When Windows 7 launches, some portion of consumers—particularly those who skipped Windows Vista—are going to be looking at buying new computer with Windows 7 pre-installed. The question then becomes: how do users most easily get their music, photo, email, and data from the old clunker to the new PC? Windows 7 includes an Easy Transfer utility, but…well, how does that work exactly? Belkin is hoping to take the mystery out of the equation with its Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7—just connect it between USB ports on a new Windows 7 machine and an old PC, and it uses Windows Easy Transfer to handle the rest.The Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7 will work between any USB-equipped PCs, with one running Windows 7 and the other running Winodws XP or Vista. The Easy Transfer utility will pull user accounts and settings information over from the old PC, along with files and folders, email and contact information, program settings and data files, and (of course) media … [Read more...] about Belkin Plugs Into Windows 7 Transfer Anxiety
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Chip vendors Qualcomm and Nvidia have thrown their support behind the Windows 7 OS for netbooks, announcing efforts to bring better graphics and continuous 3G connectivity to the devices.Qualcomm on Wednesday announced it was sampling chips that enable Windows 7 netbook connectivity to multiple 3G networks. Separately, Nvidia announced beta drivers for its netbook platform that could bring full high-definition video to Windows 7. [ Test Center: Windows 7 benchmarks unmasked. ]Qualcomm said it had updated its Gobi2000 3G embedded chip, designed to let netbooks and laptops access multiple 3G networks like HSPA or EV-DO. The chip supports Windows 7 and improves data speeds and frequencies at which devices can connect to 3G networks.The module is in sampling and should reach netbooks and laptops in the second half of this year, Qualcomm said."We believe Gobi notebook and netbook customers will experience the long-sought desire for ubiquitous connectivity," said Gary.Greenbaum, … [Read more...] about Chip vendors bring Windows 7 closer to netbooks
Whether at home or at the office, networking has gone mainstream. Once upon a time, a computer had value as a stand-alone machine running applications, but that time has passed. Without an ability to access the Internet, retrieve e-mail, chat via instant messaging, and connect with file shares and software, the computer is little more than an expensive paperweight.Slideshow: 7 Tools to Ease Your Windows 7 Rollout Slideshow: Windows 7 in Pictures: 10 Cool Desktop FeaturesWindows 7 Bible: Your Complete Guide to the Next Version of WindowsClearly, the trend is toward remote and mobile computing, and it's important for an operating system to provide the tools necessary to remain connected and productive from anywhere. Microsoft is incorporating a variety of new networking features in Windows 7 that simplify connectivity and help users access network resources no matter where they are connecting from. Here we'll take a closer look at some of the innovative networking features to be found … [Read more...] about A Guide to Windows 7 Networking
InfoWorld's one-stop shop on the new Microsoft OS, what it does, how it performs, and how to deploy itThe Oct. 22 official release of Windows 7 will likely be anticlimactic, given the new Microsoft OS's months-long availability as a public beta and the thousands of stories about the Windows that Microsoft hopes will make the world forget the debacle that was Vista.But now that Windows 7 is real, most people will get serious about deciding whether -- or, more likely, when -- to adopt it. Whether you stuck with XP, braved the move to Vista, or use a competing OS such as Mac OS X or desktop Linux, now's the time to decide what to do about Windows 7. To that end, InfoWorld has created the definitive guide to Windows 7, from the InfoWorld Test Center's exhaustive benchmarks to determining the ROI of a Windows 7 investment. [ Take InfoWorld's free online class on installing and working with Windows 7. Sign up for the Windows 7 Boot Camp on or by Oct. 25! ]Follow the links below to the … [Read more...] about Windows 7: The essential guide
How Do I Create and Configure a Network with Windows 7 HomeGroup?" the HomeGroup feature in Microsoft Windows 7 is an enhanced version of a peer-to-peer workgroup designed to make sharing files and folder easier on a home or small business network. I then showed you how to create and join a HomeGroup with Windows 7.In "Extend Default Folder Sharing Capabilities in Windows 7 HomeGroup," I explained how Libraries are used to share folders and files and also described other built-in features that you can use to extend folder sharing capabilities in a Windows 7 HomeGroup.In those blog posts, I explained that only computers running Windows 7 can actually participate in a HomeGroup. I then went on to explain that in addition to supporting HomeGroups, Windows 7 can participate in a standard workgroup network configuration with XP and Vista systems and can be configured to share folders and access shared folders just like XP and Vista systems can.However, there is another possible scenario … [Read more...] about How do I make Windows 7 HomeGroup content accessible to Vista and XP?
