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Windows Vista Tools From Hassle-Free PC

PC World blogger Rick Broida reviews freebies that let you tweak Vista, launch apps with hotkeys, and access Outlook info on your desktop.

15 Tech Secrets for the Serious Road Warrior

Use these smart mobile tech tricks to create your own wireless hotspot out of a phone or laptop in a pinch, protect your laptop from grab-and-dash thieves, and communicate with anyone anywhere.

Hack Vista Settings with Ultimate Windows Tweaker

Who needs the Registry when this free utility lets you tweak the daylights out of Vista?

Can Two Security Suites Co-Exist?

Bob Carne wants to use Trend Micro Internet Security as added spyware protection, along with Norton 360. They don't play well together.

Manage Windows User Passwords

Create a USB thumb drive to reset a forgotten user password.

Launch Apps in a Flash with Launchy

This fabulous freebie lets you run programs, load Web favorites, and even find files with just a few keystrokes.

Make Set-It-and-Forget-It Online Backups

Take the headache, hassle, and doubt out of making your backups with a Web-based backup like

Help Distant Friends and Family Members Fix Their PC Problems

Just run the free CrossLoop utility at both ends and presto: You're tech support.

Guide to SSL VPN

Part of the reason for using SSL VPNs is to allow users to connect using something other than a company-issued machine.

How to Simplify Folder Sharing on Your Home Network

Tired of wrestling with your home network? Network Magic conjures easy folder sharing, among other nifty tricks.

What's the Best Way to Backup What I Need to Backup?

David Edelbaum wants to know the best techniques and programs for backing up his PC.

Boot Faster with Startup Delayer

Speed up your boot time with a free utility that postpones non-essential startup items.

Can I Recover from Recovering My PC?

When his PC wouldn't boot, Stargazer ran its recovery tool and thus lost all of his files. Then he asked the Answer Line forum how he could get back his pictures, video, and music.