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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wi-Fi in Windows 7

I may have posted about this, but, alas, I can’t remember (the whole point of this blog, I guess).  To keep Windows 7 (I suppose it may be the same in other Windows versions as well) from shutting off the wireless when “not it use”, do the following from a Tom’s Hardware forum:

Navigate to the control panel and open the Device Manager. Open the Network adapters section, right-click your wifi adapter and choose Properties. Navigate to the Power Management tab, uncheck allow the computer to turn off this device and set it to allow this device to wake the computer and then save the changes you made.

Alternatively, click on the wireless icon in the system tray and open the Network and Sharing Center.  Click on the wireless connection, click on Properties and then Configure.  Select Power Management and uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”.

Dis-allowing this is helpful in ensuring that students don’t lose their work when editing files from the file server.

Offline files

I’ve been looking at the Offline File settings in Windows 7.  I am thinking it would be good to turn this off for students so that they don’t lose work if they lose their connection to the network.  Since their profiles are not saved on the lab computers, their cached files go off to neverland if they aren’t able to save them properly.  So, search for Offline in the Start Search programs and files area, and select Manage Offline Files.  Select “Disable offline files” if it is available.