Hot Operating Systems How-Tos

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: Disable secure virtual memory in Mac OS X

This video will show you how to disable secure virtual memory in Mac OS X. From the top left of your screen click on the apple icon. Click on system preferences from the pull down menu. Click on the security icon. Click on the image of the closed lock from the bottom left of the window so that you can change make changes.

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: Extract .rar files on your PC using Windows XP

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to extract .rar files. Begin by opening your internet browser and go to Google. Search for Winrar and select the 3rd result. Download and save the file. It is recommended to save it to the desktop to find it easier. Double-click on the file and follow the instructions to install it. Click Install and check all the file types for the program to be associated with. Once finished, open a file, select Extract To and choose the destination to save it. This...

How To: Reduce memory usage in Windows XP to speed it up

This video tutorial in Computers & Programming category will show you how to reduce memory usage in Windows XP to speed it up. The 1st method is to press Windows logo key and pause break together. The 2nd method is to go to start > control panel > system. Now the system properties box will come up. Here you click on ‘advanced’ tab. Now click the ‘settings’ tab under ‘performance’. Click on ‘visual effects’, select ‘adjust for best performance’ and click ‘apply’. Then under the ‘custom’ drop d...

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: Identify your system specifications in Windows XP

In this video from exosploit we learn how to find your system specs in Windows XP. If someone is trying to help your computer, you might need this information. Right click My Computer, and click Properties. Here you'll see your operating system, service pack, and how much RAM you have. Also google cpuz. Go to the first link and download it. Extract it and click the main file. Here it will tell you your processor, mother board, what bios version you have, how much RAM you have, and it will tel...

How To: Do a clean install of Snow Leopard

In this video, we learn how to do a clean install of Snow Leopard. First, restart your Mac and when it gives you the chime, hold down the option key. Now, put the disc into the computer and it will load the disk. Click the disk, then it will boot from the Snow Leopard disk. Once it does this, come up with a normal menu named Mac OS X. Choose your language, then run through the rest of the windows that pop up. Choose the options that work best for you and then re-boot your computer. When finis...

How To: Install Mac OSX Snow Leopard

In this video, we learn how to install Mac OSX Snow Leopard. First, put the DVD for Snow Leopard into your computer. Wait for the installation window to pop up, then click on the button to install it. The installation will now appear on your window, click on the appropriate buttons until you reach the user name and password section where you will have to insert your information. After this, wait for the installation to finish and then click on the "restart" button. Now your computer will rest...

How To: Update graphic drivers with Windows Device Manager

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to upgrade their graphic driver. This task is very fast, easy and simple to do. Begin by clicking on the Start menu. Then right-click on My Computer and select Properties. Now click on the Hardware tab and click on Device Manager under Manager. In the Device Manager window, select your graphic driver under Display adapters. Right-click on the driver and select Update Driver. Now follow through the instructions in the window and check for any updates. ...

How To: View hidden files and folders in Windows XP & Vista

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to view hidden files and folders in a Microsoft Windows XP or Vista computer. Begin by clicking on the Start menu and select Control Panel. Double-click on Folder Options and click on the View tab of the Folder Options window. Under Hidden files and folders, check the option that reads, Show hidden files and folders. Then click on Apply and OK. This video will benefit those viewers who use a Windows XP or Vista computer, and would like to learn how to...

How To: Make an annoying batch file to prank friends

To make an annoying batch file to prank your friends you need to first right click on your screen and go to New and then Folder. In this New folder make a Text file and type in "for /l %%n in (1,1,10) DO md %%n" and that is it. Now this will loop from 1 - 10 and make a new folder for whatever n is. You can change the command if you would like to! Now, you can change this text file to 'Folder' and allow for this to be clicked. You can change the number "10" to any large number so the folder co...

How To: Open ISO files using WinRAR

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to open ISO files, using Winrar. An ISO file is in an "image" of an entire CD or DVD. It contains all the contents of the disk. Begin by opening Winrar. Go to Options and select Settings. Go to the Integration tab and check ISO. Now Winrar will be able to associate with ISO file. Press OK. Users just need to right-click the file and select extract. It is the same as a ISO extractor program. This video will benefit those viewers who have Winrar and wou...

