Great Tools in Windows 7

Besides all the new user interface features that are a welcomed addition to the realm of productivity for the average user, there are some great tools that will be of benefit to IT and computer enthusiasts alike.

Windows Disc Image Burner

 Windows 7 has the functionality of taking any .ISO or .IMG files and burning them directly to a disc.  No need to have a third-party tool to create a disc from these formats.

All that needs to happen is right click on the file and the option is available:

Opening Windows Disc Image Burner

Opening Windows Disc Image Burner

Once the Windows Disc Image Burner window opens, choose which burner is available.  To ensure the burn was successful, select the Verify disk after burning option.  If you are pressed for time, do not choose this option.

Windows Disc Image Burner dialog window

Windows Disc Image Burner dialog window

Attach VHD

Alright so some of you are probably saying, what is this even relative to what I am doing?  I have come across my times when I personally have needed to add files to a VHD file.  I would typically have to mount the VHD in VirtualPC or Virtual Server 2005 and then add the files or get into the System folder to tweak a setting.  This is time consuming.

Now with Windows 7, we can attach a VHD and open the files in Windows Explorer to make our changes.  This functionality is found in Disk Managment console and it includes the ability to Create VHD and Attach VHD.  The Create a VHD is a great functionality if your a familair with Microsoft’s deloyment tools found in Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool where an image can captured installation DVD and then mounted in the VHD.  Attach VHD utilizes an already created VHD and mounts this in the Disk Management window as well as makes the content available through Windows Explorer.
Get into Disk Management through Administrator Tools or Computer Management console.  Right click on Disk Management and select Attach VHD.

Attach Virtual Hard Drive

Attach Virtual Hard Drive

Then choose the location of where the VHD and choose if this is a read-only mount or not.







Attach Virtual Hard Drive location of Drive

Attach Virtual Hard Drive location of Drive







Once the VHD is attached then Windows 7 give the you AutoPlay options. Choose Open folder to view files and now you are in the VHD information.

AutoPlay Attached VHD

AutoPlay Attached VHD










Both of these tools really help with some of the day to day activites that we come across and now do not need another tool. Now I can maybe I can get that SharePoint re-design finished. Good luck!


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