[AI] some features of Windows 7

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From: "Sanjay" <ilovecold at gmail.com>
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Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2010 11:53 AM
Subject: [AI] some features of Windows 7

> CARRIE-ANN SKINNER shows how to get the benefits of Win 7 in Vista and XP, 
> and
> gives Media Center a TV make-over
> Windows 7 was certainly highly anticipated.  Vista was never the easiest
> operating system (OS) to use and, with its many quirky functions and 
> features -
> not to mention slow booting times - PC users have been crying out for an
> alternative for years.
> Now that Microsoft has finally delivered, we're thoroughly impressed with
> Windows 7, from its sleek interface to its swift operation.
> But if you haven't got the spare cash to buy the new OS, consider instead 
> one of
> the free or cheap apps available online that can speed up boot times for 
> Windows
> XP and Vista.  We look at simple tweaks, upgrades and downloads overleaf.
> Another feature of Windows 7 that has been subtly improved is Windows 
> Media
> Center.  It now offers better playback options and support for more media 
> types.
> However, it remains most useful if you've got a digital tuner in your PC 
> and use
> it to record TV shows.  You can even watch Sky TV.
> Committed telly addicts will find, however, that Media Center recordings 
> munch
> through storage space at an alarming rate.  Thankfully, there are ways to 
> reduce
> the amount of space assigned to the program.  Alternatively, you can 
> expand your
> storage and record as much as you like.
> Here we look at ways to get the best from Media Center in Windows 7 and 
> Vista,
> as well as exploring ways to enjoy Windows 7 features without going to the
> expense of upgrading.
> Windows Media Center is the must-have software if you have a TV tuner in 
> your PC
> - you can use it in place of a personal video recorder (PVR), recording
> television programmes or whole series to watch later.
> There's just one problem: it can consume almost your entire hard drive.
> For example, suppose you configure Media Center to record 'EastEnders' and 
> 'The
> X Factor'.  By default, the program records an unlimited number of 
> episodes,
> regardless of whether some are repeats or it's on every day for years.  If 
> you
> leave it a while before sitting down to watch your shows (that's what a 
> PVR is
> for, after all), you may find your hard drive is full up.
> Get strict about storage...
> To ensure you've got enough disk space for actual computing, limit the 
> amount of
> space Media Center can claim.  Open Windows Media Center, scroll down to 
> Tasks,
> Settings and press Enter.
> Now choose Recorder, then Recorder Storage.  (Note that these options 
> appear
> only if you have a TV tuner installed and configured.) Use the minus icon 
> next
> to 'Maximum TV limit' to decrease the storage (in 25GB increments) to the 
> amount
> you want to allow Media Center.  Click Save.
> ...or just boost your capacity
> On the other hand, if your PC doubles as your home-entertainment system, 
> then
> you may want to consider giving your PC more storage capacity.  As with 
> any PC
> that needs more space, there are two basic options.
> First, you can replace the existing hard drive with something larger. 
> This is a
> fairly major job, what with copying everything to the new drive, making 
> the swap
> and so on.
> Alternatively, you can install a second drive that works in tandem with 
> the
> original.  Ideally this would be an internal drive, but you'll need a free 
> bay -
> the path of least resistance is to plump for an external USB hard drive. 
> The
> main requirements are that it's quick (at least 5,400rpm) and quiet.
> Fortunately, drives such as this are easy to come by and reasonably 
> priced.  At
> sites such as amazon.co.uk and dabs.com you'll find a terabyte (1TB) USB 
> drive
> costs around ukp65 inc VAT.
> Switching Windows Media Center over to the new drive is literally a
> plug-and-play affair (in Vista, anyway).  After you've plugged it in and
> verified that it's available to the system, use the same steps as before 
> to
> access the storage options menu.
> Launch Windows Media Center and check you're not currently recording 
> anything.
> Scroll down to Tasks, then click Settings.  Choose Recorder, then Recorder
> Storage.
> As before, these options appear only if you have a TV tuner installed and
> configured.
> Use the plus sign next to 'Record on drive' to select your newly added 
> external
> drive.  Click Save to finish the operation.
>>From now on, all shows will be recorded on the new drive.  But you'll 
>>still be
> able to access previously recorded shows, even though they're on the 
> primary
> drive.
> The only thing you can't do is get Media Center to use both drives for
> recording; it's one or the other.  Of course, if the new drive starts to 
> get
> full, you can always switch back temporarily.  Just follow the steps 
> outlined
> above and choose your C drive.
> For Windows 7 users the process is pretty much the same.  Although it's 
> worth
> noting that if the Recorder option isn't available in the Settings menu, 
> your PC
> probably doesn't have a TV tuner.  However, USB TV tuners are available 
> pretty
> cheaply.
> There's one final option: you can use an iPhone or Xbox 360 as an 
> extension of
> your Media Center storage.  Xbox controllers even feature a convenient 
> Media
> Center button.
> WMP in Windows 7
> Windows 7 also includes a new version of Windows Media Player (WMP).  WMP 
> 12.0
> has a new-look interface with two views: Library view, allowing you to see 
> and
> manage your media; and a Now Playing view for enjoying podcasts, videos 
> and so
> on.
> It also benefits from the ability to minimise the player into the Taskbar,
> leaving you with mini-controls and a Jump List.
> Simply hover the cursor over the WMP button on the Taskbar after the 
> program is
> launched and a thumbnail window shows up with options for controlling the 
> app
> and playing songs.  The controls are basic - Previous Track, Play/Pause, 
> Next
> Track - but having quick access to music from the Taskbar is a nice 
> time-saver.
> Microsoft has added support for several media types that WMP 11.0 didn't
> support, including AAC audio and H.264 video.  These are the formats it 
> needs to
> play unprotected music and movies from Apple's iTunes Store.
