Don't-Miss Windows Stories

Like Windows Media Center? Don't Upgrade to Windows 8

Microsoft once again drops the ball on Windows Media Center and gives devoted users a kick in the teeth.

Safely Remove USB Drives Just by Unplugging Them

All evidence to the contrary, you don't have to bother with the 'Safely Remove Hardware' step. Here's how to make the necessary tweaks.

Who is the Administrator, What Does That Title Mean, and How Do I Gain That Type of Control Over My PC?

Tom Lorch isn't sure if Windows sees him as the administrator, or exactly what that means.

The Greatest PC Mysteries--Solved!

PCWorld's editors band together to solve the greatest PC mysteries! Find out why your PC beeps on startup, what a .dat file is, how USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 differ, and much more!

Add Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive to Windows' Send-To Menu

Looking for an easier way to add a file or folder to your favorite cloud-storage service? It's just a right-click away.

Reader Q&A: Don't Mess With Windows! Plus, How to Change Fonts

Readers have recently been emailing with odd problems that have a common theme: It's possible to tweak Windows into oblivion.


The Danger of Tinkering with Windows Too Much

Windows works best when you leave it alone. Sometimes it's best to resist the urge to tweak the operating system -- especially if you don't know what you're doing.

Windows Takes Too Long to Boot

Jmdraft complained to the Utilities forum that Windows boots too slowly and needs to be cleaned out.

Installing Windows and Linux On the Same Computer

SabrinaSouza asked the Answer Line forum how to install Linux onto a PC without losing Windows.


Restore Your System When You Can't Launch System Restore

System Restore won't run on Linda Burgess' PC. I offer some advice.

Improve Your Windows 7 Registry With 7 Easy Tweaks

Take more control of your Windows 7 system with these quick and easy Registry tweaks.


Try Windows 8 Without Losing Windows 7

Anderson7 asked the Windows forum for the safest way to install Windows 8 on a system already running Windows 7.

Switch Windows Users with Just One Click

Freeware utility Fast User Switch saves you the hassle of extra clicks for something as basic as switching users.