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Networking Speed Boosts

We explain four ways to increase the performance of everything attached to your work or home network.

Clean Your PC Cable Clutter

Get started on your PC spring cleaning by tidying up the mess of cables spilling all over your desk.

Prepare Your PC for Future Data Disasters

You've reinstalled Windows and restored your data. Now learn how to make the restore process smarter, safer, and easier next time.


On Your Side: Laptop Repair Troubles

A laptop comes back from the service center with additional damage. Plus: An HP desktop suffers from multiple problems.

How to Completely Uninstall Programs

Using an application's built-in uninstaller sometimes isn't enough. A downloadable utility can help clean up what remains.

The 21 Greatest PC Mysteries--Solved!

Find out why your documents won’t print, where your downloads disappear to, what a .dat file is, how those infernal toolbars invaded your browser, and much more.

How to Cancel Stalled Print Jobs

What should you do when documents won't print and Windows refuses to let them out of the queue?

Is It Really Necessary to Update Windows?

Patches for Windows seem to arrive in a constant, annoying stream, but avoiding them is a bad idea.


How to Decipher PC Beep Codes

Is your PC emitting a series of beeps at startup? Here's how to figure out what they mean--and what you should do in response.

How to Prevent Windows From Rebooting Without Permission

Tired of losing your work when Windows restarts while you're away? Here's how to solve the problem.