Archive for November, 2010


This tutorial will provide an in-depth explanation of how one could disable the hindering UAC (User Account Control) on their Windows Vista machine, in order to provide much easier administrative control over your computer system. Read below to find out how you can disable UAC on your computer and enjoy your administrative power without the irritants involved with having to accept prompts.

The first thing you must do is head to the “Control Panel”. To open the “Control Panel” you must click your “start” button, which is the small, round multi-coloured button in the bottom left of your screen. When you click the “start” button you will be presented with a menu like so:

Clicking the start menu

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, there is a small red oval around the text “Control Panel”. You must click the text “Control Panel” in order to open the “Control Panel”.

 

Once you have clicked the text “Control Panel", the “Control Panel” will open like so:

Searching control panel

 

The screenshot above depicts the “Control Panel” – the point of control over a Microsoft Windows operating system. You will notice a small red oval circling the text “Classic View”, which I recommend you click in order to achieve a more organized “Control Panel”, although it is best that you are in “Control Panel Home” view for the duration of this tutorial.

 

Once you are in “Control Panel Home” view, you will be presented with a screen just as it appears in the screenshot above. Once you have this screen you must then enter the text below in the text box at the top of the window marked “Search”

uac

 

Once you have typed the text “uac” into the “Search” bar, you will then be presented with a window just like so:

Control panel - user account control

 

You will notice in the screenshot above that there is a red oval around the text “Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off”. You must click this text and then allow administrative privileges by clicking the “Continue” button at the prompt. Once you have accepted the security prompt, you will be presented with the window below:

Deactivating UAC

 

As you can see there is a small red oval circling the text “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer”. You must click the small white box on the left of the text in order to remove the check from the box. Once you have removed the check, you must then click the “OK” button on the right side of the window.

 

Once you click the “OK” button, you will then be presented with the window below asking you to restart like so:

Restart now

 

You must click the button marked “Restart Now”, which is circled in red. Doing so will restart your computer, which will then have UAC disabled.

Congratulations! You have just disabled one of Microsoft Windows’ most irritating “features” and you can now traverse your computer more freely. Enjoy your newfound Windows knowledge.

This tutorial was written to show all Windows Vista users how they can help maximize the performance and power of their PC by deselecting certain visual effects on their computer. Read below to find out how you can optimize the display settings on your computer for optimum performance in just minutes.

The first thing you must do is click the “start” button. Clicking the “start” button will bring up the “start menu” like so:

Clicking the start menu

 

From the “start menu” you must click “Control Panel”. Once you have clicked “Control Panel” you will be presented with the “Control Panel” window, which will appear like so:

Control Panel

 

You will notice a large list of icons in the window as shown above, if yours is appearing categorically then you must click the “Classic View” text, which is circled in the top left of the window as shown above. Once you have done so you must select the “System” icon, which you should have to scroll down to find like so:

Control Panel - system

 

Once you have found the “System” icon, you must double-left-click the icon, which will bring up the “System” window like so:

Changing settings - System

 

As you can see there is a red circle around the text “Performance”. You must click the text “Performance”, which will lead you to the “Performance Information and Tools” window. This window is used to change many aspects of your computer’s performance. The window should appear like so:

Adjusting visual effects

 

In the image above, you will notice that the text “Adjust visual effects”. You must click this text. Once you have clicked the text “Adjust visual effects” and accepted any security prompts, you will be presented with the “Performance Options” like so:

Performance options

 

From the “Performance Options” window you may deselect or select as many options as you choose, although in order to maintain a relevantly attractive computer at the same time as optimizing its performance, I recommend that you disable all of the effects except for the effects listed below, which should be kept in order to maintain a good looking desktop:

  • Show shadows under menus
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Use visual styles on windows and buttons
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop

You must click within the small white box in each of the visual effects that are not one of the five listed above in order to remove the check from the box, thus disabling each effect.

 

Once you have deselected all of the effects except for the five listed above, you muse then click the “Apply” button and then the “OK” button, which are both located in the bottom right of the “Performance Options” window.

 

Once you have clicked the “Apply” and “OK” button, your desktop will appear to change. Once this change is complete, which should only take a few seconds, your desktop will be more responsive and your overall processor usage should drop slightly if not dramatically. Your computer may ask you to restart in order for the changes to take effect, if this is the case then you must restart your computer and once it restarts you will then notice the difference.

Congratulations! You have just modified the visual effects settings for your Windows Vista PC. Enjoy your newfound Windows optimization knowledge.

