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Help Improve Ubuntu on 'Bug Day' Tomorrow

By helping to triage reported bugs, even nontechnical users can participate in making the open source Linux software better.

Q&A: XP and USB Drives; XP Backup in Windows 7; IE Errors in XP

Follow these tips to deal with an XP system that won't recognize flash drives, restore an XP backup in Windows 7, and solve IE script errors in Windows XP.


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.


IT Certifications That Matter

Here’s a quick guide to the meaning of various popular IT certifications and to the hoops they require IT pros to jump through.

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.


5 Things to Do First with Ubuntu

Start off your life with Linux on the right foot by following these few beginning steps.

How to Fix a Windows Infection Using Linux

Even if you haven’t opted to run Linux on your computers, you can still use it to save malware-infected Windows machines.

Donate Your Bandwidth to Support Ubuntu Downloads

Here's a tip, in the Ubuntu open source tradition, to help smooth the process of downloading version 10.10 of the Linux OS for Canonical and other users.

Top 5 Mistakes Made by Linux First-Timers

Are you new to Linux? Then don’t let these common missteps spoil your first experiences.