As we approach the end of the year we're taking a look back to reveal the stories that had you clicking.

Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 garnered huge interest, with our pre-release coverage helping you decide whether it was worth buying, and the clicks to our Windows 7 tips and troubleshooting articles suggesting that lots of you did go on to buy the new operating system.

Sky on Xbox also proved popular as did our top 10 round-ups of phones, graphics cards and LCD TVs.

Read on for TechRadar's 10 most-read stories of 2009:

18 cool things Windows 7 does that Vista doesn't

From Windows 3.1 to Windows Vista, the Windows operating system has taken many giant leaps. And while Vista received a lukewarm reception from some users, Windows 7 is likely to be remembered for addressing those criticisms. Here's some great things Windows 7 does that Vista doesn't...

7 reasons why the Sony Ericsson Satio can challenge the iPhone

The Sony Ericsson Satio is the phone everyone has been waiting for from Sony Ericsson, the one to put the company back on the map and halt its slide down the worldwide sales charts. However, UK and Ireland MD Nathan Vautier has claimed that the Phone can even outstrip the iPhone, so after spending a great deal of time with the phone to bring you our in-depth hands on with the Sony Ericsson Satio, we had a sit down and tried to work out his reasoning.

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Sky on Xbox: All your questions answered

Representing Sky's move onto a gaming console for the first time, for Sky satellite subscribers the Xbox brings true on demand to their television and for other people the chance to get movies, entertainment and sports onto their television without a satellite installation. So TechRadar has pinned down the likes of Sky's Director of On Demand Griff Parry, Xbox's Jerry Johnson and Neil Thompson and Adrian Pilkington of BSkyB to ask just what the service is.

62 Windows 7 tips, tricks and secrets

Windows 7 is out and if you've either just installed it or bought a new PC running Windows 7, then we're here to help you get the most from it. Read on for 62 ways in which Windows 7 will make a real difference to your PC.

95 websites you should totally bookmark today

How do you ask Google for some brilliant sites, sites which will feed your mind, soul or just let you waste time in style? If you're in that kind of mood, you're in the right place. Our experts have put their thinking caps on and come up with a list of their favourite sites. So, do yourself a favour: forget Google for a while and put your trust in us.

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Windows compared: Windows 7 vs Vista vs XP

Deciding which operating system is best for you has become decidedly trickier with the arrival of Windows 7. Is the newcomer just Vista with a facelift? Or has Microsoft learned from its mistakes and delivered a product that will restore its battered reputation? Perhaps you should forget about Vista and Windows 7 altogether, opting for the mature XP instead? So which is best - Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7? Read on to find out what we've uncovered.

22 common Windows 7 problems solved

We like Windows 7: it's faster than Vista, makes better use of your system resources, is packed with interesting features, and looks great, too. But that doesn't mean it's perfect, of course. If you've moved to Windows 7 recently then you might have noticed various upgrade problems, interface issues and features that seem to have disappeared entirely, among many other complications with the new system. Here's how to fix 22 of the common problems...

Top 10 best 32-inch LCD TVs in the world today

Most living rooms can't physically take a TV much bigger than 32-inch, making this size by far the most popular in the UK. But within the 32-inch division, there's plenty of choice. A basic HD-ready set can be found for less than £300 if you search hard, though it's just as easy to spend over £2,000. There's only one certainty at this size, though – your new telly will be an LCD TV. Here's our round-up of 10 you should consider...

Top 10 best graphics cards in the world today

Today, AMD's Radeon cards are market leading. And even though the prices aren't quite as attractive as last time around, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 currently holds the title of fastest graphics card in the world. What's more, ATI has already released a whole range of DirectX 11 compatible cards, while Nvidia is still to release even one. The result of all this is that the current top 10 is a lot more competitive than ever before. And here it is…

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10 best mobile phones in the world today

The phone industry is now so humungous it's worth over $24bn in India alone. Some stats suggest that the global mobile industry will be worth $200bn by 2012 – that's $33 for every human being on the planet. And what's driving this recession-beating performance? It's the technology, stupid! So here we have our 10 favourite mobile phones of the current crop...

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