You can set up a dual-boot scenario to run both versions on the same machine. Do you want to check out Windows 10 but continue to run Windows 7? Or maybe you’re already using Windows 10 but want to be able to still use Windows 7? You can juggle both flavors of Windows by setting up a dual-boot system. Assuming you’re already running Windows 7, you can steal a chunk of its partition space and use it to create a new partition to house Windows 10. Alternatively, if you’re running Windows 10, you can snip off a portion of it to add a new partition for Windows 7. Once both operating systems are up and running, you can choose which one you wish to use each time you fire up your computer. All you need is a healthy amount of hard disk space to make it all work. How do you prep your PC to run both versions of Windows? Let’s check it out. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You can split, merge, and otherwise manage your partitions in Windows via the Disk Management tool. Your Windows PC may have come with one hard drive and partition or it may have come with a couple of drives and partitions. No matter the original configuration, you may want to manage and modify your disk drive arrangement. Maybe you’d like to create an extra partition to install and run another operating system. Perhaps you want two partitions to separate your personal files from your Windows system files. Or maybe you already have two partitions and now want to remove one of them. You can do all this through the built-in Windows Disk Management tool. Available in all the current and most of the past versions of Windows, Disk Management lets you shrink, create, and delete your partitions. You already know a hard disk is a single physical drive: it’s either a conventional mechanical drive that magnetically stores your data on platters, or a solid-state drive that houses your data on flash memory chips. Computers usually come with a single hard drive, though you can always add a second one. Most vendors offer an option to outfit a desktop with two mechanical … Read More
Need to migrate your documents, files, and other personal stuff from a Windows 7 computer to one running Windows 10? Here’s how. Do you have a brand new computer running Windows 10? Cool, but what about your old computer, possibly a Windows 7 PC? Maybe there are specific personal files and settings that you want to transfer from your old computer to your new one. With Windows 7 on both ends, you could’ve used the built-in Windows Easy Transfer tool, which migrates your entire user profile and all its files and settings. But Windows 10 doesn’t support Easy Transfer. (Thanks Microsoft!) So what are your options? Microsoft offers a free utility called the User State Migration Tool (USMT). However, USMT is a command-line utility designed for IT professionals and isn’t very user friendly. A few developers make graphical interfaces for the USMT, which you can try. But you may find a third-party utility the easiest way to migrate your profile. Zinstall Easy Transfer is one such migration program, though it’ll cost you $59. Another is EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro with a price tag of $49.95. A more affordable option is Laplink’s PCMover Express. PCMover Express normally sells for $29.95 but … Read More
It’s not that I am lazy but I do like shortcuts that will speed up launching tasks. Many of the shortcuts are not routinely documented. In fact, to find them on Microsoft’s website can take more drill downs than finding oil in the ground. As I have found shortcuts in Windows 7 to 10, I have kept a list of my favorites – the ones I ended up using most often. I don’t want to come across as long-winded about shortcuts, so here’s my top 7 for cutting to the chase in Windows 7 and 10. How to Adjust Window Size In many apps you can magnify or decrease the size of image or text by moving the mouse scroll wheel forward or back while holding down the Control (CTRL) key on the keyboard. If you have other windows open they will not change, only the current active window adjusts accordingly. It is also possible to change the size of the display in some app windows by holding down the Control key and pressing the plus and minus keys on the number keypad. Where this will not work is with apps such as word processing and spreadsheets which use process these … Read More
You can bring encryption to your hard drive and USB flash drives using the Windows BitLocker tool. Concerned about someone accessing your PC’s hard drive or flash drives and reading the information on them? You can add an extra layer of protection to all your drives with the Windows BitLocker feature. Designed to work on both internal and external drives, BitLocker encrypts your drives to prevent unauthorized access. As such, BitLocker is especially useful on a laptop or on flash drives that may get lost or stolen and fall into the wrong hands. BitLocker is not a substitute for your regular Windows password or other means of authentication. Rather BitLocker detects if someone tries to use your hard drive or flash drives on another PC or tries to boot up your PC using a DVD or flash drive. In that event, BitLocker prevents access to your encrypted drive. So, you should still have a Windows login password or other security method to safeguard your operating system. BitLocker has been around since Windows Vista days and continues to be an option with Windows 10. BitLocker is automatically built into Windows as part of the operating system, though it’s turned off by … Read More
Yes, you can refresh or restore Windows 7 if you bump into problems. Here’s how. Having difficulty with your Windows PC to the point where the OS itself isn’t behaving. Windows 8.1 and 10 offer options to refresh or reset your PC, which can usually clear up even the most vexing problems. But what if you’re still running Windows 7? There is no similar refresh or reset option. Are you out of luck? No, not if you’ve taken the necessary precautions. Windows 7 offers a System Restore option, which can return your PC back to an earlier point in time before the trouble occurred. What if you can’t even boot up your PC? Windows 7 also provides its own Backup & Restore feature. Through this feature, you can create a startup and repair disc that boots up your PC if Windows 7 becomes unbootable. And by applying a system image from a disc or USB drive, you can restore Windows 7 back to its full glory. Let’s go over the steps for using the Windows 7 System Restore and Backup & Restore features. System Restore A system restore is a snapshot in time of your existing Windows environment. Windows itself … Read More
Considering Microsoft released the first version of Windows 7 in October, 2009 and its first and last Service Pack (#1) the following March, this OS can be considered, shall we say, mature. But the old boy still has plenty of kick left and Microsoft will not abandoned its support for it until January 14, 2020. While Windows 10 is generally considered more secure due to its better architecture and continuous updates, the reason many people stay on 7 is its less cluttered and frankly easier to use Desktop, well-supported hardware drivers, and lower memory and power requirements. And, hey, with properly maintained security software, 7 is still safe without the Microsoft-imposed, mandatory updates in Windows 10. With all the hype and push to Windows 10, you might think that you can’t still purchase a Windows 7 laptop or desktop. If you try at a brick and mortar retailer this is true. But online there are actually multiple choices. Both HP [site] and Dell [site] continue to do a brisk sales with Windows 7 Professional systems. The trick to finding them is to search their sites for business products. Many companies, quite happy with their existing Windows 7 PCs are still … Read More
Yes, you can set up OneDrive in Windows 7, though you’ll have to go through a few steps to get it cooking. Microsoft’s OneDrive is baked into Windows 10. You’re asked to set up the online service during the Windows 10 installation, and the OneDrive program is already accessible if you want to make any changes. That’s fine, but what if you’re still running Windows 7 and you want to tap into OneDrive to store and sync your files in the cloud? Then you’ve got to go through the steps to set up a Microsoft account and download, install, and tune up the OneDrive software. How can you set up and use OneDrive in Windows 7? Let’s go through the process. First, here are some details on OneDrive. With a OneDrive account, you get 5 gigabytes of online storage space for free. For $1.99 a month, you can boost that amount by ten times to 50GB. If you have an Office 365 subscription, you’re granted a total of 1 terabyte of space per user. And what exactly do you do with all that space? OneDrive serves as a backup service. You can back up documents, photos, and other types of files … Read More