Sometimes, to fix a Windows problem you have to take the gloves off.
Slow Windows shutdowns are almost as annoying as long startups — but there are ways to force a quick shutdown.
Sometimes, when things go seriously wrong, it’s best to send an application back to its original configuration.
With two clicks, you can return Internet Explorer to a pristine state and reselect the browser’s initial settings.
Every issue, the LangaList Plus technical Q&A tackles difficult — and sometimes esoteric — problems sent in by paid Windows Secrets subscribers.
For this last LangaList Plus of the year, we’ve assembled a half-dozen of the most popular Langa stories, covering topics as diverse as notebook batteries and self-healing PCs.
It’s been a constant, low-level frustration for years. You get your desktop icons just right, and then Windows moves them on you.
Fortunately, a couple of easy tweaks can give you permanent control over exactly where your icons go!
Sometimes you have to rip out a bad driver by its roots in order to install a new and better driver.
A skillful reader tracks down and solves a driver problem before Fred can even reply!
What’s a sure sign of success? If you’re a Microsoft product, you become the favorite target of hackers — and the newest mark is Security Essentials.
Hackers are offering fake copies of the popular security app to snare the unwary — but a few simple steps easily thwart this ploy.
Like bad pennies and Nigerian money scams, those bogus offers to speed up your online connection keep coming back.
Most of these speedup come-ons give bad advice — disable Windows’ networking Quality of Service feature.
Sometimes, what seems to be a networking problem is actually caused by the actions of a totally different PC subsystem.
By making simple adjustments to that second system, you can often resolve the networking problem.
It’s always tempting to buy the fastest-possible hardware, but sometimes it’s just a waste of money.
Fortunately, some free tests can help you ensure that your networking gear is the right speed for the tasks you actually perform.
Normally, applying software patches to applications such as Microsoft Office goes smoothly — but sometimes, things just go horribly awry!
To make matters worse, Microsoft has discontinued its classic Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, which used to be the go-to tool for correcting this kind of trouble.