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    What is the Windows Registry? Think of it as the "brains" of your Windows installation. Specifically, it's a giant warehouse, a single, easy-to-access, hierarchical database that stores each of your system's settings (and a ton of additional information). Without it, your Windows computer is little more than a paperweight. Mess it up, and you have a big problem on your hands. However, if you understand what you're doing with the Registry, you can tweak pretty much any Windows parameter you wish.

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    I've often wished I could draw. My drawing abilities stopped evolving in kindergarten, so my drawings of people remain the stick figure variety. That's why I like the fact that I can capture portraits with my digital camera--no drawing skills are required. And for those occasions when I want something that looks like a drawing, I can easily take a full-color portrait and turn it into something that looks like a pencil sketch with just a few clicks.

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  • How-Tos: Download and Install Windows 8 On a New Partition

    So you want to try out Windows 8. Excellent! But you're not foolhardy enough to try using a developer preview build as your main work/play operating system--you just want to dabble. We'll show you how to download and install the Windows 8 developer's preview on to a separate partition (or separate hard drive, if you have a spare). If you don't feel like mucking your hard drive with another partition, read How To Download and Install Windows 8 to a Virtual Machine for a less intrusive way to get Windows 8 up and running on your PC.

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  • How-Tos: Android: Wipe Device Clean, Restore Factory Settings

    Whether you just upgraded your Android smartphone to another device, your organization is finally replacing that old Android with something newer and shinier or you've decided to trade devices with a friend, it's a very smart idea to wipe any and all sensitive information from your smartphone before passing it off, not just to ensure that your personal data remains private, but to also make sure your device runs like new for its next owner.

  • How-Tos: Upgrading from XP to Windows 7

    A reader wrote to us asking how to install Windows 7 on an additional partition of his Windows XP PC, access all data from both operating systems, and then delete XP without losing anything. Unfortunately, as our Helproom Expert explains, it's not that simple.

  • How-Tos: Secrets of Lions Spotlight menu

    The handy Spotlight menu, at the far right of your menu bar, is even handier in Lion because it offers new ways to work with the list of search results. Click the magnifying glass icon or use the default Command-Spacebar shortcut to open the menu, and type in your search term. Then, use these tips to go from searching to doing.

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    A reader found they couldn't update their Windows Vista PC to SP2. Our Helproom Expert diagnosed the problem, and offered a solution.

  • How-Tos: How to lock apps on a BlackBerry

    Here is how you can lock specific apps on your BlackBerry for free and subsequently hand over your BlackBerry, safe in the knowledge that important emails and messages won't be read by the wrong people.

  • How-Tos: How to clone a PC's hard drive

    If you're about to upgrade your hard drive or your operating system, you should play it safe and clone your hard drive first. Here's how.

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    Unlike other smartphones such as BlackBerry's and those that run Google Android, Apple's iPhone doesn't allow users to back-up their contacts to the SIM card.

  • How-Tos: How to master formatting and layout in Microsoft Word

    A well-structured document gives the impression of a professional author. We offer tips on how to show off your impeccable standards using Microsoft Word.

  • How-Tos: Arrange and sort files in Lion Finder

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  • How-Tos: Create a Keyboard Shortcut to Insert An E-Mail Address

    Reader Richard is tiring of typing his e-mail address. Every time he logs into a site, shares an article with someone, registers for an online forum, and so on, he has to type it in. So he wants a keyboard shortcut than can "paste my e-mail address into everything." And while he's at it, how about a second shortcut that will paste in his nickname/username?


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