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Top 10 Windows XP Tips

This column features a collection of the most useful tips that we have come across since Windows XP was first released. We hope that you find something here that will allow you to improve your computing experiences. Be aware that many of these tips w...

Remote Assistance with Win XP

Remote Assistance is a feature found in both the Home and Professional versions of Windows XP. Designed for when you may have a problem you can’t solve, the feature lets you enable someone else — such as a colleague or IT support person — to assist. ...

Getting that game to play in Windows XP Home

One of the most common questions that I receive as a “guy who knows something about computers” is how to get a game to run better in Windows. With the many thousands of old and new games out there, it can be difficult to provide a simple solution to ...

Setting up dual monitors using Windows XP Home

Are you a power user who is always burdened with a cluttered desktop? So many programs open that they consume the entire task bar. You switch back and forth between windows so often you get dizzy. If this sounds like you, then perhaps you should cons...

Windows XP add ons: Windows Media Bonus Pack

Last time we looked at the ever-popular collection of PowerToys that Microsoft released for Windows XP. Now we take a look at another Windows XP add-on, the Windows Media Bonus Pack. There are some fantastic goodies in this pack, which all multimedia...

Power up your Power Toys using Windows XP

If you’ve already heard of Micro­soft’s Power Toys, chances are that you have installed them on your Windows XP machine. For the uninitiated, Power Toys add fantastic functionality to Windows. Many users feel that the Power Toys features should come ...

Metrowerks CodeWarrior 8

Metrowerks latest release of its acclaimed CodeWarrior Develop­­ment Tools provides enhance­ments to the C/C++/Java programming environment.

Customising the My Docs folder in Windows XP

One aspect where Windows XP Home excels is its enhanced multimedia features. Installing cameras and scanners is a breeze, Windows Media Player is superb, and the customisable My Documents folder allows you to organise and view all your multimedia fil...

Home networking with Windows XP

Windows XP Home makes it simple to connect your computers and share a single Internet connection between them all. We walk you through the steps required to set up a home network.

Microsoft Office 11 Beta

In the next instalment of Micro­soft’s Office suite, the major improvements are led by a tighter integration of XML technology. Creating and working with XML documents is far superior than in Office XP, which is a fair indication of how important XML...

Windows XP Home: Service Pack 1

It has been over a year since Win­dows XP launched, and Microsoft has recently released its Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the operating system. In this column we will highlight the important updates in SP1 and step you through the installation process.

Microsoft Windows .NET Server 2003, RC1

Windows .NET Server 2003 is almost here and many IT depart­ments will be debating whether or not to upgrade their systems. There will be four main editions (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web), and although the naming scheme is a little confus...

XP HOME: System Restore saves the day

Microsoft heralds Windows XP as its most reliable operating system. However, that does not mean it is totally immune from crashes and system conflicts. We review the System Restore utility and explain what you can do to restore your system to a worki...

XP HOME: Using hardware profiles

Hardware profiles were introduced with Windows 95 to improve the way Windows worked on notebook computers. Most notebooks are used in a variety of locations, and hardware profiles allow you to change which devices your computer uses when you move fro...

XP HOME: Enhance with Plus!

Sporting the label "The Ultimate Companion for Windows XP Home Edition and Professional", Plus! for Windows XP is a multimedia compendium that will enhance your system. This month, we'll explore what Plus! has to offer as well as make some suggestion...

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

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Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

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Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

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