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Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:48:30 +0000

 



9 Ways You Can Make Your Windows PC Faster

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to speed up your Windows computer using these steps.



An Easy Guide to Defragmenting Your Computer

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

If your computer is moving slow or you are ready to add upgrades it's wise to defrag. Use this process to defrag your Windows computer's hard drive.



How to Take a Screen Shot in Windows Vista and XP

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to take a screen shot or screen capture in Microsoft Windows



Here's Why You Should Stick With Windows Vista

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows Vista is still a good choice for many Microsoft users. Find out if you should keep Vista around.



How to Find Your PC's Private IP Address in...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to find your computer's private IP address for use in home networking tasks in Windows 7.



6 Reasons to Never Upgrade from Windows XP

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows XP may be old, but it's not on its deathbed yet. Here are the best reasons to keep it around.



The Fastest Way to Close Unnecessary Windows on...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Use keyboard shortcuts instead of your mouse to quickly close many open windows and folders.



How to Easily Add and Manage User Accounts in...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Learn how to add, manage and remove user accounts in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 with this easy guide.



Games Included With Windows Vista

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

These are the games included with Microsoft Windows Vista. Some of them are updated versions of classics (like Solitaire), while others are brand new.



What is Windows Defender and Should I Use It?

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Defender is a free product from Microsoft that protects Windows computers from adware, spyware, and viruses.



5 Reasons to Ditch Windows XP for Windows 7

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The top 5 reasons why Windows XP is inferior to Windows 7, and why you should switch away from Microsoft's aging OS.



How to Easily Mount or Burn ISO Files on...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to Easily Mount or Burn ISO Files in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 with Microsoft's built-in tools.



How To Use 'CHKDSK' Utility to Fix a Hard Drive

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to use the Chkdsk utility to scan and fix your hard drive



Local or Microsoft Account? What's Best For...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Learn the difference between local and Microsoft accounts for Windows, and which you should choose when setting up your user account.



How to Pin Documents to the Taskbar and...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A Windows 7 productivity tip that will show you how to declutter your Windows desktop using document and application pinning on the Taskbar.



How to use Sticky Notes in Windows

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to use Sticky Notes in Windows Vista, 7, and 10 including Cortana integration for Windows 10 Anniversary Update users.



Get to Know Windows 8 and 8.1

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A guided tour of Windows 8 showing new users how to perform basic tasks and navigate the new operating systems.



Synchronizing Account Data with Windows 8 and 8.1

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

While Windows 8 has a lot of cool features to entice users, arguably, the coolest is Account sync. Here's how to configure Windows 8 to sync.



Vista and Windows 7's System and Maintenance Area

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The System and Maintenance area of the control panel in Vista and Windows 7 houses many programs and utilities that you can use to configure Windows.



Inside the Windows 10 Action Center

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The Windows 10 Action Center   One of  Windows 10's  best features is its organization. For instance,



How to Speed Up Your Desktop

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to make Windows speed up - clean your windows desktop and better use your computer's operating memory.



DIY Guide to Troubleshooting Hard Drive Errors

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to check and fix errors on your hard drive using Windows' built-in disk error checking and CHKDSK utilities.



How to Change the Windows 7 Display Language

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Instructions to change the language in Windows 7 if you purchased your computer in an English-speaking country and want another language to display.



The 5 Best Smart-Menu Replacements for Windows...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to bring back the Start menu back in Windows 8 with these five free Start Menu Replacements.



The 4 Best Windows 8.1 Tricks You're Not Using

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

These 4 Windows 8.1 tips are guaranteed to save you time.



Understanding the New Shut down Options in...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to use Windows 7's four different shut down options including shut down, sleep, hibernate, and restart.



How to Burn Music to a CD in Windows

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A simple guide to using the built-in tools in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10 to easily burn your music to a CD.



Should I Upgrade to Windows 7?

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

If you're working on an outdated version of Windows, you may want to take your upgrades slowly, and opt to update to Windows 7.



Want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free? Time is...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The Windows 10 free upgrade offer is almost over. If you just can't decide whether or not to upgrade here's what you can do.



Consider This Before You Get a New Computer...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Microsoft Windows XP is still available on new computers, if you know where to look.



How to Download Updates in Windows 8.1

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to manually download updates in Windows 8.1 via the Settings app, and how to configure automatic updates for added security.



Easy Defragmenting for Windows 7: A Quick...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to defragment your hard drive in Windows 7 with step-by-step instructions and visual illustrations.



A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A history of Microsoft's Windows operating system, from the first to Windows 10.



Did You Know That Free Games Come with Windows...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

In Windows 7, Microsoft has brought forward successful games from Vista and revived several multi-player games from Windows XP.



