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Tutorials and how to guides about using gadgets, hardware, and software.

Command Prompt (CMD)

Command Prompt - The Most Powerful & Least Used Windows Tool

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 06.12.2010
At the beginning of 2010, we started a series on system recovery tools for Windows 7. Little did we know that the series would expand tremendously and, in the end, we would cover quite extensively a very old and misunderstood tool: the Command Prompt. While...
Printer

Installing a Shared Network Printer in Windows Vista

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 13.09.2010
We will continue our series on home networking topics with an article about how to install a network printer shared by a computer with almost any operating system on a Windows Vista computer. Before going to the installation process, make sure you check the recommended...

Play Any Video Format in Windows Media Player 12

  • misc
  • Jack Busch
  • 24.08.2010
In terms of file compatibility, Windows Media Player 12 is by far the most ecumenical to date. Where Microsoft once tacitly shunned third-party file types - such as Apple's Quicktime (.MOV) and DivX - it now supports an impressive number of file types out of...
Disk Defragmenter

How To Use the Windows 7 Disk Defragmenter

  • tutorial
  • Florina Muntenescu
  • 27.06.2010
In Windows 7, Microsoft modified the inner-workings of the defragmentation process and redesigned the graphical interface of the Disk Defragmenter tool. This version provides great control over the process and, like previous versions, allows the scheduling of run times. To learn more about what defragmentation...
Repair

How to Fix Windows 7 using Startup Repair

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 25.06.2010
Windows 7 offers by default some interesting tools designed to help you fix certain system problems. I will continue the mini-series on the subject of recovery tools and show how to use the Startup Repair tool to scan and fix Windows 7 boot problems. [DC-SUMMARY-BREAK]...
Media Player

How to Play Videos and DVDs in Windows Media Player 12

  • tutorial
  • Jack Busch
  • 04.06.2010
Windows Media Player 12 plays video clips and DVDs as well as it does audio files. Video clips in your library will automatically be organized for you and can be played easily with a click of a button. In this tutorial, I'll show how to...
File extensions

How to Customize File Types, AutoPlay & Default Programs Settings

  • misc
  • Florina Muntenescu
  • 31.05.2010
One of the things that became obvious after publishing our series on how to set default programs, associate file types and set up AutoPlay settings, is that Windows 7 has limited capabilities for setting all these things. Fortunately for us, there are third party programs,...
Windows Media Player

Shop Online & Use the Windows Media Guide with Windows Media Player 12

  • tutorial
  • Jack Busch
  • 26.05.2010
Windows Media Player 12 has an answer to the iTunes store via its online store browsing capabilities. You can browse Microsoft's own Windows Media Guide to check out free trailers, music videos and singles from top artists directly in Windows Media Player 12. Or you...

How to Download, Install and Apply Skins in Windows Media Player 12

  • tutorial
  • Jack Busch
  • 03.05.2010
Skins have long been a staple of media players ever since Winamp 2.x busted onto the scene in 1998 (over a decade ago!). Windows Media Player 7 was the first Microsoft media player software to support skinning and now the floodgates have been opened. Because...

7 Must Have Windows Media Player 12 Plug-ins

  • misc
  • Jack Busch
  • 14.04.2010
In an earlier tutorial, we showed you just how easy it is to extend the functionality of Windows Media Player 12 by installing plug-ins. As a supplement to that guide, we figured we'd rundown the coolest Windows Media Player 12 plug-ins available for download. You...

How to Install and Use Windows Media Player 12 Plug-ins

  • tutorial
  • Jack Busch
  • 12.04.2010
Plug-ins allow you to expand upon the core functionality of Windows Media Player 12 in various ways. These plug-ins easily integrate into Windows Media Player 12 and can be enabled or disabled on the fly without irreversibly altering the way the application works. In this...

How to Create Playlists in Windows Media Player 12

  • tutorial
  • Jack Busch
  • 31.03.2010
Playlists allow you to create themed mixes or restrict playback to songs based on a certain criteria, such as your favorite songs, newly added songs and other parameters. Creating, saving and editing Windows Media Player 12 playlists and auto playlists (sometimes called "smart playlists") is...

How to Sort, Tag and Rate Pictures in Windows Media Player 12

  • tutorial
  • Jack Busch
  • 26.03.2010
Most Windows 7 users value Windows Media Player 12 because it allows them to conveniently and intuitively import, organize and find their audio and video files. But did you know that Windows Media Player 12 can do the same for pictures? Using Windows Media Player...

Importing Pictures from a Camera or Mobile Device into Windows 7

  • tutorial
  • Jack Busch
  • 22.03.2010
Windows 7 makes keeping track of your pictures incredibly easy, thanks to the Libraries feature. But if you want to add pictures from a digital camera or mobile device to your Windows 7 Pictures Library, you'll have to import them. Luckily, this is incredibly easy...
Printer

Install a Network Printer from Windows XP Using the Add Printer Wizard

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 19.03.2010
Recently I've shown how to Share a Printer with Your Network and how to install a network printer from Windows XP using the driver setup. However, there are printer drivers which do not have an installation wizard and a setup.exe file that does the work...
Printer

Install a Network Printer from Windows XP Using the Driver Setup

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 17.03.2010
Many of you told us you have home networks with computers using Windows XP and cannot install & use a network printer from those PCs. In order to help, we will show you how to install a printer connected to a Windows 7 computer from...
Windows 7 Network Settings

Sharing Between Windows XP and Windows 7 Computers

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 15.03.2010
I will continue our networking series and show how to share files and folders between Windows XP and Windows 7-based computers. The procedure can be slightly more complicated than when sharing between Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers but it's still very manageable. [DC-SUMMARY-BREAK] Step...

How to Use Playback Enhancements in Windows Media Player 12

  • tutorial
  • Jack Busch
  • 05.03.2010
Windows Media Player 12 is designed to replicate many of the features you'd see on a physical home stereo or theater system, complete with a mixer, EQ and other audio tweaking devices. The software equivalent of the myriad knobs and sliders you'd see on high...