This tutorial gives a thoroughly detailed explanation on how a Windows Vista or Windows XP user can remove pesky adware, spyware and malware from your system, thus providing a sharper, safer and more responsive system. Read below to find how you can clear your computer of adware, spyware and malware in just minutes.

The first step towards removing these irritating programs is to head to a review page. The review page I selected my antispyware software from was the site linked below:

http://www.spywareremoverreviewed.com/

 

The site linked above will provide the top 5 antispyware programs and a download and purchase link for each. I recommend the antispyware software “XoftSpy SE”, although you may choose whichever suits your budget better.

 

If you would like to consider using “XoftSpy SE” then you may visit one of the links below:

 

Download free edition

http://download.cnet.com/XoftSpy-SE-Anti-Spyware/3000-8022_4-10492481.html

 

Official site of XsoftSpy SE

http://www.paretologic.com/products/xoftspyse/index.aspx

 

Once you have downloaded or purchased your copy of “XsoftSpy SE” and saved it to your desktop, you must then install it using the automated installer. To do so you must double-left-click the installer icon, which will appear like so:

Opening XsoftSpy SE installer

 

Now that you have double-left-clicked the “XsoftSpySE_Setup_RW” icon, the installer will open (if you are using Windows XP) if you are using Windows Vista then you will be prompted with a security prompt first, which will appear like so:

Opening installer security warning

 

Once you have accepted the security confirmation prompts the installer will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer

 

You must click the “Next” button, which will then present you with the next installer window like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - agreement

 

You must read and accept the license conditions and then click the “I Agree” button in order to proceed to the next window. The next window will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - installation directory

 

You can select a custom directory for installation of the software or you may use the default directory. Once you have chosen the directory you wish to install to you must click the “Install” button. The program will then begin to install like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - installing

 

Once the installation is complete you will be presented with the finishing installation window, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE installer - finished

 

You may now click the “Finish” button. Once you have clicked the “Finish” button the “XoftSpy SE” software will run and will update like so:

XoftSpy SE updating

 

Once your software has updated you will be presented with the application itself, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application initiated

 

You must now click the green button marked “Start Scan”, which will initiate the scan of your computer. The scan will begin, which will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application scanning

 

Once your scan has completed the software will show you the threats that it found and offer to fix them. The window will appear like so:

XoftSpy SE application scanning completed

 

In order to remove the threats on your system you must click the green button marked “Clean”. Once you click the “Clean” button, you will be prompted to register your software. In order to register your software you must click the “Register” button that appears within the prompt that appears after you click the “Clean” button. Once you click the “Register” button you must then click the button marked “Get License Key” like so:

XoftSpy SE application registration

 

Once you click the “Get License Key” button your web browser will open and direct you to their purchase site. On this site you must follow the prompts and enter your details and appropriate and then you will receive your license code, which must be entered in the text box to the right of the text “License Key:” as shown above. Once you have entered the code you must click the “OK” button on the right side of the text box, which will register your software. You may now re-scan your computer by clicking the “Scan” button in the top left of the window and then clicking the “Clean” button once the scan has completed.

Congratulation! You have just removed most if not all of the spyware, malware and adware that your computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows performance boosting knowledge.

This tutorial is aimed at showing every user of Windows Vista or Windows XP how they can dramatically decrease the boot time of their computer by disabling unnecessary startup programs. Read below to find out how you can decrease your boot time in just minutes.

The first step you must take is to open the “Run” window, which be opened by holding the “Windows” key and then pressing the “R” key.

Hold down “Windows” key, while holding the “Windows” key press the “R” key once and then release the “Windows” key.

 

Once you have opened the “Run” window, you may then proceed to opening the “System Configuration” window, which can be done by typing into the text box within the “Run” window the text below and then hitting the “Enter” key or clicking “OK”:

msconfig

 

You must enter the text into the appropriate text box like so:

Opening msconfig

 

Once you have entered the text above as shown you must then hit the “Enter” key or click the “OK” button.

 

Now you should have the “System Configuration” window open, which will look like this:

System configuration

 

You must now click the tab marked “Startup” on the top of the window like so:

System configuration - startup

 

The startup services shown above will vary depending on your computer. As you can see I am running Windows Vista on a Lenovo computer.

 

You must now scroll through this list of programs and remove the programs that you know are not necessary by left-clicking once in the white box on the left of the program name then clicking “Apply” then clicking “OK”. For example if you wanted to disable “Windows Defender” on startup, you would uncheck the box next to “Windows Defender” then click the button marked “Apply” then restart your computer.