Scan and Fix Your Hard Drive Windows Systems...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Scan and fix Microsoft Windows system files using the SFC (System File Checker) command. Scanning and fixing files will correct operating system errors.



How to Add More Email Accounts to Windows Live...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

This guide describes the steps necessary to include additional email accounts in Windows Live Mail.



These Classic Microsoft Games Got Rehashed in...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 8 gives you access to updates versions of Microsoft's classic games including Solitaire, Minesweeper and Mahjong.



A Tour of the Windows 10 Start Menu

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The revamped Start menu is the best thing about Windows 10. Learn what it is and what it does.



The best way to use OneDrive in Windows 10

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to use OneDrive in Windows 10 by switching between File Explorer and the OneDrive for Windows 10 Windows Store app.



The only Versions of Microsoft Windows That You...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Let take a stroll down memory lane and look back on the five most important Windows releases of all time. No, Windows Me is not one of them.



3 Easy Steps to Enable the My Computer Icon on...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

This guide will show you how to enable the My Computer icon on the Windows 7 desktop.



Understanding Auto-Update Options in Windows 7

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Software that is out of date can be insecure, unreliable or both. Learn how to keep your Windows 7 computer safe and up to date with Automatic Updates.



How to Connect Your Windows PC to a TV

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A guide to the types of cables you'll need to connect a Windows computer to a television such as HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI.



Need a Windows 7 Upgrade? Here's a Step-By-Step...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Avoid problems by learning what to do before beginning an upgrade of Windows 7 from Windows Vista or Windows XP. Follow this checklist for upgrading.



Start Me Up: Again

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 10 sees the return of the Start menu, the glaring omission from Windows 8. It's about time.



Learn the Windows 7 Desktop

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A guide to the Windows 7 desktop, showing how it works, how to customize it, how it's different from XP, and more.



How to Create and Delete Accounts in Windows 10

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A step-by-step guide showing how to set-up, manage, and delete user accounts in Windows 10.



Netflix and Vista Windows Media Center Review

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A review of using Netflix with the Vista Windows Media Center (WMC).



Protect Your PC With Windows Defender

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows Defender is Microsoft's built-in protection for your computer. It's free and easy to use. Here's what you need to know.



How to Stay Secure by Scanning Your PC with...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to schedule a virus scan with Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7.



Microsoft May Download Windows 10 Without Your...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Microsoft may be downloading Windows 10 onto your hard drive, and you won't even know it. Look for these signs.



Windows 10 Anniversary Update: 5 Helpful New...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Like any major release, there's a lot of new stuff coming. The five features in Windows 10's Anniversary Update that users will find most helpful.



Which Windows 8/8.1 Version Is Right for Your...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 8/8.1 has many different editions. Here's what you need to know to choose the one that's right for you.



Windows 10 Update Fail

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Automatic updates in Windows 10 is a good thing. But it has a downside, and that downside can crash your computer.



Wondering What Windows 7 Starter Edition Is?...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Advice on using Windows 7 Starter Edition



The 7 Best Things About Microsoft Windows 7

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

To celebrate Windows 7's first birthday, here are the seven best things about it.



How to Connect Windows 7 to a Wireless Network

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

This step guide will show you how to view the list of available wireless networks using Windows 7.



Here's What the Public Folder in Windows Is

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The Public Folder is a Windows folder that you can use to share files with either other people that use the same computer, or ones connect over a network.



Skype Problems? Here's A Step-By-Step...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to diagnose and fix the most common problems for Skype video and audio calls on a desktop PC.



How to Add Gadgets in Windows 7

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A step-by-step guide to adding gadgets to Windows 7 including screenshots and instructions to make the process simple.



Windows 10's virtual desktops give you multiple...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 10's virtual desktops feature gives you more space to work with on your PC.



The Quick Way to Change Users in Windows 7

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to quickly switch between user accounts in Windows 7 using the built-in fast user switching utility.



5 Biggest Drawbacks of Windows 7 Starter Edition

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 7 has been a huge hit for Microsoft, as shown by sales figures and customer satisfaction. But not all Windows 7 editions are created equal.



Scan for Viruses With Security Essentials

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Guide describing the steps necessary to scan Windows for viruses and malware using Microsoft Security Essentials.



6 Reasons Why Windows Is Better Than Mac

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Examples of how Windows 7 has erased Mac's once-sizable advantages, including price, customization and programs.



What's New With Windows 7?

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The Windows 7 operating system shares many features and functions with Windows Vista. It also improves on Vista.



10 Great Apps in the Windows Store

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The Windows Store in Windows 10 has a great collection of apps. Here are 10 apps worth downloading.



