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How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows7

Remote Desktop Service:

Remote Desktop Services also known as terminal services are actually one of the components provided by Microsoft in its Operating Systems i.e. in Windows. It is available on both server and client versions. It enables a user to access data and application programs on its personal computer from a server computer which is geographically located at a different place over a network by using remote Desktop Protocol. One can use those application programs and data as it is stored on its personal computer and can control it remotely. This service was first introduced by Microsoft in Windows NT Terminal Server Edition and since then Microsoft has continued to provide it in its Operating Systems such as Windows 2000, Windows XP (Included in all editions except Home edition), Windows Vista and now in Windows 7. It is very important to setup Remote Desktop Connection if you want to access your computer from another computer.

Enabling it In Windows 7:

It is very simple to enable Remote Desktop Service in Windows 7. To do it please follows the steps described below:

  • Go to the properties of your computer by right-clicking on My Computer Icon.
  • Click on the “Remote” tab and then click on the radio button which says “Allow Connection Running Network Level Authentication”.
  • The next step is to specify the users who will be able to connect to your Personal Computer via Remote Desktop Connection. If you selected the users then you can save these settings by clicking Apply button and the OK button.
  • The next step demands you to configure the firewall of your Window 7 computer. Please make sure that it is turned off or must be configured to Port 3389 for Remote Desktop Connection. By doing this your computer will be able to control the remote session and it will also allow you to communicate to the remote Desktop Service which is there on your Computer.
  • To perform next step you require a public IP Address. If you want a successful operation of Remote Desktop Connection Client this step is indeed very important. If you know your IP Address it is very good, but if you don’t. What to Do? Just don’t worry and look into your internet settings you will find it there.
  • In this step you are to get your remote Desktop Service enabled. As you specified all users who are to use this service are specified this function is ready to operate in Windows 7.

These are the simple steps which you must follow in order to activate remote Desktop Services on your Computer using Window 7 Operating System. Remote Desktop Services indeed can play a vital role in modern day’s data communication over a network.

Difference from Previous Versions of Windows:

It may not look like completely different from previous versions of Windows, but it is. It provides immense amount of security as compared to other Microsoft Operating Systems. It’s another feature which users would love is it’s feasibility to troubleshoot problems. In it you don’t have to worry about setting the firewall phase because Windows 7 does it automatically for you.

How to Speed Up Windows7

This new operating system from Microsoft have made world crazy with its performance and utilities. It is very fast as compared to previous versions of the Windows operating systems. If you still feel like boot time of the OS is not upto level that was promised by Microsoft. There are various ways to speed up the OS. This article lists 12 different ways to speed up your PC with Windows7.

  • There may be applications installed in your computer which were installed earlier but now you don’t use them much frequently. These programs might get load at the time of boot reserving RAM and processor cycles. You can make use of ‘Turn Windows features on or off’ or software like Revo installer to find out which programs on your system are unnecessary.
  • Type ‘msconfig’ in search box and open startup tab. You will find list of applications and programs that start with your OS boot. You will be able to distinguish between system programs and applications. You can turn off applications which are not required to start at the time of boot.
  • There is not much difference between minimum requirements of Vista and Windows7 but if you are trying to switch from XP to Windows7 then you must add more RAM to speed up the system.
  • If you use searching a lot time then the procedure explained here is not applicable to you. Otherwise, you can disable search indexing in order to increase the speed of system. If you type index in search bar, you will get option Options Control Panel Window. You can modify settings there as per requirements.
  • Hard disk stores data in not-contiguous fashion. It is stored as wherever space is available on disk. When we start specific applications, OS have to collect all the fragments scattered in various memory locations. Defragmentation carries out task of bringing these various fragments of particular applications together, so that time required to search fragments and load them is saved.
  • To change power settings to produce maximum might not save your electricity will surely speed up your system.
  • Disk clean up is one more way to speed up Windows7. You can find the option for the same in accessories. This will show the list of all the garbage in your computer like temporary internet files, temporary files, etc. Select the files you want to delete and press OK.
  • Regularly run Antivirus application installed to detect possible virus and spyware.
  • You can use performance troubleshooter, located in control panel, to find the exact reason for your system slowdown.
  • If you type ‘gadget’ in search bar, you will find the list desktop gadgets that are running. You will find that some gadgets are running in background though are not visible on desktop. You can stop running of those gadgets from list displayed in front of you.
  • If you can avoid using vibrant desktop background then you can surely boost speed of the system. You can change it from personalize menu.
  • Windows7 provides a set of cool visual effects. However, these are also responsible for slowing down system. You can turn off these visual effects from control panel only you will feel like you are using first version of Windows then.

