How To Enable The Telnet Client In Windows 7

As a system administrator, having all of your software utilities quickly accessible can make your job easier.  One piece of software often used by admins is the Microsoft Telnet Client.

Unlike previous versions of the Windows operating system, Windows 7 does not have the Microsoft Telnet client installed by default.  System administrators can quickly see this when typing ‘telnet‘ on the Windows 7 command line.

In this guide I will show you how to enable the Telnet client in Windows 7.

Step 1

Click the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features and select Turn Windows features on or off.

Step 2

In the new window that opens, scroll down until you see Telnet Client.  Check the box and click OK.

Step 3

Start the Microsoft Telnet Client by clicking Start and typing ‘telnet’ into the search.

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How to Enable Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling in Windows Media Player 12

One thing I noticed while using the new Windows Media Player 12 (which comes pre-installed with Windows 7) was that the options to enable crossfading and auto volume leveling appeared to be missing.

After doing a little searching, I found that the options were still available but they were now hidden in an unusual location.

Enabling Crossfading and Auto Volume Leveling

To gain access to the audio enhancements that were available in previous versions of Windows Media Player, you need to change Windows Media Player 12 to Now Playing mode or Skin View.  The easiest way to do this is to click the Switch to Now Playing button shown below.

While in Now Playing mode, press the Alt key on your keyboard to display the menu, then select View –> Enhancements.  You will now have access to crossfading and auto volume leveling, as well as play speed, quiet mode, SRS WOW effects, Dolby Digital settings, and video settings.

Update 12/29/10: If you can’t find the Enhancements menu mentioned in the previous paragraph, try right-clicking the Now Playing window and look for the Enhancements menu there.

Windows 7 Tip: Sticky Notes

Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 7, contains many new features unseen in previous versions of Windows.  Sticky Notes is a useful new feature that allows you to place virtual notes on your desktop.

To start Sticky Notes, navigate to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Sticky Notes or open the Start menu and type “sticky” into the search box.

A blank note will appear after you open the program.  Clicking on the note will allow you to edit it and add text, and a note can be easily moved anywhere on the desktop by simply clicking and dragging.

Sticky Notes also allows extra formatting features such as Bold, Italic, and Underline with the respective keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+B, Ctrl+I, and Ctrl+U.  You can also change the color of your Sticky Notes by right-clicking a note and selecting the color of your choice.

To add a new note, click the + sign on an existing note or use the Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut.  Click the X on a note to delete it or use the Ctrl+D keyboard shortcut.

For easy access to your notes, simply pin the Sticky Notes program to the taskbar.

What do you think of the Sticky Notes feature of Windows 7?  Let us know by commenting below!

How To Remove The Windows 7 Recycle Bin Icon

A fresh install of Windows 7 includes only one icon on the desktop, the Recycle Bin.  While this is provided as a convenience for some, many view this icon as cluttering their perfectly clean desktop.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to quickly remove the Recycle Bin from the Windows 7 desktop.

Step one:  Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize from the menu.

Step two:  Click Change desktop icons in the upper-left corner of the new window.

Step three:  Uncheck the box next to Recycle Bin and click OK.

Switch to your desktop to verify the Recycle Bin icon was removed.

You can still access your Recycle Bin at any time by typing “Recycle Bin” into any Explorer window.

Windows 7 RC Will Auto-Shutdown Every Two Hours Starting March 1st

This is an important reminder to anyone still using the release candidate version of Windows 7 – even though it doesn’t officially expire until June 1st, 2010, Windows 7 RC will begin to auto-shutdown every two hours starting March 1st, 2010.  Microsoft warns that your work will not be saved when these automatic shutdowns occur.

You can check out Microsoft’s official statement below:

Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Your work will not be saved during the shutdown.

The Windows 7 RC will fully expire on June 1, 2010. Your PC running the Windows 7 RC will continue shutting down every two hours and your files won’t be saved during shutdown. In addition, your wallpaper will change to a solid black background with a persistent message on your desktop. You’ll also get periodic notifications that Windows isn’t genuine. That means your PC may no longer be able to obtain optional updates or downloads requiring genuine Windows validation.

