Enable location sense in Windows 7 without GPS hardware

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Finding where you are is the next ultimate thing in the web in coming years.Its not just to bug you but give you more precise location-based search results, services and accelerate what you want to do. Windows 7 come along with support which allows you to add and use a GPS sensor into a Windows 7 PC but since it is pretty new and still developing not all PC vendors integrate hardware GPS sensors into Windows now. ( We already have it in Cars )

GeoSense for Windows is a software GPS sensor which allows you or any application to use it as a Hardware GPS sensor to pinpoint your location. It uses hybrid mix of geolocation service providers and geolocation methods to pinpoint the most accurate location information possible – including but not limited to WiFi triangulation, cell tower triangulation and IP lookup.

Where you can find your GPS devices listed ?

Type in Location in start menu and you would see a menu item as “Location and Other sensors”. Click to see the list of it. Once you install Geo Sense you will see it in the list. You will have to enable it manually.

Location Sense in Windows 7

Location Sense in Windows 7

Configure Location Sensor :

Click on the Sensor name and you will see more description about it.  Here you can either change the access the settings and also can uninstall if you stop using any of it.

Location Sensor description

Location Sensor description

Security :

Make sure you know who access the Geo location devices. If you are too concerned where your PC or you are please uncheck for people who should not get access to it.Go to  Click on who can change access sensors link.

Location Sensor Access

Location Sensor Access

How to track which application is accessing your location sensor ?

Windows 7 makes sure that you know which application is accessing your location sensor.  As soon as any application /user or service access the device you will see a small notification icon in the notification area. Click on it see all the logs. Basically all the logs are under event viewer.

Location Activity Event Log

Location Activity Event Log

You can use location-enabled Google Maps client developed by the same team to check if this software GPS worked for you. I am guess it will work  best with WIFI Hotspot logins or in countries like US.

This application has been developed by Rafael Rivera (withinwindows.com) and Long Zheng (istartedsomething.com) and you can download it from here ( Thanks Nirmal )

Related : Track your GPS enabled phone with BuddyWay



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