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17 Free Data Recovery Software Tools
Free data recovery software, aka free file recovery or undelete software, can help recover deleted files. Here are reviews of the best ones out there.
No DVD Drive? Install Windows 8 From a Flash...
Here's how to install Windows 8 or 8.1 from a USB device like a flash drive. You'll need to properly format the USB drive and then copy the Windows 8 files.
14 Free Product Key Finder Programs
A list of 14 free key finder software programs, ranked and reviewed. Keyfinders help find lost software product keys or serial numbers.
How To Fix a Computer That Won't Turn On
Here's what to do when your computer won't turn on. Fix a desktop, laptop, or tablet that won't boot all the way, or even one that won't start at all.
8 Free Windows Password Recovery Tools
Windows password recovery tools are used to recover the passwords used to log on to Windows. Here are the 8 best free Windows password recovery (password cracker) tools.
How To Download and Install DirectX
Where and how to download and update DirectX. Updating DirectX 11, DirectX 10, or DirectX 9 is easy and could improve game performance in Windows.
Free and Public DNS Servers
A list of completely free, public DNS servers. This DNS server list was last updated in April 2014.
How To Start Windows 8 or 8.1 in Safe Mode
A tutorial on starting Windows 8 or 8.1 in Safe Mode. If you can start Windows 8 in Safe Mode you may be able to fix whatever startup problem you're having.
No DVD Drive? Install Windows 7 From a Flash...
Before you can install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive, you must properly format the drive and then copy the setup files to it. Here's how.
How to Download Windows 7 the Legal Way
Most download Windows 7 to reinstall it, after losing a Windows 7 DVD or never receiving one. But from where? Is it legal? I have answers!
Access the Advanced Startup Options in Windows...
Here are several ways to access Advanced Startup Options, the recovery and repair menu in Windows 8 & 8.1 including System Restore, Safe Mode, and more.
How To Find Your Windows 7 Product Key
Lost your Windows 7 product key? Here's how to find your Windows 7 product key using a free key finder program which will extract the key from the registry.
15 Steps to Reset Your Windows 7 Password
You can reset your Windows 7 password if you've forgotten it. Learn how to reset the password to your Windows 7 account, for free, without extra software.
How to Find Your Lost Windows Key
Lost your Windows 8 product key? You may be able, under certain conditions, to extract your Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro product key from the registry.
How To Recover From a Frozen Windows Update...
Help on what to do when your computer gets stuck or freezes (locked-up) during the installation or configuration of a Windows update.
How To Fix BOOTMGR is Missing Errors
How to troubleshoot BOOTMGR is Missing and Couldn't Find BOOTMGR errors that sometimes appear during a Windows 7, 8, or Vista startup.
Fix Some Kinds of Windows Problems With a Free...
A list of the best freeware registry cleaners available today. Free registry cleaners remove duplicate or unwanted entries from the Windows Registry.
Can Recuva for the PC Help You Recover Your...
Recuva is the very best free file recovery program available. I highly recommend you try Recuva before any other undelete program.
How To Fix a Blue Screen of Death
Easy to follow tutorial to help fix a Blue Screen of Death. A BSOD might be caused by hardware or software so proper troubleshooting is important.
Get Your Detailed Computer System Information...
Belarc Advisor v8.4 is one of the best free system information tools. Here's my complete review of the latest version of Belarc Advisor for Windows.
Seeing a 502 Error? Here's what it Means
The 502 Bad Gateway error means that two different servers involved in loading a web page (or other task) are not able to communicate. Here's what to do...
What To Do When Your Computer Starts but The...
Does your computer turn on but show just a black screen? If some things seem to be working properly, but there's no display, give this a try...
How To Create an ISO Image File From a CD or DVD
One easy way of backing up a disc is creating an ISO image of it. See these easy instructions for creating an ISO image file from a CD, DVD, or BD disc.
Boot from a USB Device in 5 Easy Steps
Instructions on how to make your computer boot from a USB device, like a flash drive or a USB connected hard drive.
