Windows 7

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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Add or Remove “Allow sleep with Remote Opens” in Power Options in Windows 7 and 8

By default, Windows 7 and 8 will attempt to prevent system standby when connected to a remote share or file. This would be to prevent any ongoing file transfers over the network from failing due to the system unexpectedly entering standby. However, there may be many cases where the system is connected to a remote share and it is okay to enter standby.

The “Allow sleep with Remote Opens” power option setting lets you turn on or off to allow your machine to go to sleep when files opened remotely have not been written to.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Allow sleep with Remote Opens” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in 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 Rename a Printer in Windows 7 and Windows 8

When you install a new printer, Windows usually names it after the manufacturer or model by default.

If you have more than one printer, you can rename them to say help identify each printer by what it does or where it’s located. For example, “Brink Printer” instead of “Samsung CLX-3170 Series”.

This tutorial will show you how to rename a local and shared printer to what you like in 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 “Project My Screen” in Windows Phone 8.1 to a Windows PC

Windows Phone 8.1 comes included with a new Project my Screen feature that allows you to be able to project the screen of your phone to a Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 PC screen while the phone is connected to the PC using a USB cable.

Whatever you do on the phone will show on the PC screen. You will also be able to use your PC’s mouse and touch screen to operate the phone in the Project My Screen App desktop window.

This tutorial will show you how to project your Windows Phone 8.1 screen to a Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 PC using the “Project My Screen App”.

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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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How to Turn On or Off Enterprise Mode for Sites in Internet Explorer 11

Enterprise Mode, a compatibility mode that runs on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 devices, lets websites render using a modified browser configuration that’s designed to avoid the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer, like Internet Explorer 8 and older.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on and off Enterprise Mode for sites in Internet Explorer 11 for your account in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Update.

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Enable or Disable Users to Turn On and Off Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer 11

Enterprise Mode, a compatibility mode that runs on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 devices, lets websites render using a modified browser configuration that’s designed to avoid the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer, like Internet Explorer 8 and older.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable letting users to be able to turn on and off using Enterprise Mode for sites in Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Update.

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How to Transfer Data from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1

After April 8, 2014, your Windows XP computer will no longer receive automatic updates that help protect your personal information. Even if you have anti-virus software, your computer will still not be fully secure. If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer should still work, but it will become five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. And as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices like cameras and printers won’t work with Windows XP.

Microsoft as worked with Laplink to provide you with a free data transfer. Laplink PCmover Express for Windows XP is an easy way to move your files, settings, and user profiles from your old Windows XP computer to your new Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 PC.

This tutorial will show you step by step on how to use Laplink PCmover Express to move your data from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 over a WiFi or wired network.

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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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