10 New Features of Windows 7 Networking

Written by adi on 06.48

10 new features of Windows 7 Networking and what is new and improved in the area of networking with Microsoft’s latest operating system – Windows 7.
Windows 7 offers end user and IT Admins a number of new networking features. Let us look at the top 10 Windows 7 Networking features…

1. Libraries

One new networking feature of Windows 7 that aggregates data from multiple sources into a single folder view. This could also be called a virtual folder. Actually, it is an indexed view of multiple data sources.

Because of the new library functionality, many of the common user folders in Windows 7 have been renamed. In Windows Vista you had Documents, Downloads, Photos, Videos, and Music. In Windows 7, these folders have been renamed and now you have Personal Documents, Personal Downloads, Personal Photos, Personal Videos, and Personal Music.

Yes, in other words, all the folders in a user’s home directory have been renamed with the word Personal in front of them. As I said, there is a reason for this and that reason is to allow us to use libraries and to distinguish between public and personal (private) documents.

Besides these personal document folders, each Windows 7 computer is going to have public folder such as Public Documents.

To reiterate, the purpose of Libraries is to join together these personal and public documents into a single documents directory (as well as any other libraries that you create).

Thus, the default Libraries in Windows 7 are:

  • Documents: made up of Personal Documents and Public Documents
  • Downloads: made up of Personal Downloads and Public Downloads
  • Music: made up of Personal Music and Public Music
  • Photos: made up of Personal Photos and Public Photos
  • Videos: made up of Personal Videos and Public Videos

To me, the best thing about Windows 7 Libraries is that you can create your own libraries. How do you do it? Easy. In explorer view, just go to your Libraries, right-click, then click on New - Library.

Figure 1: Creating a Windows 7 Library

From here, your new Library will be included in the list of Libraries in the Navigation Pane of all Explorer views (assuming you checked the show in navigation pane).

Figure 2: Results of creating a Windows 7 Library

Once you create it, you need to decide what you want included in the library. To do this, right-click on the folder and click Properties. On the Library Tab, click Add, select a folder, then, click Include in Library. You can include as many folders in your library as you want.

Figure 3: Including Folders in a Windows 7 Library

Of course, the inclusion of folders in your library view is critical to make the library of any use.

2. Network and Sharing Revisions

In Windows Vista the Network and Sharing center was pretty, what I would call “busy”. There were lots of options and things that could be done resulting in the use of it being fairly confusing.

In Windows 7 the Network and Sharing center has been simplified. Here is what it looks like:

Figure 4: Windows 7 Network and Sharing Center

The Network and Sharing options have been moved to the Choose homegroup and sharing options window (which we will look at in a minute) and the left navigation options have been moved to other menu windows. I also think that the view your active networks section now

looks much nicer and easier to understand.

Personally, I wish that there were more technical networking details shown on the Network and Sharing window. However, I am a technical networking guy and that is likely why I feel that way. I can see where perhaps Microsoft would want to shield less experienced users from technical network details.

3. View Available Networks (VAN)

While the “View Available Networks” or VAN feature sounds like it could be complex and a whole new kind of virtual network, it isn’t. However, it is pretty helpful. Essentially, the VAN feature allows you to view all available networks and connect to them, directly from the system tray. Here is what it looks like:

Figure 5:
View Available Networks (VAN) - Graphic courtesy of Microsoft.com

With users being more mobile and connecting to various networks, this is a much needed feature.

4. Super Fast Wake up and Boot, Smart Network Power, and Wake on LAN for


Some of the new features of Windows 7 are there to speed up Windows 7 or save power. Here are 3 examples:

  • Fast Wake Up & Fast Boot – enables your Windows 7 machine to wake up faster when it was put in hibernate or standby mode. The fast boot feature allows Windows 7 to boot up faster when it is powered on from a cold boot.
  • Smart Network Power – turns off the power to your Ethernet jack when there is no cable connected
  • Wake on LAN for Wireless - bring the well-known wired Ethernet feature to wireless networks. Think about it – an Admin can wake up thousands of sleeping computers, not even wired to the network, using wake on LAN for wireless.

5. BranchCache

BranchCache is a big win for branch office users and IT Admins. With BrachCache, when remote Windows 7 users access file or Intranet content on a Windows 2008 R2 server at the headquarters, that data is downloaded to the remote branch. The second time that the same

Windows 7 PC, or a different Windows 7 PC, needs that data or Intranet content, access to it is much faster because it has already been cached.

BranchCache can operate in two modes – Hosted Cache or Distributed Mode. With Hosted Cache, a Windows 2008 R2 server at the branch office is the central caching server for that branch. With Distributed Mode, no Windows 2008 R2 server is needed and the cache data is stored on the distributed Windows 7 PCs at the branch.

