[AI] some features of Windows 7
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>> CARRIE-ANN SKINNER shows how to get the benefits of Win 7 in Vista and
>> XP, and
>> gives Media Center a TV make-over
>> MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
>> 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
>> XP and Vista. We look at simple tweaks, upgrades and downloads overleaf.
>> Another feature of Windows 7 that has been subtly improved is Windows
>> Center. It now offers better playback options and support for more media
>> 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
>> through storage space at an alarming rate. Thankfully, there are ways to
>> 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
>> as well as exploring ways to enjoy Windows 7 features without going to
>> expense of upgrading.
>> OPTIMISE WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER FOR TV
>> 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
>> 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
>> Settings and press Enter.
>> Now choose Recorder, then Recorder Storage. (Note that these options
>> only if you have a TV tuner installed and configured.) Use the minus icon
>> to 'Maximum TV limit' to decrease the storage (in 25GB increments) to the
>> 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,
>> 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
>> 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.
>> 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
>> 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
>> access the storage options menu.
>> Launch Windows Media Center and check you're not currently recording
>> Scroll down to Tasks, then click Settings. Choose Recorder, then
>> As before, these options appear only if you have a TV tuner installed and
>> Use the plus sign next to 'Record on drive' to select your newly added
>> drive. Click Save to finish the operation.
>>>From now on, all shows will be recorded on the new drive. But you'll
>> able to access previously recorded shows, even though they're on the
>> 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
>> full, you can always switch back temporarily. Just follow the steps
>> above and choose your C drive.
>> For Windows 7 users the process is pretty much the same. Although it's
>> 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
>> 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
>> Center button.
>> WMP in Windows 7
>> Windows 7 also includes a new version of Windows Media Player (WMP). WMP
>> 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
>> It also benefits from the ability to minimise the player into the
>> 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
>> and playing songs. The controls are basic - Previous Track, Play/Pause,
>> Track - but having quick access to music from the Taskbar is a nice
>> 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
>> 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'
>> USEFUL PRODUCTS:
>> 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
>> and comes with a remote control that can access Windows Media Center and
>> electronic programme guide. ukp80 inc VAT scan.co.uk
>> Altec Lansing Orbit
>> This ukp39 circular laptop speaker from Altec Lansing is a lightweight
>> but it could make a substantial improvement to your laptop's sound
>> Weighing in at a featherweight 36 grams , the circular speaker is made
>> aluminium and composite materials, and connects to your laptop via a
>> 16 inches USB cable. The manufacturer enthusastically notes that the
>> design allows for a 360-degree sound field, and says the speaker is easy
>> 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
>> needn't worry about a supply of batteries. ukp39 inc VAT
>> GET THE BENEFITS OF WINDOWS 7 IN VISTA AND XP
>> 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
>> alike should upgrade to at least 2GB.
>> Next download the free Startup Delayer ( bit.ly/1FCBg7). Using this, you
>> choose which programs should run during startup and which can wait their
>> 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
>> than UAC being either off or on. A slider control lets you select from
>> security settings that range from maximum protection to nothing. The new
>> 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
>> learns from your responses and nags you less often.
>> Another alternative is UAC Snooze ( bit.ly/qwLB8), a system tray utility
>> 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
>> Interface enhancements
>> Windows 7's Taskbar has much larger, clearer icons and has integrated the
>> Launch toolbar. You can also pin the applications of your choice in the
>> and launch them from there.
>> To get similar options in Vista and XP you need to visit the Registry.
>> Start, type regedit, and press Enter. Find and click on the value listed
>> Hkey_Current_User\ Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics.
>> Now, in the right pane, right-click in a blank space and select New,
>> Value. Name the new string value MinWidth, and set its value to -255.
>> exit the Registry Editor and restart your system. To reverse this at any
>> return to the Registry and delete the entry.
>> To give Vista's Taskbar the 'pinnable' function you'll need to make sure
>> Quick Launch toolbar is displayed. Right-click the Taskbar and choose
>> 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
>> 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 DOWNLOADS FOR VISTA AND XP
>> Windows 7 users can minimise all but one of a group of windows on their
>> 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
>> a window to the right or left edge of the screen. AeroSnap (
>> tinyurl.com/win7snap) provides XP and Vista with the same function, but
>> drags items to the top edge.
>> Finally, there's a Windows 7 function that makes windows temporarily
>> 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
>> deactivate it - but the end result is much the same: your open windows
>> see-through, allowing you to view the desktop behind them.
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