The Best How-To Geek Articles for September 2011

By Akemi Iwaya on October 1st, 2011


September has been an exciting month here at HTG where we covered topics such as the release of Windows 8, cleaning a dirty desktop computer, the file system you should use for your USB drive, and more. Join us as we look back at the most popular articles from this past month.

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

Desktop Fun: The Open Highway Wallpaper Collection

Highways and roads connect us to each other all across our world and can take us places that we have never gone before. Now you can roam the roads from the comfort of your own desktop with our Open Highway Wallpaper collection.


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How to Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 On the Same PC

If you want to try out the new Windows 8 but don’t have a CPU that supports virtualization, check out our guide on how to get all the goodness of Windows 8 along side Windows 7 by dual booting.


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How to Use Event Viewer to Find Your PC’s Boot Time

Everybody that’s owned a PC has had to deal with the eventual system boot slowdown. Here’s how to use Event Viewer to track exactly how long your system takes to boot up and shut down.


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How To Thoroughly Clean Your Dirty Desktop Computer

Just like your car, your house, and even yourself, your computer needs a good cleaning every once and a while to prevent overheating and dust build up. It’s easy to do and it only takes about 20 minutes, so today we’re going to cover how to effectively clean the inside of your desktop computer.


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Here’s How to Download Windows 8 Today

Want to get your hands on Windows 8? You can get your copy today – well, the developer preview at least.  It’s available RIGHT NOW, from this link.


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Here’s Why Windows 8 Will Boot Much Faster than Windows 7

If there’s one thing that drives geeks crazy, it’s a slow-booting system. That’s why for Windows 8, Microsoft went back to the drawing board to redesign the boot process for speed.


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What File System Should I Use for My USB Drive?

It can be tough porting your videos and music to every device you use. How do you know your Mac, Xbox, and Windows Machine can read your files? Read on to find your perfect USB drive solution.


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How to Test Drive Windows 8 in VirtualBox

Want to take the next generation of Windows for a free test drive? Of course you do; it’s still got that new car smell. Read on to see how you can combine the Windows 8 developer release with VirtualBox for free next-gen OS exploration.


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Desktop Fun: Grasslands Wallpaper Collection

Areas of grassland can be beautiful, especially when the grass is tall and the wind is blowing…almost like watching a green inland sea. Turn your desktop into a refreshing sea of green with our Grasslands Wallpaper collection.


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Windows 8 Screenshot Tour: Everything You Possibly Want to Know

Yesterday Microsoft released the first preview release of Windows 8, and we spent all night testing it out and diving into how it all works. Here’s our review, and the normal How-To Geek style screenshot tour, with loads and loads of pictures.


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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 10/1/11
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