Operating Systems

Mac

How do I start OS X in safe mode?

NOTE: Safe Booting into Mac OS X takes longer than a normal startup. It can be quite a long time. This will depend based on how long it takes to check and repair the directory of your hard drive.

  1. Make sure your computer is turned off.
  2. Press the power button to turn your computer on
  3. Just after you hear the startup tone (NOT BEFORE), press and hold the down the Shift key.

 

How do I setup a printer in OS X?

  1. Open the Print Center located in the Utilities folder
  2. Click on the Add button
  3. Click on the scroll box at the top of the window and select the type of printer you are using. Example: IP Printing, USB, Appletalk
  4. Select driver for your printer and set any aditional settings that you need for your printer.

 

How do I update my Mac running OS X?

  1. Open System Preferences application located in your dock
  2. Click on the Software Update icon
  3. Click on the Check Now button
  4. Select the updates you wish to install and click the Install now button

 

How do I run programs automatically, everytime I startup my Computer in OS X?

  1. Open System Preferences application located in your dock
  2. Click on the Login Items icon
  3. Click on the Add button and browse to the program you would like to start automaticly

 

How do I start my classic Mac with the extentions off

  1. Make sure that your computer is turned off.
  2. Press the power button to turn your computer on
  3. Press down and hold the shift key while your computer starts up
  4. Your computer should say Welcome to Macintosh Extentions off

 

How do I update my classic Mac?

  1. Click on the Apple menu, select Control Panels
  2. Open the Software Update control panel
  3. Click on the Update Now button
  4. Click on the check boxes next to the software ou would like updated
  5. Click on the Install button

Windows

Important End-of-Life Notice Regarding Windows XP

Microsoft will stop support and security patching for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The international security community believes that Windows XP computers will be heavily targeted by organized crime and hackers as soon as Microsoft ends support. We strongly recommend that you migrate to a supported Windows platform, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8, before the end of March 2014.

I do not remember where I saved my file to. How can I find it?

Windows Vista/7

To locate a lost file or folder in Vista or 7, click start, then type the name of the file in to the search bar at the bottom and hit "Enter". If this doesn't find your file, you can click "Advanced Search in the upper right-hand corner of the search box. In the options that pop up, select "Everywhere" from the drop down menu next to "Location", and type in the name of your file again.

Windows XP

To locate a lost file or folder, click on the "Start" menu, click on the "Search", and then click on "For Files and Folders." In the window that opens enter the name of the file or folder that you would like to search for and click on the "Search now" button.

How do I get the latest updates for my computer?

To update your system and install bug fixes, select your Operating System from the list below:

How can I tell what version of Windows I am running?

Windows Vista/7

  1. Turn-on your computer and wait while it boots to Windows.
  2. Click the "Start" button at the lower left of your screen.
  3. Right-click "Computer" and click "Properties."
  4. If Windows was installed correctly, this will display the version you have.

Windows XP

  1. Turn-on your computer and wait while it boots to Windows.
  2. Click the "Start" button at the lower left of your screen.
  3. Click "Settings."
  4. Click "Control Panel."
  5. Double click the "System" icon (or click "Performance and Maintenance" then "System" if you are in category view).
  6. If Windows was installed correctly, version number is at the top right.

How do I get on the Internet?

To access the Internet using the OSU wireless network or the ResNet network, see the instructions at http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs/wireless.

How do I sort the Start Menu programs and folders so they are listed Alphabetically?

Windows Vista/7

Vista/7 should do this automatically for you.

Windows XP

To sort the Start Menu items alphabetically, open the Start Menu, highlight Programs, and then right click on any of the folders or programs in the list and choose "Sort by Name."

How do I disable popup messenger windows?

Note: Windows Vista does not have this feature

Windows XP

  1. Click on the Start button -> Settings -> Control Panel.
  2. Open the Administrative Tools.
  3. Now double-click on Services, then scroll down the list to Messenger.
  4. Double-click Messenger and click Stop to stop the service.
  5. Change the startup type to Disable and click Apply at the bottom.
  6. Click OK to exit window.
  7. Close the Services window.