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Ways to free up hard disk space on Windows For years, hard disks got bigger and bigger, and operating systems and applications grew larger, taking advantage of the increased disk space by adding new features. Then, hard disks were replaced by SSDs with much lower capacities and suddenly space became an issue again. If you have an SSD that’s… Read more... Switching between Windows PC and Mac: tips and tricks If you use both a Mac and a PC, perhaps Windows at work and a Mac at home, you’ll know that while they do similar things and in many cases run the same applications, there are lots of differences between the two. Switching between Mac and PC can be frustrating,… Read more... Photo software for Mac: 7 apps for your photographer’s toolkit Whether you make a living as a photographer or just capture moments as a hobby, you know photography gear is to be taken seriously. And by gear we mean not only lenses and tripods, but also software tools. Editing, watermarking, resizing, organizing — this toolkit of photography software for Mac… Read more... How to fix Windows 10 slow boot When you buy a brand new Windows 10 PC, it starts up smoothly and quickly, allowing you to get on and do what you need to do. However, over time it takes longer and longer to boot until eventually the frustration waiting for it to be ready to use drives… Read more... How to revive an old PC It happens to us all. You buy a brand new PC and it runs like a dream. Web pages download in a snap, games play smoothly and on the rare occasions you need to reboot your PC is does it speedily and without fuss. Then, gradually, as the months pass… Read more... How to delete temporary files in Windows 10 If you spend any time researching how to free up space on a Windows PC, one piece of advice you’ll see again and again is to delete temporary files. That sounds very sensible. But what are temporary files? Where are they stored? And if they’re temporary, why are they still… Read more... Shutdown, sleep, or hibernate: what's the best for your PC? When you’ve finished working with PC and no longer need to use it, you have three options. You can choose Sleep or Hibernate mode, or you can shut it down completely. Each option is a trade-off between saving power, and therefore battery life, and convenience. Sleep vs Hibernate vs Shut… Read more... How to remove browser extensions (in Chrome, Firefox and other browsers) No matter which browser you use to surf the web, there are dozens, and in some cases, hundreds of extensions available to add new features and make surfing the web more convenient and more productive, or maybe just more fun. However, for all the extra convenience they add, browser extensions… Read more... 10 common Windows 10 problems and how to fix them If you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you’ll know that it’s a big improvement on its predecessors and has some great features. However, like every other operating system, it’s not perfect and you will sometimes run into problems. Fortunately, very few PC problems are without a solution. Here are 10 of… Read more... How to use Windows Task Manager Task Manager in Windows 10 is an application that allows you to keep track of running applications, processes, and services. It also allows you to see what pressure is being put on your PC’s CPU, and how much RAM is being used. You can also use it to quit misbehaving… Read more...

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