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Printing Troubleshooting Guide
You troubleshoot printing issues like you would any other computer/network related problem. You start at a general point and rule out the possibilities until you have the specific cause. The first question that you need to answer is: "Is the problem hardware, software, network or performance related?". More ...

How to Maintain Accurate Time on Your PC
PC's have internal real time clocks designed to maintain system time. The internal clocks rely on relatively low-cost crystal oscillators, which are notoriously inaccurate. In many cases PC system time can drift by several minutes each day. This article describes various methods of maintaining a highly accurate time on your PC. More ...

Windows 7 Action Center Lets You Control Alerts
Annoyed by Window's constantly nagging pop-up messages? Windows 7 Action Center lets you decide which Windows 7 alerts you see and which you don?t. Action Center monitors many system security and system maintenance features of your computer and if the status of a monitored item changes it notifies you with a message in the notification area on the taskbar. More ...

How to Update Your Computer's BIOS
A computer's Basic Input-Output System (BIOS) is embedded software on a motherboard that will control attached hardware. All BIOS components are serviceable via a firmware upgrade that is known as "flashing" this process is called "updating the BIOS". More ...

Wireless Router Setup
A wireless network is set-up for sharing access to the internet, files, printers, and other computer functions. A Wireless network is also used in offices and homes so one can have internet access and local network connection anywhere in the office or at home. More ...

A Quick Guide to Wireless Networking
The first thing to do in setting up a wireless home network is to get the correct equipment. A wireless home networking kit typically, these come with a firewalled wireless router (e.g. the immensely popular Linksys WRT54G). Some also bundle a wireless PC card for connecting laptops to the network, or a wireless USB adapter for connecting desktop PCs. More ...

Fixing Stuck Windows 10 Update
The proper way is to fix a stuck Windows update is to go to a command prompt, stop the update service, rename the folders where the update files were stored, and then restart the update service. More ...

Create Your Own Super Control Panel
The problem with the Control Panel is that there are too many utilities that we never use. If we locate the utility we need, we still have to figure out which tab contains the control we need. Let's design our own Super Control Panel that contains only the utilities we need, identifies them logically, and takes us directly to the tab we need. More ...

Webcam Basics
A simple Webcam setup consists of a Digital Camera attached to your computer, usually through the USB port. The camera part of the Webcam setup is just a digital camera, the "Webcam" nature of the camera derives from the software. More ...

Installing An Optical Drive Guide
Adding a fast optical drive will increase your PC's flexibility and even if you're on a budget, drives that read and burn any format won't put you in the poorhouse. For less than 100 bucks you can get an 8X DVD combo drive that writes to all major formats of rewritable DVD. More ...

Disable Windows Automatic Update
To make your Windows operating system more reliable, disable automatic Windows Update. If you don't beleive me, just google the phrase "windows update causes problems" and you'll receive over 50 million results. More ...

Four Tips to Finding Quality PC Cleaner Software
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP says registry cleaning programs are all snake oil. Cleaning of the registry isn't needed and is dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any registry cleaner. More ...

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