With a few minor tweaks to Windows 7 settings, you can configure your PC according to your requirements. You can speed up your comp, reorganize the taskbar, set a system restore point, calibrate your screen, activate virtual Wi-Fi, protect your data using BitLocker, customize the jumplists, and do lots more. Here are some Windows 7 tips and tricks that can help you in making efficient use of your computer.
How you can protect your data
If you frequently share your external hard drive or USB flash drives with public computers, the data stored on your portable disks may be at risk of unauthorized access. If you have Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise editions, the in-built BitLocker feature can be used to encrypt your drives. To do so, right-click the drive you want to encrypt. Then select ‘Turn on BitLocker’ and follow the instructions in the wizard. When BitLocker is enabled for a drive, a password will be required to access its contents.
Speed up your Windows 7 computer
If your PC takes a long time to open files, it could be due to disk fragmentation. You can run the Disk Defragmenter tool in Windows 7 to speed up access to data. Click ‘Start’, open ‘All Programs’, and click ‘Accessories’. Now click ‘System Tools’, and then click ‘Disk Defragmenter’. In the ‘Disk Defragmenter’ dialog box, select the drives that you want to defragment. Now click the ‘Analyze disk’ button. After the disk analysis is done, a dialog box is displayed informing you whether the drive should be defragmented. Now click the ‘Defragment disk’ button. When the defragmentation is complete, Disk Defragmenter shows the results.
Set up a system restore point
It is important to configure a system restore point to avoid accidental data loss due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have a restore point for your PC, you can revert the computer to the state it was in before the data was lost. For setting the restore point, first open ‘Control Panel’, click ‘System and Security’ and click ‘System’. Now click the ‘System protection’ tab and click ‘Create’. Enter a description in the ‘System Protection’ dialog box, and then click ‘Create’.
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