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Don't wait for Windows 9: How to get a Start Menu, windowed Metro apps today

A Start Menu and the ability to run Metro apps in desktop windows are coming to Windows 8.1 at some unspecified time in the future, but you can get it today thanks to some helpful software.

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How to remotely log out of Gmail

If you've left Gmail logged in on another computer, there's a quick and easy fix.

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Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now

Now that you're used to the new Windows 8.1 Update, it's time to clear up some space on that hard drive.

How to photograph the 'Blood Moon'

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A lunar eclipse can be seen from most of North America late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. If you're interested in taking pictures of the moon, here are some tips on how to set up your camera.

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Why you don’t need to encrypt your backup

You should back up all of your data files and encrypt the sensitive ones that you don’t want other people to read. But that doesn’t mean you have to encrypt the backup.

Three essential 'hardware' tools every PC user needs

You won't need them every day, but when you need them you really, really need them.

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Beat it, bloatware: How to clean the crap off your PC

Preloaded software bogs down your hard drive, your start menu, and worse. Clean it out with these handy tools and tricks.

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The pros and cons (mostly cons) of saving files to the desktop

Yes, you can save documents and other files to the Windows desktop. But without the right precautions, it’s not a safe place for files you want to keep.

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Compatibility with security: How to run Windows XP in a virtual machine

Running Windows XP in a virtual machine is a safe way to continue using it once support ends. Here's how to do just that.

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Three power user menu options every Windows 8.1 user should know

You may already be using it to shut down your PC, but there's so much more to the power user menu. Here are three options you should be using regularly.

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Windows XP survival guide: How to upgrade (or not)

Whether you’re fleeing to a new OS or battening down the XP hatches, read this to survive unscathed.

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Replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 or a look-alike

Do you regret buying that Windows 8 (or 8.1) computer? Here’s what you can do about it.

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How to get your data from Windows XP to a new PC

Moving on is hard, but transferring your data doesn't have to be.

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5 key things Windows XP users need to know before buying a new PC

XP has just days of official support left. If you're thinking about buying a new PC, here are a few tips to help you navigate the aisles of your local electronics retailer.

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The Windows 8 activation-key problem

You can’t reinstall Windows without your activation key. But Windows 8 (and 8.1) don’t make that easy. Here’s what to do about it.