Connecting A PC To A Wired Ethernet Network In Windows Vista

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A faster method to connect to the internet is by connecting the PC to an Ethernet connection. As long as you have a hub or a switch along with the access to satellite, cable or any other Cat 5/5e network, you would be able to connect to the internet. Even though the network does not have the mobility like a dial up connection, it is faster than the usual dial up internet connection. Moreover, it can be shared among the other computers. Here are some Windows Vista help guidelines to help you set up an Ethernet connection.

Get registered with a Cat 5e or Cat 5 Ethernet cable for all the computers that you would like to connect to the internet. A type of cable used for data transfer is called Cat5. There might be an availability of Cat 5 cable in the wall in case your home is wired for access with high-speed internet. Anyways it is possible for you to get the cable from any hardware supply store for computers.

Buy a switch or a hub that has enough ports to connect all the computers that you are planning to connect to the Ethernet network. You would get a better speed in case you choose a switch instead of a hub. The extra money spent is worth, because with the switches you will be able to get an exceptionally high-speed internet connection.

To connect the computers to the Ethernet network, first you need to switch off all the hubs and switches along with the computers. Now use the Ethernet cable to connect with the hub of different computers. To do this, you need to plug one end of the Ethernet cable to the network adapter of the PC while the other end is connected to the switch or hub.

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Now turn on the computers, to establish a connection you need to run a network setup wizard. Follow the on screen instructions to complete the wizard. You need to put all these together in order to make things work properly.

To check if the internet connection was properly established, open one of the browsers and then try connecting to any website. If it displays a message stating that it cannot connect, then you need to recheck the settings. If even then you are unable to connect to the internet, check with the internet service provider. You can get further Windows Vista help guidelines by contacting our tech support desk.

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Procedure To Cleanup Windows Vista Desktop

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You were a Windows XP user, you might have heard of a program called Desktop Cleanup Wizard, which as you’ve guessed offered the provision to clean the desktop. You might also be aware that it was ineffective by most accounts. That’s why Microsoft did not see it necessary to bring it into Windows Vista.

If you’re a Vista user, there are various ways to clean up your desktop. In this Windows Vista help post, we will discuss various ways to clean the desktop.

Instructions

  • You need to right-click on a blank space on the desktop and select New, and the click on the Folder option. You can name the folder as something easily understandable like Old Desktop stuff.
  • Then click on the Start button and click on your username in the upper-right corner. You will be able to see the contents of the User folder.
  • Then you need to double click the folder named Desktop. You might be surprised at seeing your Desktop as a folder. That’s exactly what this is. Click it to open, and Windows Explorer shows the contents of your Desktop.
  • Then, locate and select the box next to the Date Accessed, and click on the OK button. You will notice that Date Accessed appears as one of the column headings in Windows Explorer. (You might require shrinking other columns in order to see it.)
  • Find the Date Accessed column, and then click on the heading for sorting the list by the date accessed. You will see that the folders appear at the top of the list.
  • Thereafter, drag the files or folders you have not used to the Old Desktop stuff. Then close the Desktop folder. Wait some time for the changes to take effect. The best thing is to log off and then log back in.

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  • Now, if you want to totally remove any remaining unwanted shortcuts or files from the desktop, you can drag each file or shortcut to the Recycle Bin.
  • Then click on Start, followed by Computer. The Windows Explorer will show the drives on your system.
  • After that, double click on the drive where your Windows are installed (usually C: drive) and then navigate to Public Desktop (Users>Public>Public Desktop).
  • You need to click and drag old unused icons into Old Desktop stuff folder, and close the Public Desktop folder. Wait for some time for the changes to take effect, or just log out and back in.

This should clean up your desktop. You can enjoy viewing and using an uncluttered desktop. Call our Windows Vista help team for resolution of similar problems.

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Enable Auto Launching Of Apps At System Start Up In Vista

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There are certain applications that you use regularly. This includes web browser, email applications, wireless network apps or antivirus programs. You will want these apps to get started as you turn on your PC. But if you have disabled any of these programs from Start up programs list or if you have not chosen this to be included in the Start up programs list when you installed it, the program will not start when the computer is turned on. You will have to launch the specific program manually.

Nevertheless, it is quite possible to enable auto-launching of a program if you wish so. This article describes the method of enabling auto-start of a program, when you launch your PC. The instructions given here are for Windows Vista. If you use any other operating system other than Vista, contact the respective help department. Vista users can get in touch with Windows Vista help department for detailed instructions.

