PC World's Top 10 How-To Videos

Chris Manners, PC World
PC World
Wednesday, December 2, 2009; 1:18 AM

How-to videos have long been a staple of PC World's small screen offerings, providing tips, tricks and techniques to help our viewers master (or manhandle) their tech challenges. After you've watched one of our top 10 videos, hit the back button on your browser to come back to this page if you'd like to view more of our cinematic masterpieces.

Sometimes simply deleting files isn't good enough. In this how-to video segment, PC World explains a number of simple techniques for permanently and securely removing sensitive data from old drives before recycling or disposing of them.

Senior Editor Robert Strohmeyer walks you through the steps needed to install Ubuntu--a popular Linux distribution and Windows competitor--on a PC. This fast, simple operating system runs well on limited system resources, boots quickly, and is very easy to operate.

If you've ever shopped for a laptop, you know that size is only one of the factors that you have to consider. You should also examine everything from performance and storage options to keyboard quality. Consumer affairs correspondent Amber Bouman can help you find a laptop to suit your needs.

Microsoft begged us all to host Windows 7 launch parties to celebrate the intro of its newest operating system. Senior Editor Robert Strohmeyer used the idea as a springboard to a visual how-to on installing Windows 7--with cake!

If you're tired of Windows Vista's sluggish performance, follow these tips and techniques to speed up your operating system's responsiveness.

Ever dropped a cellphone in the sink, or your iPod in a swimming pool? PC World takes you through a few simple steps you can take to try to resuscitate soaked gadgets.

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