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How-to: Add Control Panel to the Windows 7 jumplist

Like any program, the Control Panel has a jumplist. On right-clicking the Control Panel icon in the taskbar, its jumplist shows the last used Control Panel components. Would you like to add additional elements to the jumplist and pin them permanently?

How-to: Create invisible folders in Windows 7

When multiple people work with your computer, they don’t have to see what you’re working on immediately. You could protect the corresponding folder with a password—but that would only make your co-workers nosey. It is more simple and effective to make the folder invisible.

How-to: Reduce hard disk access in Windows 7

Once per minute, Windows 7 writes a timestamp to disk. This enables diagnostic tools to check whether and when Windows has been shut down unexpectedly. For home usage, you can safely disable the timestamp. This reduces write access to your hard disk.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is done

Microsoft has finished the development of the first major update to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Service Pack 1 does not have any visible changes to the system, but bundles all previously published security and stability updates for Windows 7.