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How Do I Make Web-Based Mail My Default?

In the Answer Line forum, loops07 asked how to replace Outlook with Yahoo Mail as the default email program. I include Gmail in my answer.

Get Started With Virtual Machines

Virtualization is the safe, easy way to run any operating system on your PC or to run multiple OSs simultaneously. Here's how to add virtual computers to your system right now, using powerful free tools.


How Do I Gain Administrator Access Without a Password?

Anthony Venable purchased a used PC from a business going out of business. They didn't give him the password to the one administrator account.

How I Upgraded My Laptop's Hard Drive and Almost Lost My Mind

In which a simple hardware upgrade allows me to channel my inner Laurel and Hardy.

20 Tech Habits to Improve Your Life

A few new habits can make the difference between staying on task, finding what you need, and getting things done--or having a tech meltdown.

Smart Fixes for Your Printing, E-Mail, and Audio Hassles

Save on costly printer ink, handle leftover Registry junk, and defeat a common Outlook annoyance. Plus: two cool volume-control tools.

Six Hacks For Your Mobile Gear

Unlock your iPhone, supercharge your camera, and take your TiVo shows on the road for free. These six hacks unleash the hidden power in your mobile gadgets.


Why Does My Scanner Produce Huge PDF Files?

TechBeginner, on the Answer Line Forum, wants to know why his scanner produces such huge PDF files

How to Clean Your Windows Registry and Speed Up Your PC

A cluttered Registry can slow Windows to a crawl, but cleaning it up effectively isn't easy. Steve Bass reviews some of the leading Registry cleaners, and offers tips to help you get your Registry down to size and improve your PC's performance.

How to Prevent a Data Disaster

If a natural disaster wipes out your hard drive, it will probably destroy your local backups, too. Here's a backup plan that will get you through even the worst-case scenario.

Smart Sites and Terrific Downloads

Share huge files, explore the universe, eject USB devices fast, and watch a hilarious video parody of video games and prostitution.

Linux Replacements for Your Favorite Windows Apps

You may be intrigued by the idea of switching to Linux. But how will you get your job done without your favorite Windows programs? These 18 great open-source apps make life with Linux easier.