 

Once you have clicked the the “OK” button you will be prompted to restart your computer, accept the prompt and your computer will restart. Once your computer restarts you will notice a decrease in your startup time, which will vary depending on which startup programs you disabled.

Congratulations! You have just decreased the boot up time of your computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows performance boosting knowledge.

This tutorial is written for all Windows users who are sick of those boring old Windows sounds and would like to change those sounds to a sound file of their choice. Read below to find out how you can modify the system sounds on your Windows computer in a few easy steps.

The first step is to use the Win+R key combination in order to open the “Run” window, which can be done using the combination highlighted below:

Press and hold the “Windows” key (bottom right of keyboard) and then press the “R” key once. Now release the “Windows” and “R” key.       The “Run” window will now be open.

 

Now that you have opened the “Run” window, you must enter the text “mmsys.cpl” into the text box provided within the “Run” window, as shown below:

Running mmsys

 

Once you enter the text into the text box provided as shown above, you must then click the “OK” button or hit the “Enter” key, which will open the “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window, which will allow you to change the sound settings on your computer. The “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window will appear as shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties

 

Now that you have the window open, you must then left-click once the “Sounds” tab from the top of the window, which will bring up the window shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties - sounds

 

Now that you have the window shown above on your screen, you must then select the event you would like to change the sound for. For example if you click “Asterisk” and then use the drop-down box or the “Browse…” button to search for the .wav file you wish to play when the “Asterisk” event occurs, as shown below:

Sounds and audio devices properties - sounds selection

 

All you must do is select a Windows sound from this drop down list for the event of which you wish to change, left-click the sound once and then click the “Apply” button and then click the “OK” button to apply the new settings. In addition you may click the “Browse…” button and then navigate to an appropriate .wav file stored on your harddrive and select it and then click the “Apply” button and then click the “OK” button, just as you would if you were to use the drop-down box method.

 

You may replace “Asterisk” with any other event sound you wish to change, as “Asterisk” was just an example. You may use the procedure above to change any of the event sounds in the scrollable list. Once you have selected and applied the sound for the event or events you wish to use, you may close the “Sounds and Audio Devices Properties” window and proceed with using your computer just as you normally would. Although, if you have changed startup sounds then you may restart whenever you like in order to test them.

Congratulations! You have just edited the event sounds on your Windows computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows modification knowledge.

This tutorial is written to explain to Windows users how they can change the theme on their computer, thus providing a more unique desktop experience. Read below to find out how you can change your theme in a few short steps.

The first step you must take in order to get that great, unique desktop you have been waiting for, is to right-click once on the desktop, which can be done once you have minimized or closed all currently open windows and then right-clicking once on any free space on the desktop. Once you have right-clicked on the desktop you will be presented with the context menu shown below:

Right clicking the desktop

 

Now that you have opened the context menu on your desktop, you must then left-click once on the text “Properties”, which is located at the very bottom of the context menu. Once you have clicked the text “Properties” you will be presented with the “Display Properties” window shown below:

Display properties

 

Now that you have opened the “Display Properties” window, you must stay within the “Themes” tab, which you will be presented with automatically and then click the small arrow beneath the text “Theme:” and then select your preferred theme, as shown below:

Display properties - themes

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, there are various theme options you can choose from. You may select the theme from the drop-down box in order to preview it in the small window in the centre of the “Display Properties” window. Once you have decided on which theme you would like to use, you must then select it from the drop-down box and then click “OK” or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. Now that you have selected your theme and hit “Enter” or clicked “OK” your computer will begin to apply the theme, which can take a few seconds to complete. Once the application of your theme is complete your new theme will remain active until you decide to change it again.

Congratulations! You have just changed the theme on your Window computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows customization knowledge.

This tutorial was written to show all Windows users who enjoy a photograph or other high resolution image consisting of many contrasting colours being set as their wallpaper, although are not willing to do so for the sake of the visibility of the text below their icons. Read below to find out how you can improve icon text visibility in a few simple steps.

The first step is to use the Win+R key combination in order to open the “Run” window, which can be done using the combination highlighted below:

Press and hold the “Windows” key (bottom right of keyboard) and then press the “R” key once. Now release the “Windows” and “R” key.          The “Run” window will now be open.

