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    The Windows Registry is a powerful but confusing component of the Windows operating system. In earlier editions of Windows, editing the Registry was fraught with peril; if the user edited it with the wrong tool or altered a critical key, the result could be an inoperable Windows installation. Windows 7, however, is far more forgiving than its predecessors when it comes to modifying the Registry, if you use the built-in Windows 7 Registry Editor (Regedit).

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    Your PC doesn't immediately launch into Windows when you first turn it on; first it must run a more rudimentary bit of code called the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). The BIOS code is stored on a chip on your motherboard, so it's more precisely described as firmware. The BIOS works by identifying all of your computer's components and letting Windows know how to work with them.

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  • How-Tos: How to back up and restore with Crashplan

    No matter how often we bang on about it, there will always be some people who neglect to back up their valuable data. But it’s an important task, so we’ll repeat our advice: fail to back up, and you’ll risk losing everything stored on your PC. Here, we show you how with Crashplan.

  • How-Tos: How to watch Sky Go on a laptop or PC

    Sky Go is a service which allows you to watch live and on-demand TV while on the go on a number of different devices.

  • How-Tos: Make basic edits in iPhoto for iOS

    Half the fun of iPhone photography is editing and altering your photos in various photo apps. And now that Apple has introduced its iPhoto app for the iPhone and iPad, bringing its desktop photo management and editing software to the touchscreen interface, users have a great, all-in-one photo-editing tool at their fingertips.

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    We show you how to install the free Bullzip PDF printer to create and share PDF files.

  • How-Tos: Escape unwanted disk checks at startup

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    When a reader couldn't access his Windows XP PC because he had forgotten the password, our Helproom Editor was happy to help.

  • How-Tos: Forwarding images in Windows Live Mail

    Having problems forwarding image files in Windows Live Mail? Our Helproom Expert is here to help.

  • How-Tos: Four Easy Tricks for Better Photos

    There are about a million books about photography on the shelf of your local bookstore. I should know, because mine is one of them. But you don't need to remember a book's worth of tips and tricks to improve your photography; for the highlights, you might want to play with an online camera simulator. And when you get right down to it, there are just a handful of easy things you can do to make a dramatic improvement to your photos.

  • How-Tos: How to update drivers in Windows 7

    When a reader upgraded his PC to Windows 7, he found that many of the software drivers for external devices did not work. Our Helproom Expert explains how to update software drivers in Windows 7.

  • How-Tos: How To Make And Publish Movies For Free

    It's never been cheaper or easier to make movies, but many budding amateur filmmakers are still put off by the initial expense of purchasing a good camera and audio equipment. Thankfully, there's plenty of free content available for public use if you know where to look. You can turn that raw material into creative and inventive works of cinema with a few free video editing tools, some hard work and a place to share your movie with friends and family.

  • How-Tos: Restore data from Time Machine

    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 factory reset a BlackBerry PlayBook

    Factory resetting a BlackBerry PlayBook returns the tablet back to its original state, as if it hadn’t been used before. It deletes data, files, downloaded applications and any assigned accounts such as a Google Mail address.

  • How-Tos: Change Your Facebook Profile Photo

    I've made no secret of my distaste for Facebook's interface, which is equal parts messy, confusing, and outright maddening.

  • How-Tos: 10 Spelling Checker Secrets for Microsoft Word

    You use Word's spelling checker every day, and probably just as often encounter some of the tool's puzzling behavior. Do you know how to get rid of a word that you mistakenly added to its dictionary, for instance, or how to hide the red wiggly lines that appear all over your document?

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