The Best How-To Geek Articles for October 2011


October has been full of geeky goodness here at HTG where we covered topics such as anonymizing and encrypting your BitTorrent traffic, installing Android on your HP Touchpad, reinstalling Windows without having to reactivate it, and more. Join us as we look back at the most popular articles from this past month.

Note: Articles are listed as #10 through #1.

How To Anonymize and Encrypt Your BitTorrent Traffic

Whether you’re trying to dodge an angry government, a connection throttling ISP, or the watchful gaze of media conglomerates, anonymizing and encrypting your BitTorrent traffic can help. Read on to learn how.


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How to Install Android on Your HP Touchpad

What’s better than a $100 tablet? A $100 tablet that can run two operating systems! The TouchPad was a great bargain and now that you’ve figured out webOS, try Android. Here’s how to install it in 3 easy steps.


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Supercharge Your Dropbox Account with Space Upgrades, Apps, and More

Dropbox is a great way to store files in the cloud and access them easily from devices big and small. Today we’re taking a look at how you can supercharge your Dropbox experience with free space upgrades, app integration, and more.


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How to Reinstall Windows Without Having to Reactivate

Every time you format and reinstall your PC, you have to activate Windows again, which can sometimes be a pain once you’ve done it too many times. Here’s how to backup and then restore the activation status.


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Best Windows 7 Explorer Tips and Tricks

Windows Explorer in Windows 7 has been significantly changed and improved since the days of Vista and XP. This article provides some of the more useful tips and tricks for getting the most out of Explorer.


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Online Safety: Why You Should Give Up Windows XP For Good (Updated)

Most geeks will tell you it’s well past time to get rid of XP and upgrade to newer, safer operating systems. It can be tough to explain, so keep reading this list of real world reasons to let XP go.


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The 20 Best Windows 7 Start Menu and Taskbar Tips and Tricks

If you have moved from Windows XP to Windows 7, it might take some time to get used to the new Start menu and Taskbar. Here is a list of useful tips to help you make the most of each.


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Five Alternative Career Choices that May have made Mario’s Life Easier [Image]

Here is a humorous look at five career choices that may have made Mario’s adventures much easier to get through.


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The 20 Best Registry Hacks to Improve Windows

Hacking the registry allows you to tweak many things in Windows, such as the adding and removing items from the context menu, enabling and disabling Windows features, customizing the Control Panel, and many other items.


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A Comparison of Hard Drive Sizes 1979 – 2011 [Image]

This collection of hard drives from across the years shows just how far we have come in making hard drives smaller and easier to physically manage.