Category Archives: Windows 7

How to Disable USB Ports to Block USB Storage Devices in Windows 7

USB storage devices are so common these days almost everyone owns USB storage device in shape of small flash drives, external hard disks, mobile phones, cameras, and lots of other portable devices. So if you want to secure your computer from stealing data, viruses or any other risks then simply disable the USB ports for USB storage devices / disk drives. To block the USB storage devices just follow the given steps below.

Note: this method just block the USB drives (Flash drives, External HDD, Mobile Phones, etc.) not the USB mouse, Keyboard, etc.

 

How to Disable USB ports

Press Windows + R from keyboard, type “regedit” in the “Run” window and hit Enter.

Run windows

Explore the registry editor folders
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesUSBSTOR

in the right pane double click to open “Start” DWORD value as shown below.

Registry Editor USBSTOR

Change its value to 4 and click “OK” button to save changes. Close the registry editor and plug in any USB storage device to check.

registory editor change value

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20 Windows 7 Tweaks & Tips – Every Secret Uncovered to Date

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Let’s kick off with keyboard shortcuts – the first thing every power user must memorize with working with a new operating system. In Windows 7, we’ve uncovered several new sets of essential time-saving shortcuts that will make your mouse jealous with neglect.

Alt + P

In Windows Explorer, activate an additional file preview pane to the right side of the window with this new shortcut. This panel is great for previewing images in your photos directory.

Windows + + (plus key)

Windows + – (minus key)

Pressing the Windows and plus or minus keys activates the Magnifier, which lets you zoom in on the entire desktop or open a rectangular magnifying lens to zoom in and out of parts of your screen. You can customize the Magnifier options to follow your mouse pointer or keyboard cursor. Keep in mind that so far, the Magnifier only works when Aero desktop is enabled.

Windows + Up

Windows + Down

If a window is not maximized, pressing Windows + Up will fill it to your screen. Windows + Down will minimize that active window. Unfortunately, pressing Windows + Up again while a window is minimized won’t return it to its former state.

Windows + Shift + Up

Similar to the shortcut above, hitting these three keys while a window is active will stretch it vertically to the maximum desktop height. The width of the window will however stay the same. Pressing Windows + Down will restore it to its previous size.

Windows + Left

Windows + Right

One of the new features of Windows 7 is the ability to automatically make a window fill up half of your screen by dragging to the left or right. This pair of shortcuts performs the same function without your mouse. Once a window is fixed to one side of the screen, you can repeat the shortcut to flip it to the other side. This is useful if you’re extending a desktop across multiple monitors, which prevents you from executing this trick with a mouse.

Windows + Home

This shortcut performs a similar function to hovering over a window’s peek menu thumbnail in the Taskbar. The active window will stay on your desktop while every other open application is minimized. Pressing this shortcut again will restore all the other windows.

Windows + E

Automatically opens up a new Explorer window to show your Libraries folder.

Windows + P

Manage your multiple-monitor more efficiently with this handy shortcut. Windows + P opens up a small overlay that lets you configure a second display or projector. You can switch from a single monitor to dual-display in either mirror or extend desktop mode.

Windows + Shift + Left

Windows + Shift + Right

If you are using two or more displays (and who isn’t, these days?), memorize this shortcut to easily move a window from one screen to the other. The window retains its size and relative position on the new screen, which his useful when working with multiple documents. Utilize that real estate!

Windows + [Number]

Programs (and new instances) pinned to your Taskbar can be launched by hitting Windows and the number corresponding to its placement on the Taskbar. Windows + 1, for example, launches the first application, while Windows + 4 will launch the fourth. We realize that this is actually one key-press more than just clicking the icon with your mouse, but it saves your hand the trouble of leaving the comfort of the keyboard.

Windows + T

Like Alt + Tab (still our all time favorite Windows specific shortcut), Windows + T cycles through your open programs via the Taskbar’s peek menu.

Windows + Space

This combo performs the same function as moving your mouse to the bottom right of the Taskbar. It makes every active window transparent so you can view your desktop. The windows only remain transparent as long as you’re holding down the Windows key.

Ctrl + Shift + Click

Hold down Ctrl and Shift while launching an application from the Taskbar or start menu to launch it with full administrative rights.

Ctrl + Click

Hold down Ctrl while repeatedly clicking a program icon in the Taskbar will toggle between the instances of that application, like multiple Firefox windows (though not browser tabs).

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Tips to Windows 7 – Uninstall Nero 9 without any problem

Download Nero General CleanTool and remove the conflicting Nero entries which creates problem in uninstalling Nero 9 from your Windows 7 PC.

Problem:

How to uninstall Nero 9 completely from your Windows 7 PC?

Uninstall Nero 9Solution:

Nero 9 sometimes creates problem in uninstalling completely from your Windows 7 PC. Follow the steps to completely uninstall Nero 9 from your PC:

1.    Begin with downloading the Nero 9 General CleanTool by clicking on this link :

http://www.nero.com/redir.php?id=4558

2.    After clicking on this link it will automatically start downloading and will prompt you choose the location to save it. Save it on your Desktop.

3.    Now unzip the downloaded ZIP files using WINZIP or WinRAR and save it to your preferred location on your hard drive.

4.    Double Click the unzipped “exe” file.

5.    Nero General CleanTool window will open, listing the installed Nero products.

6.    Click on the checkboxes next to Nero products installed, to completely remove them from your PC.

7. Click the Clean Button, a status windows will open with a progress bar indicating the uninstallation progress.
Nero clean 8. Click on the Exit button as soon as the uninstallation procedure has completed.
9. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Or simply call iYogi and we will help you migrate your operating system, data and applications quickly and efficiently.

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Display My Computer Icon on the Desktop in Windows 7

I don’t know about you, but I really preferred having the My Computer icon right on the desktop. Seems like modern versions of windows don’t have it by default anymore. There are two different ways you can add the icon back.

Easy Method

To put the Computer icon on the desktop, click the Start button, and then right-click on “Computer”.

rightclickcomputerClick the “Show on Desktop” item in the menu, and your Computer icon will show up on the desktop:

Configuring Outgoing VPN Connection in Windows 7

  1. First go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center.
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  3. Click on Set up a new connection or network.3
  4. Select Connect to a workplace then click on Next.4
  5. Select Use my internet connection (VPN).5
  6. Type the IP address or computer name where you wish to connect and your connection name under the Destination name field.6
  7. Enter a User name and password that has been granted access to the host computer.7
  8. For getting connected through created VPN connection, you can either right-click on the Network icon in the system tray and select Network and Sharing Center or go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center, and click on Connect to a network.8
  9. Now connect VPN Connection windows will appears.