Don't-Miss Windows Stories

Is Windows running too many processes?

Concerned about a slow PC, Davis13 asked the Laptops forum about all the processes that Windows runs.

A quick fix for problems with Windows Update

Can't get updates to install properly? Microsoft's fix-it utility might just do the trick.

Supercharge your desktop with Rainmeter widgets

We'll show you how to get the hang of this powerful and customizable (yet initially confusing) widget wonder and help you make your desktop one of a kind.

Control Windows Media Center from your Android, iOS, or Windows Phone device

New app lets WMC users manage and schedule recordings, search TV shows and movies, and even remote-control the PC.

Does the Windows logon password protect your data?

After discovering how easy it is to recover data from a hard drive removed from one PC and attached to another, Melker asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if password protecting Windows actually protects your data.

How to securely erase your hard drive

Ensure that the data on your old drives is safe from prying eyes with this simple guide to securely wiping your hard drives.

Windows 8 Multi-monitor Tips and Tricks

Windows 8 offers improved multimonitor support out of the box. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.

Revived 'Green Button' Site Helps Answer Your Windows Media Center Questions

Looking for a place to get user-supported help with WMC? An old favorite is back in business.

Improve Your Media Center PC's Power Management with Away Mode

This little-known setting is ideal for systems pulling media-center duty, as it saves power while keeping recording and streaming features readily available.

I Can't Open Files of a Particular Type

Wirewire couldn't open Excel spreadsheets by double-clicking them, and turned to the Answer Line forum for help. My answer isn't specific to Excel.

Put a Second Windows Environment on Your PC

Ddie asked the Windows forum about setting up a second Windows installation for testing purposes without buying a second PC.

Clean Up Explorer's Context Menu

When MLStrand56 right-clicks a file in Windows Explorer, the resulting menu is too big for comfort, "due to various programs adding their own items to the menu." The Windows forum offers a solution.

How to set up multiple monitors In Windows 8

Many multimonitor enhancements are coming with Windows 8. We show you what they are and how to take advantage of them with Intel, Nvidia, and AMD graphics processors.