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Q&A: Restoring Hidden Icons, Okay to Uninstall Visual C++ Versions?

Answers to tricky questions: What to do when your icons are wiped out by a virus? Should you remove old Visual C++ versions?

Best Way to Upgrade Vista to Windows 7

Wlpncp plans to upgrade his wife's PC from Vista to Windows 7. He asked the Laptops forum for advice.

How to Remove Preinstalled Software From Your New PC

Your new PC most likely came with a whole bunch of preinstalled apps and utilities you'll never use. Here's how to get rid of them.

How to Keep Your PC Safe With Sandboxing

Setting up your PC to run important apps in a sandbox can help you avoid malware infections. Here's how to do it.


How to Play Fallout and Fallout 2 in Windows 7

Now that Bethesda has reinvigorated the Fallout franchise, jump back in and play the classic Fallout and Fallout 2 on your modern machine with our handy guide.

My Computer Reboots When I tell It to Shut Down

Henry Maier's PC reboots when he tries to shut it down.

Is it Okay to Uninstall 'Extra' Versions of Microsoft Visual C++?

With multiple instances littering your hard drive, you might think it wise to clear out the older ones. The safe bet: don't.

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."