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Windows 7: Quick launch icons, waking sleeping PC


29 Dec 2010   #1

Win7 Professional 64
 
 
Quick launch icons, waking sleeping PC

Having just upgraded my home PC from XP-32 to Windows 7 64-bit (Professional), I'm 99% happy, but with a few open questions, that I could solve in days by diligent digging, or in minutes by asking here. So here goes.

The most critical question, related to remote printing from XP machines, is asked here: Printer plugged into Win7 box - how to print from remote XP machine? and if someone can take a crack at that, great.

The other questions for now are more trite.

Keeping icons "locked in place" in the quick launch area: At my office, I have Windows 7 (actually I have XP, but then I log into another machine using VMWare, and that one runs Windows 7) and, as I'm used to from XP and earlier Windows editions, the quick launch icons "stay put." In my new Windows 7 setup though, if (for example) I am using Firefox, the taskbar button showing my Firefox session plops itself into the quick launch area, shoving the other icons there to the right. Since I'm often running multiple applications it gets really weird looking - quick launch icon, taskbar buttons for that application, next quick launch icon, taskbar buttons for that application, etc. My taskbar is "locked" - how do I make the quick launch icons stay put, and the application task buttons build up to the right of the quick launch area?

Sleeping PC and waking it: Sorry if my terminology is wrong here. With my XP setup, after some amount of time I'd be kicked back to the login screen, although my applications would continue to run; I'd just need to re-enter my password to log on and return to the session. With Windows 7, the computer appears to be off. I think the drives and the fans all stop (it seems that way - have not had Windows 7 long enough to confirm) and the computer doesn't respond to the mouse or keyboard to "wake up" - I have to press the power button on the computer, and then the login screen comes up immediately and I can log in and resume my still-there session. Is there a way to make the computer respond to keyboard or mouse and wake up, rather than the power button? Maybe this is a bios setting? When the computer is "hard asleep" like that, can things like antivirus scans and Windows updates, which I normally run at night, still go, or is that locked out too?

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29 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 450125 View Post
Having just upgraded my home PC from XP-32 to Windows 7 64-bit (Professional), I'm 99% happy, but with a few open questions, that I could solve in days by diligent digging, or in minutes by asking here. So here goes.

The most critical question, related to remote printing from XP machines, is asked here: Printer plugged into Win7 box - how to print from remote XP machine? and if someone can take a crack at that, great.

The other questions for now are more trite.

Keeping icons "locked in place" in the quick launch area: At my office, I have Windows 7 (actually I have XP, but then I log into another machine using VMWare, and that one runs Windows 7) and, as I'm used to from XP and earlier Windows editions, the quick launch icons "stay put." In my new Windows 7 setup though, if (for example) I am using Firefox, the taskbar button showing my Firefox session plops itself into the quick launch area, shoving the other icons there to the right. Since I'm often running multiple applications it gets really weird looking - quick launch icon, taskbar buttons for that application, next quick launch icon, taskbar buttons for that application, etc. My taskbar is "locked" - how do I make the quick launch icons stay put, and the application task buttons build up to the right of the quick launch area?

Sleeping PC and waking it: Sorry if my terminology is wrong here. With my XP setup, after some amount of time I'd be kicked back to the login screen, although my applications would continue to run; I'd just need to re-enter my password to log on and return to the session. With Windows 7, the computer appears to be off. I think the drives and the fans all stop (it seems that way - have not had Windows 7 long enough to confirm) and the computer doesn't respond to the mouse or keyboard to "wake up" - I have to press the power button on the computer, and then the login screen comes up immediately and I can log in and resume my still-there session. Is there a way to make the computer respond to keyboard or mouse and wake up, rather than the power button? Maybe this is a bios setting? When the computer is "hard asleep" like that, can things like antivirus scans and Windows updates, which I normally run at night, still go, or is that locked out too?
Ill have to get back to you on the first question as I think I need to read it (or see an example of what is happening now) in order to understand it more.

For the second question, When a machine goes to sleep, nothing is running but just enough processor and your RAM to restore everything to the order it was in when it is put to sleep. Nothing is running when the computer is asleep as the hard drive(s) are turned off.

In regards to your Windows XP issue (if it even is one), it's a screen saver setting (Control Panel > Display > Screen Saver). For your sleepy time with Windows 7, that's a power setting. Open your Start Menu and type "power settings" and the first entry should be "Change power-saving settings". From there you can set when or if you want the machine to sleep after x minutes or hours or not at all. If your machine is not waking to input devices, that is a bios setting, I believe. Since I'm typing this, I cannot check my bios to confirm what it might be called.

Like I said, I'll re-read your first question and try to answer it. If you can provide a screen shot or two to illustrate what you're talking about, that'd be excellent.
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