If you’re shooting with all of your camera’s settings on automatic, you’re missing out. Your ISO setting—among others—can drastically improve your shots when used properly. This video guide from TechQuickie explains what you need to know.
Windows 10 is finally here, and your computer will automatically prompt you to upgrade. But if you’d rather start fresh, you can do a clean install—you just need to follow a few steps in the right order.
If you don't have your Windows 7 disc handy—but want to create a custom installation, run Windows from a USB drive, or just do a fresh install—you'll need an ISO file of the disc. You used to be able to download them from Digital River's servers, but those links no longer work. Now, Microsoft has a Software Recovery…
Android (Rooted): Whether you're troubleshooting a problematic PC or you just prefer working in your own OS with your own tools, keeping a Linux boot CD or USB key is a great way to take a customized system with you anywhere you go. With DriveDroid, you don't need to bother with media, and can use the gadget you…
There's a kind of two-step process to installing Ubuntu Linux on a system: running through the actual installation, then booting into the desktop and waiting for a huge load of updates to download. Use a Minimal image instead, and you'll install directly from up-to-date repositories.
Windows: Can't decide whether you should commit your spare thumb drive to Windows recovery, Ubuntu, or some other live-booting OS? Run MultiBootISOs on your USB drive, and you won't have to choose—you'll just choose between them at start-up.
Windows: Ever end up with a really weird disc image (MDF? PDI? B6I?) and no clue how to get at it? ISOBuddy is there for you. It burns or converts nearly any image file—even the Mac-specific DMG.
Ubuntu: Want to try out the latest build of the next Ubuntu release with almost no hassle at all? TestDrive is a one-shot tool that downloads, virtualizes, and keeps daily Ubuntu builds up to date.
If you're trying to install Windows 7 on a netbook (or are having issues with your PC's optical drive), the free USB Download Tool from Microsoft allows you to take a .ISO image and turn it into a bootable flash drive.
Windows/Mac/Linux: For the first few days after a new Linux release, grabbing an install image can be tough going. Not so if you've already got an alpha, beta, or RC copy—use zsync to grab the necessary updated bits.
A friend of mine, and many commenters here and elsewhere, had issues receiving, downloading, or simply executing the $30 "student" Windows 7 upgrade. Microsoft has admitted some issues, and now offers tools for getting your upgrade done.
Windows only: The final RTM release of Windows 7 should be released later this month, and blogger and developer Long Zheng has created a small application designed to verify that your download is the real thing.
Virtual machines can seem juuuuust a bit too geeky for most otherwise computer-friendly people. That's sad, because it's an easy, free way to try another operating system, or use those one or two apps you can't get on yours. And you can do it all separate from your current setup.
Good news for Windows users looking to burn a quick ISO disk image to a CD or DVD: Windows 7 supports dead simple burning of ISOs.
All platforms: If you're experiencing frequent errors and crashes on your computer, a bad stick of RAM is often the culprit. Free diagnostic boot CD Memtest86+ checks system memory for errors without pressing a key.
Update: Due to high demand, Microsoft pulls the download. Ladies and gents, start your (2.5 million) downloads. The official Windows 7 Beta is ready for download at Microsoft's TechNet site.
Most anyone using Ubuntu Linux has to install Adobe Flash, Java, DVD playback, and other plug-ins to actually enjoy it. Super Ubuntu packs all that essential in from the get-go.
Click to viewThe proliferation of thumb drives and external hard drives has made optical media like DVDs seem a little less handy—but there are still plenty of ways to put DVDs to good use. These shiny, multi-gigabyte discs can run entire operating systems, put movies on your computer and vice-versa, host a robust…
Windows only: You don't have a single .iso file to open, you have a pile you need to go through. ISODisk will help you cut through the pile and find the files you're looking for. ISODisk is a free application which allows you to mount a disk image and browse it like a regular drive. ISODisk won't mount other disk…
Windows only: Create ISO-format disk images quickly and easily with Free ISO Creator. After downloading and installing the software, all you have to do is click Add File(s) or Add Folder to choose the data you want included in the image, select a name and location for the ISO file with "Save ISO As..." and click…