How to create a System Repair Disc for Windows 7

Creating a System Repair Disc can solve you a few boot problems encountered with Windows 7.

  1. Note the OS type (x32 or x64 bit)
  2. Insert an empty DVD into your drive
  3. Start > Programs > Maintenance > Create a System Repair Disc
  4. Select the drive and click on Create disc

Your repair disc is now ready to take over the world of corrupt booting Windows.

Note: The repair disc will support only the relative OS type i.e. 32 or 64 bit.

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How to install Windows 7 on HP-3400 Pro PC with FreeDOS

Note: Some business-line PCs may come with pre-installed non Windows OS like FreeDOS. These systems most probably use Linux as there main boot system and this is why a typical Windows installation may not boot properly in some cases.

Case: Install Windows 7 (64bit)

  1. Boot with a Windows 7 (64bit) setup DVD and install windows
  2. If your system loops on restart then you may need to do as follows:

[bash]#Type the following to take you to MS DiskPart prompt
#The next command will select a disk to proceed
select disk 0
#Type the next command to see a list with system volumes.
#Note down the CD/DVD drive letter i.e. “E”
list volume
#The next command will take you back to command prompt
#Type the following to take you to drive E
#cd into the boot dir
cd /boot
#Type next command to reset the MBR
bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr[/bash]

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how to add a printer port mapped to a shared printer (win7)

How to add a printer port mapped to a shared printer (most useful windows when it gets stubburn not installing the drivers):
[text]1. Add Printer
2. Create New Port: Local Port
3. Enter Port Name: \\server\printShareName
4. Next: use Windows Update to find a driver or browse to find it
5. Finish[/text]
You should now have setup a printer on a shared resource.


Show Desktop shorcut on Taskbar in Windows 7

To re-create the lost Show Desktop shortcut on previous versions of Windows and now set to the far right of the screen, follow these instructions:

  1. Create a text file and enter the following:
  2. Save this file on disk as “Show.scf” i.e. “C:\”
  3. Take an existing shortcut from desktop i.e. Firefox and r-click > Pin to Taskbar
  4. Chage the properties of the new shortcut just created on taskbar
    1. Under Shortcut Tab
      [text]Target: C:\Show.scf
      Start in: C:\
      Change icon: %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll (select any)[/text]
    2. Under General Tab
      [text]Name the shortcut anything, but NOT “Show Desktop” (plain “Show” is fine)
      as this seems to conflict with the default shortcut (on far-right)[/text]

Your Show Desktop shortcut should be ready now. If things don’t show properly i.e. tooltip, icon, etc., try restarting or check user security/rights to make it work.

Install Win7 over existing XP (Lenovo Netbook)

The procedure is for the Lenovo Netbook but may also work with other brands in a similar way.

  1. Insert boot media and start installation
  2. When prompted, select Custom/advanced setup
  3. Install on partition where ‘Lenovo’ volume sits

This will add the new OS and keep the older for dual-booting.

partition 1 = general data partition
partition 2 = Lenovo partition
partition 3 = OEM reserved volume