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    [h=1]Touch Pack for Windows 7[/h]


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    Windows 7 has been the most popular OS ever for Microsoft. One of the big features of Windows 7 was its integrated support for PCs that were capable of taking advantage of touch. Microsoft has just released Touch Pack for Windows 7 for anyone with Windows Touch capable devices to download. The Windows 7 touch pack was first introduced last May as a series of 6 applications that were designed to showcase Windows Touch in Windows 7 and to help people learn touch gestures. The features were limited to OEMs with devices having multitouch. But now the Touch pack allows users to use it with any 3rd party touchscreens.
    The Touch Pack includes-
    • Microsoft Globe Surface, which is a 3D globe letting people manipulate the globe and get information about places using touch.
    • Surface Collage lets users view and manipulate images on the screen using their hands.
    • Surface Lagoon is a screensaver that you can interact with using multi-touch.
    • Blackboard is an intricate game of physics in which you solve a puzzle by creating a fanciful machine on a blackboard.
    • Garden Pond is a tranquil game that takes place in serene Japanese water gardens
    • Microsoft Rebound is a game in which you use your fingertips to move Tesla balls with an electrical field between them to catapult a metal game ball into your opponent's goal.
    Download: Microsoft Touch Pack for Windows 7
    Looking at the quality of these demo apps included in the touch pack, I am apprehensive on the multi-touch capabilities of HP Slate. Let us wait and watch.
     
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    Partition-a-hdd-hard-disk-in-windows-7


    If you have used Windows Vista, you must be knowing about the in-built option to partition hard drives. Similar to that,
    Windows 7 too come with a built-in facility to create, resize and delete partitions from a HDD, which means you can shrink or extend the partitions.
    The Disk Management utility is capable of shrinking and expanding partitions and it does not require any 3rd party utilities. This step-by-step tutorial helps you create, resize or delete a partition in Windows 7.
    Step-by-Step Guide to Partition HDD in Windows 7

    1. Go to Start -> Right Click on Computer -> Manage

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    2. Computer Management windows will open. Click on Storage -> Disk management
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    3. Select the Drive you want to partition. Right click on the drive and click on Shrink Partition.
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    4. It will query for the available disk space and then you will then be presented with a window showing you theSize of the Hard drive and the total amount available to Shrink. Enter in the amount you would like to shrink. This will be the size of the new partition. It can't be more than the amount available to you and remember thatApprox 1000 Mb = 1 GB
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    5. After entering the values, click on Shrink and wait for the operation to complete. Depending on the size of the drive and amount to shrink this could take a while. Once completed, you would see an unallocated spacewhich is the size you just shrunk the volume by. Select it and right click and then select New Simple Volume
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    6. Follow the Wizard that appears and fill in the Size of the Partition. Normally the size to fill in is the size you just shrunk the drive by.
    7. Assign a drive letter, pick one of your choice as it doesn't make a difference.
    8. Then on the Format page, Ensure NTFS is selected and then enter a name for your drive and click Nextfollowed by Finish
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    9. That's it! You have resized your hard disk and created a new partition without any third party software!
     
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    How to Build a Wireless Home Network Without a Router?
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    Usually, everyone has just one internet connection at home. What if you want to share that internet connection with across all your desktop and laptop computers, your Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones (like the iPhone), media players (like the iPod Touch), video game consoles (like the PS3/Xbox), digital photo frames and any other wireless devices that you may have at home?Yes, having a wireless

    router
    is the easiest solution. Set up a wireless network with the help of a router, connecting it to your modem and then to all your wireless devices. What if you don’t have a router? Or your existing router just conked? Don’t buy a new one, it’s really not needed!Build

    a Wireless Home Network Without a Router?
    A lot of people don’t know that if you run Windows 7, Windows Vista or even Windows XP, it is possible to build your own wireless network at home or office without using a wireless broadband router or a wireless access point, saving some money. In this tutorial we will show you step-by-step how to build this kind of wireless network, also known as ad-

    hoc
    .Note that if you have any old desktops you might need to buy a wireless network card for each computer you want to connect to your network and to the Internet wirelessly. But most new desktops and laptop computers are already equipped with internal network adapters so you are ready to go without a router.In order to build your own wireless network you will need the following:
    • A broadband Internet connection;
    • A wireless network card installed on each computer that you want to connect to your wireless network;
    There are two types of wireless network cards available: USB and add-on. Usually add-on cards are more stable. Add-on cards for desktops are provided for the PCI slot and add-on cards for laptops are provided for the PC Card (PCMCIA)Below is an example image forPCI wireless network cardfor desktops
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    And aUSB wireless network card would look like this
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    As for the laptops, you would need aPC Card add-on wireless networkcard similar to this
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    Once you have everything ready, you can now create a Wi-Fi network.Create a Wi-Fi Network without a RouterTo set up an ad-hoc network in Windows Vista, go to Network and Sharing Center from the control panel, select “Set up a connection or network” and choose “Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network“.
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    Now give a name to your network. The default security type should be WPA2-Personal. Let it be like that because WPA2 is much better than WEP when it comes to wireless network security. Choose a security passphrase, click on save network if you intend to use this network again, and hit next.
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    Turn on Internet Sharing in the next screen and now your other home computers can connect to the ad hoc network just like they would connect to any regular wireless network. Setting up a ad-hock network in Windows XP is similar with just a couple more steps intermediate steps involved, but ensure that you are using Windows XP SP2 or SP3 for it to work.Check out this video tutorial which

