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    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?

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    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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    Do you know what your employees are doing on the web? At a minimum, they're probably goofing off watching YouTube videos. At worst, they could be steering your company toward financial ruin. In this quick guide, I'll show you how to keep an eye on employee internet use and monitor just about everything else they do with their PCs.

  • How-Tos: How to share your music and photos using Twonky

    Support for Twonky servers has been included in media-sharing drives for many years. However, until recently, only Windows devices could take advantage of its likeable features. Twonky for Google Android was launched in late 2010, while support for Apple’s iOS (iPhones and iPads) was announced in February. Here, we show you how to get started with Twonky on your smartphone.

  • How-Tos: How to set up parental controls in Windows Media Center

    Age ratings on films and games exist to prevent children viewing unsuitable content, but they don't prevent a child from watching the content on the family PC. Here, we guide you through how to set up parental controls in Windows Media Player.

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  • How-Tos: How to stop Adobe Reader changing your Taskbar and Start menu logos

    Each time I download Adobe Reader to my Windows 7 computer, all the icons in my Taskbar and Start menu adopt the Adobe icon. The only way I can get the correct icons back is to uninstall Adobe Reader. Please point out where I’m going wrong, as I’d like to continue using the software.

  • How-Tos: How to claim your brand on the social web

    Facebook, Twitter and other social sites now play an integral role in the marketplace, connecting businesses with customers, partners and industries at large. We show you how to quickly establish your social presence and get more out of any social media efforts you may already be making.

  • How-Tos: How to back up your webmail account

    It's hard enough to remember to back up your PC, your laptop, your smartphone, and your tablet, let alone your cloud-based email account, too. However, after a recent Gmail glitch left thousands of users unable to access their inboxes, anyone who relies too heavily on the cloud, would do well to back up their web-based email.

  • How-Tos: How to install Adobe Contribute

    Can you help me get rid of the ‘Open’ box that has appeared in the centre of my monitor’s screen? It appeared immediately after I had tried to open Adobe Contribute 4.0.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid gaps when printing Avery labels

    I want to use the Avery label templates that came with my copy of Serif PagePlus to save time writing the address on envelopes. However, the program doesn’t skip ‘empty fields’, creating unsightly gaps in address labels.

  • How-Tos: How to add a DVD drive to a netbook

    I bought a netbook for my wife. Since it has no optical drive, I also bought a USB-powered external Blu-ray/DVD drives and tried to use it to install Microsoft Office. This was recognised, but it won’t run or install Office, reporting USB controller error Code 43. The drive works on another PC, and tech support explained that it may be a problem with the power allocated to the USB ports. I returned it to them to inspect, but I’m curious as to whether this is a standard problem. I find it incredible that I can’t use a plug-and-play optical device on the netbook.

  • How-Tos: How to remove files and folders from Program Files

    To free up some space on the main drive of my Windows XP SP3 PC, I copied the Program Files folder to the D drive, deleted 2.5GB of files from the C drive, and then copied the Programs File folder back to its original location. Everything works okay, but when I try to get online I get the message: ‘Windows Installer...Preparing to install’. This then changes to: ‘Windows Installer...Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003... Gathering required information’. Eventually, I’m told ‘Installation file SKU017.CAB could not be found. If FrontPage 2003 was installed from a CD please insert CD and continue’.

  • How-Tos: How to avoid POP3, IMAP email clashes

    When I boot up the XP PC, it downloads every email I’ve received since the last switch-on – even if I’ve already read and replied to them on the other machine. How do I arrange things so that Windows Live Mail becomes my primary email account, and messages aren’t stored up to be downloaded by Outlook Express?

  • How-Tos: Tip: use spacers when you upgrade a motherboard

    I’ve had some serious problems with my recently upgraded computer. The monitor won’t detect the PC and the hard drive LED flashes randomly for a moment after pressing the power button but then stops. I upgraded my CPU, case, motherboard and RAM according to the manufacturers’ instructions, except I didn’t use spacers for the motherboard. My friend did the same, but had no problems following the upgrade. I’m only 13, so I’m getting seriously stressed. I haven’t been able to find a solution online.

  • How-Tos: How to view HTML emails in Windows Live Mail

    I’m running Live Mail 2011 on my Windows 7 computer. I receive email in plain text format by default, and open HTML messages only from senders I trust. In Live Mail I must click a large ‘E’ symbol to access the HTML version, but with some messages this appears only when I click the Reply button. How can I get around this?


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