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How To Change The Default Language For Windows 7 Logon Screen

First of all, if you run a Windows 7 version that doesn’t support multi-language you won’t be able to use the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) functionality to change the default language for Windows 7 welcome screen. Unfortunately, MUIs are only available in Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise edition.

Basically, you are able to change that only when the Keyboards and Languages tab in Region and Language setting looks like below.

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To change the default language on welcome screen

Go to Administrative tab in Region and Language window, which can be launched from Control Panel, and click on Copy settings button.

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You will see what the current language settings on Current user, Welcome screen, and New user account.

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To make the default language setting on Welcome screen the same as your current user account, simply check the option “Welcome screen and system accounts” at the bottom.

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Click OK to save the setting, and reboot the computer for the change to take effect.

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Posted by on August 18, 2012 in Tips, Windows7

 

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How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen Easily [Without Using Hacks & Tools]

Finally Microsoft has incorporated a new feature in the latest build (7057) of Windows 7 which supports the end user to change the logon screen background without using any hacks or third-party tools.

In previous version of Windows, user had to use third-parry tools like Tune-Up-Utilities to change the logon screen background easily. Windows 7 now supports customization of Windows 7 logon screen officially. Replacing the old logon screen is just another task like changing wallpaper (Desktop background). Thanks to within windows for finding out this excellent feature.

Windows 7 logon background

Follow the procedure below to change the Windows 7 logon screen.

1. Download the registry file from here. Extract the file and double-click on the file to enable this feature (Alternative method: right-click, select Merge).

 2. Now, head over to the following folder:

C:\Windows\System32\oobe (“C” is your Windows Seven Installation drive)

 3. Here, create a new folder named Info. Again, create a new folder inside the Infofolder and rename it as backgrounds.

 4. Copy your favorite image file to this folder and rename it as backgroundDefault. Note that the image must be in JPG format and the size should be less than 256 KB.

 5. You are done. Reboot your system and see the change.

The following files (sorted by width-to-height ratio) are supported in

C:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info\Backgrounds

folder:

* backgroundDefault.jpg
* background768×1280.jpg  (0.6)
* background900×1440.jpg  (0.625)
* background960×1280.jpg  (0.75)
* background1024×1280.jpg (0.8)
* background1280×1024.jpg (1.25)
* background1024×768.jpg  (1.33-)
* background1280×960.jpg  (1.33-)
* background1600×1200.jpg (1.33-)
* background1440×900.jpg  (1.6)
* background1920×1200.jpg (1.6)
* background1280×768.jpg  (1.66-)
* background1360×768.jpg  (1.770833-)

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Tips, Windows7

 

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ReadyBoost: Use Flash Drive as a RAM to speed up your computer

ReadyBoost can speed up your computer by using storage space on most USB flash drives and flash memory cards. When you plug a ReadyBoost-compatible storage device into your computer, the AutoPlay dialog box offers you the option to speed up your computer using ReadyBoost. If you select this option, you can choose how much memory on the device to use for this purpose.

When you set up a device to work with ReadyBoost, Windows shows you how much space it recommends you allow it to use for optimal performance. For ReadyBoost to effectively speed up your computer, the flash drive or memory card should have at least 1 gigabyte (GB) of available space. If your device doesn’t have enough available space for ReadyBoost, you’ll see a message telling you to free some space on the device if you want to use it to speed up your system.

You can enable or disable ReadyBoost for a specific flash drive or other removable storage device. For more information, see Turn ReadyBoost on or off for a storage device.

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The ReadyBoost tab lets you decide how much storage space on a removable device to use for boosting your system speed.
Notes

Notes

  • If your computer has a hard disk that uses solid-state drive (SSD) technology, you might not see an option to speed up your computer with ReadyBoost when you plug in a USB flash drive or flash memory card. You may instead receive the message, “Readyboost is not enabled on this computer because the system disk is fast enough that ReadyBoost is unlikely to provide any additional benefit.” This is because some SSD drives are so fast they’re unlikely to benefit from ReadyBoost.
  • In some situations, you might not be able to use all of the memory on your device to speed up your computer. For example, some flash memory devices contain both slow and fast flash memory, but ReadyBoost can only use fast flash memory to speed up your computer.

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Tips, Windows7

 

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Reset Windows 7 / XP Administrator Password Complete Guide

So, you’ve locked yourself out of your PC and, because you are smart and used a good password, and the NTFS filesystem, you now cannot access your personal files. Don’t despair, this guide will show you how to reset the administrator password.

Note: The intention of this guide is to help you reset your OWN password. I am not responsible for any misuse of this tool.

Download the Password Recovery Disk

The first step is to download and burn the password recovery disc.

Download the disc here.

If you are unsure how to burn an ISO image to a disc, follow this guide: Burn an ISO to a CD/DVD.

Boot from the Password Recovery Disc

To boot from the password recovery disc:

1. Insert your bootable recovery disc and shut down your PC.

2. Power on your PC.

3. When your BIOS is loading (if you have a brand-name PC, this is usually when you can see the brand’s logo), press the key that loads the boot options menu (this is usually displayed as an option on the screen and is typically the ESC key.)

4. Arrow down to the CD-ROM Drive option (may also be called Optical driveDVD-ROM Drive,Optical Media etc) and press Enter.

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5. You will now see a series of prompts. Follow the instructions (the default choices are contained in [brackets]); for your convenience, I took screenshots of the best options:

Press Enter.

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Watch the boot files load:

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Select the partition where Windows is installed (usually 1.)

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Press Enter to use the default Registry directory (unless you changed it, this will be right.)

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Type 1 and press Enter.

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Select Edit user data and passwords. [1]

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Type the username of the account for which you want to change the password. i.e. Rich

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I recommend you clear the password with option 1.

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You will receive confirmation that your password is cleared. Now type the same username again and press Enter.

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Choose option q to quit.

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Save the files by typing and pressing Enter.

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Select n to quit.

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Now restart your machine.

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Wait for your machine to boot and login without a password.

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Be sure to set a new password and remember it this time 🙂

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Tips, Windows7

 

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How to downgrade from Internet Explorer 9 to Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7

Downgrading Internet Explorer from 9 to 8 is a feature “hidden” from view in Windows 7. Since there isn’t a download available for Internet Explorer 8 in Windows 7, the only way to revert back is through the “View Installed Updates” menu inside Control Panel -> Programs.

I had to revert back to IE8 since we still have a number of users with Windows XP (which only runs in IE8)

You can remove IE9 and install IE8 using the following steps.

1. Close all programs.

2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

3. Click Uninstall a Program under the Programs category

4. In the Tasks pane, click View installed updates.

5. In the list of installed updates, double-click Windows Internet Explorer 9.

Once Internet Explorer 9 has been uninstalled from your system, the computer will require a reboot. After rebooting, your computer should now revert back to Internet Explorer 8.

To disable IE8 or IE9 in Windows 7, go to Control Panel -> Programs. Click on the “Turn on Windows Features on or off” link. Uncheck Internet Explorer 9 (or Internet Explorer 8). The system will then act as if Internet Explorer is no longer installed. You can re-enable it via a simple checkbox.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Tips, Windows7

 

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