<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/image32.png" />Every geek wants to pretend that they are a dangerous hacker with the ability to take down any PC, and after you read this article, you can do show off your skills with nothing more than Notepad.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cd245ab462d5.jpg" />One of the most frustrating things about troubleshooting random blue screen errors is that the computer reboots before you have a chance to write down the error messages so you can Google them later. Here’s how to fix that.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cd21c8d5d876.jpg" />Let's face it: Windows can be seriously annoying sometimes, but thankfully there's also usually a workaround or third-party utility that fixes the issue. We've rounded up the ten things that annoy us most, along with how to fix them.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cd16ce62f13e.jpg" />We’re huge fans of the VistaSwitcher alternative for Alt+Tab, but unfortunately a recent bug has made it almost unusable for many of us, with lots of blank windows showing up in the list. Here’s how to fix it with a quick settings change.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cd0d5cf0fa21.jpg" />Everybody loves a good Easter egg, and here’s a couple of oddities we found in the Windows calculator that we thought we’d share. How many of them did you already know about?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cce5d836b6dc.jpg" />We’re big fans of hidden registry hacks around here, so when our friend Justin showed how to put a real, working Libraries icon on the desktop, we figured it would make a perfect article for for a few extra geek points.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cce45ca8b310.jpg" />One of the biggest complaints with previous versions of Rainmeter was that your awesome desktop widgets hide when you use Win+D or the Show Desktop shortcut to see your desktop—defeating the purpose. Here’s how to make them stick there.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cca47ec7c5c7.jpg" />The latest version of system cleaning application CCleaner is out, with a lot of new changes under the hood like 64-bit support, cleaning HTML5 local storage, a drive wiper tool, and better support for Internet Explorer 9 and Google Chrome.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cca2cd3d53dc.jpg" />We’ve already shown you why so many geeks hate Internet Explorer, and since it’s almost Halloween we figured we’d show you something really scary—how to crash any version of Internet Explorer with nothing more than HTML and CSS.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc9ce908ac02.jpg" />There’s nothing more frustrating than finally getting the screenshot or image you asked for, but the sender dropped them into a Word or Powerpoint document, and you don’t have Office 2007 or 2010 installed. Here’s how to view the screenshots anyway.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc9b1114a9f3.jpg" />Anybody who has a Windows 7 laptop is going to be concerned with how to make the battery last longer, but did you realize there’s a built-in troubleshooting wizard in Windows 7 that helps you maximize your battery life?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc437da4ede9.jpg" />If you’ve got one of the newer Kindle devices, you’ve got the ability to read PDF files built right in—very convenient, but how does it work? Let’s take a quick look at how to get them on the Kindle.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/image279.png" />Have you ever had dozens of application windows open and wanted to just close them all? There’s a bunch of freeware apps that will close them all for you, but you don’t need extra software—and here’s how to do it.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbfe833bb0ae.jpg" />Rainmeter skins are great—you can use them to display all sorts of system stats on your desktop, but unfortunately they are too easily moveable with an accidental click of the mouse. Thankfully we can easily fix this.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbdd324229db.jpg" />If you’ve ever had problems with your PC starting up or shutting down slowly, there’s lots of different troubleshooting techniques that you can use—today we’ll talk about how to enable verbose messages.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb81e8ded25f.jpg" />While most of us here prefer Google, Windows Live does have one great feature that Gmail doesn’t yet provide: a single-use security code that lets you login on a public computer without having your password stolen. Here’s how it works.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb732314c485.jpg" />Tired of Windows Live Writer switching all your double and single quotes to the curly versions? Sure, you can turn it off in the options panel, but there’s actually a cool trick to use them that you might not have noticed.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/image198.png" />The other day a reader wrote in asking if cloud computing could help save his hard drive space, which made me realize that it’s time to talk about exactly what this moronic buzzword really means.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/image171.png" />You might not be ready to accept Linux as your desktop yet, but you can still use it to save your Windows PC—whether you need to reset passwords, recover deleted files, or scan for viruses, here’s how to do it.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/image156.png" width="650" height="259">If you’re a Google Chrome user and you’ve been wondering why there isn’t an option to set an image as wallpaper directly from the browser, there’s now an extension that can do this for you.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb310b6d5352.jpg" />If you’ve ever seen one of those super-customized desktops that are sometimes featured on Lifehacker, you might have wondered just how they put them together—so today we’ll take a quick tour through Rainmeter, the desktop customization utility.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb127a9c8853.jpg" />Today is 10/10/10, but it’s even more than that. Today is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. How? Keep reading.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cad77a071e71.jpg" />If your Android phone is running a stock version of Froyo, you might have noticed there’s no way to create a shortcut for the Alarms panel, which can be frustrating if you use your phone as an alarm clock. Here’s how to do it.
Recently a reader asked me why she wasn’t supposed to write down her passwords—which is a very good question. Ignoring all the geeky password manager talk, why can’t a home user write down passwords? Let’s examine thi...
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cad9b17a49e8.jpg" />If you’re tired of your photos and videos being impossible to retrieve from Facebook, you’ll be happy to know that they are rolling out a new feature that allows you to download all of them in one big zip file. Here’s how it works.