Hot Operating Systems How-Tos

How To: Remove the Windows Genuine Advantage Validation tool

Are you a ... Windows Developer? Interested in ... testing the vulnerabilities inherent in your own operating system? If so, you're in luck. This video tutorial demonstrates a simple hack that will allow you to remove the Windows Genuine Advantage Validation software. For step-by-step instructions on removing the Windows XP Validation tool, watch this video guide.

How To: Delete a hidden driver virus

In this video, we learn how to delete hidden driver viruses. First, scan your computer with anti-virus and try to delete the virus that is harming your computer. If you have done this and your anti-virus can't delete it, download HijackThis from Trend Secure. Go through the download stages and install the new software. Now, open up HijackThis on your desktop. Once it's opened, open up the "misc tools" section. After this, click on "delete a file on reboot". Now, write the virus location name ...

How To: Navigate the Mac desktop

This video demonstrates how to navigate the Mac desktop. From the people who brought you the Dummies instructional book series, brings you the same non-intimidating guides in video form. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to navigate the Mac desktop in OSX, For Dummies.

How To: Make Windows administrator account appear at login

In this video, we learn how to enable the Windows default administrator account to appear at the log in screen. First, go to your "start" menu and type in "cmd". Right click "cmd" and click "run as administrator". Now click continue and type in "net user administrator /active:yes", (making sure you put the appropriate spaces), and press enter. Now it will say your command was done successfully on the space underneath where you just typed your text. When you restart your computer you will now ...

How To: Share Local Drives and Folders using Oracle VM VirtualBox with a Guest Windows OS

There are several virtual machine managers present in the market. However, the main functionality of all VMs are the same. Most people like to get free VM managers, so that they can install as many operating systems as they like over the host operating systems. One of these free VM managers is Oracle's VM VirtualBox, which can be downloaded from Oracle's website for all popular operating systems, such as Linux, Windows and Mac.

How to Find the C: drive on my Mac

In this tutorial, we learn how to find the C drive on a Mac computer. Unfortunately, Mac does not label their drives with letters like other computer systems do. You can name your drives anything you'd like, including "backup", "my network", "my folder", or anything else you want. To find these, just open up the Mac finder and the devices on the computer will show up with their icons. This can make things easier if you are having trouble moving things around. Making them your own names makes ...

How To: Run a command prompt as an administrator in Windows Vista or 7

In this tutorial, we learn how to run a command prompt as administrator (Vista or 7). First, you will click on the start menu, then search for the term "prompt". Launch the command prompt, then a window will pop up with a black window. Type something in to see if it tells you the operation needs elevation. Now, click the start menu and type in "prompt" again. Then, click on the command link, right click, then click "run as administrator". Now, the new window will pop up that says "administrat...

How To: Find details about your RAM & processor type in XP

In this how-to video, you will learn how to check your personal computer's RAM, processor speed, and operating system information on Windows XP. First, go to start and select my computer. From here, click view system information to open a new window. A screen will show you the information you need, such as the type of operating system you are running, the size and speed of the processor, and the amount of ram you have. Click okay to exit this window. This will be helpful for doing upgrades or...

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: Change your Windows 7 login screen

In this tutorial, we learn how to change your Windows 7 login screen. First, click on browse, then you can choose the picture you want for the background on your login screen. If you decide you don't want this, you can go back and change the background when you don't want it any longer. After this, you can go onto the Windows website to download different backgrounds. After you do this, you will have access to a lot of different backgrounds for the computer! This is a great way to dress up yo...

How To: Check If Windows XP Is Activated

Some people might check their activation status of Windows XP by simply right-clicking on the My Computer icon on their desktop, then clicking on Properties. It opens up a new window with General tab showing some basic information about your PC, like system info, registered to, and computer hardware. However, it does not actually tell us complete information about the system, like whether or not your current copy of Windows XP is activated or not. To check the complete details about your Wind...

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: Delete temporary files in Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Debian

This video tutorial in Computers & Programming category will show you how to delete temporary files in Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Debian. For this you will need the program called bleachbit. You could get it from Bleachbit Sourceforge/ or from Synaptic package manager. For synaptic manager, click on ‘package manager’ in the ‘start’ menu and log into the program by typing your password. Then search for ‘bleachbit’, download and install it. Go to ‘terminal’, type in ‘su’ and enter, then type in your...

How To: Create a new standard user & admin in Windows 7

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to create a new standard user and administrator account. Begin by clicking on the Start menu and select Control Panel. Then click on User Accounts and Family Safety and click on User Accounts. Now select the "Manage another account" option and click on "Create a new account". Users are able to name the account and select the account type (Standard or Administrator). Finish by clicking on Create Account. Users are then able to make changes to the accou...

How To: Remotely Monitor Your Kid’S iPhone/iPad

Maybe your kids are using iPhone/iPad too much, as a parent, you want to know what they are having to deal with to help guide them through of that. Here is the tutorial on how you can parental control your kids on iPhone/iPad. You are able to monitor as well as take control of their devices. Kids’ activities on iPhone/iPad like SMS, chats, web browsing will be recorded and you can check them remotely with e-mail without getting access to the devices. OK, here comes the steps: Step 1:

How To: Change the administrator password in Windows XP

Locked yourself out of your Windows Professional system? No problem—this video tutorial will show you the steps required to change the administrator's password in Windows XP. You can actually change this password without knowledge of the original one. To get started, go to Start > Run… and type in mmc to open up the console window. Watch the video to figure out where to go from there.

How To: Change the Snow Leopard login screen

Change the Snow Leopard login screen with this video tutorial. Download and install the application Ravissant, an app that lets you customize the login screen in every aspect. Have a background image ready and an Apple logo image, if you want. Modified Apple logos can be found here , created by Evil-Slayer]. Open Ravissant, and you should see your login screen, but don't try to log-in! IMPORTANT! If you want to keep your original login screen, go to the top...

How To: Clean Up Hard Drive Space by Deleting iOS Device Backup Folders from iTunes

By now, you probably know that your iPhone secretly tracks and stores the locations you've visited in a backup folder on your computer's hard drive. The files are unencrypted, which means anyone with access to your computer or device can retrieve the information, which is downright scary. But Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan are making it fun with their iPhone Tracker application, which lets you map out everywhere you've been with your smartphone.

How To: Change the logon screen automatically in Windows 7

Windows 7… the new operating system from Microsoft that everybody wants, because of it's new design and easier functionality. But, like many Windows operating systems, there is a need for knowledge… knowledge on how to fix or repair things. So, check out this video tutorial on how to change the logon screen automatically in Windows 7.

How To: Use the Microsoft Windows Vista Fax and Scan feature

With Windows® Fax and Scan feature that works with the Windows Vista™ operating system makes it even easier to share fax and scanning capabilities with multiple users. Where previous fax and scanning programs allowed an individual user to send and receive faxes or scan documents with a locally-connected fax or scanner; Windows Fax and Scan provides a flexible system for multiple users to share local or network-connected scanners and fax devices. F

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: 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...

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