This is how to restore firewall settings to default, just in case that you blocked a program that needs access to the internet or changed some settings and you don't remember how to undo that or find the options/menus
Click on start, then on CONTROL PANE...
You can set up explorer to restore last folder windows at log on, make it easier to resume work you been doing without having to browse too many folders
Click on start and CONTROL PANEL - set to view small icons (up/right) and click on menu FOLDER OPTION...
This is how to doit
Click on start then on control panel, set to view small icons (up/right) and click on ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS icon
Then click on COMPUTER MANAGEMENT
When COMPUTER MANAGEMENT windows appears expand menus SYSTEM TOOLS - LOCAL USERS AND GRO...
If you have administrative rights you can prevent users from installing programs from removable media, like CD's, DVD`s, USB portable drives and others
Click on start menu and on the search field type GPEDIT.MSC - hit enter
When group policy editor shows...
Every time you delete files/folder from computer it goes to recycle bin and only if you right click on it and select EMPTY RECYCLE BIN will be deleted
There are exceptions, then the file is too big, exceeds recycle bin capacity and when delete a file/fold...
Click on start and CONTROL PANEL, on right side, up click menu VIEW - SMALL ICONS
Click on menu EASE OF ACCESS CENTER
Scroll down and click link MAKE THE KEYBOARD EASIER TO USE
Scroll all the way down and select option PREVENT WINDOWS FROM BEING AUTOMATI...
This is how to easily add your user file folder icon on taskbar
Right click on desktop and go to NEW and SHORTCUT
On location item field type: %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:UserFileFolders
And click button NEXT, give the shortcut a name and click FINISH...
Most likely you have a bunch of program what you using more often, like your browser and vide/audio player, perhaps Office. To run the programs you either navigate to start menu or use desktop shortcuts
This is how to pin or unpin program icons to takskba...
One of the best practices is to have VBS files open with notepad, security reasons
If you need extra protection this is how to doit.
Create a text file and change its extension from TXT to VBS, then right click on it and from menu choose proprieties
Making taskbar auto hide will make your screen appear larger
Right click on taskbar and from menu select proprieties
With tab TASKBAR active select option AUTOHIDE TASKBAR
And click OK button, your taskbar will disappear, when you move mouse to the bottom...
Find some folder you want to change its appearance and right click on it, select PROPRIETIES
CLick on tab CUSTOMIZE and click button CHANGE ICON, scroll and when you see some empty space select it, and click OK button
Your folder should have different ico...
Some programs require administrative rights do they can make changes in the system
Your user must have administrative rights, be administrator in order to do this.
Right click on any shortcut/msi/exe file and from menu choose RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR
Go to google.com, click on IMAGES and find yourself some nice images, for better quality click on LARGE and google will display high resolution images
Save whatever you like on a folder on desktop, name it backgrounds
Right click on desktop and selec...
As administrator you can force all users to use a password at logon, this is how
Click on start menu and type: control userpasswords2
When user acounts windows shows select option: user must use a user name and password to use this computer
Then click OK...
Windows by default will create a list in start menu with most recent used programs. If you want to stop doing that this is how
Right click on toolbar and from menu choose PROPRIETIES
If not already active, select tab START MENU and...
Deselect - Stor...
If your portable audio player only supports MP3 file or MP3 is good enough as quality this is how to RIP all your AUDIO CD`s in MP3 format
By default Windows Media Player saves all RIPs in WMA format, you can change that
Open Windows Media Player and rig...
Sometimes we close the browser and forget to bookmark the website. If that happens to you a lot this is how you can reopen last browsing session, last page you were on
With Internet Explorer running click on menu/icon TOOLS and click on REOPEN LAST BROW...
The more software you install the more accelerators your Internet Explorer will get, usually from adobe, yahoo, bing, microsoft office, real player, quicktime and so on
All those will slow down your browser
This is how to remove them.
With Internet Expl...
