Windows 7 represents a significant improvement over previous Windows operating systems. However, if you don’t know how to use this latest version of Windows properly, you’ll miss out on a host of goodies that’ll help you work more efficiently.
By mastering a few simple tricks, you’ll be able to get the most out of Windows 7.
Find and repair problems without outside help
Is your operating system acting strange? From the Control Panel, click “troubleshooting” to access a series of wizards that will resolve common operating problems. This includes cleaning up systems that are slowed by too much adware and other clutter.
Use AppLocker to block malware
What if you have younger members of the household who insist on installing cumbersome software to your computer? Install too much of this software, and your computer will turn into a sluggish mess.
AppLocker allows you to run and install only programs with your pre-approval. For instance, you can tell AppLocker to only run programs created by reputable companies such as Microsoft. If, say, your kids try to install a program from an unknown publisher, AppLocker will block it.
Preserve battery power
Windows 7 comes with its own power efficiency service. This allows you to access reams of information about how much power your laptop is consuming. This can be important if you’re working from a remote location and you’re not near a charging source.
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Finally, you can use a Windows 7-enabled computer as a software-based wireless router with the operating system’s Virtual Wi-Fi feature. If you enable Virtual Wi-Fi, any other Wi-Fi devices within range, including tablets and laptops, will view your computer as a new network. These devices will then be able to share your connection.