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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.

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How to enable Hibernate mode in Windows 8

By default, Microsoft (inexplicably) hides this option in the new OS. Here's how to restore it.

Why can't I use punctuation in a file name?

MLStrand56 complained to the Windows forum about Windows' inability to save file names containing punctuation.

How to bypass the Windows 8 password screen

Tired of entering your password every time you boot your PC? Here's how to turn that option off.

Take a free online course in Windows 8 basics

This five-hour video class teaches you everything you need to know about migrating to, navigating, and understanding the new OS.

8 worst Windows 8 irritations (and how to fix them)

Windows 8's frustrating quirks continue long after you've mastered the Modern interface. We explain how to address the worst annoyances.

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Five important Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

The new OS brings some new shortcuts to the table, and learning these five might help you navigate more easily.