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How to configure the Screen Saver

Screen savers are programs that were initially designed to prevent the so called "Phosphor burn-in" on CRT and plasma monitors. Filling the screen with moving images when you did not use your computer was preventing the loss of image quality over time. Modern LCD monitors are not susceptible to burn-in because the image is not directly produced by phosphors. This is why nowadays, screen savers are used mostly for entertainment or security purposes.

Compared to Windows XP, Windows Vista changes a bit the way you configure your screen saver. In this short tutorial I will show you how to set your screen saver in Windows Vista and how to configure different parameters.

How to share files and folders

In this article I will show you how to share files and folders with other users that are connected to your computer or your network. Before following these steps, make sure you have turned on network discovery and file sharing. If file sharing is not turned on, you will not be able to share your files.

How to boot in safe mode

There are times when your system fails for various reasons such as: a virus attack, bad drivers installation, power outage, disk corruption, etc. In these cases you might not be able to start your system normally so you will need to boot into the so called 'Safe Mode'.
When you boot Windows Vista into 'Safe Mode', the operating system will have reduced functionality, meaning that it will disable many non-core components and devices. This will keep your system stable while you diagnose and repair the cause of the malfunction.

In case you don't know how to boot in 'Safe Mode', click on the Read more link.

How to restore your files

A few months ago I wrote a tutorial showing you how to backup your files in Windows Vista. In this article I will show you how to restore those backups using the Backup and Restore Center.

How to burn CDs and DVDs in Windows Vista

In this tutorial I will show you how to burn your files on a CD or DVD, using only Windows Vista's built-in tools. In order to write a CD or DVD you must have an optical disc drive capable of burning such storage media. If you double click on the Computer icon from your desktop, these drives are listed as CD RW Drive or DVD RW Drive. If you have an appropriate drive, then you need blank CDs or DVDs on which to burn your files. If you have those as well, just follow these instructions:

Configure Windows Live Mail to connect to Windows Live Hotmail and MSN Mail

If you will try to configure Windows Mail to retrieve your e-mail messages from services such as Windows Live Hotmail or MSN Mail, you will always receive the following error message: 'Windows Mail no longer supports the HTTP servers used by Hotmail and other web-based e-mail providers'. That's because, for reasons known only by Microsoft, HTTP forwarding is no longer supported in Windows Mail. You can retrieve your e-mail messages only if you use their newest e-mail client called Windows Live Mail.

In our future articles we will talk more about this new e-mail client. For now, I will show you how to configure it to connect to Windows Live Hotmail and MSN Mail, and access your e-mail from your computer.

How to add album art and update album information

Some of our readers wanted to know how to update the album information for the tracks in their music library and how to add album covers, so that they show up in Windows Media Player. In this tutorial we will try to cover both topics as good as possible.

How to set program access and computer defaults

In my previous articles I have shown you how to customize the AutoPlay feature in Windows Vista and how to set your default programs for certain file types and protocols. In this tutorial I will show you how to set defaults for certain activities. These settings can be done from the Set Program Access and Computer Defaults window, where you will find options on how to change the default programs for activities such as web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, etc.

Configure Windows Mail to connect to Gmail

Continuing our "How to" series on configuring Windows Mail for different e-mail providers, today we are going to show you, step by step, how to configure Windows Mail to connect to your Gmail account. As you might now, Gmail offers free POP3 support for all accounts. However, in order to use it, you might need to activate it from the Gmail web interface.

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