How To: Install OSX Snow Leopard from USB drive to Windows PC

In this video you will learn how to Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard from a USB drive to windows. This does not include how to exactly download Snow Leopard but it does, however, show how to install it from the USB drive. Mahmood23 shows how you first setup your partition and how to restore your formatted USB. Once you've restored the USB, you will be able to install the program. According to Mahmood23, the restore process takes about 30 minutes. Once it's restored, your computer will be availab...

How To: Install MacOSX Snow Leopard on a Windows PC

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard in Windows PC using VMware Workstation as virtual machine. Begin by downloading the program from the link provided in the video description. ISO image is made especially for Windows PC users. Mac users can download the DMG file from there too. This video is a complete tutorial for installing Snow Leopard in Windows 7, XP, or Vista.

How To: Install MacOSX Snow Leopard in Windows PC using Vmware

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to install Mac OS X Snow Leopard in Windows PC using VMware Workstation as virtual machine. Begin by downloading the program from the link provided in the video description. ISO image is made especially for Windows PC users. Mac users can download the DMG file from there too. This is a full video guide on how to install Snow Leopard in Windows 7, XP, Vista using VMware Workstation and download all the software (VMware workstation, Mac OS X Snow Leopar...

How To: Unzip ZIP files online

locker gnome teaches you how to unzip files online. The site you need to visit is WobZip. You can use a file from your own computer or one from the web. If the archive has a password, type that in the field. The formats supported are 7z, zip, gzip, bzip2, tar, rar, cab, ISO, arj, lzhchm, z, cpio, rpm, deb and nsis. The site is free and there is nothing to install. This allows you to see what's inside an archive that's online, without downloading that file beforehand. Now you know how to unzip...

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...

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: Copy a directory's listing to the clipboard in Windows

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to quickly copy a folder's content list in Windows. Begin by clicking on the Start menu and open the Run program. Then type in "cmd" to open the Command Prompt window. Now navigate the desired folder and type "dir | clip" beside it. Press Enter and it will automatically copy the directory to the clipboard. Essentially, it is a tool that will the command prompt command to the clipboard. This video will benefit those viewers who use a Windows computer, ...

How To: Turn any video into a screensaver on a Windows PC

You can make a screensaver with a MPG you get from the web and use "CamStudio" as one idea. You can use Infanview40, and install it the way you want it to open mpegs and add plug-ins that you get from the homepage.Open Infanview40, right click your .exe file to install in the program. Click "open" and Slide Show on INF.,scroll down to MPG that you want to add for your screensaver. Now the MPG is in the INFanview program,add to the screensaver.Click on "Play in full screen mode. Current Monito...

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: Test your system performance in Windows 7

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to test their system performance. Begin by clicking on the Start menu and select Control Panel. Then click on System and Security, and select "Check the Windows Experience Index" under System. Now click on "Rate this computer". The system will then begin to run some tests. This will take about 1-2 minutes. The Windows Experience Index assesses key system components on a scale of 1.0 to 7.9. This video will benefit those viewers who use a Windows 7 com...

How To: Use a usb flash drive as ram in Windows XP

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use a USB flash RAM in a Windows XP computer. Begin by plugging the flash drive into the computer and do not remove it when it is being used as RAM. Then click on the Start menu and click on My Computer. Right-click on the flash drive and select Properties. Name the drive, RAM drive and click OK. Make sure that there are no files or folders in the flash drive. Now right-click on My Computer and select Properties. Click on the Advanced tab and click...

How To: Hide a file inside an image with Winrar and 7-Zip

In this how-to video, you will learn how to hide a file inside an image file. You will need a program like WinZIP or WinRAR to do this. First, create a new zip folder. Drag the file you want to hide into the zip folder. Open the command prompt. From here, type in the location of your file. Now, type in COPY /B followed by the name of the image, a plus, and the name of the zip folder. Press enter to do this. Now, you can delete the zip folder. The image will now actually be a zip folder. This ...

How To: Change Windows XP start menu text

Certain aspects of Windows User Interface are not customizable like the text of the start button in Windows XP. However you can use certain tools and follow a procedure to change the default text of the start button. To do this you have to use a tool called Resource Hacker. Note that this is a very simple method, but be careful or you may end up causing damage to the Operating System as you are modifying system files. To do this run the program. Now browse to the Windows folder and locate win...

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