> Media options in XP and Vista
> Windows XP and Vista users needn't feel disheartened, however.  You can 
> get your
> hands on all of these features without upgrading to Win 7, by downloading 
> 12.0 for free at tinyurl.com/wmp12free.  What XP and Vista users can't 
> currently
> access, sadly, is Windows 7's simplified media-sharing facilities.  Thanks 
> to
> Homegroups and Remote Media Sharing, Win 7 lets you stream information 
> over the
> internet and share media remotely.
> Media Streaming Options lets you restrict which specific PCs have access 
> to your
> media by choosing 'more streaming options...'  from the WMP 'Stream' menu.
> Compro Vista E900F
> Compro's latest VideoMate Vista PCI TV tuner can be slotted into your PC,
> ensuring you can pick up, play and record digital and analogue TV 
> channels.  It
> has dual digital tuners so you can watch one channel while recording 
> another,
> and comes with a remote control that can access Windows Media Center and 
> an
> electronic programme guide.  ukp80 inc VAT scan.co.uk
> Altec Lansing Orbit
> This ukp39 circular laptop speaker from Altec Lansing is a lightweight 
> device,
> but it could make a substantial improvement to your laptop's sound 
> quality.
> Weighing in at a featherweight 36 grams , the circular speaker is made 
> from
> aluminium and composite materials, and connects to your laptop via a 
> retractable
> 16 inches USB cable.  The manufacturer enthusastically notes that the 
> spherical
> design allows for a 360-degree sound field, and says the speaker is easy 
> to
> position to suit the listener's needs.
> The Orbit comes with a neoprene case and carabiner hook so it can be 
> attached to
> the laptop case for transportation.  It draws power from the computer, so 
> you
> needn't worry about a supply of batteries.  ukp39 inc VAT alteclansing.com
> Vista has come in for a lot of criticism - that it boots slowly, for 
> example, or
> that User Account Control (UAC) is annoying.  The software giant addresses 
> many
> of these complaints in Windows 7, but those who wish to stick with Vista 
> or its
> predecessor, Windows XP, have several other options, as we explain here.
> Faster bootups
> If slow bootups are an issue, evaluate your RAM allocation.  Vista and XP 
> users
> alike should upgrade to at least 2GB.
> Next download the free Startup Delayer ( bit.ly/1FCBg7).  Using this, you 
> can
> choose which programs should run during startup and which can wait their 
> turn
> for 10 or 15 mins.  This will make the OS boot much faster.
> User Account Control
> Microsoft provides granular control in Windows 7, which is a better 
> alternative
> than UAC being either off or on.  A slider control lets you select from 
> four
> security settings that range from maximum protection to nothing.  The new 
> OS
> also lets you insist that UAC notify you only if a program is making 
> changes to
> any Windows settings but not if you're changing them yourself.
> Vista users can't adjust the settings on UAC, so you'll have to put up 
> with it,
> turn if off completely or rely on a third-party replacement such as Norton 
> User
> Account Control ( bit.ly/2wASgj).  This replaces the stock UAC with one 
> that
> learns from your responses and nags you less often.
> Another alternative is UAC Snooze ( bit.ly/qwLB8), a system tray utility 
> that
> puts UAC to sleep for a designated period of time - a helpful arrangement 
> if you
> plan to do some system tweaking and don't want to be bothered every step 
> of the
> way.
> Interface enhancements
> Windows 7's Taskbar has much larger, clearer icons and has integrated the 
> Quick
> Launch toolbar.  You can also pin the applications of your choice in the 
> Taskbar
> and launch them from there.
> To get similar options in Vista and XP you need to visit the Registry. 
> Click
> Start, type regedit, and press Enter.  Find and click on the value listed 
> at
> Hkey_Current_User\ Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics.
> Now, in the right pane, right-click in a blank space and select New, 
> String
> Value.  Name the new string value MinWidth, and set its value to -255. 
> Then
> exit the Registry Editor and restart your system.  To reverse this at any 
> point,
> return to the Registry and delete the entry.
> To give Vista's Taskbar the 'pinnable' function you'll need to make sure 
> the
> Quick Launch toolbar is displayed.  Right-click the Taskbar and choose 
> Toolbars,
> Quick Launch.  Now right-click again and untick the box next to Lock the
> Taskbar.  This operation adds a handle to the right of the Quick Launch 
> toolbar.
> Drag the handle to the right to make more room.
> Finally, right-click the Taskbar and choose View, Large Icons.
> Besides adding new icons, you can attach icons for folders and documents 
> to your
> newly improved Taskbar.  Simply drag an icon down and drop it in.
> Windows 7 users can minimise all but one of a group of windows on their 
> desktop
> by clicking and holding the title bar of any open window, and then shaking 
> the
> mouse back and forth a few times.  Aero Shake ( bit.ly/l11ZP) gives XP and 
> Vista
> users this ability.
> They can also resize a window to half the size of the screen by simply 
> dragging
> a window to the right or left edge of the screen.  AeroSnap (
> tinyurl.com/win7snap) provides XP and Vista with the same function, but 
> instead
> drags items to the top edge.
> Finally, there's a Windows 7 function that makes windows temporarily 
> transparent
> so you can see what's on the desktop: you simply hover the cursor over the 
> Show
> Desktop button in the bottom-right corner of the screen.  The freebie 
> AeroPeek (
> tr.im/aeropeek takes you to a downloadable .zip file) for XP and Vista 
> works a
> bit differently - you have to click to activate it and then click again to
> deactivate it - but the end result is much the same: your open windows 
> become
> see-through, allowing you to view the desktop behind them.
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