April 2, 2019
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6 Ways to Use Technology to Reduce Stress

Everyone experiences some level of stress, however, learning how to manage day-to-day stressors is essential in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. Although technology can sometimes create anxiety, it can just as easily be utilized to de-stress. In honor of National Stress Awareness Month, Computer Troubleshooters has compiled a list of the best ways to […] The post 6 Ways to Use Technology to Reduce Stress appeared first on Computer Troubleshooters.
March 28, 2019
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What You Need to Know About Employee Monitoring

The best way to ensure your business’ data is safe is to have reliable security practices in place. With 85 percent of employees admitting they took company documents and information, there’s clearly a need for employee monitoring. While every company may not have a policy in place already, it’s never too late to re-evaluate and […] The post What You Need to Know About Employee Monitoring appeared first on Computer Troubleshooters.
March 27, 2019
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My digital toolbox 3

[ad_1] When it comes to repairing computers, every technician has what I call a digital toolbox. It is software that they use for specific tasks, like finding information on hardware or cloning drives. So here is another installment of my digital toolbox. CPU-Z When it comes to finding the specifications of your motherboard, processor, etc., you could open your computers case and disassemble the components to get that information. Or you could just download and run CPU-Z. CPU-Z will display the all of the information on your CPU (Central Processing Unit), motherboard, memory and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). It can even benchmark your existing processor against preloaded reference CPU’s. I recently needed to find out what specific memory a laptop was running. Instead of tearing it down to look at the memory modules, I just ran CPU-Z. If you need to know the specifications of your computer’s hardware, CPU-Z is […]
March 26, 2019
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My four favorite free programs I always recommend

[ad_1] Being a computer repair technician, I get asked allot of questions. Quite a few of them are about what software do I recommend. And since I am frugal, I will usually suggest ones that are free. So here are my four (4) favorite free programs I always recommend. Free graphic programs When it comes to graphics, everyone knows about Photoshop. And you have probably heard the phrase ‘photoshopped’ before. Photoshop has become the leading image editor. But what if you cannot afford Photoshop? Well, there are other alternatives for image editing. And it just so happens that they are free too. Paint.NET Paint.NET started out as a free replacement for the Paint program that comes with Windows. But it has grown to be a top-line graphics editor that compares to Photoshop for all of its useful features. Paint.NET has quite the intuitive interface and includes support for layers, special […]
March 25, 2019
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Understanding long folder and file names in Windows

[ad_1] Did you know that there is a limit to how long a file name can be? Did you know that the folder name is also include in that limit? And what about the path? Let’s take a look at long folder and file names in Windows. I recently recovered files from several Windows based computers for a client. He asked that I put them onto an external drive for storage. But I ran into a problem, file names that were too long. Now allot of people think that the maximum length for the name of a File in Windows is 255 characters. But that is not really correct. Technically, Folders are also a File but with a special attribute designating it as a Folder. And Folder and Sub-Folder names are also included in the full File name. So, the actual File name also includes the Folder and Sub-Folder name(s) […]
March 25, 2019
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Understanding Windows 10 updates

[ad_1] In previous versions of Windows, we had service packs and critical / non-critical updates. But Microsoft changed all of that with Windows 10. To better understand Windows 10 updates, we need to take a closer look. With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft changed the concept of the Windows operating system. Microsoft calls it Windows as a Service. Basically, it is a new way to keep Windows 10 up to date. Now the terminology Microsoft uses can be a little confusing. But when you break it down, it is quite simple. Let’s start with the big picture, then work our way into the details. Now Microsoft has created two (2) different categories for updates: Feature and Quality. Now this is where things get a little confusing. When Windows 10 downloads updates, it refers to them by Version (Feature) and Build (Quality) In fact, everyone refers to Windows 10 by […]
March 24, 2019
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Overlooked features inside of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

[ad_1] Microsoft recently released the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. As usual, Microsoft has added some pretty cool features in this version of Windows 10. Let’s take a look at some of the new overlooked features included in the Window 10 Fall Creators Update. There are a couple of new features that have gotten all sorts of publicity, the support of virtual reality headsets and mixed reality. But there are a few new features that have gotten passed over. Make a movie using the Photos app Creating a video using the Windows 10 Photo app This feature is reminiscent of the old Windows Movie Maker program. You just select some pictures and videos, set up the different parameters and then export your video out. A one of the coolest features in that you can add either predefined generic music or use your own. Another is the predefined themes that […]
March 23, 2019
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How to handle a tech scam

[ad_1] It happens to all of us. You get a pop-up on your computer screen or a phone call telling you that your computer is infected. More than likely it is bogus. So here is how to handle a tech scam. Tech scams have evolved over the years. They first started out as random phone calls, but have quickly progressed to using pop-ups in web browsers. And the one thing they all have in common is that they try to scare you. Who hasn’t gotten a phone call from someone saying they are from Microsoft or Windows Support. At one point in time, I was getting 2-3 per week. But they started to slow down when Microsoft started to prosecute companies for using their company name. So, then they started to use ads on websites to scare you. Since the majority of ad networks do not actively monitor the ads […]
March 23, 2019
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What is the Microsoft Garage?

[ad_1] Have you ever wondered where some of the ideas for Microsoft programs come from? You know, the apps that are on the cutting edge. There is good chance they started out in the Microsoft Garage. The Microsoft Garage is a platform for Microsoft employees to explore new technologies and get their ideas moving in the right direction. Some of the projects succeed and some fail. But one thing is for sure, they are some of the coolest apps around. First thing you should know is all of the projects are called experiments and are run by one or more Microsoft employees in their spare time. Some are open to the general public and some are by invitation only. You have to remember that these experiments are strictly just beta tests. Once an experiment is complete, you can no longer download it. But it is a great opportunity to give […]
March 22, 2019
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Free Malware Removal Form Your Computer

[ad_1]   The warning signs that your computer may be malware infested include your computer being slower than usual, suddenly loads of pop ups are appearing as well as other abnormal issues. Either you have free malware removal or Paid Malware removal.   All these signs show that your computer maybe infested with spyware even if you have got an antivirus installed. It could also either be a hardware issue but it is a good idea to know malware/viruses isn’t the cause of your computer acting up.  Below is a guide on what to do:   Safe Mode The first thing you need to do is disconnect your computer from the internet and until our computer has be cleaned do not start it up again. This will stop malware from spreading any personal data they may have of yours.   If you think the problem with your computer is a […]