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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:53:09 +0000

 



9 Ways You Can Make Your Windows PC Faster

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

How to speed up your Windows computer using these steps.



An Easy Guide to Defragmenting Your Computer

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



11 Features to Like About Windows Vista

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Windows Vista is an operating system chock-ful of new features. There are a lot of things to like about Vista.



Windows 10 Anniversary Update: 5 Helpful New...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

The five features in Windows 10's Anniversary Update that users will find most helpful.



Here's what's coming in Microsoft's Windows 10...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Proactive Cortana, more Windows Hello and digital pen support are the big additions to Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update.



Games Included With Windows Vista

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



The Fastest Way to Close Unnecessary Windows on...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Vista and Windows 7's System and Maintenance Area

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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.



What is Windows Defender and Should I Use It?

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Great Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8.1

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Mastering Windows 8.1's keyboard shortcuts can make it easier, faster and more fun to use. Here are some of the most useful that you can use daily.



Cortana on Windows 10: your personal secretary...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Easy Defragmenting for Windows 7: A Quick...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Get to Know Windows 8 and 8.1

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Inside the Windows 10 Action Center

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



How to Burn Music to a CD in Windows

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Using built-in features of Windows, you can easily burn music to a CD. Learn how in this simple how-to guide.



6 Reasons to Never Upgrade from Windows XP

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



How to use Sticky Notes in Windows

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Scan and Fix Your Hard Drive Windows Systems...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



DIY Guide to Troubleshooting Hard Drive Errors

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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 Easily Add and Manage User Accounts in...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Learn how to add, manage and remove user accounts in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.



Consider This Before You Get a New Computer...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



How to Install the Windows 8.1 Preview

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

How to install the Windows 8.1 preview using the ISO files.



These Classic Microsoft Games Got Rehashed in...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



5 Reasons to Ditch Windows XP for Windows 7

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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 Change the Windows 7 Display Language

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

If you live in an English-speaking country and purchased a PC at a local computer retailer, chances are you are running an English version of Windows 7.



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



How to Speed Up Your Desktop

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Synchronizing Account Data with Windows 8 and 8.1

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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.



How to Connect Your PC to the TV

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

How to connect a PC to a TV using the correct cables.



Netflix and Vista Windows Media Center Review

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Should I Upgrade to Windows 7?

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

A guide to help you decide if you should upgrade to Windows 7



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



How to Download Updates in Windows 8.1

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Wondering What Windows 7 Starter Edition Is?...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Advice on using Windows 7 Starter Edition



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Understanding the New Shut down Options in...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Learn the Windows 7 Desktop

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Microsoft Cortana: What You Need To Know

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, is coming to Windows 10. Here's an overview of what it can do.



Scan for Viruses With Security Essentials

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



A Tour of the Windows 10 Start Menu

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Here's What the Public Folder in Windows Is

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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.



The only Versions of Microsoft Windows That You...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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.



Windows 7 Upgrade Checklist

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Avoid problems by learning what to do before beginning an upgrade of Windows 7 from Windows Vista or Windows XP.



How to Connect Windows 7 to a Wireless Network

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Here's Why You Should Stick With Windows Vista

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



The pop-ups are annoying, but here's why...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Upgrade to Windows 10 for the new operating system's features like Cortana, multiple desktops, and the new Start menu.



Protect Your PC With Windows Defender

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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 Find Out If Your Computer Can Run...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Windows 10 won't run on every Windows computer. How to find out if it will run on yours.



How to Keep Windows 8 Up to Date

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Learn how to download updates for Windows 8 and how to configure automatic updates.



How to Change The Desktop Background Image in...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Understand the Windows 7 Taskbar

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



What's New With Windows 7?

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Here's How to Access Netflix in Windows Media...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

How to view, setup and navigate Netflix using the Windows Media Center on your home PC or laptop.



5 Great Reasons to Stay Away from Windows 7...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

The top 5 reasons to avoid Windows 7 Starter Edition



Windows 10 Is Faster Out of the Gate Than...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Windows 10 is being adopted at a record pace. It's done so well, in fact, that it's outpacing even Windows 7 uptake. Here's why.



The 7 Best Things About Microsoft Windows 7

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Internet Games Included with Windows 7

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Three multi-player games are included with Windows 7: Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers and Internet Spades. Learn how to play these games and get the most out of your gaming experience.



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Still rocking Windows Vista? Here's how you get...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Learn the steps to properly install and upgrade your current version of Windows Vista.



10 Great Apps in the Windows Store

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Which Windows 7 Version Is Right For You?

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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.



Understanding Auto-Update Options in Windows 7

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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 Create a New User Account in Windows 7

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

In this step I will show you how to open the Windows 7 Control Panel to get to User Management in Windows 7.



How to Change the Screen Resolution in Windows

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Step describing the importance of setting the correct resolution and how to open the screen resolution settings in Windows 7.



6 Reasons Why Windows Is Better Than Mac

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Using the Pin Tool in Windows 7

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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.



Use the Windows Uninstaller to Remove Unused...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Using Guest Accounts In Windows 7

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Using the Windows 8 App Store

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

The Windows Store is a lot easier to navigate thank it looks. Here's a quick run-through of how Windows 8 users can use it .



Microsoft May Download Windows 10 Without Your...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



A Simple Visual Guide to Zipping Files in Windows

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

A step-by-step guide to using built-in system tools for compressing files in Windows 7, 8/8/1, and 10.



Windows Live Messenger

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

A review of Microsoft's instant messaging product, Windows Live Messenger



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Disable Unneeded Windows Features to Speed Up...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Some of the features that come with Windows Vista are not normally utilized by home users.



Bend Windows 8 to Your Will

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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.



Windows 8 System Requirements

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

A description of Windows 8 system requirements as well as download links to the developer preview.



8 of the Best Free Games in the Windows Store

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Windows 10 Comes to iPhone and Android

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Microsoft is adding Windows 10 features like Cortana and music streaming to iPhones and Android phones.



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

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

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



Cortana in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update:...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

How to use Cortana's new features in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update including lock screen commands and deeper integration with mobile phones.



Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 Editions

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Microsoft has introduced the 6 versions of Windows 10 that will be available to the public.



How To Quickly Get To Your Desktop in Windows 7...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

A guide to using the Show Desktop Icon in Windows 7 and up including how Show Desktop works and where to find it.



How to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from the Windows...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

How to find the Windows 8.1 update link in the Windows Store.



Step-by-Step Directions to Unlock the Windows 7...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Learn how to unlock the Windows taskbar and in Windows 7, and learn how to use the taskbar's auto-hide feature to regain some screen real estate.



Can You Name All The Ways to Take Screenshots...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

How to create and save screenshots in Windows 7, 8, and 10.



Make Windows 8.1 More Touchable

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Using a Windows tablet without a keyboard and mouse can seem a little daunting to start with, but touchscreens can be very easy to work with



This Windows Tweak Keeps Programs from Loading...

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

Learn how to prevent programs from automatically running on windows startup to ensure prompter speed and efficient booting.



Games Included With Windows XP

2016-09-29T11:53:09Z

These games are included with Windows XP.