10 power tips for molding Windows 7 to your will

You can get a lot more mileage out of Windows 7 if you perform a few tweaks and tap in to some timesaving tricks.

This list of tips was originally compiled for the 10 Things Blog.

Everybody likes a good Windows 7 tip — something that eliminates an annoyance, streamlines a task, or offers useful customization of a particular feature. This latest roundup of favorite tips from our Microsoft Windows blog ranges from speeding up menus to killing rogue processes to scanning system files and repairing errors.

You can download the tips as a PDF or check out the individual entries that interest you.

  1. Change Stacked Window behavior in the Windows 7 Taskbar

  2. Disable the Sticky and Filter Keys in Windows

  3. Reclaim used hard drive memory with Disk Cleanup

  4. Speed up menus in Windows 7

  5. Manage the autorun process in Windows 7 with SysInternals AutoRuns

  6. Kill rogue processes with taskkill in Microsoft Windows

  7. Ensure services restart upon failure in Windows 7

  8. Scan Windows 7 system files to repair errors

  9. Shrink a hard drive volume in Windows 7

  10. Create a new partition with Windows 7 tool

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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