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Your Windows 7 PC is out of support

Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14th, 2020. As of writing, Windows 7 has missed 6 months worth of updates released to patch vulnerable code.

If you are still running Windows 7 you need to upgrade to a currently supported operating system sooner rather than later. Running unsupported software, especially an operating system, leaves your device open for malware and cyber criminals,

Many PCs running Windows 7 can easily be upgraded for free to Windows 10. You can find more information in an earlier post. The Microsoft website has the minimum requirements for hardware as:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800 x 600

This means that Windows 10 can be run on reasonably old hardware.

Another alternative would be to install a Linux distribution such a Ubuntu, or if your PC is very old, Lubuntu.

Creating a shortcut to shutdown your PC

From Windows 8 onwards several ways to shutdown your PC were introduced. Windows 8 in particular made it a difficult process with several steps. This was made easier in later versions of Windows. Whatever version of Windows you are running you can easily create a Shutdown PC button to allow you to turn of your PC with a single click of the mouse.

Shutdown PC icon

To create a shortcut on your Desktop follow the steps below:

  1. Right click on the Desktop
  2. Move the mouse cursor down to New and then click Shortcut
  3. Within the box marked “Type the location of the item:”, type in shutdown /s /t 00 and then click next
  4. Type in a name for the shortcut. i.e. Shutdown PC, and then press finish.

You will now have an icon for quickly shutting down your PC.

Changing the Icon

To make the icon easier to find you can add a custom icon. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Right click the newly created Shutdown PC icon
  2. Click on Properties
  3. Click on Change IconYou will be shown a message that advises you that the shutdown exe file does not contain images, this is normal behaviour. Click ok
  4. Within the box that appears select a suitable icon and click ok
  5. Click ok on the Shutdown PC Properties window

Your icon will now have a custom icon.

Pin to Taskbar

The icon can be pinned to the taskbar to make it easy to shutdown the PC with a single click of the mouse. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Right click the Shutdown PC icon
  2. Click on Pin to taskbar

The icon will now be pinned to the taskbar for easy access.


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Restore Desktop Icons

An issue I see pop up every so often is where a users desktop icons disappear. This can be worrisome because many users store their files on the desktop and these files appear to disappear as well. I will show you now how to restore desktop icons.

A feature of Windows is the ability to hide the desktop icons. This is a handy feature if you are required to share a screen during a meeting or conference. It is handy too if you just wish to have a minimalist feel to the screen.

If, for whatever reason, the desktop icons have disappeared on your PC – don’t be alarmed – The process to restore the icons is very simple once you know how.

Restore Desktop Icons

To restore your desktop icons first make sure you are on the desktop. You can minimise all items and go back to the desktop by holding the Windows Key and pressing M.

Once you are on the desktop, right click anywhere on the screen. You will be presented with the following menu.

Navigate to the menu item identified as View – Once you hover over view, another menu will appear.

From the second menu, move your mouse cursor down and click on Show Desktop Icons.

restore desktop icons
Windows 10 desktop with icons restored

Your desktop icons will now be shown on the screen – to hide the icons follow the same steps.

These steps will not work if you have accidentally deleted a file or folder. This will only restore the items that are temporarily hidden from view.

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