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Windows XP countdown clock ticks under 500 days

The Windows XP operating system will exit support April 8, 2014, when Microsoft serves users with their final security updates.

Which costs less: Windows Server or vSphere?

Will Microsoft's or VMWare's solution cost less? Depends on who's doing the math.

I've upgraded Windows, and now some of my hardware isn't working

Kennethjc17 upgraded his PC to Windows 7, then found that some of his hardware no longer worked. He turned to the Windows forum for help.

Is Windows running too many processes?

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

I Can't Open Files of a Particular Type

Wirewire couldn't open Excel spreadsheets by double-clicking them, and turned to the Answer Line forum for help. My answer isn't specific to Excel.

Put a Second Windows Environment on Your PC

Ddie asked the Windows forum about setting up a second Windows installation for testing purposes without buying a second PC.

Clean Up Explorer's Context Menu

When MLStrand56 right-clicks a file in Windows Explorer, the resulting menu is too big for comfort, "due to various programs adding their own items to the menu." The Windows forum offers a solution.

Attack of the Blue Screen of Death

Brewski13 asked the Desktops forum for the best way to diagnose and repair a recurring Blue Screen of Death.

System Mechanic Free: A Lesson in Trade-Offs

A great Registry and clutter cleaner, System Mechanic Free is useful--but it consumes time and resources itself.

How to Reset Your Windows Password

Here's our guide to resetting your Windows password if you don't have access to a previously created password-reset disk.