Before you can raise your security red flag, you should know that BranchCache complies with all Windows security settings and always checks to ensure that it is delivering the latest version of the file to the Windows 7 PC that requested it.

6. Virtualization Enhancements

With the Windows 7 Virtualization Enhancements, when you run Windows 7 in a VDI (virtual desktop interface) mode, the end user will enjoy a higher quality experience. To help you

visualize how this works, let us say that you have a Hyper-V server and you are running Windows 7 as a Guest virtual machine on the server. End users running thin client devices

connect to the Windows 7 Guest VMs on that server. Previously, with Windows XP or Vista, there would have been limitations to the users’ experience, as compared to a traditional desktop. With Windows 7 many of these limitations are removed. Here is what Windows 7 provides when used in a VDI mode:

  • The Windows Aero Interface
  • Viewing of videos in Windows Media Player 11
  • Multiple monitors
  • Microphone for VoIP uses
  • “Easy Print”, which allows you to use a printer on the local printer without installing a printer driver
  • Common tools for IT Admins to manipulate virtual desktop images

Something else that is new about Windows 7 and VDI is the new Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD) license.

7. Fix a Network Problem

One of my favorite changes to Windows 7 networking is the update to Vista’s diagnose and repair. In Windows 7 if you want to get assistance fixing a network issue, you just click

Fix a network problem. Sound simple and clear, right? That’s what I like about it.

From Windows 7 Network and Sharing, if you click Fix a Network Problem, you get this window, asking you want you want to fix:

Figure 6: Fixing a Network Problem

Windows 7 will go through and attempt to fix any network issues that you select. It will even ask

you if you want to fix it as a Windows Administrator. Here is what fixing a homegroup looks like:

Figure 7: Fixing a network problem

8. QoS Enhancements

While Quality of Service (QoS) is not something that end users think about they do see the results if QoS is not working. Windows 7 offers a number of QoS enhancements.

URL based QoS is one of the new Windows 7 QoS Enhancments. Since many mission critical enterprise applications have been moved into hosted web environments, URL based QoS is the answer to giving those IT Admins the ability to prioritize those mission critical web applications over, say, other general web surfing. Is it slick and exciting? Maybe not but it is a very valuable feature resulting in a better experience for the end users.

9. DirectAccess

I like how Microsoft characterizes the new Windows 7 feature, DirectAccess -

  1. Help mobile users get more done
  2. Help IT Admins manage remote machines more effectively

The combination of both of these things make DirectAccess worth learning more about (and likely implementing).

So what exactly is DirectAccess? Today, mobile users can connect to the enterprise network with VPN but it is not always easy and can be difficult to configure. DirectAccess wants to be the answer that allows end users to connect to the enterprise quickly and easily, without VPN.

For the IT Admins, DirectAccess will allow them to manage laptops even if the laptops are not connected to the VPN. The IT Admin can schedule software to the updated or configuration changes to be made, the next time that device connects using DirectAccess.

10. HomeGroup

Absolutely, the best new Windows 7 networking feature for home and small office users is the homeGroup feature. Essentially, a homegroup is a simple way to link computers on your home network together so that they can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers. There is just a single password that is used to access the homegroup, making creating it and connecting to it easy.

To configure a Windows 7 Homegroup, you can click on Choose Homegroup and Sharing Options from the Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7, then Create now (assuming your network location is set to Home).

Figure 8: Creating your HomeGroup

You will be asked what types of personal content you want to share with the HomeGroup.

Figure 9: Creating a Windows 7 Homegroup

You will be able to select what you want to share in the homegroup.

Figure 10: Viewing the Windows 7 Password to connect to the homegroup

And you will be given a single password, used on other computers, to connect to the homegroup. When you are done, the Homegroup and Sharing center will look something like this:

Figure 11: Windows 7 Homegroup configured

How to Optimize Network Connections in Windows XP

Written by adi on 09.35

In this article we will cover how to optimize network connections on your Windows XP system. The optimizing of such connections lead to enhanced performance and security and are often overlooked. This article quickly shows you how to optimize and harden your network connections efficiently and effectively.

Configuring a network connection can be a chore. Whether you use a Wizard, do it manually, or even get crazy and use Netsh at the command line, you still have to make sure that if you are using multiple connections, you have them optimized as well. Sometimes, you may have up to 10 network connections in a laptop, and you may only utilize 1 or 2 of them ‘frequently’ and the other 8 very infrequently. It’s not well known that changing the order of these connections in the Advanced Settings of your Network Connections will provide you with better usability of your system especially from the scenario I just painted. Think about your system having to go through multiple network connections to get to the one you frequently use? This is very symbolic of an Access Control List (ACL) on a device, that if it has 10 rules, it will normally start at the top and work its way down to the bottom. If the most commonly used rule is at the bottom, think of how many times it may be searched and the few added nanoseconds that could be saved by having it at the top. If the ACL is 100 entries deep … it can all add up. So hopefully, this picture I provided you will help you understand why you would want your most frequently used settings up first for use.

