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Purchasing textbooks, starting new classes, and trying to hammer out a schedule can be hectic when starting school. We put together a guide to some of the best apps and discounts to help you make the most of the new school year.

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If you run a Windows Server which takes advantage of the built in DNS Server, you have a nice graphical interface for viewing and managing your DNS records. However, the vast majority of the time you probably just look at these records as opposed to updating them. This process is not difficult, but can be a hassle as you have to connect to the DNS Server machine through remote desktop, open DNS controls and locate the record. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could simply see this information over the web?

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You look at your computer screen everyday. By habit, you use the space in ways that get the job done. But you can do an even better job if you optimize your workspace.

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Are you looking for a utility that will allow you to quickly create professional, well worded documents? Today we take a look at the word completion eType Beta, and we have 1,000 invites for our readers.

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If you often use removable USB devices like a flash drive, you are probably already familiar with the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon that sits in the system tray. The problem for many people is that the icon is tiny, and clicking it just right to bring up the menu is a pain. Can’t we just make a shortcut to bring up the dialog?

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Google’s own Matt Cutts has the answer on how to easily switch back and forth between the Dev and Beta channel versions of Google Chrome if you’re using a Debian-based Linux like Ubuntu. Here you go:

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Deep 7 is an impressive visual style hack for Windows 7 that completely customizes almost every aspect of the interface. It’s really worth a look.

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Ever wondered how many floppy disks it would take to install Windows 7? Here’s your answer.

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When you have a bunch of end user computers on a network, it is important to be sure files stored locally on the respective computers are backed up in the event of hard drive failure. Maintaining backup programs, configurations and, possibly, support costs on each machine can be a real pain, so as an alternative we have a simple solution: a script which, when run, mirrors local data to a common network location.

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Sometimes when your making tweaks to WHS or installing certain Add-Ins, it can make the system unstable. Here we take a look at how to backup the WHS System State and / or Registry so you can restore it if something goes wrong.

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If you’re in college, chances are you’re overwhelmed by rising tuition and textbook costs.  Here’s how you can get a little break with absolutely free development and design software from Microsoft via DreamSpark.

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While there are a myriad of useful applications and utilities which are available via portable distributions, many tools still remain in their “install only” format. This limitation, however, should not discourage you from using the respective program as a portable application. With a few tricks we are going to show you here, you may be able to add these programs to your collection of portable tools yet.

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If you’re having problems with media playback on your Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 PC using Windows Media Player, or even using other applications like Media Monkey, you might need to reinstall Windows Media Player. But how?

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If you’ve ever wanted to adjust the context menu for a file so that you can launch the application as administrator with another utility, here’s the quick registry hack that you can use to do so.

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Virtualization has become an incredibly powerful and flexible way to deploy environments. So much in fact that Microsoft has integrated the ability to attach virtual hard drive (VHD) files as physical disks in the Windows Disk Management tool. This process is easy enough to do manually but if you attach VHD files often then we have a solution which enables you to mount and unmount VHD files with a single click.

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Evernote is a great overall platform for taking notes, but the Windows app leaves a lot to be desired. A real, real lot. Seriously, it’s clunky. Painful, even. Here’s how I made it a little more tolerable with some tweaking.

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Windows Live Essentials 2011 has a new beta release, and it’s got a lot of changes for Windows Live Messenger—the biggest of which might be Facebook chat support.

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One of the more annoying things with replying or forwarding emails is the original message you reply to says open and you have to manually close out of it. Here we show you how to alleviate the annoyance.

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Do you have an older PC or laptop laying around just collecting dust and not sure what to do with it? You could sell it, but not get much for it. Here we bring you a guide on how to bring it back to life.

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Would you like a new Notepad replacement that incorporates the latest technologies while staying slim and fast?  Text editors are usually bland, boring programs, but here’s a new one that makes your text come to life beautifully.

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Over at the Tweaking with Vishal site, he’s posted a guide to using a registry hack to rename Computer, Network, Libraries, and the rest of the items in the Windows 7 Explorer navigation pane.

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If you don’t have an extra machine or are an early adopter who wants to test out Vail, creating a VM is a good choice. To complete our series of installing WHS “Vail” Beta virtually, we look at installing it on Oracle’s VirtualBox.

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Ever forgotten your Windows password? There’s lots of ways to reset a forgotten password, but here’s an interesting one that uses the Sticky Keys feature to reset the password with a simple hack.

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Google Docs is a great solution for saving and sharing documents online, but browsing to the site every time is time consuming. Here we look at a Desktop Gadget that lets you upload files with a simple drag & drop.

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ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft is getting the Beta 2 should be coming out next week sometime—most likely the 18th. The new version should have a lot of bugfixes, new icons, and new features—though we’re not sure ...

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