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Must-Have Downloads From Hassle-Free PC

Find software product keys, delete duplicate photos, and manage passwords with free apps from PC World blogger Rick Broida.

Find Product Keys for Installed Software

Lost your key for Office? Windows? Keyfinder instantly culls the Registry to find keys for these and other important apps.

Paste Text, Not Formatting

Bob Engel asked the Answer Line Forum how he could copy and paste text without pasting the font and other formatting along with the actual words.

Your Backup Resolutions: Five Strategies to Back Up Your Data, Now

We help you find the perspective and the technology to put yourself on the path to smoother backups.

Speed Up PC Control With Gestures

Automatically turn special mouse movements into PC commands with gesture-reading software.

Control a Remote PC with Ease for Free

Among several free (and paid) options, LogMeIn remotely drives a network PC with little hassle.

Fast Fixes for Common PC Problems

Struggling with dead components, a recalcitrant Windows, and uncooperative applications? Our easy hardware repairs, simple software remedies, and quick tweaks will put your PC in the pink.


Secure Your Vista PC in 10 Easy Steps

You don't necessarily need an expensive security suite to lock down Windows Vista. Here's how to do it using free software and a few easy system tweaks.

Reinstall and Restore Your Windows PC in Eight Easy Steps

Eliminate problems and improve performance by wiping out Windows and reinstalling it from scratch. Here's a simple guide to help you back up your data and restore your PC quickly.

Troubleshoot PC Performance with ProcessScanner

Ever wonder what all those items in the Processes tab of your Task Manager are? Find out with ProcessScanner.

Test Your PC With 10 (Mostly) Free Sites and Tools

Use these super testing tools to test and track practically everything about your PC--including its hard drive, Internet connections, and inside-the-case hardware.

Avoid Typing the Same Text Over and Over

Fab freebie PhraseExpress automatically inserts commonly used words and phrases, saving you countless keystrokes.

What's the Safest Way to Resize a Partition?

Kevin Germino keeps programs and data on separate partitions, but he needs to adjust their sizes. Can he do this safely?