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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 signed up for the OS X beta program at some point to test the latest release before it was publicly available, you might be wondering how to get out of installing every single beta update. Or not. Either way, here’s how to get out of it easily.

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With Halloween creeping closer Digiarty Software is doing its bit, particularly through various forms of promotions and sales, to help you dispel Halloween thrills and chills. At the time of writing, a giveaway promo centering on one of Digiarty’s most successful products, WinX DVD Copy Pro, is going well underway. This DVD copy software is specially designed to meet users’ up-to-date DVD backup demand in Windows (10), surprisingly offering up to 9 modes to back up your DVDs.

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I got my Apple Watch gold plated… for Science! Can you really get a gold Apple Watch on the cheap instead of paying the crazy $17,000 that Apple is charging? Would it look terrible? Would it even still work? I had to find out.

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Everybody is getting hacked left and right. Anthem lost 80 million records. The US government got hacked and lost personal data for millions, all the way down to fingerprint data. Now Experian, a credit bureau got hacked. So how can you protect yourself from criminals opening accounts in your name?

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Java is, and always has been, the source of many woes. And security holes. Lots of security holes. There’s really no reason to have it installed anymore, especially now that Minecraft has its own bundled Java for both OS X and Windows. So today is the day you remove it.

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Microsoft hasn’t exactly been endearing themselves to tech geeks everywhere lately, with all the privacy concerns and other issues. And now they are automatically downloading all of Windows 10 to your Windows 7 or 8 PC, whether you asked for it or not.

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If you brought your Mac back from sleep only to see that your Wi-Fi isn’t working at all, even after a reboot, you might be experiencing the Wi-Fi: No hardware installed error. And luckily it’s really easy to fix.

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Want to install Windows 10 on your own PC? We’ve got you covered with the instructions, although it’s just like installing any other version of Windows.

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One of the most talked about features in the latest version of Windows 10 was the Cortana personal assistant that is integrated directly into the taskbar. But what if you don’t want to waste all that taskbar space?

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I’ve never found the recycle bin on the desktop very useful, so I almost always disable it as one of the first things that I do. The only problem is that every new version of Windows makes it take more steps to get rid of it, and Windows 10 is even more confusing than the rest. Here’s how to hide it in any version of Windows.

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If you’ve removed your recycle bin icon, or you previously added the some of the “special” icons like Computer, User or Control Panel to the desktop and they are now missing, you might want to know how to add them back.

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After testing out the new iOS 9 beta, the first thing that we noticed was how annoying the keyboard noises can be after about 32 seconds of typing. Thankfully it’s super easy to turn them off — so easy, in fact, that we probably don’t need to write an article about it.

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When you’ve got a PC completely infected with viruses, sometimes it’s best to reboot into a rescue disc and run a full virus scan from there. Here’s how to use the BitDefender Rescue CD to clean an infected PC.

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It’s obvious that Windows 10 will come with some innovative features. However, Microsoft doesn’t expend much energy on the improvement of the OS’ media playback nor media center, which has been exemplified by the confirmation of the lack of Windows Media Player in Windows 10.

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I don’t know about you, but I really preferred having the My Computer icon right on the desktop. Seems like modern versions of windows don’t have it by default anymore. There are two different ways you can add the icon back.

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The whole world has gone crazy with Furious 7 as it raked in over 1.4 billion dollars since its premiere in movie theatre last month. Furious 7 has everything you need to become a fixture in your DVD library for everlasting remembrance. Not only that, you can also rip the DVD to your hard drive for better protection or transfer it to mobile devices for watching with abandon, of course, though, with the aid of a third party DVD ripping software.

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Are you one of those people that obsessively edits your start menu to keep it clean, tidy, and organized? Back in Windows XP, all you had to do was right-click on the start button to get to the folder, but Windows 7 changed it. And then Windows 8 made it really annoying. And then Windows 10 brought it all back to normal… sorta.

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Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Vista hide important files and folders from view to keep users from deleting or otherwise modifying files they shouldn’t, but a simple checkbox can change that behavior.

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If you are a fan of tweaking your system and disabling services, you might find that over time your Windows Services list becomes huge and unwieldy with a large number of services in the list that will never be enabled.

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For years, users have wondered why on earth Microsoft wouldn’t make the taskbar customizable and usable across multiple monitors. Luckily Windows 8 and 10 include a new feature that makes it much better. Here’s a quick look for those that haven’t already seen them.

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One of the more irritating problems with the Windows command prompt is that you can’t paste anything into the window using the keyboard easily—it requires using the mouse. Here’s how to fix that problem.

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The Windows 10 has got Windows lovers flat-out excited. Indeed, they should be. Look at these brand new features sported by Windows 10: multiple platforms, Cortana, Hololens, touch-friendly Universal Office… the list goes on. Judging from the review of its preview build, Windows 10 seems to have taken everything that made the OS so appealing and done away with all the Windows 8’s clunkiness, every defect, though, except for DVD playback capability.

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Verizon FIOS has a lot of great features, but their set-top boxes have one obnoxious flaw: Whenever you haven’t used them in a while, they load annoying widget ads that take forever to load and require exiting out of. Here’s how to disable them.

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So you are reading instructions on some article that tells you to reboot into Safe mode. You ask how you do that, and are told to use the F8 key when the computer boots up. But you just can’t seem to get the F8 key to work… so how do you boot into Safe mode?

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It’s really sad, but Oracle started bundling crapware like the Ask “app” even for Mac OS X users now. If you’re forced to use Java, luckily they do have an option to disable this, so the next time you need to update Java you won’t be presented with a crapware ad.

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