How To Fix a 500 Internal Server Error
The 500 Internal Server Error (aka HTTP 500 error) is a generic error suggesting a problem with the website's server. Here's what you can do about it.
Are You Cleaning Your Flat Screen Monitor the...
How to safely clean your flat screen monitor or TV. LCD, LED, and other flat screens require special care when cleaning to prevent permanent damage.
Don't Panic! What You Should Do if You Forget...
Try not to panic if you forgot your Windows 7 password. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to overcome a forgotten password.
Can't Open an EPUB File? Check Out This Simple...
An EPUB file is an Open Publication Structure eBook file. Learn how to open an .EPUB file or convert an EPUB file to another file format.
How To Start Windows 7 in Safe Mode
A complete tutorial on how to start Windows 7 in Safe Mode. Starting Windows 7 in Safe Mode can help diagnose and solve many serious problems.
3 Easy Steps to Access BIOS
Access BIOS with these simple steps. Enter BIOS to make hardware configuration changes, set boot order, reset BIOS passwords and more.
How to Delete Everything on a Hard Drive
Easy instructions on how to wipe a hard drive. A hard drive wipe will erase everything on the hard drive - something deleting and formatting can not do.
10 Easy Steps to Burn an ISO Image File
In most cases, you'll need to burn an ISO file to a DVD before you can use it. Here are easy instructions for burning an ISO image to a CD, DVD, or BD disc.
Change the Boot Order in BIOS
Detailed tutorial on how to change the boot order in BIOS. A change to the boot sequence will change the order in which devices are booted from.
How To Fix Xinput1_3.dll Not Found Errors
Xinput1_3.dll Not Found errors usually indicate a DirectX problem. Don't download xinput1_3.dll, fix the problem the right way.
Can Ophcrack Help You Recover Your Passwords?
Ophcrack is simply the best free Windows password recovery software program available. See my full review of Ophcrack LiveCD.
21 Command Prompt Tricks and Hacks
Nearly two dozen Command Prompt tricks and other Command Prompt hacks to help you get the most out of the Command Prompt in Windows 7, 8, Vista, or XP.
What You Need to Know About Windows 8.1 Update
Details on Windows 8.1 Update, including information on downloading Windows 8.1 Update, the changes it made to Windows 8, and lots more.
Forget Your Windows 8 Password? Here's How to...
A complete tutorial on how to reset a Windows 8 password, for free, without using password recovery software or other third-party software.
How to Set Up Automatic Login on Windows 7
Easy instructions on how to make Windows 7 login automatically! Configuring Windows 7 to auto login can substantially speed your PC's total boot time.
I Forgot My Windows 8 Password! What Are My...
No, you are not locked out of your computer forever if you forgot your Windows 8 password. Here are several things you can do to get back in.
How to Reinstall Windows 7 From Scratch
A Windows 7 clean install tutorial with screenshots and full instructions. A clean install of Windows 7 is often the best way to install Windows 7.
Need to Download a Copy of Windows 8? Here's How!
Want to download Windows 8 or 8.1 instead of buying it on disc? Need to download Windows 8.1 or 8 to replace a DVD or ISO? What about for free? I have answers!
See an NTLDR Error? Here's What to Do
There are many reasons that you might see an NTLDR is Missing error message. Here's how to fix the NTLDR is Missing error and other NTLDR errors.
How To Fix a 403 Forbidden Error
The 403 Forbidden error means that whatever resource or webpage you were trying to access is forbidden from being accessed. Here are some things to try.
How to Fix a 404 Not Found Error
The 404 Not Found error, often called Error 404 or an HTTP 404 error, means that the webpage you were trying to load was not found. Here's what to do.
Easily Format a Hard Drive in Windows 7
Detailed tutorial on how to format a hard drive in Windows 7. You must format a hard drive to use it in Windows 7.
The Must Know List of Command Prompts for...
A complete list of the over 280 Command Prompt commands across Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP, including full descriptions of each CMD command.
How To Open Command Prompt in Windows 8 & 8.1
A guide on accessing Command Prompt in Windows 8 & 8.1. You'll need to open a Command Prompt window to execute most commands in Windows 8.
How To Automatically Logon To Windows 8 or 8.1
An easy tutorial on making Windows 8 or 8.1 login automatically. Configuring Windows 8 to auto logon is easy but should only be done in secure environments.
How to Convert Files You Can't Open
Looking for a free file format converter? Here's a list of 100% free file converter programs for video files, audio files, image files, and more.
39 Online Backup Services: Ranked and Reviewed
A list of the best online backup services, updated April 2014. Online backup services back up your files to secure data centers over the Internet.
Latest Windows Service Packs & Updates
Where to download Microsoft Windows updates and service packs, updated April 2014. Download Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 7 SP1, Windows Vista SP2, & more.
How To Find the Administrator Password in...
A list of ways to find the Windows 7 administrator password. An admin password in Windows 7 is the one needed to access some advanced areas in Windows.
How To Open Control Panel in Windows 8 & 8.1
A tutorial on opening Control Panel in Windows 8 & 8.1. Control Panel contains links to most of the tools used to configure various aspects of Windows 8.
Need to Boot From a Disc Instead of Your Hard...
Detailed instructions on how to make your computer boot from a CD, DVD, or BD disc. You may need to boot from a disc to install Windows, run live CDs, etc.
Think You Might Have a Hard Drive Problem? Test...
A list of free hard drive testing software programs. These hard drive test programs will do just that - test your hard drive for problems.
How CCleaner Can Help Clean Your Windows Registry
CCleaner is without a doubt the best free registry cleaner available. See my full review of CCleaner, a free program from Piriform.
How to Open, Edit, & Convert DAT Files
A DAT file might be a video, email, or generic data file. Learn how to open a .DAT file or convert a DAT file to another file format.
How the Command SFC /Scannow Repairs Protected...
The sfc scannow option is the most useful way to run System File Checker. Using sfc with the scannow option will scan and repair important Windows files.
Windows 7 Command Prompt Commands
A complete list of Command Prompt commands in Windows 7. There are over 230 commands, referred to as CMD commands or DOS commands, in Windows 7.
How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7
Disk Management in Windows 7 can be accessed from the Computer Management utility. Follow these steps to open Disk Management in Windows 7.
7 Free PDF Password Remover Tools
A list of the best free PDF password remover tools for Windows, plus free PDF password crackers and recovery programs for both user and owner passwords.
33 Free Video Converter Programs and Online...
A video converter converts one kind of video file to another. Here are several free video converter software programs and online video converters.
Windows 7 Drivers
List of the latest Windows 7 drivers, last updated April 7, 2014. Download Windows 7 audio drivers, sound drivers, printer drivers, and more.
An Easy Guide to Clean Installing Windows 8 or...
A Windows 8 & 8.1 clean install tutorial with detailed instructions and screenshots. A clean install is the best way to install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.
15 Free Remote Access Software Tools
A list of the best free remote desktop programs, sometimes called free remote access or remote control software. Last updated April, 2014.
What's an ISO File?
An ISO file is a single file containing all the data from a CD, DVD, or BD. The ISO file (or ISO image) is a perfect representation of the entire disc.
Windows 8 & 8.1 Drivers
Download the latest Windows 8 & 8.1 drivers for your hardware, updated April 7, 2014. Download Windows 8 sound, video, printer, and other drivers.
How To Tell if You Have Windows 8 64-bit or...
Not sure if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 8? You need to know so you install the correct drivers and software. Here's how to find out.
How To Boot to the Desktop in Windows 8.1
Don't like the Windows 8 Start screen? Make Windows 8 (Windows 8.1 and later) boot directly to the Desktop when your PC starts. Here's how to do it...
How To Force Windows To Restart in Safe Mode
Here's how to force Windows to start in Safe Mode on the next reboot, assuming you can't do so in other ways like from Startup Settings or the F8 menu.
Reset BIOS 3 Ways with This Simple Guide
Three ways to clear the CMOS memory on your motherboard. Clearing CMOS will reset your BIOS settings to their factory default levels.
