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The HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED error happens when using a Virtual Machine to run Windows 8 inside of Windows 7. Only certain apps are capable of doing this.

Updating Firmware and Why It’s Important

Updating firmware ensures that your hardware, such as a router or iPhone, is always updated to the latest version. This fixes bugs and improves security.

Overheating is a big problem in PC desktops and laptops. Here are some warning signs that your PC may be overheating, and several solutions.

Use the Task Manager in Windows 7

The Task Manager (found by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc) is where you manage applications and processes and check on CPU and memory usage. Learn more here.

Windows 8 Drivers: Problems and Solutions

Many users are experiencing problems with Windows 8 drivers. Here are several solutions for getting your hardware running in Windows 8.

Some people have experienced an issue with the Windows 8 clock being set incorrectly, even after manually editing the time. The problem seems to be with the Internet Time Settings and the server that is used. This article explains how to rectify the problem.

You’re not always going to want to run Windows 8 apps full screen. Here’s how to show two Windows 8 apps side by side on the screen at once, so you can run Skype and Chrome at the same time, for example.

Unboxing the Microsoft Surface with Windows 8

The Microsoft Surface was announced today along with Windows 8 and we had one on pre order. Check out the unboxing of the Microsoft Surface here!

Windows 8 has a high learning curve compared to Windows operating systems of the past. We’ve got a series of guides to get you up to speed.

If you’d like to change the screensaver or adjust the wallpapers in Windows 8, here’s how to do that. You can have a different wallpaper for the Start Screen and the Desktop.

Manage Windows 8 Power Settings

Power settings control how much energy your laptop uses, how long until it goes into sleep mode, and what the power buttons do. Find out where this functionality is in Windows 8.

Run the Disk Cleanup utility in Windows 8 to clear away temporary files and empty the Recycle Bin, all in one step. Here’s how to perform that task.

Turn a Bookmark into a Windows 8 Tile

Pinning sites to the Start Screen with Internet Explorer is a good way to find your favorite websites quickly. It’s also a good way to fill the screen with useful tiles.

It’s important to defragment your hard drive regularly to improve access times and save space. Here’s how to find the defragmenter utility in Windows 8.

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