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How To: Backup Windows Vista to an external hard drive

Learn how to backup Windows Vista to an external hard drive! 1. Click on start. Go to All Programs, select Accessories, then select System Tools. Open "Back-Up Status and Configuration". 2. Click on "Set up automatic file back-up". Be sure the top radio button is selected. Select your external hard drive. 3. Click next. Select all folders that you want to back-up. Click next again. Set your schedule (how often, what day, time). 4. Click on "Save settings and start back up". Windows will final...

How To: Remove Windows Genuine Advantage from Windows Startup

1. First go to START -> ALL PROGRAMS -> ACCESSORIES -> SYSTEM TOOLS -> SCHEDULED TASKS.2. Right click on WGA setup icon and select PROPERTIES. Find where the WGA files are located.3. Copy the location form the window appears in the previous step and paste it in the address bar of MYCOMPUTER.4. Delete the files found in the respective location.5. After deleting the files, now delete the WGA found in the scheduled task.6. RESTART the windows and windows genuine advantage ll not disturb again.

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: Find a cool Windows XP hidden Easter egg

In this tutorial the author shows how to find out a Cool XP Easter Egg hidden in the XP which comes by downloading the latest update of widows update. The author now opens Internet Explorer and visits the windows site. Now he quits the explorer and holds down both the Control key and alt key and right clicks on the desktop seven times. Now keeping the control key pressed, he releases the alt key and right clicks the desktop and chooses the option 'Create ShortCut'. Now he releases all the key...

How To: Install Puppy Linux on an innotek VirtualBox

The author shows how to install Puppu Linux 4.3.1 in Innotek VirtualBox 1.5.2. He shows steps to create a new virtual machine in Innotek VirtualBox, by showing the various configuration settings like the RAM size, hard disk space etc. He shows how to boot the virtual machine with the Puppy Linux installation ISO file. Next, during boot up, he shows how to set the language and regional settings, resolution settings etc. In the next screen he shows how to access the local drive and partition it...

How To: Open multiple tabs with one click in Apple Safari

Find yourself going to the same websites or blogs every morning? In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to open them all using a single click. First, view all of your bookmarks. Then, create a new bookmark folder in your bookmarks bar. Add the desired books and check the autoclick box. Whenever you click on the bookmark folder in your bookmarks toolbar, your Safari client will launch all of the websites in separate tabs. For more, watch this OS X video tutorial from Apple.

How To: Browse and open files and folders on a Microsoft Windows PC

When learning to use a computer, as with anything else, it's important to start with the fundamentals. This clip for new Windows users does just that. Fortunately, you'll find it's easy to browse files and folders. So easy, in fact, that this home-computing how-to can present a complete overview of the process in just over a four minutes and a half. For more information, including step-by-step instructions, take a look.

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: Hack Windows shares

In this installment from the Unorthodox Hacking series of computer security tutorials, you'll learn a number of methods for hacking Windows shares as well as means of mitigating those hacks. For detailed instructions on Windows shares, and what you can do with them, watch this helpful video guide.

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: Run Windows programs on a Mac using WINE

Macheads demonstrates how to install wine on mac. What is wine? Wine allows you to run and install windows program on Intel based machine. This program will work only on Intel and wont work on power PCs,unfortunately. First, we have to install macports which is something similar to installing unix programs on mac. The following are a bunch of requirements in order to install wine - an intel mac, admin account, X code installed, X11 (which comes mostly with intel macs). First of all we have to...

How To: Boot Windows 7 from a USB pen drive with UNetbootin

In this how to video, you will learn how to make a boot-able USB pen drive using Unetbootin. First, download Unetbootin and install it. From here, insert your USB pen drive into your computer. Next, open the program. Go to my computer and right click your USB pen drive. Next, format and make sure to choose FAT32. Click start to finish this. Once that is done, go to Unetbootin and click disk image. Change it to ISO and click the button to search for the ISO. Open this and then go to my compute...

How To: Download & install HP printer drivers in Windows XP

This silent video shows you how to install HP printer drivers for Windows XP. Start off by turning on the power on the printer. Do not connect the USB cable to the computer yet, it'll ask you at a later time. Now go to HP's support webpage by typing "www.hp.com/support" on your web browser and then choose the region and language you want the support for. Now click on the "download drivers and software" option and type in your printer's model number. Select the correct printer from the list an...

How To: Encrypt batch files with variables

Encryption is the process of converting you data in to other obscure form so that no one can read it. Encryption can also be done using batch files. Batch files are scripting programs in windows which can be used to program small automatic operations. To do this open a notepad to write the batch program. First turn of the echo by inserting the command '@echo off'. Now write the rest of the program as shown in the video. Now save the image as a bat file. Now you can encrypt this batch file. To...

How To: Recover lost files with Windows XP and Vista

In this video tutorial, Mike shows how to find a missing file in Windows XP and Vista with three different options. In the first option, open Windows Explorer or My Computer. Then open the recycle bin to check for your missing files. If you don't see your file there, close the recycle bin and go to Start and then Search. Look for your file by searching for the file by name to find the location of your missing file. You don't have to know the entire file name to do a search. If that does not w...

How To: Use ipconfig to determine an IP address in Windows XP

This video will show you how you can easily find out what your IP address is for a computer which is running the Windows XP operating system. You will first need to go to the start bar and click on the button which says "Run". Choose to run a program called "cmd" by typing this into the bar that appears. This will then open up a black box, where you should type in "ipconfig/all". Typing this in will offer you a list of information about the internet service you are currently using and one of ...

How To: Change the time display from military time in Windows

This video will show you how to change your time from military time to the 12 hour time scale on a Window's computer. After being infected by a virus or if you accidentally changed the time on your computer, you can easily change the time display on your computer screen back by following the easy steps in this video. You will first have to go to the Start bar and find the Control Panel. From the Control Panel, find Regional and Language Settings and choose to customize your regional settings....

How To: Remove the winlogin.exe file from your computer

This video shows you how to remove a virus or harmful winlogin.exe file. If you use a good firewall program or a good anti-virus, it will pop-up a window and let you know you have been infected or even block it. If you do not use such things, but you think you know since when you have been infected, you can try to restore your system by using System Restore in Windows XP or Vista. If you do not know the duration of the infection, you can try to manually delete the file when using Windows Safe...

How To: Utilize folder properties in Windows 7

Top-Windows-Tutorials is a great site dedicated to Windows tutorials for almost all things Windows. Whether you are a computer novice or an expert in Windows operating systems, you'll find useful information in these guides catering to your level of expertise. These user friendly and easy to follow free Windows tutorials will show you all that you can do with your Windows PC.

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: 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: Create a new Windows partition with GParted software

In this tutorial, we learn how to create a new Windows partition with GParted software. First, insert your boot CD into your computer, then turn your computer off and it will automatically boot. Next, hit enter to select the first option, then wait for the scan to complete. When done, select your type of keyboard, then hit enter. After this, select your language and then continue to wait for the boot to continue. Once loaded, you will see the main partition. To split this, select it and click...