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Nioh Beginner Guide: Tips, Tricks, and Rules to Live By
     Thu, Feb 23 2017 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Derek gives us a comprehensive list of tips, tricks, and rules to live by for Nioh in our beginner's guide."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Mastering Gmail Search
     Fri, Feb 03 2017 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Gmail debuted 12 years ago it made a shift in how we thought about email. Instead of deleting, the idea of archiving messages indefinitely became plausible. This has been helped by good UX and powerful search capabilities. Gmail search is also speedy which makes it practical. Here I'll cover a few of my favorite and most useful Gmail search operators.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Getting Started with Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts
     Sat, Jan 28 2017 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Keyboard shortcuts can be found in virtually every modern operating system, app and service. They may only shave off a second or two at a time but trust me, the savings can quickly add up when used on a regular basis. Such is the case with Gmail, one of the world’s most popular e-mail clients.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

How to Remotely Sign Out of Gmail on Multiple Devices
     Sun, Jan 22 2017 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Gmail has a remote log out feature that's quite handy in situations where your account could be exposed to prying eyes, allowing you to end all active sessions from any computer or mobile phone. Some of you might not be familiar with it but it sits right there at the bottom of your inbox and is just a single click away.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Standing Desk Starter Guide
     Wed, Jan 18 2017 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It can be easy to talk yourself out of standing at a computer desk. Besides parting with your favorite chair, the price of most adjustable models can discourage many. Read on for a practical outlook on what you can expect from your first standing desk, whether you're building something yourself or having one shipped to your door.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Tech Report System Guide
     Wed, Jan 04 2017 | 4:16P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this pre-CES edition of The Tech Report System Guide, we account for new products and price cuts in the entry-level graphics card market. We also examine the impact of Samsung's 960-series SSDs on the high-end storage market.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Quick Guide: Upgrading Xbox One Internal Storage
     Tue, Dec 20 2016 | 12:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Want to upgrade the internal hard drive for your Xbox One console? Check out our guide for instructions to do exactly that."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

 
what to buy for your favorite techie
     Sun, Dec 04 2016 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The TR staff knows just how hard it can be to find the right gift to please the nerd in your life, so we've compiled a list of the items we've used and enjoyed over the past year. If you're stuck on what to buy for your favorite techie this holiday season, maybe we can help.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Hot Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Tablets,
     Mon, Nov 21 2016 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Season's greetings; it's that time of year again, when we here at Hot Hardware assemble our holiday gift guides for your browsing and shopping pleasure. There was an embarrassment of riches this year, as the industry continued to innovate and come up with interesting new designs based on the latest, greatest technologies. Those of us buying computer hardware demand more and faster from every iteration, and many OEMs usually manage to deliver. Some don't, but you won't see them on this list. This list is a collection of some of the best hardware for gifting in four top categories -- 2-in-1 convertible, laptops, smartphones, and desktops -- that we think are well worth the money, whether the purchase is for yourself or someone else...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Titanfall 2 Graphics Performance Tweak Guide
     Sat, Nov 19 2016 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We show you the graphics options available in Titanfall 2 and how they affect gaming image quality and performance."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Exploring NVIDIA's GeForce Experience 3.0, A Beginner's Guide
     Fri, Oct 28 2016 | 11:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whether you’re just getting into PC gaming, or are a seasoned DIY PC gamer with dozens of monster builds under your belt, NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience can be a useful all-in-one tool for taking the drudgery out of fine tuning and expanding your PC gaming experience. Want to optimize all those settings in Gears of War 4 with the ideal configuration for your PC, capture and share your best Overwatch POTG, or manage driver updates with notifications and automatic downloads? NVIDIA's GeForce Experience 3.0 software suite does all of this and more...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Productivity Tip: Supercharge your clipboard
     Sat, Aug 20 2016 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The clipboard has evolved significantly throughout the years, but for all its usefulness, operating systems like Windows and macOS seem content with offering basic functionality and letting power users with more specific needs use third party clipboard managers. Here are our favorite options in a few distinct categories for both desktop and mobile.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

BIOS Optimization Guide.
     Mon, Aug 15 2016 | 3:57P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The AGP ISA Aliasing BIOS feature allows you to determine if the system controller will perform ISA aliasing to prevent conflicts between ISA devices..."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Delete the Windows.old Folder and Save Space (Again)
     Sat, Aug 13 2016 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To keep on the safe side, Microsoft's install setup saves a full copy of your current Windows installation (that's the Windows.old directory right there), and while this will come handy in case something goes wrong or you need to revert back, it will also occupy several gigabytes of precious storage.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

A Quick Guide To Customizing Your Windows Desktop Experience
     Thu, Aug 11 2016 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are like me, the Aero themes under the Personalize menu in Windows 7 and Windows 10's minimalist design language are just not enough to give your PC a unique look. You want more than a new wallpaper, some icons, and simple color changes. There are utilities out there, both free and commercial, that will give you a custom desktop far beyond anything you can get from the Windows theme presets. You can go with the out of the box look, or customize things on your own with a little fiddling...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Speed up Your Computer with ReadyBoost
     Sat, Aug 06 2016 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ReadyBoost has been around since the days of Windows Vista. It is a little known Windows feature that can use external USB flash drives (or SD cards or CF cards), as a hard disk cache to speed up disk read performance. As we will explore in this article, there are times when ReadyBoost can be used as an effective tool …
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
Jul 27 | Motherboards
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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  12. Cloning WindowsXP
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  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
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  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
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  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
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  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
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  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
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  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
  81. Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
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