Windows 8 weather app - change from fahrenheit to celsius

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Weather App seems to always default to Fahrenheit, and it may be not immediately obvious how to change to Celsius:

  • Open the Weather App
    Windows 8 Weather App
  • Open Side Panel Charms (drag mouse cursor to the top right corner or press WIN+C

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Login automatically in Windows 7

If you are not worried about security you can make Windows 7 login automatically using your chosen account even if the account is password protected.
  • Start > type netplwiz and press Enter
    Start > type netplwiz and press Enter
  • User Accounts window will appear
    Windows 7 User Accounts
  • Select user you want to use for automatic logon
  • Uncheck "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer"
  • Press OK
  • Enter your password if prompted

Next time you restart your computer Windows will login automatically using the account you selected.

Display Hidden / System Files and Folders

Windows XP by default keeps some important files and folders hidden. This is to protect files from accidental deletion, but if for any reason you want to see such files it only takes a few seconds to change this default behaviour:

  • Open your "My Documents" folder (in fact it can be any folder)
  • Click on Tools > Folder Options
    (In Windows Vista and Windows 7 you may need to press Alt key to display the top menu bar)
    Tools > Folder Options
  • In Folder Options dialog click on View tab
    Show Hidden Files and Folders
  • To show hidden files select "Show Hidden Files and Folders"
  • To show system files uncheck "Hide Protected Operating System Files"

Internet search from Windows 7 Start Menu

Windows  7 Start Menu Search feature helps you to find data on your computer, but it's easy enough to make search the web as well.

 All is needed a little registry change:

  • Open registry editor - just type regedit in the start menu search bar and click on regedit.exe)
    Open registry editor
  • Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
    If Explorer or other Key doesn't exist, simply create them by right clicking on the existing key above and selecting New > Key
    Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer
  • Inside Explorer create a new DWORD type value:
    Name: DisableIndexedLibraryExperience
    Value Data: 1
    Create a new DWORD type value DisableIndexedLibraryExperience
  • Restart computer

Now, when you start typing in the Start Menu Search bar you will see an option to Search the Internet which will open your default Internet browser and perform a search using your default search provider (Google, Bing, etc.)
Search the Internet from Start Menu