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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

There may be times when you’ll want to create a Windows disc image file, to use with a virtual machine or for backup. Today we take a look at using ImgBurn to create an ISO from the physical disc.

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There may come a time when one of the computers on your network will need to be restored from a home server backup. To do this you’ll need a WHS Home Computer Restore CD and here we take a look at how to create one.

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If you’re creating a large document with several pages you might want to add page numbers to keep them in order. Today we show you how to add page numbers on your documents in Word 2007 & 2010.

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There might be times when you need to shutdown or restart your home server for a variety of reasons. If you’re new to WHS you may not know it can be done from the Console without having to hook up a monitor and keyboard to the server itself.

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Using Windows Home Server to backup computers on your local network is a great tool for your backup strategy. But what about backing up the data on the server itself? Here we take a look at using an external drive to backup some of your important data.

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It’s always a good idea to run regular maintenance tasks like Disk Cleanup on your Windows machine to help keep it running smoothly. Today we take a look at how to schedule a basic Disk Cleanup task, and how to use command line switches for a more advanced setup.

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We finally made it through another grueling week at the office, unfortunately the boss is never satisfied. Oh well, time to forget about it an relax playing a fun flash game to ease you into the weekend. Today we look at the fun flash game Fat Slice.

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Have you ever been watching something in Windows Media Center and wished there was an easy way to switch to Hulu programs? Today we look at Hulu Desktop Integration which allows you to easily switch between Hulu Desktop and Windows 7 Media Center.

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If you like to view album art and the visualizations in Windows Media Player in Now Playing mode, you might want to set it to always display on top of other windows. Here we take a look at how to set it up on WMP 12 in Windows 7.

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If you want to jazz up PowerPoint presentations one option is adding video. PowerPoint 2010 allows you to embed video from the Internet which opens a lot more creative possibilities for your presentations. 

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If you are testing out the new Office 2010 Beta you’ve undoubtedly noticed the annoying Send a Smile feature. While it’s cool that they want our feedback, two smiley faces sitting in the taskbar just doesn’t seem right.

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If you’re experiencing slow connections or none at all to your Windows Home Server, a good way to help diagnose issues is with the Windows Home Server Toolkit. Today we take a look at the toolkit and see how it can help you get your connections back.

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Windows Live MovieMaker is a good tool for creating videos in Windows 7, however, one problem is it doesn’t allow you to import videos directly from network locations. Here we’ll take a look at a quick registry hack that will enable network support.

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If your mouse is set to wake the computer from Sleep Mode, even the slightest bump of your desk can wake it back up. Here we’ll show you how to avoid this annoyance by disabling it from waking up your machine.

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The Parental Controls feature is a valuable tool for controlling the amount of time your children spend on the computer and the programs they’re using. Today we take a look at how to setup and use Parental Controls in Windows 7.

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The new Taskbar in Windows 7 has a lot of cool features, but might not be everything you want it to be. Today we take a look at a free utility that allows you to tweak the Windows 7 Taskbar and change its default behavior.

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If you want to spice up your desktop easily in Windows 7 a good method is changing the Theme. If you’ve already exhausted the default Themes included in the OS, you might want to download new ones. Here we take a look at easily downloading new Themes from Microsoft’s Personalization Gallery.

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One of the cool features of Windows Home Server is being able to set backups of the other computers on your network to the server. Today we take a look at the process of configuring a computer on your network to be backed up automatically to WHS.

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Sometimes you might need to print out data contained in an Excel Spreadsheet, but printing out the entire thing is a waste. Today we show you how to print out only specific areas of the document that you need.

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If you’re using the new uTorrent 2.0, you might have noticed that it starts automatically when booting into Windows. Even if you disable it in System Configuration. Here we show you how to completely disable it from starting automatically.

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It can be quite annoying when you try to install a driver or other software on Windows 7 just to find out it isn’t compatible with the new OS. Today we look at using the Program Compatibility Assistant, and troubleshooting compatibility issues so programs install successfully.

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When you open Explorer in Windows 7 you’ll see a list of Favorites in the Navigation Pane. Microsoft has already put some there, but today we show you how to remove them and add your own favorite folders including Search Connectors.

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Another Friday as arrived and it’s time to have fun and forget about spreadsheets, meetings and documents. Today we take a look at Battlefield Heroes which is a free online first person shooter game developed by EA.

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The new search feature in Windows 7 has been greatly improved, however, some users may not want to use it and are using a third party utility instead. If that is the case, you might want to completely get rid of the search feature and we’ll show you how.

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Once you have your Windows Home Server set up, you’ll want to add users and control the content they have access to. Here we take a look at how to add a new user, determine their access to shared folders, and how to disable or remove a user.

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