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Windows 7 New Features, Technologies and Terms to Learn

Windows7 Windows Seven is the new operating system of Microsoft that lets you embrace and have a glimpse of different technologies in the future that might emerge. Windows 7 was designed to be fast, stable and mature, fewer clicks and less-complexity making every task simpler.

Unlike Window Vista, Windows 7 is compatible with most of the applications and hardware in which it’s predecessor (Vista) is already compatible.


New Features and Terms that you should know

Windows 7 HomeGroup is one of the key features of Windows 7 that enables users to share files such as music, pictures, usb printers and documents easily. It simplifies the task in creating a network and sharing your files to your family members and friends. It’s like connecting to the internet via Wifi. The wizard will do everything for you, even the password to be set! Not just for the Geeks but for All! Note: It only works in Windows 7 machines.

Aero Peek is one of the useful and key feature of Windows 7 Home Premium edition and above that lets you view the thumbnail of the program and moving the cursor over the thumbnail will show a preview of the program in full view.

Aero Shake is a feature that let’s you minimize all windows by shaking any window. Shaking it again will bring back all windows to normal.

Aero Snap is one of the useful features of Windows 7 that automatically detects your movements and fills the screen while moving the window, whether it will fill the half of the screen or maximizes the entire screen. Resizing a Window will also  detect your movement and fills the entire height of the screen. To restore, just double click the top side of the window.

Multi-Touch is a technology which allows users to control graphical applications with several fingers. It’s a tweak version of Apples iPhone and iTouch.

User Account Control (UAC) is a technology designed by Microsoft that aims to increase the security by limiting the privilege of any application that will be launch until an administrator authorizes it. For simple explanation, the computer will ask you “Are you sure to launch this program?”. In Windows Vista, the technology is annoying but effective, amazingly detects and nails all the worms and rootkits that will infect your computer. In Windows 7, UAC was tweaked and by default, it will only prompts when a program makes changes requiring elevated permissions.

Fast User Switching is a feature in Windows 7, XP, Vista and other modern multi-user operating systems that allows you to open or switch to a different user accounts without closing the opened programs and files first. It is turned on by default and this makes it simpler to share a computer with your family members or others.

Desktop Window Manager (DWM) is a feature of Windows running in Vista and above that enables the Windows Aero Graphical User Interface (the blurring, shadow and transparency effects of window). The desktop composition feature changes the way applications display pixels on the screen. Microsoft said If enabled, individual windows no longer draw directly to the screen or video memory. Instead, drawing is redirected to off-screen surfaces in video memory, which are then rendered into a desktop image and presented on the display.

Windows Mobility Center is a feature introduced in Windows Vista and included in almost all version of Windows 7 except the Starter Edition, that groups all functions relevant to laptops and mobility. Example: Brightness adjustments, Sound Adjustment, Battery level, External Displays, Synchronization and others. Pressing Win+X will help you access the window easily.

Windows Media Center is a program included in Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise edition of Windows 7 that lets you enjoy your archives of music, movies, pictures and the latest online media on your PC or even in your TV. Just buy a remote control and experience the coolest features of this program especially in Widescreen and HD displays.

The old thing: Encrypting File System (EFS) is a security feature of Windows running in Windows 2000 and above except for Windows XP Home, Vista Basic, Vista Home Premium, Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium. According to Microsoft, EFS enables transparent encryption and decryption of files by using standard and advanced cryptographic algorithms. Any individual or program that doesn't possess the key cannot read the encrypted data. Note: EFS was not designed to protect data while it's transferred from one system to another. You can read more the complete article by Microsoft: EFS

Remote Desktop Host is a feature that is available on Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise edition which allows you to create a server that can remotely controlled the entire desktop inside the network by using a Remote Desktop Client. This feature is also available in some editions of Vista and XP.

Windows Server Domain is a logical grouping of computers that shares a common database that contains the user account information and security information in a specific domain. It refers to the administrative concept of segregating groups and applying security and permissions easily to all computers inside the network by changing the settings in the server(s). Note: Physical connection is not important and you can log on to any computer on the domain without needing an account on that computer . Please read more about Windows Server Domain and it’s differences with Windows Workgroups, here.

Windows XP Mode is one of the key feature available free of charge to users of Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise edition that allows you to run Windows XP programs directly from their Windows 7 machine.

