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Windows 7 has lots of features that attribute to a better user experience. The various themes and backgrounds that it offers are amazing in the truest sense. You hardly need to download any from other websites while using Windows 7.

However, the desktop backgrounds and themes that will directly be available to you depend on the language, time and currency you choose during the time of operating system installation. So, for example, if you choose English (US) and time zone, currency format that correspond to US; you will only be able to see a few of the whole collection.

Now, this tip will help you to get all the themes and backgrounds available for Windows 7 users, no matter which location you choose. There are many backgrounds for other countries such as Great Britain, Canada, South Africa, Australia etc. and why should you deprive yourself of the rest?

Windows 7 Theme

The steps to be followed are:

  • Go to the Start Menu of your system.
  • Type “C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT” in the search box (Replace “C” with the drive name where you have installed Windows 7, if it’s not “C” drive in your case).
  • Hit Enter and some sub-folders should appear for you (Such as MCT-CA, MCT-AU, MCT-US, and MCT-ZA, MCT-GB).
  • Each of the sub-folders represents themes and backgrounds of one country: AU for Australia, US for United States, GB for Great Britain, ZA for South Africa and CA for Canada.
  • Select the specific folder of your choice and then go to the themes Folder under that location. For example: if you want the theme for Canada, go to this folder: C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT\MCT-CA\Theme.
  • Now, double click on the theme that you will find there.
  • Go to your Control Panel’s Personalization section.
  • You will see a shortcut to the chosen theme over there.
  • You can repeat the same steps for themes of other countries as well.

Once a theme is installed, you can select it easily from the desktop itself:

  • Right click on desktop.
  • Choose Personalization.
  • Select the background or theme of your choice.

I hope the readers loved this simple tip. Try it yourself and share your experience through comments. If you have any questions or faced any difficulties, share that with me as well. I am always happy to help!

Samsung is coming up with “The Next Big Thing” on October 24th. Today press invitations were sent out on behalf of the company and reporters were asked to save the date on their calendars. The event is going to take place in New York. It is expected that Samsung officials will launch the much anticipated Galaxy Note II during this event.

The invitation didn’t contain much detail, however, this smartphone-tablet hybrid is definitely expected to see a US release on that day. Samsung has released it in South Korea last Wednesday (September 26th). The smartphone-tablet hybrid is already being praised for an amazing phone screen and an improved S Pen stylus. Samsung Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch screen, is slightly bigger than its predecessor Samsung Galaxy Note’s 5.3 inch screen. The new smartphone however is thinner compared to Galaxy Note.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Galaxy Note was a huge success as more than 12 million of copies of the same have been sold till date.  Shin Jong-kyun, the chief of Samsung’s mobile phone section has set high expectations (At least 3 million sales within 3 months of launch) for the successor as well. With the great features that Samsung Galaxy Note II has, there are all reasons for such high expectations, without a doubt!

First of all, users can see images at a high resolution of 1280×70 pixels. It comes up with 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Exynos processor (Again a Samsung product). This is also the first time when a Samsung phone has “Jelly Bean” (Android 4.1) as its standard OS. Samsung Galaxy Note II has 2 GB RAM, 3100 mAh battery, 1.9 MP front camera and an 8 MP rear camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note II is expected to expand the potential market of phablets (A device that combines a cellphone and a tablet), according to the trade experts. However, we have to wait and see what kind of user feedback it gets from all over the world. Samsung Galaxy Note really has set the expectations pretty high; let’s see whether this new smartphone from the Notes series can live up to that!

What do my readers think on the possible release of Samsung Galaxy Note II? If you are excited or if you have some set expectations on this new smartphone, please feel free to use the comment feature and share your thoughts. If it has already released in your country, please share how good or bad do you find it!

Sometimes you want to delete files quickly and securely.  The default setting on most computers places all deleted files into a isolated holding area, known as the Recycle Bin. If we don’t want those deleted files to be stored in the Recycle bin we must manually delete them. Unless we disable the recycle bin or remember to use the SHIFT+Delete command while deleting a file, we generally need to put in some extra effort to delete files manually from the Recycle bin (Clearing the Recycle Bin isn’t much trouble, however forgetting to regularly clear the recycle bin can cause a buildup of large files and sensitive data, potentially causing performance and security concerns).

Here are two simple tips illustrating how to disable the Recycle Bin (You should only do this when you are positive that you won’t need to recover the deleted files in future):

Disabling the Recycle bin

Recycle Bin Registry

  • Right click on the recycle bin icon on your desktop and click on properties.
  • A new dialog box should appear and there you will see a radio button that states “Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted” (Under “settings for selected location”).
  • Check that radio button and click Apply.
  • Finally, click on OK to close the dialog box.

You can disable the recycle bin from your system registry as well. To do so, follow the below mentioned steps:

Recycle Bin Disable

  • Click on Start Menu and on Search box write “Regedit.”
  • Hit Enter and the Registry Editor window should appear.
  • Now, locate this key from the left menu of Registry Editor Window: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket
  • Now, select the value name “NukeOnDelete” and change its value to 1 (0 means that recycle bin is active, that is the default value in general).
  • Make sure the data type is “DWORD” before you exit the Registry Editor Window.
  • Finally, you need to reboot your system so that the changes are reflected.

The aforementioned steps are for Windows 7. That being said, the steps will be more or less the same for older operating systems as well, if you run into any problems I will be happy to help you through the comments section.