Previous versions of files: frequently asked questions
Folders: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about using folders in Windows 7. What is a folder and how is it different from a library? Should I save my files to a folder or a library? Can I change the icon for a folder? Where are the menus that used to appear at the top of open folders in previous versions of Windows? Where did the folder list go? What is the address bar and what kind of information does it display?
Transferring files and settings: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about transferring files and settings. What is Windows Easy Transfer? What can I transfer to my new computer? Can I transfer programs? Which transfer method should I use? How long does it take? Can spyware, viruses, or other types of malicious software be transferred? Which versions of Windows will work with Windows Easy Transfer?
Back up and restore: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about backing up and restoring files. What backup tools does Windows provide? How much storage space do I need to back up files? How do I view the contents of my backup? How do I restore files? Can I recover files that I have accidentally deleted? How do I get my files back if my computer stops working?
Corrupted files: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about corrupted files. What are corrupted files? What should I do if I encounter a corrupted file? What if I can't fix a corrupted file? How do I prevent files from becoming corrupted?
Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade. How much does each edition of Windows 7 cost? Can I use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade a previous version of Windows to Windows 7? Can I upgrade both 32-bit versions and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 with Windows Anytime Upgrade? Can I upgrade more than one computer to a different edition of Windows 7 with Windows Anytime Upgrade? How can I find out if my computer will run features in other editions of Windows 7? Can I return to the edition of Windows 7 my computer was running before the upgrade?
Rip music: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about ripping CDs in Windows Media Player. What is ripping? What happens if I decide to copy protect music that I rip? Where do I find the files that I ripped? Can I rename or move files that I have already ripped? Can I listen to music while ripping?
Windows Media Player sync: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about syncing a device in Windows Media Player. What devices can I sync to? What kinds of files can I sync? How do I know which files will sync to my device with automatic sync? Can I copy a file from my device to my computer? What happens if I delete files from my Player Library or the device? Can I stop the Player from starting to sync when I connect my device?
File and printer sharing: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about file and printer sharing in Windows 7. What are the different file sharing options in Windows? How do I share files stored in individual folders? How do I share files stored in the Public folder? How do I share files using a homegroup? What is printer sharing and how do I do it?
How to Hide or Show Previous Versions of Files from a Backup Location
This will show you how to hide or show Previous Versions of files from a backup location for all users in Windows 7 and Vista. Previous Versions from a restore point will still be available.
System Restore: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about System Restore. How does System Restore work? Can I undo the changes System Restore makes? What files are changed during a system restore? How do I choose a restore point? How long are restore points saved? What if System Restore doesn't fix the problem?
Windows Media Player playlist: frequently asked questions
Here are some answers to common questions about playlists in Windows Media Player. What is a playlist and why would I want to use one? What's the difference between a regular playlist and an auto playlist? Where are my playlist files stored on my computer? Can I save a playlist in another format? Why are some of the items in my playlist dimmed?
Improve Windows searches using the index: frequently asked questions
Windows uses the index to perform very fast searches of the most common files on your computer. Here are answers to some common questions about the index. What files are indexed? How do I add or remove index locations? Can I pause the Windows search index? Can I index my entire computer so all searches are fast? Why aren't files from an indexed folder showing up in search results? How do I troubleshoot problems with search and indexing? What if I'm using Windows Server 2008 R2?
Libraries: frequently asked questions
Libraries are new in Windows 7. Here are answers to some common questions about libraries. What is a library? How do I create or change a library? What happens if I delete a library or the items in a library? Why can't I search or arrange files from a folder that I recently included in a library? What types of locations are supported in libraries? Why did I get a message saying that a location can't be included because it's not indexed?
Use Previous Versions in Windows 7
Learn about: How to use Previous Versions for restoring files or folders quickly in Windows 7.
Media information in Windows Media Player: frequently asked questions
Here are some answers to common questions about media information. How does album cover art relate to media information? Does the Player support ID3 tags? How do I tell the Player to automatically fix the media information in my files? How do I prevent the Player from overwriting the media information in my files? When media information is updated in the library, how do I tell the Player to update the item's file name? When media information is updated in the library, how do I tell the Player to move the files to the appropriate artist and album folders on my computer? How do I make sure my ratings aren't overwritten by other people who use my computer?
Recover lost or deleted files
If you can't find a file on your computer or you accidently modified or deleted a file, you can restore it from a backup (if you're using Windows backup) or you can try to restore it from a previous version. Previous versions are copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point. Previous versions are sometimes referred to as shadow copies.
Searching in Windows: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about searching for files, folders, and programs. How do I perform a search? How do I expand my search? What is the search index and how can I change it? What does it mean when I see a message that search results might be slow? What does it mean when I see a message that search results might be incomplete? What does it mean when I see a message that a location can't be searched or there's no media present in the search location?
ClearType: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about ClearType. What is ClearType? How do I get ClearType? How does it work? Do I need an LCD or CRT monitor to use ClearType? Can I tune ClearType? Are some fonts optimized for ClearType?
Play an audio or video file: frequently asked questions
Here are answers to some common questions about playing audio or video files in Windows Media Player. What can I do about audio problems, such as popping, crackling, or sound that plays too fast or too slow? What can I do about video problems, such as lines appearing in the video, flickering or choppy video, and so on? Why does the Player display a visualization instead of the video (or display an error message) when I play a video file? How do I make Windows Media Player the default player for a file type? Why do I get an error when I try to play streams from certain servers? Why does Windows Media Player frequently become unresponsive or close unexpectedly? How do I prevent videos from automatically playing in full-screen mode?
Restore previous versions error
After reading the latest newsletter, I tried using Restore Previous Version. There were no previous versions installed and the "Restore System settings and previous versions" box was grayed out.
I clicked on the restore previous versions box and then got the error message "The file name, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect. (0X8007007B) Pleaseclose the property page and try again."
This made me think of my difficulty in installing the latest Windows 7 update, in which I got a similar error message.