Today’s meeting of the GTPCC was held in Community Room of Howell
Furniture, 6095 Folsom in Beaumont, Texas
Attendance: 11members and 6 guests.
No New Members:
Guest Speaker: John Ruisch of SLPCUG
Speaker Presentation: Tips for Windows 7
1:43 pm: Our president opened meeting with Q
& A. Topics discussed:
Windows 7 32 bit vs. 64 bit
Ira Wilsker’s article on phone &
IE10 & Java Script
Microsoft Restore point
2:35 pm: Our President announced that our
scheduled speakers from Computer Shak had to cancel and that, John Ruisch
(Tiny), fellow member from Southwest Louisiana PC User’s Group, would
instead be our guest speaker with his presentation of tips about Windows
John showed us several built-in programs that
can be accessed through the start menu on Windows 7: Speech Recognition,
Sticky Notes, Snipping Tool (found on most versions of Windows 7) and many
more programs under Accessories.
He also showed us how we can change the
appearance and accessibility of options in the Task Manager (with a right
click on the Task Bar and click on properties).
He then led us through System Configuration
Menu, Windows Display Color Calibration, Microsoft Windows Malicious
Software Removal Tool (MRT) and Device Manager with advice to google
anything you are not familiar with before disabling/changing it and to
reboot after making changes.
John finished his presentation with informing
us about Windows7tip.com.
Note from "Tiny":
Here are the instructions on how to open
all of the various things demonstrated or talked about at the meeting:
(most items can be easily opened by typing the first few letters into
the start menu search box)
To open Speech Recognition:
b. All Programs
d. Ease of Access
e. Windows Speech Recognition
The first time you use Speech Recognition, go through the entire setup
To open Narrator:
b. All Programs
d. Ease of Access
Sticky Notes and the Snipping Tool are in the accessories folder.
They are easily started by typing the
first few letters into the search menu.
Right click the start button and select properties to customize the Task
Start Menu and Toolbars.
The easiest way to start the System Configuration Menu is to search for
Click the Boot Tab and Advanced Properties to check using all cores
startup. Click the Services tab to uncheck services you do not want to
startup. Be extremely careful in this section. Make sure it is really a
essential service. I recommend you don't uncheck any of the Microsoft
Services. GOOGLE is your friend.
The easiest way to open System Information is to use the search
Alternatively, you can open msconfig, click the Tools tab, highlight
Information and click the Launch button.
To open the Display Color Calibration, search for dccw.exe
To run the Malicious Software Removal Tool, Click the Start Button and
search for mrt.
I didn't get to fully demonstrate System Properties. Here
are my notes of what I was going to say (and do).
Discuss System Properties:
a. open Control Panel
b. click System
c. Discuss the Device Manager
d. All other selections open the same window in a different tab.
e. show how to change computer name.
f. Advance Tab-demonstrate change by disabling Aero Peak
Here is the link to the Microsoft Windows Learning Center that I briefly
showed at the end:
To turn Windows Features on or off, open the Control Panel, click on
and Features. Then click Turn Windows features on or off.
A complete list of Windows Keyboard shortcuts can be found at this link:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... -shortcuts
3:45 Drawing for
Door prizes held by Treasurer: Winners were:
Conroy Hughes: Hot Beverage Heater donated by
Bob Finch: Head Phone/Mick donated by Sue
Hannah Badeaux: Kingston 8gb Flash Drive
donated by GTPCC
Sue Johnson: Silicone Skin for iPhone 4g
donated by Computer Dimensions
Rebecca Head: Desk Assy, Tables and Mish
donated by Barnes and Noble
John Ruisch: 30 Secrets, World’s Healthiest
Cuisines donated by Barnes and Noble
Billie Jean Sorrels: “Open-X” with Piercing
Blade donated by GTPCC
4:20 Meeting adjourned.