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    Almost every PC user has probably been in a situation where they needed to copy files on an USB stick for quick transport, only to be stopped dead in their tracks by the plain lack of the latter in the Explorer. But why does Windows fail to recognize USB sticks? Here's how you can solve the problem.

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  • How-Tos: How to delete or rename files "in use"

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  • How-Tos: How to check if your old USB sticks are faulty

    Every once in a while, a long thought lost USB stick might pop up from a dusty drawer, the underbelly of your couch or your car's glove compartment. This typically begs the question of whether or not it sill works as it should. Here's how you can test the integrity of your USB sticks with checksums.

  • How-Tos: How to share folders without homegroups in Windows 7

    The homegroup function of Windows 7, while convenient, is by far not everybody's cup of tea. It is neither compatible with older Windows versions or Linux, nor does it give access to certain system-wide folders. Here's how you can share folders with the old, but trusty Network Sharing Settings.

  • How-Tos: How to gain access to your Windows account if you lose your password

    If you're using a single account, it's surprisingly easy to lock yourself out of your own computer by losing your password. Luckily, its just as easy to get back in again without leaving a trace – so long as you haven't misplaced your Windows Installation DVD. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to prevent your PC from waking up in sleep mode

    Both hibernation and standby mode are popular methods of shutting your PC down. Much less so however, is their tendency to wake up again at the slightest provocation. Here's how you can both find and eliminate the cause.

  • How-Tos: How to shut down Windows 8 with your computer's power button

    Windows 8 is notoriously awkward to shut down, since the option is hidden away in the 'settings'. Here's how to configure your laptop or PC to shut down when you press the power button.

  • How-Tos: How to hide user accounts from the log-on screen in Windows 7

    Not every user account is meant to be seen by other people. When password-protection just doesn't cut it and you want that extra bit of discretion, you should hide your accounts from the log-in screen altogether. Here's how.

  • How-Tos: How to check for bad RAM modules in your PC

    If you have become the victim of unprovoked bluescreens and frequent system crashes as of lately, you might want to have a look at your RAM. We'll show you how you can thoroughly test it with specialised tools.

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    If your PC or laptop has been behaving erratically, it might be your PC's PSU. This handy tip from PC Advisor reader Andy Scott explains how to check your PC's power supply, and find out what's wrong with your PC.

  • How-Tos: Problem with colours on Windows PC

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  • How-Tos: How to activate hibernation mode in Windows 7 and 8

    For some inexplicable reason, most versions of Windows 7 and 8 don't allow you to put your PC or Laptop into hibernation mode by default. However, what isn't yet may well still be: Here's how you can (re)activate this handy feature.

  • How-Tos: How to get rid of redundant Windows programs and services

    Not everybody is keen on using the Internet Explorer or the Windows Media Player as his tools of choice. More often than not, they just push themselves in the way of more advanced software. Here's how you can disable them for good.

  • How-Tos: How to change the priorities of your network adapter

    Wi-Fi has unquestionably become quite popular in the past decade. So much in fact, that some laptops outright refuse to stop using it, even if a much faster LAN-connection is available. Here's how you can correct the priorities of your network adapter.

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