How To Fix Code 43 Errors
How to solve the Code 43 error in Device Manager. Code 43 errors appear when a device reports general problems to Windows.
How Do I Update Internet Explorer?
It's really simple to update Internet Explorer, which involves either downloading and installing the latest version, or using Windows Update. Here's how.
How To Perform a Startup Repair in Windows 7
A tutorial for completing a Windows 7 Startup Repair. Running a Startup Repair is a good first troubleshooting step if Windows 7 isn't starting properly.
What Is and How To Fix a 503 Service Unavailabl...
The 503 Service Unavailable error means that the web site's server is not available, usually due to maintenance or server overloading.
Important Facts You Should Know about Windows 7
Basic information about Microsoft Windows 7 including editions, service packs, release date, minimum and maximum hardware, and more.
How To Fix Code 10 Errors in Device Manager
How to solve the This device cannot start. (Code 10) error in Device Manager. Code 10 errors are often due to driver issues.
How To Completely Erase a Hard Drive
Easy instructions to completely erase a hard drive. To truly erase hard drive data forever, you may have to do more than format the drive or delete files.
Free Programs to Completely Wipe Data From Hard...
Here are several free data destruction software programs, sometimes called disk wipe software or hard drive eraser software. Last updated April, 2014.
Fix a Common DLL Error with These Easy Tips
D3dx9_43.dll Not Found errors usually indicate a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dx9_43.dll, fix the problem the right way.
BIOS Setup Utility Access Keys for Popular...
List of BIOS access keys for major computer systems from Gateway, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, eMachines, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and more.
How To Make Sure Your Drivers in Windows 7 Are...
You'll need to update drivers in Windows 7 to fix hardware problems or enable new features. Follow these easy steps to update drivers in Windows 7.
Important Reasons NOT to Download DLL Files
DLL download sites sometimes provide easy fixes for DLL problems by allowing single DLL downloads but you should NEVER use them. Here's why...
What is a RAR File?
A RAR file is a Roshal Archive Compressed file. Learn how to open a .RAR file or convert a RAR file to another file format.
What is the Command Prompt in Windows?
Command Prompt is a command line interpreter program available in Windows. Command Prompt is similar in appearance to MS-DOS.
What To Do When Your PC Doesn't Turn On
There are lots of reasons why a computer might not be getting any power. If you turn on your computer and it doesn't power on at all, give this a try...
Need to Test Your RAM? Check Out These 4 Free...
A list of the best free memory test (RAM test) software. Test your memory with a RAM test program to find even tiny problems with your computer memory.
How To Reset Your Microsoft Account Password
How to reset your Microsoft account password. This procedure may reset the password you use to login to Windows 8, Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Skype, and more.
How to Update to Windows 8.1
A screenshot-based tutorial on upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. Updating to Windows 8.1 is free for all users of Windows 8. Here's how to do it...
How To Fix Stopping, Freezing, and Reboot...
A really frustrating problem is when Windows hangs or gets stuck while starting. If Windows starts to load but freezes without an error, give this a try...
How To Find Microsoft Office Product Keys
Instructions on how to find your lost Microsoft Office product key. An Office product key is required to install Microsoft Office 2010, Office 2007, etc.
How To Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates
A detailed tutorial on how to correct problems caused by Windows updates, including security updates pushed by Microsoft on Patch Tuesday.
Review: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder v2.0.9.8 is one of the easiest, most effective and least expensive (it's FREE) key finder programs available.
What is My Default Gateway IP Address?
The default gateway IP address is usually the IP address configured for your router. Learn how to find the default gateway in Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP.
How Do I Update Drivers in Windows?
Links to detailed instructions on how to update drivers in Windows, specific to your particular version of Windows.
How To Fix Code 31 Errors
How to solve the Code 31 error in Device Manager. Code 31 errors are usually caused by problems that prevent Windows from loading a driver.
What is a MOBI File?
A MOBI file is a Mobipocket eBook file. Learn how to open a .MOBI file or convert a MOBI file to another file format.
