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Windows 7 – Create a HomeGroup

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Ever wanted to share your music, pictures and documents within your home computers and found the task to be difficult? HomeGroup in Windows 7 will simplify the tasks associated with sharing music, pictures and documents within your home network and Windows 7 PCs. HomeGroup also allows you to share your USB connected printers, if you have a printer in the living room that’s shared by HomeGroup it will be automatically installed onto your other HomeGroup enabled PCs. Domain-joined computers can be part of a HomeGroup too.

Creating a new HomeGroup:

  1. Open Windows Explorer and click Homegroup on the panel to the left and click Create a HomeGroup
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  2. Next, select which type of folder do you want to share with the HomeGroup, then click Next to continue.
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  3. Wait for the wizard to finish creating the new HomeGroup. Click Next when the wizard is done.
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  4. You can print out the HomeGroup password. This password will be required when other PC’s are requesting to join this HomeGroup.
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Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Protect your data with BitLocker

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Have you ever thought of protecting your data in case of computer theft or losing an external storage device? Some of you may or may not face this kind of problems. But if any of this case happens, we will be worrying of the data stored  inside. So, why not take be prepared for it? Let me introduce you to Windows 7 BitLocker.

Originally introduced in Windows Vista, BitLocker is kind of file encryption tools with simple configuration for average users, though it’s offering high level of data protection, resulting peace of mind in case of loosing the physical access to our files. In Windows 7 however, BitLocker had some improvements, mainly in configuration and setup stages. In addition to that and brand new in Windows 7, we may enjoy a new kind of service called BitLocker To Go which is basically dedicated to removable devices (Pen drive for instance).

Protecting your USB stick with BitLocker

  1. Insert your USB stick in your PC
  2. In Windows Explorer, right click on your USB stick and click Turn on BitLocker
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  3. This opens up the BitLocker wizard.
    Choose if you want to protect your USB stick with a password or a smart card. In this case we choose Use a password to unlock the drive. Type in your password and click Next
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  4. Next, select to Save the recovery key to a file or Print the recovery key. This recovery key is important when you lost the password that you entered previously. Then click Next
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  5. Finally click Start Encrypting and you’re almost done in protecting your data.
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  6. Wait for the encryption to complete
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Now,since you have protected your USB stick, let’s try to open the protected USB stick. When you are trying to open the files in the USB stick, you will be prompt to enter a password to unlock this drive.
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NOTE: Remember to use the USB stick on PC that has to support BitLocker. So, don’t go in to an important meeting and realizes that you cant access your data.

 

Categories: Windows 7

Windows 7 – Burning to a CD

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Back to the previous version of operating system, we have to spend some money to purchase a third party software to burn our files into CD/DVD. But with Windows 7, you doesn’t have to spend those money anymore. This is because, Windows 7 allows you to burn files to CD/DVD using Windows 7 itself. You can burn an audio cd, burn files to disc, and even burn an ISO image.

The feature that allows us to burn an ISO image file into a CD/DVD is very useful as most of the software’s now are given in an ISO image file format. Therefore, this makes us to burn them out our self in order to install the software in the ISO image. Below are step-by-step guides on how to burn the CD/DVD’s from a file in your hard disk into a CD/DVD.

Burn an Audio CD

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD-ROM drive
  2. Click Burn an audio CD from the AutoPlay
  3. Drag all the music files to the Burn panel which is on the right on Windows Media Player
  4. When you’re done, click Start Burn

Burn Files to Disc

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD-ROM drive
  2. Click Burn files to disc from the AutoPlay
  3. Type in the Disc name
    1. Select Like a USB flash drive if you want to burn files that you want to save, edit, and delete from the disc anytime.
    2. Select With a DVD/CD Player if you want to burn files that cannot be edited or removed later after burning.
  4. Drag or Copy the files to burn into the WIndows Explorer window, then click Burn to Disc

Burn ISO Image to CD

  1. Insert a blank CD into the CD-ROM drive
  2. Go to the ISO image file on your hard disk, then right-click on the file and navigate to Open With
  3. Then click Windows Disc Image Burner
  4. Finally click Burn

 

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Hotmail – Change password every 72 days

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

For security purposes, we are actually recommended to change our password once awhile. This will keep your credential information more secured. If you have a Live ID, you can set your email password to expire every 72 days. This is a feature provided by Windows Live to make your online live a little more secured. Although you have to do a little more work to change your password every 72 days, but this really will make your account a little more secured.

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  1. Go to Windows Live web mail and sign into your account.
  2. On the top right corner, click on Options and click More Options
  3. Under Manage your account, click on View and edit your personal information
  4. Enter your current password and continue
  5. Under Password Reset & Information, click Change to change your password
  6. Fill up the textbox and make sure you check Make my password expire every 72 days

 

Categories: Windows Live

Windows Security Essentials

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Microsoft Security Essential is available to download now. Microsoft Security Essentials is a anti-virus and anti-spyware software for your Windows operating systems. This software is designed for Windows 7, but it also works with Windows Vista. Microsoft Security Essentials is FREE to all genuine Widows.

About Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

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Welcome screen of Microsoft Security Essentials

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Advanced settings that allows user to set

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Microsoft Security Essentials comes with different languages.

NOTE: Please uninstall/remove all your current anti-virus software before you install Microsoft Security Essentials as it might prompt an error and prevent you from installing Microsoft Security Essentials.

To download or more information, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/default.aspx

 

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Import Messages to Windows Live Mail – Windows Live Mail

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

If you have Microsoft Outlook Express 6, Windows Mail, or Windows Live Mail Desktop beta installed on your computer, when you install Windows Live Mail, all of your existing accounts, settings, and email messages are automatically imported into Windows Live Mail. Any contacts in your Microsoft Windows contact list, and any Windows Calendar events are also imported when you install Windows Live Mail.

You can import email messages from other email programs on your computer, such as Microsoft Outlook Express, so that you can view them from within Windows Live Mail. ImportMessages

To import messages:

  1. Click the Start button, and then, in the search box, type Windows Live Mail. In the list of results, click Windows Live Mail.
  2. If you don’t see the menu bar, click the Menus button in the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Show menu bar.
  3. On the menu bar, click the File menu, point to Import, and click Messages.
  4. Select the email program to import messages from, and then click Next.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

 

Categories: Windows Live

Using Multiple Accounts – Windows Live Mail

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Do you have multiple email accounts, such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo!? Conventionally, you have to access them one-by-one by accessing them through their respective websites. Having multiple email accounts is good in certain way, however it’s quite consuming to check them one-by-one everyday especially for those of you who are very busy.

So, why not take a big advantage that Windows Live Mail offer. With Windows Live Mail, you can now access multiple email accounts. This will save much of your time.

To add an email account:

  1. Click the Start button, and then, in the search box, type Windows Live Mail. In the list of results, click Windows Live Mail.
  2. In the left pane, click Add email account.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen.

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Categories: Windows Live