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Extend Your Wireless Network

Crazy4laptops needs to extend a WiFi network throughout a "rather long house." He asked the Networking forum for advice.

Recover Encrypted Files From An Old Hard Drive

Jeff Hudgins removed the hard drive from a dying computer, and via USB plugged it into a new PC. But he can't access his files. They're encrypted.

On What Media Should I Backup My Photos?

Nick Golna asked whether he should backup his photos onto a flash drive or DVDs. I discuss other options, as well.

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Who is the Administrator, What Does That Title Mean, and How Do I Gain That Type of Control Over My PC?

Tom Lorch isn't sure if Windows sees him as the administrator, or exactly what that means.

Back Up a Bootable CD or DVD

A41202813 asked the Answer Line forum for the best way to turn a bootable optical disc, like a CD or DVD, into a file that you could burn back into a bootable disc.

Expand Your Smartphone's Battery Life

The battery in Marjorie Hoosier's smartphone doesn't last through the day. She asked the Cell Phones, Mobile Devices forum for advice.

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Should I Scan an External Drive for Malware?

1gynRat258 asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if one should scan a flash drive for malware.

Windows Takes Too Long to Boot

Jmdraft complained to the Utilities forum that Windows boots too slowly and needs to be cleaned out.

Installing Windows and Linux On the Same Computer

SabrinaSouza asked the Answer Line forum how to install Linux onto a PC without losing Windows.

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Sync Browser Bookmarks Between Windows and Android

JimH443 asked the Web Browsing and Email forum how to keep the same browser bookmarks on his PC and his Android phone

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Restore Your System When You Can't Launch System Restore

System Restore won't run on Linda Burgess' PC. I offer some advice.

Try Windows 8 Without Losing Windows 7

Anderson7 asked the Windows forum for the safest way to install Windows 8 on a system already running Windows 7.

I Can't Eject This Flash Drive (or External Hard Drive)

When CHIN3927 attempted to remove a USB external drive, Windows' wouldn't provide the Safe to Remove message. The Answer Line forum offered help.

Can I Spread Wallpaper Across Multiple Monitors?

Roaddogg asked the Answer Line forum how to spread a single photo across two monitors as the desktop background (AKA the wallpaper)

Can I Safely Open Suspected Spam?

C. Corder asked if it's safe to open an email that landed in the spam folder