Jenil Vasani

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Free Windows 7 FIFA World Cup Theme

Yes it Football time. FIFA World Cup has already started. World Cup started up with few great songs by Knaan, Shakira, Alicia Keys and many more entertained us at the initial stage. But the real entertainment came when the first game started between the Home Team South Africa and Mexico. The First goal in World cup 2010 came from the legs of Tshabalala’s. One of the finest goal ever.

Having a look at the football fans Microsoft has now came up with a new Windows 7 theme specially for Football lovers. Football Fans that are running Windows 7 can grab a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa theme from the Windows Gallery to help them tailor their desktops to the sporting event of the year. This theme has specially been designed to promote this game.

Argentina vs. Nigeria and Korea vs. Greece. Football fans are, of course, in for quite a treat as the 19th FIFA World Cup unfolds. 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa will conclude on 11 July 2010 with the final match.

The Windows 7 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa theme is available for download here

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Themes, Windows 7 | Leave a comment

Open Windows Live Mail in Newsreader Mode

Do you use Windows Live Mail only for reading your newsgroups? If yes I might get slower down a click when it opens in its default mode.
We have an way in opening up newsgroup mode directly but for that Windows7 requires some extra steps to work your local directories to modify the programs that reside on the Windows 7 Taskbar. With windows Vista quick launch toolbar what you can do is right click and access its properties directly. Whereas in Windows 7 that is not available as we are not provided with properties options in menu item.
For that initially you need to unhide the hidden files and folders. Then open the Explorer and search for user data. You will find that data at
C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\Taskbar

In this folder you will find all the programs that are pinned on taskbar. Yes taskbar icons are located on sub-directory of a Quick launch Folder.
Right click on windows live mail shortcut and you will get the context menu that contains a menu item to the shortcuts properties:

Now Left Click on Properties and you will get the shortcuts property dialog.  In the Target box type /news and make sure you have a space between the last quotation mark and the slash character.

Once done click ok to finish. Now if you click on the Windows Live Mail icon on your taskbar it will launch directly in newsreader mode and allow you to access the newsgroups you read directly

It’s a nice access to those shortcut properties directly from the JUMPLIST

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Windows 7 | Leave a comment

Top 10 reasons to use Windows 7

Windows 7  was released on    13th July 2009 but even today i find most of the people still using Windows XP or Vista.  I don’t understand that why people are not getting used to the latest technology? Probably all the functions which are available in the older versions are also available in Windows 7. Also there are other various functions which are available. Let me list down such reasons why people should migrate to Windows 7.

  1. Get Quicker Access to all your stuff : Ping and Jump List the most reliable tool in windows seven to make use of your files on your fingertips.
  2. Search: You can quickly find the details required in specific file, program or in your email using Search option in Windows seven. Windows Seven has included advance search which I think is known as Instant search.
  3. Share File and Printers : Because data sharing is most important Windows Seven has continued the options of Sharing of File and Printers in Seven too.
  4. Get Entertained: With Windows Media Center you can now watch Videos and Pictures. NOt only that Media Center now comes with Internet TV. You can not only watch TV but also record live TV.
  5. Manage Open Windows more easily: You can resize and arrange windows simply by dragging their borders on you desktop screen.
  6. Dont Leave your programs behind: Yes does your application only work on Windows XP? If that is seven then you can use Windows 7 because Windows Seven offers  XP mode which helps to open the applications in XP.
  7. Easily create and share movies: Create great movies and slide shows and share them on Internet or YouTube easily.
  8. Do More Wait Less: This slogan is well implemented in Windows seven. Improvements done in to accelerate Sleep and resume and make your Pc more responsive help t o get it more done.
  9. Connect it to network easily:  You can now connect yourself to Wireless network in just 3 clicks.
  10. Protection: Windows 7 offers more security than any other operating system with help of applications like Microsoft security essentials, BitLocker and Application Locker.
    Windows 7

 

So what are you waiting for? GO and get Windows Seven installed in your PC today and have fun and stay connected.

