Tutorials

  • Disaster-proof your PC: image your drive

    Last week I told you how to make a new computer hassle-free; to wit, I described how to create a system-repair disc, dump the junkware, and set up security. Now that you've got your PC just the way you want it, it's time to perform what I consider to be the ultimate hassle-prevention steps: imaging your hard drive and setting up a backup routine.

    13 Jan. 10 05:04 Written by Rick Broida
  • 33 ways to speed up your PC

    We love our gadgets, but sometimes they frustrate us, especially if they're slow. There's nothing worse than PCs that have lost their pep, or slow network connections and sluggish smartphones.

    12 Jan. 10 15:14 Written by PC World Staff
  • Set up your home network, Windows 7 edition

    With Windows 7, you can more easily share files and printers across a network via the new HomeGroups feature. HomeGroups lets you connect to files and printers with a group password - if all the PCs have Windows 7. But I'll show you how to get your Windows 7 PC to play nicely on a network that also has Macs and XP/Vista PCs.

    31 Dec. 09 19:50 Written by Zack Stern
  • Android keyboard shortcuts: All the hotkeys you need

    The Android mobile operating system has an impressive set of keyboard shortcuts to help you fly through your phone without digging through the menus. A couple of quick key presses are all you need for most common tasks.

    16 Dec. 09 02:09 Written by JR Raphael
  • How to diagnose a bad Wi-Fi connection

    Network problems are the thorniest to resolve. They've been known to reduce my vocabulary to curses so strong they'd embarrass Quentin Tarantino.

    14 Dec. 09 16:27 Written by Lincoln Spector
  • 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
  • 7 Habits of the Effective Network Manager

    Years of observing hundreds of network managers has revealed 7 habits that differentiate the effective network manager from the others. In this white paper, we will identify those 7 habits and discuss how these habits contribute to providing a well performing and reliable network. When problems do occur, these problems can be resolved in a timely manner, reducing the impact on the business, while at the same time, maintaining the credibility of the networking department.

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