It’s that tech-support nightmare. You’ve barely described your computer’s troubles when your “support” advises formatting the hard drive and reinstalling Windows.
Hold on, don’t do that! If Windows at least boots before your problems begin, I’ve got six tricks you can try before reinstalling the operating system.
Most users of Web-based e-mail services assume that as long as they’re connected to the Internet, they’ll have 24/7 access to their accounts.
But a recent Gmail failure proved otherwise. Here’s how to create backups of all your mail residing in the cloud.
In a typically busy life, keeping track of everything you need to get done is a daunting task — especially when priorities seem to change hour by hour.
Personal computers, smartphones — and now cloud-based services — make the job of organizing life easier. You just have to pick the right app.
When Windows won’t boot and you get on the phone for tech support, one of the most common solutions is to reinstall Windows.
But that should be your court of absolutely last resort. There are many less destructive and less time-consuming techniques for getting Windows up and running again.
Applications such as Windows Media Player and iTunes are great for playing music, but not for changing it to suit your needs.
Fortunately, there are free applications that can let you convert, trim, and otherwise modify audio files.
The easiest operating system Microsoft has ever released, Windows 7 gives you all sorts of slick and simple ways to open folders, navigate windows on the desktop, and launch applications — so many, it’s hard to remember them all.
Here’s our compendium of tips for working faster in Win7, none of which requires downloading or installing anything. Some are new, some recycled from XP and Vista.
Windows 7, like all powerful operating systems, can seem a bit overwhelming and give you the feeling you’ve lost control.
Fortunately, there are some great utilities for taming Windows 7.
A hard drive is like an attic. No matter how big it is, it fills up fast — and mostly with junk.
Much of that junk may be unneeded and difficult-to-find duplicate files, and the best way to locate and eradicate them is with software dedicated to the task.
It’s no exaggeration to say we keep our lives on our PCs — that career-making report, those plans for Fiji, a thousand kid photos — and you can lose it all in the blink of a hard-drive crash.
Windows comes with apps for backing up that data, but there’s free, third-party software that’s more flexible and easier to use.
Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook — these days it’s common for PC users to have multiple e-mail accounts on multiple e-mail systems.
With a bit of tuning, Microsoft Outlook can become Central Station for all those accounts.