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Computer Technician's Guide to Electronics Disposal and Recycling
The United States alone creates about 3 million tons of electronics waste each year. Much of this electronics waste is sent to developing nations where primitive processing methods cause serious health and pollution problems. CompTIA considers the knowledge of how to properly dispose of old computer equipment, to be an important part of being a certified computer technician. More ...

Basic Functions of Microsoft Active Directory
Active Directory is a distributed directory service included with Microsoft Server operating systems. Active Directory enables centralized, secure management of an entire network. This article describes the basic functions of Active Directory. More ...

Use the HOSTS File to Block Web Sites
When you type a domain name into your Web browser, Internet Protocol contacts a computer that is a domain name server to look up the IP address of the Web site. In the early days, the Internet didn't need domain name servers. More ...

Computer Technician's Guide to Safety
There are many hazards that the computer technician must be aware of. These include Physical Hazards, Mechanical Hazards, Chemical Hazards, Electric Shock Hazard, and CRT Monitor High-Voltage Hazard. More ...

Create a Windows 7 Disk Image Backup
A Disk Image is an exact copy of a disk. It includes the operating system, system settings, programs, and files, and everything required for Windows to run. You can use a disk image to restore your computer if your hard disk or your computer stops working. More ...

How to Change Process Priorities in Windows Task Manager
In modern systems, many processes can run simultaneously. When an application is running, it's consuming system resources such as processor cycles. Sometimes, you may want to adjust a processes priority. More ...

How to Setup a VPN Between Two Computers
A VPN establishes a secure path between a computer with public Internet access and a computer connected to a private network. This article show you how to set up a VPN. More ...

Retrieving Information from Computers Belonging to an Active Directory OU
This PowerShell script queries a particular Organizational Unit (OU) in your Active Directory for a list of computers. It will then use WMI to query various properties of those computers and output it into table format. More ...

Guide To Setting Up Dual Monitors
Adding another monitor, especially having two large monitors, gives you a totally different vista. With two monitors you can have your browser and massive spreadsheet on screen at the same time. Most people don't have any idea how really easy it is to set up dual monitors on their system. More ...

Microsoft Licensing Explained
If any of you have tried to figure out Microsoft's licensing laws you know how frustrating and confusing it is. I have written a brief explanation below covering Windows XP, Vista and Server 2003. More ...

Disable Annoying 'Get Windows 10' Message
You may not want to upgrade to Windows 10 because its search function pushes Windows app store products and tries to trick you into signing up for Microsoft's OneDrive. More ...

How to Share a Folder in Windows 7
One of the main advantages of a network is the ability to share files. This article shows you how to configure Windows 7 to share files and folders on a network. More ...

Application, Program, Process, Service, Thread; What Does it All Mean?
Although applications, services, and processes are all pretty much the same thing, generally if its a program that displays a user interface, you should call it an application. A program that doesn't displays a user interface, you should call a service. More ...

Video Tutorial 3 - The Windows 7 Backup and Restore Utility
This is a series of tutorials about how to use Windows 7 Backup and Restore Utility. In Tutorial 1 you learned how to perform a backup. In Tutorial 2 you learned how to recover files from a backup. In this Tutorial You'll learn how to restore your PC from a system image. More ...


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