Mastering Windows PC (Part 3) - Uninstall the programs & Shut down safely

4/19/2012 9:37:19 AM

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Description: Description: "Appearance and Personalisation" (Windows 7 and Vista)

"Appearance and Personalisation" (Windows 7 and Vista)

In this category, we have focused on how to use Windows, but there are many ways to customize it. The available number of customization options depends on which version of Windows, but all versions will allow settings such as changing wallpapers and screensavers. All visual settings can be adjusted in the Control Panel. Use the Overview Category, click on the option "Appearance and Themes" (Windows XP) or "Appearance and Personalisation" (Windows 7 and Vista) and select "Change desktop background". Now, take the box down, choose one of the preloaded wallpapers or click the Browse button to select a picture of you.

To select a screensaver, go back to the previous window and select the option "Change screen saver" (or screensaver tab in XP) and select from the list. Other options for the specific screensaver may be available by clicking on the Settings button.

Uninstall the programs

The best way to keep your PC running smoothly is to uninstall programs you no longer use. Deleting program files is not enough . Instead, you will need to uninstall them properly from Windows. This will free up the disk space, remove trash and help the Windows PC run fast.

Fortunately, the uninstall program in all versions of Windows are easy tasks. In XP, click Start, Control Panel then select the Add / Remove. Vista and Windows 7 users should click the link "Uninstall a program" in Control Panel.

A list all currently installed programs will be presented at this time, and you just find the program you want to remove, click it and choose Remove (XP) or Uninstall (Vista and Windows 7). After a while, uninstall wizard for that program will appear and guide you through the process. When you finish, you may need to restart the PC.

Description: Description: Use Control Panel to uninstall programs that you no longer want to use in PC

Use Control Panel to uninstall programs that you no longer want to use in PC

Description: Description: Libraries of Windows 7 can organize the same category of files into one place

 Libraries of Windows 7 can organize the same category of files into one place


Shut down safely

Mentioning rebooting, what is equally important is knowing how to turn off Windows computers. It sounds long, but let Windows handle the shutdown process allowing it to perform many clean-up operations before shutting down, for example, ensuring that all appropriate programs are closed. Just unplugging the computer can lead to job loss or harm to the programs and Windows.

Follow the right process and you will be prompted to save your work before shutting down. Click Start, then Shutdown button in Windows XP. In Windows Vista, you will need to click the small arrow to the right of what seems to be the shutdown button, then select Shut Down from the list that appears. Fortunately, Microsoft has made these options become clearer in Windows 7.

Windows also uses the shutdown process as an opportunity to install important security updates. If your PC has never shut down properly, these updates may not be installed, making your computer at risk.

Another option to turn off PC is to use Sleep mode. Instead of closing all programs, in Sleep mode, Windows will hang them. In this state, programs and materials are still open, so you will not lose data. Then the screen turns off and all necessary hardware in the PC will not turn off. The advantage of using Sleep mode compared to shutdown is that it only takes a few seconds to re-open. And everything will be exactly the same when you leave so you do not need to re-open any program. Unlike a PC is turned off in Sleep mode, the computer still consumes some energy. However, it is usually less than 5 watts, significantly lower compared with 50 watt PC that it most needs when being re-opened.

Description: Description:  Sleep mode allows you to hang all the currently running programs

 Sleep mode allows you to hang all the currently running programs

Understand the basics

At this stage, we have outlined all the skills you need to know from Windows, whether you are a novice or a regular user who is honing the basic skills. So, with the basics already equipped, you will be in a better position to solve any problem you encounter in the future. Of course, there are hundreds of options, tips and other advice hidden in each version of Windows. If you have recipes that you want to share with other readers, why don’t you write to us?

Step-by-step instruction: access the printer and solve the common problems

1.         In XP, select "Printers and other hardware" from the Control Panel and click "Printers and Faxes". In Vista and Windows 7, type "printers" in the Start menu search box and hit Enter. Move the mouse on the printer icon and its status will be presented. If it is "offline", make sure the printer is open and the USB cable is attached to the printer and PC.

 2.        If you still are having printing problems, delete all documents sent to the printer. Double-click the printer icon and all current print jobs will be presented (in Windows 7, click the icon and select "See what's printing"). To delete all documents from printer queue, click Printer menu and select "Cancel all documents".

 3.        Windows 7 has some troubleshooting tools which often solve advanced problems in common. To use them, click the printer and select Troubleshoot. Windows 7 will perform many tests on the printer and after a while, it will report any errors it finds. If this fails, restart the computer and printer.

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