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Technical Tip of the Week: Windows 7 System Restore

Using System Restore in previous versions of Windows has been something of a gamble. There’s no way of telling which applications or drivers it might affect.

Windows 7 is different. Click the Start button, right-click Computer, and select Properties > System Protection > Configure, and set the Max Usage value to a size that suits your needs (larger to hold more restore points, smaller to save disk space). If you don’t need System Restore to save Windows settings, then choose the Only restore previous versions of files option. Windows 7 won’t back up your Registry, which means you’ll fit more restore points and file backups into the available disk space.

To restore, right-click Computer, select Properties > System Protection > System Restore > Next > and choose the restore point you’d like to use.

Click the new button to Scan for affected programs and Windows will tell you which (if any) programs and drivers will be deleted or recovered by selecting this restore point. Take a look!

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Using System Restore in previous versions of Windows has been something of a gamble. There’s no way of telling which applications or drivers it might affect. Windows 7 is different. Click the Start button, right-click Computer, and select Properties > System Protection > Configure, and set the Max Usage value to a size that suits […] ...read the full article

Technical Tip of the Week: Snap into Place

Known as AeroSnap, simply drag your window to the left or right edge of the desktop to snap and resize the window to one half of the screen.

Drag the window to the top to maximize it.

A pretty neat idea made neater by the use of the keyboard shortcuts (Win + respective left/right arrow keys). No longer do you have to frustratingly position the mouse at the edge of the window to resize it.

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Known as AeroSnap, simply drag your window to the left or right edge of the desktop to snap and resize the window to one half of the screen. Drag the window to the top to maximize it. A pretty neat idea made neater by the use of the keyboard shortcuts (Win + respective left/right arrow […] ...read the full article