Most people get the notice about updates on their systems and say OK and don’t think about it again. They most likely wont notice the missing 500MB of storage that’s gone. For many power users this is no big problem, but for those people who have Notebooks with smaller drives this could make a difference.
But WAIT – you don’t want to delete these files for a few weeks of use to make sure you don’t have issue with the update. Once you feel that you have used your system without any issue, then you might want to take a look at the following article from HOW-to Geek to remove and restore that storage. At the same time you can remove some other stuff as well!
After you install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 that we mentioned yesterday, you might be wondering how to reclaim some of the lost drive space—which we’ll show you how today—but should you actually do it?
Note: If you haven’t installed the new SP1 release yet, be sure to read our post explaining what it entails before you do. Spoiler: it’s mostly bug fixes.
It’s simple: installing the service pack will take up a bunch of extra space, because Windows is going to create a ton of backups of the pre-service pack files in case you want to roll everything back and uninstall the service pack. This could be anywhere from a few hundred MBs all the way up to a GB or so.
You can easily clean out these backups with Disk Cleanup (see more below), but don’t rush to do that. Keep reading.
I have talked about Evernote in the past and a few others web options that I have tried…. These are all more than just Notebooks, it’s a filing systems and can become your 2nd memory. Take a picture of anything with your phone, send it to Evernote – TAG it and you have a new record. I am back using Evernote full-time it has become a very important productivity tool for my day-to-day work. The reason it has moved up in importance is that I was able to install the Windows application on my system and it brought many additional tools that allowed me to be more productive.
Calling – To-Do’s – Scripts – Specials – policy’s – Order tracking – etc…
I believe anyone using a computer can use this great tool – this is really a great tool for Teachers – the following Blog post on Evernote blog details just a few ways one of your peers is using Evernote to make his job easier.
For those already using Windows 7 this is no big deal as there is very little new and if you have been updating all along there will really be nothing of importance. For those moving to Windows 7 this is good news as it will make the install go much faster.
It will be available to home users starting February 22, through the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update. If you have been keeping up to date, this update should be very quick.
Windows 7 updates deliver more bang for your buck
Product updates to get the most of out your Windows experience
Today, we’ve officially released Windows 7 SP1 to our OEM partners. We’ve said all along there’s no reason to wait for SP1, but with its official arrival, now there really is no better time to migrate. Windows 7 SP1 includes minor updates, including some made previously available through Windows Update. SP1 also includes client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory, two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. You can read more about the desktop virtualization updates on the Windows Server Team blog and get the quick run-down on the SP1 timeline here.
If you’ve already begun your Windows 7 deployment, you should continue with your roll-out while doing an evaluation of SP1 in a test environment then update your images when you’re ready. You also can easily deploy SP1 to existing Windows 7 PCs through management tools such as System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services.
The Windows Blog by Gavriella Schuster
I would say every single PC that I have used and soon always has Adobe reader installed – it’s just normal practice for everyone to install this application – It’s known – they feel safe installing it etc.. Well as of late Adobe has become the target of hackers and since there install base is so huge. The Reader has not been the target, but never say never.
Another reason to look at an alternative package to Adobe Reader is that this package is very heavy, many schools have older machines running which can really cause some performance issues. Even on newer machines, this package is still very heavy.
Why not look to something else that is much lighter and does what Adobe Reader does.
SUMATRA PDF Reader
Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF reader for Windows. Portable out of the box.
Why another PDF reader?
Sumatra has a minimalistic design. Simplicity has a higher priority than a lot of features.
It’s small and starts up very fast.
It’s designed for portable use: only one file so you can run it from external USB drive. Doesn’t write to registry.
Download from here.
Filed under PDF, Software
Anyone today working in an office can spend the entire day on the computer working – Sitting and staring at your screen or screens. Many in today’s world work through lunch, coming in earlier and working late. All this time in front of your computer can be very bad for your health, your eyes and your body.
I am sure you have heard and most likely have tried the 20 or 30 minute break, look around, stand up and move around, but how many of us really do that – not many.
Well I came across a great little program that you can get from Portable APPs – these are those applications that you can launch from a USB key so you can run these programs on your work machine, home machine – set them up and have the program follow you. I have gone one step further and have loaded up the loader and programs on my DROPBOX account so I can get to them anywhere, anytime. I don’t have to worry about a USB key.
You set up the times for a quick break, a coffee break and it pops up with warnings and exercises to do when your taking your short break. I think it is GREAT! I loaded up today and have really tried hard to follow it, I have made a few changes to the timing to make it work with my work flow and I will continue to use it at work.
Workrave is a program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit. Please refer to the feature comparison for a complete list of features, and how the program performs with respect to other programs on the market. The program runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows.