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Can I Recover from Recovering My PC?

When his PC wouldn't boot, Stargazer ran its recovery tool and thus lost all of his files. Then he asked the Answer Line forum how he could get back his pictures, video, and music.

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Why Doesn't Vista's Mail Program Help You Type in Contacts?

Bill Owens wants to know why Vista's email program, Windows Mail, doesn't behave like Outlook Express and automatically complete recipients' name as you type them.

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How Do I Back Up My Drivers?

Gerald Thompson wants his drivers protected before a complete reinstall.

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End Office and Windows Annoyances

Deal with e-mail hassles, Office file-format woes, and lost passwords--and see what happens when a wolf wants to play.

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What Autoloading Programs Should I Keep?

Joseph Storer of Bellingham, Massachusetts has the right idea. He wants to know which programs that autoload at startup should NOT be disabled.

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Get Started With Virtual Machines

Virtualization is the safe, easy way to run any operating system on your PC or to run multiple OSs simultaneously. Here's how to add virtual computers to your system right now, using powerful free tools.

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10 Fixes for Vista's Worst Features

Windows Vista is loaded with features, but they don't all work as they should. Here's how to tweak, modify, cope with, or work around the operating system's biggest blunders.

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Why Can't I Open Vista's Cookies Folder?

Lamar Redmon wants to know why he can't access Vista's Cookies folder typing "cookies" and selecting it.

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When Windows Update Won't Update

Ralph Isaacs wants to know why Windows is telling him that it can't install its own updates.

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12 Unnecessary Vista Features You Can Disable Right Now

Tired of Vista's bloat? Reclaim your PC's performance by turning off a dozen wasteful features.

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Will Microsoft Continue to Activate New XP Installations?

Gunther Steinberg of Portola Valley, California wants to know if he'll be able to install Windows XP on a new computer, and have Microsoft activate it, "in 2010 and later."

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How to Clean Your Windows Registry and Speed Up Your PC

A cluttered Registry can slow Windows to a crawl, but cleaning it up effectively isn't easy. Steve Bass reviews some of the leading Registry cleaners, and offers tips to help you get your Registry down to size and improve your PC's performance.

When Is Vista not Vista? When It's Mojave!

Microsoft resorts to subterfuge to get people to try Windows Vista, as Steve Bass recently found. Plus, tips for Outlook and Windows passwords.

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Troubleshoot Your Boot-Up and Shutdown Problems

Does your PC hang, complain, or flat-out blue-screen when you start it up or shut it down? PC World's Lincoln Spector has answers to readers' most perplexing boot and shutdown questions.

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Skin Vista to Look Like XP

You may be stuck with Vista, but with a few tweaks and tricks you can make it look and feel just like its predecessor.

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