You like to get a clear view of your filesystem to find the files and folders that take up all the space on the hard drive? Then WinDirStat is the right tool for you, it is a free (OpenSource) program that has been originally developed under the name KDirStat for the Linux KDE Desktop.
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You have a laptop and want to use it as a second monitor to mirror or extend your Windows Desktop? Here are some options for the different Windows versions.
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To enable virtualization on a machine with a Z77X-UDH3 motherboard run the BIOS by hitting Del while booting the computer.
Once inside click on the BIOS Features tab and look for the Intel Virtualization Technology entry. If it's set on Disabled, set it on Enabled. Afterwards save the changes made to your settings and quit the BIOS using the last tab from the main tab-line.
In some cases when you try to get a virtual machine running with Virtualbox or similar virtualization software you will get an error stating that 'VT-X is not available'. This relates to BIOS settings which, depending on your processor, determine whether your computer is able to virtualize stuff. These settings are not set automatically however, so it's worth a look into your BIOS whether you can actually change the setting and if your processor allows it.
The keyword to look for in the settings is 'Virtualization', it's probably placed in some advanced tab if there are some of those in your BIOS.
To see how it's done with a Z77X-UDH3 motherboard by Gigabyte see this post: Gigabyte Z77X-UDH3
While SkyDrive needed complex folder mapping to be accessed from your computer's file system in the past it is now possible to download a desktop app from the Microsoft website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/skydrive/download
Scroll down and click the Download the desktop app button to start downlowding. Install it afterwards by double-clicking the executable:
After the installation your SkyDrive folder will be placed in your User's folder by default:
Windows 7 has hidden away some features and options pretty neatly but nonetheless they still exist. Such as the option to change the system fonts. To get there try searching for Change window colors and metrics in the Start menu (metrics is also sufficient).
Hit enter if you have found it and you will be guided right to the fonts window where you can change the font and size of all the Windows fonts. And since we all love Comic Sans, why not use that on every option?
By default Windows computers participate in file-sharing of local networks - it recognizes other devices in that network such as other computers and printers and shares all data in the folders set to do so.
If you want to turn this feature off at all or partly you can do so through the Control Panel. Open it from the Start menu and head to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change advanced sharing settings.
Here you find two drop-down-menus where you can decide over public- as well as home-network specifics:
Save changes afterwards!
Windows hides certain files and folders by default to prevent the unexperienced users from messing with them. In some situations however it is necessary to view them, e.g. to backup some data from the hidden App Data folder.
So to make hidden files visible, open the Control Center and head to Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options. Open the View tab and under Advanced Settings check the Show hidden files, folders and drives checkbox. Confirm with Apply or OK and every hidden file and folder will be visible as transparent item in the explorer from now on.
With preferences you make concerning single files and folders it's easy to lose track of which files you have currently set as whatever you needed them to be. This is especially important for shared files and folders since you don't always want them to be shared with everyone.
Good thing there is a list with all shared files hidden on your system - to get to it search for Computer Management in the Start menu.
On the left pane of the CM window, browse for Computer Management (Local) > System Tools > Shared Folders > Shared:
You'll get a list of items here that are shared by your computer with path and description given.
When something crashes on Windows you will often see a dialog showing that Windows is checking for a solution of the problems. Frankly, Windows has never found a solution for my crashes itself and it made more sense to abort the search and go for it myself.
If you are feeling the same way you might want to turn the dialog off completely. To do that, left click the little flag icon on your task-bar once:
Select Open Action Center and head to Change Action Center settings on the left side pane, then scroll down and click Problem reporting settings where you have the option to select Never check for solutions. Confirm with OK and you should be good to go.