Posts Tagged ‘windows 7’

Free Windows 7 Starter Upgrade: Change Your Background!

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Windows 7 Starter is the OS found on most of the low-end PCs you can buy today, and while it includes all the core technical benefits of Windows 7, they have intentionally removed features in the hopes that you’ll pony up the dough for the $80 for an upgrade to Home 7 Premium; new computer buyers can take advantage of a limited time offer of a $50 upgrade

Some of the Starter limitations can be worked around through free thirdparty software, and we’ll be bringing you a collection of ways to do this.  We start with the most surprising limitation of Windows 7 Starter, they won’t let you change your desktop’s background image!  Not only do they not give you the option, if you’re technically saavy and change the bmp they’re using yourself, the OS will revert it back to their background!

Fortunately, there is the free Oceanis Background Changer for Starter!  Click that link, grab the download, and read the tutorial and within minutes you’ll get your custom background, and can even have your background be a slideshow.

- Quinxy

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Get Windows 7 Location Support without Buying a GPS Dongle

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

There’s no point in buying a GPS sensor for your desktop or a laptop if you rarely move it or have only rarely need that feature, but for free you can install Geosense, a free driver and app that integrates with the API in Windows 7 to provide GPS data to all the apps which use that API.  They compute your location from wifi, cell tower, and IP information.  Don’t expect to get updating turn by turn directions from your netbook as you cruise along in your car, but very likely perfect for checking directions or doing local searches from a parked car or a cafe.   Download it at Geosense.

Quinxy

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