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    Disclaimer: we're not responsible if you turn your computer into a massive paperweight after trying one of the tips you're about to read. Cleaning a computer isn't rocket science, but certain techniques do carry more risk than others.

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    Hold on. Don't just reboot your Windows 7 PC. I realize that rebooting is the go-to solution when a program won't shut down, or the system starts dragging or acting wonky, but there is another way. The Task Manager is a powerful tool for troubleshooting and resolving issues in Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: How to zip files

    Sharing large files with friends and family, whether they're digital photos or other documents, can cause some problems. If you're emailing the files, you run the risk of clogging up inboxes, while transferring the files to media that can be shared, whether it's a USB stick or CD, means you have to keep a close eye that the files size doesn't exceed the size of the media.

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    Staying up-to-date with Twitter is quick and easy on a Google Android device such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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    You wouldn't believe how often I get the same few questions about Microsoft Word. Perhaps the most common: "How do I change the line spacing?"

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  • How-Tos: How to connect to a printer on your local network

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  • How-Tos: How to use Windows 7s advanced networking to work from anywhere

    No matter if you’re at home, on the move or in the office, Windows 7 lets you connect and get things done. The trend these days is towards remote and mobile computing. So Microsoft has incorporated a variety of new networking features in Windows 7 that simplify connectivity and help users access resources.

  • 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?

  • How-Tos: How to install Windows 7 on a new hard drive with three partitions

    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?

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    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?

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    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.


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