Don't-Miss Hardware Stories

5 PC Upgrades Almost Everyone Does Wrong (and How to Do Them Right)

Upgrading your PC's hardware can be easy, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do each task. Here are five upgrades that most users do a half-baked job on, and tips to help your upgrade go flawlessly.

Must I Keep Windows.old?

When EddieS reinstalled Windows, he found all of his old files in a folder called C:\Windows.old. Can he delete it?

Can I Wirelessly Connect My PC to My HDTV?

Ernest Valdez, Jr. asked how he could wirelessly send a video signal from his computer to his HDTV


How To Update the 'Normal' Style in Microsoft Word

Here's how to customize your own default font and paragraph style in Microsoft Word.

How To Share a File With Another Computer at Home

Here's how to set up file sharing and fix connection problems in no time at all.

An Old Hard Drive and OS in a New PC

Terry Marshall asked if he could move his old hard drive, unchanged, to his new PC

How To Troubleshoot Network Outages

Numerous circumstances can cause your network to go dark. Follow these steps to fix it.

Surviving a PC Meltdown: Syncing With SugarSync, Restoring From Mozy

Learn how to secure your data in the cloud, restore it after a crash--and get YouTube to run on your new PC.

The Best Way to Extend Your Media Center to Another TV

You don't need a separate media center for every TV in your house. Instead, just plug in an extender. There's only one real option, but it's a good one.

My CPU Is Overloaded

Jim Richmond asked why his CPU is running at 100 percent, slowing down his PC to a crawl.

Hardware Tips: USB-to-IDE/SATA Adapter, USB Drives, Laptop Parts on eBay

Tips for using a USB-to-IDE/SATA adapter, running programs from flash drives, and buying laptop parts on eBay.

The Most Indispendable Tool in My PC Repair Kit

This item sits in a drawer most of the time, but every now and again it emerges to save the day.

Troubleshoot a PC That Hangs at the Boot Screen

Can't get past the BIOS splash-screen when you power up your PC? There might be a simple fix.