Windows creates thumbs.db files in each folder containing pictures. Caching thumbnails is completely pointless: it just pollutes your drives. Unzip and run this to disable thumbnail cache.
There is a bug in Windows 7 with icon cache. If you have some icons on your desktop that point to a drive not mounted on boot, the icons are gone.Only default ugly icons are displayed.
Some Windows 7 installations don’t have Bluetooth places icon. To get it back, simply put this shortcut to your desktop.
Some Windows 7 installations don’t have the Network properties in Control panel for some reason. To open them, simply run ncpa.cpl from command prompt. That opens the network properties snap-in. Alternatively, you may place a shrotcut on your desktop for that file.
Some of Windows security features are really useless and annoying. One of them is the file open warning for downloaded files. To disable it, unzip and run this with administrator privileges. Reboot and you’re done.
Sometimes Windows prompts to scan and fix not properly unmounted drives. The problem is, it doesn’t remember that the drive was already scan and prompts for it again and again on every reconnection, which is extremely annoying.
Another handy keyboard shortcut is for launching windows task manager. Just press Ctrl – Shift – Esc and here it is.
You may not know that starting from Windows 7, you can press Winkey + x to access Windows mobility center! It gives some neat utilities for notebook owners, including screen, volume and network controls.
Since very early versions, Windows puts annoying arrows to desktop icons to distinguish shortcuts (links) from files (actual executables). No one really keeps .exe’s on their desktop except for very inexperienced users, so having the arrow obscuring a good deal of the icon is just stupid. Here’s how to remove it.