Don't-Miss Windows Stories

Speed Up Windows on What Should be a Fast PC

LiveBrianD asked the Windows forum for advise on improving performance on a slow PC

Why Is It Called "Windows?"

Spiderowych asked the Windows forum why Microsoft gave their operating system such a simple, one-word name

The Fast Way to Launch Programs in Windows 7

Who needs third-party launchers when Windows 7's Start menu lets you run any program with just a few keystrokes?

How to Optimize Your Windows PC for Free

Here's how to use Windows utilities and a few free programs to improve your PC's performance.

Can I Back Up a PC When It's Off?

Jim Lane asked if he could back up computers when they are not turned on.

How to Use Free System Monitoring Tools to Optimize Your PC

A handy guide to using free system monitoring software such as CPU-Z, SpeedFan, and Belarc Advisor to optimize your PC's performance.

How to Use Task Manager

Here's how to use Task Manager to start and stop programs, stop processes, and collect useful statistics about your computer's performance.

How to Use Resource Monitor

When it comes to smart computing, there's no better tool for understanding and troubleshooting your computer’s health than the free Resource Monitor utility. Here's how to make it work for you.

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How to View Hidden Files and File Extensions in Windows

Need to look at invisible files and show hidden file extensions in Windows? Here's how to reveal them.

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How to Disable Windows Startup Programs

You can speed up your PC's boot time by cutting out startup items in Windows.

Windows 8: 7 Handy Tips and 4 Cool Tools

From getting back your Start menu to tweaking the Metro UI, here's how to play better with Windows 8.

How to Enter Your PC's BIOS

Need to change your computer's boot order or access other advanced settings? Here's how to access the BIOS (basic input/output system).