This unofficial hack can give you full administrator access to Windows, even if a PC’s accounts and passwords are mangled, unknown, or blocked. It involves a new way to take advantage of an ancient security vulnerability (dating to Windows 95!) that lets you trick the OS into opening a system-level command environment.Read More
Microsoft and security experts have long recommended having two accounts on our PCs: a standard account we use daily and an admin account we use only when needed. Windows doesn’t make it easy to clone the settings for multiple accounts, but a trick can make it relatively easy on Win7 systems.Read More
When a PC boots, Windows isn’t the only thing that loads. Lots of small apps (and some not so small) load, too. All that activity at startup lengthens boot times, often slows overall system performance, and occasionally causes software conflicts.Read More
Windows 8 is a game-changer in ways beyond its much-loved/-loathed tile-based interface. As they already do with their smartphones, Win8 users will acquire many of their next applications from the Windows Store.Read More
Over the years of using Windows 7 — and now Windows 8 — I’ve acquired numerous useful tricks for navigating Windows, printing and filing documents, and other sundry computing tasks. Here’s a quick list of my favorites — some, relatively obvious; others, not so much.Read More
Not everyone has hardware to spare, but if you happen to have an extra Windows PC, you can put it to work entertaining you. With a minor investment in time and money, you can set it up to record and play TV shows.Read More
Digging down into the heart of Windows is rarely fun (for most of us) but sometimes necessary. As with any excavation job, success comes down to having the right shovel.
Luckily, Microsoft’s Windows Sysinternals provides you with about 140 different shovels — all free and portable.Read More
Potentially dangerous scam e-mails might be landing in your inbox, masquerading as legitimate mail. Fortunately, there are tools that can help you determine the source of suspect messages and possibly identify who’s sending them.Read More
It’s a new era in terms of risk on the Web: from scams to spam to predatory practices, you have more reasons than ever to be proactive about protecting your kids while they’re surfing online.
Fortunately, Windows 7 gives you a robust set of built-in parental controls.Read More
If you’re looking for a data-protection silver bullet, you won’t find it here — it doesn’t exist.
Protecting your business information is a multilayered process that combines technology, human awareness, and regular reviews of your policies and practices.Read More