File sharing on Homegroup with various versions of Windows

However, homegroup can be created if it is not there. It becomes very easy if all computers from homegroup are running on Windows7. But what if computers in homegroup or on home network are using different versions of Windows? Absolutely no need to worry! Windows do offer solution for it. You just have to follow guidelines according to the respective case.

All home network computers work with Windows7

File sharing becomes very straightforward with Windows7 as you just need to create homegroup. In homegroup, computers share music, documents, pictures, videos and printers too. By means of password, homegroup can be protected in order to share documents of your choice. When all computers from home network are working with Windows7, method of homegroup is always preferred. Every edition of Windows7 like, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate, support ‘Homegroup’. However, in case of Windows7 Home Basic and Starter, users can join homegroup but cannot create one.

Computers from home network operate on different versions of Windows

If your home network has computers that don’t work with one operating system, you have to put them in one workgroup. You have to fine-tune your network in order to enable computers to locate each other. This step is essential for the file sharing. Presence of Windows XP computers on home network makes the requirement of same workgroup name obligatory. Computers with different versions of Windows can find and work with one another. You must note that workgroup name, which is set by default, is not equivalent in every version of Windows.

How to change workgroup name in Windows XP?

  • First right-click ‘My Computer’ by clicking on ‘Start’. Select ‘Properties’ subsequently.
  • After this, under ‘Computer Name’ you can see workgroup name. Click on ‘Change’ in order to change workgroup name, and click ‘Ok’ after typing appropriate name in ‘Computer Name’.
    How to change workgroup name in Windows7 or Windows Vista?
  • First right click on ‘Computer’ after clicking on ‘Start’. After this, go to ‘Properties’.
  • Under the title ‘Computer name, domain and workgroup settings’, you can see workgroup name. Click on ‘Change settings’ subsequently.
    In new window of ‘System Properties’, you must click on ‘Change’ under ‘Computer Name’.
  • Under ‘Computer Name/Domain Changes’, you will see ‘Workgroup’ in which you have to type required name. Click ‘Ok’ when you are finished with it. After this alteration, you must restart your computer.

Selection of network location
In case of Windows7 or Windows Vista, you must check the network location. In Windows, setting and security are automatically adjusted as per the network location of computer such as Home, Work, Public, and Domain.

  • In ‘Home’, network is protected at few levels by Internet. This network includes only trusted computers. Home network is one of this types that support ‘Homegroup’.
  • In ‘Work’, network is protected as it is in ‘Home’. Like ‘Home’, it also contains known computers. Business networks are mostly categorized in this type.
  • In ‘Public’, network is freely available as its name suggests. In public places like airport, coffee shops, public Internet access networks are used.
  • In ‘Domain’, network has Active Directory domain controller. It cannot be set by any options, and requires domain administrator for it. Networks used at workplace are of this type.

In order to check your network location, go to the ‘Control Panel’ by clicking on ‘Start’. After this, you can search for ‘Network and Sharing Center’ by typing ‘network’ in search box. In ‘Network and Sharing Centre’, you will see network name for your computer. If it is ‘Public’ then click on ‘Public network’ to select network location of your choice.

Does your firewall allow file and printer sharing?

For file and printer sharing, you must check if your firewall supports sharing. In case of Windows Firewall, there is no need to worry as it opens correct ports as soon as you share file or other documents. Use of another firewall forces you to open these ports yourself for sharing. Opening of these ports helps your computer to detect computer with printer or files that you wish to share.

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Other options for file and printer sharing:
There are some supplementary options like, Network Discovery, Public folder sharing, File sharing, to reduce efforts of sharing. These options can be turned on manually. With these options, you can detect other computers and devices, share their files or folders and Public folders too.