Advanced Boot Options
The Advanced Boot Options menu is a menu of advanced Windows startup and troubleshooting modes, including Safe Mode.
504 Gateway Timeout Error
A 504 Gateway Timeout error, also called an HTTP 504 error, means that one server didn't receive a response from another quickly enough so it timed out.
What to Do When Your Computer Shuts Off During...
A hardware issue or short is a likely cause of these types of issues. If you turn on your computer and it promptly turns itself off, give this a try...
The Mystery of the Codes on the Blue Screen of...
A complete list of Windows STOP codes, often called Blue Screen error codes. STOP codes display on STOP error screens - the Blue Screens of Death (BSOD).
How Do I Perform a Windows Startup Repair?
A Startup Repair or repair install is an easy fix for some Windows problems. These repairs replace damaged or missing Windows files. Here's how to do it.
How To Rebuild the BCD in Windows
A tutorial on rebuilding the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. The bootrec command is used to rebuild the BCD.
Net Use
The net use command is used to manage shared resources. Learn more about the net use command and see several net use command examples.
How to Fix 0x7B Blue Screen of Death Errors
How to fix the STOP 0x0000007B code (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE) on a Blue Screen of Death. These are usually driver, virus, or hardware issues.
All The Microsoft Office Service Packs
Where to download the latest Microsoft Office service packs, updated April 2014. Download Office 2013 SP1, Office 2010 SP2, Office 2007 SP3, etc.
Windows Update
Windows Update is the service used to download and install updates to Windows, as well as to device drivers and other Microsoft software.
How To Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 7
A tutorial on how to partition a hard drive in Windows 7. You have to partition a hard drive before you can format, and eventually use, it in Windows 7.
List of Executable File Extensions
A list of executable file extensions. Files with any of these file extensions might be able to execute a task automatically.
How To Use System Restore in Windows 7
Detailed instructions on using System Restore in Windows 7 to undo recent driver, registry, and other important changes.
How To Open Registry Editor
Easy instructions on how to open Registry Editor, the program included in Windows that's used to make changes to the registry.
Find Out How Fast Your Internet Is With These...
A list of free Internet speed test sites, updated April 2014. An Internet speed test, or broadband speed test, tests your available bandwidth.
Tools to Help Crack Passwords in Windows, PDFs...
A list of free password cracker programs. These freeware password crackers will crack Windows passwords, PDF passwords, Word passwords, and more.
How To Fix DLL Errors
The only way to permanently fix DLL errors is by fixing the underlying cause of the issue, not by downloading DLL files. Here's how to do it.
How To Format C
Here are 5 ways to format C drive. To format C means to format the drive that the operating system is on, which is usually the C drive.
How To Recover Passwords Using Ophcrack LiveCD
A complete tutorial with screenshots on using Ophcrack LiveCD v3.4.0 (Ophcrack 3.4.0) to crack a Windows password.
How To Restore Deleted Files From the Recycle Bin
Need to get a file back from the Recycle Bin? Restore Recycle Bin deleted files easily with these steps.
What are the Advanced Startup Menu Options and...
The Advanced Startup Options menu contains diagnostic & repair tools for Windows 8 like Command Prompt, System Restore, Automatic Repair, and more.
How To Update Drivers in Windows 8 or 8.1
A complete tutorial on how to update drivers in Windows 8 or 8.1. You might update Windows 8 drivers to fix a hardware problem, enable a new feature, etc.
7 Ways To Find Lost Windows Passwords
Lost your Windows password? Here are several ways to find your lost Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP password.
What is a TGZ File?
A TGZ file is a GZIP Compressed Tar Archive file. Learn how to open a .TGZ file or convert a TGZ file to another file format.
How To Perform a Windows XP Repair Install...
A tutorial on how to repair Windows XP by completing a Repair Install. Repairing Windows XP this way will fix damaged files but will keep other data.
How To Remove Your Windows 7 Password
If security isn't a concern, you can remove (delete) your Windows 7 password, allowing unrestricted access to your Windows 7 computer. Here's how.
