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Avoid Windows Encryption

Belialxyn asked the Answer Line forum how to retrieve encrypted files after reinstalling Windows

Automated Tool Tracks Business Hardware and Software

Network Inventory Advisor saves time from manually maintaining a list of PC software and hardware details, even alerting you if an employee makes a change.

Smartphone Tool Improves IT Response Time

Rove Mobile Admin could reduce your technology downtime by letting IT workers manage issues from a smartphone.

Applications on a Flash Drive

Joseph Mott wants to put Microsoft Office onto a flash drive

How to Resurrect a Crashed Hard Drive

Recover data using the freezer and Frisbee tricks and more.

Save $100: Replace Windows 7 Professional's Big Features with Freeware!

Are you stuck between Windows 7's $200 Windows Home Premium and $300 Professional versions? Here's how you can get Professional's best features... for free!


More on Image Backups

Mike Bell asked the Answer Line forum what an image backup actually backs up; I offer more advice than he asked for

Online Backups Save Up-Front Hardware Costs

Mozy charges monthly for licenses and storage space versus paying thousands up-front.

Know Your Software to Make the Most of Your Time

Online video tutorials from can pay you back by boosting employee efficiency.

Be Everywhere At Once With Remote Access Software

Techinline lets you troubleshoot remote PCs, trimming the cost of just walking down a hall to flying across the country.

Linux and Ksplice: Never Reboot Again

With this handy Linux utility, you can run your system virtually forever without rebooting.

Save Time By Scanning Paper Documents

Digitize physical files to save space and retrieve them with quick searches. You can even outsource the scanning process.

Save Your Desktop Icon Layout

Tired of your icons getting messed up every time there's a screen-resolution change? This freeware utility lets you save and restore your favorite layouts.