Booting from a CD or USB Flash Drive

Booting from a CD or USB Flash Drive

To boot from a CD or USB drive here are the basic steps: Restart your computer and wait for that first screen to pop up. Often, it’ll say something similar “Press F12 to Choose Boot Device” somewhere on the screen. Press that key now. Give it a moment to continue booting, and you should see a menu pop up with a list of choices on it. Highlight your CD or USB drive and press Enter. Alternatively, you can set your computer to always check for a bootable CD or USB drive. That way, when you have one inserted, it’ll boot from it automatically, and when...
The ever-famous Blue Screen of Death

The ever-famous Blue Screen of Death

When your PC is crashing with the blue screen of death at random intervals, you should make sure that you first disable the automatic reboot after the blue screen, and then write down the error message so you can Google it later. If you’re able to get back into Windows, you can try using the BlueScreenView tool to give you some extra information about the error message. It is a free, portable system utility that displays your last Blue Screen of Death, so you can more easily see the error message—while you use Google to figure out the problem. BlueScreenView...
What to do When your PC Doesn’t Boot to Windows?

What to do When your PC Doesn’t Boot to ...

When your PC just won’t boot into Windows at all, you’ll probably want to start off with Safe Mode—use the F8 key right when the system starts up to access the menu and see if Windows will boot into Safe Mode. If you’re able to get into Windows, the problem is likely something that would load only when you boot normally—graphics card drivers, junk applications, or perhaps some spyware applications. If you can’t even get into Safe Mode, you should use the Startup Repair tools, which can be accessed from the Advanced options in the Safe Mode...
Slow Computer: What to do?

Slow Computer: What to do?

This is one of the most common problem of all. A slow computer can cause many frustrations, but fortunately there is something you can do yourself before you replace it. There may be several reasons for a slow computer; however, the most common is lack of maintenance. Fragmented data, a corrupted registry, spyware and dozens of unnecessary programs running at the same time, easily eat at the speed and performance of your PC. When you delete files and applications from the computer, all kinds of junk can get left behind. Useless files and data can accumulate and degrade...
Freezing Computer: What to do?

Freezing Computer: What to do?

This is a fairly common problem in PC’s, similar to but far more serious than a slow PC. In most cases it is caused by viruses, especially spyware that has been installed on your computer. It can enter via a click on a link to a fake website from an email or so on. Often the email is being sent from what looks like your bank, Paypal, Facebook or similar. Last year there was said to be an increase in malware infections coming from Facebook-related fraudsters among their customers.   The problem can also be caused by hardware – perhaps some memory you just installed...
How Enable Sharing to nearby PC’s/Laptops in Windows 7

How Enable Sharing to nearby PC’s/Laptop...

To enable simple file sharing in Windows, head into the Control Panel and go to Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center. Hit Change Advanced Sharing Settings and make sure network discovery, file and printer sharing, and public folder sharing (the first three options) are all turned on. Then, head down the list and Turn off password protected sharing, and check “Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers”. This is the easiest way to connect computers, and the most similar to the Mac method below. If you’re worried about...
Most Common keyboard Shortcuts

Most Common keyboard Shortcuts

The CTRL is an abbreviation for Control, and it’s the main key on your Windows PC that you use for keyboard shortcuts. Control+F is the keyboard shortcut for the Find command. If you’re in a web browser and want to search text on a web page, pressing Control+F will bring up a search box. Just type in that search box and it’ll locate the text you’re typing on the page. Control+F may work in other applications, too, when you need to find something. For example, Microsoft Word and other word processing applications use this keyboard shortcut. Pressing...
Slow Internet Connections: What to do?

Slow Internet Connections: What to do?

If you’re having problems connecting to the internet, you should first make sure that you are really connected—most of the time you can pull out a command prompt (hit the Windows key, type cmd, hit Enter) and type in a ping command like ping yahoo.com to see if you’re getting any response. If you’re not getting a response, you can try disabling and re-enabling your wireless connection, which solves more problems than it really should. If that doesn’t work, use the Windows network troubleshooter by right-clicking your wireless icon, and follow...