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Pin programs to start menu

Question: How do I pin a program to the start menu so that every time I click the Start button, a short cut for the program will appear.

Answer: You can pin a program tot he start menu by doing the following:
1) Browse through the programs list and right-click the program that you want to the pinned.
2) Click on ‘Pin to Start Menu‘.

The selected program should be now pinned to the Start Menu.

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September 27, 2007 at 2:28 am Leave a comment

Freeware of the week: FreeRAM XP Pro

This week’s freeware pick is ‘FreeRAM XP Pro’. This program is to free and optimize your computer’s RAM which will increase your system performance and productivity. It also automatically configures itself for ease of use and also features advanced options. FreeRAM XP Pro is very easy to use and is suitable for both starters and experts. Also, download.com has given FreeRAM XP Pro a rating of 5 stars out of 5! Below are just some of the great features:

* Automatic, real-time memory monitoring and optimization
* Fast, threaded memory freeing with stop option
* AutoFree option intelligently optimizes RAM without sacrificing performance
* system metric and performance monitors
* Advanced tray support
* Memory reporting and diagnostic logging — Plus much more.

To go to FreeRAM XP Pro, please click HERE

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September 25, 2007 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Change your monitor’s resolution

Question: How do I change my monitor’s resolution?

Answer: You can change your monitor’s resolution by doing the following:
For Windows XP

1) Right-click your desktop and then click ‘Properties‘.
2) In the Display Properties pop-up window, click the ‘Settings‘ tab.
3) You can adjust your resolution by dragging the slider to the left to decrease the resolution or to the right to increase it.
4) If the Monitor Settings dialog box appears, look at your display. If you want to keep the new resolution, click ‘Yes‘. If not, click ‘No‘, and return to step 3.

For Windows Vista

1) Right-click on your desktop and click ‘Personalize‘.
2) In the pop-up window, click ‘Display Settings‘.
3) In the second pop-up dialog, you can adjust your resolution by dragging the slider to the left to decrease the resolution or to the right to increase it.
4) If the Monitor Settings dialog box appears, look at your display. If you want to keep the new resolution, click ‘Yes‘. If not, click ‘No‘, and return to step 3.

September 25, 2007 at 3:59 am Leave a comment

Use pictures and videos as a screensaver

Question: How do I use photos and videos as my screensaver?

Answer: You can make a photo as your screensaver by doing the following:
1) Click on the Start Menu button and then click ‘Control Panel‘. (Control Panel should be in classic view – if not click on classic view in the left sidebar)
2) Click on ‘Personalize’ and then click ‘Screen Saver‘.
3) Int he Screen Saver drop-down menu, select ‘Photos‘.
4) If you want to specify a location for the pictures you want to use in your screen saver or modify the slide show speed, click Settings. After you make your changes, click ‘Save‘.
5) Click ‘OK‘.

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September 23, 2007 at 3:29 am Leave a comment

Change user account and Start Menu picture

Question: How do I change or choose a picture for my user account or Start Menu? (This picture will be shown on screens or menus that display your user name, such as the Welcome screen or Start menu)

Answer: You can change or choose a different picture for your user account by doing the following: (In Windows Vista)
1) Click on the Start Menu and then click on ‘Control Panel‘.
2) In the Control Panel window, click ‘User Accounts and family Safety
3) Click Change your picture.
4) Click the picture you want to use, and then click ‘Change Picture‘ –OR– If you want to use a picture of your own, click ‘Browse for more pictures’, navigate to the picture you want to use, click the picture, and then click ‘Open’.

September 23, 2007 at 2:58 am 25 comments

How to enable or disbale a Windows feature

Question: How do I disable or enable a Windows feature? (Why would I want to do this? Some programs and features that are included with Windows, such as Internet Information Services, must be turned on before you can use them. Certain other features are turned on by default, but you can turn them off if you don’t use them)

Answer: You can enable or disable Windows features by doing the following:

1) Click the Start button and click ‘Control Panel‘.
2) In the Control Panel window, click on ‘Programs‘.
3) In the pop-up window, click on ‘Turn Windows features on or off‘ (You may be prompted with User Account Control and required to enter your password)
4) To turn a Windows feature on, select the check box next to the feature. To turn a Windows feature off, clear the check box. Then click ‘OK‘.

NOTE:  If a check box is partially checked or appears dark, this means that some of the items inside the folder are turned on and some are turned off. To view the contents of a folder, double-click it.

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September 22, 2007 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

Change the number of recent programs to display in the start menu

Question: How do I change the number of recent programs to display in the start menu?
Answer: You can change the number of recently used programs in the start menu by doing the following:
1) Right-click on the Start button and click on ‘Properties‘.
2) (Make sure that you are in the Start Menu tab and then click on ‘Customize‘.
3) In the Start Menu Size box, choose the number of programs that you want to be displayed and then click ‘OK‘.

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September 22, 2007 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

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