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Preme For Windows 7 is a neat window management utility that almost works

Preme For Windows 7 is a utility that tries to let you manage your windows more easily. I can tell you one thing about its developers, though: they use a completely stock Windows 7 installation, with the taskbar in the default location and just one monitor. I'm quite sure of this, because many of the functions utterly (and sometimes comically) failed when faced with my setup; I use dual monitors,...

OnTopReplica lets you put a section of any window always-on-top

You know those neat thumbnails that you get when you hover over an icon in the Windows 7 taskbar? Did you ever notice how they're "live" and keep moving when a video is playing in a window that is minimized or otherwise obscured? OnTopReplica is a neat little tool that takes this functionality and lets you put one of those thumbnails anywhere on your screen, and it can be any size. Once you run i...

How to Upgrade from Windows 7 RC to Final

So the Windows 7 deadline is fast approaching. Officially, there's no way to upgrade from your RC to retail. But in the real world, it only requires a Windows 7 ISO image and editing a single file in Notepad. Here are the quick text instructions. After the jump you can find detailed (and possibly really boring) screenshots. Get the MS USB/DVD Download Tools Put your Windows 7 Utlimat...

Windows 7 RTM "improved" activation bypassed by hackers

Earlier this year, Microsoft and Lenovo teamed up to tackle the first Windows 7 activation workaround. It was based upon a leaked OEM volume activation key, and was neutralized fairly quickly. Things have been fairly quiet for a while. Microsoft's anti-piracy team had cooked up WAT - Windows Activation Technology - in hopes that it would prove more successful at thwarting unlicensed Windows us...

VHD Attach enables right-click mounting and dismounting of VHD files in Windows 7

One of Windows 7's slick new features is its handling of VHD (virtual hard disk) files. You can use them for a number of handy functions - from discreetly archiving files and folders to booting a full-fledged Vista, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 install via your Windows 7 boot.ini. But VHDs aren't as easy to work with out-of-the-box as they could be. To mount and unmount, you've got to h...

How to fix a Windows 7 upgrade from Vista that is stuck at 62%

A number of message boards around the net have been receiving comments from users upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 who have been unable to complete the upgrade install. Once the installer hits 62% complete, it locks up. You can sit and wait as long as you want, but it's not going anywhere. The problem occurs when the Windows IPv6 helper service (which allows automatic IPv6 connecti...

Add CPU and memory meters to your Windows 7 taskbar

I'm not the biggest Twitter fan, but let's face it: people sometimes share really useful information in their 140-character updates. Scott Hanselman (@shanselman), for example, tipped users about a slick addition to your Windows 7 taskbar that you'll find over at Codeplex called Taskbar Meters. Download developer Jeff Key's .zip file and extract the contents to a folder on your hard drive. ...

Microsoft responds to Windows 7 student upgrade SNAFU with direct ISO download

A few days ago we offered some help to students who were having trouble with their Digital River-provided Windows 7 upgrade download. If you want to go a more direct route, Microsoft and Digital River now have something a bit more straightforward to offer. Update links: Home Premium x86: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65732/X15-65732.isoHome Premium x64: http://msft-dnl....

Microsoft's new Twitter account offers quick, brief Windows 7 tech support

Windows 7 wasn't the only thing Microsoft launched last week. The company also introduced a new Twitter account, called @MicrosoftHelps, that offers customer support for Windows 7 users. Basically, if you have a problem with Windows 7, a question about features, driver support or pretty much anything else, you can just direct it at @MicrosoftHelps, and it looks like there's actually a decent c...

Save $80 on your Windows 7 purchase - the Upgrade does full installs, too

Paul Thurott and a friend over at the SuperSite Blog have worked out how to perform a clean Windows 7 install using the upgrade disc. Come again? That's right: save $80 and buy the Windows 7 Upgrade disc, because you can use it to perform a clean, full-featured installation. Awesome! The instructions are as follows: 1. Perform a clean installation using the Upgrade disc -- this should work with...

Windows 7 and DirectX 11 - not just good news for gamers!

Let me begin with some common knowledge to put us on some common ground. Vista sucks. By association, DirectX10 sucks. In fact, you might not even know what DirectX is -- and you would be forgiven! DirectX is the piece of software that sits between your computer, and your video games. If you don't play games, you won't have heard of it. When you play a game on your PC it goes through DirectX. An...

How to replace the crappy pre-installed software on your new Windows 7 PC with great free apps

So you picked up a new Windows 7 laptop (or desktop) or you're planning on buying one in the very near future? If you took a look at display models in stores like Best Buy or Frye's, you no doubt noticed that new systems come with a lot of programs pre-installed. Lots of software is a good thing, right? Not always. Trouble is, what you get is often a) not really useful software or b) a time...

Microsoft offers tool to burn Windows 7 ISO - or put it on a USB flash drive

If you have already downloaded - or plan on downloading - a purchased copy of Windows 7, you may need a tool to help you turn the bits into something bootable so you can actually start installing your new OS. By some amazing coincidence, Microsoft has a tool designed to handle just such an emergency! Grab the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and follow the on-screen instructions and you'll ...

How to make a DVD of that student-only Windows 7 you bought for $29.99

So you're a student who has taken advantage of the crazy upgrade deal from win741.com but instead of looking at a nice, shiny ready-to-install ISO of Windows 7, Digital River sent you a handful of random files and no ISO! Fortunately, it's very easy to turn them into an installable ISO! Follow this very quick guide to get Windows 7 installing right away. To start with, make sure your downloa...

Windows 7 avalanche: Roundup of hacks, tips, downloads, and more!

Now that you can go and pick up Windows 7 just about anywhere (I hear there's a free copy of Starter coming with every Happy Meal*), let's take a look back at some of Download Squad's past articles about the new OS. After all, we've been covering it since it was just a rumor and using Windows 7 hands-on since...Well, frankly since that first leak appeared on torrent trackers. With our retail c...