To thoroughly evaluate a PC's performance, you need to use multiple tools and utilities specifically designed to tax each major component. We show you which tools to use, describe how to get results that are reliable and repeatable, and explain what all those numbers mean.
Building a PC can be a frustrating endeavor. In the first installment of a two-part series on PC building best practices, we outline hardware-related pitfalls to watch out for when you're assembling your dream system.
Want to access your network-attached storage drive a little faster? We explain how to configure and use an iSCSI target on a NAS server with Windows' built-in iSCSI initiator for fast access.
We explain how to speed up your PC with an advanced technique known as "short stroking," which involves finding the optimal partition size and the fastest parts of your hard drive's platters.
Take more control of your Windows 7 system with these quick and easy Registry tweaks.
Every laptop owner wants to maximize the time between battery recharges. Here's how to achieve that goal with a few basic hardware and software tweaks; as a bonus, they may improve your notebook’s performance, too.
Overclocking your graphics card will increase performance and potentially stave off an expensive upgrade. We'll show you how to do it.
The BlueStacks Android App Player lets you run Android apps on your PC. We explain how to install it, how to transfer apps from your Android smartphone, and how to run them on a Windows system.
Intel’s Smart Response Technology can significantly accelerate system performance, without your having to spring for an expensive, high-capacity solid-state drive. Here's how to set it up.
Even in Windows 7, many networking issues aren't easily resolved. Find some help here.
A properly installed CPU cooler is essential to a stable system. We show you how to install CPU coolers on AMD and Intel processors to maximize cooling performance.
The advanced voice and gesture recognition technology employed in the Microsoft Kinect sensor has spurred innovation across multiple industries, which extend well beyond its gaming roots.
A PC can serve capably as a hub for digital media collections, but sitting at a desk isn't the best way to watch movies. We'll show you how to stream media from a Windows 7 PC to a game console, a set-top box, or even a smartphone.
Networking your PCs together is easier than ever, but a few common problems still pop up from time to time. Learn how to resolve them now.