Windows 7 Local User Logins

Here’s a quick tip. If you want a user account to appear on the initial login screen on a Windows 7 PC that’s not joined to a domain, make sure that user account is a member of the local Users group. If not, that account will not appear on the initial login screen or as an option under Switch User.

Managing Stored User Names and Passwords

Here’s a simple trick for managing store user names and passwords on a Windows 7 machine.

Click Start –> Run.., paste the following line into the Open: field, then click OK:

rundll32.exe keymgr.dll, KRShowKeyMgr

This will display a window showing all of your stored credentials like the following:

Stored User Names and Passwords

You can add, remove, or edit credentials as well as backup and restore your saved credentials to or from a file. This is a more straightforward way to remove problematic cached credentials without having to resort to deleting your browsing history, cookies, or the like.

You can also use the “Manage Network Passwords” control panel applet. Click Start, type “Manage Network Passwords”, then press Enter with that item selected or Click on Start –> Control Panel, click on the “User Accounts and Family Safety” group, then click on the Credential Manager link.

Finally, if you are just looking for a listing of all of the cached credentials saved on your computer, open a Command prompt (“Windows Command Processor”) and enter the following command:

cmdkey /list

This will output an text listing of all cached credentials including the target, type and respective user name.

Trackpad++

Users of boot camped Windows on a Mac most likely have already run into issues with the built-in trackpad. Although the trackpad works great on the Mac side and includes features such as “palm rejection,” the Apple drivers for Windows fall painfully short. Vladimir Plenskiy’s recently updated Trackpad++ helps to resolve some of these issues by bringing some of the great OS X trackpad features over to the Windows side. Note that Windows 7 64-bit users must also install the associated Power Plan Assistant for Windows 7 to override Microsoft’s strict digital signature enforcement policy. The Trackpad++ driver installation will fail otherwise. So, if you’re tired of seeing your cursor jump erratically on the screen or entire blocks of text disappear while typing, you might want to give this a try. I’ll report back once I’ve tried using it for a few days.

Trackpad++ Greatly Improves Your MacBook’s Trackpad in Windows

Trackpad++

Odd Windows 7 Notification Area Behavior

Following the reboot after installing a new application, I noticed that all of the icons in my Windows notification area (formerly “system tray”) were appearing in my taskbar rather than collapsing into the corner.

Expanded Notification Area

Somehow, the “Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar” option was re-selected under Control Panel –> All Control Panel Items –> Notification Area Icons. (Note that you can also get here by right-clicking on the Start Button, selecting Properties, then clicking on the Customize… button on the Taskbar tab.)

Notification Area Icons Options

Clearing this option restored my taskbar to its original configuration.

Collapsed Notification Area