[AI] some features of Windows 7

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Thu Apr 15 04:28:04 EDT 2010

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> 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 
>> WMP
>> 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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