When you open files that have a particular file extension, Windows will look at its configuration to determine what the default program should be in order to work with these files. The default program that is assigned to a particular extension, though, may not be what you want to use. Therefore, it is possible to change the default program that is launched when you double-click on a particular file type. This tutorial will discuss how you can open a file using another program or to assign a new program to extensions that have not been opened before.
The default setting for Windows is to not display a file's extension. Therefore, when viewing files in Windows you would only see the portion of the filename that precedes the last period in it. To show what this means, if you have a file called test.doc.txt, Windows will only display test.doc. From this filename, you would then assume this is a Word document, but when you double-click on it, it would instead open in Notepad as it is actually a text file becaues its true extension is .txt. Even more serious is the fact that many malware creators create their infection files so that they exploit this default setting in order to hide the fact that it is actually an executable file.
The built-in Administrator account is disabled by default in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. It is disabled to enhance security as this is a common account targeted by hacking scripts and hackers when they try and access your computer without your permissions. In my opinion, you should leave the Administrator account disabled, but as there have been many requests for this information, I have decided to write this guide. This guide will provide three methods that will allow you to enable your Administrator account in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. It is important to note that in order to perform either of these methods you will need to be logged in with an account with Administrator privileges. Also, if you are enabling the Administrator account for the first time you will also need to assign it a strong password as it does not have a password by default.
The built-in Administrator account is one of the most targeted account names by malicious programs and hackers that are attempting to access your computer without your permission. It is therefore a wise security precaution to rename the Administrator account to another less common name so that it can no longer be targeted. By default, the Administrator account in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 are disabled, while in Windows XP it is enabled. Regardless, of your Windows version, if you choose to use the Administrator account, you can use the following tutorial to rename the account to make it less susceptible to hacking attempts.
A Command Prompt allows you to run programs, manipulate Windows settings, and access files by typing in commands that you wish to execute. To start a Command Prompt you simply need to type cmd.exe in the search field in the Start menu or click on Start, then Accessories, and then click on the Command Prompt icon. A window will appear, called the Command Prompt, that will open in your user profile folder and wait for you to issue commands.
The Windows 7 System Recovery Command Prompt is a text-based console that allow you to perform maintenance and recovery tasks on your computer by typing the commands that you would like to execute. These commands allow you to perform a wide variety of tasks such as replace infected files, delete infections, repair boot up configurations for your hard drive, resize hard drive partitions, as well as many other tasks. Like the Windows Vista Recovery Command Prompt, the Windows 7 version also allows you to run graphical programs such as Notepad, Regedit, and possibly some anti-malware programs. This is a huge advantage as you now have a much larger variety of tools at your disposal to repair your computer.
A feature of Windows 7 is that it will show you a preview, or small thumbnail image, of the open windows for a particular program when you hover over it. For example, if you have 3 Internet Explorer windows open and hover your mouse cursor over the Internet Explorer icon on your taskbar, it will pop-up 3 small images of each of your Internet Explorer windows and allow you to select the one you want to make active.
Windows 8, Windows 7, Server 2008, and flavors of Windows Vista provide an unpublished ability to create a control panel called GodMode that alllows you to have easy access to almost all administrative tasks that you would like to use in Windows. This new window is called GodMode because it puts all aspects of the management of Windows at your fingertips in one location. This allows you to quickly configure Windows settings or hardware from one screen. In order to access GodMode you must first create a special folder on your desktop as described below.
The Quick Launch toolbar is a small toolbar that resides in your Windows taskbar that allows you to quickly launch programs that you place in it. Starting in Windows 7, the Quick Launch toolbar is no longer shown by default and is hard to find as Windows 7 and Windows 8 prefers the technique of pining programs to your taskbar for easy launching. Unfortunately, many people still like the Quick Launch approach to launching programs and miss this feature. Thankfully, the Quick Launch toolbar is still available, but hidden in the hard to find %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch folder. This guide will explain how to enable this toolbar in Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as configure it to your liking.
The Windows taskbar is one of the most important parts of the Windows 7 and Windows 8 user experience and customizing it to your specific needs will go a long way in making Windows easier to use. Unfortunately, a quick slip of the mouse or adding new items to the taskbar can change a configuration that you have gotten used. That is why it is important to customize the toolbar by pinning items and configuring toolbars so that it works well for you and then lock it into that state so that it does not get changed by mistake. In the future if you want to make a change, you can then unlock the taskbar, make your changes, and then lock it again. This tutorial will walk you through two methods that will allow you to lock and unlock your Windows 7 and Windows 8 taskbar.