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Keep Your Hard Drive Defragmented with Defraggler 2.0

From the same folks who brought you CCleaner 3.0, this slick "defrag" utility beats Windows' own tool at every turn.

Eliminate Duplicate Files with Free Utility

It's called Fast Duplicate File Finder, and it does exactly what it promises: locates and, if you wish, deletes duplicate files.

Get Classic Start Menu Pro for Free (Today Only)

Who says you can't get something for nothing? Today only, this $20 utility can be yours free of charge, no strings attached. (Well, there's one tiny one.)

Laptop Gaming: Optimize Performance on Portable PCs

Most mainstream laptops have modest CPUs and weak graphics cards. Here's how to tune your games for the best laptop gaming.

Ditch Your Keyboard With Windows Voice Commands

Keyboards and mice are so 20th century. Here's how to drive your Windows 7 PC by voice alone, and dictate all your text.

How to Remove 'Crapware' and Other Unwanted Software From Your PC

Removing junk software is like uninstalling any other program, but here are a few hints that can make the process much smoother.


15 Awesome Things You Probably Shouldn't Do

Want to unlock your iPhone, download YouTube videos, or hack a stranger's Facebook account? It's all possible, but it's also all against the rules.


Optimize Your PC, Security Apps 101, Find Folders Fast

CCleaner got a must-have update; a reader wants to know if two security apps are better than one; Windows 7's Recent Places feature can save you time.


Restore a Windows XP Backup in Windows 7

Out of the box, Windows 7 can't access backup files created with Windows XP. Fortunately, there's a free utility that should be able to restore your stuff.

Keep Your PC Running Smoothly with CCleaner 3.0

Everybody's favorite "crap" cleaner just got a major update, starting with a 64-bit version and an improved interface.

How Do I Back Up My Data?

Follow these quick and simple instructions to protect your valuable files.

Convert Videos to Other Formats

The free (and amusingly named) Hamster Video Converter offers a super-easy interface and support for all common formats.

Give Windows 7 (or XP) a Vista-Like Sidebar

If you miss the Sidebar like I do, you'll love the similar freeware alternative, Desktop Sidebar.

Delete Stubborn Files

Usrn asked the Desktops forum how to get rid of files that refuse to be deleted

Laptop Helpers: TouchpadPal, BatteryBar

Solve laptop hassles with free tools that disable your touchpad while you're typing, and keep you updated on your battery's condition.