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How to Use and Manage Action Centre in Windows 7

Even before windows 7, action center has been used in the Microsoft world. In Windows vista and Windows XP, Action Center is called the security center.

Action Centre And Windows XP

Action center started in Windows XP service pack 2, when a discussion was formed to operate and protect the computer. It was first available to the public since service pack 2 was created. It supplies the users with antivirus, windows firewalls and window updates.

Action Center and Windows Vista

In windows vista, the security center lets the user determine the problem of the computer. The problem may be a virus, a spyware or even the windows firewall itself.  Although it helps and gives information, it does not have an action to take over the results given. Most often, the user has to search within the control panel or install more software to identify and resolve the problem.

Action Center and Windows 7

Compared to Windows XP and Windows Vista, in Windows 7, the security center has evolved to an action center. Here, the user can find a data of the system maintenance and allows to find an action to a specific problem. The action center is located at the lower right part of the taskbar. It has a white flag icon. You can clearly see the message just pointing it out to the flag icon.  When it has a message, a message pops up saying solving PC issues. By clicking it, a window will appear and the message can be read.

Action center messages are important. Sometimes, the messages appear in red font indicating it is important. The user should take an action very soon. Yellow fonts are recommendations of what to do to your computer. So, how will the user control and manage the action center in windows 7?

Windows 7 User Control And Managing Action Center

1.      You have to install the windows 7 first. Then, add an antivirus program or software. Most often, AVG antivirus provides free service. The user may download it.

2.      Press for the flag icon in the lower right part of the taskbar. Can’t find it? Click the window icon or hit the window key. Then type action center on search.

3.      On the left pan, try to find the change action center settings. For each item that the user will choose, the windows action center will allow to search for a problem. Then a message will appear.

Security message includes the following: Windows update, Internet security settings, Network firewall, spyware and related protection, user account control, and virus protection. Under the maintenance messages includes:  windows back-up, Windows troubleshooting and check for updates.

4.      To disable the action center icon, see the arrow (pointing upward) at the left side of the white flag icon. Then, a balloon will appear. Click the word customize. Then, a window will appear saying select where icons and notifications will appear on the task bar. Hide the action center.

In case that the user still doesn’t know how to manage it, open start and click help and support. At the search area, type “change how icons appear in the notification area of the taskbar.” It has pictures and has easy instructions. If you follow them, Voila! Action Center will not be seen in the taskbar. The user may also consult someone who knows to disable the icon before doing so.

How to Manage Power Settings of your Computer

The power button and its response on different machines is a mystery to many of the people who don’t know much about the computers. On one system that they use, the power button shuts the whole machine down while on others, it might go to the sleep mode or your machine might hibernate. You can easily customize the role of power button on both your computer as well as laptop. Power management is quite a helpful task for your machine helping it to the best of the abilities to make an excellent use of the resources. You can turn off your computer, send it to sleep or hibernate it using the power button.

You can follow two ways to alter the role of power button in your machine. The first would make you do changes that would imply to all the power plans in your system while the other one would confine to the current power plan only.

Applying same settings to the whole system:

Follow the instructions below to apply the same power button feature to all the power plans in your system:

  • Click Start, then Control Panel.
  • Click on System and Security shortcut and then Power Options.
  • You would land to Select a power plan page, click on Choose what the power button do icon.
  • You would land to the Define power buttons and turn on password protection page, move to the next step that is When I press the power button, you would come up with a number of option that you can make use of by pressing the power button on your computer or laptop.

While in the laptop, you can make different options for the power button while the laptop is connected to the power supply and when the laptop is running on batteries.

  • Save changes, and exit.

Your system would then use the same function for all the power plans within your system when the power button would be pressed.

Applying settings to a specific power plan:

To make changes against the action of Power button in one of your desired power plans, you need to follow the instructions below:

  • Click Start, then Control Panel.
  • Click on System and Security shortcut and then Power Options.
  • You would land to Select a power plan page, click on Change plan settings.
  • Click the Plan that you need to make changes to, and click next.
  • Click Change advanced power settings on the Change settings for the plan page.
  • Expand the Power buttons and lid menu, and then Power button action.
  • Select the action of your choice and choose what you want to do when you press the power button on your computer or laptop.
  • Press OK and exit.

This would make the power button settings altered for a specific power plan while the other power plans would remain the same and power button would serve the same way as specified in the default settings.

How to View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer for Windows XP

Event Viewer and manager

An event is any important occurrence in the system or in a program that demands users’ attention. It acts as a notification alert. The Event Log Service records application, security, and system events in Event Viewer. Due to the presence of the event logs in Event Viewer, information about hardware, software, and system components can be obtained and security events can be monitored on a local or remote computer.

The procedure to View Event Logs

There are few steps which have to be followed in order to view event logs. Firstly, Click start and then click Control Panel. Next, one has to click on Performance and Maintenance, then click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. Or, open the MMC containing the Event Viewer snap-in. In the console tree, click Event Viewer. The Application, Security, and System logs are displayed in the Event Viewer window.

The procedure to View Event Details

In order to view event details, one has to click Start after that click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, then click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. Or, open the MMC containing the Event Viewer snap-in. Next step is to expand Event Viewer in the console tree and then click the log that has the event that you wish to view. In the details pane, you must double-click the event that you wish to view. You will see the Event Properties dialog box that contains header information and a description of the event. In order to copy the details and description of the event, you must click the Copy button. This leads to the opening up of a new document in the program in which you wish to paste the event. Thereafter, you must click Paste on the Edit menu.

The procedure to interpret the details of an Event

Every Event Header has the following details about the event: It contains the Date when the event occurred. It contains the Time when the event occurred.

It also has the username of that user who was logged on when the event happened. It contains the name of the computer on which the event occurred. It also has the Event ID, a unique event number which identifies the event category. The Event ID is used to help comprehend what occurred in the system. The Event Header also has information about the source of the event such as the name of a program, a system component, etc. Then, it contains details about the type of event. The type is usually of five kinds: Error, Warning, Information, Success Audit, or Failure Audit. Lastly, it also has categorization of the event by the event source. This information is mostly used for the security log.

The Procedure to Find Events in a Log

The default outlook of event logs is to enlist all the entries that it comes across. To locate a particular event, or see a subset of events, you have the option to either search the log, or you can also apply a filter to the log data.

The Process of Searching for a Particular Log Event

In order to
search for a particular log event, you must follow the following steps: First, you must click Start. Thereafter you must click Control Panel. After that please click Performance and Maintenance, then you must click Administrative Tools. Thereafter you must double-click Computer Management. Else you may open the MMC that contains the Event Viewer snap-in.

Then in the console tree, you must expand Event Viewer, thereafter you must click the log that has the event that you wish to view. Then on the View menu, you must click Find. Then you must specify the options for the event that you wish to view in the Find dialog box. Thereafter you must click Find Next. You will see that the event that matches your search specification gets highlighted in the details pane. After this you should click Find Next to find the next incidence of an event as defined by your search specification.

The Procedure to Manage Log Contents

As a default, the preliminary maximum of size of a log is set to 512 KB. When this size is achieved, then new events overwrite previous and older events as and when needed. Then according to your requirements, you can alter or modify these settings, else you may clear a log of its contents.

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