If space on screen is very important this is how you can save some by removing icons/menus without losing any of the functionality of the browser
With the browser running right click on any of the toolbars you have in there, like favorites, that will dis...
Private mode for Internet Explorer will increase privacy/security to some degree but some websites will not let you log in, like bank websites and even webmail like google or yahoo
This is how you can start Internet Explorer in private mode
Right click on...
I always keep 2 shortcuts for Internet Explorer, one that will load all add-ons, like pdf viewer, flash, search bar and others and one that will force the browser start with no add-ons loaded
This is how its done
Right click on desktop and from menu c...
Do you like to keep your music organised ? If the answer is yes then you need to know how to make a play list for Media Player
Open Windows Media Player and if not aleady selected click on menu PLAY, the one on top, next to BURN and SYNC
On the right sid...
Fire up Internet Explorer and click icon/menu TOOLS, then click on INTERNET OPTIONS
Now click on tab PROGRAMS and on button MANAGE ADD-ONS
On the left side click menu SEARCH PROVIDERS, on the right side you will see a list with all search providers, if ...
Click on start and on CONTROL PANEL, now click on MOUSE menu
Click on tab POINTER OPTIONS and select option DISPLAY POINTER TRAIL, now click on button OK...
A good practice would be to stop some of the services you don`t use, for example bluetooth or telnet
This is how its done
Click on start and CONTROL PANEL menu then click on menu ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS (you can only see that right away if view is set to sma...
If you all day in front of the computer a good practice would be to turn off windows updates and update just once a week so will not mess with your work flow
Click on start then on CONTROL PANEL menu, click on menu WINDOWS UPDATE (you can only see this r...
Click on start and on menu COMPUTER
First, we have to set up Explorer to display hidden system files
Click on TOLLS (hold keyboard button ALT to view it) and click on menu FOLDER OPTIONS
With folder options open click on tab VIEW
First, on option HIDDEN F...
Click on start and on CONTROL PANEL menu
Now click on menu WINDOWS DEFENDER
With windows defender running click on TOOLS link
Then click on OPTIONS, click on ADMINISTRATOR and deselect option USE THIS PROGRAM
Now click SAVE button to close options...
Transparency takes up lots of resources. This is how to disable it but keep the modern theme
Right click on desktop and from menu choose PERSONALIZE
Click on menu WINDOW COLOR and deselect option ENABLE TRANSPARENCY
Now click on button SAVE CHANGES, you ...
Some people don`t like tabs or get confused by it, if you one of them here is how to disable tabs on Internet Explorer
With Internet Explorer running click on TOOLS and on menu INTERNET OPTIONS
With GENERAL tab active, on section TABS click on button SETT...
System protection is an wonderful thing but sometimes crashes and takes up lots of space if you installed the operating system 5 years ago
This is how to disable it
Click on start and right click on menu COMPUTER, select PROPRIETIES
Click on link SYSTEM P...
If your computer is not connected to the internet or don`t know what remote access assistance is probably you will never use that feature, this is how to turn it off if you want
Click on start and right click COMPUTER, then select PROPRIETIES from menu
I copy/move files alot on my computer, small files. Windows will want to index them so you can find it quicker when searching for it. But that takes up resources and I need all resources, thats why I always turn off indexing
This is how i do it
Click on ...
For desktop computers hibernation is not really necessary, especially if you have a solid state drive
If you want to turn off hibernation it this is how
Click on start menu and on search field type CMD.EXE - When the icon appear on top of start menu righ...
For solid states drives you want to turn off defragmenting service to prolong its life, this is how
Click on start menu and on CONTROL PANEL, then click on ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS and double click COMPUTER MANAGEMENT icon
Expand menu SERVICES AND APPLICATIO...
So, you forgot your content advisor password and really need to disable it, this is how do do it editing registry
Click on start menu and on the search field type regedit.exe and hit enter
Navigate to entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Cu...