Category Archives: Windows 7

Restore File Associations


This solution will modify your windows registry.  Please make a backup of registry before proceeding further.

Download the below file, unzip it and run with administrative privileges:

Download Restore Association Registry file

This file restore all the incorrect associations of .LNK files.


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Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool captures a screen shot of anything on your desktop, like a picture or a section of webpage. Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse. Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window. Snipping Tool is available only in the Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Snipping Tool

Snipping Tool








Use Snipping Tool to capture screen shots

To open Snipping Tool

  • Open Snipping Tool by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, clicking Search, entering Snipping Tool in the search box, and then clicking Snipping Tool.

You can capture the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw any shape around an object with your finger, mouse, or tablet pen.

  • Rectangular Snip. Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.

  • Window Snip.  Choose a window—like a browser window or a dialog box.

  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen.

Capture a snip

In Snipping Tool, click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of your screen that you want to capture. The snip is automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window.

Capture a snip of a menu

  1. After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.

  2. Press Ctrl+PrtScn.

  3. Click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of the screen that you want to capture.

Save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, Click the Save Snip button.

  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter a file name, location, and file type, and then click Save.

Remove the URL

When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from showing up:

  1. Click Tools, and then click Options.

  2. In the Snipping Tools Options dialog box, clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) check box, and then click OK.

Share a snip

After you capture a snip, click the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then choose whether you’d like to send the snip in the body of your email or as an attachment.

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Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8


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BitLocker Drive Encryption

How can you help protect your data from loss, theft, or hackers? The answer: BitLocker.

Improved for Windows 7 and available in the Ultimate and Enterprise editions, BitLocker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once BitLocker is turned on, any file you save on that drive is encrypted automatically.

BitLocker To Go—a new feature of Windows 7—gives the lockdown treatment to easily-misplaced portable storage devices like USB flash drives and external hard drives.

What is encryption?

Encryption is a way to enhance the security of a message or file by scrambling the contents so that it can be read only by someone who has the right encryption key to unscramble it. For example, if you purchase something from a website, the information for the transaction (such as your address, phone number, and credit card number) is usually encrypted to help keep it safe. Use encryption when you want a strong level of protection for your information.

What is Encrypting File System (EFS)?

Encrypting File System (EFS) is a feature of Windows that you can use to store information on your hard disk in an encrypted format. Encryption is the strongest protection that Windows provides to help you keep your information secure.

Some key features of EFS:

  • Encrypting is simple; just select a check box in the file or folder’s properties to turn it on.
  • You have control over who can read the files.
  • Files are encrypted when you close them, but are automatically ready to use when you open them.
  • If you change your mind about encrypting a file, clear the check box in the file’s properties.


  • EFS is not fully supported on Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, and Windows 7 Home Premium. For those editions of Windows, if you have the encryption key or certificate, you can do the following:
    • Decrypt files by running Cipher.exe in the Command Prompt window (advanced users)
    • Modify an encrypted file
    • Copy an encrypted file as decrypted to a hard disk on your computer
    • Import EFS certificates and keys
    • Back up EFS certificates and keys by running Cipher.exe in the Command Prompt window (advanced users)

What happens if I add more files to an encrypted drive?

New files are automatically encrypted when you add them to a drive that uses BitLocker. However, if you copy these files to another drive or a different PC, they’re automatically decrypted.

Where can I use BitLocker?

BitLocker can encrypt the drive Windows is installed on (the operating system drive) as well as fixed data drives (such as internal hard drives). You can also use BitLocker To Go to help protect all files stored on a removable data drive (such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive).



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Flash Drive as Installation Media for Windows

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  • Plug in the Flash drive and once it is ready open
    Windows Explorer.
  • Right click on the flash drive icon and select ‘Format…’.
  • Select FAT32 as ‘File System’.
  • Select the Allocation Unit Size as ‘4096 Bytes’.
  • Provide the ‘Volume Level’ of the drive.
  • Uncheck ‘Quick Format’.
  • Click on ‘Start’.
  • Click ‘Yes’ on the confirmation dialog box.
  • Click ‘OK’ on format complete dialog box.
  • Navigate to the location where your installation files of Windows 7 are located.
  • Select and copy all the files.
  • Paste these files on the root of the flash drive.

Once the copying is complete this flash drive can be used as a bootable installation media for Windows 7.   This process can be used for other versions of Windows also.

Boot the system from USB using BIOS settings.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Windows, Windows 7


Hindi Phonetic Typing using MS Office

1.  Download the following 2 files by clicking on the links:  and

2.  Install both the files one after another.

3.  Select ‘HI‘ from ‘Language Bar‘.

4.  Select ‘Microsoft Indic Language Input Tool‘.

Now it’s done.  You can start typing in Hindi without knowing Hindi Typing now.

It works almost everywhere in Windows.


Posted by on November 26, 2012 in MS Office, Tips and Tricks, Windows 7


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Backward Compatibility

You may have some application that support only Windows XP but you want to run it on your Windows 7 machine.

Windows has an option of backward compatibility for the applications that have been designed for earlier versions of Windows.

To use this feature right click on the executable (.exe) file of the application, and open Properties.

Go to Compatibility tab.

Click on Run this program in compatibility mode for: check box and select the Windows version from the drop down list.  This list contains almost all the versions of windows.

Backward Compatibility

Click OK

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Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Tips and Tricks, Windows 7


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Docking Taskbar

Docking Taskbar feature was available with earlier versions of Windows also but in Windows 7 it is much more improved.  With Windows 7, all the taskbar icons and pinned programs cascade nicely if you turn the Taskbar vertical.

Docking the Taskbar gives more vertical space on desktop or to open programs.

To Dock the taskbar following step can be taken:

Right-Click on Taskbar and select ‘Properties’.  It will open ‘Taskbar and Start Menu Properties’ dialog box.  On ‘Taskbar’ tab ‘Taskbar location on screen:’ option from where you can choose the new location (Bottom, Left, Right, Top) of the Taskbar.  Select the location and click ‘OK’

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Posted by on October 7, 2012 in Tips and Tricks, Windows 7