Windows 7 Tips: Getting Started: Page 2

Posted October 12, 2009

Eric Geier

Eric Geier

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If you're a fan of this feature in Vista, however, you'll have to manually activate it in Windows 7. If you're using a the Business or Enterprise edition, all it takes is a simple Local Group Policy edit to restore the Internet search functionality. Follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button, type gpedit.msc into the search box, and hit Enter.
  2. Using the Local Group Policy Editor navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.
  3. Then right click on Add Search Internet link to Start Menu and select Edit.
  4. On the edit screen select Enabled and click OK.

How-to Remove Internet Explorer from Windows 7

For many years now, Microsoft has forced Internet Explorer onto us. Finally now in Windows 7 you can uninstall their Web browser--sort of. Though you can't completely banish IE, since many Windows components use the rendering engine for web access, you can remove the actual Web browser application. Plus you won't be annoyed by IE errors that can pop up in previous versions of Windows. Then you can make Firefox, Google Chrome, or another application your lone Web browser.

Uninstalling IE doesn't even take a registry edit or hack. Microsoft added it to the Windows Features dialog, where you can add and remove Windows components. Click the Start button and open the Control Panel. Select Programs and Features and click the Turn Windows features on or off link on the left. Then uncheck the Internet Explorer 8 option and click OK.

Disable the InPrivate Browsing ability

If you keep Internet Explorer 8 installed, you'll find several new features. One of which is called InPrivate browsing. This lets users enter a protected browsing session where no history is logged. However, this capability also has its disadvantages. For example, when it comes to monitoring the Internet activity of your employees. Thankfully it doesn't have as much impact on monitoring your children since the feature is automatically disabled on Windows Vista accounts that have Parental Controls active.

You can disable the ability for users to start InPrivate browsing sessions with the Group Policy settings. However, this isn't available in Home editions of Windows. Here's how to do it in Windows 7 Business or Enterprise:

  1. Click the Start button, type gpedit.msc into the search box, and hit Enter.
  2. Using the Local Group Policy Editor navigate to Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Internet Explorer / InPrivate
  3. Then right click on Turn off InPrivate Browsing and select Edit.
  4. On the edit screen select Enabled and click OK.

Restore Quick Launch Toolbar

One of the first changes you'll notice in Windows 7 is the new taskbar--and if you're a fan of the quick launch toolbar, like me, you'll notice that it's gone. Though the new taskbar is something like a quick launch toolbar on steroids, it's just not the same. The shortcuts aren't separated from the icons of opened programs and windows. Plus shortcuts to folders and drives shortcut can’t be pinned directly on the new taskbar.

Lucky, there is a way to restore the Quick Launch toolbar. Right-click on the taskbar, select Toolbars and then click New Toolbar. Then type in the following folder location: %AppData%MicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick Launch. Then click Select Folder.

Now you can move the toolbar to the desired location. Plus you can remove the Quick Launch label by right-clicking on it and selecting Show Title; and click Show Text to remove the shortcut names. If the taskbar is locked, right-click on it and deselect the lock option.

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