Don't-Miss Windows Stories

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.

How to ask for tech help, 2013 edition

Need help solving a computer problem? Here's how to make sure you get the results you want.

Windows 8: Put its hidden security features to work!

Lost among Windows 8's many controversies is a raft of useful security tools. Here's how to leverage them to the max.

Answer Line: Configure Windows Explorer's (or File Explorer's) Navigation pane

Windows Explorer's Navigation pane provides easy movement between the folders on your hard drive. Bevaau asked the Windows forum about configuring this handy tool.

Answer Line: Can a BSoD hurt my computer?

zyrrahXD asked the Windows forum if a Blue Screen of Death can severely damage a PC.

Control Windows Media Center from afar with Ceton's My Media Center app

Originally a mobile app called Ceton Companion, the newly rebranded My Media Center is now available for Windows 8 as well.

Prepare an old PC for a new owner

James R. Miller has a new computer and will be donating his old one. He asked for advice about preparing his old PC for the transition.

Customize Windows 8's boot screen with Boot UI Tuner

This tiny utility gives you lots of control over your boot options, including bringing back the Windows 7 boot loader.

Ultimate Windows 8 starter guide: Must-know tips, apps and utilities

The gift-giving season has reached a head, and there's a strong possibility that you now find yourself with a new Windows 8 tablet, laptop or hybrid. Does the new OS confuse you? Allow us to assist.

Three New Year's resolutions for PC users

Want to keep your computer running smoothly in 2013? Make these tasks part of your regular routine.

How important is Aero?

Pete Wells' aging computer doesn't support Aero. Should he upgrade his graphics card?

How to automatically insert commonly used text—and sync those snippets to the cloud

Newly updated PhraseExpress supports cloud synchronization, meaning your shortcuts can be shared across all your PCs. And it's still free!

Find out what's using all the space on your hard drive

Free disk-space analyzer WizTree quickly tells you which files and folders are consuming the most storage.