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Category: Window 7 Tips and Tricks

Who you tryin’ to get crazy with ese? Don’t you know I’m local?

Trying to log in to a local account in Windows 7?
Missing that little log in to dropdown from the good old XP days telling you the computer’s name?

Rather than working out the name of the PC and using it as part of the username (ie computer_name\Username) just cheat and let the PC fill that in for itself.

.\Username
Password

Easy! 😉

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Windows 7 Tips?

Hey guys and girls. Over the past few months I’ve been picking up loads of tips and tricks for getting Windows 7 doing things in a more friendly way.
I’m thinking about sharing a few of them on the blog if you’re interested.

Maybe if I do a few test posts to gauge interest, I can work out if it’s worth doing some more in depth tutorials and stuff.

I’d really like to hear from you if you’ve got any preferences or suggestions.

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Windows 7 Junctions

I’ve been recently working on trying to update some of our older install scripts to work with Windows 7 and I’ve been giggling at the new setup for the all users profile (as was). Back in the good or bad old days you had C:\Documents and Settings\All Users to sling all the various shortcuts and so on that you wanted to be visible to all users. Now its all change!

As detailed in this rosetta stone of a page on Jimmah.com, the folders that we used to use are now all over the shop (yet strangely more logical in their approach, weird!). Now for example, if you’re throwing things into everyone’s Start menu, it goes in C:\ProgamData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu instead. I’m sure we’ll all get the hang of it, it’ll just take a little while.

Old timers like me still remember seeing the Start button and behaving like cave men seeing fire! 😀

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Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal

Interesting stuff from our friends at Microsoft.

Have a look at the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal, it’s there to help you understand how much or how little you know about deploying Windows 7 and gives you some pointers on what you need to train on.

It looks pretty good, I’m just scared of trying it in case it shows me up! 😀

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