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  • How-Tos: How to connect a wireless mouse to a Windows laptop

    My wife dislikes laptop touchpads and used to have a USB mouse that plugged into her Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. She has now upgraded to a wireless mouse, but we can’t get it to work. We’ve tried three different wireless mice, all with the same lack of results. All three mice work fine on another Vista laptop and a Windows XP desktop. Windows troubleshooting reports: ‘This device is working properly’. Can you help?

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    I upgraded to Windows 7 on a new hard drive with three partitions. It unexpectedly installed itself on a reserved portion, but worked perfectly. However, on startup I am now offered a choice of loading Linux or Windows. How do I set up the PC so that I don’t have to go through this extra step every time?

  • How-Tos: How to share iTunes libraries with other PCs

    Most PC users have some, if not all of their music collection stored in digital format on their computer. However, with multiple machines in one home becoming the norm, you my think you'll nee to ensure you copy all of your MP3s to each PC to ensure you can enjoy them no matter were in your home you are, which is time consuming to say the least.

  • How-Tos: How to fix speech recognition in Windows 7

    Speech recognition will no longer load on my Windows 7 PC. Unless I first switch off User Account Control, I get the error message: ‘C:\Windows\Speech\Common\sapisvr.exe. A referral was returned from the server’. According to my online research this is a common problem, but I can’t find a solution. System Restore and a full restore from my backup temporarily fix the problem until the next reboot. Any ideas please?

  • How-Tos: How to fix a corrupt hard drive

    My Windows 7 Home Premium laptop runs a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron processor and 2GB of RAM. It works well in general, but Windows has recently started reporting that the hard drive has no free space when I try to install programs.

  • How-Tos: How to customise a tablet's home page

    One of the great things about tablets is that they can be personalised to your own tastes and needs.

  • How-Tos: How to remove troublesome Internet Explorer add-ons

    QUESTION My Windows XP PC is experiencing problems with Internet Explorer 8.0 add-ons. Microsoft’s Mats Run program shows that the browser is running 36 add-ons. I don’t recognise most of these items and would like to remove them, but they aren’t listed in Manage add-ons. Can you help?

  • How-Tos: How to stop Windows Mail asking you to compress the database

    A message appears on startup and on closing down Windows Mail that reports: ‘Windows Mail can compress the message store. This may take up to a few minutes’. It’s becoming annoying. Could you help me get rid of it please?

  • How-Tos: How to stop Microsoft Office constantly reinstalling

    Microsoft Office Home & Student keeps trying to reinstall itself on my partner’s Vista laptop. If she cancels the installation, nothing works correctly and she has to wait until it configures and installs itself again before being able to use it. How can we fix this?

  • How-Tos: How to turn a flat-panel monitor into a digital photo frame

    I have a redundant 19in flat-panel display that I can’t bear to throw away. Is there a simple way to turn it into a picture display?

  • How-Tos: How to uninstall programs on your PC

    Just like your home, your PC needs a good spring clean every once in a while. And that means removing old software you don't need any more.

  • How-Tos: How to fix a slow booting PC

    When I turn on my PC it runs through the startup sequence until it reaches the Windows login screen. I enter my details and it then takes around half an hour for the desktop to load. The system is reasonably powerful, with an AMD Phenom II x4 965 processor and ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer photos to a PC without additional software

    If you're anything like me, you're probably snap-happy when it comes to capturing moments with your digital camera. And with Windows built-in feature you can upload your digital memories to your PC in just a few clicks. We show you how.

  • How-Tos: How to change the date and time on your PC

    There are plenty of reasons you might want to change the time on your PC.

  • How-Tos: How to stop your boss spying on you

    If you use a company-supplied PC on a corporate network and carry around a company smartphone, you're almost certainly being watched. But with a bit of forethought and these tips, you can enjoy a little digital liberty in the workplace.

  • How-Tos: How to communicate your firm's security strategy

    Security professionals often lament the way they are perceived. But there's a reason for that. Here are seven communication failures that are common among security experts, and how you can effectively communicate your security strategy within a business.

  • How-Tos: How to transfer data from one hard drive to another

    I want to transfer data from a pair of portable hard drives to a new 1.5-terabyte (TB) drive. How do I copy across the contents? I have an Asus Z9200U laptop running Windows XP.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade an old PC for gaming

    I recently got a new laptop and still have my old desktop PC. What would I need to do to turn it into a gaming computer?

  • How-Tos: How to download and install apps on an Android device

    An Android tablet (or phone for that matter)is a wonderful thing. As soon as you get it out of its box you can do all manner of things with it from send email to browse the web, manage your diary to text your friends, take photos to play games.

  • How-Tos: How to download and install an app on an iPhone or iPad

    If you've got your hands on an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod Touch, then one of the first features you'll want to make use of is to download apps from the iTunes app store.


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