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?