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Mount SkyDrive, S3, Google Docs, and Other Cloud Storage in Windows Explorer

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-24-1-21-18-31.png" />Online file storage services such as SkyDrive and Amazon S3 are becoming increasingly popular, and many of us additionally save documents and other files online daily with webapps like Google Apps. Here’s how you can integrate these storage services with your Windows PC.

How to Fix Photoshop Breaking the Escape Key in Windows

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-24-1-03-16-15.png" />Does Photoshop annoy you by breaking the escape key in other programs? Here’s an AutoHotkey script that will let you run Photoshop and still use the escape key as usual in other programs.

How to Backup Your Data to a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-19-[00-45-23].png" />Having a solid backup plan is a must if you have important data on your PC that you don’t want to lose. Today we take a look at using a virtual hard drive in Windows 7 as part of your strategy.

Enable DreamScene in Any Version of Vista or Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-12-[16-57-04].jpg" />Windows DreamScene was a utility available for Vista Ultimate that allowed users to set video as desktop wallpaper. It was dropped in Windows 7, but today we’ll take a look at how to play DreamScenes in all versions of Windows.

Clone a Hard Drive Using an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-08-[19-14-45].jpg" />Whether you’re setting up multiple computers or doing a full backup, cloning hard drives is a common maintenance task. Don’t bother burning a new boot CD or paying for new software – you can do it easily with your Ubuntu Live CD.

Set a Video as Your Desktop Wallpaper with VLC

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-26-[23-12-00].jpg" />Are you tired of static desktop wallpapers and want something a bit more entertaining? Today we’ll take a look at setting a video as wallpaper in VLC media player.

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-24-[16-59-10].png" />Even with the best backup solution, a hard drive crash means you’ll lose a few hours of work. By enabling drive mirroring in Windows 7, you’ll always have an up-to-date copy of your data.

Scan Your Thumb Drive for Viruses from the AutoPlay Dialog

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-24-[21-35-33].png" />It’s always a good idea to scan someone’s flash drive for viruses when you use it on your PC. Today we look at how to use Microsoft Security Essentials to scan thumb drives via the AutoPlay dialog.

Remove Ubuntu or XP from the Windows 7 Boot Menu

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-23-[20-13-53].png" />If you’ve ever used a dual-boot system and then removed one of the operating systems, it can still show up in Windows 7’s boot menu. We’ll show you how to get rid of old entries and speed up the boot process.

Upgrade Office 2003 to 2010 on XP or Run them Side by Side

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-14-[21-35-02].png" />If you’re still running XP, currently have Office 2003 installed on your machine, and skipped Office 2007, you might want to upgrade to Office 2010. In this guide we will show you the upgrade process or how to run them side by side.

Install Ubuntu Netbook Edition with Wubi Installer

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-17-[17-54-48].jpg" />Ubuntu is one of the most popular versions of Linux, and their Netbook Remix edition is especially attractive for netbook owners. Here we’ll look at how you can easily try out Ubuntu on your netbook without a CD/DVD drive.

How to Get Windows 7 Theme Wallpapers Without Installing Them

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-17-[00-18-00].png" />Are you using an older version of Windows but like the Windows 7 theme wallpapers? How about if you have Windows 7 but you don't want to install all those themes just to get the wallpapers? Here is how to get them without having to install them.

Zen and the Art of File and Folder Organization

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-12-[02-40-28]-[1].png" />Is your desktop a paragon of neatness, or is it overflowing with so many icons that you're scared to look at it? If you've been putting off getting organized because the task is too huge or daunting, or you don't know where to start, we've got 40 tips to get you on the path to zen mastery of your digital filing system.

Turn a Flash Drive Into a Portable Web Server

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-07-[09-33-53]-[1].png" />Portable applications are very useful for getting work done on the go, but how about portable servers? Here’s how you can turn your flash drive into a portable web server.

Diagnose PC Hardware Problems with an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-05-[04-03-01]-[1].png" />So your PC randomly shuts down or gives you the blue screen of death, but you can't figure out what's wrong. The problem could be bad memory or hardware related, and thankfully the Ubuntu Live CD has some tools to help you figure it out.

Wipe, Delete, and Securely Destroy Your Hard Drive’s Data the Easy Way

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-26-[22-29-10]-[1].png" />Giving a computer to somebody else? Maybe you're putting it out on Craigslist to sell to a stranger—either way, you'll want to make sure that your drive is completely wiped, scrubbed, and clean of any personal data. Here's the easy way to do it.

Recover Data Like a Forensics Expert Using an Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-26-[01-31-47].png" />There are lots of utilities to recover deleted files, but what if you can’t boot up your computer, or the whole drive has been formatted? We’ll show you some tools that will dig deep and recover the most elusive deleted files, or even whole hard drive partitions.