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Ubuntu 10.04 Upgrade: Best Practices Checklist

Ubuntu 10.04 is an easy-to-use Linux operating system that "just works."

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Force Windows to Shut Down, Solve XP/7 Networking Woes, and More

Learn what to do when a shutdown freezes, plus downloads that let you easily network between Windows XP and Windows 7, and customize the OS.

Create Your Own Windows 7 Desktop Theme

Turn your digital photos into a Windows 7 wallpaper slideshow to share with friends and family.

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Curb PC Annoyances: Windows 7, Office, and Monitor Tips

Here's what to do when Microsoft changes a file format, Office keeps asking you to accept the EULA, and Dell ships you a monitor with a seemingly random cable.

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How to Configure an Ubuntu Linux Computer for Less Than $200

Here are step by step instructions for setting up an Ubuntu Linux computer with a 23-inch LCD monitor for under $200.

Problem-Solving Apps: Classic Start Menu, Search Commands, Double Diver

These downloads give you back the familiar XP Start menu, let you find Office commands quickly, and back up your drivers.

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Windows Tips: DIY Repair Disc, System Tray Tweak, Icon Fixes

Learn how to create a system repair disc for XP or Vista, add icons to the Windows 7 System Tray, and keep desktop icons in their places.

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Simple Tips Banish Computing Hassles

Here's how to use Ctrl-Z for just about anything, add events to Google Calendar with your phone, and wrangle Windows 7 taskbar icons.

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How to Easily Install Ubuntu Linux on Any PC

A step-by-step guide to installing Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution.

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Customize Windows Media Center: Add Logos, Color-Code Lists, and More

Make WMC your own: tweak the buffer, add logos, color-code the guide, and block Internet TV.

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Wrangle Your Desktop: Hide Icons, Beef Up Previews

Here's how to quickly hide your Windows icons, switch between external displays, and make those tiny taskbar thumbnails more useful.

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Top Free Troubleshooting Tools for Windows

These seven handy tools help you diagnose and cure a wide range of Windows ills, and they're all free for the downloading

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How to Give Your PC a Windows 7 Makeover

Some of Windows 7's new interface tweaks are pretty slick, which is why software developers have already started cranking out copycat tweaks.

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