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.

When your Windows registry gets cluttered, here's what's worth doing about it

Your Windows registry may look like a big mess, especially if you install and uninstall a lot of software. But before you clean it, here's something else to consider.

How to delete the windows.old folder clogging up your drive

It's a huge folder that appears on your SSD or hard drive after your Windows 10 upgrade, You can remove it, but do so carefully.

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3 ways to keep sensitive files encrypted on a flash drive or external hard drive

Files you carry in your pocket can be easily lost or stolen. You can thwart the thieves with these easy techniques for encrypting external storage.

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When your computer reboots itself over and over again

Something is rotten in the state of your Windows PC. Here's how to deal with a computer that keeps rebooting.

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When your Windows image backup fails, try this

A backup should protect your PC from disaster. But sometimes it can become one disaster on top of another.

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How to turn off Windows 10's keylogger (yes, it still has one)

Microsoft can track your keystrokes, your speech, and more. Here are the settings to turn it all off.

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Your PC boots, gets to the Windows desktop, then freezes. Now what?

It might take some sleuthing to find out what's freezing up your computer, but these tips will help.

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How to make the cursor or mouse pointer bigger

The mouse pointer isn't always clearly visible, especially if you're working on a small screen or have eyesight problems. Here's how to fix that.

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Power2U USB charger outlet review: The convenience isn’t worth the bother

A power receptacle with built-in USB charging ports sounds like a great idea, but the manufacturer’s execution sucks.

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How to encrypt and password-protect ZIP files the right way

You can protect the contents of a ZIP file, but unless you know the trick, you might as well not bother.

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Your mobile IP address: Its safety is one thing, its privacy is another

Your mobile IP address isn't likely to be stolen. But you still need to take precautions.

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Turn your Word doc into a PDF with a live table of contents

You can create a table of contents in Microsoft Word where every chapter title links to the appropriate chapter. Then you can keep these links live when you convert the document to a PDF.

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When a CD or DVD is stuck or the drive won't open

Maybe the disc is stuck. Maybe the door is stuck. Try these things first to see if you can fix it.

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Two backups are better than one--if you do them right

Backing up twice provides more protection than backing up once--but only if you don't make the same mistakes twice.

An SSD upgrade is still the single best thing you can do for your PC

I can't tell you exactly how much your PC will speed up with an SSD. But I can tell you it will be a lot.