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    What is the Windows Registry? Think of it as the "brains" of your Windows installation. Specifically, it's a giant warehouse, a single, easy-to-access, hierarchical database that stores each of your system's settings (and a ton of additional information). Without it, your Windows computer is little more than a paperweight. Mess it up, and you have a big problem on your hands. However, if you understand what you're doing with the Registry, you can tweak pretty much any Windows parameter you wish.

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    The call waiting feature on mobile phones means that users who are already using their handset for a conversation will be alerted, usually by a series of beeps, if there's another person trying to call them at the same time. We show you how to activate the function on a BlackBerry.

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  • How-Tos: Android Facebook app: how to log out

    The Facebook app for your Android device is great, but for all its plus points, they've made logging out of the app a nightmare. Here's how you do it in three simple steps.

  • How-Tos: How to activate call waiting on an Apple iPhone

    The call waiting feature on mobile phones means that users who are already using their handset for a conversation will be alerted, usually by a series of beeps, if there's another person trying to call them at the same time.

  • Video: Video: how to take out an eBook from your local library

    ...in the US at least. Thousands of libraries across the US can now loan ebooks through Amazon. They can be delivered to your phone, iPad, Kindle or PC/Mac and are free with your library membership. Check your local library for more details.

  • How-Tos: How to activate call waiting on a Google Android smartphone

    The call waiting feature on mobile phones means that users who are already using their handset for a conversation will be alerted, usually by a series of beeps, if there's another person trying to call them at the same time.

  • How-Tos: How to automatically post Twitter updates to Facebook

    Facebook recently revealed it is to give social networkers the ability to automatically publish their status updates on Twitter

  • How-Tos: Manage Accounts: Cancel Google+, Multiple Sign-Ins

    Right from the get-go, I didn't care for Google+ (I'm not alone; read fellow PCWorld writer Tony Bradley's complaints about Google+). Maybe it was the relentless media fawning over what seemed a tepid Facebook clone, or maybe it was because the service just seemed kind of pointless. Whatever the case, I've barely looked at Google+ since signing up for it.

  • How-Tos: How to rip CD box sets in iTunes

    I've got a lot of music in my collection, and some of it in box sets of varying sizes. From a 37-disc set of Schubert's lieder, to an 80-disc set of all of Glenn Gould's recordings, to a 98-disc set of Shakespeare's plays, to a 172-disc set of Bach's complete works. With all these box sets, my shelves are full. Recently, another one arrived: a 73-CD set of the Grateful Dead's Europe '72 tour; all 22 concerts recorded during the tour.

  • How-Tos: What to Do With a New PC

    Everyone has their own I-just-bought-a-new-PC ritual. Some folks start by loading their pristine PC down with all their utilities and apps. Others immediately jump into the new games their old machine couldn't handle. A few others install Linux.

  • How-Tos: Turn Any Photo Into a Pencil Sketch

    I've often wished I could draw. My drawing abilities stopped evolving in kindergarten, so my drawings of people remain the stick figure variety. That's why I like the fact that I can capture portraits with my digital camera--no drawing skills are required. And for those occasions when I want something that looks like a drawing, I can easily take a full-color portrait and turn it into something that looks like a pencil sketch with just a few clicks.

  • How-Tos: How to Make a Facebook Page for Your Small Business

    If you own a small business, having a Facebook page lets you reach individuals among the 500 million or so users worldwide who are most likely to be interested in your company. Your interaction on the social network gives customers the sense that they know you and your business, which can increase loyalty and make them more likely to recommend your services.

  • How-Tos: How to use Facebook Messenger

    Facebook has finally given Brits the ability to access its Messenger app

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    Does your PC keep perfect time? If not, our Helproom Expert's advice is for you.

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    A reader wrote to tell us she was having trouble viewing PDFs from web pages. Our Helproom Expert explained how to solve this issue that affects Windows 7 64bit.

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    If you're unlucky enough to lose your smartphone or have it stolen, as accidents happen to all of us, it's not only the hardware that could fall into the wrong hands.

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    How to make a wireless internet connection stretch down to the garden shed.

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    System Restore regularly backs up your Windows installation, but the backups soon disappear. Robert Fiorini wants to know if there's a way to save them permanently.

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    A reader wrote in about problems with Outlook 2003. Our Helproom Expert offered some troubleshooting tips.


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