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a full disk encryption feature in Vista and Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise version design to help protect sensitive data from being accessed by unauthorized users.

BitLocker To Go is one of the most useful feature of Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise version that extends BitLocker data protection to USB Drives, enabling the users to add a password. Saving money to buy software the same function. The good thing, you can easily remove or unlock it afterwards.

Virtual Hard disk Booting is one of the key feature of Windows 7 that will let you boot directly to Virtual Hard Disks (VHD files). Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) is a virtualization technology that allows you to use multiple operating system on a single machine. For short, an OS inside the OS.

More Information

Windows Experience Index Score is the rating that corresponds to the lowest computed subscore by Windows System Assessment Tool. It ranges from 1.0 to 5.9 in Windows Vista and between 1.0 to 7.9 for Windows 7. Read here for more information about the tool and how can you save yourself from being trick by Computer stores.

Windows 7 Hardware Requirements: Unlike its predecessor, Windows 7 requirements will use the same requirements. Read here

Hotkeys or Keyboard shortcuts are key combinations that can make it easier to interact with your computer in everyday geek computing because you don't need to use the mouse as often. Read more about the New and Useful Windows 7 Keyboard shortcuts that will increase your productivity everyday. Click here

I’m going to update this article as soon as new features or technology will be included in Windows 7.



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Hiding Drives with No Media mounted in Windows 7

This is the new option in Windows 7 that will let you hide empty drives or with no mounted media in Explorer.


Ok, Lets dig and unlock the hidden secrets behind the new feature!

Hide feature is Enabled

You can use the Start Search, type “folder option”, click to open and go to View Tab. You’ll see that “hide empty drives in the Computer folder” is selected or checked by default as shown in the picture above.


Press Win+E keys to open the Computer Window. Once it opens, We’ll noticed that we cannot see the other drives and seems… it has the same effect as hiding drives using WinBubbles in Vista. (Stay tuned for the Windows 7 version!)


If The option Hidden Files and folders > “Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives” is Selected as shown in the first picture above


The drives looks like a hidden file!

Here’s the default look in Vista:


The same in Windows 7 if the Hidden feature is unchecked (“hide empty drives in the Computer folder” option)


Nice new feature in Windows 7 right?

Anyway, Let’s go into the deeper stuff. Open Command prompt or cmd to see if the drives is really disabled or it is just hidden in My Computer Window.


“The device is not ready”…

“There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive \Device\Harddisk1\DR1”

So, we can now say that it is just hidden in My Computer window.


Let’s find out in the registry:



When HideDrivesWithNoMedia is 1, it corresponds to the Checked option. If 0, Hiding empty drives feature is disabled.

Cool Right?

I Googled if someone already blogged or written an article about the registry setting.


Looks like I’m the first person in the Internet to wrote something or documented the registry setting.




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The New Windows 7 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts or Hotkeys List


Windows 7 includes new shortcut keys for more efficiency and increase in productivity. Personally, I don’t like to memorize lots of Keyboard shortcuts. I only use few of them in everyday computing.

Windows 7 changed my attitude towards shortcut keys. Now I need to memorize these new sets of two or more combinations of Keys.

Join me!

New and Useful Key Combinations

Win+Left / Win+Right Arrow: Dock or Maximize the Window to the Left/Right side of the screen


Win+Up: Maximize the active window

Win+Down: Minimize the current Window and restore the previous state, if the Window state is maximized.

Win+Home: Minimize all except for the current window

Win+T: Cycle or scroll through Programs (thumbnails) on the Taskbar.

SHIFT+Click or Middle Click a Taskbar item: Starts a new instance of the particular program

CTRL+SHIFT+Click: Open an instance of a particular program in Administrator mode

Useful for professionals, Win+P: Connect to a Projector


Win+TaskBar Position e.g. Win+1, Win+2, Win+6: This feature is included in Vista but it will launch the program in Quick launch bar. Now It will open any program located in the New Taskbar.

Note: Unlike in Vista, the first position is number 1.

Ctrl+Click: Switch and open the group of programs in the Taskbar one by one.

