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If you have ever upgraded your Windows installation without formatting, you have probably come across the Windows.old folder which houses all the files from your previous installation. Here’s how to use it to restore your files.

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Your computer feels a little slower than it did this time last year; is that change something you can chalk up to an aging processor?

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Special thanks to ETC reader buchno for helping us find the original artist and link for this awesome wallpaper!

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Frankenstein might be proud of this electronic monstrosity you have created, but no one else will be…

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We’ve seen our fair share of sunrise simulators, but by far this one is the most polished build–everything from the atomic clock circuit to the LEDs are all packed cleanly in a frosted acrylic case.

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This fresh video from NASA provides the clearest view of the Earth at night ever seen, thanks to the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite. Check out the video and accompanying pics to see the stunning views.

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What was it you were checking for again? Now focus!!

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More and more computers are shipping sans-disc drive leading many industry watchers to proclaim the optical disc an endangered species on its way out. Do you still use your drive or are you letting the disc go?

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Safe mode can help you troubleshoot your Android, but sometimes you’ll need to wipe everything and restore your device to its factory state. But if you can’t perform a normal factory reset–say, if your phone won’t boot properly–you can do it through Android’s recovery environment.

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Who doesn’t love animations? They make everything look so cool. But in some cases, animations are a distraction, and the same is true for Windows 8’s start screen (the “Modern UI”). Fortunately, there’s a very simple way to disable all those animations. Keep reading to find out how it’s done.

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You might be surprised to see us reviewing a Windows 8 book, especially considering we recently launched our own book, The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8 – but since we don’t (yet) have a paperback version, we may as well give you another option.

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From tablets to replicas of Tattoine, visions of geeky and technology-loaded gifts surely dance in many of your heads. This week’s question is all about you and the loot you’d love to find in your stocking this year.

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Now you can prove to everyone just how serious you were when you said that your computer was going to be more environmentally friendly…

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Perhaps it is time to set the phone down and look up toward the sun once again…

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Not only is this an impressive rendering of the Lord of the Ring’s series Battle of Helm’s Deep, but the animator threw in some great cameos and jokes along the way.

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There’s no need to use the lower-resolution iPhone app or the mobile website to access YouTube on the iPad any longer–Google’s brand new iPad/iPhone 5 optimized app is totally redesigned to take advantage of...

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What is a little bit of snow-covered server between friends, right?

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