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How to Add or Remove “System cooling policy” in Power Options in Windows

The System cooling policy power option allows you to specify the cooling mode you want to use for your system.

•Active = Increase fan speed to cool first, and only slow the processor to cool as a last resort.
•Passive = Slow the processor to cool, and only increasing fan speed to cool as a last resort.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “System cooling policy” setting under Processor power management in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Add or Remove “Minimum processor state” and “Maximum processor state” in Power Options in Windows

The Minimum processor state is the minimum performance percentage your CPU will automatically decrease to save energy and battery life when there is little CPU demand by the system. You would want to keep this percentage the same or lower than the Maximum processor state setting.

The Maximum processor state is the maximum percentage performance your CPU will automatically increase to save energy and battery life when CPU demand increases. You would want to keep this percentage the same or higher than the Minimum processor state setting.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Minimum processor state” and “Maximum processor state” setting under Processor power management in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Add or Remove PCIe “Link State Power Management” in Power Options in Windows

The Link State Power Management is a part of PCI Express Active State Power Management (ASPM). The link State of a PCIe Device is converted from L0 (on) to L1 (off) when the link is not transferring data. The hardware is automatically converted to L0 again when data is available to transfer across the link.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Link State Power Management” setting under PCI Express in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Enable or Disable Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows

Shutdown Event Tracker is a tool that prompts users to record a reason why they restart or shut down the computer. This information is available for review in the event log. If a computer running Windows is connected to a domain that uses monitoring tools, you can collect this information as part of network reporting.

When Shutdown Event Tracker is enabled, users cannot shut down or restart the computer without providing a reason. If the computer is shut down or restarted unexpectedly, either as a result of power interruption or hardware failure, the user is prompted to enter a reason in Shutdown Event Tracker when the computer is started again.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Shutdown Event Tracker for when users restart or shut down Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2003 and above.

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How to Add or Remove “Turn off hard disk after” in Power Options in Windows

The “Turn off hard disk after” power option setting lets users set to have hard disks power down after a specified time of inactivity is detected.

When you set to turn off hard disks after idle, there will be a brief delay of a few seconds when you try to access a turned off hard disk as it spins back up and is turned back on automatically as needed. Having your hard disks to be turned off after being idle can help save energy and extend a PC’s battery life.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Turn off hard disk after” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove “Allow Away Mode Policy” in Power Options in Windows

Away Mode in Windows is similar to Sleep and Hibernate Mode, it turns off the power of most equipment to save energy and can be fast woken up. Away Mode is designed to enable media PC scenarios that include background media sharing and recording. When the computer is in Away Mode, the system appears off to the user—the display is off and audio is muted. However, the PC remains in the on state and otherwise fully operational, allowing background tasks to continue.

Away Mode is designed specifically for scenarios where the user is done interacting with the computer, but the system must remain powered on to record a TV broadcast or share media files with other systems and devices. For example, the system might be providing access to Windows Media Center Extender or other consumer electronics devices and therefore must remain available even though the user is not interacting with the system at the local console. Away Mode enables a living room media PC to respond to a user’s power on-off requests in the same manner as a television or set-top box that might appear off, but actually continues working.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Allow Away Mode Policy” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove “When sharing media” in Power Options in Windows

The When sharing media setting in Power Options will let users configure power settings for when devices and computers are playing media from your computer to either allow the computer to sleep, prevent idling to sleep, or allow the computer to enter Away Mode.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “When sharing media” setting under Multimedia settings in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Reset Browse For Folders type Dialog Boxes to Default Size in Windows

By default, “Browse For Folders” type dialog boxes open centered on your display screen.

If you manually drag the borders of a “Browse For Folders” type dialog box to resize it to be larger, then the next time you open one of these type of dialog boxes, it may be cut off at the bottom if you made it to large.

This tutorial will reset the size of your cut off Browse For Folders, Copy Items (Copy To Folder), and Move Items (Move To Folder) dialog boxes back to the default size in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

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How to Back Up and Restore Local Group Policy in Windows

The Local Group Policy Editor is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides a single user interface through which all the Computer Configuration and User Configuration settings of Local Group Policy objects can be managed for your computer.

This tutorial will show you how to back up local group policy (GPO) settings in Windows, and restore to the same or any Windows computer.

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How to Create a “Bluetooth File Transfer” Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

There are many different types of Bluetooth enabled devices you can add to your PC, such as mobile phones, wireless headsets, and wireless mouse devices and keyboards.

You can use Bluetooth technology to transfer files wirelessly between your computer and a Bluetooth device, or between your computer and another Bluetooth enabled computer.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a “Bluetooth File Transfer” wizard shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Create a Shared Folders Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

You can use the Shared Folders Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in to centrally manage file shares on a computer. Shared Folders enables you to create file shares and set permissions, as well as view and manage open files and users connected to file shares on the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to download or create an “Shared Folders” MMC shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Add or Remove Wireless Networks from Allowed or Blocked Filter List in Windows

If you have a laptop or a PC with a wireless network adapter, you can see a list of available wireless networks in your area, and then connect to one of those networks. The wireless networks will only appear if your PC has a wireless network adapter installed, the adapter is turned on, and the wireless access point is in range.

If you have a lot of wireless access points within your area, then you could have a lot of SSIDs (network names) in your available wireless networks list.

A wireless filter will allow you to be able to add or remove the SSIDs (network names) you want from showing in your list of available Wi-Fi networks.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove wireless networks from the wireless allowed or blocked filter list for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

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How to Perform an Emergency Restart in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

In some situations you may have to shut down and restart Windows very quickly. This would be an emergency restart. An emergency restart if basically just a forced restart without a timeout. (ex: shutdown.exe -R -T 00 -F)

An emergency restart can be helpful in circumstances when you cannot normally restart your computer, and is much better than turning off the power to your computer by performing a hard restart (reboot) which can be harmful to the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to perform an emergency restart as needed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Change Maximum Download Connections per Server Limit in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer has a limit for the amount of simultaneously downloads per website or server.

  • Internet Explorer 7 and earlier versions limit the number of files that you can download at one time to two by default.
  • Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9 limit the number of files that you can download at one time to six by default.
  • Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 limit the number of files that you can download at one time to eight by default.

In addition, if you visit a website with lots of images (and supporting files like CSS styles and Javascript), then you could have a slower browsing experience. On average, your browser could have to make several requests to the site’s server before it can finish loading the page. Requesting all the files needed to download with the default 8 (ex: IE11) at a time is going to be slower than requesting say 16 files at a time.

As internet connection speeds increase, the default number of simultaneous downloads to a single website or server may be to restrictive and not meet your needs.

This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum number of simultaneous download connections per server limit in IE8, IE9, IE10, or IE11 for all or specific users in Windows.

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How to Turn On or Off Bing Desktop Wallpaper Toolset in Windows

Bing Desktop helps you stay informed with easy access to—search results, Facebook newsfeed, weather, news—and the beauty of the Bing homepage on your PC desktop each day.

The Bing Desktop 1.3.395.0 version introduces a new wallpaper toolset feature that is at the top right corner of your desktop when turned on. The wallpaper toolset is 3 buttons that act as shortcuts to quickly search on Bing, change desktop wallpaper, and open Bing Desktop wallpaper settings.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the wallpaper toolset for Bing Desktop in Windows.

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