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How to run DOS programs in a current version of Windows

Windows has a way to let most old programs keep running. Failing that, there's a free utility that could save the day.

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Why you don’t need to encrypt your backup

You should back up all of your data files and encrypt the sensitive ones that you don’t want other people to read. But that doesn’t mean you have to encrypt the backup.

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The pros and cons (mostly cons) of saving files to the desktop

Yes, you can save documents and other files to the Windows desktop. But without the right precautions, it’s not a safe place for files you want to keep.

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Replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 or a look-alike

Do you regret buying that Windows 8 (or 8.1) computer? Here’s what you can do about it.

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The Windows 8 activation-key problem

You can’t reinstall Windows without your activation key. But Windows 8 (and 8.1) don’t make that easy. Here’s what to do about it.

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Gather similar files from multiple folders and copy them in one simple step

You have photos, or documents, or any kind of file with the same extension, scattered hither and yon on your hard drive. Wouldn't it be great to get them all together in one place? Here are two ways to grab all of them easily.

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Watch out for photos containing malware

That adorable picture of a cute kitten may contain claws. Here's how photos on the Internet can infect your PC.

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Here's how your to-do list can text reminders to your phone

In our busy lives, we all need a to-do list. But the one on your computer isn't much help when you're not in front of it. You need reminders to pop up on your phone.

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Recover files from a dead PC

Your PC no longer boots. Here's how to recover the vital files trapped inside.

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Your IP address: Who can see it and what you can do about it

You need a visible IP address to surf the web, but you can manage some of that visibility to protect your privacy. Here's how.

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How to set and keep your preferred default font in Word

It's easy to change your default font in Word. But the next time you create a new document, it's back to Calibri. Here's the fix.

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When Windows Update won't update

We all depend on Windows Update to keep our PCs functioning and secure. Here's what to do when the update doesn't update.

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Use KeePass in both Windows and Android

You keep your passwords safely stored in KeePass on your Windows PC. Here's how to access them in Android, as well.

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Move from a hard drive to an SSD

You can easily clone a small hard drive to a large one. It's not so easy to clone a large hard drive to an SSD.

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Reinstall Windows when you've lost your reinstall disc or partition

You need to reinstall Windows, but the restoration partition on the hard drive no longer works (or you lost the restoration DVD). Here’s what to do.