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Turn your flash drive into a portable PC survival kit

When web utilities won't work and all hope fails, a properly loaded thumb drive can fix PC hassles in a flash.

Customize Windows 8's boot screen with Boot UI Tuner

This tiny utility gives you lots of control over your boot options, including bringing back the Windows 7 boot loader.

Meet Plex, the media streamer that will make you forget Netflix and Hulu

Netflix and Hulu may get all the hype, but Plex's robust media management and transcoding features make it seamlessly streaming your digital media collection anywhere and anytime a cinch.

How to dedupe your song library now that iTunes won't

iTunes no longer offers the option of finding duplicate songs. Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to do so.

How to print from a mobile device with Google's Cloud Print

Just because you're on a smartphone doesn't mean you can't print. In a few easy steps -- and with Google's Cloud Print -- you'll be printing from your mobile device in no time.

Keep your data safe when you travel for the holidays

Hitting the road this holiday season? Before you do, follow these steps to make sure you don't find a data disaster if your computer falls prey to nature, theft, or bad luck while you're out and about.

Supercharge your desktop with Rainmeter widgets

We'll show you how to get the hang of this powerful and customizable (yet initially confusing) widget wonder and help you make your desktop one of a kind.

Make fast work of finding photos with Lost Photos

Lost Photos trolls the depths of your email account, looking for any images and saving them to your hard drive.

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Troubleshoot Blue Screens of Death with Free BlueScreenView

This handy utility won't necessarily fix your BSOD problems, but it can certainly help you diagnose them.

Organize Your Photos

Taleh asked the Digital Cameras & Camcorders forum to recommend a good photo organizer

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Learn More About Your Laptop's Battery Status

BatteryBar is one of the all-time great Windows freebies. But a mere $5 gets you the Pro version, which is even better.

Clean Up Explorer's Context Menu

When MLStrand56 right-clicks a file in Windows Explorer, the resulting menu is too big for comfort, "due to various programs adding their own items to the menu." The Windows forum offers a solution.

PC Building Best Practices: Software

In the second part of our PC building best practices series, we outline a number of issues that can arise when you're configuring and installing software on a newly built PC.

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