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Extending Your Wireless Home Network
By Michael Miller
Oct 4, 2010
What do you do when you can’t receive a strong wireless signal at the far end of your house? In this article, Michael Miller, author of Windows 7 Your Way and Wireless Networking with Windows Vista, discusses several ways to extend the range of your wireless home network — and stay connected everywhere in your house.
Find What You Need with the Windows 8.1 Help & Tips App
By Katherine Murray
Feb 26, 2014
With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has given us something we should have had all along: a kind of map to help us learn the basics of the new operating system. This article introduces the new Help & Tips app, available on the Windows 8.1 Start screen.
Finding, Downloading, and Using Windows 8 Apps
By Michael Miller
Jun 20, 2013
Windows 8 is built around a new class of full-screen apps, available from the Windows Store. In this article, author Michael Miller takes you on a tour of the Windows Store and shows you how to find and download Windows 8 apps—for purchase and for free.
Five Small Things We'll Appreciate in Windows 7
By Eric Geier
Jul 23, 2009
Eric Geier shows you a few of the small improvements in Windows 7 that will make a big difference.
Five Things You Can Tweak Right Away in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Oct 10, 2013
This article spotlights five personalizations you can try as soon as you begin using Windows 8.1.
Five Ways to Improve Your Windows Store Experience
By Katherine Murray
Feb 19, 2014
The Windows Store has been improved in Windows 8.1. Katherine Murray shows you how to get more information about apps, check the apps you installed, search for new apps, purchase the ones you want, and update apps seamlessly while you work.
Five Ways to Streamline Your Music in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Mar 5, 2014
Windows 8.1 makes it easy for you to organize and play all kinds of tunes using the Xbox Music app. Katherine Murray shows you how to organize your music so you can easily find the pieces you most want to hear.
Fixing Boot and Crash Problems in Windows Vista and Windows 7
By Eric Geier
Jun 15, 2011
Eric Geier points out some basic fixes for Windows Vista and Windows 7 to try before hauling your PC to your local computer shop.
Fixing Your Computer Absolute Beginner's Guide: Troubleshooting Device Problems
By Paul McFedries
Aug 23, 2013
Paul McFedries covers some of the built-in Windows tools that can help you troubleshoot problematic hardware.
Foreseeing the Annoyances of Windows 7
By Eric Geier
Jul 31, 2009
Eric Geier discusses possible Windows 7 interface and feature changes that you might find irksome.
From a Distance: Using RealVNC to Control Your PC from Far Away (for Free)
By Kulvir Singh Bhogal
Dec 16, 2005
In this article, Kulvir Bhogal will introduce you to RealVNC, an implementation of VNC available for free under the GNU General Public License. After reading this article, you'll be set up to use VNC to control your computer from afar.
Get Connected Through E-mail in Windows XP
By Shelley O'Hara
Oct 22, 2004
For the novice, this chapter by Shelley O'Hara offers a guide to setting up and using e-mail in Windows XP. For the experienced user, there are still tips and tricks to customizing your e-mail experience for greater efficiency and usability.
Get Organized with the Windows 8.1 File Explorer
By Katherine Murray
Nov 27, 2013
In this video, derived from her book My Windows 8.1, Katherine Murray shows how to move, resize, and rename the tiles on the Start Screen, taking advantage of the new features introduced in Windows 8.1.
Getting and Staying Connected with Windows 7: Phones, Devices, and Tablets
By Katherine Murray
Sep 18, 2012
This chapter shows you how to connect your devices and sync your files with your Windows 7 PC.
Getting Started with Microsoft PowerShell
By Eric Geier
Dec 11, 2009
Eric Geier introduces you to PowerShell, including the new 2.0 version, and covers some basic commands to get you started.
Getting Started with Windows 10
By Katherine Murray
Sep 14, 2015
In this chapter from My Windows 10, Katherine Murray covers the best new features in Windows 10, which enable you to choose the best of both worlds, whether you are more comfortable using touch or the mouse to navigate as you use your computers and devices.
Getting Started with Windows 7
By Eric Geier
Nov 27, 2009
Thinking about upgrading to Windows 7? Let Eric Geier help you get started.
Getting the Most from Microsoft Window's Encrypted File System
By Rick Cook
Aug 12, 2005
Built into Windows 2000, 2003, and XP is a clever system for easy encryption of files and folders. The Encrypted File System (EFS) is fast, free, and easy to use. Rick Cook's rapid-fire overview of EFS covers how it works, what it does, what it doesn’t do, and what you need to know to make the best use of EFS to protect your precious data.
Getting the Most Out of User Accounts
Dec 25, 2006
Getting the Most Out of Windows Vista User Accounts
By Paul McFedries
Mar 9, 2007
Tired of your daughter changing the wallpaper and leaving files scattered on the desktop? You need the user accounts feature contained in Microsoft Windows Vista. This sample chapter will introduce you to user accounts and shows how you can use accounts to your advantage.

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