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Tech journalist since the dark ages. Windows Secrets, LangaList newsletter, Windows Magazine (NetGuide, Home PC), Byte, Popular Computing, yadda yadda yadda. Google me, if it matters.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

10 great 'Do these first' tweaks for Windows 7

It's happened to me, and I'll bet it's happened to you: weeks or months into using a new OS, you find yourself saying, "Gee, I wish I'd known that at the beginning!"

I've worked with Win7 for over a year now, and have picked up a few tricks and tweaks for setting up and getting started with this new OS. Here are the 10 best that can help you improve Windows 7's stability and recoverability, make the OS work faster, increase its ease of use, and maximize your on-screen real estate.

That's how the free (open to all) "Top Story" I wrote for Windows Secrets begins in today's edition. You can read it on the web (no subscription required): http://windowssecrets.com/2010/12/16/01-10-great-Do-these-first-tweaks-for-Windows-7

My regular weekly Q&A also appears in today's issue. Its topics:

  •  How to sort desktop icons — for keeps
  •  What about moving to Windows XP SP3?
  •  Unexpected shutdowns cause months of frustration
  •  Reader seeks privacy in e-mail services
The full issue run down:

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