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How to automate basic PC maintenance tasks

You can keep your PC in ship-shape by scheduling driver updates, backups and more using Windows' own utilities, plus some other (mostly) free software.

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What you need to know about libraries

They used to call it data, but libraries is a friendlier word. Here’s what you need to know about how Windows stores documents, music, pictures, and videos.

Upgrade from XP to Windows 7

You know you can’t keep using Windows XP. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your PC while upgrading the operating system.

Two tricks to take the hassle out of managing Windows 8 Wi-Fi connections

Managing your Wi-Fi connections may not seem all that important...until it is.

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How to run DOS programs in a current version of Windows

Windows has a way to let most old programs keep running. Failing that, there's a free utility that could save the day.

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Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now

Now that you're used to the new Windows 8.1 Update, it's time to clear up some space on that hard drive.

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The pros and cons (mostly cons) of saving files to the desktop

Yes, you can save documents and other files to the Windows desktop. But without the right precautions, it’s not a safe place for files you want to keep.

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Compatibility with security: How to run Windows XP in a virtual machine

Running Windows XP in a virtual machine is a safe way to continue using it once support ends. Here's how to do just that.

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Windows XP survival guide: How to upgrade (or not)

Whether you’re fleeing to a new OS or battening down the XP hatches, read this to survive unscathed.

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Replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 or a look-alike

Do you regret buying that Windows 8 (or 8.1) computer? Here’s what you can do about it.

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How to get your data from Windows XP to a new PC

Moving on is hard, but transferring your data doesn't have to be.

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5 key things Windows XP users need to know before buying a new PC

XP has just days of official support left. If you're thinking about buying a new PC, here are a few tips to help you navigate the aisles of your local electronics retailer.

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When Windows Update won't update

We all depend on Windows Update to keep our PCs functioning and secure. Here's what to do when the update doesn't update.