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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.

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Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

IT professionals have used virtual hard drives for years in servers and virtual machines, but you can also use VHDs to back up your data. we'll show you how and when to do this.

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Dress up your Word document with page numbers, a table of contents and more

Word's tools and wizards make it easy to show off your work with professional-looking formats.

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How to securely overwrite deleted files with a built-in Windows tool

When you delete a file in Windows, you're just removing the pointer. The data is still there. Here's how to make sure that data is gone, baby, gone.

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How to kill unwanted processes and applications that slow down Windows

Windows PCs run a whole lot of code in the background, much of which slows you down and provides little or no benefit. Here's how to stop them.

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How to use Chocolatey: A delicious Windows package manager

Get a taste of automated app installation with this sweet command-line tool.