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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?

How to create a bootable Windows 8 recovery tool

If your computer manufacturer didn't provide recovery media, fear not: Windows 8 makes it easy to roll your own.

Automatically delete a huge amount of duplicate files

Duplicate-file-finding programs expect you to manually check each file for deletion. That's not practical for Edward Derbyshire, who has "121,000 duplicates" to delete.

Spruce up your Windows Media Center TV guide with My Channel Logos XL

This newly updated add-on lets you pimp your program guide in all kinds of cool and practical ways.

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Regain your PC's administrator rights, even if you don't have the password

LouieB62 needs administrator-level access to his Windows PC, but he doesn't have the password. He asked the Answer Line forum for help.

File extensions control which application can open a file

BearPup sometimes wants to open a file in one program, and other times open it in another. He asked the Answer Line forum for an easy way to do this.

Reinstall Windows on a new-to-you, used computer

Cydney Bulger bought a used computer that came with unwanted programs and content. What's the best way to make it like new?

Boot discs explained: An overview of booting your PC from something other than your hard drive

Jsmithhere asked the Desktops forum about booting from CDs, DVDs, and flash drives

How to find and remove duplicate files

Stevey asked the Answer Line for advise on finding and removing duplicate files

12 easy PC tasks you should be doing (but aren't)

The excuses end here! Get your PC into tip-top shape by performing these 12 simple tweaks.

What are all these iOS apps doing in my Recycle Bin?

Did you just find a big batch of apps in the trash? Don't worry, they're supposed to be there. Sort of.

Open any folder with the Windows-E keyboard shortcut

With a little AutoHotkey scripting, you can make Windows Explorer open something other than My Computer.