Don't-Miss Windows Stories

Clean an Overcrowded Hard Drive

Arther needs to make room on his hard disk drive. He asked the Desktops forum for advice.

Troubleshoot a DVD Drive That Windows Sees as a CD Drive

A reader has two (!) PCs that suddenly decided its DVD burners were CD burners. Here's one possible fix; can you think of any others?

Add More Music Locations to Windows Media Player

Want WMP to play tunes from, say, an external hard drive? Here's how to make it recognize other sources.

Troubleshooting Tips, Free Windows Optimization Tool

Basic tips for diagnosing a mysterious Windows freeze, plus a review of Advanced SystemCare Free 5.

7 Quick Windows 7 Fixes

These tips and tricks can improve how you work in Windows.

Windows Freezes at Login Screen: Hardware Problem or Windows Problem?

After you've exhausted all the usual troubleshooting steps, it might be time to try some "alternative medicine."

Create Customized Desktop Backgrounds in Windows 7

Not happy with Windows' stock backgrounds? Here's how to mix your favorite photos into a desktop theme.

How to choose a laptop for your small business

Businesses have laptop needs beyond those of the average consumer, including security, warranty, service, and more. Here's what to look for.

How To Get Windows 8 Features Now

You don't have to wait until next year to see what Windows 8 has to offer. Use these tricks to update your operating system's look and feel right now.

How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows

If your computer is acting up, hardware drivers may be to blame. Learn how to roll back or even uninstall driver software with this handy guide.

How to Find Your Windows or Office Product Key

Locate your Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office product keys with this simple guide.

How to Stream Digital Media From Your Windows 7 PC

A PC can serve capably as a hub for digital media collections, but sitting at a desk isn't the best way to watch movies. We'll show you how to stream media from a Windows 7 PC to a game console, a set-top box, or even a smartphone.

How Do I Reinstall Windows Without a Recovery Partition?

Ahmed needs to reinstall Windows, but his hard drive no longer has the necessary recovery partition

How to Fix Your Windows 7 Network

Networking your PCs together is easier than ever, but a few common problems still pop up from time to time. Learn how to resolve them now.

Why is Taskhost Consuming So Much of My CPU?

Mashoreen asked the Answer Line forum why taskhost.exe--usually a small background application--was consuming 50-percent of his CPU.