Thursday, September 25, 2014

Steps To Set Static IP Address In Windows Vista

Most of us make use of dynamic IP addresses assigned by our network. However, when there are network errors, you won’t be able to connect to the internet. According to technicians at the Windows support number, in such situations, it might be required of you to use a static IP address for your computer. This can solve the network related issues with the computer.

So, how can you assign a static IP address for your computer? If you are using a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, it requires only a few simple steps to assign static IP. In this post, we will take you through the steps involved in this process.

Steps Involved
  • Go to the desktop of the operating system and click the Windows logo button found in the left bottom corner. This will open the Start menu in the operating system. 
  • Once the Start menu comes up, select the option Control Panel from the right pane of the Start menu. 
  • In the Control Panel window, select the option Network and Internet. 
  • Select the first option in the new window, which is Network and Sharing center. 
  • In the window for Network and Sharing Center, you would find the different internet connections configured with your computer. From the left pane of the window, you will find the option Tasks. Under the heading Tasks, select the option Manage network connections. 
  • From the various adapters found in the new screen, find the one for which you wish to set the static IP address. Sometimes, you might be using a wireless connection or a LAN connection. Choose the network that you want to change. 
  • Right click the connection and select the option Properties. 
  • From the various options found in the Properties window, locate Internet Protocol Version 4. Select it and choose the option Properties. 
  • Select the tab Alternate Configuration and enter various details like IP Address, Default Gateway, Subnet Mask, DNS Servers etc. 
  • When you set the static IP address, make sure that no other computer in the network uses this address, as duplicate IP addresses will result in conflicts. 
  • Select the button OK once the configuration is completed. 
Once you complete the above steps, launch any of the internet browsers and navigate to a few websites to check if internet is working fine. For further help on this issue, you may call the Windows support number or contact our technical support team.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Procedure To Remove OpenCandy From Your Windows System

The problem with third party software is that every now and then, some undesirable programs may enter your system during the installation process. This usually happens because most people tend to overlook the check mark next to a recommended software install bundled with the particular third party software they want.

We may unwittingly click on next or continue without un-checking the recommended software install, which we do not want. These software programs can be annoying sometimes, as they make several useless changes to the customized settings in your computer. OpenCandy is such an annoying program.

This software exists for a specific purpose though. In this Windows tech support article, we will see more about OpenCandy and its removal.

What is OpenCandy

There are various ways to know that you are installing this clean up tool unintentionally. The easiest way to determine whether the installer uses OpenCandy or not, is to check for the OpenCandy EULA link in it. When this software programs runs in your system it collects information that includes version, country, location as well as the time zone.

OpenCandy should then end or terminate when you have completed the installation process of the software program no matter whether you accepted to include third-party offers or not. In case you have opted for some third-party offer, the OpenCandy helper application will run on your computer for a limited period. This happens mainly for verifying that the third-party offer was activated.

You need not worry though, as Windows tech support team highlights that there is an OpenCandy Cleanup Tool available online, which is specifically designed to remove any trace of OpenCandy from a Windows powered computer.

The interface of this cleaner tool is simple, which displays two buttons and a progress bar on start up. For initiating the system scan, all you need to do is to click on the start button. The progress of the scanning process is displayed on screen, so is the success or failure status message. This way, you will be able to know if the operation finished successfully or not.

Though the sly OpenCandy program may not stay in your system for long, you can anyway remove all its traces (if there is any) from your system by using the OpenCandy Cleanup Tool. However, if you bump into any issues while using the same, contact our tech support team for assistance.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Connecting Your Vista PC To A Wired Ethernet Network

Ethernet cables are one of the most commonly used forms of network cables on wired networks. These help in the connection of PCs, routers as well as switches.

If you’re running the Windows Vista operating system in your computer, you can easily connect to an Ethernet cable. For this, you need to have a hub or a switch and also access to a cable or a Cat 5/5 e network. According to the technicians at the Windows Vista help and support team, Ethernet networks don’t have the portability of wireless networks. But then, these cables are amazingly faster than all the traditional dial-up connections. Moreover, such Ethernet networks can also be shared by multiple computers.

You can use the following instructions provided by the Windows Vista help and support team to connect your PC to a wired Ethernet Network in your Vista computer.
  • At first, you’d require obtaining a Cat 5 or Cat 5e Ethernet cable for every computer you want to connect. Cat 5 is a kind of cable used for data transfer that is used for high-speed access. For buying a Cat 5 cable, you can contact your local computer or even the office supply store. 
  • Next, you can try purchasing a hub or switch with enough ports for each computer in your home or office. Using switches can increase the speed of the network, but they cost a little more than a hub. But then, investing more in buying switches is generally recommended to experience their high-end performance. If you’re using a company network, opting for a router is also considered beneficial. 
  • Now, you can shut down all computers as well as the switch/hub to use the Ethernet cables. Try connecting them to each of the computers to be connected to the hub. 
  • You need to first plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the switch or hub and then connect the other end into each PC's network adapter. 
  • Once you have connected it, try turning on the switch or hub. Now, turn on your computers. 
  • Now, wait for the computer to start and then run the Network Setup Wizard to get your network get connected and start working. 
By following these steps, you can easily connect your Windows Vista PC to a Wired Ethernet Network. To get more assistance in setting the connectivity, feel free to contact our Windows technical support personnel.