One of the key functions of the PC Advisor website is to help technology users. We offer free tech support in the Helproom Forum, and hundreds of technology tutorials both big and small. Search around on PC Advisor and you'll find advice on everything from ultra-techie niche problems, through simple home entertainment setup to tips on keeping your PC in tip-top condition.  

Here are the 10 most-read technology tutorials on PC Advisor in 2010.

Number 10: The 25 worst bad habits with technology and how to fix them

We start with some general advice on erradicating those nasty, niggly habits that can devalue your technological life.

We've all got bad habits when it comes to technology, whether it's relying on 'password' as your password or shutting down via the power button and not the Windows Start Menu.

However, there are some tech bad habits that will cause permanent damage. We've rounded up the 25 worst tech habits that are guaranteed to cause you all sorts of hassles.

See also: Free Technology Advice in the Helproom Forum

Number 9: How to print on a budget

As a recent TV advert graphically implies, the cost of a printer doesn't stop when you leave the store. In fact, select the wrong model of printer and you could end up paying through the nose for years.

Over time, buying the ink or toner and acquiring media (paper, envelopes, transparencies) will very likely make a far bigger impact on your wallet than the initial cost of purchase. These costs will vary depending on what you print, how much you print, and what kind of media you use.

Fortunately, PC Advisor is at hand to help you save money, every time you print.

See also: Printing Advisor

Number 8: How to get 100Mb broadband

If printing is a big deal to PC Advisor readers, broadband is in a different league. Faster, more stable and less expensive internet connectivity is something of a Holy Grail for PCA readers and editors alike, and our recent expose on how to negotiate Broadband Britain proved popular.

Superfast broadband is nearly here, but will it be available to everyone, and will subscription costs create a nation of web haves and have-nots? This How to has all the answers.

See also: Broadband Advisor

Number 7: How to downgrade from Vista to XP

Why would you want to? Where should I begin...

During most of its lifetime as Microsoft's flagship PC operating system Windows XP was an object of respect rather than admiration. But the premature and painful birth of Windows Vista, combined with some over ambitious system requirements, made XP seem like the fruits of a golden age to some PC users wrestling with unresponsive and buggy Vista systems. Unfortunately, commercial imperatives mean that Microsoft was unlikely to make it easy to make the switch 'down' to XP. So we did.

See also: Windows 7 zone

Number 6: How to create an iPhone app

Smartphones and Tablet PCs are the technology form factors of the year, and in a Web 2.0 world we all want to contribute as well consume from our handheld devices. Creating an app for Apple iPhone and Apple iPad is a lot more straightforward than you might imagine - we did it, and with this simple and popular walk-through, you can too.

See also: Mobile Advisor

NEXT: our Top 5 Tech Tutorials of 2010 >>

One of the key functions of the PC Advisor website is to help technology users. We offer free tech support in the Helproom Forum, and hundreds of technology tutorials both big and small. Search around on PC Advisor and you'll find advice on everything from ultra-techie niche problems, through simple home entertainment setup to tips on keeping your PC in tip-top condition.

Number 5: How to clean up your Windows PC

Your Windows PC is slowing down. Maybe it takes longer to boot up or shut down. Perhaps the hard drive grinds in the background constantly. Or maybe launching an application takes much longer than it once did. And although Windows 7 is speedier than previous versions, it can still become sluggish, particularly if you install and uninstall a lot of applications.

We showed you what it takes to clean the junk from your system and how to get rid of the detritus that has built up over time to speed up boot times and make your PC zippy once more.

See also: Microsoft Windows 7 review

Number 4: 11 hidden security threats and how to stop them

Antivirus software and a firewall alone can't guarantee your safety when you roam the wilds of the web. So we show you how to foil the latest crop of sneaky attacks and nefarious attempts to steal your data. This should be essential reading for all web users.

See also: Security Advisor

Number 3: How to fix Windows - troubleshooting apps compared

No other category of software download is as popular in our Downloads section as the small apps that, in principle at least, fix issues in your PC's Windows install, and generally speed things up. But although the PC Advisor Downloads directory is carefully curated, shop slightly further afield and you can find all manner of Windows 'troubleshooting apps'. Some are greater than others, and we showed you how to compare them so that you get the tool that will truly improve your PC.

See also: Software shop

Number 2: How to unlock an Apple iPhone for free

Apple's iPhone smartphones are truly desirable pieces of hardware, but not everyone is as enamoured of Apple's software eco-system: in particular the way it locks you in to iTunes. Unlocking an Apple iPhone is a risky proposition, and we cannot recommend that everyone does this, but for those brave or foolhardy hackers who wish to set their iPhones free - this is it.

See also: Mobile phone deals

Number 1: How to transfer movies from VHS to DVD

You've got a load of videos that you never watch because your video is hidden in the attic, and you wish to transfer them to DVD? You are not alone, my friend. Literally millions of PC Advisor readers have the same problem, and if you wish to transfer movies from VHS to DVD: here's how.

See also: Digital Home Advisor