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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.

Last week Microsoft announced that MSE 2.0 was available for public beta testing. The cool thing is the new version of MSE installs on Windows Home Server. Here we’ll take a look at running it on WHS “Vail”.

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One of the new features in Outlook 2010 is the ability to use Conversation View for easier management of your email conversations. Here we will take a quick look at how to use the new feature.

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Windows 7 Media Center is a great tool for watching live and streaming TV, but what if the included Internet TV isn’t enough? Today we look at the TunnerFree MCE plugin to add more streaming choices.

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The new Windows Home Server Beta is available to the public for testing, and you might not have an extra machine to install it on. Here we take a look at using the free VMware Player to install it so you can test it out.

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If you have had several different computers over the years that were running iTunes and authorized for your account, you might need to deauthorize them all. In this mini how-to we show you how.

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The newest version of Windows Home Server code named “Vail” is available for the public to test through Microsoft Connect. Here we take a screenshot tour of the install process on a VM or physical machine.

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The Ribbon UI is being incorporated into several applications these days in MS Office and other third party apps. Today we take a look at FluentNotepad which includes the Ribbon UI in a Notepad environment.

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If you’re a Windows Home Server enthusiast, you’re more than likely aware of the new Beta code named “Vail”. If you want to test it out without worrying about having an extra machine, we can install and use it free in VMware Server.

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Spell check in Word is a savior for a lot of people, but what if you’re having trouble finding the perfect Word or Phrase. We’ll take a look at using the Thesaurus and Dictionary in Word 2007 & 2010.

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If you’re running iTunes on a Windows machine, you might be frustrated with how slow it loads and performs. Here are some tips for getting better performance and make it less annoying.

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One of the cool new services from Google Labs is Google Reader Play which integrates with Reader lets you browse the web in a visually appealing way. Today we show you how to run it in Windows 7 Media Center.

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If you’re a user of Window 7 Media Center, you can lose track of time watching your favorite movies or TV shows. Today we look at the Remind Me plug-in that will display a reminder message.

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If you’re a Windows Home Server enthusiast you probably want to test out the new version code named Vail. You might not have an extra box to test it on, so here we take a look at installing it on VMware Workstation.

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If you’re happy with the features in Windows 7, but find no use for the games included by default, they can be turned off. In this quick tip we show you how it’s done.

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If you’re a new user of Microsoft Security Essentials, you might be unclear on how to update definition files manually or automatically. Here we’ll show you a few methods you can use to make sure MSE is always up to date.

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With the amount of email you receive in a given day, it’s hard to keep them all straight, no matter how you organize your inbox. Today we show you how to use the Notes feature to help get better organized.

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There are many ways to watch your streaming Netflix content through various applications. Today we show you how to do it with Zinc TV.

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Do you miss the days of playing your favorite games on “old school” consoles like SNES or Sega Genesis? Today we take a look at several different emulators for your PC that will bring back the retro gaming nostalgia. 

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If you’re a user Google Calendar you might want some options for customizing it. If you’re tired of the default interface, today we look at Event Flairs from Google Labs that allows you to customize the look and feel of the calendar.

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When watching a video that’s streaming across your home network, it’s annoying to get the “stutter effect”. With a simple tweak in VLC and Windows Media Player we can help prevent this annoyance.

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OneNote is a great app for managing your notes at meetings or in class, but sometimes you might need to convert them to different formats to share with others. Here is a quick look on how it’s done.

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If you need to find an email in Outlook the Search feature is valuable, but it can be annoying just searching the current folder. Here we take a look at adding All Folders, and Deleted Items to Search in 2010 and 2007.

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If you’re looking for a way to customize your system with more than wallpapers and icons, another thing you can do is customize sounds for different Windows 7 events. Here we look at customizing sounds or completely turning them off.

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The new beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials was launched yesterday to a limited amount of users. Here we’ll take a look at what you expect from the new version of How-To Geek’s favorite PC security application.

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If you have Outlook open all day while you’re working, it can be very distracting seeing desktop email notifications. Here we show you how to turn the feature off in Outlook 2010.

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