How Can I Change The Background In Windows 7 Starter Edition?

There should be an image here!Unfortunately, the answer is that you can’t change the background in Windows 7 Starter Edition. This particular edition of Windows 7 was developed specifically to run on lower-powered systems such as netbooks and as a result, includes a limited feature set. In other words, it does not include the all the features and capabilities you would expect to find in Windows. As a result, the ability to change the background was removed in Windows 7 Starter Edition to eliminate any performance issues on lower-powered systems.

To find out more about Windows 7 Starter Edition, click here.

[Photo above by konradfoerstner / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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How Can I Change The Background In Windows 7 Starter Edition?

There should be an image here!Unfortunately, the answer is that you can’t change the background in Windows 7 Starter Edition. This particular edition of Windows 7 was developed specifically to run on lower-powered systems such as netbooks and as a result, includes a limited feature set. In other words, it does not include all the features and capabilities you would expect to find in the Windows operating system. As a result, the ability to change the background was removed in Windows 7 Starter Edition to eliminate any performance issues on lower-powered systems. Considering older Windows operating systems offered this feature with every version, it seems strange Windows 7 Starter Edition would remove the ability to add a photo of your kid to your desktop wallpaper, but that is exactly what Microsoft opted to do in Starter Edition.

To find out more about Windows 7 Starter Edition, click here.

[Photo above by konradfoerstner / CC BY-ND 2.0]

What Others Know About You And What You Should Know About Yourself

Every once in a while I stumble on an article that is too good not to share with all of you who read this blog. So today when I read this over at The Consumerist, I thought I would pass this on. Basically what The Consumerist has done is to list Web sites that provide information about us that others know about us. This is information that we need to know, especially if there are errors about our past history that need to be corrected. Some of those that are listed can be completed online, while others you need to mail in with a copy of your ID and also a utility bill [each site may be different] by which to identify yourself.

Here is what The Consumerist has posted:

Employment History Reports
The Work Number
ChoicePoint (866) 312-8075
Acxiom
Abso

Tenant History Reports
ChoicePoint (877) 448-5732
First Advantage SafeRent (888) 333-2413
Tenant Data Services
RentBureau
UD Registry (818) 785-3905

Auto & Home Insurance Claim Reports
ChoicePoint
Insurance Services Office (ISO) (800) 627-3487

Credit Bureau Reports
Equifax
Experian
Transunion
Innovis
Payment Reporting Builds Credit (PRBC)

Full File Disclosure/Personal Information Reports
ChoicePoint
LexisNexis

Check Writing History Reports
ChexSystems (800) 428-9623
TeleCheck (800) 835-3243.
Shared Check Authorization Network (800) 262-7771 Fax: (800) 358-4506

Health History Reports
Medical Information Bureau (MIB) (866) 692-6901

Prescription Drug Purchase History Reports
Ingenix MedPoint
Milliman IntelliScript

Social Security Statement
Social Security Administration

Purchase Returns History Reports
Retail Equation

Gaming Patron’s Credit History and Transaction Data
Central Credit

Other Reports
TeleTrack

Utilities & Telecommunications Reports
National Consumer Telecom and Utilities Exchange, Inc (NCTUE) Call 1-888-201-5643 for reports

I am currently checking online and mailing in requests for information on some of the history reports I am interested in.

Hope this helps.

Comments welcome.

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A Reader Wants To Know – What Is The ‘N’ Version Of Windows 7?

Last night I received an email from an acquaintance of mine asking me about the ‘N’ versions of Windows 7 and whether these versions use a different product key. He went on to say that there was a company selling product keys on eBay for what was being described as the ‘N’ version and that these keys were being sold at about 50% lower than other retail pricing.

First of all with each new release of any Windows version there are scammers who pop up promising product keys at ridiculously low prices. Don’t become a victim and fall for these scams.

