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Microsoft releases new themes for Windows 7 users occasionally. Up until now, Microsoft has already released 140+ themes in 9 different categories. The categories includes (in alphabetical order): Animals, Art, Automotive, Branded, Games, Holidays and Seasons, Movies, Nature, Places and Landscapes. Before downloading, you can preview themepacks for Windows 7 using Bing Visual Search. Windows 7 themes can only be used in Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions.

We are starting a new “Hive-Five Friday” series, where we will pick the best five of anything related to tech or everyday computing and write about it. For this week, we have selected the best 5 themepacks for Windows 7 which will keep your desktop lively.

Below you will find the themepacks, some overview of them, links including the preview of the theme pack, download, etc.

Microsoft released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) in February 2011. Now, Microsoft has made available Windows 7 ISO images integrated with SP1.

Earlier, we shared official Digital River direct download links of Windows 7. But, then you had to download Service Pack 1 separately (or get it through Windows Updates) to update your PC to Windows 7 SP1. Otherwise, you had to go through the painful process of slipstream Service Pack 1 into Windows 7 ISO or installation DVD. Let’s admit that fact, SP1 slipstream process is not everyone’s cup of tea. Since Microsoft has already released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ISO, than why take the pain? You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to download Windows 7 SP1 ISO, we are here to help you. After you download Windows 7 SP1, you don’t ever need to download SP1 separately after a fresh Windows 7 install. You are on the right page. You can now stop searching for the Official Windows 7 SP1 integrated ISO images. Microsoft officially distributes Windows 7 SP1 ISO directly using Digital River Servers.

My Technology Guide readers will love this giveaway as they have to do nothing to win this! Thanks to LotSoft, the developers of the application, we were able to get unlimited licenses for the BDlot DVD Clone Ultimate. The application is a DVD clone software which can also backup and rip DVD’s. We will talk about the giveaway at the end of this article, but first, lets see how good is BDlot DVD Clone Ultimate.

Now, coming to the user interface, when you start the application, you will notice big buttons to do a full DVD disc backup or a DVD title backup at the top. When you click on those buttons, the program automatically changes the options that are available for the task. After inserting a DVD, it fills up information about the DVD, including cover art, name, studio, director and performers automatically.

Do you like the new Windows 8 Metro UI or the Windows 7 Phone Interface? If you like it and want to transform your Windows desktop to the new look, Omnimo UI. Using Omnimo UI you can now enjoy the tile based Windows 8 layout, Microsoft showed off at the D9 conference.

If you joined later, Windows 8 supports two types of applications; Classic desktop Windows apps and HTML5 web apps. Microsoft’s new start screen includes easy touch icons to allow users of touch based devices to easily navigate through the operating system. The user interface and new apps will work with or without a keyboard and mouse on a broad range of screen sizes and pixel densities, from small slates to laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, and even classroom-sized displays.

Two years back on June 14th, 2009, we posted our very first welcome message here. We officially started our journey as a technology website, with our commitment to bring the most benefits for our readers, subscribers, fans, followers, sponsors and everyone involved on July 1st, 2009.

Since, then almost two years have passed and we have enjoyed every single moment of being with you all. As we are getting ready to start another new term of My Technology Guide, we bring to you the most anticipated giveaway of all times in the history of My Technology Guide. And on this auspicious time, what more can we think of giving away except a genuine license of Windows 7 Ultimate to one of our most valued and loyal reader.

With WinSpark Networks collaboration, we bring to you all, Windows 7 Ultimate License and Be Genuine Giveaway. Through this giveaway, you can win yourself a genuine license of Windows 7 Ultimate edition.

Microsoft through Connect has released a beta version of Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper. It is basically a system recovery software disguised as a recovery CD or USB application that Windows users can use to remove malware from a system. It can start an infected PC and performing offline scan to help find and remove rootkits and other advanced malware.

Update: Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is now Windows Defender Offline

The security application can effectively remove viruses, trojans, rootkits and other forms of malware. In addition, the security application can be used if you cannot install or start an antivirus solution on your PC, or if the installed solution can’t detect or remove malware on your PC.

System Sweeper is available as a free download for both Windows 32-bit or 64-bit version users. Users will need an active Internet connection and CD or DVD to burn all contents, or a USB stick with at least 250 MB of space.

Microsoft said on Wednesday that Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be generally available for download on February 22. Microsoft blogger, Brandon LeBlancin a statement on Wednesday has confirmed this through Windows Team Blog.

Microsoft has officially handed off the final release (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to its OEM partners. MSDN and TechNet customers will receive SP1 on February 16, followed by a general web release (RTW) on February 22. The confirmed final build number of SP1 is 7601.17514.101119-1850 the same build that was leaked last month to file sharing websites.

Microsoft is preparing to release Service Pack 1 of Windows 7. According to Tom Warren, WinRumors: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 release is imminent and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 download will be arriving very soon.

In his post, Tom Warren notes that a Patch Tuesday update (KB976902) that arrived this month, is a prerequisite necessary to successfully install and to remove any service packs to all versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. A speculation was already made about Microsoft releasing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in January when it released a Service Pack blocker tool in November.

NEWS is a free open source RSS ticker for Windows and Linux systems. It lets you stay up-to-date with the latest news from your favourite feeds directly on your desktop. With a single click, you get the latest headlines scrolling in a thin window on your desktop (similar to what can be seen on News TV channels).

News is light on resources and an extensive set of preferences lets you easily control the scrolling speed, update, fonts, bar size, transparency, colours, and a lot more options. The default feed is provided by BBC News but you can change it via ‘File > Open RSS feed’.

Microsoft is giving away a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate to the ten (10) “Best Windows Story” from IT Professionals. Stories can be related to how Windows 7 saved your company money, solving your application compatibility issues, deployment, management of your installations, and virtually anything else.

The more compelling your story, the better chance you have to win.

To enter in this contest, send an email to WinStory@microsoft.com. Emails must include your story as an attachment (in .doc or .docx format), must be written and submitted in English and your contact information including first/last name, business, and email address.