As I just mentioned, you should check into adjusting your network connections for optimal performance and security. You can check them easily and quickly by opening up your Network Connections Dialog Box (as seen in Figure 1).

You can do this by:

  • On the desktop right click My Network Places and select Properties from the menu
  • Go to Start => Control Panel and selecting the Network Connections

figure 1

You can configure advanced settings from Advanced Settings menu option on the Advanced menu of the Network Connections folder. This will allow you to access the settings for all the network connections that you see listed in Figure 1. Once you select this menu option, you will open the Advanced Settings dialog box as seen in figure 2.

figure 2

Please note that by looking at and modifying these network settings, you will improve performance on your system. You see quite a few connections listed in the ‘Connections’ field of the Advanced Settings dialog box. Within this section, you can see to the right of it, an up arrow and a down arrow. By selecting a connection simply by clicking on it to highlight it, you can either move that connection entry up or down in the order. The top of the order would show the most frequently used, while the least used should be towards the bottom of the list. The bindings of the protocols are key here also. You can select each entry in the Connections’ field of the Advanced Settings dialog box and either remove File and Print Sharing (which is a hardening technique if you don’t need the sharing on) and remove any unneeded protocols bound to that connection. You can also move the binding order up or down in the same way in case you had multiple protocols bound to a connection and you used one protocol more than the other. For example, if you wanted to use TCP/IP more frequently than IPX/SPX, you can move TCP/IP to the top of the list and move IPX/SPX to the bottom of the binding order.

Remember - changing the provider order and changing the order of protocols bound to those providers will improve performance.

To modify the protocol bindings order:

  1. Open Network Connections as indicated in the steps listed at the beginning of this article.
  2. On the Advanced menu, select Advanced Settings
  3. In Connections, highlight a connection that you want to move, or modify.

That’s it! It isn’t much more difficult than that.

figure 3

A couple of things to note is that you must log on as a member of the Administrators group to change the protocol bindings order, as well, you should not have to reboot the system to make the changes.

Another note is that, there is no discrimination between technologies either – whatever is used most should be selected. For instance, in Figure 4, you can see that most of them time I would utilize Wireless on my laptop so I would want to make that connection first, and then utilize TCP/IP for Microsoft based networks based on the fact that is primarily what it is I work with.

figure 4

This is best optimized for my needs. I also removed File and Print Sharing because it’s just not needed on my system and creates another way for my system to be exploited or penetrated.

To modify the network provider order:

  1. Open Network Connections
  2. Click the connection you want to modify, and on the Advanced menu, click Advanced Settings.
  3. On the Provider Order tab, in Network Providers, click the provider you want to move up or down in the list, and then click the Up or Down button.


  • To open Network Connections, click Start, click Control Panel, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.
  • Network providers are accessed in the order they appear in this list.
  • To modify the network provider order, you must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group.

How to Change the logon screen in Windows 7 Beta

Written by adi on 01.48

Apparently, Windows 7 will "officially" support Logon UI Background Customization. The previous link describes what needs to be in place (a registry key and image file) for you to be able to have Windows 7 use any image you want as the Logon UI Background. What the previous link doesn't specify is if this works with the Windows 7 Beta (build 7000). Actually, I just test and confirmed that it does work perfectly in the Windows 7 Beta.
Good news for us of whom can't (or don't want to) run a newer (possibly more buggy), "leaked" build of Windows 7. I'll describe the 2 basic steps needed to do this with the Windows 7 Beta, but to get more detail I recommend reading the article linked above.

Step 1: Add the Following Registry Key
Go to the

Registry location using Regedit.exe and add a DWORD value named "OEMBackground" and set
it's value to 1 (enabled).

Step 2: Add an Image (JPG) file to be used
Add any image file you want to the "%windir%\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds" folder, and
rename it to "backgroundDefault.jpg". Also, you'll want to make sure the image file is less than 256Kb in size. If the file size is bigger it wont use it. And, it's that simple to set the Windows 7 Beta to use your own background image for the Logon UI.

Universal XP Drivers CD

Written by adi on 09.39

No more need to spend hours on-line browsing for drivers.. Just pop the Universal Driver CD in and Windows will automatically search the comprehensive drivers. This CD, (Iso format) contains software drivers for over 25,000 hardware components from brands such as Dell, HP,Compaq, IBM, Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, as well ashardware component manufacturers Intel, 3Com, VIA, nVidia, ATI, SoundMax, and many more. This CD is a must-have for every pc-admin!

