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  • How-Tos: Add Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8

    If you used of any of the desktop Gadgets available in Windows 7, you will notice that they have all gone once you've upgraded to Windows 8. This is because Microsoft has ceased support for Gadgets under the new operating system. Here's how to re-install Windows 7 Gadgets when you are using Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: How to migrate Windows XP Mode to Windows 8

    Several features present in Windows 7 Professional are no longer there in Windows 8 Pro. Furthermore, the upgrade process gives you no warning that these features will be removed. Windows XP Mode is trickier to deal with than most. As you're no-longer running Windows 7 Professional, you won't be able to download and install it. Here's how to install Windows XP Mode on Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8

    Windows Media Center has been taken out of Windows 8, but is available as a pay-for added extra. But if you are quick, and you want Windows Media Center, you can get it for free.

  • How-Tos: Adding subscribers to your photo streams

    Reader Derrick Craver is having some difficulty sharing images via iCloud. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Salesforce.com's Complexity Brings CIOs, Partners Together

    As Salesforce.com's SaaS offerings become more sophisticated, configuration and deployment gets more complex. In response, enterprises are increasingly turning to partners for implementation help.

  • How-Tos: Restore your data from the cloud

    Online backups are a useful component of a well-balanced backup strategy. Whether you rely primarily on cloud storage for backups (see "Backup Basics") or use the cloud to supplement local backups such as bootable duplicates (see "Bulletproof Backups"), it's crucial to understand how you will go about restoring your data after disaster strikes.

  • How-Tos: How to restore data from Time Machine in Mountain Lion

    Now that you've been using Time Machine regularly to back up your computer, you should be fully prepared if your Mac crashes or if you need to move data from one Mac to another. Restoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.

  • How-Tos: How to reset a login password

    Reader Ed Grotewahl would like to do a good deed for a family member, yet finds the path to doing so obscured. He writes.

  • How-Tos: Set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion

    If you value your data—whether it’s some perfect photos you took last weekend, your entire music collection on iTunes, or your draft of the next great American novel—you must stay on top of regular system backup. One of the easiest ways of doing so is to use OS X’s built-in backup program, Time Machine. Time Machine works with your Mac and an external drive to save important documents, photos, and system files regularly. Apart from keeping spares of every file, Time Machine maintains a record of how your system looked on any given day, so you can easily put everything back the way it was if something goes wrong.

  • How-Tos: How Small Businesses Can Manage Their Online Reputation

    Small business owners face numerous anonymous threats in the Internet era. While keeping bullies, trolls and extortionists at bay online is similar to what you should do in real life, repairing the damage they can do to your business requires a different set of reputation management skills that make the online 'noise' they create disappear.

  • How-Tos: Get your pictures out of Aperture

    The Export function in Aperture 3 is a versatile tool for moving copies of your pictures out of the application. It’s also one of the more misunderstood functions of Apple’s flagship professional photo-management application. If you’ve felt a certain lack of control in this area, I’ll get you on track right now.

  • How-Tos: Set up your addresses in Messages

    When you set up the Messages app in iOS or OS X, you must supply it with an active Apple ID. But a single Apple ID can be associated with multiple phone numbers and email addresses, and the iMessage system enables you to send and receive messages to and from any email address or iPhone number that’s associated with that ID.

  • How-Tos: How to rename and resize images in bulk for easy organization

    The advent of digital cameras has changed the way we take pictures. With film cameras, which offered a relatively tiny number of photos per roll of film, budding photogs used to take their time composing every shot and only snapped what they thought would be the very best pictures. And it wouldn't be until after the film was developed that they'd know whether or not a particular photo came out well.

  • How-Tos: How to Deal With Panda, Penguin and Other Google Algorithm Changes

    In an effort to improve search result quality and punish black-hat SEO, Google has been making big changes to its algorithms, and more updates are likely on the way soon. Here's how to prepare.

  • How-Tos: PC security: Your essential software toolbox

    Mobile malware is getting lots of attention these days, but you can’t forget about your PC’s security—after all, you probably still use it to pay bills, shop online, and store sensitive documents. You should fully protect yourself to lessen the chance of cybercriminals infiltrating your computer and your online accounts, capturing your personal information, invading your privacy, and stealing your money and identity.

  • How-Tos: How to share family contacts

    Reader Walt Bischoff and his spouse--like all good couples--would like to share more of their lives with one another. He writes:

  • How-Tos: Peek behind abbreviated Web links with Unshorten.it

    Shortened links are everywhere these days, especially on Twitter, where long Web addresses are at odds with the 140-character message limit.

  • How-Tos: Gain access to your PC without the logon password

    2godballdaglory asked the Answer Line forum how he can boot an old PC with a password he no longer remembers.

  • How-Tos: 6 Kickstarter nightmares, and how to prevent them

    For tens of thousands of entrepreneurs frustrated by Washington's arcane legal rules for raising business capital, Kickstarter has been nothing short of a red-tape weed whacker. The crowd-funding website lets individual investors pledge money directly to inventors and artists, handily upending the complex and often impossible process of raising financing one person at a time.

  • How-Tos: How to print anything from anywhere: Your ultimate guide to mobile printing

    Printing anything from anywhere is no longer fantasy. In fact, it's often a necessity if using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop is an essential part of your daily workflow.


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