The UAC is this annoying popup that appears when you make a change that requires administrative rights such as modifying your Windows settings or running programs that make changes to your computer.
The trouble is, as expert Windows 7 users, we actually want programs to change our settings and don’t want to be bugged by this message.
1. Open User Accounts in the Control Panel, then click Change User Account Control settings.
2. Move the slider to where you are comfortable with the statements on the right.
Windows 7 adds loads of great shortcuts to allow users like you to quickly switch between apps, moving windows around the screen and much more. The full list of keyboard shortcuts includes:
Win + Home: Minimises all apart from the active window.
Win + Space: All windows become transparent so that you can see through to the desktop.
Win + Up Arrow: Maximise the current window.
Shift + Win + Up Arrow: Maximise the current window vertically.
Win + Down Arrow: Minimise the window or restore the window if it’s maximised.
Win + Left/Right Arrows: Move the window to the left/right hand side of the screen.
Shift + Win + Left/Right Arrows: Move the window to the monitor on the left or right.
As computer “know-it-alls” you’ll eventually get asked about them by your grandma. That’s where Soluto comes in. As well as monitoring up to five of your own PCs, you can make sure that your old gran has the latest anti-virus and Skype software installed.
1. Visit soluto.com and download it for your PC.
2. Restart your computer and check the data that flows in at www.soluto.com/home
You’ll be able to delay or remove apps that that ages to load or slow down your boot time.
The Windows 7 Task Scheduler is a seriously overlooked feature which allows you to relegate menial tasks to the OS and run them on a schedule (as the name implies). To use the Task Scheduler, just open up the Start Menu and type “task scheduler” and press Enter. To create your own task, just click “Create Task” in the right window pane. You can also go to File > Create Basic Task if you want a simpler wizard to guide you through the process.
Clever Uses for Task Scheduler
Windows 7′s search function kind of sucks. You can find what you’re looking for half the time, and you never know why. Here’s how to make Windows search work the way you want.
Search the contents of your files by changing the setting in Windows Explorer. Head to Organise > Folder and Search Options, then go to the Search tab. From there, check the “Always search file names and contents” radio button.
As shown in Windows Search, there are gaps in Windows 7′s features, for example, previewing files, opening unknown files and copying large files. The following downloads are pretty essential if you plan to be the number one Windows 7 power user.
I love Minecraft, but when friends invite you to play DayZ or Team Fortress 2 right in the middle of an intense mining sesh I wish Minecraft supported Steam. Luckily, with minimal effort on your half, you can add Minecraft as a shortcut on Steam and allow your friends to see when you are on a diamond hunt.
Javaw.exe is the Java tool which Minecraft runs in. You’ll need to make a shortcut to this instead of your Minecraft.exe as this shortcut only opens the Java tool. At the top of your Steam client, press Games > Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library. Press Browse then locate your copy of javaw.exe. It can usually be found in:
Then press Add Game to My Steam Library. Then you’ll want to right click the javaw shortcut in your grid and select Properties.
Here, you can change the name from javaw to Minecraft in the Name field. And also edit the Target of the file so that the Java tool opens Minecraft when it launches. We do this by changing the Target to:
“C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\javaw.exe” -jar “C:\PATH-TO-YOUR\Minecraft.exe”
You’ll need to change the “PATH-TO-YOUR” to the location where your Minecraft.exe is stored. If you can’t find it, download it again at minecraft.net.
Finally, you can also set a custom image on the grid view so that Minecraft doesn’t look out of place with your other awesome Steam games. Download this header.png and set the custom image to where you store it.
And so now when you click on Minecraft it will show your friends that “boveybrawlers is now playing Non-Steam Game Minecraft” for example.
And more surprisingly, the Steam Overlay will work when you press Shift + Tab in game!
I have 13 free Dota 2 Steam gifts to give away to lucky people. The first 13 commenters below will get a key sent to their E-mail (make sure you include it!).
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I’d like to take this opportunity to advertise my recently created Minecraft server which is becoming quite popular.
It’s a greylist server which means that you can visit the server tour the creative world and play in game worlds but you are required to apply for the builder rank to build in the main world.
AbsoluteCraft launched in 2012 after a redesign of my smaller Minecraft server. The focus of this previous Bukkit server was an open freebuild server with a creative world that players could explore. Unfortunately, this became an organisational nightmare as keeping track of everything in a creative freebuild where players would end up losing some of their builds. Now, in the present, AbsoluteCraft aims to prevent this problem with an awesome creative world that all players can explore and a grief-free plot world for guests.
You can connect to the server at:
In reply to Simon Jones who wrote a brilliant website to highlight the problems of bad customer care by 1&1 internet to anyone who might search for the web hosting company both in the UK or in the US, I would like to share my story of how 1&1 Internet has treated me over the last year.
