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Restore a Windows 8 or Windows 7 image backup to an unbootable PC

An image backup can restore a hopelessly messed up Windows installation. But how do you restore a backup when you can't boot Windows?

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Unlock Windows 10's hidden, powerful GodMode tool

The legendary GodMode tweak returns in Windows 10. Here's how to activate it.

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Enter Windows 8 Safe Mode when you can't boot Windows 8

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.

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How to set Windows desktop items as public or private

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.

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The hidden power of Windows Jump Lists

Many apps hide a treasure trove of efficiency under a right-click on the taskbar, Jump Lists.

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Windows 8 and Windows 7 Safe Modes: How to enter and when to use them

The old F8 trick no longer works with all PCs. Here are some alternate ways to enter Windows's clean, diagnostic Safe Mode

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Personalize the Windows Explorer Navigation Bar

Want to find a favorite folder quickly? Here's how to configure your favorites and libraries in Windows 7 and 8's file managers.

Here's what to do when your touchscreen won't work

Your Windows 8 laptop has a touchscreen, but touching it doesn't have the desired effect. Here's what to do about it.

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview, keylogging, and you

The Windows 10 Technical Preview can track your keystrokes and listen to your speech. It's for research rather than spying, but still something to keep it in mind if you're going to use it.

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What's in the hidden Windows AppData Folder, and how to find it if you need it

You know about Documents and other libraries. But some important data files are stored in the difficult-to-access AppData folder. Here's what you need to know.

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How to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a Mac

Get Microsoft's beta operating system on a virtual drive or right on your hard drive.

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Why you can't use all of your RAM

Your PC has 4GB of RAM, or maybe even 8GB. But Windows doesn't even use 4GB. Here's what's going on.

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Need help? Microsoft Stores offer free tech support, PC tune-ups, malware removal

If you've got a problem with your PC. The Microsoft Store may be able to fix it for you for free.