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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.

How to Manage Users in Windows 7

Use Windows 7's built-in tools to manage multiple users on your PC and your network.

Back Up and Restore Across Windows Versions

Alvin Hurd asked if he can restore a Vista backup in XP. I answer both his question and the reverse one.

Optimize Your Windows 7 PC

Squeeze the very best performance out of your PC with these Windows 7 optimization tricks.


Get Started With Windows 7 XP Mode

Here's the quick way to set up and use XP Mode on your Windows 7 PC.

Organize Your Desktop Icons with Fences

Stardock's fantastic free utility makes it a snap to arrange your apps, shortcuts, folders, and other desktop clutter.

MouseExtender Puts a Program Launcher Underneath Your Cursor

This terrific new freebie puts your favorite apps and folders right under your middle fingertip.

Disaster! How to Retrieve a Deleted File

What you've accidentally erased isn't necessarily gone forever.


Mail Archive Tool Frees Server Space and Boosts Performance

ArchiveOne Express offloads medium- and small-sized business' email, creating endless inbox space and making server hardware last longer.