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How To: Format a hard drive using Windows Vista

Formatting the hard drive on Windows Vista is easy. First click Start, then Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management. When that opens up, click Storage Disk Management. This will open a window showing all the computer's partitions. It isn't possible to format C: because that is where the operating system is installed. We will format disk 2. Right click on that, and select New Simple Volume. This will open the wizard. Follow the prompts through the wizard to Finish. The compute...

Cheat Sheet: Keyboard Shortcuts for Both Mac & Windows

If you already have your basic keyboard shortcuts under control—we're talking classics here, Control-C (copy for PC) or Command-C (copy for Mac)—it's time to load up your memory bank. There are endless shortcuts available (truly endless—since you can customize them yourself), but you don't need to memorize them all, only those you expect to use most. Below, two cheat sheets for upping your keyboard maneuvering status from "basic" to "intermediate" for both Mac and PC users.

How To: Enable god mode on Windows 7

Enabling the god mode option is only available for Windows 7 users. Learn from this video tutorial about enabling god mode. In god mode, you can change the settings in the administrative tools, auto play, backup and restore tools, and more. Use this string: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-82 5C-99712043E01C} to enable god mode. Be careful before you try this out in Windows Vista, as this string is applicable only to Windows 7. For more tips and tricks on Windows 7, search on WonderHowTo!

How To: Create a sound profile in Windows

Butterscotch is here to help you create a sound profile in Windows. First, go to "start", then click "settings", and then "control panel". When the "control panel" menu comes up go to and double click on "Sounds and Audio devices". Once you have that window up, click on the "sounds" tab. After doing so you'll see a menu called "program events" which is all the sounds that Windows uses. You can highlight one of the titles and click the play button on the bottom to preview the sound. But in thi...

How To: Mount ISO files without burning CDs in Linux

ISO or .iso files are disk images or archive images for your PC. If you use Linux as your operating system and would like to learn more about .iso files, check out this tutorial. In this video, learn how to mount ISO files without using any disks or burning any CDs. The trick is to convince your computer that you have done this without actually doing so.

How To: Use the Sticky Keys feature in Mac OS X

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use the Sticky Keys feature in a Mac OS X computer. The Sticky Keys feature is found in the Keyboard tab in the Universal Access menu. To turn on the sticky keys, check the On option. Underneath, users are able to set some options for how the modifier keys are treated. Sticky Keys will allow users to press the keys in a sequence, instead of all at once. This video will benefit those viewers who use a Mac computer and would like to learn how to conf...

How To: Unlock Vista's super user mode

Revision3 Internet Television and Tekzilla Daily with Veronica Belmont demonstrate how to unlock Vista's super user mode. First, open the start menu and type CMD. Right click the command prompt and select the run as administrator option. Type the code net user administrator / active:yes. Hit enter. Your system should reply with the command completed successfully message. Then, the next time you restart your system, you'll see the administrator as an option in the welcome screen. If you use th...

How To: Hide secret files inside JPEG images on Windows

Looking for a fun way to send secret messages to your friends? Check out this clip. If you need to hide a file from someone on a shared PC or are looking to secretly exchange information with a friend, this clip is for you. In this tutorial you will learn how to hide any file inside an image or JPEG on your Windows computer so that no one will be able to see it. Check it out!

How To: Enable the administrator account on Windows Vista

There are some people who are having troubles recovering files in Windows Vista due to access denied errors, but fortunately this video is here to save the day! If you've been getting those pesky access denied errors, check out this video to learn how to gain control of your Vista system and remove those errors all together. Now you will have full access to your system like how it should be!

How To: Password protect any folder on your desktop in Windows

In this tutorial, we learn how to password protect any folder on your desktop in Windows. First, right click on your desktop, then go to "new", then "compressed zipped folder" and name it whatever you want. Next, put what you want inside of the folder. After you've done this, open the folder then go to "file" and then "add a password". Pick a password that you will remember and type it into the text box, after you do this, click on "ok". Now your folder will be password protected and you will...

How To: Take screenshots and save as JPEG in Mac OS X

This video demonstrate how easy it is to take screen shot with shortcuts in Mac OS X. Press Command+Shift+4 will make the cursor change to cross-hair, indicating it is ready to take screen shot. You can then draw on screen where you wish to take a shot of. By default a new image will be saved on your desktop. Open the image by double-clicking it and click on File, Save As to save the image as your desired format (JPEG. JIFF, etc.) and with preferred size. When taking window screen shot, use s...

How To: Turn off your system firewall without admin privileges

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to turn off the system firewall without admin privileges. Begin by clicking on the Start menu and open he Run program. Type in "system.msc" and click OK. Scroll down the Services list and look for Windows Firewall. Double-click on it and under the General tab, click on Stop. Then click Apply and OK. This video will benefit those viewers who use a Windows computer and would like to turn off the firewall, even if they are not running the administrator a...

How To: Erase your hard drive from the Mac OS X terminal

Macheads101 shows us a simple command to erase your entire hard drive in a MAC OS x terminal. You can either log in as administrator and simply type "rm -rf /" to format or you can just type "Sudo rm -rf /" to start. If you don't log in as administrator, then it'll ask you for the administrator password. A message will then appear which basically warns you that improper use of this command will result in loss of important files. Next type in "sudo mount -uw /" to edit the file command system....

How To: Search your entire hard drive in Microsoft Windows 7

Want to search your entire hard drive rather than just a designated segment of it? This Windows 7 tutorial will show you how it's done! It's easy! So easy, in fact, that this home-computing how-to can present a complete overview of the process in just over a minute's time. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, watch this Win 7 user's guide.

How To: Disable Windows Genuine Advantage notification

In this how-to video, you will learn how to remove the Windows genuine advantage notification from your operating system. First, open my computer and go to the windows folder. Look for the system32 folder and open it. Search for WGAtray.exe. Select both wgatray.exe and wgalogin and delete. Next, go to the run command and type in regedit. Click okay to open the program. Now, back up the registry. Once this is done, it will be safe to edit the registry. Now, navigate to hkeylocalmachine, softwa...

How To: Take a screen-shot with your keyboard

Internet4Dummies shows how to take a screen-shot of your desktop screen using your keyboard and a photo-editing software like Microsoft-Paint, in this walk-through video first you have to navigate or arrange your screen as desired to be captured in the snapshot. Then using the print screen key the whole desktop screen can be captured. This image can be edited by any photo editing software for ease of use Microsoft Paint is used in this example. For this just open Paint and paste the screen-sh...

How To: Open a zip file without using WinZip

Unzipping compressed files is a basic skill that every computer user should know. Compressing allows you to reduce the size of large files for easier information transfer. This video tutorial demonstrates the basic steps of unzipping a file without the use of Windows WinZip.

How To: Permanently delete previously deleted files on a Mac

The guy in this video shows us how to permanently delete files on a Mac. First one would click on your desktop so the finder pops up and one would go to "utilities" and click "disk utilities". Next, one would click on the disk which they would like to clear, then click "erase" and then click "erase free space". After clicking, a box will pop up asking if you want to erase 0 times which clears the disk 1 time, 7 times which clears the disk 7 times to delete unwanted files, or 35 times, which r...

How To: Hack a wireless network with WEP encryption

This video tutorial is in the Computers & Programming category which will show you how to hack a wireless network with WEP encryption. This video is intended only as a means of testing the security of your own network. Go to Backtrack Linux, download the backtrack4 and burn it to a DVD. Now put it in a computer with a wireless card and restart the computer so that it boots to the DVD. When it boots up, type "startx" to start the interface. Bring up the command prompt and type in "/etc/init.d/...