Win + Right Arrow + Enter: Shutdown your Windows 7 easily


General Keyboard Shortcuts, and Other Old and Useful Key Combinations

Win+R: Open the Run Window

Alt+Tab: Switch between open items


Windows 7 Tip: Use the arrow keys afterwards

Win+Tab: Cycle or scroll through Programs using Aero Flip3D

Start Search and press CTRL+Shift+Enter Key: Open the program in Administrator priviledge

Win+E: Opens My Computer Window

CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel or Shift+CTRL+Scroll wheel: change the size of the icons on the desktop

Win+D: Toggles Minimize and Maximize of all Windows

Shift+Delete: Delete the selected item without moving it to Recycle Bin

CTRL+Shift+ESC: Opens Windows Task Manager

ALT+F4: Close the current window

Win+Pause: Opens the System Properties

Alt+Enter Key to a File: It will open the Properties


There are many more Keyboard shortcuts… Just Click the Start Menu > hit “Help and Support” or simply press F1 >  type “keyboard shortcuts” and hit the search button.

Productivity by using Shortcut keys will depend on user preferences. I’m going to update the list if somebody sent a tip or Microsoft added another feature.



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Hotkey to open a program in Administrator mode or Privilege in Windows 7


While writing an article about the new and useful keyboard shortcut keys in Windows 7.

One keyboard key combination feature really kept my attention:

Shift+Click on a Taskbar item

It creates a new instance of any application easily.

Usually our instinct is to try others keys…

So, I tried CTRL+Shift+Click on a Taskbar item.


Wow! It opens the program in Administrator mode. UAC opens!

Almost all programs are working even Windows Explorer… this is really useful for power users. Nice!

Coolest Thing…

It works on Start Menu Recent Program List.

Simply press CTRL+Shift+Click the program in the Start Menu and it will open in Administrative privilege.

Great for launching another instance of Command Prompt or CMD as administrator in Windows 7, windows explorer, paint, wordpad for hacking wei, notepad for saving files in disk with limited privileges and many more!

Usually in Windows Vista (also works in Windows 7), we type cmd in Start menu Search and press CTRL+Shift+Enter key to launch app.

Also, you can Right-Click and Choose Run As Administrator.

Now you can open another by simply using the keyboard combination and a single mouse click.

Note: You can also use the middle mouse button to click the programs in the taskbar. However, it will not work in Start Menu recent list.



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How to Make Windows 7 Password Recovery Disk

securityThis is one of the most useful feature in Windows 7. The password reset feature will let you create a backup of user account and password information to  USB flash Drive, so that incase you forget your password or lose the smart card.

You can still accessed your account by resetting the password using a USB Stick.

Prevention is better than Cure

It’s easy… This article came from my Vista Tip. I’ve just modified and added some few information.

Push the Orb Ball, Open the start menu and simply click the User Account Picture.


User Accounts Window will open and click the Create a password reset disk located at the left side of the window.


The Forgotten Password Wizard will open and click the Next Button

Set and Change the drive location


If you have an existing data or backup, this message will appear:


*you can move the data or the password file by copying to another location.

Input the current password


If the account doesn’t have a password, leave the box blank (lol…)


Finished. Keep it in a safe place. (secret)

Well, this article is not for a Geek. Most of them will open the User Account Window by pressing Win+R and type Control Userpasswords.

Ok, How to use the disk? Input any incorrect password and Just Click the Reset Password during logon.

For me, I usually use the hack in Utilman.exe and create a hidden backdoor in Windows Vista (Also works in Windows 7). So that, I can reset any user accounts any time without knowing the password. :D



How To Remove BitLocker Encryption in Windows 7


Last Time, we take up encrypting and adding password to usb stick for security in Windows 7 using BitLocker To Go feature. Overall, the utility is very useful but unfortunately it will not be included in the Home Premium Editions of Windows 7. Better go to the Ultimate version to get this function. 

Anyway, How to Turn-Off the Encryption afterwards?

Quick Information: BitLocker Drive Encryption is a security in Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise edition designed to help protect data from being accessed or opened by unauthorized users.

Unlocking the Encrypted Drive

Simply type “BitLocker” in Start Menu Search


and Open the BitLocker Drive Encryption Program


Once it opens, just find the drive and click "Turn Off BitLocker


It will ask for a confirmation: “Your drive will be decrypted. This may take considerable time. You can monitor the status of your drive decryption.”

Just proceed by clicking Decrypt Drive


Wait… wait… wait


That’s it…




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