Windows had some great apps and how-tos in 2011, not to mention our first preview of Windows 8 and all the fun that comes along with a public beta. Here's our look at Lifehacker's most popular Windows downloads, how-tos, and other posts from the past year.
If you're trying to break into a Windows computer-whether you've forgotten your password or are hatching an evil plan-you have quite a few options. More »
If you have two or more computers at one desk, you don't want two or more sets of keyboards and mice cluttering up your workspace, too. You can buy a hardware gadget that lets you share a single keyboard and mouse with several computers (which involves a mess of tangled wires), or you could use a... More »
Whether it comes bundled with your computer, bundled with other software, or is just the go-to program for a specific task, the Windows ecosystem is rife with oft-used, yet craptastic software. More »
Video content is readily available online for you to download, but the download process isn't always as simple and automated clicking a button on a TiVO or DVR. More »
The command line can be quite powerful, but typing in long commands and file paths gets tedious pretty quickly. Here are some shortcuts that will have you running long, tedious, or complex commands with just a few keystrokes.
Image remixed from an original by xkcd.
Power users love the command line... More »
Whether you've just reinstalled Windows or you need to fill some holes on your software collection, we've got everything you need in our annual Lifehacker Pack. More »
Claudia is a Fringe fan, but she's also a fan of being able to see a ton of important information at a single glance on her desktop. She combined her two loves into this fun and informative HUD for her Windows 7 desktop using Rainmeter. More »
If there's one thing everyone dreads, it's rebooting their computer. It may only take a minute or two, but it can seem like forever. Here are our top 10 tweaks that'll make your computer boot a little faster. More »
Firefox 4 has a lot going for it, but many of you (and us) mentioned that its UI has a few quirks that are a little annoying. Here's how to fix some of the worst offenders. More »
If you're out of the house a lot but still want access to files on your home computer, one of the best ways to solve that problem involves setting up your computer as a remotely accessible home media server. More »
Your Windows system tray and Mac OS X menubar have become prime real estate for highly functional micro-applications that provide easy access to information, settings, and tasks. More »
The Windows 8 developer preview is out for all to try, but installing it over your main Windows setup is a scary (and unrealistic) prospect. Here's how to dual boot Windows 8 with your current Windows 7 installation so you can run them both side by side. More »
Internet Explorer 9 has officially launched as the latest and greatest browser from Microsoft. IE9 introduces a new streamlined interface, improved performance, Windows 7 integration, and more. More »
Windows 7: If you're looking for an attractive visual style for your Windows 7 desktop, Elune is simple glassy theme by deviantART user minhtrimatrix that'll give your computer a relaxing, natural feel. More »
More and more, the fragments of your life exist as particles on a disk mounted inside your computer -- disks susceptible to temperature changes, power surges, fire, theft, static, and just plain wear and tear. More »
Whether your goal is to make your desktop look beautiful or you want an information-rich desktop that provides constant track of your system status, RSS feeds, and other info, Rainmeter is the best tool for the job. More »
Dear Lifehacker,Some of my computers (like my Mac) are always warning me about disconnecting flash drives without ejecting, while Windows doesn't seem to have a problem-in fact, my external USB drive doesn't even have an eject option. More »
Whether you're a die-hard Windows fan or simply a Mac user required to occasionally use Windows, it's hard to argue against the fact that Mac OS X has some killer features. More »
There you have it. Windows has had a pretty good year, and while a lot of the above posts apply to Mac and Linux too, Windows isn't without its own unique apps and tricks. Whether your favourite post made the list or not, lets hear about the Windows downloads and how-tos you enjoyed this year in the comments.