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Ask LH: Can I Reinstall Windows With Discs From A Different Machine?

Hey Lifehacker, I have an old Lenovo laptop and an old Toshiba laptop. I need to do a full restore of the laptop that’s still working better. Is it OK to use, say, the Lenovo install discs on a Toshiba laptop?


Air Drive Mounts Your Android Device Wirelessly As A Drive Letter

Android and Windows: Transferring files to an Android device is a pain. Air Drive lets you wirelessly mount your Android file system as a drive letter in Windows Explorer.


The Equaliser Desktop

Flickr user Elizabeth has a great-looking desktop that puts her music front and centre. Plus, it’s really easy to set up. Here’s how she did it.


Windows Server 2003 Is Still A Massive Target For Hackers

Windows Server 2003 reaches the end of its useful life on July 14 this year, with no more patches after that date. If you assumed that such a (relatively) ancient operating system doesn’t require much updating, think again.


Microsoft Now Lets You Download Windows 7 ISOs With A Valid Licence

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 a site called Digital River, but those links no longer work. Now Microsoft has a Software Recovery Center where you can download those ISOs for free.


The Other Superfish-Like Malware You Should Check Your PC For

Last week, the internet erupted in anger after discovering Lenovo has been bundling Superfish, a horribly insecure piece of adware, on new machines. Superfish isn’t the only program of its type out there, though. Here are a few others you should check your PC for.


How To Ditch Dropbox And Sync Files With BitTorrent Sync

Dropbox (and similar cloud services) are awesome, but they don’t give you that much control, security or privacy over your files. If you want to take control into your own hands without losing the features of cloud syncing services, BitTorrent Sync is the service for you. Here’s how to use it.


How To Test Your PC For The New 'Superfish' Security Vulnerability

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a piece of adware called Superfish that makes your computer vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Superfish ships preloaded on many Lenovo computers, but can also be installed on any machine. Here’s what’s going on and how to test if you’re infected


Windows XP Still Refuses To Die

Melbourne Airport is introducing 28 shiny new kiosks that can be used for automatic check-in by international airlines. And what operating system are they running? Windows XP, which was officially killed off last April.


The Best Chromecast Apps (2015 Edition)

Google shook up the home theatre market with its Chromecast device. Ever since it enabled developer access, the app market has been flooded with Google Cast support. Here are the most useful Chromecast apps.