Hidden but powerful Windows tools: Read about that and more in PCWorld's September Digital Edition

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In the September issue

Underneath its colorful surface, Windows conceals all sorts of practical features. We outline 15 forgotten tools and functions that are too powerful to overlook. From utilities that diagnose PC problems to hidden settings that optimize your machine, these built-in helpers and easy tweaks are worth remembering.

Also in the September Digital Edition:

• What’s next for Wi-Fi: You’ve probably heard about the great performance that you can get from routers based on the latest standard, 802.11ac. But a second wave of even faster equipment is due next year—and the industry is already working on yet another standard, 802.11ax. We explain how the new and upcoming technology will benefit you.

You don’t know Docs from Drive: In its efforts to compete with Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365, Google has been busy upgrading its own online productivity services. The result, however, is an array of confusing nomenclature and product overlap. We outline the three major Google productivity offerings and analyze which one is right for your needs. 

Windows Phone 8.1 Update: Microsoft’s new mobile OS update brings folder support, VPN functionality, and some practical and amusing Cortana tweaks, but is otherwise an insignificant upgrade.

Avoid potentially unwanted programs: Installing free software should be simple, but sometimes install wizards attempt to fill your PC with other programs, toolbars, and junk you never requested. We show you how to sidestep the traps.

Multimedia highlights

• A laptop with fantastic sound: Equipped with high-quality Wolfson audio technology, the Samsung Ativ Book 9 is one of the best-sounding laptops we’ve tested. Senior Editor Michael Brown explores this beautiful and elegantly thin notebook.

• Free to work anywhere: If you’re more inclined to work on the couch than at a desk, the Coalesse Free Stand might be the right accessory for you. We take a look at this solidly built, adjustable, and flexible laptop/tablet stand.

• Tiny box, tremendous gaming horsepower: The bare-bones Zotac Zbox EN760 Plus mini PC impresses when running demanding games, thanks to its Intel Core i5 CPU and its Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M mobile graphics processor. Learn more about this remarkably small machine.

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