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Windows 7 Tips and Tricks

Stop Open with lookup Web Service

Click on the Start Button and type in regedit. Then go to the key


On Left side look for
NoInternetOpenWith open it & change it to 1.

If 'NoInternetOpenWith' is not present right click to create a new DWORD

The next time you use Open With on a file you will be taken directly to the application list.

Calibrate Your Display for better Viewing

Just click on the Start Button and type in "dccw" (without quotes) and hit Enter.

Then follow the on screen directions.

Change Windows Key After Installing

Click on the Start Button and type in 'command prompt'. Right click on the Command Prompt in Start menu and select Run As Administrator.
At command prompt, type in "slmgr.vbs -ipk " e.g. "slmgr.vbs -ipk <1111-2222-1111-1111-2222>

Activate windows after changing the key, run "slmgr.vbs -ato"

Speed up your new OEM PC by removing Crapware

When you buy PC from OEM it is often loaded with extra software that you just don’t need. This crapware is a waste of disk space, memory & even performance of your PC.

Although you can manually remove each extra piece of software on your computer there is a free tool called PC Decrapifier that will automatically remove this it is great for beginners.

Download the latest copy from here.

Click on the downloaded file to start.

Its pretty straight forward just follow the on-screen instructions.

Also experienced users can use Revo Uninstaller to manually uninstall Carpware it can be downloaded from here.

Configuring Remote Media Streaming

Start up Windows Media Player and then click Stream and Allow Internet access to home media…

Next, you will need to link and online ID to your Windows Live account. Click Link an online ID
If you have not yet linked an online ID to your Windows account you will need to download the Windows Live Provider first. Click Add an online ID provider.

You will now be taken to your Web browser where you can select an online ID provider plug-in to use with Windows 7. Click on the plug-in you want to use.

Then download the plug-in and close your browser install this plugin.

Click Link online ID to setup your Windows Live ID.

Type in your Windows Live ID credentials and then click Sign in.

Now you will see your Windows Live ID linked to your Windows account.

Now switch to Windows Media Player and click Allow Internet access to home media.

After a UAC prompt you will see the confirmation screen.

You are now finished with configuring Remote Media Streaming on one computer. Repeat the above steps on your other Windows 7 computer. After both computers are configured restart Windows Media Player 12 on each computer and you will see the shared media show up under Other Libraries.

Create a Flip3D Taskbar Shortcut

Right click on the Desktop and select New and then Shortcut.

Type in RunDll32 DwmApi #105 in the location box and click Next.

Type in Flip3D as the Name and click Finish.

You will now have an shortcut on the desktop that will launch Flip3D but it has the wrong icon.

Right click on the Flip3D shortcut and select Properties.

On the Shortcut tab click the Change Icon button.

Change the Look for icons in this file text box to C:\windows\explorer.exe(you can replace C: with D:,E:, etc depending upon the drive in which Windows is Installed) and it Enter.

The Flip3D icon will now be available. Select it and click OK.

Click OK to close out the shortcut properties window.

Finally, just drag and drop the new shortcut on the Windows 7 taskbar to pin it.

Activate Aero Interface

This Trick works on both Vista & 7.

Click on the start button and key in regedit and hit Enter.

Navigate to,

'HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Windows and DWM'

on left side

Set Composition to 1 and CompositionPolicy to 2.

Now open command prompt & type 'net stop uxsms' & 'net start uxsms'.


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