Play To Windows 7: The Community Launch Online‏

23-Oct-09 2:00pm – 4:30pm Play To: Windows 7 Abhishek Kant & Other Experts
26-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Performance: New dimensions Shantanu Kaushik
27-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Networking: Internet and Home Networking Allen B Tuladhar and Ramesh K
28-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Localization: Setting up Windows 7 to work in Hindi Ravishankar Shrivastava
29-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Entertainment: Windows Media Centre Soumitra Sengupta
30-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Essentials: Windows Live Manan Kakkar

Turnoff Autoplay in Windows 7

There are times when it’s super convenient to have Windows automatically do something when you insert some media or a device into your PC, such as when you insert a DVD and it starts playing.  There are times when it’s not, here’s the easy way to stop it for specific devices (or media) in just 2 steps…

  • Insert the device or media and the AutoPlay popup will appear, at the bottom is the magic option View more AutoPlay options in Control Panel.  Select this.

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  • Next you’ll be given the same option for every type of media you can play on your machine and for all the devices that you currently have attached.  Change this to Take no action from Ask me every time (1 in the screenshot below) to make Windows 7 ignore the device from the point of view of doing something automatic with it.  (iTunes will still start with your iPod because it’s not actually Windows that makes that decision, there’s a program running in the background that watches for your iPod).  Click the Save button to save and activate the setting, and you can test it by disconnecting your device and adding it again.

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If you do the same thing with the memory card for your camera every time you insert it you can also change the option to Import pictures and video using Windows to automatically bring everything into your Pictures library

Does my processor support Hardware Virtualization/Windows XP mode on Windows 7?

Here is the step by step guide to install Virtual Windows XP on Windows 7, ( that requires hardware assisted virtualization.
Since there were few queries, “How do I check my processor support hardware virtualization or can we install virtual Windows XP on Windows 7? So here is simple way to check it out and get rid of such queries.

Download the software tool called Securable from here ( . and run this program. This tool does not require any installation so it can be run directly.

It checks basically three features of processors, that covers few aspects:

Is it 64-bit processor?
Does the processor support Data Execution Prevention(DEP)?
Does the processor support Hardware Virtualization? that can be Intel-VT / AMD-V for Intel and AMD processors respectively.

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Windows 7 : “Windows XP Mode” (Secret Feature)

It’s true, Windows 7’s secret new feature is XP Mode. It’s a virtual Windows XP machine—complete with a fully licensed copy of Windows XP SP 3 installed on the virtual machine—that you can download which runs seamlessly in Windows 7, so you can do crazy things like run IE6 side-by-side with IE8. It’s meant for businesses who need compatibility for mission critical XP-only apps.

Windows 7 XP Mode

Really, don’t get too hung up on it—it’s only for the Enterprise, Professional and Ultimate versions of Windows 7, not the Home Premium version you’ll probably be running one day. (The release candidate is Ultimate, so you can toy around with it after downloading it here.) You also need a processor with either Intel Virtualization Technology or AMD-V and 2GB of RAM. And you can’t really do anything intense like gaming inside of it.

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Windows 7 Hacks

Here are the some of the ways to hack the windows 7….
1. How to Unlock the Windows 7 Hidden Themes
The Windows 7 beta has a pack of hidden and locked themes. Let’s see how you can unlock the hidden themes.
Step 1: Open the Explorer (Windows + E) and go to C:WindowswinsxsStep 2: Enter *.theme into the search field. Alternately you can use the * sign on the number block.Step 3: You’ll get the Click me promptStep 4: Double-click the themes ZA, US, GB, CA, AU to install them.
2. How to Enable the Windows Aero in Windows 7
If you were looking for the best designed and most transparent Microsoft user interface then you can’t escape Windpws Aero. Here’s a hack to enable Windows Aero in Windows 7. But before you proceed with the steps keep a backup of your registry.
Step 1. Click on the Start Menu and type “regedit” into the search box. When the program appears click to open the regedit.exe icon.Step 2. Locate the Key belowHKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsDWM
Step 3. Look to the pane on the right of the key hierarchy. Right click on the white area and select New > DWORD (32 bit) Value.Step 4. As the value appears name it UseMachineCheck.Step 5. Repeat and create 2 more DWORD Values, Blur and AnimationsStep 6. First double-click the value just created with the UseMachineCheck and enter 0 in the Value Data box. Do the same for Values Blur and Animations. Then click OK.Step 7. Now close the Registry Editor.Step 8. Open the Start Menu and type “cmd” into the search box, right-click on cmd.exe when the program appears in the search results. Now, select Run as Administrator from the drop-down.Step 9. As the Command Prompt opens type the commands below
i) Net Stop uxsms – this command will stop the Desktop Windows Manager Session Manager
ii) Net Start uxsms– this command will restart it
Step 10. Once you close the Command Prompt. Right click on the desktop and click on Personalize from the menu.Step 11. Click on the Window Color and Appearance in the Personalization Windows Aero the Color Scheme menu.
3. How to Enable the Quick Launch Bar in Windows 7
It is a surprising to see that the Quick Launch Bar has not been enlisted in the easy to enable list. Here’s what you gotta to do to enable the Quick Launch Bar.
Step 1:Right-click on the Taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar from the menu.Step 2: Copy and paste the address provided below into the Address bar
%SystemDrive%Users%username%AppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet Explorer
then click the arrow to the right of the Address bar to navigate to the folder.
Step 3: Select the Quick Launch folder listed and click the Select Folder button
6. How to Remove Send Feedback link in Windows 7
The bug that troubles the window in Windows 7 is the send feedback link. This is a simple fix to get rid of this pique. Make sure you have a backup of the registry before you proceed.
Step 1: Click on the Start Menu and type “regedit” into the search box, click to open the regedit.exe icon when the program appears.Step 2: Look for the following Key HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktopStep 3: Right-click on the white space in the In the pane to the right of the key hierarchy and select New > DWORD (32 bit) Value.Step 4: Now as the value appears name it FeedbackToolEnabledStep 5: Double-click the value that was created with FeedbackToolEnabled and enter 0 in the Value Data box, and then click OK.Step 6: To effect the changes Log off the computer and log on to the system.
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