Don't-Miss Hardware Stories

Why, how and where to update your Windows 8 drivers

Is your hardware on the fritz after upgrading to Windows 8? Updating your drivers could fix the problem. We tell you how and where to find the most up-to-date drivers for your rig.

One OS, three installation options: What's the best way to install Windows 8?

You can run Windows 8 in a virtual machine, dual-boot it with your current OS, or install it outright. We explore the pros and cons of each option.

How to pick the best desktop display for Windows 8

Windows 8 offers superb support for touch, including full 10-point multitouch gestures. We guide you through choosing the right combination of touch device and monitor.

Retro gaming challenge! Windows 8 versus classic PC games

Windows 8 is great for running today's games, but what about classics from PC's golden age of gaming? The results are mixed.

Three simple rules for buying a new laptop

How much RAM do you need? How much storage? And how important is the processor, really?

PC security: Your essential software toolbox

Don't fall victim! With these tools, services and tips, you can protect yourself against malware, phishing and theft.

Gain access to your PC without the logon password

2godballdaglory asked the Answer Line how he can boot an old PC with a password he no longer remembers.

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Windows 8 Upgrade Diary: What to expect

One PC power user's account of what you can expect from upgrading to Windows 8.

Learn the secrets of eye-friendly computing

Computer screens can be hard on the eyes. The Vision Council's new 16-page eye-safety guide is here to help.

28 pieces of computing advice that stand the test of time

Here are the best pieces of computing advice we've ever heard. Useful information never goes out of style.

Upgrade your laptop

EnVy26 asked the Laptops forum about upgrading a portable computer

Supercharge your desktop with Rainmeter widgets

We'll show you how to get the hang of this powerful and customizable (yet initially confusing) widget wonder and help you make your desktop one of a kind.

How to securely erase your hard drive

Ensure that the data on your old drives is safe from prying eyes with this simple guide to securely wiping your hard drives.