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  • Blog Post: Getting a new PC? Protect and purge files now

    When you stop and think about it, your home computer holds a lot of information about you—credit card numbers, bank account details, passwords, medical information, Web sites you've visited, and those deep, dark secrets you share with your best friend via e-mail. There naturally comes a time when...
  • Blog Post: Tracking what auto-starts with AutoRuns for Windows

    This neat little utility from Sysinternals helps you keep track of what is running in Windows Vista. It's a bit like the MSCONFIG utility, only better in that it classifies everything and helps you gain insight into what is clogging up the works. Download (490 KB) AutoRuns for Windows
  • Blog Post: Open, edit, and save Office 2007 documents: Download the Office Compatibility Pack

    I get a lot of comments (angry comments) from friends, family, and colleagues saying that they can’t open Office 2007 documents they get from me or other people using the latest version of Office. There are a couple of ways to avoid this issue. If you’re using Office 2007 , you can save your...
  • Blog Post: Download the new version of Windows Defender

    We’ve gotten a lot of comments about the confusing "Windows Defender has expired" message. Even my dad—who has been in the computer industry for 30 years—got confused by it. The Security Tips & Talk blog has the information you need about downloading the latest version of Windows Defender, where...
  • Blog Post: Personalize your Windows XP-based PC

    We got a lot of feedback on the Customize your Start menu entry. Making your PC personal—and it is supposed to be personal—and friendly for you to use can go a long way toward improving your computing experience. I started writing some additional articles on how to customize your monitor, mouse settings...
  • Blog Post: Back-up success story: Windows Live OneCare

    There are a few things you should do regularly to maintain your computer. Making security updates and running performance tools are two things, and backing up your files is another one. Windows Live OneCare, which I’ve been using for two months now, can be set up to automatically do all of these things...
  • Blog Post: Starting Over with System Restore

    Recently I was trying to set up my new cell phone to work with my home computer. I had some installation problems and was having a hard time trying to un-do some changes that were made to my system. (This had to do with drivers that were installed to support a Bluetooth® connection, which is literally...
  • Blog Post: Neck or shoulder pain? Try these 10 healthy computing tips

    If working on the computer is becoming a pain in the neck, it might be time to rearrange your work area and change some of your computer habits. Start the new year off right by following these simple suggestions for healthy computing. Take a 3-minute break every 30 minutes . During your break,...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with a wireless home network

    As you probably know, a computer network lets you connect computers together so you can pass files back and forth between them, share a printer, or even share a single connection to the Internet. This article is aimed at beginners who want to learn about wireless networking or get help installing a network...
  • Blog Post: 5 steps to clean up your computer files

    When we started the At Home and At Work Web sites, we thought that most of the reader questions we'd get would be about complex Excel formulas, editing digital photographs, or how to build a PC from spare parts. In fact, your questions tend to be a bit more practical. One of the most common requests...
  • Blog Post: Ripping music? Tips on how to save space on your computer

    Listening to and storing music has become a popular way to use your computer. Just look at the variety of MP3 players people are using—all of them require a computer to store the music and put it on the player. We've noticed your interest in this topic based on the popularity of articles such as listen...
  • Blog Post: Another way to speed your computer’s performance

    The 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Performance article struck a chord among readers. The article, which includes tips on how to clean up your computer and keep it running smoothly, has been the most popular article on At Work. It has gotten thousands of responses, and most of the feedback has been...
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