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Windows 7 | 1 Comment

Watch TV on your PC for free

I remember I mostly had some assignments work in my PC and have to leave my favorite cricket matches. but now I sit and watch TV on my PC. You might be thinking that I must be using splitter for that. No not at all.

In  today’s computer world you don’t need to rush to watch TV and work at the same time. That’s because today technology has blurred the gap line between PCs and TVs. Now I sit and watch Internet TV on my Windows 7 based PC, and I realized that the line isn’t blurred as much as it is transparent.

On name Internet TV you might be wondering what is Internet TV? Isn’t that so. Let me clear you. Internet TV is a latest feature that is introduced in Windows Media Center that delivers your favorite entertainment over a broadband internet connection, and without even losing a single penny!! Now isn’t that good, it has wide variety of range from episodes to top broadcaster including news and event programs. So what are you waiting for?? Follow the following steps and get started. Also if you have membership of Netflix you can access wide range of movies and TV shows made available through Netfix.

You might be wondering what are the requirements?? Let me tell you the simplest things which are required

  1. Internet Connection
  2. Windows Seven Premium or Better

Now setting up an Internet TV in your Windows 7 PC

1.You can click here to launch  Internet TV in WIndows media Center( or open Windows Media Center button from Start) and click continue on welcome page.

2. You will be provided with two options Custom Install or Express Install. In order to make your things easy always choose Express Install. To make advantages of advance settings you can choose Custom Install and also if y ou choose Express Install you can make changes to Custom Install later to change the setting

3.Once you follow this you will be gifted with other wizard just end it on Complete setup. After completing the setup download 5MB file of Internet TV and again install it. It hardly takes any space in your hard drive.Once that is completed you will find the option of Internet TV under TV. an programmin guide.

Using Programming Guide

TV guide is just a normal guide which keeps the things much simpler and easy.To use this option Scroll down to TV, you will see different TV options, find guide option and click on it.If you want to add broadcast TV to your lineup, just add a TV Tuner and connect it to an over-the-air antenna for free HDTV (subject to local coverage) or your existing cable subscription to get access to your basic cable programming

Work and play at the same time

Just as you always do while listening to music in same manner while watching TV just minimize the screen or resize the window to work and watch simultaneously.

NOTE: Internet access required. Free Internet TV content varies by geography. Some content may require additional fees.


February 28, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Tips, Windows 7 | Leave a comment

What is the Public Folder & How to Use it

If you are a Windows Vista user you might have come around the word Public Folder . It is not a big feature but rather than that it’s just a slightly special setup which can be used in certain scenarios. Hence this feature is also kept in Windows 7.

What is the public Folder in Windows 7?

If you want to find the Public folder it is found in ‘C:\USERS\PUBLIC’ and in this folder you will find all the registered users who have access to your computer. All that is saved in that folder have access too all the users who have account in that Computer. Also depending on your settings you can make the folder to be accessed by the computers on the same network.

Folder Contents

As a Public folder this folder contains its sub folders. Just like shared documents, shared music, shared pictures and such things we have Public Documents , Public Downloads, Public Music, public Videos etc… These folders contains sample files for each folders just like we have shared pictures like Blue Hills, Sunset , Water lilies in XP.

The Public folder also contains a series of hidden folders such as: Favorites, Libraries and Public Desktop. By default, these folders are empty.

Making use of this Public Folder

Using this Public folder is your choice. I mostly don’t use this folder but that doesn’t mean that this is not handy. For e.g. If there are 3 users in my Pc, and all of them want to use a same file to have some or other things to do on it. So I will make that Folder public and ask the other followers to just perform the work which I have described in that folder in my absence. Hence Public Folder can me more useful in that case. The Public folder can also be used for sharing files with other computers on your network. If you choose to share this folder, other computers can access its contents.

Share/Unshare the public Folder

By default, this folder is not activated . In order to enable/disable this folder from sharing you need to open the Advance Sharing Settings panel.

