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  • How-Tos: How to restore your screen resolution after a graphics driver update

    Sometimes updating your graphics driver can screw up your screen resolution. Here's how to get things back to the way they were and restore your screen resolution following a graphics driver update.

  • How-Tos: Tech Jargon Buster - September 2014

    We explain in plain English technology terminology. Tech terms explained in our Tech Jargon Buster.

  • How-Tos: Why can't I access my NAS device from my Windows 8.1 computer?

    A lot of us have network attached storage (NAS) devices on which we store all our music, videos, photos, and other personal files. It's a central storage location that's accessible to all computers and compatible media streamers on a network if it's set up correctly, and the theory is that you should be able to see your files without any problems from all of your computers.

  • How-Tos: Don't update one motherboard BIOS with another's BIOS file

    Two motherboards may be very similar, but it doesn’t take much difference to render their BIOS files incompatible with one another. Here's why you shouldn't update one motherboard BIOS with a different motherboard's BIOS file.

  • How-Tos: How to add a graphics card to your laptop

    Can you upgrade the graphics chip (GPU) in a laptop? It's a question we get asked often and here's all you need to know.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade an old PC: No-brainer improvements anyone can do

    Windows PCs slow down over time--that's the popular wisdom, at least.

  • How-Tos: How to maximize storage space on your Windows tablet

    One of the unfortunate hallmarks of affordable Windows-based tablets is limited storage space. It is not uncommon for low-priced tablets to come with only 32GB or 64GB drives.

  • How-Tos: Failing hard drive: what to do

    What to do when your laptop- or PC hard drive fails. Failing hard drive? Here's good advice.

  • How-Tos: How to view laptop or PC specs

    How to check the CPU, RAM, OS and graphics card in any Windows or Mac PC or laptop. Here's how to view your laptop's specification.

  • How-Tos: Use IDE drive in PC with SATA connectors

    How to use IDE drives in a PC or laptop with only SATA connectors.

  • How-Tos: The ultimate guide to proper SSD management

    There's no understating it: Solid-state drives are awesome. If you're still using a mechanical hard drive on your computer, the biggest real speed boost you'll see comes from upgrading to a solid-state drive (SSD). A solid-state drive will speed up everything that requires disk access, from boot times and application launches to in-game load screens. Upgrading to a SSD provides a more noticeable speed boost than a $1000 Nvidia Titan graphics card when doing most things.

  • How-Tos: Recover files from a dead PC

    Freeflowing89 has "a ton of music and documents on an HP laptop" that's not "even close to starting up." Fixing or replacing the computer is one thing, but in the meantime, Freeflowing needs to get those files back.

  • How-Tos: PC shuts down unexpectedly

    We show you how to find out why your PC or laptop is shutting down suddenly, and explain some ways to fix it.

  • How-Tos: How to make the Windows desktop look good on high-DPI displays

    One of the most long-overdue trends in PC is the rise of high-pixel-density displays. For ages, computer monitors have gotten bigger and bigger, with only a minor increase in resolution to go along with it, meaning that we've been paying more to see a blurrier, more pixelated desktop.

  • How-Tos: Cloud storage made simple: How to integrate it with your workflow

    Thanks to cloud storage, files are bursting from the confines of your PC's hard drive. Now, you can get work done on a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or even portable mini-PCs and dongles. Still, many users still haven't fully worked the cloud into the way they go about their daily business. Here's how to seamlessly integrate the cloud into your workflow, starting with the most crucial part: Choosing a service that plays nice with your PC.

  • How-Tos: If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

    If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it? Beyond simple hard drive failure, your PC could fall prey to user error or all sorts of nefarious malware. The only way to ensure that none of your personal files or programs are lost in a catastrophe is to back up everything regularly.

  • How-Tos: Problems with OptionRom

    One reader found that his PC wasn't able to boot in UEFI mode. He kept getting the error message: 'OptionRom Authenticate fail'. It turned out his graphics card isn't compatible with UEFI booting. Here's how to deal with problems with OptionRom.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade to a larger hard drive

    Corinda Farley bought a new hard drive for her old computer. How does she get Windows, her programs, and her files onto the new drive?

  • How-Tos: How to safely import a dynamic disk

    How to safely import a dynamic disk and its data to a new PC or laptop

  • How-Tos: Teach your laptop to treat a secondary monitor as the primary display

    I'm not much of a gamer, but I still play about 15 minutes of Diablo III on my notebook every day. (I figure I should finish the game just in time for Diablo IV to come out.) One annoying thing about the game--an irritation that also affects desktop programs and Windows 8 apps--is that if you've connected your notebook to a second monitor, newly opened programs still default to your primary display.

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