<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.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-18-[23-42-03]-.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.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-08-[01-58-25]-.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.
<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.
<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.
<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.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-30-[01-19-33]-.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.
<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.
<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.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-23-[00-57-34].png" />One of the more controversial changes in the Ubuntu 10.04 beta is the Mac OS-inspired change to have window buttons on the left side. We’ll show you how to move the buttons back to the right.
<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.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-20-[21-52-38].png" />Good news for those of you who have a computer without Hardware Virtualization, Microsoft had dropped the requirement so you can now run XP Mode on your machine. Here we take a look at how to install it and getting working on your PC.
<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.
<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.
<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.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-18-[15-22-02].png" />We’ve received a lot of questions about mapping a drive from XP to Windows 7 to access data easily. Today we look at how to map a drive in Windows 7, and how to map to an XP drive from Windows 7.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-14-[18-22-19].png" />There are many anti-malware programs out there that will clean your system of nasties, but what happens if you’re not able to use such a program? Autoruns, from SysInternals (recently acquired by Microsoft), is indispensable when removing malware manually.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-11-[22-34-32].png" />Want to take a trip down memory lane with old school DOS games? D-Fend Reloaded makes it easy for you to play your favorite DOS games directly on XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-09-[20-02-56].png" />If you use Windows 7 Media Center to record live TV, you’re probably interested in skipping through commercials. After all, a big reason to record programs is to avoid commercials, right? Today we focus on a fairly simple and free way to get you skipping commercials in no time.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-06-[17-57-56].jpg" />Are you looking for a way to backup your DVD movie collection to AVI? Today we’ll show you how to rip a DVD movie directly to AVI with FairUse Wizard.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-04-[21-12-08].jpg" />Last week we enjoyed looking at Windows 3.1 running in VMware Player on Windows 7. Today, let’s upgrade our 3.1 to 95, and get a look at how most of us remember Windows from the 90’s.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-04-[22-59-38].png" />Would you like to run XP Mode, but prefer Sun’s VirtualBox for virtualization? Thanks to the free VMLite plugin, you can quickly and easily run XP Mode in or alongside VirtualBox.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-03-[19-12-43].png" />The other day we looked at sharing a printer between Windows 7 machines, but you may only have one Windows 7 machine and the printer is connected to a Vista or XP computer. Today we show you how to share a printer from either Vista or XP to Windows 7.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-02-[22-34-05].png" />GPS enabled smartphones make it easy to get directions, weather, and many more location based services since they automatically know where you are. With Geosense, you can bring this functionality to any Windows 7 computer even if it doesn’t have a GPS chip.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-02-25-[19-14-27].png" />What’s a geek to do with VMware, extra hard disk space, and RAM to spare? Why fill it with all the operating systems he can! For the fun of it, we take a look at virtualizing a classic version of Windows.