Hey, I Have a Computer Question ...
If we had a dollar for every time we've heard something like, "Hey, I have a computer question." in casual conversation, we could probably each buy our next techie gadget with the proceeds! That's great, though, because we want to be your "friends in the business". We want to be the ones you ask when you have these questions. And we want you to know you are not alone.
We decided to share some of the common questions and sources of confusion that we hear from our friends, so we can all benefit and learn together.
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Tip 1 - "#%!@? Why is this error popping up today, when it worked fine yesterday?" Sound familiar? Did you know that with Microsoft Windows XP and Vista you can "undo" some errors that occur? Using the built-in System Restore functionality, you can sometimes fix erratic behavior and strange messages yourself, with a few clicks of the mouse and a little patience.
Tip 2 - "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive ...." Well, not exactly. But your computer's hard drive is pretty fast and powerful in its own right, platters spinning at 7200 revolutions per minute, with margins of error smaller than a human hair, running all day long. Do you know how you can help your computer's hard drive help you? One way is to allow the system to check the hard drive for errors regularly, perhaps monthly, using the Windows utility, Scandisk.
Tip 3 - Do you feel frazzled and less efficient when your office or desk is unorganized and cluttered? So does your computer's hard drive. As applications are installed and used, and files are saved and deleted, your C: drive can become pretty cluttered. The windows utility, Disk Defragmenter, helps to organize your computer's hard drive to be its most efficient. Want your PC to "run faster"? This could help!
Bonus Tip - Need help? Contact Tech Shmech.