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Make Your Scroll Wheel Work in Every Window

Mouse-wheel scrolling doesn't work the way it should in all programs. Here's a quick fix to make it work consistently, everywhere.


Disaster! How to Retrieve a Lost Windows Password

We show you techniques and tools that help solve the problem.


Tweak the Start Menu's Control Panel Interface

Get quick access to your Control Panel options without leaving the Start Menu.


Tweak Vista Icons, Add Shortcuts With Hassle-Free PC

PC World blogger Rick Broida helps you create a VPN shortcut, resize taskbar previews, and make Vista look more like Windows 7.


How to Improve Windows Vista's Performance

These tips and techniques make your OS go faster.


Set Up a Free Business Server With Ubuntu

On a tight budget? You can easily create your own free file server by installing Ubuntu Linux on a machine you already own.

Give Vista a Windows 7 Makeover

Want the bells and whistles of Windows 7's new interface without having to wait for the real thing? These easy tweaks will make Vista look and act like the next generation of Windows.

Launch Apps in a Flash with Windows-Key Shortcut

A little-known toolbar trick lets you run your favorite apps without ever taking your hands off the keyboard.


How to Stop Operating-System Attacks

Ads for DriveCleaner, WinFixer, Antivirus XP, Antivirus 2009 and others pop up on PCs all the time, but the software may be fraudulent or ineffective. Also: Mac users need security updates, too.


Can Someone Steal My Windows Product ID?

Ahmed Olatunde wonders if someone can copy his Windows Product ID from the sticker on his laptop, and use it to install Windows on another machine.

Don't Fear the Penguin: A Newbie's Guide to Linux

Linux has an undeserved reputation for being complex, cryptic, and difficult to use. With this simple guide, you can get started using Ubuntu Linux today.


Set Up Windows 7 With Help From Hassle-Free PC

PC World blogger Rick Broida has tips for setting up a dual-boot Vista-Windows 7 machine and migrating to a new PC.


Windows 7 Public Beta: First Impressions

Is Windows 7 shaping up to be the cure to Vista's many woes? We took the public beta for a spin to find out.