RocketDock is a free OS X style launcher for Windows. It is highly customizable.
>A quick guide on creating desktop icons for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
I’m not advocating it, but I understand some people may want to downgrade Windows 8. Here is how to do it:
See: Microsoft – Understanding Downgrade Rights
Downgrade only supported from from Windows 8 Pro to Windows 7 Pro (or Vista Biz, LOL).
1 – You must have Windows 8 Pro (with license key)
2 – You’ll need a Windows 7 DVD or ISO.
You can download ISO’s here:
Windows 7 Professional with SP1 32-bit
Windows 7 Professional with SP1 64-bit
To create a DVD from an ISO use CDBurnerXP.
To create a bootable flash drive see: Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool. (If you have issues with this see here.)
3 – Install Windows 7 Pro. Do a clean install via instructions here: Installing Windows 7
4 – Activation. When entering key you will probably need to use the “Activation Support phone number” as per the Understanding Downgrade Rights above. Explain what you are doing. They will give you an activation code.
5 – That’s it!
Article revised and merged. See: Timer Tweaks Benchmarked
(last updated 31 August, 2014)
This is a Windows 7 version of the previous articles I wrote called The Freeware XP Machine, and The Vista Free Machine. This version is Windows 7 specific and has several additions and deletions of software I have tried based on recommendations of readers (and THANKS for the suggestions).
This is not a comprehensive list of freeware apps, there are lists like that all over the place. This is a list of apps I use and/or recommend. The goal of this list is to hopefully make your computing experience a little better and less expensive. I know that many of you already use a lot of these programs but perhaps this list would be something you might want to pass on to friends and family to help them out.
Tweaking Windows 7 has been updated.
It’s been over 3 years since the first version of this particular guide.
I figured it was time I got off my lazy ass and update it.
I hope you enjoy it!
***Important Note – If you’ve purchased the Tweak Guide in the past, please contact me for your free update. Please include the Name /email info you order it with.
FYI – Up next is a complete revision of all the freeware guides and a Windows 8 edition of same.
Updates for all supported Microsoft operating systems and some Office products.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2013
Most Windows users will have a critical security update.
It actually looks like an update to an update
The usual Geek news sites today have featured a blog post entitled, “Why was Pinball removed from Windows Vista?”
The post is interesting but that ain’t why I’ve posted this.
Like many others I’ve been using the original XP pinball game in 64-bit Windows since Vista came out without a single issue.
“Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but were later removed. It has a customizable Start menu and Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features.”
Download & Info
Microsoft has made a big to-do about the ability to pin sites in Windows 7 and Windows 8 using Internet Explorer.
I’m going to cover a little about it and how to fix a few problems.
Updates available for XP, 2K3, Vista, 2K8, Seven, Eight, 2K12, Visual Studio.
Most of these are Compatibility Updates:
A compatibility update is a software update that improves the compatibility experience in Windows. Microsoft regularly releases Windows compatibility updates to improve the overall user experience.
This article covers creating an all-in-one Windows recovery flash drive.
This is the one I use. I often carry it with me.