 

Once you have opened the “Run” window using the key combination shown above, you must then enter the text below into the text window provided within the “Run” window like so:

Running sysdm

 

Once you have entered the text “sysdm.cpl” in the text box provided, as shown above, you must then click the “OK” button or hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. Once you have entered the text above and hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard or clicked the “OK” button, you will be presented with the “System Properties” window, as shown below:

System properties

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, I have circled the “Advanced” tab. You must click the “Advanced” tab, which will give you the window shown below:

Clicking advanced

 

Now you must click the “Settings” button, which is circled in red above. Once you click the “Settings” button you will be given the window shown below:

Performance options

 

Now that you have clicked the “Settings” button, you must then scroll to the bottom of the list of options and left-click once in the box on the left of the text “Use drop shadow for icon labels on the desktop” and then click the “OK” button. Also if you would like to disable the shadowed icon effect then you may left-click once on the box next to the text and remove the check.

Congratulations! You have now enabled/disabled the icon shadow effect for your desktop icons. Enjoy your newfound Windows customization knowledge.

This tutorial is written to explain to all Windows users how easily they can remove all of the icons on their desktop, whilst being able to make them reappear just as they were with two simple clicks. Read below to find out how you can remove your icons to remove unwanted clutter from your desktop in just seconds.

The first thing you must do is navigate to your desktop, which can be done by minimizing or closing all currently open windows.

 

Once you have navigated to your desktop, you must then right-click once on a free space on your desktop like so:

Right clicking the desktop 

 

Once you have right-clicked the desktop as shown in the screenshot above, you must then move your mouse pointer to the text “Arrange Icons By” like so:

Arrange icons by

 

Now that you have moused over the “Arrange Icons By” text, you will notice that the text “Show Desktop Icons” should have a ‘tick’ (check) next to it. In order to disable icons on your desktop all you must do is left-click once the text “Show Desktop Icons”.

 

Once you have clicked the text “Show Desktop Icons”, the ‘tick’ (check) will be removed, thus removing your desktop icons. In order to bring your icons back with the exact layout and placement they had prior to being removed, all you must do is right-click once on the desktop and navigate to the “Arrange Icon By” text and left-click once the text “Show Desktop Icons”, which will place a ‘tick’ (check) on the left side of the text “Show Desktop Icons” and after a few seconds your desktop icons will reappear.

Congratulations! You can now maintain a neat, fresh look on your Windows computer. Enjoy your newfound Windows customization knowledge.

This tutorial is for all ex Windows and ex Mac users who have recently migrated to the Ubuntu platform and are missing their good old Adobe Photoshop. Read below to find out how you can install and run Adobe Photoshop under Ubuntu.

The first step is to open your “Terminal” (command prompt), which can be done by clicking the “start” button on your taskbar and then clicking “Applications” then clicking “Accessories” then clicking “Terminal”. Once you have opened the “Terminal” (command prompt” window, you may then enter the command below in order to install “Wine” (a Windows emulator for Linux) and then hit “Enter”:

wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks

 

Once you have entered the above command into “Terminal” (command prompt) and then hit the “Enter” key, which will bring up some text, some of which should ask you for your current user password. You must enter the password for the “Root” account or the password that you use to log in to your account (note: the password will not appear on screen as you type it). Once you have typed the password, you must hit “Enter”. The “Wine” software will begin automatically installing via your “Terminal” (command prompt). You will be able to tell that this installation is finished when your command prompt once again returns the “User@computername: $ _” prompt, of which you are able to enter another command with.

 

Now that your installation of “Wine” is complete you must enter the code below and then hit “Enter”:

sh winetricks msxm16 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005

 

Now that you have entered the above command and hit “Enter”, you must install some of the basic Windows fonts onto your Ubuntu computer in order for “Adobe Photoshop” to function correctly, which can be done by entering the code below and then hitting the “Enter” key:

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

 

After entering the highlighted text above and then hitting “Enter”, your fonts will now download and install. Once this installation has completed and you are given once again a flashing cursor, awaiting your input, you may close the “Terminal” (command prompt) window, which can be done by clicking the “X” button on the “Terminal” (command prompt) window.

 

Now that the basics have been taken care of, it is time to install “Adobe Photoshop” within the “Wine” emulator. To do so you must first follow two download links in order to download two .dll files. These files are “atmlib.dll” and “msvcr80.dll”. To download these .dll files you must follow the links below:

 

To download “atmlib.dll”:

http://www.dlldump.com/cgi-bin/testwrap/downloadcounts.cgi?rt=count&path=dllfiles/A/atmlib.dll

 

To download “msvcr80.dll”:

http://www.dll-files.com/msvcr80.zip?0VKlRFWJkU

You must extract this file using “WinRAR” or “WinZip”.

