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When Wi-Fi doesn't work, try these things first

Wi-Fi problems could be caused by your computer or your router, or some interaction that's gone awry. Here's how to identify and fix the problem.

Windows Sticky Notes isn't made for backup, but these alternatives are

Windows' Sticky Notes program may seem like a convenient tool for jotting down reminders and miscellaneous stuff, but it's really a disaster waiting to happen.

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Five ways to add SSD speed to your laptop without losing storage capacity

Using an SSD and a hard drive together offers both speed and storage space. But most laptops won't let you install two drives.

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How to diagnose and fix a dead laptop keyboard

You can't write that report with a dead keyboard. A few tests can tell you how to bring it back to life.

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What to do when your email address sends spam

Spam is going out in your name to everyone you know. A few precautions can keep this from happening again.

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Find duplicate photos: Two utilities that can help

Duplicate Cleaner and Free Duplicate Photo Finder can both sift through your digital images for identical or similar ones, but there are limitations to the free versions.

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When Windows refuses to eject mass storage: 5 ways to safely remove a USB drive

The whole point of external USB-connected storage is that you can easily unplug it, but Windows's Eject Mass Storage option balks sometimes. Resist the urge to yank out the drive and try one of these solutions instead.

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How to find the secret Start Menu built into Windows 8.1

Yes, it's true. You can add a Start menu--of sorts--to the Windows 8.1 taskbar without installing a third-party program. All of the code is built into Windows itself. You just have to know the trick that makes it appear.

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The dangers of Android malware may be exaggerated, but you should still play it safe

Not everyone agrees that Android malware seriously threatens security. But taking precautions is still a good idea.

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How to run Android apps in Windows with a virtual machine

Android and Windows are totally different operating systems. But that doesn't mean they can't work together on the same machine.

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How to stop autoplaying HTML5 videos

Just when you thought you were safe from autoplay videos, you now have to block them in HTML5 as well as Flash. Here's how--but sorry, there's no solution for Explorer.

Is your PC overheating? Here's how to tell

An overheated PC can reduce efficiency and wear down components. Here's how to find out if yours is running too hot.

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WaterGenius promises a free tool to help California fight the drought

This online resource recommends ways you can reduce your household water consumption, calculates how much money you'll save by following its guidance.

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Read old emails from Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and Thunderbird

Every so often, we move from one mail client to another. But that can leave us with a lot of old emails we can't access.

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7 steps for archiving your files for posterity

We really don't know how long our photos and other digital content will last. But you can increase the odds that your great-grandchildren will enjoy the digital record of your life.