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    End users are the biggest security risk in any enterprise. Here's how network admins can use Windows 7 to secure their data.

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    Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7, offers significant improvement over Vista. But if you want to get the very best performance possible, you should make a few system tweaks to eliminate resource-hogging programs and features.

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  • How-Tos: How to email and surf without a web connection

    Most of us can't live without email or web these days. But what happens if you're going somewhere that doesn't have an internet connection? Fear not, we've got some handy hints that will ensure that you can still read emails and surf, you just have to plan ahead.

  • How-Tos: How to protect your privacy on LinkedIn

    When it comes to the business social network LinkedIn, adjusting your privacy settings is as important as it is on other networks such as Facebook. We've rounded up some important points to consider when altering your privacy settings on LinkedIn.

  • How-Tos: How to upgrade from XP to Windows 7

    Vista users looking to upgrade to Windows 7 when it's finally released will have the luxury of an ‘in-place upgrade', in which the new OS overwrites the old one, preserving their installed applications, preferences, and data. However, XP users aren't being given this option and will instead have to do a clean install. We look at just how complicated upgrading to Windows 7 from XP is likely to be.

  • How-Tos: How to use Linux

    If you've only ever used Windows, getting to grips with a Linux OS can be an intimidating thought. So we've put together an easy-to-use guide to help you get the most out of this OS.

  • Video: Windows 7 guide, part 9: features for IT admins

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  • How-Tos: How to reinstall Windows XP & Vista

    Maybe your PC won't boot. Or it could be infected with some kind of persistent malware. Perhaps Windows puts up a Blue Screen of Death every time you type the word 'aardvark'.

  • How-Tos: How to boost your website's search engine ranking

    Search Engine Optimisation is the key to a website ranking high in search engine results. But as it's not an exact science, how do you go about ensuring your website is optimised to get the most visitors? We spoke to three experts to get a number of top tips to ensure your website ranks highly.

  • Video: How to find other PCs and printers on your network

    Get your PC and printer network working. Here's a set of simple but effective tips and tricks that'll get your network back running smoothly in no time at all.

  • How-Tos: How to compress email attachments using 7-Zip

    Ever since the computer age began, boffins have worked to reduce the amount of space required by digital data through compression.

  • How-Tos: How to locate the source of an email

    There are many aspects to web security. You can hardly move for apps that automate online protection and safeguard your identity, for instance. But one area that gets less attention is IP-address tracing.

  • How-Tos: How to print true colours

    It isn’t until you’ve tested several printers that you realise just how much the quality of output can vary from model to model. But a more striking discrepancy is the one commonly noted between the colours onscreen and those that are printed.

  • How-Tos: How to set up an Office Live account

    Many of us dream of breaking free of the nine-to-five grind and setting up our own businesses, but few of us actually get round to doing so.

  • How-Tos: How to use Fix-It Utilities 7.0 Express

    Utility packages can be used for a variety of system-maintenance tasks. They speed up your PC by cleaning out the rubbish that hogs memory and disk space, and improve efficiency by tidying the Registry, thus reducing the time that your system spends searching through files to locate the one it needs.

  • How-Tos: How to beat printing costs

    In some cases, printer ink is five times as expensive per millilitre as vintage champagne. But we don't want to pay those prices.

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