Don't-Miss Windows Stories

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.

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.