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Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

IT professionals have used virtual hard drives for years in servers and virtual machines, but you can also use VHDs to back up your data. we'll show you how and when to do this.

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How to kill unwanted processes and applications that slow down Windows

Windows PCs run a whole lot of code in the background, much of which slows you down and provides little or no benefit. Here's how to stop them.

How to reinstall Windows like a pro

It's super-easy to reinstall Windows 8, and not much more difficult to reinstall Windows 7. Use these tips to get the most out of a reinstall.

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Winoptimizer 11 Review: Everything you need to tune up your PC under one roof

Though much of what it does can be done manually and with free utilities, Winoptimizer 11 does it easier and better, brings it under one roof, and has some value-added tricks.

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When Windows Update won't update

We all depend on Windows Update to keep our PCs functioning and secure. Here's what to do when the update doesn't update.

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Dell KACE upgrade deploys OS upgrades to 250 devices, simultaneously

With Microsoft killing support for Windows XP in April, Dell is launching a new version of its KACE K2000 deployment appliance.

How to make room on your Windows partition

Acharya1987's C: drive is running out of space. I offer my suggestions, as does the Answer Line forum.

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Microsoft extends Windows 8 management features for IT pros

Microsoft has released the latest version of its Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite of IT management tools, an upgrade that deepens its ability to manage Windows 8 PC deployments.

Microsoft tempts XP laggards with $84 upgrade discount

Microsoft kicked off a new promotion aimed at Windows XP customers, who have just one year to ditch the 12-year-old OS before it's retired from support.

Review: PerfectRegistry aims to speed up your PC

PerfectRegistry is an inexpensive program that's designed to speed up your PC by optimizing your registry. It's not a perfect fix for all PCs, but it does offer some useful tools.