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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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There has been a lot of excitement about the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week and now we have a special treat to share with you. The good folks over at 7 Tutorials have put together two terrific Windows 7 t...

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Windows remembers Wi-Fi passwords to save you time, but you can save more time by exporting the saved passwords and transfering them to other computers. LastPass, WirelessKeyView, and Windows itself can back up your wireless passwords.

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Yeah, you’re right, the title of this article should make you laugh, and with good reason: it should be easy to shut down your PC, right? Well, Windows 8 makes it a little more confusing. Here’s how to do it if you haven’t figured it out already.

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You’ve probably already been using hotkeys in Windows 7 and previous versions, so now that Windows 8 is out, all you need to learn are the new shortcut keys. Here are the important new keys in a short list that you can easily learn.

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Windows 7 [The Paper Wall]

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The latest Windows version was just released, and here’s how you can get your hands on the Consumer Preview, otherwise known as the Windows 8 Beta, right now.

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Apple users have iTunes to synchronize their media libraries back and forth, but what do Android users have? Google doesn’t provide any official method of synchronization. Enter Synx, a simple, open-source tool for synchronizing your media files and your Android.

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Syncing your existing iOS device with a new computer can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t want to lose any data that’s already on the device. Making the new computer accept your iOS device can be difficult, but certainly not impossible. So let’s go ahead and see how you can sync your existing iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad with a new computer, without losing any existing content on the device.

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Once a week we round up some of the great reader questions we get in the Ask How-To Geek mailbox and share the solutions with everyone. This week we’re looking at how to export your Google Web History, importing Evernote notebooks to OneNote, and recovering product keys.

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