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When setting up wireless networks, one of the biggest annoyances is remembering the security key and typing it in correctly allowing you to connect all your netbooks and laptops to it. Take it from me! I have heard this enough times from our computer repair geeks to be very very certain. Windows 7 now makes it much easier for you to export your wireless settings from one machine to another.

The backup of the wireless networks settings can be easily achieved with Windows 7 and you can even save the settings to a USB stick, and then the settings can be easily imported to netbooks and laptops running Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows XP.

How to Save Your Wireless Network Settings

To begin you need to open the Network and Sharing Center, this is done by clicking on the wireless network symbol from the taskbar and clicking on *Open Network and Sharing Center*. You could also go to Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center.

On the left hand side of the Network and Sharing Center window, click on the ‘Manage wireless networks’ link.

In the Manage Wireless Networks window you will find a list showing all the wireless networks you’ve been connected to in the past. Simply double click on whichever one interests you.

Next will be a window with all its properties. If you want to save them to a flash drive, click on the link which says *Copy this network profile to a USD flash drive*

Insert your USB Flash drive, wait until your computer has detected it and the NEXT button is no longer grey. The Copy Network Settings Wizard will now start.

The copying process will take only a few seconds. When done, click on Close.

When you look on your USB flash drive you will see a setupSNK.exe file and a SMRTNTKY folder. Make sure you don’t delete these from the memory stick.

How to Import Your Wireless Network Settings

Plug your USB Flash Drive into the laptop you want to import the settings to, and run the setupSNK.exe file. Click *Yes* once the Wireless Network Setup Wizard launches.

 

It will only take a few seconds for the settings to be imported when you receive the notification below, click on OK and start using the wireless network.

 

This set up is very helpful for both hidden and public wireless networks, you no longer need to type in long authentication keys. It’s so much faster and easier to plug in a USB stick and run a set up file.

I do hope this edition of our Computer Repairs How Tos Blog was of help to you. If you do have any problems, please donot hesitate to give one of our friendly computer repairs geeks a call.

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MobileGeekette

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Included with Windows 7 is Windows Media Player 12 allowing you to turn your PC into a media server to stream photos, music and movies to other computers and devices on your home network. In today’s tip I will show you, computer repairs fans,  how to set up streaming and how to use it.

Enable Streaming

To begin the process of streaming you need to turn Media Player on – open it under the Library section and click on *Stream* and then click *Turn on media sharing*

Next just click the button to turn the media streaming on. If you want you can bypass Windows Media Player and open Control Panel All Control Panel Items Network and Sharing Center Media streaming options then click on the button to turn on media streaming and press OK.

You’ll now be able to see what devices are connected to your network and you can set up which device or computer can have access to the media.

You will also be able to customise the streaming settings by selecting what you want to share and you’ll also see the parental control settings

Setup Windows Media Player

Now that your streaming media is set up, we’ll take a look at what to look for with Windows Media Player. Go to your other computer on the network open Windows Media Player and under the *Library* you’ll see *Other Libraries* and the libraries of Video, Pictures and Music that are available for streaming.

This is a handy new feature that can allow you to have one computer with a LOT of disk capacity running just like a media server, freeing up your other computers that have less space and  still enjoy all the media they want – it is even suitable for netbooks.

I do hope that this computer repairs how to blog update was of help to you :)

Over and out

Mobile Geekette

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In past versions of Windows it was tiresom, boring,  tedious task managing documents, photos, music and other files that were scattered in different directories in your hard drive. Now, computer repairs pros are happy, because this has all been made better with a few little additions. Let’s have a look at the new *Libraries* feature in Windows 7 that lets you organise folders located in multiple locations into one spot.

Using Libraries

To access your Libraries click on Start then your user name to open up your personal folder.

 

In the left pane click on Libraries to view the four default Libraries which are Videos, Pictures, Documents and Music.

 

Libraries will show files that are stored in different locations on your computer as in the example below of a Music Library.

 

You won’t need to limit yourself to just the four default Libraries and you can actually create your own.  To achieve this – click on *Libraries*; in the left pane click on the New Libraries button.

 

A new Library comes up just like a new folder where you can easily label it.

 

Then whenever you go into your new Library you are prompted to add new folders and files to it.

 

If you want to add a new folder location to any of the Libraries just click on the hyperlink that shows the current number of locations.

 

You can then click the Add button to include any other locations on the computer.

 

Right-click on the Library icon and select *Properties* and you can include a folder from here.

 

Also, while you’re navigating through explorer you can Right-click a folder to include it in your library.

 

This might seem like a subtle change to the user interface but you’ll find it effective and it makes navigating files and folders so much easier.

 

Libraries will allow you to share your folders and files with your Home group network quicker and easier as well.

 I hope this help with you computer repairs affairs :)

Over adn out

MobileGeekette

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If you have used Window Live Messenger in Windows 7 you’ll have noticed that instead of being able to minimize to the System Tray the taskbar button is staying where it is. Fortunately, we advice from your helpful computer repairs geeks, and a simple tweak you can force Messenger to work the way you want and expect.

To achieve this we will be using the Compatibility Mode feature – this will trick the application into using the old behavior seen in previous versions of Windows.

How to force Messenger into the System Tray

To start – you need to close Windows Live Messenger completely – do this by right clicking on the icon and choosing *Close Window*

 

Next you go into the start menu and find the programme. In this example it would be Start, All Programmes, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger.

 

 

From this point we are going to utilize the Windows 7 right click feature and select *Properties*

 

Next click *Properties* which is on the compatibility tab on the right.

 

Check the *Run this programme in compatibility mode* box and choose *Windows Vista* then check apply. This is how we can trick Messenger into using the old behavior rather than the new Windows 7 style

 

When you reopen the programme it will still display itself in the taskbar just as it did before.

