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If you’re happy with the features in Windows 7, but find no use for the games included by default, they can be turned off. In this quick tip we show you how it’s done.

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If you’re a new user of Microsoft Security Essentials, you might be unclear on how to update definition files manually or automatically. Here we’ll show you a few methods you can use to make sure MSE is always up to date.

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When you create a Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive either through Virtual PC or Virtual Server, you have to specify the maximum size of the file up front. While you can set the VHD to be a fixed or dynamically sized file, the total size the VHD is determined at the time you create it. Over time, however, you may want to increase the total size of the VHD file as requirements for the system change to allow more space for installed programs and data files.

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With the amount of email you receive in a given day, it’s hard to keep them all straight, no matter how you organize your inbox. Today we show you how to use the Notes feature to help get better organized.

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This week we learned how to how to play retro video games on a Windows PC, remove Ubuntu One from Ubuntu 10.04, run Android on a Netbook or Desktop, install, manage, and delete fonts on a PC, import e-mail from Outlook to Apple Mail.app using Thunderbird, and more. Now you can relax while enjoying our latest batch of geeky goodness.

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When it comes to gathering statistics on web sites, you can never have enough. While one of the most popular method for tracking statistics is through services such as Google Analytics, log file analysis remains a reliable way to track your visitors as they are immune to script blockers. A widely used tool for log file analysis is the open source tool, AWStats.

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Do you miss the days of playing your favorite games on “old school” consoles like SNES or Sega Genesis? Today we take a look at several different emulators for your PC that will bring back the retro gaming nostalgia. 

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When watching a video that’s streaming across your home network, it’s annoying to get the “stutter effect”. With a simple tweak in VLC and Windows Media Player we can help prevent this annoyance.

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As an IT manager, there are a lot of things you can do which directly impact your company’s bottom line. While the most obvious are direct hardware and software costs, an often overlooked aspect is energy/electricity consumption by computer systems. While servers need to be available 24/7, desktop systems only need to be available when the respective user needs it or for scheduled maintenance tasks. The rest of the time (usually more than 50% of the time), the system can stay in low power mode which reduces power usage, hence cost.

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If you love to customize your system as much as possible, then we have a fun way for you to change the color scheme for the Task Manager Window. Those Performance and Networking tabs will have a fresh new look in only a few minutes.

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All Dell servers come with the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator software which has the ability to monitor and display system level indicators. Additionally, through the Alert Management tab you can configure actions to execute whenever an alert is triggered. Unfortunately there is no vehicle for applying uniform notifications to all events, so we are going to provide a script which configures all the alert actions to send an email notifying you of the respective event. While you could set these up manually, having a script is ideal as you can easily deploy this across multiple servers.

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If you’re looking for a way to customize your system with more than wallpapers and icons, another thing you can do is customize sounds for different Windows 7 events. Here we look at customizing sounds or completely turning them off.

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The new beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials was launched yesterday to a limited amount of users. Here we’ll take a look at what you expect from the new version of How-To Geek’s favorite PC security application.

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Would you like to see a preview of the websites behind regular, text only, and shortened URLs? You can easily see what is behind those links before opening them with the Preview and Launch URL accelerator for Internet Explorer 8.

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Unless you have a special setup, you typically only need a single IP address from your ISP to run your network. With your network sitting behind a firewall/router, you can direct your incoming traffic to the appropriate servers to handle email, web, remote connections and anything else. The problem comes when you have multiple servers which need to receive traffic from a common port. Instead of adding more public IP addresses (and cost), we are going to show you how to handle this situation using on a single IP.

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Rather than opening Control Panel or other locations from the Start Menu and hunting for what you need, you might find it easier to access them in expanded view from the Start Menu. Here we’ll show you a quick tip to get it done.

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Are you tired of the default photo previewer in Windows 7 and jealous of your Mac’s cool Quick Look Preview tool?  Here’s how you can preview your pictures in a fast and snazzy way in Windows with the Picasa Photo Viewer.

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If you’re moving from XP to Windows 7, one of the new features you might be interested in is Media Center. In this tutorial we’ll walk through the process of configuring it for the first time and look at some of its default features.

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Dropbox is one of the coolest utilities available today to backup and share files and folders online. If you want easier access to it, you might want to add it to the Send To Menu in the Context Menu.

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A common function of many programs is the ability to send email. When working on development projects or doing product demos which utilize email, having an environment you know will work can be critical. For these situations, having a completely self contained email system, that is all emails “sent” never leave the local machine, is the answer.

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If you have recently found some terrific fonts that you want to use on your Windows system, then getting them installed may not be something that you are familiar with. Today we show you how to manage those fonts with ease.

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If you’ve ever wanted to shut down Windows at a particular time, you can do it easily with the “at” command combined with the shutdown command. Just use the following syntax, and the computer will shut down at 2pm. (it uses military time).

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Remote Desktop Connection is a useful feature in Windows that allows you to log on and view the desktop of another computer via your internet connection from your own computer. This article will explain how to use your local drives during a Remote Desktop session.

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Microsoft Office 2007 introduced a new XML based file format for the Office suite of products. Word files use extension “.doc” for Office 2003 and earlier with “.docx” for Office 2007, etc. Most likely, none of this is new to you.

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There are lots of great utilities out there which do essential tasks such as monitoring and reporting that once you have configured them, they just sit in your system tray and do their job without you ever knowing. While this works great for desktop machines, this model is not ideal for server use which, typically, does not have anyone actively logged into it.

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