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Speed test! Five PC clean-up utilities: Do they really work?

Vendors say their system clean-up utilities can speed up everything from creaky Windows XP installations to brand new Windows 8 machines. We test five to verify the lofty claims.

Windows 8 picture passwords: Their great untapped potential

Windows 8 lets you use a series of gestures to log into your PC, a minor improvement with big implications for data thieves and desktop enthusiasts.

Google Chrome: How to make it faster, smarter and better than before

Google's Chrome is already one of the fastest web browsers on the block, but you can use these extensions and experimental tweaks to make it sing.

How to pick the best PC power supply

Here's everything you need to know about the electric heart beating at your desktop computer's core.

How to monitor and manage your PC from any smartphone or tablet

All you need is a mobile device, a data plan, and a few computers that need love and attention.

Faster, better, stronger: Get your PC in tip-top shape

Is your PC bogging down? It's time to purge the junk, protect your precious files, and ultimately improve performance!

How to trick out your gaming PC with multiple graphics cards

Achieve unprecedented performance by installing multiple graphics cards in your PC, and linking them with Crossfire or SLI technology.

SSDs vs. hard drives vs. hybrids: Which storage tech is right for you?

Choosing the best storage drive for your PC has never been so complicated. We break down the differences between SSDs, good old hard drives, and genre-busting hybrid drives to help you make an informed decision.

How to speed up your PC games without buying new hardware

Upgrading video cards and CPUs isn't the only way to squeeze out higher frame rates. Dig in to see how you can optimize your system by tweaking some of those cryptic in-game and graphics-related settings.

Lock and encode your flash drives with BitLocker to Go encryption in Windows 8

How Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise users should encrypt their external drives—for free.

How to rename and resize images in bulk for easy organization

Tools and tricks to quickly rename and compress images in bulk for easier sorting and organization.

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How to optimize Windows 8 on old hardware

We show you how to tweak Windows 8 for optimal performance on your aging desktop or laptop PC.

Build a speedy Windows 8 PC for under $500

With the Windows 8 launch just around the corner, you may need a hardware upgrade to prepare for the new OS. We show you how to build a fast, Windows 8-ready system you can be proud of that won’t break the bank.

Microsoft SkyDrive: Your ultimate starter's guide

Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service is now available for almost every major desktop and mobile platform. Here's how to master its generous suite of features.

How to Use Your Android Tablet as a Secondary Display

Put your tablet to work as a secondary PC display, to get more things done.

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