    demonstrates how to turn your Windows XP/Vista into a wireless hotspot via ad-hoc networkingVirtual Wi-fi for Windows 7Windows 7 users though, can make use of ‘Virtual WiFi‘ feature present within their OS. Check out our detailed article on
    How to Turn Your

    Windows 7 Laptops Into Wi-Fi Hotspots using Connectify
    ?To set up Ad Hoc networking, your main computer needs to have an Ethernet based Internet connection as well as a Wireless (WLAN) network adapter. In the case of Virtual Wi-Fi, the Ethernet card is optional so you can turn a laptop into a hotspot even if your laptop itself is connected to a Wireless network and not to an Ethernet cable. Also, Computers and other wireless devices in ad hoc networks must be within 30 feet of each other but there’s no such restriction in the case of Virtual Wireless networks
     
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    How to find out who's using your wireless


    • Have you subscribed for high-speed broadband internet connection?
    • Do you use wireless network/wi-fi to connect to the internet?
    • Are you still unhappy about not getting the speed you were promised?
    If the answers to the above questions are YES, then you might need to check your Wireless router’s settings once again. There is a possibility of someone sharing stealing your wireless connection illegally.Having a wifi router at home is very common these days. People prefer to stay connected to the internet via their desktop, laptop, mobile phone or even their multimedia gadget like iPod Touch. That is pretty cool, but the issue is when you forget (or ignore) to set a password for your wireless connection. That would mean, anyone nearby, within the router connectivity area can easily connect to your network and get free access to the internet!How to Check who is Accessing your Wireless network?In order to check who is illegally accessing your internet connection, you can download and install a small tool –Zamzom Wireless Network Tool which can easily track who is using your network.
    With Zamzom wireless network tool you can see ALL the users that use your wireless network. Zamzom Wireless network tool only use 10 second to give you the result.​
    Features of Zamzom wireless network tool:- Inform you of who is using your wireless network- Inform you of all the names- Inform you of all the IP addresses- Inform you of the Mac addresses- Scan your wireless network in only 10 seconds- Detect computers even if you don’t see them in program neighborhood- Detect computers even if you can’t ping them
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    The tool comes in 2 versions – Basic and Pro. The basic version is free to use and the Pro version costs $12.5! The only difference being, in Pro version you will be able to see the computer name in addition to the IP address of the device being used.It works on Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003/2008 Server, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. You can check out this video demo to get a better understanding of what this tool is capable ofDownload Zamzom Wireless Network Tool
     
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    How to Improve Windows Vista and Windows 7 Boot SpeedContinuing the series of posts on Windows 7 tips!, here is a small tutorial on speeding up the booting of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. This is very important and helpful especially since both Windows Vista and 7 are accused to be pathetic when it comes to booting time.Windows 7 and Windows Vista have an option to select the number of processors that can use for the booting process. It will be one by default. So if you are using a dual, quad processors (most of the recent PCs have dual processors atleast), you can increase the booting speed by using more processors. To set this, follow the simple steps given below1. Open Run windows (Win+R)2. Type MSConfig and Press Enter
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    3. Go to Boot Tab
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    4. Click on Advanced options button
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    5. Check the Number of Processors checkbox and select the maximum value from the drop down
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    6. Click OK and then Apply and then Click OK again.7. Reboot to save the changes made.Update: I just slapped myself on my face for falling for this trick. This doesn’t work. Click here to know why.
     
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    How to view all network shares

    NetResView is small free utility which when executed gets the list of all available network resources that are available through LAN. This includes even the admin and hidden shares from all workgroups and domains.This is a pretty useful tool that you can use to find all the list of available resources available in the network that you are connected. Another feature that I liked about this software is it displays all the resources that you have shared on your computer. This includes folders, printers, admin shares and hidden shares.[​IMG]This utility does not require any installation, all you have to do is download and run it and it works out of the box without any issues.The sad part is that this excellent tool does not work in Windows Vista but works perfectly in Windows XP and 2000.Download NetResView
     
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