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    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 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.

  • How-Tos: Problems with PC? Here's how to check your power supply

    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

    If your PC or laptop displays different shades of colour for the same aspects in different apps, you may have a Windows colour-management issue. Our Helproom Editor shows you how to solve a problem with colours when using Windows.

  • 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.

  • How-Tos: How to reduce your latency in Windows 7

    Windows 7 uses certain algorithms to sacrifice latency in favor of bandwith. What's great for some, might infuriate others - particularly online gamers. Here's how you can switch them off.

  • How-Tos: How to stop Windows 8 installing updates automatically

    If you're running Windows 8 and you went with the recommended settings automatic updates will be switched on. This can be annoying so here's our guide to stopping Windows 8 installing updates automatically.

  • How-Tos: How to make a Windows 8 PC boot faster

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to speed up the startup on a Windows 8 PC and laptop, as well as how to check out what is stopping your Windows 8 system booting quickly.

  • How-Tos: Prevent WinRAR automatically taking control of ISO files

    When you download an ISO file you may find that it is compressed into a .RAR file: this allows you to access individual files within an ISO, but may not suit your purposes. Our Helproom Editor explains how to stop WinRAR automatically taking control of ISO files.

  • How-Tos: How to use IE8 in Windows 8

    Windows 8 comes with the Internet Explorer 10 web browser by default. It's a great upgrade to Microsoft's own web-surfing software, but some websites require that you use older versions of IE. Here our Helproom Editor explains how to access websites using Internet Explorer 8, even when you are running Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: How to use the Windows 8 Task Manager

    Task Manager has had a big overhaul in Windows 8. It's now easier to understand and has new features. Here's how to use it.

  • How-Tos: How to run Android apps in Windows

    Our Helproom Editor explains how to run Android apps on your Windows PC and laptop.

  • How-Tos: How to Save and restore desktop icon layout

    Want to save the positions of all the icons on your Windows desktop? Here's how to do it, and restore the layout if anything messes up your icons.

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