Full disclosure: I love my iPad2. Don’t know how I ever lived without it.
On the other hand, I have a complex, love-hate dependency on Windows. Getting the best from both? Not so easy.
In recent issues, I’ve described Windows 7’s four levels of built-in data protection, each with differing capabilities for preserving your data.
Now I’ll tell you how to dig the data out of your backups, whether it’s a single file, a folder — or even your entire drive contents.
With Google+ rocketing to millions of users in record time, many people wonder whether the claims are true: is Google+ really that much better at defending your privacy than Facebook?
Facebook’s rocky history with fluctuating privacy settings and a memorable, scummy, mud-slinging attempt to smear Google make it easy to jump to conclusions, warranted or not. Here’s what you need to know.
You probably know and use various real-time antivirus tools, but there are also advanced security tools that work under the operating system.
Many of these are based on Linux and help scan, fix, or even reset Windows passwords.
How many times have you wanted to download and store an online streaming video so you could play it back at a different time or on a different machine?
While the basics of downloading YouTube and other videos have been around for a long time, there are tricks to getting the video you want into a format you can use.
Microsoft won’t tell you this, but you can do a fast, nondestructive, in-place, total reinstall of Windows 7 without damaging your user accounts, data, installed programs, or system drivers.
That means you may never have to do a full, from-scratch reinstall again, even when your system is misbehaving so badly that a full reformat-and-reinstall seems the only answer!
In the first two installments of this series, I stepped you through a boatload of software that you don’t need if you have Windows 7.
Many of you wrote to me in disbelief — some of you disagreed in very strong terms. But from what I’ve seen, most of the add-on software that people buy for Windows is just a waste of money.
With the exception of Internet Explorer, updating to your browser’s latest version is usually a given.
For Vista and Win7 users, upgrading to IE 9 requires a bit more consideration and planning than updating Firefox or Chrome — but the time has come.
You deleted a file yesterday; now you really need it back. Your Windows recycle bin is empty — what now?
Your next-best option is the Restore Previous Versions tool — a truly great, automatic data-protection feature buried in Win7.
Few Microsoft publicity efforts have ever drawn as much attention as last week’s 20-minute Windows 8 sneak preview.
If you’ve heard that Windows 8 is for the dogs or that it will look like a phone, you haven’t heard the whole story.