The Best How-To Geek Articles for November 2012

By Akemi Iwaya on December 1st, 2012


Last month we covered topics such as why 64-bit Windows needs a separate “Program Files (x86)” folder, how to uninstall your Windows product key before selling your PC, how to deal with locked files in Windows, and more. Join us as we look back at the best articles for November.

The Best Articles of November

Note: Articles are listed as #10 through #1.

Ask the Readers: How Do You Give an Old Laptop a New Life?

That powerhouse laptop you bought back in 2006 can’t compete with the sleek ultrabook you just unboxed–but that doesn’t mean you should ship it to the dump. How do you give an old laptop a new lease on life?


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When You are Asked to Help with Internet Issues [Comic]

We all know what that ‘first glance’ sinking feeling is like…


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How To Delete, Move, or Rename Locked Files in Windows

Windows won’t allow you to modify files that open programs have locked. if you try to delete a file and see a message that it’s open in a program, you’ll have to unlock the file (or close the program).


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HTG Explains: Why Screen Savers Are No Longer Necessary

Screen savers are a left-over solution from a previous technology. In spite of their name, screen savers no longer “save” anything – all they do is waste electricity. Screen savers are not necessary on modern, flat-panel LCD displays.


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6 Ways Windows 8 Is More Secure Than Windows 7

Whatever you think of it, Windows 8 isn’t just a new interface slapped on top of Windows 7. Windows 8 has seen a lot of security improvements, including an integrated antivirus, an application reputation system, and protection from boot-time rootkits.


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Why Does 64-Bit Windows Need a Separate “Program Files (x86)” Folder?

If you’re currently using any 64-bit version of Windows you may have noticed there are two “Program Files” folders, one for 64-bit and one for 32-bit apps. Why does Windows need to sub-divide them? Read on to see why.


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Why Your Android Phone Isn’t Getting Operating System Updates and What You Can Do About It

Several times a year, Google releases a new version of Android with new features and performance improvements. Unfortunately, most Android devices in the wild will never get the update.


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10 Awesome Improvements For Desktop Users in Windows 8

It’s easy to focus on how Windows 8’s new interface doesn’t feel at home on a traditional desktop PC or laptop. But that’s only one part of Windows 8 – the Windows 8 desktop includes a variety of useful improvements.


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HTG Explains: Why It’s Good That Your Computer’s RAM Is Full

Is Windows, Linux, Android, or another operating system using a lot of RAM? Don’t panic! Modern operating systems use RAM as a file cache to speed things up. Assuming your computer is performing well, there’s nothing to worry about.


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How To Uninstall Your Windows Product Key Before You Sell Your PC

Do you have an old PC you want to sell, but also want to use your Windows license on your new PC ? There is a hidden command in Windows that allows you to do just that. Read on to find out more.


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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/1/12
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