Don't-Miss Windows Stories

PC security: Your essential software toolbox

Don't fall victim! With these tools, services and tips, you can protect yourself against malware, phishing and theft.

Gain access to your PC without the logon password

2godballdaglory asked the Answer Line how he can boot an old PC with a password he no longer remembers.

Switch Windows users with a simple keyboard shortcut

Despite my original claims to the contrary, there is, in fact, a shortcut for this handy function. And it works in Windows 8, too.

How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge

Did you buy Windows 8 Pro? If so, you're entitled to the Windows Media Center Pack for free—but only for a limited time.

Another way to restore the Windows 8 Start button and menu

Slick freebie Pokki makes the Windows 8 desktop a much more familiar and convenient place. And it comes with its own app store!

Shortcuts without arrows (and with names that don't include the word 'shortcut')

Mike Littman doesn't like those "pesky little arrows" that Windows displays on shortcuts, and asked how to remove them.

7 ways Windows Server 2012 pays for itself

These new and improved 'supersaver' features offer the biggest return on your Windows Server 2012 investment

Build a speedy Windows 8 PC for under $500

With the Windows 8 launch just around the corner, you may need a hardware upgrade to prepare for the new OS. We show you how to build a fast, Windows 8-ready system you can be proud of that won’t break the bank.

Is Windows running too many processes?

Concerned about a slow PC, Davis13 asked the Laptops forum about all the processes that Windows runs.

A quick fix for problems with Windows Update

Can't get updates to install properly? Microsoft's fix-it utility might just do the trick.

Supercharge your desktop with Rainmeter widgets

We'll show you how to get the hang of this powerful and customizable (yet initially confusing) widget wonder and help you make your desktop one of a kind.

Control Windows Media Center from your Android, iOS, or Windows Phone device

New app lets WMC users manage and schedule recordings, search TV shows and movies, and even remote-control the PC.

Does the Windows logon password protect your data?

After discovering how easy it is to recover data from a hard drive removed from one PC and attached to another, Melker asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum if password protecting Windows actually protects your data.