Windows 7 Tweaks and Customizations

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How to Enable - Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 7

[INDENT]1. Click on Start and type gpedit.msc at run
2. In the left hand side, Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Start Menu and Taskbar.
3. Locate the "Show QuickLaunch on Taskbar" on the right side and double click on it.
4. Select Enable click apply and Press ok.
5. Now Right click on Taskbar select Toolbar->New toolbar
6. Navigate to C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer
(AppData is a hidden folder. You can type C:\Users\Jared\AppData in the top location bar and explore it)
7. Select Quick Launch to highlight it and then click the button at the bottom "Select Folder".
8. You should now see the Quick Launch Toolbar on Taskbar. (Unlock the Taskbar)
9. Now simply drag the Quick Launch all the way over to the left side until it switches places with the other taskbar icons.
10. Now right-click over the Quick Launch and uncheck "Show Text and Show Title". (Adjust and add links as needed)
11. And now finally you can lock the taskbar and enjoy Quick Launch. :)
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There is no classic Menu! Trust me we tried, but all is not lost because there are ways to setup something similar.
~ The following is provided by our 3GM member SubZero ~

[INDENT]I have found a couple of things that are helping me make the Start Menu more usable in Win 7 Beta. I guess I'll just try to cover them one at a time and hope that is helpful to others as well.

Providing More Vertical Space For Program Links

01 - Right Click on the Start Button
02 - Choose Properties from the context menu
03 - Choose the Start Menu tab
04 - Left Click on the Customize Button

You should now see a fairly long list of items. The more of these items that you activate, the more vertical space will become available for program links on the left half of the Start Menu. First, do the following:

Enable the "Enable Context Menus And Dragging And Dropping" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)

then continue with this process:

Under "Computer" - Choose "Display As Link"
Enable the "Connect To" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Under "Control Panel" - Choose "Display As Link"
Enable the "Default Programs" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Enable the "Devices and Printers" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Under "Documents" - Choose "Display As Link"
Enable the "Favorites menu" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Under "Games" - Choose "Display As Link"
Enable the "Help" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Disable the "Highlight newly installed programs" option (left click so that NO check mark appears in the check box)
Under "Music" - Choose "Display As Link"
Enable the "Network" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Enable the "Open submenus when I pause on them with the mouse pointer" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Under "Personal libraries" - Choose "Display As Link"
Under "Pictures" - Choose "Display As Link"
Enable the "Recent Items" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Under "Recorded TV" - Choose "Display As Link"
Enable the "Run command" option (left click so that a check mark appears in the check box)
Under "System administrative tools" - Choose "Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu"
Under "Videos" - Choose "Display As Link"

Set These To Your Preferences:

"Search other files and libraries"
"Search programs and Control Panel"
"Sort All Programs menu name"
"Use large icons"

then continue with this process:

Making the Left Half of the Start Menu Useful and Productive

01 - Right Click on the Start Button
02 - Choose Properties from the context menu
03 - Choose the Start Menu tab
04 - Under Privacy, Deselect both "Store and Display" entries
05 - Click the Apply Button
06 - Click the OK button
07 - Left Click on the Start Button
08 - Choose the All Programs link
09 - Right Click on program that you use often
10 - Select Pin To Start Menu
11 - Repeat steps 09 and 10 for each application you use often
12 - When done, click the Back link near the bottom of the menu

Result: When you click the Start Button, your most commonly used applications are now displayed in the left side of the menu structure. You can access them directly from that initial menu and no longer have to click on the All Programs link and surf through the nested folders to find the programs you want to run. So, YOU get to define what programs appear in that space, and they can be put in the order that YOU want them to be shown in.

There ya go. Use or not as you wish. But it's always good to have information, I reckon'. Enjoy. :)[/INDENT]

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Boot faster with Quads. (Yes, some tweaks remain the same since Vista)

1. Start, Run "msconfig".
2. Select Boot tab.
3. Select Windows 7 with the mouse.
4. Now Click on "Advanced Options".
5. Check box for "Number of Processors" and use the drop down to select the number of possessing cores. (Quad is 4)
6. Hit OK and Reboot.

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Take Ownership

With all the upgrades to Windows 7. You might find it useful to have this option to gain control of your files. :)

http://www.askvg.com/add-take-ownership-option-in-file-folder-context-menu-in-windows-vista/
Attached Below... "Add Take Ownership Option.zip (1.4 KB)"

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Not really a tweak, but makes things feel more like XP home.

Network Activity Indicator for Windows 7
http://itsamples.com/network-activity-indicator.html

http://itsamples.com/downloads/NetworkIndicatorSetup.exe

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There is a Windows 7 "God Mode"

In here there is virtually any setting you can think of!!

To enable this "God Mode" create a new folder anywhere. I chose my main C: Drive or OS drive

Rename the folder to: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

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Deleted the old messed up thread and started over!
Feel free to post away. :)

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I was hoping this section would have taken off with such a good Operating System. Seems like everyone is content..lol. Is there anything left for us nerds to play with in Windows 7?

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There just aren't too many tweaks I would want. Windows 7 is great as is.

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Detailed System Information

msinfo32.exe is really cool tool that comes with windows 7 and I just keep using on and on, I hope it comes useful to you too. You will love this tool! Use it for testing your memory and other peripherals that are causing a problem in windows 7 or just to make sure everything is running smoothly!  To start it go to , Run > type msinfo32 > hit enter.

 

Good luck!


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FINALLY THANKS SOO MUCH FOR THE QUICK LAUNCH FIX! i missed it so so much. im sooo happy now

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also goto folder options > view and at bottom check "Select typed item in view" then when you press a letter it will find the file beginning with that letter just like it should instead of searching


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I am still using xp but have been thinking about getting windows 7. What makes it worth it to you?

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thanks for the handy tips, I just couldn't understand the quick launch tip.

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