Don't-Miss Windows Stories

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.

Stop Windows' Automatic Updates from Rebooting Your PC

Can you believe Windows still does this? Me, neither. Fortunately, there's any easy way to stop it.

Attack of the Blue Screen of Death

Brewski13 asked the Desktops forum for the best way to diagnose and repair a recurring Blue Screen of Death.

How to Undo RAID: Best Practices

Changing from a RAID 0-array boot drive to a single-drive boot should be easy, I thought, but the operation can be more complicated than may you anticipate. Here's what I learned from the experience.

PC Building Best Practices: Software

In the second part of our PC building best practices series, we outline a number of issues that can arise when you're configuring and installing software on a newly built PC.


How to Benchmark Your PC for Free

To thoroughly evaluate a PC's performance, you need to use multiple tools and utilities specifically designed to tax each major component. We show you which tools to use, describe how to get results that are reliable and repeatable, and explain what all those numbers mean.

One Windows 8 Hassle Solved: Media Center Will be Free (if You Upgrade)

Not only that, Microsoft is offering Windows 8 upgrades for just $39.99. Two steps in the right direction.

Windows Icons Suddenly Looking Generic? Here's the Fix

A corrupted icon cache can cause your icons to lose their normal appearance. A quick and easy batch file rebuilds the cache in a flash.