The Trials and Tribulations of A Confused Computer

Written by Donna Sweat

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Running disc cleanup, scandisk and defragmenter regularly is a must. Keep your recycle bin emptied, andrepparttar cache of your browsers cleaned.

Downloading too many programs and files can be a hazard. Gamesrepparttar 107906 kids like to play require alot of hard drive with their special effects,graphics and colors.

Updating programs help out alot and often results in faster load time, and keeps up with technology. Windows updates are included inrepparttar 107907 start menu. Many programs have updates files included. Another important update isrepparttar 107908 antivirus software. New viruses are discovered every day and your antivirus program needs to cover new and potentially harmful viruses. This is another great way to lose important data and wipe out your whole system.

Email isrepparttar 107909 culprit for unwanted viruses. Never open an email if you do not know where/who it is from and beware of attachments. Always scan your mail before opening,if your unsure ofrepparttar 107910 content....DELETE IT!

Starting from scratch is not fun and may take several days to accomplish. Reloading programs back intorepparttar 107911 computer is time consuming and usually requires technical assistance. Check your warranty for additional information. If you are out of warranty, you may have to pay for repairs.

Additional hardware cause problems too, such as a backup unit for power outages,scanners, and printers. Be sure to service these often,check for wear and upgrade when needed.

I have an additional comment for those of you that want to save money, be aware those universal ink printer refills for any printer may not work for your printer. I thought I was saving money andrepparttar 107912 results were a damaged printer,thus repairs. In my case, not only did I get ink all over my hands, ink leaked into my printer fromrepparttar 107913 cartridge and causedrepparttar 107914 damage. You are much better off paying forrepparttar 107915 cartridge that goes withrepparttar 107916 printer, than trying to save money and end up paying 3 timesrepparttar 107917 cost in repairs. Last but not least....again...Never, ever think your computer is not vulnerable to sickness..Some never recover!

Donna Sweat Publisher/Editor Dee's Helpful Info. Endless Mts.Home Business New Albany,PA.18833

Cure for "Illegal Operations" Sydrome

Written by Mike Smith

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All of your Hardware runs with Drivers. You can find outrepparttar model information and a lot more about them fromrepparttar 107905 "Control Panel". From your START button find SETTINGS, click on that then CONTOL PANEL. Once inrepparttar 107906 CONTROL PANEL scroll down to SYSTEM and double click. The first window will give yourepparttar 107907 information onrepparttar 107908 maker ofrepparttar 107909 Puter and Processor plus how much Memory you have installed andrepparttar 107910 version of Windows you have.

Next click onrepparttar 107911 DEVICE MANAGER tab. You will see a listing of repparttar 107912 DEVICES in your Puter. By clickingrepparttar 107913 + beside each item you can see what you need to find out whatrepparttar 107914 product is. You don't need to openrepparttar 107915 SYSTEM DEVICES unless you are just curious. Now you get to play detective. Go get em, Columbo!

In most cases you can just do a search forrepparttar 107916 manufacturer and go straight to their site. Drivers will usually be found under SUPPORT and should have download and installation instructions. You should check for updates at least every 6 to 8 weeks if not more often. Software updates are not as hard. Most ofrepparttar 107917 programs have a link inrepparttar 107918 Help menu to go to their site and some even have an update link.

But before you start updating 3rd party software (Not Microsoft), you should getrepparttar 107919 latest updates for your version of Windows. Hey, guess what? Gates made this one easy!

Click onrepparttar 107920 START button then go up nearrepparttar 107921 top ofrepparttar 107922 column and you will see Windows Update. Sheer genius! Just click it. You will have to be connected torepparttar 107923 Internet first. Whenrepparttar 107924 browser opens just click onrepparttar 107925 Products Updates and your Puter will be searched for what needs to be updated. From there it is only a matter of following pretty simple instructions (simple? from Microsoft?). It really is pretty easy to do.

One more little thing before I leave you with all this confusion. I use a program for all my Software that isn't Microsoft from ZDNet called, you guessed it, Updates. There is a small download and then it will search your hard ' drive and give you a report of all available updates for your software thenrepparttar 107926 option to downloadrepparttar 107927 updates. Best of all it is FREE! Subscribe, downloadrepparttar 107928 program, get your updates and they will e-mail you a reminder to keep up with them.

Your life will be a lot easier and maybe you won't see so many of "The Blue Screen of Death" or "You have performed an ILLEGAL OPERATION,repparttar 107929 program will be shut down!" Cause ya didn't. It ain't your fault.

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