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If you are one of the many people testing the beta release of Windows 7, you should still make sure to keep your computer safe and secure. The other day we created a list of Anti-Virus software compatible with Windows 7, and today we’ll be covering a list of compatible Spyware protection utilities.

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Did you know that you can install Windows 7 without any license key and use it for 30 days? What you might not know is that you can also extend that trial mode to 120 days, without requiring a key.

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Within a few hours of Windows 7 being released my inbox started filling up with readers asking what Anti-Virus software they should install in Windows 7. Since this seems like such an important topic, I decided to make a list of packages that work.

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If you haven’t already heard, the Windows 7 Public Beta is has been released through the Microsoft website, and anybody that registers from now until January 24th will receive a temporary license key for the Beta 1 version. Today we’ll run through the features and what you should expect.

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Over the last few years I’ve had many people ask me if they can somehow activate Flip 3D by moving the mouse to a corner of the screen, and I’ve always told them to use the much more powerful Switcher replacement instead, but that’s about to change.

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Have you ever wondered how to get your Instant Messenger contacts into the Vista Sidebar? Sure, you can use the previously mentioned AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Gadget for Vista Sidebar, but what if you are a fan of the multi-protocol Pidgin client instead?

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Now that the presents have been opened, large dinners consumed, and relatives (good or bad) have visited it is time to take all of those digital images and get them organized. Today’s digital cameras take great, detailed photos but the images are often too large to easily send.

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Now that the presents have been opened, large dinners consumed, and relatives (good or bad) have visited it is time to take all of those digital images and get them organized. Today’s digital cameras take great, detailed photos but the images are often too large to easily send.

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If you are still using Windows XP and are jealous of the optional but really useful checkboxes feature in Vista, or the full row selection in details mode, there’s a new solution for you that one of our readers wrote in about yesterday.

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Have you ever inherited a computer that has more than one entry on the Windows XP boot menu screen? Most of the time one of the entries doesn’t even work in the first place, and then you’re forced to either hit a key or wait 30 seconds every time.

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As any geek knows, one of the first things that you do when troubleshooting a Windows problem is look into Event Viewer’s Application or System logs, which typically are rich with information on what the problem is. But what if the event log itself is corrupted?

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Does your desktop get cluttered with a zillion downloaded files scattered all over the place? Sure, you can always make a shortcut to hide your desktop icons, but that’s basically sweeping the mess under the rug. Today we’ll show you how to use the Magic Folder to keep things clean.

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I was working on a project for work when I suddenly got the strangest error: “The Event Log is Full”. Seriously? What I didn’t remember is that Windows XP doesn’t automatically overwrite events less than 7 days old from the event log, so when it’s full, most applications that try and write to the event log are going to break.

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We recently covered how to clean up your messy Windows context menu, but have you ever wished you had more functionality in the menus for Windows Explorer? There’s a lightweight application that gives you a couple of extremely useful tools, including the ability to toggle hidden files or copy filenames to the clipboard.

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We recently covered how to clean up your messy Windows context menu, but have you ever wished you had more functionality in the menus for Windows Explorer? There’s a lightweight application that gives you a couple of extremely useful tools, including the ability to toggle hidden files or copy filenames to the clipboard.

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You are probably reading this article because you’ve noticed a process called Adobe_Updater.exe running in your task manager, or you’ve started getting the popup balloon message in the system tray that there is a new update available, and would like to get rid of it.

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If you’ve used a computer on a corporate network you’ve likely had to add a website to your trusted sites list because it just wouldn’t work otherwise. After a while, you end up with a mess of sites in your Trusted sites list… so how do you transfer those to a new computer without retyping them?

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If you often browse Flash-heavy websites using Internet Explorer and would like to be able to turn Flash off and only enable it when you really want to, there’s an easy way to accomplish this with a small application appropriately called Toggle Flash.

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One of the most irritating things about Windows is the context menu clutter that you have to deal with once you install a bunch of applications. It seems like every application is fighting for a piece of your context menu, and it’s not like you even use half of them.

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Have you ever noticed that there are only two fonts to choose from in the Command prompt properties window? What you might not know is that you can use a simple registry hack to enable alternate fonts, including a very readable font that comes with Vista and Office 2007.

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Have you ever needed to repeatedly access a folder that is nested deep inside a giant hierarchy of folders? Sure, you can always create a shortcut to that folder, but did you know you can actually assign a drive letter to a folder instead? Today we’ll show you how to do this.

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While doing research for a previous article I found a very cool and slick utility called WinAudit. This is a slick and easy to use freeware application that will tell you most everything you want to know about your PC. There is no installation required and you can even run it from a USB flash drive if you are troubleshooting another Windows system.

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A couple of days ago I noticed a thread on our forum asking how to add Control Panel to the desktop context menu, so I decided to write up the solution for everybody, since it seems like a really useful hack.

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If you leave your computer running on a 24/7 basis you might be interested in determining the amount of uptime that has accumulated since the last reboot.  We can find this information in both XP and Vista and will take a look at both.

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