  • To turn on these options in Windows7, you just have to go to the ‘Network and Sharing Centre’ in ‘Control Panel’. Here you can change settings to enable network discovery or file sharing with click on ‘Change advanced sharing settings’. For Public folder sharing, you must specify level of access. Finally, click on ‘Save changes’ to fix these settings.
  • In case of Windows Vista, in ‘Network and Sharing Centre’, you will see ‘Sharing and Discovery’ option in which you can make changes in order to turn on required options. Here also you have to be specific in Public folders sharing.
  • You can also consider option of password-protected sharing in order to protect your shared folders from strangers. In Windows7 or windows Vista, it can be turned on by the same procedure explained above.
    Network Map.
  • Network map is provided in ‘Network and Sharing Centre’, and it gives you an idea of computers connection with graphical view. In case of troubleshooting, it proves its expediency. For computer with Windows XP to be appeared on map, you must install LLTD (Link-Layer Topology Discovery) protocol. After installing LLTD, if your map is still not showing Windows XP computers, then it might be your firewall that is preventing detection. It can be done by modifying firewall settings.

How to Set up a Wireless Router at your Home or Office

Routers are necessities of both wired and wireless connections when we want to access internet over the network.  You must ensure that router has enough ports to accommodate all the computers over the network. Wireless router helps you create wireless network by following few easy steps. Let us see them one by one.

To get right hardware

As it is quiet obvious that wireless router is essential to setup network. With advancement in technology, now days it has become very difficult to choose proper router. The best way to choose router is to check its compatibility with Windows7. If it works with Windows7, you will find it mentioned on the router. Many criteria must be taken under considerations which include speed it provides with the technology used. You must also consider whether the cost is worth for its performance and if the manufacturer is providing it with warranty. User comments and ratings will help you to find proper and popular router.

You must also be equipped with wireless and wired network adapter and Ethernet cables to join computers in wired network.

Set up router

If your router is compatible with Windows7 then installation is very easy. You just have to plug it into power source as use of WCN doesn’t require direct connection between computer and router. Right click on the network icon will lead you to ‘Connect to network’ where you will find the list of networks available at the moment. Choose right option and follow the procedure as displayed on screen.

If WCN is not available, there are two ways available. One is manual installation and other is use of setup CD. Setup CD will provide with available information to install router into the system. To manually install router you have to plug it into power supply and then with use of network cable establish connection between router and computer’s Network adapter. You must ensure that the port of the router you are using is not reserved for Internet or WAN or WLAN. You have to open configuration webpage of router which can be accessed by typing “” or “” in the address bar. There it might ask you user name and password which is ‘admin’ in most of the cases.

After accessing the webpage, search for the setup utility and run it. If it is not found then you can refer information associated with browser.

Connect router to internet

If router over the network is connected to the internet then each computer in the network can access it. If you are using cable internet then you just have to plug the wire provided by ISP into router. It must be connected to the port marked with “Internet”. If you are using modem then by using Ethernet cable you can establish connection between modem and router. Then you have to connect ISP cable into modem to access internet.

To setup a wireless router is easy and it’s easier when it is compatible with Windows7. If router comes with push button then just push the button and wait for few seconds. If you have WCN then computer will be automatically added to the network. Use of router has its own benefits which are too important to be ignored.

How to Share Files Using the Public Folders

With an enormous exposure to Windows, you must be familiar with Public folders so far. In Windows7, there are Public folders like Public Music, Public Documents, Public Videos and list continues. Whenever any file or folder is copied into any of this folder, it shares that particular file with people on your network and others too. This sharing is limited to people who can access your Public folders.

Public folders are located in Documents library. You can go to the Document library with click on ‘Start’ and then ‘Documents’. On clicking, Document library will open and on left of it you will see ‘Libraries’. As you click on arrow next to each library like Music, Pictures, Documents and Videos, Public folder for each of them will appear. These folders are categorized depending on their content type such as Public Documents, Public Music, Public Pictures and Public Videos. Public folders do not include anything until someone put files into them.

Content of Public folders will be of your choice completely. Folders or files that you wish to share can be placed in these folders. You can share preferred files like songs, videos just by copying or moving them into Public Music or Public Videos. Go with direct sharing with ‘Share with’ menu if you want to share file with specific people only.

Public folders sharing Vs Direct sharing:

Although it’s easy to share files with Public folders, it is not the only way for sharing. Sharing of any file or folder can be done directly with precise information of recipients. In direct sharing, you can not only choose people to share with but also put a ceiling on their access to your file. Selection of recipients and sharing permission levels for each of them will be in your hand. While in Public folders, you cannot manage such settings. You can either protect all files in them or none of them. Moreover, access to shared documents cannot be limited in Public folders.

