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Tutorials to help you configure, repair and maintain your windows based computer.

  • Windows 8.1 Tips & Tricks

    tipsntricksA great deal of people received new gadgets over the holiday season and are now sitting in front of a tablet, laptop or desktop running Windows 8 or 8.1. Now if your new device is still running windows 8 do yourself a favor an update to 8.1 as soon as possible. It is a free update and makes a huge difference on the usability of the operating system and will make a huge difference for new users who have never used Windows 8 before. If your system is running Windows 8 still here is a tutorial from Microsoft that will get you updated to 8.1 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/update-from-windows-8-tutorial. Continue reading

  • How To Run Your Favorite Android Apps on Windows

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    I have a friend of mine who has always been a diehard Android fan when it came to his cell phones and tablets, but always windows for his laptop. While he was over visiting we got to talking about Windows 8 running on a tablet. So I let him play around with one of my tablets. He started asking a million and one questions and for the next couple of weeks he kept emailing and texting me questions about different systems and configurations that they offer windows 8 on. Continue reading

  • How-To Set A Universal Background in Windows 8.1

    In Windows 8 the start screen used a different background image than the desktop.  Some people liked this while others hated it.  Personally I didn’t like it because I felt it caused an in-continuity between the desktop and the start screen.  Fortunately in Windows 8.1 there is an option called universal background to allow them both to use the same background. Continue reading

  • How-To Boot to the Desktop in Windows 8.1

    When Windows 8 was released a lot of people complained about the differences in the user interface compared to older versions of Windows. One of the biggest complaints that I heard when dealing with new users when it came to Windows 8 was the fact that it no longer booted to the desktop; it went directly to the new start screen. Surprisingly Microsoft listened to the user complaints and corrected this in Windows 8.1. Only problem is finding the option. Continue reading

  • Fixing a Hard Drive Boot Problem, with Windows Vista

    If you’re computer is refusing to boot up, you may worry that you have a failed hard drive. However, it could also just be some corruption of system files. Or, perhaps you added or swapped a hard disk and you haven’t reconfigured the starts settings. Before you get too stressed out, there are a few things you can try yourself, to troubleshoot the problem.

    The first thing you should try is to run Startup Repair. Use the Windows Vista DVD and start the setup. This will only work, of course, if your computer is configured to boot from an inserted DVD or CD.

    When you see the option, click on “Repair Your Computer.” It is located on the bottom of the screen under the much larger “Windows Vista… Install Now.”

    Startup repair can do most of the work for you, at this point, detecting the problem and giving you the option to “Repair and Restart.” Use that option. If that did it, your computer should restart normally.

    If that doesn’t solve the problem, restart the computer again with the Windows Vista DVD. Click “Repair Your Computer” a second time. This time, select “Startup Repair” from your system recovery options. It can detect corrupted files or misconfigurations, again doing the toughest job for you.

    It will prompt you to remove the Windows DVD and restart the computer normally. If neither of these paths took you to where you need to be, your problem is most likely a hardware issue. Hopefully, you keep a backup of your files on an external hard drive, because your hard drive may have failed.

    You can try a few final things before seeking further help: Disconnect all your USB devices, remove any newly installed hard disks, and unplug the cables from all your hard drives and reconnect them. If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace your hard drive.

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