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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.

My Computer Reboots When I tell It to Shut Down

Henry Maier's PC reboots when he tries to shut it down.

Windows Intune 3: The Chance to Get it Completely Right

The cloud-based Windows desktop management tool is already great for small businesses, except for one thing.


9 Easy and Powerful Windows 7 Registry Tweaks

Getting elbow-deep in your system's massive list of configurations can be scary, but we'll show you some of the better rewards you can reap from Registry editing.

The Bootable Maintenance Flash Drive

Fixing your friends' computers? Carry a bootable PC toolkit in your pocket.

Cleanup Utilities: Can They Speed Up Your PC?

What happens when you take a clutch of cluttered old PCs, install four Windows optimizers, and check for improvements? We did that, and the results of our tests surprised us.


How to Create a Restore Point

In which I explain how to do a quick manual backup of Windows, just in case.


Windows Networking: Troubleshooting Tips

Multi-PC households are the norm, but making systems connect to one another can be frustrating. Here are ideas for overcoming Windows networking problems.

Hide Unwanted Updates

Artman asked the Windows forum how to hide unwanted Windows updates