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How to Change Power Settings in Windows 7

One of the best things about laptop computers is their mobility.  There is something really great about being able to carry around a flat little rectangle that keeps you connected to the world, to your business, and to virtually any subject matter you wish to research.

Whats new with Windows 7 Power Settings?

Can you imagine lugging around your desktop – with the clunky keyboard, huge screen and stand, and that hard drive you pretty much use as a foot rest?  Remember the old days of the bulky cell phones?  I love watching the old movies that, at the time, showed savvy characters carrying around huge brick-like phones in vinyl bags!
Fortunately times have changed for cell phones and computers.  But the one thing that a desktop has that our handy laptop computers don’t is a continual power source – always plugged in, always fed with a continual supply of power.
So with the good comes the bad?  Let’s face it, there is not much more aggravating than getting situated on your patio, on the train, airplane, or in the bathroom (some people do their best work in the bathroom), and have the battery on your laptop take a snooze.  And if you have taken a nap while your battery is still chugging along, soon you will both be a on a difference schedule – because you can be sure it will fizzle out right at the exact moment you are refreshed and ready to go.
There is a solution and that is to adjust the power settings.  No it won’t tap into a universal source of electrical energy out of thin air, but configuring your power settings to optimum usage will at help match up your usage schedule to the energy level of your battery.
How do I change the settings?
It’s pretty easy to do, and using Windows 7 as our example, just follow these steps:

  • Open your Start menu and go to Control Panel.
  • Click on System and Security and then Power Options.
  • On the “Select a Power Plan” screen, and then choose from either “Balanced” or “Power Saver”.
  • Click on Choose what the power button does and adjust other settings, such as password requirements or how the power button operates.
  • You can also change the amount of inactive time before the monitor shuts down or the computer goes into sleep mode.
  • And if it turns out you liked it the way the original system was set up, just got back to default settings.  (Restore Default Settings.)
  • Further, you can create a custom plan; click on Create a power plan from the Power Options section.  Now you can design your own settings specific to your needs.

So you can see the steps are pretty straight forward, and it is easy to set up your computer to operate on your terms.  As you work with your new settings, hopefully you will see an increased amount of battery life on your laptop, and more productive time for you!

How to Reset Internet Explorer Settings

Sometimes Internet Explore may for one reason or other become problematic for instance refusing to load or hanging up; or you may just want to reset it to its default settings, well that should not be hard given the fact that all available versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explore can be reset. What resetting does is erase all your customized functionalities so that the browser uses its original settings from the manufacturer. However, it’s only its latest windows 7 that do not have an all fix it mechanism for resetting Internet Explorer unlike the others.

Losing Some Settings

Like I had earlier said, you will definitely loose some settings when you decide to change internet explore settings to their default values. Some of the settings that you should expect to be erased are features such disabled toolbars and add-ons, all the websites you had added to intranet, the trusted or the restricted zones, all the websites that you had added under the special cookie handling in the privacy setting, all the websites that you had let use pop-ups by allowing pop ups under the browser’s Blocker settings. These are some of the settings you will have deleted from your internet explorer.

However, the settings to be restored to the default will comprise settings such as the explorer’s homepage, the search providers and tabbed browsing settings, your security settings and the colors; the languages you had been using will all be changed to the default setting. Other additional settings that will be defaulted include Pop up blocker, privacy tab settings changes you had made, your advanced tab setting changes, the page set up of your explorer, the tool bar, its feeds and Active X controls and a host of other functionalities.

Resetting Internet Explorer Manually

Manually fixing windows internet explore to default settings is easy. Simply maneuver to the Control panel and do the following:

First of all, you must ensure you have closed all open programs and for windows XP users, simply click on start and on the “Run” tab and type in “inetcpl.cpl” and click “enter.” For Vista, maneuver to the start tab and type “inetcpl.cpl and press enter simply. Immediately, the internet options menu will show up and from here simply click on the “Advanced” tab from where it should be easy to access the “Reset” tab that you will find under “Reset Internet Explorer Settings”. Simply click reset for the second time and Internet Explore will immediately commence the procedure. Once it has completed resetting, just click “close” from the dialog box and restart Internet Explore again. There you have it!


However, you can also use the automatic wizard for resetting Internet Explore by clicking on the “Fix this problem” icon and choosing “Run” from the “File Download” drop down menu. The wizard will automatically guide you through the process. But like I said windows 7 does not have this feature, instead go to the Internet Explorer trouble shooters to pull this off.

How to Change Your Windows Media Player Settings for Ripping Music

Windows Media Player enables you rip your audio from a CD and even change your rip settings and customize them for better quality. You can set how you want the files to be ripped or copied into your PC in a number of ways. There are two ways to go about this:

Either, you can decide to change the settings by opening the player’s Library and clicking on the Rip Music icon that has extra settings not found in the rip settings menu or alternatively, put your disc in the CD drive and click on Rip settings icon when Windows Media Player opens.

Change Rip settings with CD in the Drive

Once your Windows Media Player is open, click the Library icon in the far right, upper side of the player. Put a CD into your CD drive and click on the Rip Settings icon and a number of menus will be availed. From the availed Menu, choose the following settings:

Format allows you to change the format of the files you are going to rip. Normally, the player’s default format is .wma but other options exist such as Windows Media Audio Pro that supports a variety of functionalities, for instance multi-channel audio for digital surround systems, full resolution amongst other proficient audio file compressions that are done at low bit rates for various handy gadgets. The extension you choose will depend with the player you intend to use for your ripped music.  Other formats available are Windows Media Audio Lossless, MP3 and WAV Lossless.