Operating System
An operating system (OS) is software that manages software and hardware in a computer. Some operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.
How To Change Your Windows 7 Password
Easy instructions on how to change your Windows 7 password. You should change your Windows 7 password on a regular basis to help keep it secure.
What is a CBR File?
A CBR file is a CDisplay RAR Archived Comic Book file. Learn how to open a .CBR file or convert a CBR file to another file format.
Where Can I Download Windows XP?
There are many places to download Windows XP if you've lost your original disc. However, few if any Windows XP download sources are likely to be legal.
Product Key
A product key is an alphanumeric code required by many software programs during installation. Unique product keys help prevent software piracy.
Windows 8
Basic information about Microsoft Windows 8 including release date, available editions, the Windows 8.1 update, minimum hardware requirements, and more.
Are You Getting a Msvcr80.dll Eror? Here's What...
A fix-it guide for msvcr80.dll is missing and similar errors in iTunes and other programs. Don't download msvcr80.dll, fix the problem the right way.
Linksys WRT54G Default Password
Find the Linksys WRT54G default password, default username, and default IP address here, plus more help with your Linksys WRT54G router.
How To Change Windows Update Settings in...
Instructions on how to change Windows Update settings in Windows 8 & 8.1, which control automatic updating, your computer's maintenance window, and more.
How To Fix Code 19 Errors
How to solve the Code 19 error in Device Manager. Code 19 errors are usually caused by registry issues.
4 Free Audio Converter Software Programs
A list of the best completely free audio converter software programs. Free audio converter programs allow you to convert one kind of audio file into another.
How To Fix D3dcompiler_43.dll Not Found or...
D3dcompiler_43.dll Not Found errors usually indicate a DirectX problem. Don't download d3dcompiler_43.dll, fix the problem the right way.
How Do I Clear My Browser's Cache?
Tutorials on how to clear the browser cache in Firefox, IE, Chrome, and Safari. To clear the cache means to remove copies of web pages stored by the browser.
Windows Registry
The Windows Registry is where nearly all configuration settings are stored in Windows. The Windows Registry is accessed with the Registry Editor tool.
Hardware (Computer Hardware)
Hardware refers to the physical parts of a computer system. Some basic computer hardware includes the motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive, etc.
How To Delete the UpperFilters and LowerFilters...
Detailed instructions on deleting the UpperFilters and LowerFilters values in the Windows Registry, a solution to many Device Manager error codes.
Windows 8 Command Prompt Commands
A complete list of Command Prompt commands in Windows 8. Around 230 CMD commands exist in Windows 8, often incorrectly referred to as DOS commands.
Review: Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is a Windows password reset/remover tool that works nearly 100% of the time. See my complete review of ONTP&RE.
How To Fix Code 28 Errors
How to solve the Code 28 error in Device Manager. Code 28 errors are most often caused by missing drivers.
How To Tell if You Have Windows XP 64-bit or...
Here's how to figure out if you're running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows XP. You need to know so you install the right drivers and software.
How To Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7
Detailed instructions on configuring Windows 7 to show hidden files and hidden folders. Neither are visible by default in Windows 7.
How To Fix Missing Hal.dll Errors in Windows XP
Missing hal.dll errors can be caused by boot.ini or hal.dll issues. Learn how to fix any missing or corrupt system32\hal.dll error.
15 Windows 7 Gadgets for System Monitoring
Windows 7 gadgets can do more than show the weather or news. These gadgets for Windows 7 can track RAM usage, wireless strength, and much more.
How Do I Perform a Clean Install of Windows?
A Windows clean install is useful for fixing serious Windows problems. A clean install will erase everything from your computer. Here's how to do it.
How To Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc
Instructions on creating a Windows 7 System Repair Disc, a bootable disc that will give you access to Windows 7's System Recovery Options.
How To Open Disk Management From the Command...
Disk Management can be opened from Control Panel but it takes several clicks to get there. Try opening Disk Management via its command for a quicker start.

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