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How to Run System Restore

By loading Windows from a restore point, you can undo the negative effects of bad drivers and updates.


How to Remove 'Crapware' and Other Unwanted Software From Your PC

Removing junk software is like uninstalling any other program, but here are a few hints that can make the process much smoother.


How to Configure Windows Update

Ensure that Windows Update is an important part of your regular system maintenance.

15 Awesome Things You Probably Shouldn't Do

Want to unlock your iPhone, download YouTube videos, or hack a stranger's Facebook account? It's all possible, but it's also all against the rules.


Optimize Your PC, Security Apps 101, Find Folders Fast

CCleaner got a must-have update; a reader wants to know if two security apps are better than one; Windows 7's Recent Places feature can save you time.


How Do I Configure Windows Firewall in Windows Vista or Windows 7?

Learn the basics of Windows Firewall and find out how to adjust it to meet your security needs.


How to Get Support for Open Source Software

If you're afraid Linux and other open software will leave your business without anywhere to turn, think again. There’s more support than you’ll ever need.

Windows Newbie Q&A: Sharing Links, Maximizing Apps

Readers new to Windows ask basic questions, like how to share a Web page and how to force apps to run full-screen.


Windows 32-Bit vs. 64-Bit, Personalize Your OS

Rick discusses the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, and tells you how to make your desktop easier to read and change your user-account icon.


Weird Windows Woes: Fix Random Freezes, Test Mode

Learn how to stop Windows 7 from freezing at will, remove a mysterious "test mode" watermark, and find out exactly what version of Windows you're running.


How to Install Apps With Ubuntu Software Center

With Ubuntu Software Center you can easily find, browse and install your choice of thousands of great open source software apps. Here's how.


15 Things Every PC User Should Know

Whether you're a grizzled tech veteran or an uninitiated newbie, here are 15 essential facts and tricks that you ought to know.


Install All Your Favorite Freeware in One Fell Swoop

Free tool Ninite lets you pick and choose the software you want, then installs it all automatically.