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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.

Boost Netbook Speed with an SD Card & ReadyBoost

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-21-[16-29-30].jpg" />Looking for a way to increase the performance of your netbook? Here’s how you can use a standard SD memory card or a USB flash drive to boost performance with ReadyBoost.

Complete Guide to Networking Windows 7 with XP and Vista

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-19-[17-04-27].png" />Since there are three versions of Windows out in the field these days, chances are you need to share data between them. Today we show how to get each version to be share files and printers with one another.

Use an Ubuntu Live CD to Securely Wipe Your PC’s Hard Drive

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-16-[17-17-58].jpg" />Have you ever given or sold a PC to somebody else, but really wanted to completely wipe the hard drive first? Today we'll show you how to use an Ubuntu Live CD to get your personal information off your PC.

How To Disable Individual Plug-ins in Google Chrome

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-18-[23-42-03]-[1].png" />Have you ever wondered how to disable useless or insecure browser plug-ins in Google Chrome? Here's the lowdown on how to get rid of Java, Acrobat, Silverlight, and the rest of the plugins you probably want to get rid of.

OCR anything with OneNote 2007 and 2010

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-08-[01-58-25]-[1].png" />Quality OCR software can often be very expensive, but you may have one already installed on your computer that you didn’t know about.

Change The Windows 7 Start Orb the Easy Way

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-06-[17-36-06].jpg" />Want to make your Windows 7 PC even more unique and personalized? Then check out this easy guide on how to change your start orb in Windows 7.

Scan a Windows PC for Viruses from a Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-05-[16-36-29].jpg" />Getting a virus is bad. Getting a virus that causes your computer to crash when you reboot is even worse. We’ll show you how to clean viruses from your computer even if you can’t boot into Windows by using a virus scanner in a Ubuntu Live CD.

Change or Reset Windows Password from a Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-04-[15-15-41].png" />If you can’t log in even after trying your twelve passwords, or you’ve inherited a computer complete with password-protected profiles, worry not – you don’t have to do a fresh install of Windows. We’ll show you how to change or reset your Windows password from a Ubuntu Live CD.

Add "My Dropbox" to Your Windows 7 Start Menu

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-30-[01-19-33]-[1].png" />Over here at How-To Geek, we're huge fans of Dropbox, the amazingly fast online file sync utility, but we'd be even happier if we could natively add it to the Windows 7 Start Menu, where it belongs. And today, that's what we'll do.

Recover Deleted Files on an NTFS Hard Drive from a Ubuntu Live CD

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-27-[15-33-31].png" />Accidentally deleting a file is a terrible feeling. Not being able to boot into Windows and undelete that file makes that even worse. Fortunately, you can recover deleted files on NTFS hard drives from an Ubuntu Live CD.

Convert DVD to MP4 / H.264 with HD Decrypter and Handbrake

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-23-[22-52-46].png" />Are you looking for a way to convert your DVD collection to high quality MP4 files? Today we are going to take a look at using DVDFab HD Decrypter along with Handbrake to convert DVDs to MP4 using the H.264 codec.

Rip and Convert DVD’s to an ISO Image

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-22-[23-12-24].png" />If you own a lot of DVD’s, you might want to convert them to an ISO image for backup and easily playing them on your media center. Today we take a look at ripping your discs using DVDFab, then using ImgBurn to create an ISO image of the ripped DVD files.

Create a Bootable Ubuntu 9.10 USB Flash Drive

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-21-[20-37-59].jpg" />The Ubuntu Live CD isn’t just useful for trying out Ubuntu before you install it, you can also use it to maintain and repair your Windows PC. Even if you have no intention of installing Linux, every Windows user should have a bootable Ubuntu USB drive on hand in case something goes wrong in Windows.

Turn Non-Resizeable Windows into Resizeable Windows

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-20-[18-45-23].png" />Are you frustrated with Windows app windows that can not be resized at all? Now you can apply some “attitude adjustment” and resize those windows with ResizeEnable.

Create an iTunes Account without a credit card

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-18-[21-10-46].png" />iTunes Store offers a large variety of free content, but to download it you have to have an account. Usually you have to enter your credit card information to sign up, but here’s an easy way to get an iTunes account for free downloads without entering any payment info.