Instructions

  • Go to the Start button and choose Explore from the menu that appears.
  • In the Explorer screen, locate the drive where you have installed the programs and applications. Most probably, it will be the C: drive.
  • Double-click the drive to open it and go straight to the folder that contains the app that you need to auto-start when the PC is turned on.
  • Select the application and drag it to the folder titled Startup, which is located at the left side in the folders list.
  • After that, go to the Start menu and select the option titled All Programs. The program must be listed now under the Start-up programs list.

    Start up program list

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  • Repeat the steps for each program that you need to add to the Start-up program list. Once you are done with adding the programs to the list, close the window by going to the top right end of the screen by selecting the X button.

How to remove a program from the Start up program list?

As you like some apps to be included in the Start up programs list, you may also want certain programs to be removed. In order to remove a program, locate the app in the Start-up folder, right-click it and choose Delete from the from dropdown menu.

The above instructions would have helped you in enabling or disabling auto-launching of apps in your Windows Vista PC. For any other assistance regarding this or anything else related to your Vista computer, contact our Windows Vista help desk.

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Steps To Change Color Schemes In Windows Vista

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Windows Vista offer differ color schemes to the users. You can decide on the color of the menus, windows and dialog boxes while using the operating system. With your favorite color combinations for the items displayed on the screen, you will find it a lot more comfortable working with the operating system. You will also feel more relaxed while using the operating system. Now, in this post, we will find out how to change the color scheme and choose your favorite color.

Steps Involved

According to Windows Vista help center, you can change the color scheme in the operating system with a few simple steps. Let us go through these steps below.

  • Go to the desktop screen of the operating system and right-click.
  • Select the option Personalize and choose the link for Windows Color and Appearance.
  •  A dialog box with the title Window Color and Appearance comes up.
  • Choose a color scheme from the different choices. You can also change the settings. That is, change the color intensity and the transparency levels. For this, move the slide button to either left or right to decrease or increase the transparency and intensity levels. You may try different colors before fixing one.
  • Choose the option Open Classic Appearance Properties and this will give you the link for More Color Options. Here, you will find various options to customize and alter the chosen colors.
  • Select the option Advanced. This will open a new dialog box for Advanced features. You can make necessary changes to various Windows elements here.

    Color Schemes

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  • You may choose a screen element and then make the necessary changes from the drop down box. Choose the changes for size, font, color and effect. Once you select a setting, you can find out how it looks in the preview window, which is present just above it. If you do not wish to make a change, click the button Cancel and this will reverse the changes.
  • Once you are done with the changes, select the button OK and this will close the tab Advanced.
  • Choose the button Apply and this will save the settings.

With the above steps, you can change the color scheme of Windows Vista operating system. Keep in mind that you can make necessary changes to the color schemes as and when you wish. For further assistance, you may contact our technical support team or the Windows Vista help center.

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How To Uninstall A Faulty Patch Update From Vista

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It is quite irritating to deal with a faulty patch you got on your Windows Vista machine. Fortunately, there are simple ways to address the issue. You can easily get rid of a faulty patch from your Vista system. For this, you ought to know the Knowledge Base number (KB No) of the faulty patch. Once you have the KB number, it is easy to locate the faulty patch installed on your PC and get rid of it.

How do faulty patches get installed?

You may not always know when a faulty patch gets installed on your PC. It happens often with people who have kept Automatic Windows update on. If you have kept Automatic Windows update on, Windows won’t notify you when a patch update is available. The updates will be installed automatically. And if an update turns out to be faulty, it will start troubling your operating system until you get rid of it. The best option to avoid such mess is to change your Windows update settings. Turn on the option Notify. After enabling the Notify option, you will start to receive notifications whenever a new patch for your Windows Vista machine is available.

Is it necessary to download and install all patches from Microsoft?

Although Windows Vista help centre recommends downloading and installing all patch updates through Windows Automatic Update, it is not compulsory that you download them all. You can choose not to download and install certain updates if you find out that they are not useful. It is better not to install an update than removing it later on.

How to uninstall a faulty patch in Windows Vista?

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If you happen to install a faulty update in your Windows Vista machine, do not worry. You can uninstall it and bring your PC back into normal functioning. Below are the instructions you should be following to remove a bad patch from Vista.

Instructions

  • Navigate to the Start button and choose Control Panel from the resulting menu.
  • Select the link that says Programs.
  • A new window will open now listing all the installed programs and updates in your PC. To display the updates, select View Installed Updates.
  • Locate the bad patch you have installed and select it.
  • Select Uninstall and follow the prompts.

You have successfully got rid of a bad patch update from your Windows Vista machine. For more help, feel free to get in touch with our Windows Vista help desk.

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