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Top 20 Windows 7 tips for IT admins

Make working in Windows 7 even easier

There's so many products on the market that IT admins need to know about. So with this in mind, we've rounded up 20 quick Windows 7 tips that will make life easier for IT admins, ensure they can use their time more efficiently.

7. There is a replacement to the Security Center called the Action Center

Located in the Control Panel, it provides both security and maintenance information for your system. It also provides links to many other features such as backup settings.

8. There is a new UAC (User Account Control) slider to set the desired prompt level

You can reach it quickly by typing 'uac' in the Instant Search bar. This slider is set by default to a less annoying setting than what Vista had, but you can bring the settings back to Vista mode, leave it in Windows 7 mode (which prompts you only if an action is attempted beyond your input), or lower the settings to the bottom and turn off the UAC security altogether to what I like to call 'Mac mode' (yes, I know the Mac's UAC equivalent prompts users for the same kinds of actions as UAC's Windows 7 mode). Note that the slider is also available in the Action Center.

9. You can quickly turn on and off certain Windows apps

To turn on and off built-in apps such as Internet Explorer, DVD Maker, and Media Player, type 'features' in the Instant Search bar and select the Turn Windows Features On or Off link under Control Panel; then locate the feature you want to hide or display.

10. You can run a private version of Internet Explorer

If you are at a conference or in a public location and want to run a private version of Internet Explorer, you can quickly jump to the InPrivate Browsing mode to do so. There are several methods.

You can click and drag the IE icon up or right-click it to get a contextual menu in which you choose Start InPrivate Browsing. Or in IE itself, choose Safety, InPrivate Browsing or press Ctrl-Shift-P to open a new, private IE window. You can also set a desktop shortcut for IE that automatically launches in InPrivate Browsing mode; just append -private after the application path, with a space before the hyphen.

No matter how you launch that private session, IE won't retain any of the information you view or type during that session.

11. You can turn off auto-detection of your location and other such browser information

Sometimes, when you go to a site, it locates your connection point and asks, for example, 'Would you like to know the weather in [your location]?' That may freak you out a bit, but you can use a new IE feature called InPrivate Filtering, located in IE's Safety options, to choose what browser information you want to filter out from sites' access.

12. You can set up a quick home network

Use the new feature called HomeGroups to share documents, pictures, and printers easily with other members of your home network also running Windows 7.

13. Find out what's causing reliability issues

If your PC has issues every once in a while, such as crashes or application hangs, type 'reliability' in the Instant Search bar to open the Reliability Monitor; it will show your system's reliability history over a period of time and what seems to hit your reliability the most.

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