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Make Your New PC Hassle-Free, Part 4: Create a Drive Image

The time may come when you need to restore your PC. Instead of going all the way back to square one, use an "image" of your system as it exists right now.

How to Automate Windows 7 Backups

How to set up and automate backups in Windows 7.


Is Backing Up Online Safe?

LaTonya Powell asked if online backup is really secure

Free Must-Have Tools, Bargain-Basement Backup

FixWin lets you fix many Windows glitches; Paint.NET gives you pro-quality image editing. Plus, Carbonite has a limited-time offer.


Maintenance Reminder

Bill wants to be automatically reminded when to defrag his hard drive, remove junk, and do other chores.

Fix Common Windows Problems With One Click

The aptly named FixWin utility puts the hurt on 50 Windows glitches--no Registry tinkering required.

The Computer Maintenance Flash Drive

Andy Ludlum asked me to recommend portable diagnostic programs to keep on a flash drive.

Get Detailed Information About Your PC

A free utility reveals all kinds of techie data about your hardware, everything from the motherboard to the RAM to the graphics card.

Open a CD or DVD Tray That Won't Eject

Stuck drive door? Try this simple, free app to eject your discs with a single mouse click or keyboard shortcut.

Troubleshoot Windows Remotely Over the Net

Microsoft's Internet-based remote-access tools let you quickly fix Windows problems on far-away PCs. Here's how to use them.

When the Backup Drive Gets Full

Rat74136’s external hard drive is full. How does he keep backing up?

Free Tools for Fine-Tuning Your Windows 7 Setup

No-cost apps and Web services help you set up your Windows 7 computer just the way you want it.


Six Ways to Botch Your Backups

Want to lose all your data and sink your business? Follow these six simple rules.

Virtualization Revs Up Small Business

How a new virtualization system turbocharged a Vancouver Volkswagen dealership.

Synchronize Your Data With Multiple PCs, Macs, and Mobile Devices

Gone are the days of carrying important files on optical discs and thumb drives. Here are some easy ways to synchronize your files across multiple platforms.