Hot Operating Systems How-Tos

How To: Unzip a file with Microsoft Windows XP

This video from scrapwow shows how to unzip a file in Microsoft Windows XP.Firstly, open Windows Explorer application and navigate the file you want to unzip. Once you've located the file, double click on it. A new window will open. Here you will have Extract all files option which you can choose from menu to the left.Clicking the button allows you to extract a single file or a zipped folder, containing a number of files. In this case Extraction Wizard will open, leading you through the extra...

How To: Fix time sync issue when dual booting Ubuntu & Windows

Ubuntu and Windows may have trouble syncing time because when they are dual booted, they both assume that your hardware clock is set to a different time setting. Ubuntu assumes that your clock is set to UTC and Windows assumes that your clock is set to local time. Answers Launchpad has solutions to fix the syncing issues. To correct the issue, configure Ubuntu to be set to local time. Launch your terminal window and click on the description box. In the code string change the UTC default value...

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: Reset or remove a forgotten Windows 7 admin password

In this video, we learn how to reset or remove a forgotten Windows 8 admin password. First, log onto your Windows 7 account, then reboot your computer insert a disc that has the PassCape disc in it. After this, you can go through all the steps to change your password and choose which accounts you need to gather the information from. After you do this, click through the different steps and when you finish, you will be able to log onto your user account and change the password on it. After this...

How To: Tweak the Windows XP MSConfig file to speed up your PC

Initially you computer performs at its maximum speed when you install a new operating system. But as time progresses and you install more and more applications the computer slows down due to the various changes in configuration and other settings. So you have to tune up your PC regularly to maintain its performance. Alternatively you can also increase the memory or use a better processor. But even then if you don't optimize your operating system you will face the problem once again. So go to ...

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: Recover deleted files in Ubuntu using Testdisk

This video shows the method to recover deleted files in Ubuntu using Testdisk. The demonstration is done by deleting a set of pictures and recovering them later. The test disk is installed at first. Then we click on the terminal icon and go to the list options available. These include selecting the list of drives available, partition table type and the type of file system in the original photos. Then the system asks you to select the part to be analyze and destination folder. The tool then re...

How To: Fix missing desktop icons & missing start or task bar

Many times, the task bar and some of the desktop icons on your computer disappear. This being a common PC problem, the fun video has shown three different ways of solving the problem. The presenter has done a good job by enlarging the key images at most critical points in the presentation. He has also provided more than one way, in fact three ways of solving the problem. There are multiple solutions available with Windows but a very few presenters offer more than one solution. Each proposed s...

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: Speed up Ubuntu using the Preload program

This video tutorial is in the Computers & Programming category which will show you how to speed up Ubuntu using the Preload program. Preload will speed up your computer by learning the way you use your computer and preload the programs you use the most to your RAM. This will not take up too much space on your RAM. Go to the Synaptic package manager and search for preload. Download and install the program. The program may take a couple of days to learn how you use your computer. Once it does t...

How To: Speed up Aero on a Microsoft Windows 7 PC

Aero slowing down your Microsoft Windows 7 PC? Want to speed things up a little? This brief video tutorial from the folks at Butterscotch will teach you everything you need to know. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started speeding up your own Win 7 desktop or laptop computer, take a look.

How To: Map network drives from a remote server

In this tutorial, we learn how to map network driers from a remote server. First, go to run on your start menu, then type in the id address or server name for what you want to access and press enter. Now, right click on the folder you want to map and click on map network drives. Choose any letter you want from the drop down menu, then click next to the "reconnect on logon" text. Click on the finish button, then open your newly mapped network drive from your computer. You can do this for any s...

How To: Install Mac OS X Panther on Windows XP (Pearpc)

In this how to video, you will learn how to install Mac OS X on Windows XP. First, download and open PearPC. Also make sure you have the Mac OS X CD or installation files on your computer. Next, select edit and navigate to the Mac OS X file. Click okay and then press configure. From here, change the settings to your liking, such as the screen resolution, and click finish. Next, click browse and go to the Mac OS X ISO file. Open it and the installation for the operating system will start. This...

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: Free up disk space in Windows Vista

In this how-to video, you will learn how to free up disk space on your Windows Vista computer. First, go to my computer and right click the drive that you want to free up space on. Next, click on properties. Click disk cleanup on the new window. Select which files you want to delete by checking the appropriate boxes. Once this is done, click okay. You can also select clean up in the other tab to free even more space. The first section will allow you to remove programs you do not need, while t...

