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How to make your Windows 10 user account local

The account you log onto in Windows 10 is probably connected to Microsoft. Here's why you might (and might not) want to change that and how to do it.

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Do you have bad RAM? Here's how to find out

Defective RAM can cause all sorts of problems. If you're wondering why your PC isn't behaving, a RAM diagnosis may be in order.

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How to autoload your favorite programs in Windows 10

Maybe it's your browser. Or your word processor. Or some little utility. Here's how to make a favorite program launch automatically every time you boot Windows 10.

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7 steps for setting up a new Windows 10 PC

You've got a new computer running Windows 10. Here's what to do, and what not to do, to start off right in the new OS.

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Windows 10 picture password: Draw your own conclusions about its safety

Windows 10's picture password gives you an alternative to traditional passwords and PINs that could be easier to remember. Whether it's as safe is a good question--we go over the issues here.

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Restore a Windows 7 backup in Windows 10

It's good to have a backup when you've lost your PC. But only if you can recover the files.

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How to decide between laptop or desktop deployment

Ask an employee what they want, and they'll surely pick the laptop. But that may not be the best fit.

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5 common SMS text scams, and how to avoid them

You can't trust every text message that crosses your phone.

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3 ways to speed up Windows 10 without buying new hardware

Why wait? A few simple tweaks will improve Windows 10's performance without an expensive hardware upgrade.

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How to control your kids’ computer and Internet use

Children and teenagers have legitimate reasons to go online, but if they're not controlled, they can wreak havoc—sometimes without trying.

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Protect your Android phone from loss or theft

Every mugger and pickpocket in the world knows that your smartphone represents hundreds of dollars in hardware and information. Here's how to protect that asset.

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How to change the look of Windows 10's desktop with native settings or Aero Glass

When it comes to visual aesthetics, Windows 10 is reasonably configurable. Adjust color schemes and backgrounds easily with these tools.

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Move your Windows 10 libraries to a separate drive or partition

Physically separating programs and data protects them both and makes for easier backups

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If error messages appear when your PC boots, try this

Error messages on your PC are always annoying and worrying, even if nothing actually appears to be wrong. Here's how to stop a message that comes up every time you boot.

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3 ways to make it easier to search for photos on your PC

You probably have thousands of photos in your PC. Use folders, tags, and handy utilities to sift through them in reasonable time.