When you do a clean install of Windows — whether the new version 7 or one of its predecessors — make sure you reload your software in the correct order.
Here’s my tried-and-true method for building a stable, secure installation of any version of Windows.
Automatic software-update tools are great — when they work.
However, the more complex and nonstandard your system configuration, the greater the likelihood that an automatic-update tool will go wrong … go wrong … go wrong ….
Clever malware can block your access to Windows’ Task Manager and Registry Editor, making it difficult to disable and delete the infection.
Several free tools, however, can help you root out these pesky Trojans and viruses — and prevent them from returning.
Why let data thieves mine your personal files and backups when you can encrypt them quickly and simply — without spending a dime?
Free, high-quality, disk-encryption tools make all your files and backups totally unreadable by anyone — except you!
A hard drive without a boot sector means big trouble — but the situation is not necessarily fatal.
Without your hard drive’s boot sector, your PC can’t boot or access any software on the hard drive; but thankfully, Windows’ built-in repair tools can put things right.
Out of the blue, your operating system pops up a reactivation warning.
Windows Product Activation (WPA) isn’t the Big Brother app some people claim it is, but the warnings sure can be annoying — especially when a system you’ve already activated demands reactivation.
Yes, one tool can optimize a Windows setup comprising many different user accounts.
PC cleanup tools take various approaches to removing junk from every account — from standard to administrator — without damaging or deleting files a user may require.
Just because your PC fails to recognize a USB keyboard at startup doesn’t mean you’re now the owner of the world’s largest paperweight.
When Windows works perfectly, but your PC’s underlying hardware goes south, a slightly geeky hardware trick might just get the crippled machine going again!
Never again be prevented from removing an unwanted file by the rude “access denied” message in Windows!
With the right free tool, you can easily delete files and folders that are locked, in use, or otherwise untouchable.
Microsoft keeps building more and more into Windows, but sometimes all you want or need is a bare-bones, minimal OS.
If small and fast is what you want, several free programs let you remove unnecessary Windows components to improve your system’s performance and reliability.