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[Solved] Can not boot into Windows 7 Safe Mode by clicking F8 key

Windows 7I need to boot my Windows 7 into Safe mode to re-direct the Public folder to another partition (see my previous post). According to previous experience, I know that  booting into Windows Safe Mode requires holding down or repeatedly pressing the F8 key during the POST (before you see the Windows logo). But this time, however, pressing the F8 key in any way or at any time just won’t work (even F5 still works).

I tried a couple rebooting and clicking the F8 all the time, but Windows 7 just booted into the normal mode by ignoring my F8 efforts. Then I had to find another to boot the Windows 7 into safe mode without clicking F8. The following is the way to force Windows 7 into Safe Mode the next time your computer restarts. Continue reading

How to move Public folder to another partition in Windows 7

In my previous post, I showed how to move the existing users’ Document, Pictures, Videos etc to another partition by clicking the Properties and change the Location. But the Location of Public user folders could not be modified in the Windows 7 Normal Mode.

In this case, you can use another way to move your Public user folders from the C: drive to another one (like D: or E:).

First, copy your existing files from the Public user folder to another destination drive. Create a new directory (you can call it the same name Public) on your destination directory (in my case, D:). Then use robocopy command to copy all files from C:\Users\Public to it. The reason to use robocopy is that you can copy even the hidden files.

robocopy /MIR %SYSTEMDRIVE%\Users\Public D:\Users\Public

Now, let us redirect the Public user folder to the new directory.
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How to change the new user default profile to another drive or partition in Windows 7

windows7Now you have a new PC with nice Windows 7 operation system and a great big space harddisk. Only thing you feel why we can’t create another drive and put all user information on that new drive separate from the Operation System drive. It makes sense if when you want to re-install the system and keep all user data in the future.

There are a lot of ways to do so and of course there are a lot of tutorials online to show you how to do. Here, I just want to walk you through with what I have done recently, and I feel it is the simplest way to accomplish what we need, if 1)you already configured and set up your new computer with a default administrator user; 2)but no new other users (include the domain users) have been created and logged onto your new computer yet. Then you can continue to use the default local administrator user to log onto your new PC and complete the following 2 simple steps.

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How to create more partitions in Windows 7 – Part I

My new purchased Dell XPS 8300 finally arrived this afternoon. Of course, the first thing to do is to create two more partitions since Dell only has one single C drive. Which is not acceptable to me considering both the system and user data files reside on such one single big 2 TB disk.

I used to do it with the third-party tools like PartitionMagic. Now in Windows 7, making new partitions becomes easier even without the third-party partition tools. Just enter the Computer Management console and select Disk Management under Storage node, and you will see all disks, partitions, volumes information there and you can take these disk partition actions there too.

It sounds cool and easy, right? But wrong, you won’t believe such simple task (at least it seemed to me at the beginning) still took me a whole night to straight everything out. During this period, I had so many tries and failures. Good thing was that the machine is brand-new without any personal data on it, so I didn’t need to worry about too much data lose while dealing with disk partition experiment. So here I strongly suggest you practice disk partition as earlier as you just open your shipping package. Continue reading

How to enable or disable user account in windows 7 Home Premium

It is not easy for you to enable or disable a user account in Windows 7  Home Premium with GUI option. In User Accounts GUI, you don’t see that option except the Delete Account option which you might not dare to proceed. According to the online instruction, you are supposed to do so from the Computer Management Console but unfortunately in Home Premium edition you don’t even see the User Account option from the left panel of MMC.

So the easiest way to enable or disable a user account in Windows 7  is from the command line. The following is how you can do it.

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How to get Windows 7 sleek styles on Windows XP old PC

windows7 It has been a while since Microsoft’s new OS Windows 7 released on Oct. 22, and it got a lot of positive reviews from the beginning. As an IT guy who always likes new stuffs, I of course could not miss any opportunities to touch this new baby. From what I read and what I hands-on, overall I like the new OS a lot, especially the nice, sleek style, candy looking.

But do you need to upgrade your OS just for that? Or do you need to upgrade your operation system at all? Again, that depends. For me, I will not have any plan in the near future to upgrade Windows 7 on my home machine. Reasons are:
1), I just re-installed my home machine with Windows XP due to a crashed hard disk, so I really do not want to go into the same hassle again since you can not simple upgrade to Windows7 from Windows XP (but you can try PC Mover if you want);

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