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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: 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: 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: Sort files into folders using Automator on Mac OS X

With OS X, you can use Automator to automate several functions. This nifty little how-to by macmost shows you how to sort files into sub-folders using Automator. You can use Automator to alter what happens when a file is added to a folder. In this example, new files added to a folder are then sorted into subfolders according to their type. You can add multiple actions to a folder and then determine which order they are used.

How To: Open Windows mail attachments on a Mac

When you're a Windows OS user it's very easy to send out attachments on emails as .doc documents, made in Microsoft Office or Excel. But just because you're a Windows user doesn't mean your friend or coworker is. Or say that you're a MAC user and your friend keeps loading you with Microsoft Office documents. What do you do, other than telling him to stop already?

How To: Delete temporary files in Windows XP

In this video it is demonstrated that how to delete temporary files in Windows XP. There are two different methods for deleting temporary files. First of all go to and click "start" then go to "run" and type temp now click on ok, then a window will appear, in this window there are all useless files, select all files and delete it. Now the other method is go to "run" and type %TEMP%, after clicking ok a window will appear in which there are useless folders and files, select all folders and fil...

How To: Customize your icons on your Mac computer

Get a Mac Tip for your Mac computer! There's a million things you can do with your Apple computer, and this is just one of them. Watch this video tutorial to learn how to customize your icons on your Mac computer. This technique allows a Mac user to change the folder icons, the hard disk icons, or other icons on the Mac OS X operating system.

How To: Remove noise from audio files in Ubuntu with Audacity

In this tutorial, we learn how to remove noise from audio files in Ubuntu with Audacity. To do this, you will first open up Audacity and then open up your audio file. To get rid of the noise, you will highlight the area with just the noise, not anything else. Now, go to 'effect', 'noise removal' from the top toolbar. Now, click 'get noise profile' and right after this you will need to select the whole file. After this, go back to the noise removal toolbar and click 'ok'. From here, you will s...

How To: Encrypt files with Windows' built-in compression tool

Some data can be very confidential. In such case you need to encrypt the data so that it does not go into the wrong hands. There are lots of encryption software available to encrypt the data. But to use them first you need to install then and this can take lot of time. You can also use Windows built in compression client to encrypt information. To use this feature you need not install any software and it is a fairly simple process. So select a file that you want to encrypt, right click on it ...

How To: Use the Filter Keys feature in Windows 7

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use the Filter Key features on a Windows 7 computer. Begin by opening Control Panel and select Ease of Access. Under the Ease of Access Center, click on Change how your keyboard works and click on Set up Filter Keys, at the bottom of the window. Now check the box beside Turn on Filter Keys. Users are provided with several options for he Filter Keys such as: turn off the Filter key wen Shift is held or 8 seconds, display a warning message when turni...

How To: Find the IP address of a computer in Command Prompt

Now you can find your IP address if you need it and you don't know it, it very easy. Or if you have problem with a person on the internet, now you can discover who that person is. You can find her/his IP address and after that you can find her/his real name. But after you find the IP that you were looking for, you have to check if the person who own this computer is in your network, because if you want to find his/her name, the program works only if the owner is on your network. So if you are...

How To: Configure Windows Netmeeting

In this Computers & Programming video tutorial you are going to learn how to configure Windows Netmeeting. It is very easy to do. This video is from Fix PC Freeze. Go to start > all programs > accessories > windows explorer. Now click on SA(C:) > program files > Hewlett-Packard > Netmeeting > conf. On the NetMeeting installation dialog box click next and type in your name, email and other details and click ‘next’ twice. On the following box, select ‘local area network’ and click ‘next’ thrice...

How To: Create an application, or app, bundle on Mac OS X

Wondering how to create an app bundle in Mac OS X? In this two-part video tutorial series, you'll learn how to create an application that is completely self-contained and is drag-and-droppable/relocatable. Frameworks, PlugIns, and Resources are embedded in the .app bundle, thus avoiding the need for installers and avoiding issues like dll-hell. There is also a quick demonstration on how to enable Universal Binary building at 15:46. Take a look!

How To: Configure & check the firewall in Windows 7

In this video, it demonstrate how to check and configure Windows firewall. In order to check to see if firewall is enable or not. You would click on start which locate bottom left corner of the screen. Then you would click on control panel. On this screen you would see an option for firewall, and click on it. When you click on firewall, it will let you view all the description about firewall configuration. There are also many other option which locate on the left hand side. If you are an adva...

How To: Use System Repair Engineer to combat viruses & malware

Your Windows computer may be experiencing some issues, and those issues may be a direct result of computer viruses and malicious software from the internet. One of the simplest ways to find these issues and repair them is by using a freeware program called System Repair Engineer (SREng). But that's not all it can do… check out the video to see a basic overview for using SREng.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

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