Lincoln SpectorContributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.

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2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates

Windows 10 auto updates whether you want it to or not…you can stop that behavior, as long as you know the trick.

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When your computer reboots itself over and over again

Something is rotten in the state of your Windows PC. Here's how to deal with a computer that keeps rebooting.

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Your PC boots, gets to the Windows desktop, then freezes. Now what?

It might take some sleuthing to find out what's freezing up your computer, but these tips will help.

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What to do when your laptop's touchpad stops working

The touchpad built into your laptop no longer responds to your fingers. Here's what to do about it.

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Convert text to image, and image to text

Arcticsid asked about turning text into a .jpg. We'll also explain converting an image back into text.

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What's in the hidden Windows AppData Folder, and how to find it if you need it

You know about Documents and other libraries. But some important data files are stored in the difficult-to-access AppData folder. Here's what you need to know.

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If you forgot your Windows admin password, try this

That Windows admin password is pretty important. If you lose track of it, though, all is not lost. You just have to wiggle in through the virtual back door.

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Speed up Windows 10 for free: Tips for a faster PC

Give your Windows PC a free performance boost with these 9 tips.

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How to get out of Windows Safe Mode

Safe Mode is a useful tool, but it's meant to be temporary. If your Windows computer is stuck in Safe Mode, these instructions will help get it out.

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How to change your email address without losing your friends

Change your email address with minimal fuss by following these steps, from phasing out your old account to protecting your new one.

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How to boot into Windows 10's Safe Mode

Sometimes you have to boot your computer into Windows' stripped-down Safe Mode. But with Windows 10, that gets complicated.

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How to stream media from your PC to your HDTV over Wi-Fi

Do you want to stream TV and movies from your PC to your TV? Here's our PC-to-TV media streaming guide. 

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If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

What's it gonna take? These free backup tools are a good start.

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How to create and restore an image backup in Windows 10

Windows 10's image backup can protect your Windows configuration. Learn how to make one of your entire drive. And, should disaster strike, learn how to restore Windows from that backup.

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3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

It really doesn't take much to set up a solid backup protocol for your PC. Here are the basics, with pointers to more details.