Hot Operating Systems How-Tos

How To: Run multiple Windows operating systems simultaneously

If you want to run multiple windows operating systems at the same time you first need a Windows computer, the installation disk for the operating system you want to run, and Windows Virtual PC 2007. To install this, first type in Virtual PC 2007 to Google, go to the Microsoft link and download and install the program. Now, open the Virtual PC and click next on the wizard. Name your hard disk and click next until you choose where you want this at. Now your virtual hard drive is created. Now, p...

How To: Restore deleted files with Encase from NTFS USB drive

Use Encase to open the drive after the document has been deleted. The deleted file will show up in the program and will have a red circle with a line through it showing that it was previously deleted. The window on the bottom of the screen will show the document context so you can verify that it is the correct one. Right click on the file and click 'copy/unerase' to restore the document. Down in the bottom right hand corner you will see the progression of the copying to the chosen file destin...

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: Install Ubuntu in a RAID 0 array

RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, lets you divide and replicate data among multiple hard disk drives for information storage security. This video tutorial demonstrates how to install Ubuntu in a RAID 0 array. Before starting, you'll need at least 2 hard drives and an Ubuntu alternate installation CD. RAID 0, or striped disks, let's you install an operating system, such as Ubuntu, on a partition, while using others for data storage, as illustrated in this instructional segment.

How To: Find an operating system's original install date

In this video from MegaByteTV we learn how to find your operating system's original install date and time. This is for XP Pro only. To find it, go to the Start menu, then click Run. Once there, type in cmd and click OK. A black box will come up showing that you are in cmd. Then paste the following into the cmd box: systeminfo | find /i "install date" The original install date will then come up on your screen along with the original install time as well on that date. This is a very simple proc...

How To: Make CD and DVD images in Ubuntu Linux

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make CD and DVD images in Ubuntu. This task is very easy, fast and simple to do. Begin by right-clicking on the disc icon of the computer and select Copy Disc. When the CD/DVD Options window opens, click on Properties. Now name the disc, select a save folder and choose ISO image for the image type. When finished configuring, click on Apply and wait for the disc to finish copying. This video will benefit those viewers who use a Ubuntu computer, and ...

How To: Adjust the cursor size in Mac OS X

Learn how to adjust the mouse cursor size on a Macintosh computer, so that it is easier to see and locate. The cursor can be adjusted to your liking by accessing the "Universal Access" preferences window and then by selecting the "Mouse & Trackpad" option. Near the bottom of the control panel, you will be able to find a slidable bar that can adjust the cursor size to be smaller or larger, as needed. This option can help make the mouse cursor easier to see against a difficult desktop backgroun...

How To: Setup your Macbook Pro background

In this how-to video, you will learn how to quickly set up the background image on your Apple Macbook Pro. First, right click the desktop and select Change Desktop Background. A new window will pop up where you can change it. Also, you can go to system preferences and selecting desktop and screen saver. To change the image, select any of the options available. This includes solid colors to large images. You can also go to your iPhoto albums and choose any picture in there. You can also go onl...

How To: Assign a letter to your USB flash drive

This video shows you how to assign a letter to your USB flash drive (or memory stick) or how to change it in Windows.First of all, connect the flash drive in the computer's USB port. Click on the start button, then right click on My Computer and choose manage. Once the window opens, go to Disk Management. There, you should be able to see the USB drive as "USB DISK". Right click on it and choose "Change drive letter and paths...". Now click on change and select the desired letter for the drive...

How To: Fix a frozen browser without shutting your PC down

This tutorial shows you how to fix a frozen browser. One way to fix these pages when it happens to you is to go to the tools tab, and click on clear recent history. When the window opens it will ask how much you want to delete. Select everything. Now sometimes when you are using a browser it will not minimize or maximize and you can not close out of it. When this happens you just have to hit ctrl, alt, delete and open the task manager. Click on the program that says Firefox, then just hit end...

How To: Add and remove dashboard widgets

This video demonstrates how to add and remove dashboard widgets. 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 add and remove dashboard widgets, For Dummies.

How To: Boot Windows or Ubuntu from a USB flash drive

Create a bootable USB flash drive to keep an extra OS of Windows or Ubuntu. You always want to have a copy of your Linux or Windows operating system on a separate device other than your computer. Because even if your computer or laptop is relatively new, it's very easy for some random fluke - an internal error or virus - to completely shut you down when you least expect it.

How To: Send email with Evolution in Ubuntu Linux

Sending email with the Evolution client in Ubuntu Linux is much the same as with any other email program. In addition to offering step-by-step instructions for the setup and use of Evolution, this Ubuntu tutorial also will teach you how to access your address book when writing an email. For a detailed look at the Evolution email client, take a look!

How To: Lock files and folders in Mac OS X

Want to make sure that a document isn't accidentally edited or overwritten? It's easy; you just need to lock the file. All you need to do is right-click on the file, expand its general information, and check the Locked box. For a video walkthrough of the file locking process in Mac OS X, watch this video lesson from Apple.

How To: Use the ls terminal command in Ubuntu Linux

This video clip shows you how to use the ls command (to list the contents of a directory) with additional options in the Ubuntu Terminal. It also introduces you to file and directory ownership and permissions. (To list file ownership and permission details, type ls -l. To list all files in a directory, including hidden system files, type ls -a.)

How To: Automatically log in to Windows XP

This video tutorial from Help-Vids shows you how to setup the automatic login in Windows XP so that you are automatically logged in as a specific user when you turn your PC on. Go to the start menu, select run and type the given command. When the user account dialog opens un-check the setting requiring the user to enter a name and password to use the computer and click apply. Fill in the user name and the password of the user that needs to be automatically logged in and click OK. Now when you...

How To: Eject devices from the use of the terminal for a Mac

In this tutorial, we learn how to eject devices from the use of the terminal for Mac. First, go to the terminal of your computer where you will see a notepad sort of page. Next, type in "df" and then press return. You will now see a list displaying processes on your computer. On the bottom will be your public zoning device, which is your USB device. Next, type in "hdiutil eject -force (the code under "mounted on)- volumes-publiczone". This is not case sensitive, but don't forget or add in any...

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: 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...