My side of the story can be summed up in the letter that I sent them dated 14 November 2012.
Dear 1&1 Internet,
Congratulations for being the UK’s most hated company once again, you will never be able get rid of that status.
The final straw was when one of your sales representatives called me offering me a free trial of 1&1 MyWebsite at the start of October 2012. The woman was very pushy with the “sale” and when asked whether my credit card would be charged at the end of the two weeks, she said it would not be. Two weeks later, I am charged £71.96 for the brilliant service of a website designed by a 5 year old still living in the 1990s. What I’m saying is that the MyWebsite is a disgrace to the web industry. I told the woman I was a website designer, I had no need of the ridiculous Google Sites duplicate but she put it on my account anyway. When I called 1&1 billing I am put on to a woman who asks me for my account number, first and last name. OK, standard procedure but oh wait – to give me a refund and cancel the package you need my account password, the same password I use for Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, the lot. I pause on the phone in disbelief and then say “No”; the woman has no idea what to do and eventually suggests I change my password to 12345. Good guy 1&1: having geo-redundancy and daily server backups but my password with access to all of my client’s domains and my credit card details is now 1234567, so ingenious! I ask if there’s a way I can cancel the package on my control panel but to no surprise there’s not. When the operator was asked how long the refund would be back in my account she replied no more than 2-3 days. 10 days later on November 2 the refund slyly enters my account as if I didn’t notice you paid me 7 days late.
To transfer a domain away from 1&1, your FAQ states that you should visit contract.1and1.co.uk and cancel the specific domain and place the IPS tag of the new provider in the form provided. It’s a shame that process CANCELS the domain, isn’t it? So I’m in wrapped up in my cosy, cosy DreamHost control panel buying my domains again, whilst having a mini heart attack.
Because of this I am in the process of transferring my domains to DreamHost. Did you know I can get unlimited webspace, subdomains and databases for the same price that I’m currently paying you? You probably already secretly knew this. In another case, on the 14th November, I called 1&1 technical support because I was having trouble logging into my account; turns out I had forgotten my password was 1234567. The operator asked for my original password so this time I did give him it, just too see what would happen, two minutes later I am alerted that my Google Account **********@gmail.com has been accessed from the United States at 14:38:51 UTC with the IP Address 188.8.131.52 (Which is not my current IP ************). The hacker/operator was nice enough to give me a call reference which was 312588989.
I have reported you to Trading Standards for the MyWebsite case and I hope that all issues can be resolved.
Against all forms of douchebaggery,
P.S. My account number is *********, my contract number is ******** and the domains in question is danbovey.co.uk and **********.co.uk
My current password with 1&1 has been changed since talking to the operator but the 1&1 MyWebsite issue has not been resolved.
Please leave your comments below about your situation or do as I did and create a website to shame 1&1 into changing their ways. You should totally visit Simon Jones’ website as his article gives you a much more thorough idea of the ways of 1&1 Internet.
A rather speculative feature in UK games magazine Xbox World has come up with some new theories regarding Microsoft’s forthcoming home console, claiming Xbox 720/Durango will arrive with a new version of Kinect, Blu-ray playback and directional audio support.
As well as Kinect 2.0 and your usual claims of some sort of “innovative” new controller being bundled in the with the machine, the magazine also says the next-gen Xbox may also feature TV input connections, letting it function as a PVR and fully unrestricted home media centre.
In terms of the name, the report claims Microsoft will opt for a simple option, calling it just “Xbox” or perhaps something like “The New Xbox” to avoid having to go through the stresses of thinking up anything more convoluted.
The magazine also created a mock-up of the console, building something out of the same black magnesium alloy Microsoft uses in is Surface hardware. But that’s pretty far into the realms of the imaginary so don’t get too keen on the black and silver aesthetic just yet.
Holy awesome balls! Aston’s, Audi R8′s, Camouflaged Bentleys! oh wait no that was Balotelli
Rockstar has released a new set of screenshots for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5 release!
The screens feature three new characters: Michael, Trevor, and Franklin. The environmental highlights include skyscraper views from helicopters, various cars and dirt bikes, a train bridge, in addition to the ‘VineWood’ sign…
Michael is an ex-gangster who now works under the government in witness protection. Franklin is a repo man working for a car dealership. And lastly, Trevor is your garden variety redneck… All three are playable characters whose paths cross during the tightly guarded GTA V plot.
Grand Theft Auto V has a tentative release date of 2013 (TBA) and is currently available for pre-order at Amazon on Xbox 360 and PS3…
The show-stopping Kickstarter project Star Citizen brings the visceral action of piloting interstellar craft through combat and exploration to a new generation of gamers at a level of fidelity never before seen. At its core Star Citizen is a destination, not a one-off story. It’s a complete universe where any number of adventures can take place, allowing players to decide their own game experience.
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