Finally arriving to the conclusion this feature is not that important if you don’t have multiple accounts in your machine and there are various other ways to share the folder in your netowrk.If you are on network and want to share the limited things you can use this folder and also ask for people from the network to same file in Public Folder from their machine in your absence. I would say I don’t prefer this folder due to various types of people in your network  if a person contains a high variation viruses there is possibility that they may harm your computer. So its better to be safe and secure rather than going for a suicide

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Tips, Windows 7 | 2 Comments

Use the Shift Key to Temporarily Disable Startup Applications for Troubleshooting

After the installation of certain software’s which are used rarely, but they start up every time up login into your Machine. These startups can cause logon delays or prevent you from completing Windows startup in normal mode. One of the best and easiest  way is that you can just configure to disable startup applications.

Hold down SHIFT key during the logon process, you can jst prevent the operating system from running the startup programs or the shortcuts  following Folder :

  • StartMenu\Programs\Startup

To Disable the applications in the above folder you can hold down the SHIFT key until the desktop icon appears. Holding shift key is much better alternative rather than temporarily deleting or moving programs and shortcuts as this procedure only affcets the current user session.

To use the Shift key to disable applications and shortcuts in startup folders, log off the computer and then log on again. Immediately press and hold down the Shift key. Continue to hold down the Shift key until the desktop icons appear. If you can log on successfully, you have isolated the cause of the problem to your startup applications. Next, you should use the System Configuration utility to temporarily disable applications one by one until you identify the cause of the problem. With the cause of the problem identified, you can fix the application or permanently remove it from your startup programs.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Tips, Windows 7 | 2 Comments

Microsoft Year of the tiger Theme pack available for download

As we all know there are only 1411 left, we are celebrating this year as Year of Tigers. To show the love for tigers Microsoft released Year of the tiger Theme pack and is available free of charge and can be integrated seamlessly into the operating system.

This theme contains six background images of Tigers, no big surprise in this regard, obviously given the leitmotif chosen for the theme.

This theme draws its origin from the Chinese zodiac including total of 12 animals. Since its an Chinese tradition to associate years with animal archetypes. In addition Chinese zodiac also contains other animal symbols like rat, ox, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, dog etc..

As per the Chinese zodiac Tiger has already started on Valentine day 14th Feb and will end on 2nd Feb 2011. With the Windows 7 ‘Year of the Tiger’ Theme, users can bring some extra roar to their background images of their desktop. In addition Windows Seven customers can also download Zune Tiger wallpaper. Stand-alone background image design to celebrate the Year of Tiger. Microsoft is also offering the cats everywhere and Dogs in summer themes for Windows7.
SAVE OUR TIGERS

February 19, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Themes, Windows 7 | Leave a comment

Top 7 PC resolutions in Windows 7

What are your PC resolutions for the New Year or for your new PC? What’s the one thing you tell yourself you need to do more often or learn how to do? Here’s what is on my top 7 list for 2010.

1. Backups

Starting from a backup which is the most useful and most required application in todays world. I dont know how my data is deleted. i have mistakely deleted some data. Now what??  Google yourself. Find softwares and freewares inorder to retrive your data. Is same thing happening with you? Let me show you a simple and easy step to take a Backup in Windows 7.

  1. Click on START button.
  2. Type Backup and Restore in search button and open it.
  3. Select the location where you need your Pc to be backed up.

This Images gives an simple description.

2.  Time for Safety.

I admit that I’m a worst PC user who uses different pen drives , potables etc.. and i daily face problems with my registry’s, data etc.. So for this purpose Windows 7 consist of Action Center. Action center is a new feature included in windows 7 which makes it easy to indicate(ensure) everything is executing smoothly. From backups to troubleshooting is managed by Action center.

Action Center is designed to manage security.

Action Center is a new feature designed for user to get notifications about your pc in one central location and make it easy to ensure everything is executing smoothly.Windows Defender to Windows Firewall, antivirus settings to Backup and Restore, this is the one place to take care of all your security needs.

