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    I upgraded my PC's motherboard, CPU and hard disk. Windows 7 64-bit now takes four minutes to load. By booting into Safe mode, I found that it's hanging at Windows\System32\Drivers\ClassPnp.sys.

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    Customers aren't always right, but their opinions almost always count. Glenn Reit discovered this the hard way when his New York dental practice got a single negative review from an anonymous user on Yelp. According to Reit's legal filings, his business dropped off drastically, from 10 to 15 new appointment calls per day to a mere 4 or 5. By any standard, the result of that one bad review nestled among ten good ones was disproportionately devastating.

  • How-Tos: Automator workflow of the month: Create to-do items anywhere

    One of the main reasons Mac users avoid Apple's automation utility, Automator, is because they believe that to do anything worthwhile with it, you have to create complex workflows. If you count yourself among this group, allow me to disabuse you of the notion by providing you with a one-step-yet-useful workflow that allows you to create iCal to-do items from within any application. This workflow makes it a cinch to keep track of all the little things you need to do, but might otherwise not take the time to enter into iCal.

  • How-Tos: Take Night Photos, Understand Focal Lengths, and More

    Have a question about digital photography? Send it to me. I reply to as many as I can--though given the quantity of e-mails that I get, I can't promise a personal reply to each one. I round up the most interesting questions about once a month here in Digital Focus. For more frequently asked questions, read my newsletters from January, February, March, and April.

  • How-Tos: Keep Your Data in Sync Across Platforms and Devices

    People are no longer tied to any specific location or device as they roam about getting work done on laptops, tablets, or even smartphones. The challenge is to keep everything synced so you can access the same data from each of those platforms.

  • How-Tos: How to prevent Windows Security Center switching itself off

    I'm having problems with Windows Security Center, which keeps switching itself off. I get a warning flag pop-up in the Taskbar, but when I try to activate the service Action Center reports that 'The Windows Security Center service can't be started'. When I restart it in Control Panel Services, Action Center immediately reports it's off again.

  • How-Tos: How to reinstall Windows

    You've tried everything, and only one option remains: reinstall Windows and start from scratch. Here's how to do it.

  • How-Tos: How to restore Windows without the restore CD

    When Windows misbehaves, restoring the operating system via your restore CD may be the last resort. So what do you do if you can't find the disc?

  • How-Tos: Boost Your Productivity By Blocking Distracting Sites

    When it comes to online distractions, we all have a childish streak. So why not borrow a strategy from the Net Nanny playbook and put yourself on a little Web restriction? By using a browser plug-in to block sites that you know you can hardly resist, you can reduce the threat of Facebook or Failblog sucking up half-hour chunks of your workday.

  • How-Tos: Add lyrics to your iTunes tracks

    Music and lyrics—there’s a reason you hear those two items discussed together, because they are equally important parts in the composition of a song. While you can tap your foot or strum along with a tune on your air guitar, you can’t sing along if you don’t know the words. And how frustrating is that?

  • How-Tos: The complete guide to backing up your PC

    Backing up isn't hard to do, but it's definitely a chore. PC Advisor explains the methods most suited to various computing scenarios, and review a range of backup services that make the whole process run like clockwork.

  • How-Tos: How to troubleshoot and fix Windows problems from afar

    Microsoft's web-based remote-access tools let you quickly fix Windows problems on far-away PCs. PC Advisor outlines how to use them.

  • How-Tos: Importing clips into iMovie for iOS

    Old college chum, Steve Adams, struggles with a seeming limitation of iMovie on his iPhone. He writes:

  • How-Tos: How to create panoramas and collages in Windows Photo Gallery 2011

    Microsoft's free Windows Live Photo Gallery has several built-in tools that help you make the most of your digital snaps. Here, we walk you through how to use its panorama and AutoCollage features.

  • How-Tos: How to fuse photos in Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

    Photo Fuse, a free tool built into Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011, lets you mix and match similar shots to create the perfect group portrait. We show you how to use it.

  • How-Tos: How to create a social network with Jcow

    Fancy yourself as the next Mark Zuckerberg? We explain how to create a social-networking website to rival Facebook in a few simple steps using Jcow.

  • How-Tos: How to pinpoint a route using Ordance Survey maps

    Mike Bedford loves to ramble through the great outdoors. Here, he demonstrates how to pinpoint your route using Microsoft Excel and Ordnance Survey’s highly detailed maps.

  • How-Tos: Help! Internet Explorer has 'insufficient resources'

    Whenever I try to connect to the internet I get the error message ‘C:\Program files\Internet Explorer.exe. Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service’. I’m using Windows XP and Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0. How do I fix this, please?

  • How-Tos: How to recover deleted files and photos

    Here's how to recover deleted files in Windows after you've emptied your PC's Recycle bin.

  • How-Tos: Google Android: a newcomer's guide

    Android can do so much for you but, as with any operating system, you have to know where to begin. And it's not just a matter of flicking through the preset features. Compared to the iPhone's set-in-stone interface, Android offers ample room for customisation and control. To whet your appetite, here's a quick round-up of the essentials you should be familiar with.


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