To avoid interruption, please reinstall a prior version of Windows or move to Windows 7. In either case, you’ll need to do a custom (clean) install to replace the RC. As with any clean installation, you’ll need to back up your data then reinstall your applications and restore the data.

Thanks again for helping us test Windows 7.

So what now?  The best advice is to start making backups of your data now and install a full version of Windows 7.  You still have about two weeks before the auto-shutdowns begin, which gives you plenty of time to prepare your data.  If you haven’t already purchased Windows 7, you can find it on Amazon.com.

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t let you upgrade RC versions of Windows 7 to the full version of Windows 7, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.  Check out this handy guide to upgrading Windows 7 RC to a full version which can save you a lot of time (and money!).

If you’re really feeling cheap you can try disabling the auto-shutdowns, but this could cause some serious problems and it will always be safest to follow a legitimate upgrade path.

Good luck upgrading, I’ve got some backups to do!

Create Custom Application Groups in Windows 7 with Jumplist Launcher

One of the most noticeable additions to Windows 7 is the new Windows taskbar.  Not only does it group multiple application windows together, it also features “Jump Lists” which are quick-access menus that can be activated by right clicking a program’s icon.

In this guide, I’ll introduce you to a program called Jumplist-Launcher which allows you to create custom application groups using Jump Lists.

Using Jumplist-Launcher

Jumplist-Launcher is a free download for Windows 7 and requires no installation.  Even better, Jumplist-Launcher doesn’t even have to be running once you’ve created your custom application groups!

When you open Jumplist-Launcher, you’ll see a screen where you can create Groups which will become the subsections of your custom list.  You can create multiple groups with folders and files just like in Windows Explorer, and you can also simply drag and drop shortcuts into the program.

Once you’re finished creating your list just click the Update Jumplist button and you’ll be set.  Right clicking the Jumplist-Launcher icon in the taskbar will display your custom list, and you can select Pin this program to taskbar to make sure it’s always available.

The only small problem I’ve had with Jumplist-Launcher is that some of the menus are in German and haven’t been translated to English.  When in doubt, click Abbrechen (cancel)!

[Download Jumplist-Launcher] (Note: the download file is compressed as a .RAR so you’ll need a free program like 7-zip to open it)

Make sure to check out the rest of our Windows 7 articles for more great tips!

Windows 7 Secret: ‘GodMode’

Some are calling it the “ultimate control panel”, but what does the new, secretive Windows 7 ‘GodMode’ do?

The foxy-sounding name is a little deceiving, because as far as we know, it is exactly what people are calling it – a glorified control panel.  However, that goes without saying how useful this feature actually is.

To access the simplified, all-in-one control panel, create a new folder anywhere you want and name it:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The folder icon will turn into the standard control panel icon, and once clicked will lead you to a place full of control panel options.  Anything from adding a printer to changing your display options can be found, all in one place.  The panel allows you to collapse and expand the options, according to how they appear in the normal control panel.

GodMode has also been said to work fine in Windows Vista 32-bit, but some are reporting a crash after trying it on their 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.  So, Windows Vista x64 owners, please try this at your own risk!

Currently, Microsoft isn’t releasing any details on the feature.

Windows 7 Officially Releases Today

win7-release-thumbWindows 7, Microsoft’s newest operating system and successor to the ill-famed Windows Vista, was released today after becoming the biggest pre-order product of all time on Amazon UK.  You may have already been following as we showed you how to install Windows 7 on a virtual machine, how to dual boot Windows 7 with your current operating system, and how to install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive for netbooks.

If you’re wondering if your computer is capable of running Windows 7, you can check out the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor which will tell you exactly what you can expect with the new operating system.  As a general rule: if your computer can run Windows Vista, it will run Windows 7 just fine.  Many computers capable of running Windows XP can also use Windows 7 (just make sure you have 1 GB of RAM).