  1. Click on START button.
  2. Search for Action Center in Search box and open it.
  3. View Security settings.

If any of the security checks is black listed you will recieve an notificaiton to take care of those things.An flag will be hosted up and you need to check the flag for the notifications.Just Click the flag and view the notifications.

3. Parental Controls

Parental Controls are the parents best friend. You can decide which programs your children’s can have a look, which games they can play, and even set times when they can use the Pc, and most importantly keeps your kids safe on Internet, for that you will have to use web-based programs like Windows Live Family Safety. You can also download it from here for free. Windows Live Family Safety

  1. Click on START button.
  2. Search for Parental Controls in search box and open it.
  3. If you haven’t still setup accounts for your children’s , click on Create a new user Account, type user name and create Account.
  4. Click on that Account and simply turn on Parental Controls and customize your settings for your children’s.

4. Improve your PC performance

Let’s take your system is running too slow. It takes time to open up all the applications. Everything  you do is too slow to cover up. So it’s worth to take few minutes to make sure that your PC performance is at its peak.

Check out Power settings.

Let’s say I use laptop and by mistake I have forgotten my charger at home or else I’m at a place where I can’t charge my laptop . SO what should I need to be done? You can make use of Power settings. With power settings you can change the appearance of you desktop and this helps you to save much of your power and helps your laptop to work more time than anticipated.

  1. Click on START button.
  2. Search for Power settings in search box or else simply click on your battery in taskbar.

Speed up your computer with Ready Boost

Whenever I’m running large bunch of applications which grasp more power, I use ReadyBoost. What it does is it uses extra spaces from cards, pen drives or portables to speed up everything

Wherever you plug in the device you will see an auto play dialogue box. Click on Speed up my system

Troubleshooter

In windows XP troubleshooting was the big issue. whereas in Windows 7 if you are facing any problem, these tool will take a look at your system and notify if there is any wrong things going on. They usually tell us how to fix problems. Windows 7has many troubleshooters but the most useful one is used for performance issue.

  1. Click on START button.
  1. Search for Troubleshooting and open it.
  2. Under System and Security, click Check for performance issues.

5. Customize your PC

If you like making changes to your pc regularly like changing themes to changing fonts for your pc, Windows 7includes ways to reflect your personal preferences.

Do u use gadgets?? if yes than there are many programs included in windows7 and also you can download them from Internet.

  1. Right click on desktop and select Gadgets.
  2. Choose the one required or select  Get more gadgets online.
  3. Browse the gadgets and download them
  4. Use those on your desktops.

6. Learn how to save time

Keyboard shortcuts or combination of two or more keys are the most effective time savers because they speed up performing the common tasks. Ctrl + shift + click on taskbar button opens that program as an administrator. Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button opens  the window menu for the group

Another way to save time is by using Accelerators in Internet Explorer 8. Just highlight (or right-click) some text and a list of options will appear. For instance, instead of copying and pasting text into a search engine, you can right-click it, select “Search with Bing,” and view results instantly in a new tab.

7. Learn something new

There are a lot of new features in Windows 7to uncover. Here is one I particularly like.

Play To
We have way too many CDs. I’m in the very slow process of digitizing all our music and putting it on my PC. I love my laptop—but its speakers leave something to be desired. Enter Play To, possibly the single coolest feature of Windows 7, according to me.

With Play To, I can stream the albums on my laptop PC to his desktop PC, which has much better speakers. If we had a Windows 7-compatible home entertainment system, we could use that, too. To use Play To

  1. Open Windows Media Player and click the Play tab on the upper right.
  2. Find the music you want in the Player Library and then drag that song into the playlist pane on the right.
  3. Click the Play To button at the top of the list pane.
  4. Click on the device on your network that will receive the media.
  5. In the Play To dialog box, use the playback controls to play, pause, or stop the media stream, and to select the next or previous item in the list.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Windows 7 | 1 Comment