Make E-mail Easier With Thunderbird

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YOU’LL NEED THIS PC LOVERS ARE SPOILED for choice when it comes to email clients, so it’s strange that so many just stick with the programs that come bundled with their OS. Read our Make E-mail Easier With Thunderbird. THUNDERBIRD The latest version (115.0) is compatible with Windows 7 onwards and most versions of Linux, provided … Read more

Scribus vs Affinity Publisher

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FIRST, let’s address the elephant in the room. There is one app that has come to dominate the world of desktop publishing, and that is Adobe InDesign. If you’re working for a company that uses InDesign, there’s no point having anything else. The same goes for QuarkXPress, the former leading light in the industry that … Read more

Store Your Files Online For FREE

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YOU’LL NEED THIS MEGA ACCOUNT New Zealand-based cloud storage provider with generous 20GB free limit. Read our Store Your Files Online For FREE. APPLE HAS JUST HIKED THE PRICE OF ICLOUD+. The online storage service, which helps sync your iPhone and iPad with Windows, is still free if you use 5GB or less, but beyond … Read more



ENSURE YOUR PC REMAINS IN TIP-TOP SHAPE AND FIGHTING CONDITION WITH THE HELP OF NICK PEERS. Read our PC SERVICE and TUNE-UP GUIDE. All mechanical products require maintenance to keep them running. You get your truck or car serviced at regular intervals to ensure that failing parts are spotted and replaced, while tuning the engine … Read more

Start 11 vs StartAllBack

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The Windows 11 Taskbar and Start menu have been, shall we say, a little divisive. There hasn’t been a storm of complaint like this since the last time Microsoft tried to shake up the way we interact with our computer’s operating system, and while Windows 11 doesn’t make changes to the extent Windows 8 did, … Read more

FixWin 11.1 Review

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You can fix many problems with Windows by tweaking the registry or running special commands, but unless you know what you’re doing, you could further mess up your PC. FixWin provides one-click repairs for dozens of common issues and annoyances, in an attractive, easy-to-understand interface, and it works with both Windows 10 and 11. Read … Read more

HOW TO… Reinstall Windows using your Android phone


by Nik Rawlinson What you need: Android phone; Ventoy app; OTG cable; USB stick or external hard drive Time required: One hour We’ve always recommended preparing a USB-based emergency toolkit, from which you can boot and reinstall Windows if your PC suffers a serious corruption. This isn’t an alternative to maintaining regular backups, but a supplement: reinstalling … Read more

Run 200 Free Tools From One USB Stick

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What you need: NirLauncher 1.30; a USB flash drive with 128MB or more space Time required: 20 minutes It’s no secret that we at Computeractive love NirSoft’s excellent free tools. Indeed, the developer produces so many great little programs that it’s difficult to single out which ones we like best. Luckily, you can download the whole … Read more

Opera One Review

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WEB BROWSER Opera One What you need: Windows 10 or 11, macOS or Linux Opera was the first browser to include tabs, pop-up blocking, an integrated search box and a built-in VPN, yet despite its innovations it remains relatively unsung (pardon the pun). Its latest incarnation, Opera One, has been “reimagined and rebuilt from … Read more