Don't-Miss Windows 7 Stories

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What happens when Microsoft ends Windows 7 mainstream support next year

Next January, Microsoft will end mainstream support for Windows 7. But relax. That won't be end of the popular operating system.

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Upgrade Windows 7 Starter to something better

Windows 7 Starter was an intentionally crippled operating system. Fortunately, you don’t have to keep it.

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Replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 or a look-alike

Do you regret buying that Windows 8 (or 8.1) computer? Here’s what you can do about it.

3 ways to get a new Windows 7 PC in the Windows 8 era

You can still buy or build a PC with Windows 7, or possibly downgrade from Windows 8. It just takes a little extra legwork.

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How to preview PDFs in Windows Explorer

Pdf previews were once built into Windows’ file manager, but not anymore. Here’s how to get them back.

How to make room on your Windows partition

Acharya1987's C: drive is running out of space. I offer my suggestions, as does the Answer Line forum.

Control how Windows locks down and saves power when you're not using it

What happens when you get up and walk away from your PC? I answer a reader's question about setting Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use.

Yes, you can still upgrade to Windows 7

Arcticsid knows he can't continue using Windows XP. He asked the Windows forum about upgrading to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8.

Keep other people off of my PC

Aris Cristian doesn't mind friends using his PC, but he worries that they might damage Windows or his files.

Run an old program on a new PC

John P. wants to continue playing a game he bought when running Windows 98

Install any version of Windows using any Windows disc you can find

A free utility tweaks the Windows ISO image file, thus letting you install whatever version matches your product key.

File extensions control which application can open a file

BearPup sometimes wants to open a file in one program, and other times open it in another. He asked the Answer Line forum for an easy way to do this.

How to add Windows 8's best desktop features to Windows 7

Windows 8 isn't all about the live tiles and gesture control. The new OS is filled with nuts-and-bolts improvements, and you can get them all in Windows 7 with a little work.