 

If you now close it by clicking the “X” in the top right hand corner, your system tray will be complete with a little blue/green man.

 

And now he is back just the way we want him.

Well, there you are! And you have found a glitch and could not achieve the desired result, call our computer repairs guys and they will be happy to help you out.

Over and out

MobileGeekette

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You’ll probably find one of the most annoying features of Windows Vista was the User Account Control (UAC) that would keep popping up and asking permission for just about everything. Us, computer repairs Geeks certainly were not happy with that! The one in Windows 7 is a lot more manageable and today I’ll show you how to completely disable it, or at least make it more manageable.

So, what IS the function of the User Account Control? It is to inform you when a programme makes a change that the administrator is to give permission for. It’s basically a security feature that blocks malicious software from making key system changes on your computer without your permission.

 

 

To get started go to Start Getting Started Change UAC settings.

 

The UAC by default it is set to notify you when programmes try and make changes to the computer. While this is much less annoying than it was in Vista you can adjust it to a level YOU are more comfortable with and can even turn it off completely – meaning you will never get a notification.

 

This is a reasonable setting if you’re hesitant to turn it off completely it will notify you without dimming the desktop and stopping everything you’re doing just to find out more.

 

If you turn it off and are logged in as Administrator you will no longer be bothered with it at all.  Users will be unable to make any changes that require Administrator permissions.

 

 

If you are a dedicated computer user who likes to make a lot of changes and tweaks to your system then you most certainly will like the fact that you can easily adjust the UAC settings – a lot easier than you could in Vista.

Please remember, you can always email or call Mobile Geeks computer repairs geeks if you have other questions.

Over and out

MobileGeekett

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You really need a decent video card when using the Windows Aero Glass interface in Windows 7 or Vista. So, you won’t be able to use it on an old *clunker* PC. For those of you who are more worried about your computers performance, sometimes squeezing every last drop means you’ll have to disable Aero

How to disable Aero on Windows Vista

To do this just right click on your desktop and choose *Personalise* – click the *Window colour and appearance* link.

 

Then in the next screen, click the link for *Open classic appearance properties for more color options* which will be near the bottom

 

By choosing Windows Vista Basic in this screen you should be able to disable Aero altogether

 

How to disable Aero for Windows 7

First, you’ll need to right-click on the desktop and choose *Personalise* from the menu.

 

Then you can simply scroll the themes down until you see the Basic themes.

 

 And choose Windows 7 Basic.

That’s it, but please call our computer repairs geeks if you have any questions.

Over and out

MobileGeekete

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In previous versions of Windows finding a way to easily access recently used folders, files and websites could be quite annoying. In this entry of our computer repairs How To(s), we look at the new *Jump List* feature in Windows 7 – allowing you to quickly access your recently used items.

Using Jump lists

Right click on a programme icon on the Taskbar to access Jump Lists, just as in this example of Internet Explorer. Notice that if you want you can pin these items to the Taskbar if you wish.

Once you have the jump list open simply click the first letter of an item to jump between them.

This is an example of the Jump List feature in the Start Menu making it easy to access recently opened items as well.

Every now and then you might want to clear out the jump list history, to do this Right-click on Start and choose Properties.

Under the Start Menu tab uncheck one or both boxes under Privacy to clear the Taskbar or Start menu item history or both.

This is a new feature in Windows 7 and it makes navigating items a lot faster.

Please do not hesitate to contact our computer repairs gurus by booking us online, we will sort this out for you in no time!

Over and out

MobileGeekette

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Mobile Geeks are in the business of making things simple and easy for you all. Did you know there is a registry hack for Windows that will actually allow you to add a *Copy to Folder* or *Move to Folder* option to the right click menu. This can be very helpful when you want to move a file but don’t have the other folder open already.

Right-click on a file:

And up pops the nice dialog that you can use to easily drop a file into the right directory.

How to install

Just download, unzip, and double-click on the registry files. You can choose to use either the *copy to*, *move to*, or both.

Download Copy To / Move To Registry Tweak (link)

Still do not get this or simply have better things to do? No problem, call us – computer repairs geeks – and we will sort this out for you.

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GeeksIQ

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Did you know that it is not a simple task to take ownership of system files or folders in Vista and Windows 7. It doesn’t mater if you use the command line or the GUI it still takes far too many steps.

Thankfully someone out there has actually created a registry hack that gives you a menu items for taking ownership that actually handles all the steps for you!

Here’s what your new right-click menu will look like after you install this registry hack.

How to install

First you will need to download and then unzip the files contained in the *Take ownershipzip*. Double-click the InstallTakeOwnership.reg file and click through the prompts, if you want to save as a pdf use the sodapdf.com/. No reboot is necessary.

How to uninstall

Double-click on the RemoveTakeOwnership.reg file and click through the prompts. No reboot necessary.

Download TakeOwnership.zip (Link)

If you have any questions about how to do this right, do not hesitate to give us, computer repairs geeks, a call before you need to call us for actual repairs ;)

Over and out

Geeks IQ

 

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I’ve always dropped files directly into the Quick Launch bar allowing me to quickly and easily open them in the application the shortcut points to, however Windows 7 now no longer allows you to do that – by default at least.

So now, when you try and drag a file onto the taskbar it offers to *Pin to application* for you rather than allowing it to be opened.

If you right-click the taskbar button, you’ll see that now that file has been pinned there with it either not opening, or being asked if you want to open it.

What you need to do here is hold the shift key while dragging the file to the taskbar button. It will now change to *Open with Application* instead of being pinned.

Just a very simple tip,  but one that can save you a lot of time. We hope this helped.

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GeeksIQ

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