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Top Ten Requirements for a Great Gaming PC

A PC intended for intensive gaming has a few more requirements than your standard home or business computer. Whether you buy or build your great gaming PC, it should include these ten important hardware [more…]

How to Customize the Start Screen Background and Color

The default Windows 8 Start screen background is nice enough, but is it really you? Because you spend so much time on the Start screen, you may want to personalize it with your own design. To change the [more…]

How to Turn the Windows 8 Firewall On and Off

After you've established your Internet connection, enabling the built-in firewall in Windows 8 can be your first (and best) line of defense against viruses and other malware. You can easily turn the Windows [more…]

How to Create a System Restore Point to Safeguard Your PC

The Windows 8 System Restore feature allows you to set restore points (think of them as snapshots of your important system files), which you can return to whenever Windows 8 experiences problems. Most [more…]

How to Save Files to SkyDrive from Office Applications

You can click an Office document in a SkyDrive folder to edit it within the corresponding web-based application — but what if you want to save a file to your SkyDrive from within your traditional hard [more…]

Turn MP3 Files into CDs with Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player (WMP) allows you to burn your own audio CDs from your MP3 collection. The resulting disc is a perfect match for any home or car CD player and can also be played in your PC's CD or [more…]

Ten Top Upgrades for Your Existing PC

If you'd rather boost the performance or capabilities of your existing PC than spend the contents of your wallet or purse on a new computer, here are ten suggestions for upgrading a PC with the latest [more…]

How to Create a VPN Connection in Windows 8

A VPN (virtual private network) connection provides you with extra security when you're on the road, allowing you to easily access your desktop PC's data. Follow these steps to create and use a VPN connection [more…]

PCs For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Even though computers are supposed to make our lives easier, you may find it beneficial to print and complete some information about your PC. That way you can remember your PC’s technical information, [more…]

Going Inside the PC Console

Here’s something you don’t want to do: Open up your PC console. It’s scary. It can screw up everything. It can even kill you, especially if you’re clumsy or just enjoy sticking your tongue to things that [more…]

Tips and Tricks for Using Shortcuts on Your PC

A file shortcut is like a signpost. It references an original file that dwells elsewhere in the PC’s storage system. That way you can have multiple copies of a file in different folders, but not overstuff [more…]

The Digital Social Life

Why grouse about the government spying on you and your PC when everyone seems so eager to freely share all of life’s trivial tidbits online anyway? For example, while you can post to Facebook while you’re [more…]

10 Whacky PC Acronyms

Computers are about performing tasks quickly, and nothing helps humans speak and write more quickly than an acronym. It’s a marriage made in heaven. The computer industry loves creating acronyms, and computer [more…]

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