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How to remove the Windows shortcut arrow from desktop icons

You don't need a little arrow in the corner to tell you that icon is a shortcut. Here's how to remove it.

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Will that game play on your PC? Can You Run It tells you

Can You Run It scans your PC and compares it against a game's hardware requirements.

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How to stop autoloading programs in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Every time you boot Windows, a whole lot of programs load automatically. Some of them you need, while some of them are pointless. Here's how to trim the fat.

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How to get (mostly) stock Android on your phone easily with CyanogenMod

CyanogenMod has an almost one-click installer to install the community-driving ROM onto your Android device.

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How to clean your Windows Temp folder

Windows temporary files can stack up and waste storage space. Here's how to check for clutter and clean it out.

What to do when your USB device doesn't work

You plug a USB device into your PC's USB port…and nothing happens. Now what?

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Personalize the Windows 7 Start menu

You can easily configure the Windows 7 Start menu, changing the look and putting your favorite programs front and center.

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A router and an extender: When your laptop doesn't know which to use.

Sometimes, you need two or more access points to spread your Wi-Fi throughout the house. But that can confuse a computer.

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Automate your morning programs with Windows Task Scheduler

Windows' Task Scheduler makes it easy to have your PC do some of your work for you while you get your morning coffee.

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How to clear absolutely everything off your desktop in Windows 8.1

Want to have a spartan desktop with not so much as a Recycle Bin visible? Here's how to do just that.

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What happens when Microsoft ends Windows 7 mainstream support next year

Next January, Microsoft will end mainstream support for Windows 7. But relax. That won't be end of the popular operating system.

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One of the best password managers for your PC, devices, and the cloud

You need a password manager; it's as important as antivirus. KeePass can do the job on all of your devices.

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Three easy ways to separate work and play on the same PC

If you've got strict divisions between your work and play identities online, what's the easiest way to keep the two worlds from colliding? Here are three suggestions.