In last week's blog, "Create a Custom Microsoft Management Console in Windows 7," I showed you how to create a custom MMC using the snap-ins found on your system. I also told you that you could download snap-ins that you could then add to your custom console. If you regularly use Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 7 to connect to multiple systems on your network, you will be very interested to learn about the Remote Desktops Snap-in, which is designed to provide you with a centralized location to keep all your regularly accessed Remote Desktop ConnectionsThe Remote Desktops Snap-in is a part of the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1 package that is available for download from the Microsoft Download site. As you might have surmised from the name, the majority of the tools in the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP1 are designed to allow IT administrators to manage Windows Server 2003 and 2008 systems. However, the Remote Desktops Snap-in is … [Read more...] about Customize MMC with the Remote Desktops Snap-in for Windows 7
Windows 10 faced a controversial rollout, with privacy concerns, bugs, and other issues plaguing many users. And as of August 2016, just 1% of business machines had upgraded to Windows 10, according to a study from Softchoice. Instead, 91% of the machines were operating with Windows 7—an 18% increase over the same period of time in 2015."It seems businesses don't see an urgent need to move operating systems, so long as their cloud-based applications are still running fine on Windows 7," Softchoice's Microsoft director Craig McQueen wrote in a press release at the time. "In addition to the security benefits, I think once organizations grasp the user benefits—such as touch and Cortana—we will start to see a boost in adoption."While experts predict Windows 10 deployments will pick up this year, it's important for those still using Windows 7 for business to get the most out of their machines. Here are 10 TechRepublic articles with Windows 7 tips that will help enterprise … [Read more...] about 10 Windows 7 tips to get the most out of your machine
Holiday rerun: An oldie-but-a-goodie, these command-line basics topped the list of popular troubleshooter posts last year.PC troubleshooting is becoming less common in larger organizations, but consultants and techs in smaller shops still have to get their hands dirty identifying and fixing desktop problems. Oftentimes, troubleshooting Windows 7 means delving into the command line. Here are 10 fundamental Windows 7 commands you might find helpful.This article is intended solely as an introduction to some useful troubleshooting commands. Many of them offer numerous optional switches, which I won't cover here due to space limitations. You can find out more about each command by checking out TechNet's command-line reference.Malicious software will often attempt to replace core system files with modified versions in an effort to take control of the system. The System File Checker can be used to verify the integrity of the Windows system files. If any of the files are found to be missing or … [Read more...] about 10 Windows 7 commands every administrator should know
A reader asks:“When connecting my personal laptop (which is running Windows 7) to my office’s wireless network, I keep getting a “limited connectivity error.” I can connect fine at home. What can I do to resolve this?”To start, try the following steps:Go to Control Panel\Network > Internet\Network > Sharing Center.From the left pane, choose “manage wireless networks,” then delete your network connection.After that, choose “adapter properties.”Under “This connection uses the following items,” uncheck “AVG network filter driver” and retry connecting to the network. (Yours might read “Hotspot Shield” instead; uncheck this option.) It will work immediately, even without restarting the system.If that doesn’t work, try these steps:Run CMD as an administratorEnter netsh winsock reset, then press enterRestart your computerYou should also figure out if your office Wi-Fi connection requires an … [Read more...] about How to fix a limited connectivity problem on a Windows 7 PC
It should be a simple choice – you either take the plunge and upgrade your computer to Windows 7 or continue with your existing operating system. And yet, as is often the case, the choice is not as easy as it sounds because once you decide to upgrade to Windows 7, you will also have to choose the right edition of Windows 7 that will fit your needs.Windows 7 comes in six different flavors – Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Now picking the right edition from these six variation may seem like a daunting task but in reality, you’ll have only three Windows 7 editions to choose from. Here’s why: Which Windows 7 edition is not for me?The Windows 7 Starter edition is meant for basic computing tasks (like checking email, web surfing, etc.) and is optimized for less powerful machines like your Atom powered netbook. You won’t find Windows 7 Starter at the retail stores as it will only ship (pre-installed) with new notebook … [Read more...] about Which Edition of Windows 7 Should You Buy?