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How to Remove Installed Windows Updates

Occasionally, an update (software fix or security patch) installed by Windows Update causes problems on your computer. For example, an update may cause a program to not run correctly or to run much slower [more…]

How to Hide Windows Updates That You Don’t Want to Install

If you remove an installed update (or decide not to install a particular update), Windows Update will constantly warn you that there are updates available. The solution to this problem is to hide the update [more…]

How to Restore Windows Updates That Were Previously Hidden

After you have hidden an update from within Windows Update, you may later decide to restore the hidden update and install it on your computer, particularly if the update is a security update or is listed [more…]

How to Restore a System Image in Windows 7

If you've created a system image using the Windows 7 Control Panel, you can use this image to restore your computer system in the event of a hard drive crash. You should create a system image on a regular [more…]

Protecting Confidentiality and Encrypting Data on a Home Network

Protecting the confidentiality of the data stored on your home network — including using encryption to convert data into an unintelligible format — is an important defense when you’re running a home business [more…]

Creating and Backing Up an EFS Security Certificate in Windows 7

Once you’ve used Windows 7 to set up Encrypting File System (EFS) on your computer, you need to create a security certificate and key (password), and then associate it with your encrypted files. You will [more…]

Protecting Your Home Network from Malware

Protecting your computers and home network from malware begins before you even connect to the Internet. Malware, short for malicious software, is software or code that is designed to damage files or entire [more…]

Types of Threats to E-mail Security on a Home Network

Malware, short for malicious software, is frequently spread via e-mail on home networks. This type of security threat to home networks — and computers in general — may even appear to come from someone [more…]

What are Windows Firewall and Windows Defender?

Windows Firewall and Windows Defender are programs included with Windows 7 that help protect your home network and keep your data secure from Internet threats. Today's Internet threats are prolific, and [more…]

How to View the Windows Firewall Dashboard

You can view the Windows Firewall dashboard in the Control Panel to see the status of this software and whether your system is currently protected. Remember that Windows Firewall helps to prevent malware [more…]

What is an IP Address?

An IP address is assigned to every computer on an Ethernet network. Like the street address for your home, an IP address identifies network computers. It helps traffic flow between computers because each [more…]

How to Find Your PC’s IP Address in Windows XP

When your computer is on an Ethernet network, it has an IP address that tells the network where to find that PC. It helps traffic flow between computers because each one has its own IP address. If you [more…]

What is DHCP?

On a modern Ethernet network, with a robust router as overseer, IP addresses are assigned to each PC as it joins the network. The process, which is automatic, is referred to as [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Issues on Your Windows Network

Like anything else you add to your computer, a Bluetooth gizmo introduces change. That change can cause problems. You can have problems with other devices that are incompatible with your Bluetooth device [more…]

How to Connect Multiple Wireless Base Stations

If you need to increase the range of your network, it is possible to do so by connecting wireless base stations to one another. Don’t be surprised if the range you actually get from your wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows 7

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows Vista

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows XP

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows 7

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows Vista

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows XP

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Connect to a Wireless Network

You can seek out a wireless network in at least two ways. The first is to use Windows. The second is to use any custom software that came with the wireless NIC. Here’s how to find a wireless network in [more…]

How to Find a Wireless Network Using Windows XP

The first problem you encounter when trying to make the wireless network connection is finding the network. Not all wireless networks show up at first blush. [more…]

How to Find a Wireless Network Using Windows Vista

The first problem you encounter when trying to make the wireless network connection is finding the network. Not all wireless networks show up at first blush. [more…]

How to Find a Wireless Network Using Windows 7

The first problem you encounter when trying to make the wireless network connection is finding the network. Not all wireless networks show up at first blush. [more…]

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