Here's what you need to know about Windows 10's...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to use and understand location settings in Windows 10.



Bend Windows 8 to Your Will

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

If you have Windows 8 and aren't happy with the way it works, you have two options: live with it or stand up and make a change.



8 of the Best Free Games in the Windows Store

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Whether you want puzzles, action games, racing games or classic remakes there are thousands of titles to choose from in the Windows store.



How to Navigate Windows 8's Start Menu...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A brief overview of the new Start Menu replacement in Windows 8, the Charm Bar, and how to use it.



Cortana on Windows 10: your personal secretary...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Cortana on Windows 10 makes it easier to get stuff done. Here are five ways to use Microsoft's personal digital assistant every day.



How Windows 7 Home Premium Stacks Up to Other...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Your guide to Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, and how it compares to other editions of Windows 7.



Upgrading From Windows XP Service Pack 3

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Support for Windows XP was discontinued on April 8, 2014. Microsoft says users are best served by migrating to Windows 10 or Windows 8.1.



Here's How to Get the Anniversary Update and...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to download and install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and which new features to try out first.



iPhone and Android Apps on Windows 10 Devices?...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Microsoft has opened up Windows 10 to iOS and Android apps, hoping to create more demand for its mobile devices.



It's Easy to Create Local Accounts in Windows...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Detailed information on how to create local accounts for administrators and regular users on a Windows 10 PC.



Windows 10 Continuum: Turn Your Phone Into a PC

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 10 features Continuum, which automatically picks the right display size and functionality for whatever device you use it on.



How to Perform an Upgrade Installation of...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Here's how to perform an upgrade installation of Windows 8.1. Unlike in a clean install, an upgrade installation keeps everything you had in place.



What You Can Do With the Vista Network and...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

The Network and Sharing Center is the area in Vista that allows users to configure how and what the computer connects to and what is and is not shared.



Use the Windows Uninstaller to Remove Unused...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Remove programs from your Windows computer using the Add/Remove Program feature to speed up your computer.



'Hello' Brings Biometric Authentication to...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 10 includes a new feature called Hello that uses your fingerprint, iris or face to authenticate you, making your computer more secure.



How to Use Windows File Compression

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Use Windows File Compression to reduce file size for increased storage capabilities and for inclusion in emails.



Windows 8's Defender Isn't the Lightweight...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 8's Defender is not the lightweight spyware scanner you remember; it now has virus scanning capabilities. Learn how to schedule a full system scan.



How to Change The Desktop Background Image in...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to change the desktop background image for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 10 to an picture of your choosing.



How to Organize Your PC With Windows Folders

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How do you find that PowerPoint presentation you need by 2 p.m.? Learn how to create a folder structure in Windows to better organize your stuff.



Thinking about a Windows phone? Here's what you...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Here's what to think about before buying a Windows 10 Mobile device.



Apple Makes Windows 10 Available on Macs

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 10 can now be run on Mac computers, through a technology called Boot Camp. Here's a guide to understanding it.



Which Windows 7 Version Is Right For You?

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 7 comes in numerous versions, with a wide range of prices. Let us help you find the right one for your needs and budget.



Finding and Using the Windows 7 Firewall

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

This photo tutorial provides a description of the Windows 7 firewall, what it's for, and how to use it.



Wonder why Dropbox isn't working on your...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Dropbox is ending support for Windows XP. The first step in that process begins on June 26, 2016 with support ending completely on August 29.



Updates and Security in Windows 10

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Windows 10 has various options for keeping your computer safe and current. Learn what they are and how to use them.



Using the Pin Tool in Windows 7

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Still a little puzzled by the Pin tool in Windows 7? It's a pretty useful tool. Don't worry, here's how to use it.



Using Guest Accounts In Windows 7

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A description​ of the guest account and how to enable, disable and use guest accounts in Windows 7.



The Bash Prompt is in Windows 10. Here's How to...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to activate and install the Windows Subsystem for Linux, and use the Bash command prompt in Windows 10.



Want to Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7? Here...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A comparison of Windows 7 and Windows Vista, and a detailed explanation of why Windows 7 is superior to its predecessor.



How To Improve Your PC's Startup Time in...

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to improve your Windows PC's boot time by disabling startup programs via the Task Manager.



Understand the Windows 7 Taskbar

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

Learn how to get the most out of the Windows 7 Taskbar with this helpful step-by-step guide on productivity.



How To Get Your Computer Specs

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

How to find out, in Windows 8, what your computer specs are.



A Profile of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition

2016-10-25T11:48:30Z

A rundown of what you get with Windows 7 Ultimate Edition -- strengths and weaknesses, and why to buy (or not to buy).