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This trick can quickly fix many mysterious hardware failures

You can't do much if your hardware is truly broken, but often PC component issues come down to a software problem you can fix in a few clicks.

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Windows System Restore: You can adjust this utility to save your PC image more often

When Windows gets messed up, System Restore allows you to go back to a better timeā€¦but only if it's been creating system points regularly.

3 tools for finding and eradicating duplicate files on your hard drive

Do you have more files than space on your PC? These three tools can help you eke out a little more free space by getting rid of duplicate files and folders on your hard drive.

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How to run Windows programs in a browser tab for free

Need to make a quick photo edit in Irfanview or zip some files? Cameyo can help you get that done.

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Restore a Windows 8 or Windows 7 image backup to an unbootable PC

An image backup can restore a hopelessly messed up Windows installation. But how do you restore a backup when you can't boot Windows?

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Stop your flash drive from yelling about fake problems every time you plug it in

Do you get an annoying warning every time you plug your thumb drive into a PC? Here's how to fix that.

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Unlock Windows 10's hidden, powerful GodMode tool

The legendary GodMode tweak returns in Windows 10. Here's how to activate it.

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Three distraction-free tools that force you to focus on your tasks

Need your PC to give you a little "encouragement" to write your next TPS report? Check out these apps.

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Enter Windows 8 Safe Mode when you can't boot Windows 8

You can't directly boot into Windows 8's Safe Mode; you can only reboot into it. Here's how to get around that using a key drive.

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How to set Windows desktop items as public or private

You can see all of the shortcuts and files on your desktop. Other people can see some of them. Here's how to control who sees what.

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The hidden power of Windows Jump Lists

Many apps hide a treasure trove of efficiency under a right-click on the taskbar, Jump Lists.

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Windows 8 and Windows 7 Safe Modes: How to enter and when to use them

The old F8 trick no longer works with all PCs. Here are some alternate ways to enter Windows's clean, diagnostic Safe Mode

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Personalize the Windows Explorer Navigation Bar

Want to find a favorite folder quickly? Here's how to configure your favorites and libraries in Windows 7 and 8's file managers.