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Save power: Don’t run your PC 24/7

Why waste electricity? Sleep, hibernate, or shut down your PC when you don’t need it.

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Upgrade Windows 7 Starter to something better

Windows 7 Starter was an intentionally crippled operating system. Fortunately, you don’t have to keep it.

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Save your Word configurations

You put a lot of work into configuring Microsoft Word to your liking. Here’s how to protect those settings.

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What you need to know about libraries

They used to call it data, but libraries is a friendlier word. Here’s what you need to know about how Windows stores documents, music, pictures, and videos.

Upgrade from XP to Windows 7

You know you can’t keep using Windows XP. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your PC while upgrading the operating system.

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Get the most from the Windows 8.1 Apps screen

You’re not stuck with the Start screen. Windows 8.1 has a better way to access your programs.

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When Tech Support calls you

Out of the blue, someone calls and tells you your computer is infected or has a problem. Maybe they claim to be from Microsoft. Here’s what you should do.

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Why you can trust free software (or at least some of it)

Most people expect to be paid for their work. So how come there’s so much free software out there? What’s the catch?

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How to recover deleted files

Those were on your PC, but they’re not there anymore. Here’s how to get them back.

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Update to the 8.1 Update

Everything you need to know about moving to the new Update for Windows 8.1.

How to install Ubuntu and keep Windows

There are three ways to have your Ubuntu and keep Windows, too.

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How to set and keep your preferred default font in LibreOffice Writer

You’ve given up Microsoft Office for the free LibreOffice. Unfortunately, you really don’t care for that default Liberation Serif font.

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Protect your privacy while you browse

Here’s how to give crooks, corporations, and governments the slip while you search the web.

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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.