Category Archives: How-To

Windows Nightmares, Headaches, and Reinstalls

Support people are way to eager to recommend reinstalling Windows. It’s a scary, time-consuming tasks, it endangers your data, and it doesn’t always work. And it’s usually not necessary. Before you wipe that hard drive clean, read one of both … Continue reading

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A Few March Articles

I keep writing. Here are some recent favorites. From my PC World Answer Line blog: Should I Switch to Linux? Organize the Windows Desktop For Windows Secrets, I wrote Simple steps for backing up Web-based e-mail.  Unfortunately, you’ll need a … Continue reading

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What to do when Windows refuses to boot

You’ll need a Windows Secrets subscription to read this article.

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Speed Up Windows by Stripping It Down

Another PC World article about removing the fat in Windows.

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Defragging: Why, How, and Whether

I don’t know why, but this post has become one of the most popular Answer Line entries.

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The Blue Screen of Death Blues

I’m particularly proud of this Answer Line post. At least, I’m proud of the small image (called a thumbnail) I created to illustrate it:

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