You should create a backup of your data on a regular basis. This will protect your data in case your computer is not able to boot or there is damage to your hard drive. If your computer cannot be booted up, you can probably still recover your data by removing the hard drive and installing […]

In order to protect your computer from being infected by a virus or other malicious program, you should have an anti-virus program installed. The computer at your school will probably already have this kind of program installed, but you need to keep it updated with the latest definition files for it to be effective. The […]

One way to store more data when you are low on hard drive space is by using compression to make the files and folders you already have on the drive take up less space. In the past, utilities such as Winzip were used for this purpose, but Windows XP has a built in compression utility […]

An easy way to find out how much space is free on your hard drive (usually labeled the C: drive) is by opening My Computer, selecting the drive, and then looking at the Details section on the bottom left of the window. The details section will show you the total size of your hard drive, […]

Yes, in most cases you should be able to open a file created on a Mac on your Windows computer. If you have the Mac version of a Windows program (such as Microsoft Office) it will likely save files in a format that can be read by your Windows computer (it will add the correct […]

It is easy to share files between Windows computers and Mac computers using TCP/IP, an industry standard networking protocol. Before you can connect to a Windows computer from a Mac you must know some information about how your Windows computer is set up. First, you must find out what IP address your Windows computer has […]

There are a couple of ways to connect to a folder that has been shared over the network. The fastest way is by typing the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path in the Start, Run dialog box. The UNC defines the path to a shared folder using the format \\server\sharename. The server is the computer where […]

Before you can share files or folders with other users on your network, you must make sure that File and Printer Sharing is enabled. You can do this by going to the Control Panel (Start, Control Panel) and selecting the Network Connections applet. Right-click on your network connection and select Properties. Make sure there is […]

To search for files on your computer using Windows XP’s search feature, select Start, Search. In the window that opens up, you will see the search assistant on the left, and the results window on the right. Click on “All files or folders” in the Search Assistant area unless you know the type of file […]

Before you can use a program, you must first install it on your computer. Most programs come packaged in a CD or DVD and will automatically launch an install routine when you insert this media on your computer. If the installer does not automatically launch, open the CD or DVD in My Computer and look […]

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