Automatically Log Off Inactive Windows 7 Users after a specified period of time; learn two different methods to automatically log off an inactive user on Windows 7.
Enable Quick Launch in Windows 7
By default Quick Launch is disabled in Windows 7. This will show you how to enable or disable Quick Launch on the taskbar in Windows 7 as a toolbar with small or large icons. If you want to add Quick Launch back into Windows 7 perform the following steps:
1. Right click on a empty space on the taskbar and click on New Tool.
2. In the Folder line, type or copy: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
3. Click on the Select Folder button. (See screenshot above)
4. You now have a Quick Launch toolbar on the taskbar.
NOTE: Click on the arrow to see your Quick Launch shortcuts
5. To expand the Quick Launch Toolbar
A) Unlock the taskbar
B) Left click on the dotted lines and hold, then drag it to the left or right to adjust to unhide all of the icons. Release the left click when done.
C) Lock the taskbar to snap it in place.
How to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM
The final version of Windows 7 was released yesterday for MS Technet subscribers, but you can’t upgrade directly from a pre-release version—at least, not without a quick and easy workaround, and we’ve got you covered.
Windows 7 checks whether or not the current version you are running is a pre-release copy, and prevents you from upgrading further. For reference purposes, this is the error you’ll see when you try and upgrade.
The solution is to edit a file inside the Windows 7 DVD—which you’ll have to extract to the hard drive to proceed.
- If you are using an ISO image for the installation progress, you can use the awesome 7-Zip utility to extract the ISO to a folder on the drive.
- If you are using an actual DVD, you can simply copy all of the files from the DVD to a folder on your hard drive.
Pre-Order Windows 7 for $49.99
The Upgrade for WIndows 7 is available on Amazon.com as well as the Microsoft Store for Pre-Order. Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade will only cost you $49.99, a savings of $70 from the suggested $120. Windows 7 Professional Upgrade will set you back $99.99 for a savings of $100. All versions of Windows 7 will be available starting on Oct. 22, 2009. While initial reports say that Win7 is extremely stable and should run on a wide variety of hardware you can ensure sure your PC is compatible with Windows 7 by grabbing Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Windows 7 installation disks will contain both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Windows… so no matter which you version purchase it will install on your PC.
You can purchase the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99 or Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99.99 from Amazon or through the Microsoft Store.