Additionally, you can change the Audio Quality settings by altering the compression quality you apply when ripping. The beast audio is given by striking a fair balance between quality and file size.  You can also choose to have your CDs ripped automatically when you insert them into your CD drive and if you have multiple CDs to rip, turn on the eject CD after ripping function.

Change Rip Settings from the Options dialog box

Simply, access the player’s Library and click the Organize tab, from here go to Options dialog box and click Rip Music. You should be able to make certain changes in the settings as you deem fit including:

The first change you can effect is change the directory for storage of the ripped files. In Rip Music to this location, simply click and change the folders you want to keep your ripped files. Additionally, you can change the file names of the ripped music, as it allows you to use a different naming method for your files.  Click on the Format icon to change the file extensions you want to employ in your ripped files depending on the player you intend to use later and size of resultant ripped files. Choose from any of the earlier mentioned formats as you deem fit.  Additionally, protect your music using media usage rights by clicking on the Copy protect music icon. All the other ripped music settings can be altered following either of the procedures for the results you want.

With the above procedures, it should be relatively easy to change your Players Rip settings to any combination that meets your needs and prefereneces when ripping your music files froman an audio CD.

What backup Settings Should I use to Maximize My Disk Space?

The computer is a device that can contribute a lot to a person. This is a product of advanced technology. It has systems and works in so many ways. The computer can be resembled to a human. It has a brain where all files are stored and secured.

Getting started

Windows is one of the operating systems created to be installed in the computer in order to make it functional and this can be purchased from any computer market. This operating system serves as the master system of the computer. Once installed, the computer is ready to access and use.

The data files of a computer are stored in the hard drive. These files can be saved and be deleted. It can also be backed up and restored.

The two types of back up settings

The user has two back up setting options to choose from on backing up the data files.

1.    First, the user can choose to let the Windows choose which folders and files to be backed up. This option allows the user to let the Windows back up data files that are in local libraries, system image of the programs, and default Windows folders which include Searches, Saved Games, Favorites, Downloads, Desktop, Contacts and App Data.
2.    Second, the user itself can select which folders and files are to be backed up. This option allows the users to back up drives, individual folders, or libraries. Take note that known system folders and known program files that were selected cannot be backed up for such reason that these folders contain files which need Windows to run and was defined as part of a program in the registry by the time the program was installed. Also, if there was no file selected, back up cannot be performed.

Maximize the space. The user can check the disk space of his/her computer. Backing up the data files can save disk space. The user can maximize the disk space of the computer by choosing the right back up setting.

From the above mentioned types of back up settings, Windows Backup is the right back up setting in maximizing the disk space. It provides the user with options of managing the disk space by setting it up. Once the Windows Backup has been set up, the user can go to the Backup and Restore in the Control Panel to view the free space and the used space of the disk.

Backup periods are sets of back up files. In a period of time, the Windows creates a new and full back which is known as the backup period. This maximizes the disk space because the Windows Backup back ups only those new and modified files. Automatically, when the disk starts to run out of space, Windows deletes those older system image files.

Windows Backup can be set up to retain many system images. Space for backup disk is provided and only keeps the most updated system image. Therefore, the user can save as many system image files as he/she wants without taking much space in the disk.

How to Restore Your Computer from a System Image Backup

System image restoration restores all the contents of the computer including system files, settings, program files and user files according to what is there in the system image. Since there is no choice given to select individual items to restore, caution must be taken when using this method as a system recovery.

What exactly is a system image?

System image is an exact copy of the system hard drives at the time when the image was created. System image includes system files, settings, program files and almost all the data of the drives that are backed up in the system image. However, a recovery using system image does not restore only the hard drives corresponding to image, instead it formats the whole system.

Risk of losing data

System image restoration would format each and every hard drive of the computer, regardless of the hard drive contents in system image backup. It is advisable to back up data before initiating a system image restore. It cannot be stressed more how important a careful back up process is, before starting a recovery from a system image.

System recovery using recovery control panel

Recovery control panel utility is located within the control panel of the system. This is the recommended method of using the system image recovery, however when the system has failed and there is no access to the recovery control panel via the GUI interface of the system, and alternative access method to the system image recovery is required.

Using preinstalled recovery options

Preinstalled recovery option is useful when the system starts but the recovery control panel is not accessible to restore the system. In this case logging into the boot menu of the Windows at start up would provide options for system recovery. This method is quite straightforward though, because the system guides the user through a step by step process, giving options for each and every step of the procedure.

Installation disk or system repair CD

System recovery options are usually included in the Windows installation disk. However a separate system repair CD can be created in Windows 7 systems. These external disks should be used to restore the system when there is a critical error and when there is no access to the control panel or the advanced boot options. Inserting the CD and restarting the computer should prompt with a dialog box that leads to recovery options within the CD. However, if there is no auto run initiated for the CD and no message was prompted, then there might be a BIOS setting that has to be changed before using external disks for system recovery. Because the computer has to be configured to start from a CD or DVD before attempting this method.

Nevertheless any system recovery option should be the last resort to any issues that may arise within Windows systems. If the persistent problems and errors occur within the system, the automatic system diagnostic tools should scan the system for errors. If this does not fix the issue the cause of the problem has to be identified. Only if the problem is diagnosed as a critical error in the system that cannot be fixed with a simple system restore, the image restore back up has to be used.

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