Setting the Photos Screensaver As Logon Screensaver in Windows Vista and Windows 7

The Photos screensaver that comes in-built in Windows Vista and higher, can be used as the logon screensaver as well. The logon screensaver kicks off after the specified wait time in the logon screen when no user is logged on. There are instructions all over the web on how to apply the screensaver settings to the logon desktop in Windows 2000 and XP systems. The steps meant for Windows XP don’t work in the latest Operating Systems, and if you apply those steps for Windows Vista/7 and higher, all you get is a blank screen in the logon desktop after the wait time.

For Windows Vista and higher, implementation of the logon screensaver setting is slightly different. This post guides you through the process.Read more

How to Open Windows Explorer to Favorites in Windows 7

When you start Windows Explorer using the Pinned Taskbar shortcut, it opens the Libraries folder by default. If you want Explorer to open to Favorites instead, here are a couple of options for you: Creating a New Desktop Shortcut to Favorites Right-click on the desktop, click New and click Shortcut. Type the following path and … Read more

How to Pin Windows Update Icon to the Start menu and Taskbar in Windows 7?

Pinning applications to the Start menu or Taskbar is a great way to access them quickly, especially the ones which you use frequently. However the Pin to.. option isn’t available for Windows Update and perhaps for some other special executables in Windows. To Pin Windows Update icon to the Start menu/Taskbar in Windows 7, here are some neat tricks:

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How to Remove Libraries, Homegroup and Favorites from Explorer Navigation Pane in Windows 7

The Libraries, Homegroup and Favorites section in the Windows Explorer navigation pane prove very useful for most users. However, if you don’t wish to use those options and want to have a barebones navigation pane, here are some customizations for you.

I’ve put together a set of REG files (See section Registry Fix) for you to automate the task, so you don’t have to perform the manual steps below. If you prefer editing them manually if you’re good in registry, then use these steps:

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