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  • How-Tos: Is That Grinding Sound the Death of My Hard Drive?

    Ericuse165 has a friend with a PC that's making a grinding noise. Eric asked the Hard Drives, NAS Drives, Storage forum for advice.

  • How-Tos: How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster

    Back in the old days of 2010, I used to walk into my home office in the morning, hit the power button on my production system, and then head back upstairs to have breakfast. By the time I returned to the office, my system had fully booted up and was ready to go.

  • How-Tos: How to burn digital music files to a CD in Windows Media Centre

    Windows Media Centre, which was first introduced in Vista and given a new user-interface and improved functions in Windows 7, is a media player designed to bring music, pictures and even digital TV and movies to one location on a Windows PC

  • How-Tos: How to fix iTunes Match Error tracks

    Among the icons you might see in your iTunes library after enabling iTunes Match is this unfriendly guy to the left: a cloud with an exclamation point in it. No, it's not hinting at a chance of inclement weather; it means that iTunes Match has encountered a problem while scanning the track in question.

  • How-Tos: Transfer files to your iOS device remotely

    Reader Jim Ross seeks a slicker way to add files to his iPad. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to watch MSN Video Player using Windows Media Centre

    Windows Media Centre, which was first introduced in Vista and given a new user-interface and improved functions in Windows 7, is a media player designed to bring music, pictures and TV and movies to one location on a Windows PC.

  • How-Tos: Fixes for Outlook General Failure Error, Unwanted Windows Reboots

    Back in July I promised to help track down a solution to the "General failure" error that appears in Microsoft Outlook when you click a link embedded in an e-mail. Judging from the number of pleas for help I continue to get from readers, this problem hasn't gone away. And it appears to affect users of all browsers, not just Firefox or Internet Explorer.

  • How-Tos: How to Build a Powerhouse PC Worthy of Sandy Bridge Extreme Edition

    I want a PC that performs well in every regard. It needs to be the decathlete of the computing world, a high-performance gaming rig capable of running Windows on at least two displays while handling Photoshop and Premiere Pro editing duties with speed and aplomb. Of course, digital photography and video editing require both good CPU chops and decent GPU performance. And games can be CPU-draining simulators or GPU-punishing virtual worlds--sometimes both at the same time.

  • How-Tos: How to enable Home Sharing on an iPhone

    Home Sharing is a feature in Apple's iTunes that allows PC users to share their digital music and video libraries with up to five other computers located in the same household.

  • How-Tos: Check your music's iCloud Status

    iTunes Match is new (it arrived Monday) and exciting (all your music everywhere! your old CD rips upgraded to iTunes Plus quality!), but it's also confusing. What songs went where? Did iTunes Match find a track or did your copy of iTunes have to upload it to Apple's servers?

  • How-Tos: BlackBerry Tip: How to Avoid a "Bricked" or "Nuked" BlackBerry

    The modern BlackBerry smartphone can be "quirky," to put it mildly.

  • How-Tos: Subscribe to RSS Feeds To Track Blogs, News, and Even PC World

    Artman clicked an RSS link and got a screenful of code instead of easy access to favorite news sources. He asked the Windows forum for advice.

  • How-Tos: Tips for Taking Better Photos During the Holidays

    We tend to take more photos over the holiday season than at any other time of year. Thanksgiving feasts, Christmas trees, glowing menorahs, and family gatherings all make for compelling photo opportunities. This year, as you dust off the digital camera and charge up your battery pack, take some time to do your homework. Brush up on some photographic basics by reviewing my composition tips, then try using the tips collected in this article to turn your holiday photos into works of art. Happy holiday shooting!

  • How-Tos: How to Boost Your Smartphone Battery Life

    Do you know where your smartphone is? Unless you're using it to read PCWorld.com, your phone is probably plugged into an outlet somewhere to charge, because the battery stinks. You can find plenty of good reasons why your smartphone battery sucks, most of which stem from the failure of lithium ion batteries to keep pace with the exponentially increasing power demands of rapidly evolving smartphone technology. Thankfully, plenty of tips and tutorials are available to help you wring every last drop of juice from your smartphone battery, and such tricks can be distilled down to two critical steps: Configure your smartphone for maximum battery life, and then download a reliable and trustworthy battery-optimization app.

  • How-Tos: Stop Windows from Rebooting After Automatic Updates, 2011 Edition

    This is an update of a post from a couple years ago. Recently I migrated to a new PC, but neglected to update the settings as described below--and suffered the same consequences. Curse you, Microsoft--again!

  • How-Tos: How To Lock Down Your Wireless Network

    If you operate a wireless network for your home or business, it's important to ward it against opportunistic hackers seeking to steal your data or hijack your Wi-Fi for their own nefarious purposes. We spoke to Steven Andrés, CTO of security consulting firm Special Ops Security, to learn about the best ways to lock down your Wi-Fi. To get started, you'll need to log in to your router's administrative console by typing the router's IP address into your Web browser's address bar. Most routers use a common address like 192.168.1.1, though alternatives like 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.2.1 are also common. Check the manual that came with your router to determine the correct IP address; if you've lost your manual, you can usually find the appropriate IP address on the manufacturer's website.

  • How-Tos: How to protect a smartphone against malware

    Smartphone malware has surged by 800% in last four months. PC Advisor explains how you can secure you mobile phone against future attacks.

  • How-Tos: How to delete business pages on Google+

    This week, Google made the business version of its Google+ social network, available worldwide, allowing web users to set-up pages for their companies that contain information and photos, as well as joining the Circles of their clients and customers.

  • How-Tos: A Potential Fix for the Outlook 'General Failure' Error

    Back in July I promised to help track down a solution to the "General failure" error that appears in Outlook when you click a link embedded in an e-mail. Judging from the number of pleas for help I continue to get from readers, this problem hasn't gone away. And it appears to affect users of all browsers, not just Firefox or Internet Explorer.

  • How-Tos: iPad printing to an unsupported printer

    A reader who wishes to remain unnamed shouldn't be so shy, as this is a perfectly lovely question. He or she writes:


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