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Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now

Now that you're used to the new Windows 8.1 Update, it's time to clear up some space on that hard drive.

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The pros and cons (mostly cons) of saving files to the desktop

Yes, you can save documents and other files to the Windows desktop. But without the right precautions, it’s not a safe place for files you want to keep.

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Compatibility with security: How to run Windows XP in a virtual machine

Running Windows XP in a virtual machine is a safe way to continue using it once support ends. Here's how to do just that.

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Windows XP survival guide: How to upgrade (or not)

Whether you’re fleeing to a new OS or battening down the XP hatches, read this to survive unscathed.

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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.

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How to get your data from Windows XP to a new PC

Moving on is hard, but transferring your data doesn't have to be.

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5 key things Windows XP users need to know before buying a new PC

XP has just days of official support left. If you're thinking about buying a new PC, here are a few tips to help you navigate the aisles of your local electronics retailer.

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When Windows Update won't update

We all depend on Windows Update to keep our PCs functioning and secure. Here's what to do when the update doesn't update.

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Tailor Windows to your workflow with these two helpful taskbar tweaks

Managed correctly, the Windows taskbar can be the center of your PC's universe. Here's how to seize control.

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How to keep your PC secure when Microsoft ends Windows XP support

If you can't cut the Windows XP cord completely, here's how to keep your computer as safe as possible once security patches go buh-bye.

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Reinstall Windows when you've lost your reinstall disc or partition

You need to reinstall Windows, but the restoration partition on the hard drive no longer works (or you lost the restoration DVD). Here’s what to do.

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How to make the Windows desktop look good on high-DPI displays

Windows wasn't made to work well with pixel-packed displays. Here's how to force the issue.

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Log into Windows 8 without having to type a strong password

An online password should be long and complex. A Windows login password should be easy to type. Windows 8 expects you to use one password for both. I offer three solutions.

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How to create hotkeys for Windows sleep and shutdown

No Sleep button? No problem. Programming a key to do it for you is pretty easy.

Where sticky notes are stored and how you can recover them

Windows allows you to keep handy “sticky” notes on your computer’s desktop, but doesn't tell you where it actually stores the text. You may need that information someday.