Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

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What to do when your laptop's touchpad stops working

The touchpad built into your laptop no longer responds to your fingers. Here's what to do about it.

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How to change your email address without losing your friends

Change your email address with minimal fuss by following these steps, from phasing out your old account to protecting your new one.

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How to boot into Windows 10's Safe Mode

Sometimes you have to boot into Windows' stripped-down Safe Mode. But with Windows 10, that gets complicated.

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How to stream media from your PC to your HDTV over Wi-Fi

Do you want to stream TV and movies from your PC to your TV? Here's our PC-to-TV media streaming guide. 

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If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

What's it gonna take? These free backup tools are a good start.

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How to create and restore an image backup in Windows 10

Windows 10's image backup can protect your Windows configuration. Learn how to make one of your entire drive. And, should disaster strike, learn how to restore Windows from that backup.

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3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

It really doesn't take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.

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The best OneNote 2016 tips: 10 ways anyone can get organized

Microsoft’s OneNote is a surprisingly versatile tool for jotting down and organizing notes, random facts and more. These tips will help you make the most of its features.

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Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free detects and removes malware on command

Add a layer of protection against malware with on-demand scanner Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Free.

You can safely use Windows 7 until 2020, but I won't be answering your questions

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in January of 2020, but I'm turning over Answer Line to Josh Norem today.

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Removing Windows 10's default apps isn't easy, but CCleaner can help

Microsoft makes it hard to remove its built-in apps in Windows 10, even if you really don't want them. CCleaner gives you a way, though, and we'll show it to you here.

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How to get out of Windows Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a useful tool, but it's not a desirable working environment. If your PC only boots into that limited environment, here's your way out.

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2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates

Previous Windows versions let you update manually or automatically. But Windows 10 updates whether you want it to or not…unless you know the trick.

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How to fix a dead key on your keyboard

If you have a dead key on your keyboard, you probably need to clean whatever is under that key. Here's how to do it with a regular keyboard and a laptop keyboard.

Why you should use two-step verification even if it's a hassle

No one really likes two-step verification. It's annoying. And yes, it can be hacked. But you're still far safer with it than without it.