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Windows XP & Vista Internet Access

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How to Remove an Internet Connection in Windows Vista

When you no longer need an Internet connection, you can remove it in Windows Vista. Removing old Internet connections can keep your Network Connections window clutter-free and reduce confusion for whoever [more…]

How to Create an Exception for the Windows Vista Firewall

Frequently, when a program on your computer can't receive necessary updates from the Internet, the cause can be as simple as the Windows Vista Firewall denying it access. To get your program running efficiently [more…]

How to Close the Inbound Windows Vista Firewall Fast

Although you can expect the Windows Vista Firewall to do a pretty good job of keeping out intruders, every Windows user should be able to close the inbound Windows Vista Firewall fast. There are times [more…]

How to Configure a TCP/IP Connection in Windows Vista

Whether your IP address is assigned when you log on to the Internet or you have a static IP address, as with a cable modem or DSL, it's useful to know how to configure the TCP/IP connection in Windows [more…]

How to Work with Tabs in Internet Explorer

A tab is a sort of window within a window that you can use to view any number of sites. When you work with tabs in Internet Explorer, having the ability to keep a few tabs open at a time means you can [more…]

How to Designate Your Default Internet Connection in Windows Vista

It makes good sense to designate your default Internet connection in Windows Vista. Your computer uses the default connection any time you click a link to an online location or open your browser. This [more…]

How to Set Up an Always-On Internet Connection in Windows Vista

If your computer has broadband (DSL or cable) access to the Internet, it can save you some time and trouble to have an always-on connection. Vista assumes that you'll always want easy access to the Internet [more…]

How to Listen to Internet Radio on Windows Media Player

You may have noticed that Windows Media Player no longer contains an option to access Internet radio stations in the Windows Vista version, but don't let that slow you down. You can still play your favorite [more…]

How to Connect Two Windows Vista Computers with a Crossover Cable

Buying that second PC brings you yet another computing problem: How can two PCs share the same Internet connection and printer? And how do you move your old files to your new PC? The easiest solution is [more…]

How to Bookmark a Windows Vista Help and Support Center Article

Vista’s Help and Support Center ties directly into the Microsoft Windows Help Web site. If you know the trick, you can bookmark a specific Windows Vista Help and Support Center article. Once you've opened [more…]

How to Add and View RSS Feeds in Internet Explorer

Many Web sites are frequently updated, such as news headlines and blog entries. These kinds of sites offer a feature called RSS feeds, which they use to send you the updates automatically. RSS feeds are [more…]

How to Use the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 has been loaded with new safety features, such as the SmartScreen Filter, to protect you and your privacy. You can use the SmartScreen Filter to check Web sites to see if they have [more…]

Launching Internet Explorer 8 for the First Time

Windows 7 includes Windows Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), which enables you to browse Web pages anywhere on the Internet. Windows 7 makes it a snap to launch Internet Explorer 8. However, when you launch Internet [more…]

How to Use Offline Browsing in Internet Explorer 8

You can use the offline browsing feature of Internet Explorer 8 to view your RSS feeds and Web page subscriptions. Offline browsing is especially beneficial when you’re using a laptop computer and can’t [more…]

How to Turn on InPrivate Browsing and Filtering in Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 has been loaded with new safety features to protect you and your privacy, such as InPrivate Browsing and Filtering. When you turn on InPrivate Browsing and Filtering, you’re telling [more…]

How to Remove Cookies in Internet Explorer

Cookies are not the digital evil that some believe them to be. Nonetheless, a lot of people prefer to delete their cookies as they travel the Internet. Here’s how to purge those digital biscuits in Internet [more…]

How to Test Broadband Internet Connection

Connecting to the Internet is taken for granted. Until something goes wrong. Don’t panic. Test and troubleshoot. Check these items when you experience problems getting or staying online: [more…]

How to Use Ping to Check Internet Availability

Something leads you to believe that the Internet is not “up”. Although the problem may not be something you can fix, it’s something you can check by using the ping command. [more…]

How to Set Default Browser and E-Mail Programs in Windows 7 and Vista

You can browse the Internet or pick up your email in more than one way. There are several web browsers available and a number of different local email readers. To specify which programs are set up in Windows [more…]

How to Set Default Browser and E-Mail Programs in Windows XP

You can browse the Internet or pick up your email in more than one way. There are several web browsers available and a number of different local email readers. To specify which programs are set up in Windows [more…]

How to Remove Browsing History in Internet Explorer 8

All web browser programs come with a History feature. It details the websites and pages you visited for the past week or two. That way, you can quickly return to where you once were, but others using the [more…]

How to Purge Temporary Files in Internet Explorer

As you surf the web, your web browser picks up all sorts of stuff. Primarily, it collects media — pictures, sounds, videos — but also other information you see on any web page. All those items are known [more…]

How to Disable AutoComplete in Your Web Browser

The AutoComplete feature is the handy Windows tool. Whenever you type an internet address or fill in a form, AutoComplete displays a list of previously typed text. The feature is a blessing, but it can [more…]

How to Manage Toolbars in Internet Explorer

The dawn of the 21st century also saw the dawn of the overabundance of Internet Explorer toolbars. Simultaneously, Microsoft decided to dispense of one of its toolbars — the menu bar — in several of its [more…]

How to Manage Add-Ons in Internet Explorer

Add-ons are designed to enhance your browsing experience, but sometimes they don’t. In that case you need to know how to get rid of them or turn them on and off as you please. An [more…]

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