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How to Fix Startup Problems with the Windows Startup Repair Tool

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-16-[23-53-01].png" />It can be a horrible feeling if your new Windows 7 computer doesn’t boot properly into Windows or startup at all. If it happens to your machine, don’t panic, and try out the Startup Repair Tools included with the OS.

How to Make Your Own DVDs from Almost Any Video File

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbbf47b11a34.jpg" />If you’ve got a lot of AVI videos in your media collection, you might want to be able to play them on your DVD player—or even more likely, give a DVD to a family member to watch. Here’s how to create your own DVDs easily.

How Do I Know if I’m Running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-12-1-18-38-19.png" />Friends and family members seem to ask me all the time whether they are running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows, and I’ve finally realized that it would make more sense to show everybody how to figure it out for themselves. Here’s the two-step process to find out for yourself.

How to Temporarily Lock Your PC if Someone Tries to Guess Your Password

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-26-1-21-32-11.jpg" />Have you ever worried that someone could figure out your password by trying different key combinations?  Here’s how you can prevent this by temporarily locking your computer when the password is entered incorrectly a couple of times.

How to Check Open TCP/IP Ports in Windows

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-11-1-20-46-32.jpg" />Whenever an application wants to make itself accessible over the network, it claims a TCP/IP port, which means that port can’t be used by anything else. So if you need to use an in-use port, how do you tell what application is holding it?

Prevent Windows Asking for a Password on Wake Up from Sleep/Standby

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-18-14-53-33.png" />If you've configured Windows to automatically log you in rather than having to enter a password, you might find it annoying that you still need to enter a password when your PC comes out of sleep mode. Here's the quick fix.

How to Edit Your Hosts File on Windows, Mac, or Linux

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-08-31-[23-19-00].jpg" />On occasion you will need to edit the hosts file on your machine. Sometimes because of an attack or prank, and others so that you can simply and freely control access to websites and network traffic.

How To Uninstall, Disable, and Remove Windows Defender

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-04-26-[21-02-56]-[1].png" />If you're already running a full anti-malware suite, you might not even realize that Windows Defender is already installed with Windows, and is probably wasting precious resources. Here's how to get rid of it.

How to Customize the Manufacturer Info for Your Windows PC

If you have a computer with pre-installed Windows Vista, most likely you'll notice the manufacturer's support information when you look in the system properties window. If you'd like to customize this information or use a picture of your own in this space, you can do so easily.

How to Pin an External Drive to the Windows Taskbar

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-03-[00-43-02].png" />Do you have an external drive connected to your Windows 7 computer and would like to access it from the Taskbar? Here we show you a work around that will allow you to pin it to Taskbar.