Windows 7 will be commercially available on and after October 22 this year. The release candidate is available for download and will expire on June 1, 2010. That is security update won't be available for the release candidate after June 1, 2010. Also starting on March 1, 2010, all machines running with Windows 7 Release Candidate will shut down every two hours. Read more about it on Microsoft's Windows7 download center.


Windows 7 comes with an array of exciting features. Among them is a bunch of keyboard shortcuts meant to increase your productivity. Hongkiat.com has listed almost all the keyboard shortcuts available. (Some of these are available in Windows XP and Vista too.)

In case you have not upgraded to Windows 7, you can still use some of these shortcuts. All you need is Autohotkey and some scripting.

First, download and install Autohotkey. It's very lightweight and uses about 5MiB of RAM.
Now, download this autohotkey script. Double click on the file and if you have installed autohotkey, you can start using the shortcuts right away.

Available Shortcuts

Win + Up Arrow — Maximize Current Window
Win + Down Arrow — Minimize Current Window
Win + Right Arrow — Dock the current window to the Right half of the screen
Win + Left Arrow — Dock the current window to the left half of the screen
Win + Home — Minimize all but the current window (I found this script at How To Geek)

Automatically Run The Script On Windows Start-up

To run the script automatically whenever you start windows, copy and paste the script into the Startup folder. Your Startup folder is located at C:\Documents and Settings\yourUserName\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

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