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3 surprisingly easy PC repairs you should do yourself

You could pay someone to take care of these repairs for you, but you'd be surprised how easy they are with a little patience.

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Why your PC has two Program Files folders, and why one of them is (x86)

Windows installs each program into one of two folders. Here's why they don't all go to the same place, and what the number 86 has to do with it.

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How to personalize your PC's power settings for every situation

Need to make sure your PC never turns off, or you want the most extreme power savings possible? Here's how you can set up your own power plan.

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3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

It really doesn't take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.

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The art of Windows file search

Arnoldas Zdanevicius needed help finding a file. Windows' built-in search tool can be a powerful ally--if you know its tricks.

How to bypass Windows AutoPlay when you plug in an external drive, and go straight to Explorer

The AutoPlay menu gives you lots of options, but if you always want just one, you can customize it.


Streamline keyboard shortcuts even more with Sticky Keys

Tired of constantly hitting that Windows key when you want to take multiple screenshots? Try using Sticky Keys instead.

This trick can quickly fix many mysterious hardware failures

You can't do much if your hardware is truly broken, but often PC component issues come down to a software problem you can fix in a few clicks.

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Windows System Restore: You can adjust this utility to save your PC image more often

When Windows gets messed up, System Restore allows you to go back to a better time…but only if it's been creating system points regularly.

3 tools for finding and eradicating duplicate files on your hard drive

Do you have more files than space on your PC? These three tools can help you eke out a little more free space by getting rid of duplicate files and folders on your hard drive.


How to run Windows programs in a browser tab for free

Need to make a quick photo edit in Irfanview or zip some files? Cameyo can help you get that done.

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Restore a Windows 8 or Windows 7 image backup to an unbootable PC

An image backup can restore a hopelessly messed up Windows installation. But how do you restore a backup when you can't boot Windows?

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Stop your flash drive from yelling about fake problems every time you plug it in

Do you get an annoying warning every time you plug your thumb drive into a PC? Here's how to fix that.

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Unlock Windows 10's hidden, powerful GodMode tool

The legendary GodMode tweak returns in Windows 10. Here's how to activate it.

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Three distraction-free tools that force you to focus on your tasks

Need your PC to give you a little "encouragement" to write your next TPS report? Check out these apps.