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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.
Switching to Windows 8: A Quick Guide for Current Windows Users
By Michael Miller
Oct 15, 2012
Michael Miller shows you what’s new in Windows 8, and helps you learn how to do all your old tasks the new Windows 8 way.
Catching Up with PC Backup in 2012
By Ed Tittel
Sep 12, 2012
What's the best backup regimen for your systems, now that online backup is dirt cheap, and disk drives even cheaper? Quick answer: Multiple backups.
Your Data Everywhere, Part 2: Exposing LightSwitch Data as OData Services to Other Clients
By Alessandro Del Sole
Jul 10, 2012
Continuing his three-part series on LightSwitch support for Open Data Protocol (OData) in Visual Studio's 2012, Alessandro Del Sole, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed, demonstrates the power you gain by being able to expose data sources to OData services in a wide array of clients.
Your Data Everywhere, Part 1: OData Support in Visual Studio LightSwitch
By Alessandro Del Sole
Jun 28, 2012
In part 1 of a three-article series, Alessandro Del Sole, author of Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Unleashed, describes a useful addition to LightSwitch: support for Open Data Protocol (OData) data sources. Learn how to work with OData services from your LightSwitch apps.
Remote Control Software Solves "Friends and Family" Support Issues
By Ed Tittel
Jan 10, 2012
In this lively autobiographical article, Ed Tittel describes his long-distance quest to help his father diagnose and fix computer issues.
Search Everything Runs Rings Around Windows Search
By Ed Tittel
Nov 10, 2011
Ed Tittel explains that, as good as Windows Search may be, the freeware search engine from Voidtools known as Search Everything beats the pants off built-in Windows Search, both in terms of speed and the performance hit on your system.
Dealing with Fallout from Windows Update
By Ed Tittel
Sep 19, 2011
Ed Tittel explains how to handle the occasional wobbles that sometimes follow in the wake of Windows Update.
Importing and Exporting Windows Network Settings
By Eric Geier
Jun 14, 2010
Need to back up or distribute your network settings? Eric Geier shows how to work with your wireless profiles, TCP/IP configuration, and 802.1X authentication settings.
Migrating from XP to Windows 7
By Elna Tymes, Charles Prael
Jan 7, 2010
Elna Tymes and Charles Prael provide instructions doing a software upgrade from Windows 7 from Windows XP without performing a clean installation of Windows 7.
Ten Ways Windows 7 Is Better than Windows XP
By Mark Edward Soper
Dec 16, 2009
Windows expert Mark Edward Soper gives you ten important reasons to make the move from Windows XP to Windows 7.
Ten Ways Windows 7 Is Better than Vista
By Mark Edward Soper
Nov 24, 2009
Mark Edward Soper gives you 10 important reasons to make the move from Windows Vista to Windows 7.
Networking Windows 7 and Windows XP PCs
By Mark Edward Soper
Oct 12, 2009
Mark Edward Soper shows how to add your shiny new Windows 7 computer to your existing Windows XP network.
Keeping Files Synchronized with Windows Live Sync
By Eric Geier
Aug 4, 2009
Discover Microsoft’s free service that keeps your files in sync. Eric Geier steps you through setting up the service and the sync software.
A Brief History of Microsoft Windows
By Michael Miller
Aug 3, 2009
Michael Miller is your tour guide for 25 years of Windows: from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7.
Media Improvements in Windows 7
By J. Peter Bruzzese
Aug 3, 2009
This chapter reveals the improvements in Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center that enhance your audio and video experience in Windows 7.
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.
How to Use Windows 7's New Library Feature
By Eric Geier
Jul 28, 2009
Eric Geier shows you how to work with and manage Libraries in Windows 7 to make it easier to search, view, and your access documents.
Getting to Know the New Windows 7 Taskbar
By Michael Miller
Jul 27, 2009
Michael Miller walks you through all the new Windows 7 Taskbar features and shows you why it will make you more productive.
Seven Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 7
By Michael Miller
Jul 24, 2009
Michael Miller gives you seven good reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 7, no matter which version of Windows you're currently running.

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