 

Once you have downloaded the files above and saved them to “Documents”, “Downloads” or another convenient location, you must then click the “start” button on the taskbar then click “Applications” then click “Wine”, doing so will open the “Wine” emulator. If this is confusing to you then follow the highlighted instructions below:

Click “start” –> Click “Applications” –> Click “Wine”.

 

You must now drop these files into your “Virtual C Drive”, which should be located in the directory below:

/home/(type your username here)/.wine

 

Within the “.wine” folder you must navigate to the directory below and copy the two .dll files into the directory:

C:\Windows\System32

 

Now that you have navigated to the directory highlighted above, you must copy the “atmlib.dll” file into the “System32” folder and you must also extract the “msvcr80.dll” to a separate folder and then copy the “msvcr80.dll” file directly into the “System32” folder (in the same folder as the “atmlib.dll” file).

 

Once you have copied these two .dll files into the “C:\Windows\System32” directory, you must then run the “Adobe Photoshop” .exe installer file, just as you would on a computer running Windows. Now you must follow the installation instructions exactly as you would on a Windows machine.

 

When you are prompted to choose an installation directory for “Adobe Photoshop” (if it is not already chosen for you) then it is recommended that you choose the directory highlighted below for convenience sake:

C:\Program Files\Photoshop

 

Once the installation is complete, assuming you have checked the “Run Photoshop” box, when you click “Finish” your “Adobe Photoshop” program should open, providing you with a fully functional “Adobe Photoshop” installation.

 

“Adobe Photoshop” can now be ran at any time by clicking the “start” button on your taskbar and then clicking “Applications” then clicking “Wine” then navigating through the “Wine” menu to the directory that you installed “Adobe Photoshop” into and open the .exe file.

Congratulations! You now have a fully functional “Adobe Photoshop” installation on you Ubuntu computer system. Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu program installation knowledge.

This tutorial is designed to be used by all people interested in graphic design and image manipulation under the Ubuntu environment. Read below to find out how you can install GIMP on Ubuntu and begin manipulating images in just minutes.

The first step you must take in order to get your GIMP installation up and running is to open your “Terminal” (command prompt), which can be done by navigating to your desktop then hitting “Alt” + “F2” and then entering into the popup dialogue that you are presented with the text below and then hitting the “Enter” key or click “Run”:

gnome-terminal

 

If you do not understand the instruction above to open the “Terminal” (command prompt) then you may follow the highlighted explanation below:

Minimize all windows to get to your desktop –> Hold “Alt” and hit “F2” –> Type in the popup window the text “gnome-terminal” –> Hit the “Enter” key or click “Run”.

 

Now that you have opened the “Terminal” (command prompt) window, you may enter the code below and then hit “Enter” in order to begin the automated installation of your "The GIMP” software:

sudo apt-get install gimp

 

By using the code above you will be downloading and installing the latest version of “The GIMP”. Once you have entered the code above, you may be prompted with a “y/n” prompt, of which you must reply to by typing “y” and then hitting the “Enter” key.

 

Now that your “The GIMP” software is installed, you must open it, which can be done by clicking the “start” button on your taskbar and then clicking “Applications” and then clicking “Graphics” and then clicking “The GIMP”. If you do not understand these instructions then refer to the highlighted instructions below:

Click the “start” button –> Click “Applications” –> Click “Graphics” –> Click “The GIMP”

 

Now that you have opened “The GIMP” for the first time, you will be presented with a setup window. This window will ask you about where you would like its directory to be placed and which additional settings you would like to enable. I recommend that you leave the default settings as is and note where the directory is before you proceed. If you are an advanced user then feel free to modify these settings as much as you see fit. Now you must navigate throughout the rest of the setup, choosing the options that are most appropriate to you.

 

As soon as you have finished the setup process, the setup window will close and your toolbars and buttons will appear within the The GIMP’s interface.

 

You may now begin using your image manipulation software. The “The GIMP” software contains many different buttons, tools and options and is open to a vast array of customization options for the software itself as well as your images. The “The GIMP” software can export over 30 different type of image files, depending on the version you have installed on your system this may be less or more. Nonetheless, this is a great software and considering that it is free, a much better choice over Adobe Photoshop, especially now that Ubuntu is coming up fast in the eyes of graphic designers in terms of features and reliability.

Congratulations! You have just installed one of the World’s most famous image manipulation programs. Enjoy your newfound Ubuntu image manipulation knowledge.

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