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How to Use Windows Update (Video Guide)

In this interactive video, learn about Windows Update and how you use it to keep Windows on the newest version. This video works for all versions of Windows.

Welcome to Part 2 of the two-part series on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

A Restore Point is a saved state in Windows XP, Vista or 7. Think of it like a “save” in your favorite video game. A Restore Point records the current versions of all your drivers and programs, which programs are installed and not installed, the current update of Windows, the specific Windows settings, and so on.

So, you’ve probably heard about this Windows 8 thing. Today, Microsoft released what’s called the Consumer Preview of Windows 8. In other words, a beta, or early version. It’s not the first one they’ve done — they did a beta for developers last year — but this edition of Windows 8 is far more complete and less crash-prone.

Open Newer Office Files in Older Versions

Newer versions of Microsoft Office save files in .DOCX or .XLSX format, and these files are difficult to open in older versions. Here’s how to fix that.

Burn a CD or DVD

Windows 7 has built in disc-burning software. Find out how to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 7.

Open a PDF

PDFs, or portable document files, require special software to open in Windows. Here’s how to open these important documents.

Restore File Extensions for All File Types

Windows hides file extensions from you on a fresh install of any version of Windows. There are many situations where you’d like to know them. Here’s how.

Top 5 Reasons Not to Use Windows XP

In the past, we’ve recommended Windows XP as a great choice for older PCs due to its light footprint and low system requirements. Well, here’s the flipside of that argument: five reasons why it’s not a good idea to use XP after all.

We did a recent poll on Facebook where we asked you what you did with your PC when done with it. Out of 25 responses, eight people said they put their PC in Sleep Mode. Two people said they Hibernated it. And the majority, 14 people, said they shut it down completely.

What Size of Laptop Do You Need?

The Size of Laptop that’s Right for you Illustration: Gordon McAlpin You’d like to pick up a laptop, but you can’t make up your mind from the various model types, screen sizes, and configurations. We’ll break it down for you. There are three main sizes of laptops these days: netbooks, ultrabooks and notebooks. NETBOOKS Though fallen out of style in recent years, netbooks are still popular among people who want a PC on an extreme budget. For just a couple hundred dollars, you can get a Windows 7 Basic or […]

How Do I Secure My PC? (Video Guide)

It’s important to have the latest antivirus and antimalware applications installed. In this interactive video, learn how to secure your PC against unwanted threats.

The Best Windows Backup Solutions

Backing up and restoring your PC’s files doesn’t have to be an arduous or expensive process. Here are the best Windows Backup solutions, both free and paid.

Do I Need an Ultrabook? What are the benefits?

Ultra means “going beyond what is ordinary” or “excessive” or “extreme”. Ultrabooks are kind of the opposite of that …

Windows Update Fails to Update

Windows Update can sometimes fail. Here’s how to get the update running again on your PC so you can be sure and have the latest version of Windows.

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