Don't-Miss Windows Stories
Windows installs each program into one of two folders. Here's why they don't all go to the same place, and what the number 86 has to do with it.
Windows 10 may still be in a beta preview form, but it already has some fun and handy, hidden new features worth exploring. Check 'em out here.
It really doesn't take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.
Arnoldas Zdanevicius needed help finding a file. Windows' built-in search tool can be a powerful ally--if you know its tricks.
The AutoPlay menu gives you lots of options, but if you always want just one, you can customize it.
When Windows gets messed up, System Restore allows you to go back to a better time…but only if it's been creating system points regularly.
An image backup can restore a hopelessly messed up Windows installation. But how do you restore a backup when you can't boot Windows?
The legendary GodMode tweak returns in Windows 10. Here's how to activate it.
You can't directly boot into Windows 8's Safe Mode; you can only reboot into it. Here's how to get around that using a key drive.
You can see all of the shortcuts and files on your desktop. Other people can see some of them. Here's how to control who sees what.
Many apps hide a treasure trove of efficiency under a right-click on the taskbar, Jump Lists.
The old F8 trick no longer works with all PCs. Here are some alternate ways to enter Windows's clean, diagnostic Safe Mode
Want to find a favorite folder quickly? Here's how to configure your favorites and libraries in Windows 7 and 8's file managers.