.ISO Format

How to use:
In windows, when you insert a new hardware which you lost the driver for, put in the CD (or mount) and click “automatically search for drivers”. It will search the CD and … Yes! It’s installed just like that! Now no more huge installation files downloaded from the internet if you have this little devil.


Password: www.dl4all.com

SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager – Bandwidth limiter and traffic shaper for Windows

Written by adi on 22.12

SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager can help you overcome problems with the Internet network. SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager can observe network traffic and limits bandwidth in a certain size.
application of SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager based on rules that have been made. Any rules can specifically set the bandwidth of Internet connections by the user. The default application SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager provide 2 choise the bandwidth selection, which is unlimited and blocking. Nevertheless you can still enter the size of the bandwidth according to their own needs.
You can choose to upload bandwidth restrictions or download from a variety of protocols such as TCP or UDP, and network interface is used. Other facilities provided by SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager is the speed of Internet access for each IP address or a MAC. Can also set the range of IP address and port specific. Terrible you can create a schedule that is made in the Timetable.
To view the statistics of Internet bandwidth has been set in the respective rules are provided Statistic special menu. Unfortunately the statistics do not show real time so you always have to click refresh if you want to see changes. You need to know, SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager application must be placed between the LAN and Internet connection.

PDF Password Cracker and Remover

Written by adi on 21.38

PDF Password Remover
PDF Password Remover can be used to decrypt protected Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which have "owner" password set, preventing the file from editing (changing), printing,selecting text and graphics (and copying them into the Clipboard), or adding/changing annotations and form fields. Decryption is being done instantly. Decrypted file can be opened in any PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader) without any restrictions -- i.e.with edit/copy/print functions enabled. All versions of Adobe Acrobat (including 7.x,which features 128-bit encryption) are supported.
Link : http://rapidshare. com/files/ 78611584/ PDF_Password_ Remover_v3_ 1_.0.rar

PDF Password Cracker
PDF Password Cracker Pro allows to search for "owner" and "user" passwords with
brute-force and dictionary attacks, effectively optimized for speed. In addition, it has Key search attack, which guarantees the decryption (regardless the password length and complexity) of PDF files that use 40-bit encryption. The standard security provided by PDF consists of two different passwords. Owner Password will allow to prevent PDF file from editing (changing), printing, selecting text and graphics, or adding/changing annotations and
form fields; User Password locks the file so the password is required to open or view the file.
If only owner password is set, decryption is being done instantly; decrypted file can be
opened in any PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader) without any restrictions, i.e. with
edit/copy/print/ annotate functions enabled. Alternatively, owner password can be recovered using brute-force or dictionary attacks. Additionally, PDF Password Cracker Pro supports "key search" attack that allows to decrypt PDF files with 40-bit security regardless the password length.
Link : http://saveqube. com/getfile/ 03fbea815a3c7293 8a3d9f107c6a8b34 cc003c829cc68963
88/PDF_Password_ Cracker_Pro_ v3.0___Keygen. rar.html

Save Bandwidth Quota with Toonel.net

Written by adi on 15.38

TOONEL used for bandwidth compression. This software is similar to the proxy, that essentially we access the Internet through the intermediary computer servers. Distinguish the proxy, data sent to our computer had in the compress, so speed access becomes faster. For example, the normal internet we need a 100 Kb to open led-media.blogspot.com, but if toonel has compressed 50% smaller, so we just need a 50 Kb data to open it. Data compressed by reducing the quality of the pictures on the website. This will save the bandwidth quota for you to use the internet bandwidth quota tariffs. Advantages this software is not detected as a virus when trying to open yahoomail or google cache option.

link: http://www.ziddu.com/download/3237565/Toonel.net0.0.50.50.zip.html

you can setting this software by following this steps:

1.Because of toonel.net is Java, the computer must be installed in your JRE (Java Runtime Environment) must first be able to run this software.

link: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Java-Runtime-Environment.shtml

2. Setting Firefox by following this steps:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox
2. Click Tools | Options
3. Click Advanced, and click the Network tab
4. Click on the Connection Settings
5. Select Manual proxy configuration
6. HTTP Proxy and Port 8080, then check Use this proxy server for all protocols
7. Click OK to save the settings
8. Click OK again to close the Option

3.Toonel settings by following this steps:
1. Open software Toonel
2. Click the Mapping tab, then click the option, and then click Apply
3. Click the Web tab, Set the GIF & JPEG Quality% at you, then click Apply
4. Click Stats tab to view the status file pengompresan web.
5. Do not close the software Toonel, because this software can only run when the software opens.

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