Personal Computer Maintenance and Repair Tips

  • Factory Reset Windows 10

    If you experience serious problems on your computer, you may need to do a complete factory reset. Windows 10 systems give you other options including refreshing and restoring your PC, but sometimes a full reset is the only way to eradicate all issues and start on a like-new machine once again. Follow these simple steps to use Windows Recovery. Make sure you understand that a factory reset will completely wipe all of your files and settings away.

  • How to Set Up the Best VPNs for Multiple Devices

    In a world where security breaches and online tracking have become ubiquitous, more people than ever before have turned to virtual private networks (VPNs) to protect themselves and their personal information. The best VPN gives you some degree of anonymity on your Windows or Mac computer or mobile device. Once you choose the best VPN service for your needs, you can set it up quite easily.

  • Don't just clean your house this spring, your computer needs it too!

    Basic care and maintenance of your computer are very important. It prevents certain issues from arising, affecting the PC's performance. If you take good care of your computer, it can provide you many years of hassle-free computing.

  • The Benefits of an IT Specialist

    Technology drives most of our lives today. It is almost impossible to imagine surviving a week without your PC, laptop or tablet. So when your gadgets break down, you need to get them repaired as soon as possible. You may have a couple of tech-savvy friends who can offer to repair your gadget for a free lunch. It sounds like a tempting offer but when you think of all the important data you may lose, it is best to work with a professional and get it right the first time.

  • The Importance of passwords and saving them offline

    For many, many years, you've heard the advice, "Never write your passwords down". This is trumpeted at work, from online services, & from financial institutions. Well, it's wrong. Not in every case, but in many. It encourages people to pick weaker passwords either in complexity or length because they must manage them.

  • Why Software Updates are Essential

    You're hard at work on your computer or device and a message suddenly pops up saying, "a software update is available". You're busy, so you click "cancel" instead of "install", thinking you'll get to it later, but you never do. Sound familiar?

  • Pop Up Scams

    Ironically starting in life to solve the problem of intrusive online advertising, pop-up adverts have been mildly annoying web users since the early 1990s.

  • Updating Drivers

    Occasionally you might need to update or reinstall drivers when a new piece of hardware doesn't work correctly, or after upgrading to a new version of Windows. Updating drivers is also a great troubleshooting method when the device is having problems or is generating an error, like a Device Manager error code. A driver update isn't always a fix, though. But, an updated driver might enable new features for the hardware, something we see regularly with popular video cards and sound cards.