matter because this new browser is pushed to your computer through Windows Update. Should you choose not to upgrade you must make sure to disable this update to prevent it from installing.

Top 5 Reasons To Wait On Upgrading To Windows 8

Windows 8

Window 8

While Windows 8 was held to be one of Microsoft’s great innovations, here are top 5 reasons it would be a good idea to wait on upgrading.

You Don’t Have A Touch Screen Computer

It is designed with mainly Touch Screen Computers in mind, which are not very widely used although they are quickly becoming the industry standard. Most people are still using a mouse and keyboard for their input needs. That is why the app based interface known as “Metro” seems to be such a hindrance for the average user.

Learning A Completely New Operating System

This is not like when Windows 7 was released and you upgraded from Windows Vista. This is a Completely New Operating System. That means almost everything has been revamped. You will have to lean how to do everything from the advanced tasks to where the start menu is located.

Start Menu Is Totally Different

The feature most used is the Start Menu. Even that has been moved and redesigned. It is no longer just a small menu that open in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. Now it actually takes up the entire screen.

Hardware And Software Compatibility Issues

Windows 8 has been known to have Compatibility Issues with either hardware or software. Mostly due to drivers not being supported for windows 8.

Bugs and Glitches

When a new operating system is release is usually has “bugs” or little glitches that can cause very annoying problems. If you wait to update to Windows 8, the manufacturer usually fixes these issues with the release of a service pack. These issues are already fixed with the current Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

When thinking of upgrading to Windows 8 these are somethings to take into consideration before making that system changing decision. If you are not ready for a big change in the view and use of your computer system then it benefit you to wait before upgrading to Windows 8. Should you choose to upgrade to Windows 8 I would recommend visiting Microsoft’s Compatibility website to assure a smoother transition to the new operating system.

 

 

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.

windows 7 jump list

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.