Don't-Miss Software Stories

Reinstalling Software Leads to Loss of Key Feature

An important software tool stopped working when this consumer reinstalled a program that had worked fine for more than a year.

Use Your Photo Editor to Add Water Reflections

Here's how to use any image editor to add realistic reflections to your digital photos, no water required.


Email Tips: What's With That J? Plus Thunderbird Tweaks

Here's why the letter "J" inexplicably appears in some messages, and how to customize Mozilla's Thunderbird email client.

Touch Up Your Portraits Without Makeup

Follow these simple tips to improve the look of your subject's face with a dab of photo editing.


Reader Q&A: Troubleshoot DVD Drive, Customize Windows Media Player

Learn how to troubleshoot (and possibly fix) a confused DVD drive and tell Windows Media Player where to get its music.


Troubleshooting Tips, Free Windows Optimization Tool

Basic tips for diagnosing a mysterious Windows freeze, plus a review of Advanced SystemCare Free 5.

Optimize Your PC with Advanced SystemCare 5 Free

The latest version of Iobit's freebie does a good job of cleaning and fine-tuning your machine.

How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows

If your computer is acting up, hardware drivers may be to blame. Learn how to roll back or even uninstall driver software with this handy guide.

How to Find Your Windows or Office Product Key

Locate your Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office product keys with this simple guide.

RAM Troubleshooter, Hassle-Solving USB Cable

Here are a couple hassle solvers: Memtest86+ can diagnose bad RAM, and the Magic Cable Trio gives you gives you micro USB, mini USB, and Apple 40-pin connectors in one sync cable.

How to Use Special Characters in Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, and Google Chat

Here's a simple guide to using special characters and hidden emoticons to communicate more clearly on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Chat.

Fixes for Outlook General Failure Error, Unwanted Windows Reboots

Here's a potential fix for the dreaded Outlook General Failure error, plus how to keep Windows from automatically rebooting after an update.

Turn Your Digital Pictures Into a Photo Strip

Use an image editor like Adobe Photoshop Elements to create a novelty gift that looks like it came from a photo booth.