Bob Rankin: How to Test and Fix Your Computer Hardware

How to Test and Fix Your Computer Hardware

If your computer is acting strangely, and you’ve already ruled out a virus, it might be gremlins. But more likely, a software error is being caused by a hardware component that’s flaky, damaged, or overheated. Here are some tips and tools to help you diagnose and fix those annoying or intermittent computer problems that just seem to pop up for no apparent reason…

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Ask Dave Taylor: Updating Your Windows 7 Taskbar is Easy

updating windows 7 taskbar

My friend has a Windows PC with a big screen and his taskbar is double height and full of icons for his favorite apps. Very cool. How can I customize my own Windows taskbar and change what programs or apps are shown?

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Ask Leo: Why Don’t I Get the Newsletters I Signed Up For?

why dont i get the newsletters i sign up for

Fighting spam is an incredibly complex and unfortunately inexact effort. Spam filters use data from many places – including you – to determine what is and is not spam. I’ll review what steps you should take to maximize getting what you expect.

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Windows Talk: Five Probable Causes for Your Data Loss

5 probable causes of data loss

When precious data is lost, it is nice to know what could have caused it and maybe next time we can avoid this problem.

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Tips4PC.com: Avoiding the Five Most Common Laptop Mishaps

avoiding the 5 most common laptop mishaps

The small size and portability of a laptop computer makes it a far more convenient than a standard desktop computer, but being such, it is more vulnerable to damage than its desktop counterpart. Laptops are also generally more difficult to fix, and they tend to require more expensive, difficult-to-install parts.

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Bob Rankin: Pay Microsoft $99 To Remove Crapware?

pay microsoft $99 to remove crapware

Microsoft wants you to experience the true power, speed, and elegance of Windows – and the company will only charge you $99 to do so. That’s the price of Microsoft’s new Signature service, which removes third-party crapware from your PC, and promises to boost performance. Read on to find out if it’s worth the money…

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Microsoft is the Bad Guy?

You buy a PC. There is crapware all over it. Unwanted trial programs slow your brand new system to a crawl. We’re talking about the programs installed by the OEMs, you know, HP, Sony, Dell, those guys. The programs we’re talking about are the trial office and antivirus, games and photo albums. You name it and it’s there. You don’t need it and you shouldn’t want it.


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PC Pitstop Newsletter – May 2012 #3

  • Who to Blame for Crapware
  • Should You Pay Microsoft $99?
  • Fixing Firefox Freezes
  • Windows DVD Playback is Gone
  • Add Live Spreadsheet to PPT
  • The Magic of VLookup
  • Secret to Double Indent
  • How many Gigabytes is Enough?
  • Secret to Restoring Deleted Files
  • 500 Million Windows 8 Users
  • Securing Passwords in Firefox
  • Safe Mode with no F8
  • Resize Photos – Quick & Simple
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