Still haven’t taken the leap?  You can purchase Windows 7 from Amazon, and make sure to check out the rest of our Windows 7 coverage.  We’ll have many more Windows 7 articles coming in the future!

Windows 7 System Requirements:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Netflix Instant Watch Now Available in Windows 7 Media Center

win7-mediacenter-openNetflix Instant Watch, a popular movie and TV streaming service, has just become available for Windows 7 users in Windows Media Center.  This feature was added for Windows Vista users earlier this year, and the Windows 7 update comes just before the official launch of Microsoft’s newest operating system this Thursday.

If you haven’t received the update yet, you can manually update Windows Media Center by going to  Tasks –> Settings–> General–> Automatic Download Options and click the manual update button.

Netflix Instant Watch in Windows Media Center offers you an incredibly streamlined experience if you are using your computer as a home theater PC.  In the Instant Watch application you can view your instant queue, DVD queue, and browse dozens of recommended offerings from Netflix’s library of 12,000+ titles.

Want to see more?  Check out the image gallery below.

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How to Install Windows from a USB Flash Drive

usb-flash-driveNetbooks, which are ultra-portable laptops, have exploded in popularity due to their small size and ease of use.  Unfortunately, that tiny form factor comes with some drawbacks – most netbooks don’t come equipped with an optical drive.  This means that most users are stuck with the operating system that was installed by the manufacturer.

Luckily, Windows 7, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and Server 2008 can be installed from a USB flash drive with a few simple steps.  In this guide, I’ll be using a program called WinToFlash to create a bootable USB drive for Windows 7.

Prerequisites

  • A Windows installation disc or disc image (.iso)
    • If you have downloaded a Windows installation disc (such as the Windows 7 Beta or RC), you should already have the .iso file.
    • If you have a physical installation disc, skip to Step 2.
  • A USB flash drive – minimum 3 GB.

Step 1:  Extract the Windows .iso

win7-thumbdrive-extract7zipIf you have an installation disc image (.iso), that file contains all of the files from the Windows installation disc.  To extract these files, download and install 7-Zip (free) and browse to the location of your Windows .iso in the file browser.  Click ‘Extract’ and wait while the files are expanded.

Step 2:  Processing Installation Files with WinToFlash

Download the latest version WinToFlash and extract the files.  Open WinToFlash.exe and click the ‘Windows setup transfer wizard’ button to get started.

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After clicking Next, you need to select the path to your Windows installation files and your USB drive.  If you have a Windows installation disc, select your optical drive.  If you had an .iso image, choose the location where you extracted the files from Step 1.

win7-thumbdrive-select

WinToFlash will configure your USB drive and transfer all installation files.  This will take approximately 5-10 minutes.

win7-thumbdrive-processing

Once the process has finished, you will receive an “All done” message.  Click Exit to close the application, and your USB drive will now contain a bootable version of your Windows installation files.

Step 3:  Install Windows

Now that you have your USB drive prepped and ready to go, you need to set your netbook to use your USB drive as the primary boot device.  This can be done by accessing your computer’s BIOS by tapping the key your manufacturer specifies (typically Delete or a function key like F2) just as your computer starts.

In my instance, I had to go to the Boot tab and select ‘Hard Disk Drives’ first to set my USB drive (listed as USB:SanDisk Cruzer) in the 1st Drive field.  I then had to go back to the Boot Settings menu and open ‘Boot Device Priority’ to set the USB:SanDisk Cruzer drive in the 1st Boot Device field.

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Note: While most newer computers support USB drives as a boot device, some older models may not.  Refer to your manufacturer’s support information or check if an update to your BIOS is available.

After setting the USB drive as your primary boot device, save your changes (typically with F10) and restart your computer.  While booting up you may see a message to “Press any key to continue…”.  You can now proceed through the Windows installation like usual, and once the installation is finished be sure to go back into your BIOS and change your settings back to the way they were originally.

Have another method to install Windows on a netbook?  Share it with us in the comments!