Don't-Miss Desktop Stories


How to Disable Windows Startup Programs

You can speed up your PC's boot time by cutting out startup items in Windows.

How to Enter Your PC's BIOS

Need to change your computer's boot order or access other advanced settings? Here's how to access the BIOS (basic input/output system).

How to Sync Your PC, Smartphone, and Tablet

With the right services and software, you can keep documents, contacts, calendars, and Web browsers synced across a PC, phone, and tablet.

Fix-It Tips: Troubleshoot a BIOS Error, Create a Security First-Aid USB Drive

That scary CMOS message probably has a quick fix; free tool helps you create a USB recovery drive.

What to Do With a New PC

Here's how to eliminate crapware, install all of your favorite apps at once, and get your brand-new PC ready for hard work (or play).

How to Max Out Your Windows Performance for $1000

You can't hit 7.9--the top score in the Windows Experience Index--without a load of expensive hardware, but you can get very close. Here's how to build a PC that gets you all the way to 7.8 for under a grand.

Two PCs Instead of One

RebelDroid asked the Laptops forum to recommend a laptop that does everything. I think he needs more than one computer.


Build a Gaming PC for Under $1000

Here's how to put together a bad-ass gaming PC for less than a grand.

Soothe Your Sore Eyes With F.lux’s Time-Sensitive Lighting

This cross-platform utility automatically adjusts your display lighting based on the time of day.

Can You Do Real Work With the 30-Year-Old IBM 5150?

Our intrepid reporter spends a week trying to write, browse the Web, edit photos, and even (shudder) tweet on IBM's first PC.

Livescribe Bundles a Year of Evernote Premium with Smartpen Purchase

Been eyeing an Echo smartpen? Buy one between now and Jan 31, 2012 and Livescribe will throw in a $45 Evernote account.

5 More PC Upgrade Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Upgrading your computer can be easy enough for most people. But it's not without its pitfalls. Here are five common upgrade mistakes that even experienced users make.


How to Automatically Update Everything on Your PC

A bit lazy when it comes to your PC maintenance? Here are a few shortcuts to keep all of your apps up-to-date.