The Users of Windows 7 OS might be familiar with the Windows 7 help and support services from Microsoft. Microsoft would continue to provide the support services for the Windows 7, Windows Vista and the Windows XP operating systems, even after the release of the Windows 8.1 update. The termination of the support services for Windows XP is on the cards – though not until 2014.
About some of the features in the Windows 7 OS
When it was launched, Windows 7 was one of the most efficient operating systems available. It still has not lost its shine. One can judge this from the continuing sales of the Windows 7 operating systems. There were many cool new features present in Windows 7 as well as the ever-reliable Windows 7 help and support features.
Gadgets were a feature previously introduced in Windows Vista. However, in Windows 7, they take a new form and functionality. A Gadget is essentially a simple application that can be attached to the Windows desktop screen. The user can very easily access it from the desktop.
About the Startup Screen in Windows 7
Some users like to customize their operating system in order to add a touch of their personality to their laptops and desktops. Normally, you have to install some themes, change the Startup screen background image, etc to get the job done. This normally involves the use of some third party softwares. This sometimes leads to errors, and you end up seeking the assistance of the Windows 7 help services to rectify these errors.
In Windows 7, this is much easier to do. You can change some of the settings in the Registry Editor and then change the background image for the Startup screen.
- Go to the Registry editor by typing the command regedit in the Run command execution box in the Start menu. Go to the following directory: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background.
- There on the right side window, you will see the contents of that directory. Click on the file named OEMBackground. Select it and press the Edit option. Give the Value Data for it as 1. Exit the Registry Editor.
- Now, go to the folder %windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds. Add any image you want to this folder. Name the background image as backgroundDefault.jpg. Add the resolution in the name if necessary – background1024x768.jpg.
Now, restart the system and you will find the new image as the background of your Startup Screen. Get rid of the one they usually give you, and add a personal touch to the whole computing experience with your own choice of image.Google+