So what is the ‘N’ version? It is the versions of Windows 7 that do not come with ‘media play or related technologies’ already installed. A user would need to download an upgrade package which is available directly from Microsoft. The ‘KN’ version is for the Korean version of Windows 7.

Windows 7 with the ‘N’ designation do in fact have their own product keys.

Upgrade Package Available From Here

During my travels I also stumbled on this product guide from Microsoft for Windows 7 which is in .pdf or .xps formats.

Windows 7 Product Guide Available Here

Twitter Backgrounds Gallery

Some social networks enable you to design and customize your profile to a large extent while others are fairly rigid. When a social network pretty much lets their users do anything they want, the results can be pretty ugly. Just look at MySpace. Nauseating customizations have been the name of the game there for quite some time, but other social networks have struck a good balance. For example, Twitter enables users to customize a good number of their profile features, but the basic structure always stays the same. With that said, the personalities of the users are still able to shine through, and one way that this is done is through the profile’s background. Twitter Backgrounds Gallery highlights some good ones.

Getting these backgrounds right has really become an art, and you can learn a lot by looking at the featured designs and designers. Visitors can discuss the designs with one another, and if you think you can’t make a good background, tips and resources are available to help you through the process. Once you’ve created something worth sharing, submit your background for consideration. We’ll be watching.

Windows 7 Background – Did You Get It?

When I first booted up Windows 7 and saw the default background, I immediately recognized the fish on the screen as a Siamese [aka Japanese, Oriental] fighting fish. These little guys are also known as betta fish. Get it. Beta. :-)

Didn’t that make your day!

Comments welcome.

PS I know some others are making much more to this by explaining the exact breed of fish, but I believe in the KISS method.

Just When You Thought You Were Safe – Up Pops NebuAd

Here is a name from the past that struck terror for us computer users which first introduced the dreaded spyware into our lives. Claria Corp. was one of the first spyware companies that did incredible amounts of damage to computers around the world. Now there is a new variant of spyware from a company by the name of NebuAd which is employing past employees form Claria. NebuAd is a start-up company from Silicon Valley  which is offering ISP’s a way to spy on their customers in what is being described as a better way to target their customers.

In this LA Times article it states:

NebuAd says the idea is to better target advertising and that consumers can get information on them deleted. But Web purists, who have already complained to Congress, say that NebuAd is breaching the convention that calls for middlemen in Internet transmissions to stay out of the process.

Also of note were the ISP clients listed. Previously, Charter Communications said it was planning a test with NebuAd, but the report said other customers include WOW!, Embarq, Broadstripe, CenturyTel and Metro Provider.

“NebuAd breaks the rules of acceptable behavior on the Internet,” report author Robert M. Topolski said. “It monitors what you do and see on the Internet, it breaks in and changes the contents of your private communications, it keeps track of what you’ve done and if you even know that it’s happening, it is impossible to opt out of it.”

Here we go again. This one statement says it all.

‘it is impossible to opt out of it’

These people who are being employeed by NebuAd are experts in the art of invading your privacy. Experts in taking over your computer system behind your back and reporting on your every move.  Unsuspecting users will have their systems slow to a crawl while this nasty spyware does its evil work in the background. There will be no advanced warning of the attack. :-(

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Insert A Custom Horizontal Line (Word)

There are many different ways that you can spice up your Word documents. You can add graphics, tables, charts, backgrounds, borders, and so on. Another way that you can make you document look more visually attractive is to add horizontal lines to create sections.

In a previous article I showed you how to add one of the horizontal lines that are included with Word to your document. You can also create and add your own custom horizontal lines using the steps below.

  1. Create your horizontal line.
  2. Within your Word document, click Borders and Shading from the Format menu.
  3. Click the Horizontal Line button.
  4. Click the Import button.
  5. Locate the file containing the horizontal line you created in step 1.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Click OK.

You can easily format the horizontal line once it has been added to your document. Right click the line and select the Format Horizontal line option.

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