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Make Sure your Computer Can Run Windows 7 with Upgrade Advisor

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-27-[19-01-41].png" />You're excited for the Windows 7 release from Microsoft but question if you computer can run it. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor beta is a free download from Microsoft that will analyze your current system and let you know what is and isn't ready for the new OS.

Use VirtualBox to Test Linux on Your Windows PC

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-29-[13-34-41].png" />Curious about a new distribution of Linux but not wanting to do a full install or use a Live CD/DVD just to try it out? Now you can enjoy all that Linux goodness by running it “Live CD” style inside of VirtualBox.

Be Careful Not To Install Junk Software with Digsby

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-04-[18-33-33].png" />If you are interested in trying out the newest version of Digsby, use caution during installation so you don't end up with a bunch of extra junk software you don't need. Today we will show you what to avoid and also where to download the clean version that doesn't include the extra hassles.

Use Problem Steps Recorder to Help Troubleshoot Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-03-[20-45-33].png" />If you have provided computer support you know it can be a challenge to diagnose the problem a user is experiencing based on their description. New in Windows 7 is neat utility called Problem Steps Recorder which records user actions and allows you to troubleshoot the problem easier.

Enjoy On-Demand Dictionary & Thesaurus Power with WordWeb

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-04-[12-48-53].png" />Run across an unusual word or need a synonym for a word quickly? Usually that means opening a browser and doing the appropriate search. Now you can have all that word power goodness at your fingertips with WordWeb.

Understand Words Using DictionarySearch

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-29-[21-52-02].png" />DictionarySearch allows you to right click a word or phrase and look it up. To install the application, simply click the Add to Firefox button.

GeekNewb: Get to Know These Windows 7 Hotkeys

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-21-[19].png" />Even if you’re not much of a keyboard ninja, there are certain shortcuts that simply seem ridiculous not to know: Ctrl+V springs to mind as an obvious example. But even uber-geeks will agree that much of the time it really is a lot easier for the average user to just grab the mouse.

Try Out a New Operating System the Easy Way with VirtualBox

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-28-[17-52-20].png" />Frustrated with seeing all the new wonderful looking Windows 7 and Linux systems and having no easy way to try them? Now you can enjoy all the new operating system goodness in a virtual environment with VirtualBox. VirtualBox works on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris.

IM to Multiple Accounts with Trillian Astra

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-29-[21-06-56].png" />Before other IM clients hit the scene, Trillian was the choice for multi-protocol support and is now often overlooked. They recently launched their new Astra beta to the public and here we will show you what to expect.

GFI Backup Home Edition is a Free Data Backup Utility for Windows

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-21-[21-18-55].png" />In today's tough economic times the last thing you want is to lose important data because you couldn't afford a quality backup utility. Today we look at GFI Backup Home Edition, a completely free professional grade backup solution.

Highlight Text Online Using Wired-Marker

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-22-[12-23-15].png" />For those who bookmark every little thing that interests them – this is a category that I certainly belong to – we simply don’t have time to label them all. Wired-Marker solves both of these problems by allowing us to permanently highlight text on a page.

Make Windows Live Messenger Minimize to the System Tray in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-21-[16].png" />If you've used Windows Live Messenger in Windows 7, you've probably noticed that instead of minimizing to the system tray, the taskbar button always stays put. Luckily you can force Messenger to work the way you are expecting with a simple tweak.

Save Money and Energy With Monitor ES

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2009-06-26-[14-14-50].png" />Saving money on energy and reducing our so called "carbon footprint" is very important these days. Today we take a look at a free utility that turns off your monitor every time you lock your computer. In addition to shutting down energy wasting monitors it pauses your media programs and sets your IM status to "Away" and resets them when you return.
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