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Find Your Computer Specs

Your PC’s specifications are important. It’s good to know what kind of CPU you have, what version of Windows you have installed, and so on. Here’s how.

Is Windows 8 better than Windows 7?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: There’s a good chance that Windows 8 will get you to your tasks at about the same speed Windows 7 did. If Win 7 was sluggish on your PC, the flashier Win 8 is not going to help you much.

Microsoft has two levels of support for its Windows products, Mainstream Support and Extended Support. The first is free and the second costs money.

Make a Window Active with a Hover

If you’d like to make windows active in Windows 7 by hovering over the window instead of clicking it, here’s how to do that.

Disable the Aero Interface

Aero is the flashy user interface in Windows Vista and Windows 7. It can slow down older PCs, but you can turn it off easily. Here’s how to do that.

According to these operating-system statistics, Windows 7 is the world’s most popular operating system, and overtook Windows XP in August 2011. Since then, its lead has grown, and it’s now run by 48.7% of users.

How to Use Windows Update (Video Guide)

In this interactive video, learn about Windows Update and how you use it to keep Windows on the newest version. This video works for all versions of Windows.

A Restore Point is a saved state in Windows XP, Vista or 7. Think of it like a “save” in your favorite video game. A Restore Point records the current versions of all your drivers and programs, which programs are installed and not installed, the current update of Windows, the specific Windows settings, and so on.

So, you’ve probably heard about this Windows 8 thing. Today, Microsoft released what’s called the Consumer Preview of Windows 8. In other words, a beta, or early version. It’s not the first one they’ve done — they did a beta for developers last year — but this edition of Windows 8 is far more complete and less crash-prone.

Burn a CD or DVD

Windows 7 has built in disc-burning software. Find out how to burn a CD or DVD in Windows 7.

Restore File Extensions for All File Types

Windows hides file extensions from you on a fresh install of any version of Windows. There are many situations where you’d like to know them. Here’s how.

Top 5 Reasons Not to Use Windows XP

In the past, we’ve recommended Windows XP as a great choice for older PCs due to its light footprint and low system requirements. Well, here’s the flipside of that argument: five reasons why it’s not a good idea to use XP after all.

The Best Windows Backup Solutions

Backing up and restoring your PC’s files doesn’t have to be an arduous or expensive process. Here are the best Windows Backup solutions, both free and paid.

Windows Update Fails to Update

Windows Update can sometimes fail. Here’s how to get the update running again on your PC so you can be sure and have the latest version of Windows.

Shake Away Unused Windows

In Windows Vista or 7, click and hold the mouse button at the top of the window. (If you’ve got a bunch of tabs open in your browser, there’s space between the tabs and the minimize icon.) Got the mouse button held down? Good. Now shake the mouse back and forth.

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