How To: Create screensavers & custom wallpaper in Mac OS X

In this how to video, you will learn how to make custom screen savers and wallpaper for your Mac for free. First, download the SaveHollywood and Wallsaver programs to your computer. Install both of these programs. Next, go to system preferences and click on desktop and screen saver. Click the screen saver tab and select SaveHolywood. From here, click options and press the arrow button. Find a video that you want to use as a screen saver and click okay. Click test to see if it works out. Next,...

How To: Format an external hard drive for Mac OS X

The World Wide Geek demonstrates how to format an external hard drive for Mac OS X. External hard drives are usually formatted for windows. To change the format, you will need to use the disk utility option. Access the disk utility by going to finder and clicking on applications. Next, click on the utilities folder. Then, click on the disk utility option to open it. You can also search for disk utility in spotlight. Select your external hard drive in the options to the left of the disk utilit...

How To: Use high contrast display settings in Windows 7

Windows 7 provides the high contrast display feature for the monitors. To use this feature go to the desktop. Right click and select 'Personalize' from the menu. This brings up the Personalization window of the 'Appearance and Personalization' option of the Control Panel. Here you can change the visuals and sounds of your computer. Scroll down in that window till you find high contrast themes. Choose one of those themes. When you select them Windows automatically applies the theme to your com...

How To: Add "Hide" & "Unhide File" to the right click menu

In this Computers & Programming video tutorial you are going to learn how to add "Hide" & "Unhide File" to the right click menu. Go to reg.exe and type in ‘regedit’ and click ‘enter’. On the page that opens up, Navigate to ‘HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT’ > directory > shell. Right click on shell and select new > key. In the ‘key’ box type ‘Hide Folder’. Now right click on the right side box of the page and select new > string value. Type in ‘HasLUAShield’ in to the box that opens up. Now on the left side...

How To: Restore files in Windows using Data Recovery Wizard

In this video the instructor shows how to restore lost data. When you delete your files you can restore them from the recycle bin. But if a hard drive is formatted all the data is lost and you can not even recover it from recycle bin. In such cases you will need to use data recovery tools to recover that lost data. In this video the instructor uses the Data Recovery Wizard software to recover the data. Start the Data Recovery Wizard. In that there are three options by which you can recover yo...

How To: Install the Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer

This video shows you how to easily install the Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer. The first thing you have to do is open the Internet Explorer and surf to http://get.adobe.com/flash/player/ . Scroll down the page, uncheck the Download Free Google Toolbar box and then click the "Agree and Install Now" button. Then, click the pop-up bar in the upper side of the browser that just appeared, and click the Install ActiveX Control. A pop-up window will appear. Click install and then wait until...

How To: Disable remote control infrared receiver in Mac OS X

Every new Apple computer ships with an Apple remote, which can activate the Front Row program and let you play music, view photos or watch videos when you are away from your computer. However, Apple remotes will connect to all nearby devices, so people with multiple Macs or iPods close to each other, may have trouble controlling them with the remote. In that situation, it's wise to disable the Apple remote connection on the devices you do not want to connect to.

How To: Change your hard drive icon in Mac OS X

The hard drive icon is the single-most prominent icon on most Mac OS X desktops. As such, you should have some say in how it looks and, as it turns out, you do: In this video tutorial, you'll find step-by-step instructions for changing your hard drive icon. To learn what you'll need to do to change your hard drive, or any other, icon, take a look.

How To: Secure your data with GNU's PGP implementation, GPG

In today's time of rampant information crimes, including identity theft, security is more important to the average computer user than ever. This tutorial from Linux Journal Online shows how you can use GnuPG to secure and verify data on your Linux box. (This video was created using only free and open source software tools: TightVNC, pyvnc2swf, ardour2, audacity, jackd, LAME, kolourpaint, cinelerra-cv, mjpegtools, and ffmpeg.)

How To: Triple boot a Mac

Take a look at this tutorial and learn how to triple boot your Mac. In order to follow this tutorial, you'll need the software Boot Camp which allows Mac users to have the option of installing a Microsoft OS if they choose. You will also need to install rEFIT, a boot menu.

How To: Install MySQL on Windows 2003

MySQL is a multithreaded, multi-user SQL database management system which has over 10 million installations. It runs as a server providing multi-user access to databases. It is by far the most popular and common database used in web applications throughout the world, and almost all hosting companies provide it free of charge to their users. MySQL AB makes MySQL Server available as free software under the GNU General Public License (GPL). For this tutorial we are going to download and install ...