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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Why you can't use all of your RAM

Your PC has 4GB of RAM, or maybe even 8GB. But Windows doesn't even use 4GB. Here's what's going on.

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All about drive letters and drive names

All of your storage devices have drive letters, and perhaps even drive names, to help you and your OS manage them. Here's how to manage those letters and names--and avoid confusing your computer in the process.

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Computer repair: Prepare your PC for a trip to the shop

You may not know what's wrong with your rig, but you should know how to back up your storage and protect the data from inquisitive eyes.

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How to remove the Windows shortcut arrow from desktop icons

You don't need a little arrow in the corner to tell you that icon is a shortcut. Here's how to remove it.

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The 6 essential Windows software programs for any PC

No matter what else you do on your PC, everyone needs basic programs that cover security, web browsing, and backup.

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How to stop autoloading programs in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Every time you boot Windows, a whole lot of programs load automatically. Some of them you need, while some of them are pointless. Here's how to trim the fat.

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How to clean your Windows Temp folder

Windows temporary files can stack up and waste storage space. Here's how to check for clutter and clean it out.

What to do when your USB device doesn't work

You plug a USB device into your PC's USB port…and nothing happens. Now what?

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Personalize the Windows 7 Start menu

You can easily configure the Windows 7 Start menu, changing the look and putting your favorite programs front and center.

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A router and an extender: When your laptop doesn't know which to use.

Sometimes, you need two or more access points to spread your Wi-Fi throughout the house. But that can confuse a computer.

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Save money by not buying a larger SSD than you need

By the gigabyte, an SSD is much more expensive than a conventional hard drive. You may be able to save money by buying one with a smaller capacity.

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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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What happens when Microsoft ends Windows 7 mainstream support next year

Next January, Microsoft will end mainstream support for Windows 7. But relax. That won't be end of the popular operating system.

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One of the best password managers for your PC, devices, and the cloud

You need a password manager; it's as important as antivirus. KeePass can do the job on all of your devices.

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Have a company laptop? Here's how to keep your browsing private

Your employer may let you take a company laptop home, but that doesn't mean they're not looking over your shoulder.