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Why you might still want an optical drive

Not that long ago, every PC could read and write CDs and DVDs. Not anymore. The disappearance of optical drives has its advantages, but also its problems.

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You don't need to back up Windows to the cloud

Backing up your library files to the cloud provides more safety than backing them up locally. But backing up Windows itself that way makes no sense.

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How to stop autoplay videos

You open a webpage and start reading. But after a few seconds, you hear someone talking. A video has started automatically without your permission. Here's how to keep this annoyance from happening.

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Take precautions when using public Wi-Fi networks

When you take your laptop to a library or café, you take a risk. But if you know what you're doing, you can minimize that risk.

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How to save a webpage as a PDF or MHT file

You don't need to be online to read a webpage. You can save one, with formatting and images, to local storage and read it later offline.

Use third-party ink at your own risk

You may think you're saving money on ink by buying third-party supplies, but expect some hassles.

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Keep encrypted files encrypted when you back them up to the cloud

You keep selected files or folders encrypted on your internal drive. But are they protected when you use an online backup service?

A few good reasons to partition your SSD or hard drive

It's not something you'd do every day, like making and deleting file folders, but it can be helpful. Here's why.

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Does your computer have malware? Here are the telltale signs

Viruses, Trojans, and worms, oh, my! These symptoms are warning signs that you might have an infected PC.

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What you need to know about the cloud

We all talk about the cloud, and most of us use it. But some basic understanding can help you use it better.

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Windows 8 and Windows 7 Safe Modes: How to enter and when to use them

The old F8 trick no longer works with all PCs. Here are some alternate ways to enter Windows's clean, diagnostic Safe Mode

When to image a hard drive, and when to clone it

Imaging and cloning will both copy the contents of your drive, but the best way depends on whether you're upgrading or backing up. Here's when you should use each one.

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Personalize the Windows Explorer Navigation Bar

Want to find a favorite folder quickly? Here's how to configure your favorites and libraries in Windows 7 and 8's file managers.

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If Windows virtual memory is too low, you can increase it, but there are trade-offs

Virtual memory can expand your PC's capabilities, but it will also slow it down. Understanding the swap file will help you make the right decision.

Here's what to do when your touchscreen won't work

Your Windows 8 laptop has a touchscreen, but touching it doesn't have the desired effect. Here's what to do about it.