Don't-Miss Windows Stories

Understand the limits of a virtual computer

Amin Inshassi asked the Desktops forum for details about what can and can't be done with a virtual machine.

What to do if your PC shuts down and automatically reboots

Norman Barrett's PC is "stuck in a boot loop." When he tries to start it, it continually reboots and starts over.

Control how Windows locks down and saves power when you're not using it

What happens when you get up and walk away from your PC? I answer a reader's question about setting Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use.

Keep other people off of my PC

Aris Cristian doesn't mind friends using his PC, but he worries that they might damage Windows or his files.

Switch to Mac: How to find your favorite Windows features in OS X

Moving to the Mac? OS X can do everything your Windows machine can—the trick is knowing where to look. In this Macworld video, PC World associate editor Alex Wawro explains where you'll find your preferences, how to access familiar programs, and more.

Learn which startup programs are safe to remove

Free utility Should I Remove It? uses crowd-sourcing to help you figure out which items you can ditch.

How to fix your PC's worst annoyances

Slow startups. Endless software updates. Locked screens. Find relief here.

How to sidestep accidental mouse clicks

Clicking the wrong place at the wrong time can have disastrous results. But if you catch yourself in time, there's a fix.

Print all the files, or a list of all the files, in a folder

Mikecool asked the Printers forum how to print all of the files in a folder. I'm expanding the question to include printing a list of files.

Three old Windows right-click tricks that still rock

Maybe you've forgotten them, maybe you never learned them. Either way, they're great little time-savers.

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Introduction to backup

Rickaber asked the Utilities forum to explain the basics of backing up

The myth of driver backups

Before you reformat your hard drive and reinstall Windows, make sure your drivers are in order.

Should you keep using Windows XP?

Mae Watson's aging computer still works fine. She asked if she should give up XP before next spring.

Install any version of Windows using any Windows disc you can find

A free utility tweaks the Windows ISO image file, thus letting you install whatever version matches your product key.

Weekend Project! Install the Windows 8.1 preview

If the Fourth of July's heat is too much, why not sit inside and install Windows 8.1 while you kick back with a refreshing beverage?