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How to identify unknown hardware devices in device manager

How to identify unknown hardware devices in device managerA lot of times when you are installing Windows or installing a new piece of hardware, Windows is not able to provide native driver support for the device and the device shows up as a big question mark in device manager. The easy fix will be to install the appropriate drivers and fix the error, however, to start you need to guess what device it is that you are looking the drivers for, for example, is it a modem, a network card, a video card etc. In this article we will show you step by step, how you can identify these unknown hardware devices often shown in Windows Device Manager with a yellow question mark, without installing any third party software on your machine.

How to upgrade a Drupal Module

How to upgrade a Drupal ModuleIn this article we will show you how you can upgrade a Drupal Module. Drupal as you must be knowing is one of the best Content Management System (CMS) that powers some of the worlds best website. Drupal Modules are often third party extensions (approved by Drupal) that enable extra functionality for the website. In our example we will show you step by step as how you can upgrade the famous Google Analytics module, which lets you track visitors and stats for your website. The process for upgrading a Drupal module is exactly similar to the example we will demonstrate here.

How to disable indexing in Windows 7

How to disable indexing in Windows 7Windows Seven inherited the indexing feature from Windows Vista, which lets you do quick searches for your files, folders, documents, pictures etc. While indexing is a great thing and is hardly noticeable on the faster new machines with lots of RAM and CPU, it can be a resource hog on older machines with less adequate hardware. It can produce a lot of disk thrashing and spike your CPU and Memory utilization when you need it for other purposes. In this article we will show you how you can tweak indexing in Windows Seven to index only the locations you need or to disable it completely. The defaults for Windows Search and Indexing options in Windows Seven catalogs each minute thing, from your Favorites to your downloads and temp files, if you do not keep adding ton of favorites everyday, there is no need to have them indexed every time.

How to add a new library in Windows 7

How to add a new library in Windows 7Windows Seven comes with a great new feature called libraries. Libraries provide you a grouping, you can use this feature to collect and organize files that are located in different physical locations on your hard drive or the network. An example would be the pictures library, which can combine many different folders on your machine or network that has pictures and present it to you as a single library which you can share with others. By default, Windows only include four libraries called Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. In this article we will show you how you can add another library to your existing set of libraries. In our example we will just use a local folder on the C: drive for this new library but you can just as easily add a network folder as long as the network folder is indexed.

How to disable EFS using Local Group Policy in Windows Seven

How to disable EFS using local group policy in Windows SevenEFS or Encrypted File System is used to encrypt (cipher) files on a hard drive or any other media. Windows Seven like its predecessors gives users the ability to encrypt files and folders. While on portable devices EFS can be very effective for your data getting in the wrong hands if your device gets stolen, it can also be very devastating and painful if used in appropriately. If you change your password incorrectly by resetting it or by not having a recovery agent set up, there is basically no way of getting the data back from an encrypted file or folder. If you don't think your device is going to be stolen (like desktop workstations) its best for system administrators or IT support personnel to disable EFS. In this article we will show you how to disable EFS on machines using local group policy and state some advantages of disabling it using the local group policy.