Hot Operating Systems How-Tos

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: 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 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: Reformat your computer step by step

This video tutorial belongs to the Computers & Programming category which is going to show you how to reformat your computer step by step. Go to BIOS by restarting your computer. Go to BOOT menu, select CD/DVD ROM and press f10 to save and exit. Now insert your operating system CD, don't let it run, restart your computer again and keep tapping f8. When the set up page is displayed, press 'enter' to set up Windows XP. Select your partition and press D to delete. Then press L to continue deleti...

How To: Display a user or computer name by the time in the Windows taskbar

There could be multiple reasons why you would want to input a name in the Windows taskbar on your PC, like when dealing with a network of computers, to help identify workstations, or simply for a customized personal feel. With this tutorial, you'll see how easy it is to put your user name or computer name (or any other name) down in the taskbar, right besides the time in the bottom right.

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: 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: 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: 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: Get a Windows 98 theme on Windows 7

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to get a Windows 98 theme on Microsoft Windows 7. The Windows 98 themes need to be downloaded from the link in the video description. The Windows 98 themes are: Baseball, Jungle, Mystery and Travel. When opened, the background changes to the theme. The cursor and the icons on the desktop also changes to the theme. There are sound effects when the user maximizes and minimizes a window. This video will benefit those viewers who use a Windows 7 computer ...

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: Find your CPU, RAM, video card & other system specs

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to find the hardware and operating system specifications in Windows 7. Begin by clicking on the Start menu. Then right-click on Computer and select Properties. There, users will be able to see all of their computer's specifications such as: Windows edition, rating, processor, installed memory (RAM), system type, pen and touch, computer name, full computer name, computer description and work group. This video will benefit those viewers who use a Window...

How To: Send & receive files over Bluetooth on a Windows 7 PC

Interested in transmitting and receiving files via Bluetooth on your Windows 7 computer (to download pictures from your phone, for example?). This clip will show you how it's done. It's simple! So simple, in fact, that this home-computing how-to can present a complete, step-by-step overview of the process in just over two minutes. For more information, including complete, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Encrypt data w/o admin rights using Rohos Mini Drive

This technical video will show you all about the Rohos Mini Drive. See how you may work with an encrypted partition on a PC without admin rights using this free portable encryption solution. It securely protects your portable data on any USB device. Portable utility Rohos Disk Browser gives you opportunity to work with your sensitive data on a USB drive in the usual way on any PC (even at an internet cafe, where you don’t have admin rights).

How To: Eject and recover a stuck DVD on a Mac

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to eject and recover a stuck CD or DVD on a Mac computer. There are several ways to eject a disc. The first method is to click on File and select Eject. The second method is to press the Command and E buttons on the keyboard. The third method is to click on the disc and drag it to the eject icon in the dock. The fourth method is to access Disc Utility in the Utility folder. Then click on the disc drive and click on the eject button. This video will be...

How To: Rescue your computer from disaster with a backup disc

The three minutes it takes to watch this video may save you hours upon hours of heartache if something goes awry with your Mac or Windows PC down the road. This home-computing how-to will show you how to create and use recovery discs to restore your computer to an earlier state. For detailed instructions, and to get started creating your own bootable recovery discs, watch this video guide.

How To: Change your computer password through the cmd prompt

This video teaches you how to change your computer's account password using the DOS command prompt. The first step is to get to the command prompt, you can do this simply by clicking run in the start menu and typing "cmd." You next type "net user" which will show you all of the user accounts on the computer. Choose the one you would like to change the password for and type "net user (account name)." It will then ask you for a new password, you may type anything you like here keeping in mind t...

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: Mount ISO files using Ubuntu terminal command line

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to mount ISO files without burning DVD. This task is very fast, easy and simple to do. The first way is to simply right-click on the ISO file, go to Open With and select Open with "Archive Mounter". The second way is to open the Terminal program and type in the command line: sudo mount -o loop -t iso9660.ISO [directory]. Users will need to create a directory before using the terminal command line. Finish by pressing the Enter key. This video will bene...

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: 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: 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...

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