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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.

Friday has arrived once again and that means it’s time to sluff-off at work and play some flash games until the whistle blows. Today we get into the holiday spirit by bringing you some holiday and winter themed games that are sure to keep you entertained.

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Do you like to customize the Windows interface, and tired of the standard log on screen in Windows 7? Today we take a look at Windows 7 Logon Background Changer which is a free and Open Source app that lets you easily customize the logon screen.

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Windows 7 offers a much better utility for backing up your computer than previous versions of Windows, but sometimes it might take up too much disk space. Here we take a look at how to get some space back by deleting older backups.

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If a major disaster occurs and you find you’re no longer able to boot into Windows 7, you may need to do a recovery. Today we take a look at restoring your Windows 7 machine using a System Repair Disc and a backed up system image.

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Google Docs offers a great service that allows you to access and edit documents from anywhere there is a web connection. Sometimes you might need to grab all of those documents and bring them to another machine. Here we take a look at exporting Google documents to your computer the easy way.

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It’s quite annoying when you have work to do on your laptop and the battery is dead or low on power. Even if you’ve selected the Power Saver plan, there could be other factors causing the battery to drain too quickly. Today we take a look at using the PowerCfg command to generate a power efficiency report.

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Sometimes you might have a shared computer where you don’t want the users to be able to do a Shutdown or Restart. Today we take a look at using Local Group Policy Editor to remove those buttons from the Start Menu in Windows 7.

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If you don’t use the Hibernate option in Windows 7, you can save some disk space by disabling it. Here we will look at a few different ways to manage hibernate options in Windows 7.

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If you have a few different computers and drives, it can be annoying making sure the same data is each one you need. Today we take a look at making folder and data synchronization easier with the Microsoft SyncToy 2.1 utility.

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With the multitude of social networks and IM services out there, it can be frustrating trying to keep track of them all. Today we take a look at the Yoono desktop application which lets you keep track of your social networks and instant messages from one central place.

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It can be annoying having to launch Task Manager or Resource Monitor every time you just need to monitor the usage of the machine’s CPU or Memory. Today we take a look at a few cool apps that live in the Taskbar and let you easily monitor resource usage.

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Ah, the final day of semi-working until you get to enjoy your two days of pure freedom. Today we help you in your semi-working Friday by bringing you a very fun flash game…Portal.

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If you’re a fan of Microsoft Bing as your search engine, you might be interested in trying out the new Bing Bar. Today we look at this toolbar which you can add to Internet Explorer and Firefox, and offers a lot of functionality with Bing and Microsoft Live services.

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While Outlook may run the business world, at home you can use whatever email client you want, and Thunderbird is an awesome choice. It has been a while since a major new Thunderbird release, and today we take a look at version 3.0 features and what you can expect. 

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A lot of people will be upgrading to Windows 7 from XP over the next few months, and backing up your data is a crucial step in the process. Today we take a look at Macrium Reflect Free Edition, which is an easy to use backup utility that should help make the process easier.

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Windows Vista introduced us to the Reliability and Performance Monitor utility to help keep track of hardware and software crashes. It’s now a stand alone utility in Windows 7 and we will take a look at how to access and use it.

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If you’re a system administrator or power user, you may find yourself accessing Administrative Tools quite a bit. Today we show you how to access them faster by adding them to the Start Menu.

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One of the more exciting features available with the new Office 2010 release from Microsoft is the ability to share and edit documents with their Office Web Apps service. Today we take a look at how it works with Office 2010.

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Are you looking for a faster way to browse the Internet and have pages load faster? If so, you might be interested in trying out Google Public DNS, here we will take a look at adding it to your router or home computer.

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To help secure your new Windows 7 machine, you might want to take a look at changing the Guest account name. Today we take a look at how to rename the Guest account which will  help prevent unauthorized access of your machine.

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Hopefully last week you had a long weekend, but now it is back to the grind. The cool thing is it’s Friday and we present you another great way to waste time at the office with Doodle Defender.

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It can be annoying when opening an application and having to resize or maximize the screen. This can be especially annoying when you want to see all of the data in an app like Access or Excel.

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The confirmation dialog box that pops up when you want to delete a file or folder is meant to prevent accidental deletion of data. It can be a great thing in some situations, and very annoying in others. Let’s take a look at managing the messages and how to prevent users from turning it off.

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When you want to use certain utilities and tweak your Windows computer, many times what you need is hidden deep in the system. Today we take a look at Windows Access Panel which allows you to quickly access system settings and utilities without having to dig through the entire OS.

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With the amount of different portable audio devices and music software applications, sometimes it is difficult getting the correct formats. Today we take a look at XRECODE II which will convert virtually any audio file format to another.

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