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If you’re looking for a simple and powerful way to encrypt everything from system drives to backup discs to everything in between, VeraCrypt is an open-source tool that will help you lock up your files. Read on as we show you how to get started.

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Keen to try out Windows 8, but aren’t quite ready to give up on Windows 7 just yet? Follow this fun easy guide to get the best of both worlds.

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Windows 8 always shows the Metro-style Start screen when you log in. You don’t have to click the Desktop tile every time you log in, you can boot straight to the desktop with this quick trick.

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The ability to pin websites to your Start Screen is a nice touch in Windows 8, however by default the sites you pin open with the Metro version of Internet Explorer. Here’s how to change that.

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You have questions and we have answers; once a week we round up a handful of reader questions and share the answers with everyone. This week we’re looking at removing Windows 8 from a dual installation, understanding Linux file permissions, and disabling the Scan and Fix popup in Windows.

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With a quick registry tweak, you can add any application to any Windows Explorer context menu. You can even add application shortcuts to your desktop’s context menu and launch your favorite applications just by right-clicking on your desktop.

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Apple and book publishers face an e-book antitrust lawsuit, Mozilla does not want Pepper for Flash on Linux, pre-rendering led to a browser statistics error in favor of Chrome, and more.

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With the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and netbooks, most of us do everyday tasks online, such as purchasing goods and banking. However, if we don’t secure our personal data on our computers and online, we could be asking for serious trouble.

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When running the latest version of Windows 8 in a virtual machine in VMware Workstation, the shared folders feature doesn’t work because you can’t install VMware Tools. So, how are you supposed to transfer files between your VM and your Windows 7 host?

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Windows 8 was clearly designed with touch screens in mind. Using Windows 8 with a mouse can be disorienting at first — many of the tried-and-true Windows interface conventions have changed.

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Windows: If you’re envious of the Mac Launchpad but in no hurry to change operating systems, XLaunchpad brings the experience to Windows.

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The Windows 8 desktop looks just like Windows 7, with one exception — no Start button. Losing the Start button isn’t the end of the world — Windows 8 exposes all the familiar options in different ways.

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Have you installed Windows 8 on a spare PC and now need to get files from that PC to your Windows 7 PC, or vice versa? It is easy to network the two machines if they are both on your home network.

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Windows 8 has a new Start Screen, but there’s no Start Button anymore–and that might be too much for some people to deal with. Here’s how to get a Start button that opens up the new Metro-style Start menu.

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Forgetting your password can be very frustrating, however this situation could be completely alleviated if you always had a password reset disk handy. Lets see how we can create one in Windows 8 or Windows 10.

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Sometimes even your Windows system has a really bad day…

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Both the Start button and classic Start menu are gone in Windows 8. If you don’t like the full-screen, Metro-style “Start screen,” there are a few ways to get a classic-style Start menu back.

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PlayOnLinux provides a point-and-click interface to automatically install and tweak Windows software on Linux. It’s like a package manager — but for Windows games and other applications on Linux.

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When you download a script off the internet and try to run it, if you have not previously configured PowerShell, it will throw a nasty error in red font. This is enough to scare most users off, but there is an easy fix.

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Once a week we round up some reader submitted questions and share the solutions with you. This week we’re looking at easy ways to remote login and trouble shoot a computer, recording streaming audio, and how to clone a computer hard drive.

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Windows 8 has a new feature that allows you to natively pin both applications and folders to the Start screen. This is an improvement over Windows 7, which requires third party tools to pin folders to the Start menu.

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Last year we showed you a teaser video of Mari0, an in-production mashup of the original Super Mario Bros. game and Portal. Now it’s ready for download and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.

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If you play a lot of PC games, switching to a new computer or reformatting can be time-consuming. GameSave Manager does the hard work of backing up your saved games for you — it can even back up to Dropbox.

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Our first edition of WIG for March is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Telefonica’s signing up for Mozilla’s mobile Web OS, Foursquare’s switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap, Linus Torvalds blasting of openSUSE, and more.

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If your computer has started to slow down, there are many options for speeding it up. Below, we show you some of the best tips for speeding up your PC, some from previous HTG articles and some described here.

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