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06 May 2011   #1

W7 x64
Changing 'Pictures' Shortcut to 'Downloads' in Start Menu

Hey Guys,

First post here, seems like this forum will be a great resource. I am very computer savy and do a lot of IT work for friends and family but I have been using a Macbook for the last few years. Prior to that I was a Dell guy with a Dell Inspiron 700m but I recently purchased an AWESOME Lenovo x201t laptop/tablet from a friend of mine.

Core i7 640L, 8GB of DDR3 Ram, 500GB HDD (although I wish a TB would fit!), monitor flips around to be a tablet, full touch screen for when I'm lazy... etc.

Anyway I skipped M$ Vista on all my personal computers but I did use it a fair amount doing work for friends/family. My Lenovo x201t came with M$ W7 Ultimate x64 and so far I really love it. I never thought I'd like Windows again after using my Macbook for so long I must say I am enjoying using W7. I don't have any pictures on my laptop and don't plan on putting many, if any as I don't even have a digital camera anymore. I do however open my 'Downloads' folder all the time.

~~ Is there anyway I could change the 'Pictures' shortcut to be a 'Downloads' shortcut? ~~

Lastly - my buddy who owned this computer before me was the admin and I changed the name of the account from his name to mine but the folder is still under his name. I did a bit of research and saw a few registry tweaks to change it but I was a bit wary because I don't want to corrupt my W7 install as this laptop doesn't have an optical drive nor do I have the media. Is there anyway to change the file path to my name in a safer fashion? It really isn't that big of a deal but I figured I'd check.

Oh and that reminds me! Is there anyway I can make W7 more tablet friendly? The browser buttons are too small to use with the pen as are most of the icons. Would there be a way to write a script to put it in 'Tablet Mode' and make all the icons a tad bigger?

Sorry I went off on a bit of a tangent but hey it is my first post, so please forgive me!

Thanks in advance and if you forgot my actual question and reason for my post, it is in Italics above



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06 May 2011   #2

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Right click on the taskbar or the start button and choose Properties go to the Start Menu tab then click on the Customize button
Changing 'Pictures' Shortcut to 'Downloads' in Start Menu-taskbar-start-menu-properties.png
and scroll down to the download item there you can choose a link or menu then click OK , Apply, OK
Changing 'Pictures' Shortcut to 'Downloads' in Start Menu-customize-start-menu.png
and it will put it on the right side of the Start Menu
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Or you can rename Pictures by right clicking on it and choose rename and rename it download this will automatically rename the picture folder in your user name folder to download.

There should be of Recovery Partition on your computer that should let you restore it To Factory Settings (like it was when it was new) that would help in changing user names you will need to look at your user guide or go to the maker's website to learn how to use that.
Edit: Look at this

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06 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

On the subject of User Names:

The safest way IMO, (and quite long winded) is:

1. Rename your current User account to something else.
2. Create a new account with your username.
3. Copy everything from the old profile to the new one (C:\Users\<his username> to C:\Users\<your username>
4. Delete his User account.
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06 May 2011   #4


Re: Shortcuts: I don't think there's any elegant way to do this (because merely changing the name of the Pictures folder/shortcut may not prevent the folder/shortcut from changing it's functions, e.g. if an image is automatically programmed to be downloaded to the "Pictures" folder -- and you've changed the Pictures folder's name, the image may still download to that folder, even with the new name.) It may be better to make the change in two steps, i.e. by deleting the Pictures shortcut and adding the Downloads shortcut (as Bongo described above).
Start Menu All Programs - Add or Delete Shortcuts
How to Customize the Windows 7 Start Menu
How to Pin or Unpin a Program to the Windows 7 Start Menu

Re Tablet: I don't know whether you can write a script specifically for the size of your tablet fonts, but for starters, to enable your special Tablet features, go to Start, Control Panel, Programs and Features, Turn Windows Features On or Off, and check: Tablet PC Optional Components.

Re: Changing name of Administrator: Are you referring to the "Built-In Administrator" or the "Windows Administrator"?
Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name
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