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  • How to upgrade your netbook

    Small, light and extremely portable, netbooks are ideal for computing on the move. But deciding which mini laptop is best for you isn't an easy task - particularly when every choice demands a trade-off.

    03 Dec. 09 10:10 Written by David Murphy and Carrie-Ann Skinner
  • Create waves with Google

    By now, you've probably heard mutterings about a new Google innovation known as Wave. Not content with cleaning up in the search engine arena, becoming the first name in digital maps and making its Gmail client synonymous with webmail, Google wants you to organise and share your social and business events and conflabs using its tools too.

    02 Dec. 09 06:12 Written by Jason Whittaker
  • Switching to a solid-state drive

    Prices on solid-state drives are dropping, and operating systems (particularly Windows 7) are beginning to take advantage of the potential higher speeds of SSDs, so it's a good time to consider slapping one in your computer.

    02 Dec. 09 02:55 Written by Patrick Miller
  • Shopping for a photo printer

    The holidays are upon us, which means you'll be seeing more friends and family in the next few weeks than you usually do the rest of the year. You'll be taking a lot of photos and sharing them. Rather than sending your guests a digital file by e-mail (how festive!), consider printing some photos and sending them home with bright, sharp prints. Need a printer? No problem. I've got four tips to help you make a smart choice when you go to buy a photo printer. And after you get that shiny new printer, be sure to check out my five tips for getting great-looking prints with it.

    01 Dec. 09 06:15 Written by Dave Johnson
  • Securely wipe a dead hard drive

    Hard drives almost always contain some potentially compromising information, such as credit card and social security numbers. You should always wipe a hard drive before turning it over to someone else. But that job is particularly difficult if the hard drive no longer works.

    26 Nov. 09 03:53 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • How to install Chrome OS from a USB drive

    Have you already tried Chrome OS using a virtual machine, and were less than impressed? Well now you can get a feel for how Google's Web-centric operating system will run natively on your machine. T

    26 Nov. 09 02:07 Written by Ian Paul
  • How to speed up your printer

    Raw printer speeds keep improving each year, but we always seem to want documents to come out just a little bit faster. Thankfully, you can use a few tricks to boost printer performance. Whether you got a bargain inkjet in a bundle with your home PC or you charged a thousand-dollar laser printer to your expense account, these suggestions will kick up your print speeds.

    24 Nov. 09 10:10 Written by PC World Staff
  • Use Aero Snap to simplify file management

    In my early computing days (I'm talking Commodore Amiga here), I grew accustomed to file managers that used a side-by-side approach: Your complete file system was represented in two adjoining windows. That made it very easy to move or copy files and folders.

    24 Nov. 09 08:04 Written by Rick Broida
  • How To: Move Your Old Email to Win7

    Marsha Naylor wants a way to access her old Outlook Express and Windows Mail messages in Windows 7.

    24 Nov. 09 04:57 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • Using e-mail message flags in BlackBerry OS 5.0

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) recently started shipping its brand new mobile operating system (OS), BlackBerry handheld OS 5.0. The new software packs a variety of cool new features and enhancements, including improved mail-folder management options; auto-correct and word-completion typing software; and a number of personal information management (PIM) feature-enhancements. (Note: Some of the new features require BlackBerry Enterprise Server BES 5.0.)

    20 Nov. 09 06:36 Written by Al Sacco
  • When the backup drive gets full

    Rat74136's external hard drive is full. He asked the Answer Line forum how to keep backing up.

    20 Nov. 09 04:45 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • How to dual-boot with Windows 7

    Installing Windows 7 while keeping an older version of the operating system is a great idea if you have enough spare hard drive space. It allows you to move to the new OS without burning your bridges.

    17 Nov. 09 04:30 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • Windows 7 tricks: 20 top tips and tweaks

    Just got your hands on Windows 7 and want to bend it to your will? No problem. We've got plenty of tips, hacks and secrets to keep you busy for a long time, including automatically opening Windows Explorer to a folder of your choice, speeding up taskbar thumbnails, finding hidden desktop themes, forcing User Account Control to act the way you'd like, keeping your Explorer searches secret from others, and more.

    12 Nov. 09 04:20 Written by Preston Gralla
  • Free tools for fine-tuning your Windows 7 setup

    Last week I told you how to migrate to Windows 7 at your own pace--there's no need to jump into the deep end right away. Now that you've got Windows 7 up and running on your newly partitioned, dual-boot PC, it's time for the next big step in any OS migration: reinstalling your software.

    04 Nov. 09 07:18 Written by Rick Broida
  • Windows 7: What you should know about XP Mode

    Windows 7 is doing much better out of the gate than Windows Vista did. As good as the OS roll out is going, there are still legacy devices out there that don't have drivers and software updates to work with Windows 7. The vast masses of users who have held on to Windows XP are particularly vulnerable to this issue which is why Microsoft created XP Mode virtualization to ease the pain of transition.

    04 Nov. 09 02:13 Written by Tony Bradley
  • How to: Reletter a drive

    Windows turned drive F: into drive G:, so the PC's owner asked the <a href="http://forums.pcworld.com/index.php?/forum/2024-answer-line/">Answer Line forum</a> how to change it back.

    31 Oct. 09 04:23 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • How to optimize your Windows 7 PC

    Windows 7 comes as a significant performance improvement over its predecessor, Windows Vista.

    20 Oct. 09 10:48 Written by David Murphy
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