Access to Public folders:

Before sharing files with Public folders, you must turn on the Public folder sharing since it is off by default. However, in case of HomeGroup it is not turned off by default. Only local administrators with account and password can access these folders if Public folder sharing is off.  As you turn Public folder sharing on, everyone can access these folders. This feature can be turned on or off by following some easy steps.

  1. First, go to the ‘Control Panel’ by clicking ‘Start’ button. Then search for ‘Network and Sharing Center’ by typing ‘network’ in search box. In ‘Network and Sharing Centre’, you are supposed to click on ‘Change advanced sharing settings’ that is showed on left.
  2. In your network profile you will encounter ‘Public folder sharing’, under which you must select one of options so as to turn Public folder sharing on or off.
  3. Fix altered settings by clicking on ‘Save changes’. You must enter administrator password or confirmation if it is obligatory.

However this is not safe option as it doesn’t serves privacy. This problem can be solved by enabling password-protected sharing.

Password-protected sharing:

With this feature you can control access to Public folders by permitting access to only local administrators. To turn this option on or off, you must carry out some steps.

  1. First step will be same as that of Public folder sharing. Click on ‘Change advanced sharing settings’ under ‘Network and Sharing Centre’.
  2. After this in your network profile, click on ‘Password-protected sharing’. In this select option in order to turn it on or off.
  3. Finally click on ‘Save changes’ to set these changes. Here also you must provide confirmation or administrator password.

Like this, Public folders are handy alternatives for sharing files in Windows7. Process of sharing is straightforward with Public folders.

How to Keep Specific Files and Folders from Being Shared with a Home group

Homegroup is meant for sharing but as you share files it is also possible to prevent specific files or folders from being shared. While creating a homegroup or joining homegroup, you have to specify the files, folders or libraries, that are needed for sharing with homegroup. Primarily, these libraries or files are shared with only Read access so that recipients can only open and read that file. With Read access, recipients are not allowed to make any changes in file. Afterward, level of sharing permission can be altered. Moreover, some important files and libraries can be safely kept private to you only. This anticipation can be done at the time of creation of homegroup or later.

Prevention of library from sharing along with creation of homegroup:

Any library can be excluded from sharing while you are creating homegroup or joining one.

  1. It can be done just by performing some steps.
  2. At first you have to open ‘Homegroup’. It can be done just by clicking on ‘Start’ and then ‘Control Panel’. In ‘Control Panel’, select on ‘Homegroup’.
  3. Then click on ‘Create a homegroup’ in order to create homegroup. If you want to join homegroup, click on ‘Join now’.
  4. Screen of wizard will appear subsequently. In this box, you must empty the check box for library that is required to be kept private.
  5. Lastly, click on ‘Next’ and then ‘Finish’.

Prevention of library from sharing after creation of homegroup:

You can also keep a particular library private after creating a homegroup. The process is very simple and takes few seconds only. After creating a homegroup, you just have to change some settings.

  1. First step is to open ‘Homegroup’. It can be done as explained earlier. You are supposed to click on ‘Start’ and then ‘Control Panel’. Click on ‘Homegroup’ in ‘Control Panel’.
  2. Clean check box of library if you don’t want to share that library on homegroup. To fix these changes, you should click on ‘Save changes’.

Exclusion of particular files or folders in homegroup:

Like libraries, files or folders can also be prevented from sharing. Windows7 provides a new ‘Share with’ menu for this function. With this feature, sharing is done at ease. In order to prevent any file from being shared, you have to go along with procedure.

  1. To begin with, go to the navigation pane by clicking on ‘Start’ and respective user name subsequently. Doing so, navigation pane will appear on screen showing list of available files.
  2. After this, you must select the file that you don’t want to share with others. With right-click on the file you will see list of options including ‘Share with’. This option offers choices like ‘Nobody’, ‘Homegroup (Read)’, ‘Homegroup (Read/Write)’ and ‘Specific people’.
  • First option is ‘Nobody’. Selection of this option will exclude that specific file from sharing with anyone except you.
  • By using ‘Specific people’ option, you can share that file with some selected people of your choice. These people can be added by ‘Add’ option; and by clicking on ‘Share’ you can share that file with them.
  • In order to adjust level of sharing permission, you can use ‘Homegroup (Read)’ or ‘Homegroup (Read/Write)’. With only Read permission, recipient can only open and view file, while with Red/Write he can do anything with that file.

In this manner, sharing of file can be restricted to people of your choice. Furthermore, access to shared documents can also be limited with exciting features provided by Windows7.

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