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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.

If you are sick of iTunes or Windows Media Player because they’re bulky and won’t play certain formats, then it’s time to look for another player. Today we take a look at Foobar2000 which is light on system resources, extremely configurable, and plays several types of music format.

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Are you looking for a way to easily change your desktop background periodically throughout the day? Today we look at using the desktop slideshow feature in Windows 7 that will automatically change the wallpaper at different time intervals.

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You have your new Windows 7 system up and running, but suddenly you realize some things are not running as smoothly as they once did. Today we take look at using the hidden but useful advanced system tools in Windows 7 to troubleshoot a problem.

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If you’re moving from XP to Windows 7, you might need some help with the changes to the Start Menu. Here we have put together a list of some useful tips that will help you take control and master the Start Menu in Windows 7 and Vista.

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If you’re moving from XP to Windows 7, you probably know that keeping the OS and other software updated is very important for patching security holes and improving performance. Today we take a look at methods to keep your software and hardware up to date. 

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If you’ve ever installed a program and suddenly found certain file types opening with it instead of what you had before, it can be confusing and annoying. Today we take a look at how you can control which applications are opening certain file types on you computer.

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If you’re moving from XP to Windows 7 you might be wondering what app to get for making DVD’s. Windows DVD Maker is already included, and lets you author a DVD quickly with custom menus, scene selections, or add your digital photos with music.

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It doesn’t happen a whole lot these days, but sometimes you might run across a website that requires you to have Real Player to play media content on a page. Today we take a look at Real Alternative, which lets you check out the media content without installing the obnoxious bloat.

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Since it’s Halloween weekend we thought we would bring you a collection of cool Halloween themed desktop wallpaper you can use to get into the spirit.

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The new search feature in Windows 7 has been enhanced greatly in this version of Windows, and by default it saves recent searches. If you’re annoyed by this and want to turn it off, we will show you how using Group Policy Editor.

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One annoyance you may not like about Windows is when it highlights newly installed programs which is enabled by default in XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Today we will take a look at disabling it in all three versions of Windows.

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The new version of Windows seems to be a lot for stable than previous releases, however you never know when a malfunction might occur. Today we take a look at an option in Windows 7 that lets you create a System Repair disc in case you need to boot from it to recover your OS.

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One item that seems like you should be able to easily pin to the Taskbar in Windows 7 is Windows Update, but unfortunately it’s not. With a bit of work however, we can get it pinned to the Taskbar or Start menu and here we will show you how.

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Note: This is a review of a commercial software package, which shouldn’t be considered an endorsement, but rather a tour of how the software works so you can make up your own mind. It is for this reason that we only include the excerpt in the syndicated feed or email newsletter.Read the Review: Cakewalk Guitar Tracks Pro USB

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If you’re worried that some of your old but trusty software applications won’t run on Windows 7, Microsoft solves the issue with XP Mode. Today we bring you an overview of XP Mode by looking at how to install it, what it looks like, and determining if your system can run it.

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If you regularly search for a certain group of files in Windows 7, saving searches is a great way to access them more quickly. Here we’ll take a look at how to share and organize searches in Windows 7.

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If you’re a home user who skipped the Windows Vista release and are moving from XP to Windows 7, one thing you might want to do is create new user accounts for other members of the household. Since the interface is laid out quite differently than XP, we will take a look at user accounts in the new OS.

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Slaving away for the corporate office all week sucks except for Friday. It means two days of freedom are near. and you get to waste the afternoon playing a fun flash game. Today we take a look at physics based game called Compulse.

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BitDefender Total Security 2010 provides the ultimate proactive protection for your PCs, without slowing them down. It combines advanced protection against viruses, spyware, hackers, spam and other e-threats. Moreover, its system maintenance and backup tools keep your PC running fast and protected from data loss.

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Have you ever wished you had an extra Hard Disk to store files, share, or set aside as an encrypted vault? One of the new features in Windows 7 is the ability to create Virtual Hard Disks and we’ll show you how.

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Are you worried about running an application on your machine because you’re not sure how it will affect it? Today we take a look at Sandboxie, which lets you run your browser, email, or other apps in a secure sandbox environment without making changes to your Windows system.

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Sometimes you need a word processing application but not an entire office suite. Today we take a look at AbiWord which is a free word processor for all three major OS platforms.

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RVS 2010 is a completely new product that uses a combination of antivirus, antimalware and a virtual system to protect your computer from all types of viruses and unwanted system changes. While mainstream vendors continue to fight a losing battle against malware, Returnil has taken a completely different approach to security. RVS 2010 clones (copies) the system partition and creates a virtual environment for your PC.

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Facebook definitely allows you to easily communicate with others, but if you’re not careful, certain information you would like to remain private can be exposed. Here we take a look at locking down your profile, and how to avoid other annoyances.

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Sometimes you may run across a website that requires QuickTime to view a video. Rather than installing the bloated QuickTime version from Apple, today we take a look at QT Lite that installs only the essential components needed to play QuickTime content on a webpage.

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