Don't-Miss Hardware Stories

Find the 'Missing' Hotfix Link in the December, 2010, Issue

Sorry for the confusion, readers of the print edition! Here's the link that was accidentally left out of the Hassle-Free PC column.

Keep Your Hard Drive Defragmented with Defraggler 2.0

From the same folks who brought you CCleaner 3.0, this slick "defrag" utility beats Windows' own tool at every turn.

What's That Whirring Noise Inside My PC?

Jsf1973 asked the Laptops forum why his computer was making a very annoying whirring noise

Post Twitter Updates from the Firefox Address Bar

Ingenious Firefox plug-in TwitterBar makes tweeting as easy as typing in the address bar and clicking a button.

Eliminate Duplicate Files with Free Utility

It's called Fast Duplicate File Finder, and it does exactly what it promises: locates and, if you wish, deletes duplicate files.

Get 5GB of Free Cloud-Sync Storage from SugarSync

One of the Web's best folder-sync and -sharing services just made an offer you shouldn't refuse: free 5GB accounts.

Fix an XP System That Won't Recognize Flash Drives

A mucked-up Registry is the probable culprit for this annoying hassle. Fortunately, Microsoft has a one-click fix.

Get Classic Start Menu Pro for Free (Today Only)

Who says you can't get something for nothing? Today only, this $20 utility can be yours free of charge, no strings attached. (Well, there's one tiny one.)

Reminder Service Nudgemail: Like a Snooze Button for Email

Don't have time to answer that e-mail right now? Before it drops off your radar, forward it to this sweet service and it'll come back to you at a later, designated time.

Keyboard Shortcut: Jump to the Top or Bottom of Any Web Page

Stop putting unnecessary strain on your mouse's scroll wheel! Learn these two simple shortcuts instead.

Set the Default Mail Client to AOL, Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo

This normally requires a bit of browser and/or system tinkering, but the awesome GmailDefaultMaker utility simplifies the process.

Restore a Windows XP Backup in Windows 7

Out of the box, Windows 7 can't access backup files created with Windows XP. Fortunately, there's a free utility that should be able to restore your stuff.

Avoid Security Software Overlap

Thinking of running more than one anti-virus program? Here's an important rule: don't.