Posts Tagged ‘windows’

Automatic Maintenance for Your PC

Automatic Maintenance for Your PC

As with our lives, routine maintenance and cleanup is important for the health of your PC. Thankfully automatic maintenance for your PC is built into your Windows platform with a few customizable settings to make them convenient. Automatic Maintenance for your PC Your computer’s software updates, security updates, virus and malware scans, disk optimization and other diagnostics are currently set by default to run at 2 AM if you have Windows 8 or 10. You can manage this tool in Control Panel > System and Security > Security and Maintenance or just search for it by typing it into the…

Shutting Down Windows Does Not Fix the Problem

shutting down windows does not fix the problem

Most of us know that the first thing to try when something isn’t working right on the computer is to shut it down and restart it. With Windows 8 and 10, however, it’s likely that shutting down windows does not fix the problem or problems. Why is this? Windows doesn’t shut down completely when you use the shutdown feature. Why Doesn’t Windows Shut Down Completely? Windows has a Fast Startup feature that is set to default unless you change it. It’s a hybrid of the hibernate and shut down features so that your operating system loads much quicker when you…

How to Organize Your Windows Files

organize your windows files

Now that we know the benefits of why you should organize your windows files, we can take a look at a simple method on how to best organize them. It takes some time and thought, but once it’s set up, it’ll be easy to maintain. Here’s one way to begin to organize your Windows files. How to Organize Your Windows Files Step 1: Start with creating a brand-new root folder nested directly under the hard drive. Do NOT nest it into the default Documents folder because this is the default dumping ground for Windows. Call it something simple, like “Personal…

5 Reasons to Organize Your Windows Desktop

organize your windows desktop

Just like in the physical world, the computer world isn’t much different. If your desktop is cluttered and unorganized, you’re going to be less productive and probably frustrated. Here are some other reasons you might want to organize your Windows desktop. 5 Reasons to Organize Your Windows Desktop The problem with saving everything to the default “My Documents” or “Documents” folder is that it’s a technical dumping ground for just about everything you download to your computer. Keeping your important files in this folder means that your files will get easily lost among the junk files or folders that get…

Chocolatey – New Package Manager for Windows

package manager for Windows

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a package manager for Windows? Soon to be gone are the days when you use a trusty search engine to search for the software you’re looking to install on a Windows operating system, hoping you’ve found the correct and most updated version. You then click through a series of windows rather quickly and hope you didn’t forget to uncheck that sneaky little box which will install some random, obnoxious toolbar or antivirus software that you’ll never use and now you have no idea now how to get rid of it. Meanwhile, you’re losing valuable…

Be Sure Your Computer is Protected with Windows Updates

computer is protected with windows updates

With the latest discovered computer security threats, it’s time for a Windows update checkup. If your computer hasn’t received the January 3rd security updates, you might be running an unsupported antivirus program. Here’s what you need to do to make sure your computer is protected with Windows updates. Check Status and Update Your Antivirus Microsoft has only released the latest updates for installation to computers running compatible antivirus software. The reason for this is that a number of AV software programs have a compatibility issue with the newest Windows update that causes stop errors, making the device unable to boot….

Why is Windows PC Crashing?

Why is Windows PC Crashing

We all dread it; you know, the “Blue Screen of Death”. It’s not uncommon for a computer to crash here and there because of a random hiccup. If it becomes a pattern, it’s important to ask; why is Windows PC crashing? Why is Windows PC Crashing? There are a few methods to try to understand why your Windows PC is crashing: Event Viewer – This would be considered the more advanced method when trying to figure out what’s going on behind the “Blue Screen of Death.” The Event Viewer is full of valuable information, but only if you understand how…

Windows Won’t Boot

Windows Won't Boot

It’s every computer owner’s nightmare – your computer won’t start or if it does start, you get stared down by the “Blue Screen of Death” or some other screen informing you that Windows won’t boot. Before you call someone in your tech department, there are a couple things you can check: Windows Won’t Boot – Before You Call the Tech Department Ask yourself if there is anything you’ve recently changed (installed a new driver for hardware, connected new hardware, or physically manipulated anything inside your computer case?) If your computer won’t start up at all, double check that your computer…