Personal Computer Maintenance and Repair Tips

  • 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.

  • Don't believe everything you read online

    With the mountains of information found online about fixing PC problems, it can sometimes be hard to distinguish which will help. In this post, we will discuss the recommended steps you should take before calling a specialist to solve the problem.

  • Staying protected online

    The Internet has become an essential resource for all of us. We rely on the Internet to send/receive emails, post/share photos and messages on social networking sites, shop for clothes, search for information, etc.

  • Windows 10 Built-In Troubleshooting

    Windows Update is a necessary evil. If it goes well, you have a healthy system and fresh features to play with. Although when things go wrong, it can be one of the most frustrating IT experiences.

  • Understanding the keys on your Laptop

    The function keys or F-keys on your PC keyboard, labeled F1 through F12, are keys that have a special function defined by the operating system, or by a program that is currently running. They may be combined with the Alt or Ctrl keys.