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Solutions: Microsoft tweaked file folders setup for Windows 7

My husband recently bought a new computer with Windows 7. The "root directory," which was named Explore and could be opened by a right mouse click to the "Start" button, seems to no longer exist. We understand there is now a "Library" setup, but we've yet to been able to find how to use our previously set up folders and sub-folders the way we are used to. Is the new system as user unfriendly as it appears?

The file folder system is very much the same as it was in Windows Vista. Your default personal file folder is still C:\Users\your-user-name, which contains My Documents, My Pictures, My Music and My Videos.

In Windows 7, however, this personal files folder is presented as "Libraries," and this is what you'll see when you right-click the Start button and select Open Windows Explorer. Each user of the computer will see their own personal Libraries, no different from the separate My Documents folders for each user under previous versions of Windows.

I can see some very good uses for this in a network environment, but it remains to be seen how popular this new feature will be in a normal home PC setting. But Windows 7 has some great new usability features, and I predict that once you give it a try you'll never go back to Vista.

I am trying to use my linksys router with my computer. It seems I have an IP address conflict. Can you tell me how to find my router IP address?

The default IP address for your router is Open your browser and enter and you should arrive at the login page for your router. The default user is admin. If you've previously set a password, enter it, otherwise if a blank password doesn't work try "linksys," and if all else fails, do a hard reset of the router by pressing in the reset button on the back of the router with a pin or other pointy object. Once logged in you can do a soft reset or examine the IP connects/cache to see what may be causing the problem. And if your router doesn't have a password, give it one.

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Solutions: Microsoft tweaked file folders setup for Windows 7 06/27/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 25, 2010 6:45pm]
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