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Automate your morning programs with Windows Task Scheduler

Windows' Task Scheduler makes it easy to have your PC do some of your work for you while you get your morning coffee.

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How to clear absolutely everything off your desktop in Windows 8.1

Want to have a spartan desktop with not so much as a Recycle Bin visible? Here's how to do just that.

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Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

IT professionals have used virtual hard drives for years in servers and virtual machines, but you can also use VHDs to back up your data. we'll show you how and when to do this.

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How to kill unwanted processes and applications that slow down Windows

Windows PCs run a whole lot of code in the background, much of which slows you down and provides little or no benefit. Here's how to stop them.

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How to use Chocolatey: A delicious Windows package manager

Get a taste of automated app installation with this sweet command-line tool.

How to move Outlook Data to a new PC

Bringing your documents and spreadsheets to a new PC is easy. But if you use Outlook, moving your email, contacts, and appointments may be a bit tricky.

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Monitor multiple time zones from your desktop with the Windows clock

Need to know what time it is in Tokyo or New York? Forget Google, keep tabs on three time zones on your desktop.

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Control your desktop, or Windows will control it for you

Windows rarely leaves the icons on your desktop where you want them. Here's how to fix that annoying problem.

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Drop the Dropbox icon, and other notification area tweaks

Want to tweak the system tray/notification area on the taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1? Here's how.

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Get more out of the Windows Taskbar with these 3 shortcuts

Looking to cycle through your apps or just get a more standard right-click context menu? There are a few shortcuts for that.

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Speed up or slow down your slideshows

Showing photos to friends? If the pictures move too slowly, you bore your audience. If they move to fast, you annoy them. Here's how to set the speed in several common programs.

Speed up your PC's boot time by finding the worst startup offenders

Your PC may not have a lot of RAM, processor speed, or hard drive space, but often you can still speed up your computer by limiting the apps that start-up at boot.

How to reinstall Windows like a pro

It's super-easy to reinstall Windows 8, and not much more difficult to reinstall Windows 7. Use these tips to get the most out of a reinstall.