Even the most powerful Windows computers, laptops, tablets and the home Pc can be seen to perform really badly, very sluggish. As it is Windows 10 comes with a bunch of apps that are allowed to run in the background and these can be safely turned off, for some reason Microsoft seems to think we all need Candy Crush Saga running in the background so it gets going faster just when we need it. This is just one example of background running apps that people often tell me they have never used and did not even know it was on their machine. To shut down these background apps just go to Settings, Privacy - at the bottom of the list on the left is an entry called 'Background Apps', click this and wait while the list on the right populates itself - you may need to go off and make a cuppa while you wait. Once it's loaded I would recommend turning off everything apart from Microsoft Edge, Settings and perhaps Photos.
Apart from this there are also updates. Traditionally windows has always been slow to update. When your laptop wants to download lots of updates including Feature updates to windows 10 it can take a day plus and it can make your laptop very slow to respond. The best thing to do is to set the computer to NOT go to sleep (via power options) leave it connected and turned on to do its thing.
There are other considerations and these are the speed of your computer and whatever you have installed and running as well. Your computer may need a thorough clean and update, please get in touch to have this done.
There are times when someone asks me for a new computer and insist on having an outdated operating system on it. It may well be needed for an old program. Even so, some programs may still not install because of the hardware specs of the machine, anyway, I was recently asked to do just that. Actually finding modern hardware that supports Xp is not always easy but I struck lucky as I found this motherboard in a Zoostorm computer. After checking at the Asus manufacturers support site and discovering they listed drivers for Windows Xp I was happy to go ahead.
This computer has the USB3.0 drivers installed and Xp itself is installed on a 250Gb SSD (Solid State Drive). All of the drivers have gone in without a problem so I am very happy.
In this particular instance the computer was intended to run a game called 'Fishsim' . Although this game will run on Windows 7 my client was adamant that a combination of his advanced years and the fact he had been using Windows XP from day one, he saw no reason to change now, and he just did not like Windows 7. For what it's worth I had installed Windows 7 to begin with and got everything ready only to be told, "Don't like this, I want XP!"
Good capacitors in the left picture, blown and leaking ones in the middle and a mixture of them on the right. Even one blown or bulging capacitor wont be good for your system, causing bad performance. These can be replaced by an electronic engineer.
There's nothing worse than your printer deciding it won't work. The humble, home, multifunctional printer has become very cheap and is rarely worth spending money on it to get it fixed. However there are occasions where an easy fix is at hand and I will share here the fixed I have used over the years.
If your printer is working but not printing properly then do the following:
Clear any paper jam
Use the maintenance tools on the computer. Hp has the 'solution Centre' or an icon on the desktop or a little shortcut for the printer. All printers have a software package installed that gives you tools to use to solve problems.
Also there is usually additional help on line. Go to the manufacturers website and search for your printer in their support section, there will be suggestions there to help you get going again.
If all that fails and you are still none the wiser perhaps a more technically minded friend might help. Otherwise you can always replace the printer and advertise those unused ink cartridges on your local freecycle site unless your new printer takes the same ones.
Some of the small office printers have an Ethernet port as well as a USB port and more than once I have found the USB cable plugged in to to Ethernet port. It will go in but of course it does nothing, plugged into its rightful place the printer often bursts into life and produces multiple copies of whatever the owner was repeatedly trying to print.
There are times when wireless technology just does is own thing. If you have had a good old fiddle and can't figure why your wi-fi printer does not respond then try the following;
Turn the printer off.
Turn the computer off.
Turn the broadband hub / router off and wait a good 30 secs.
Turn the broadband hub / router back on and wait until all the lights have settled and it's connected.
Turn the printer back on.
Turn the computer back on.
For some reason the Wi-Fi signal gets jammed or lost between the devices and this will usually restore it.
Have you ever wished you could do this? If you like to use webmail, and by that I mean logging into your email from a web browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge then you may have noticed just how frustrating it is to start a new tab to log into a second email account only to find you are automatically taken to the inbox of the account you are already logged into. This problem gets worse when you are using something like a Microsoft surface or a Chromebook or a Windows 10 machine where you log into it with your account details and thus are automatically swept into your inbox as soon as you type the mail address into the address bar. The trick is to open what's called an 'incognito window' or 'private window'. See the pictures below as an example in Google Chrome.
In this first picture you will note the three horizontal lines on the top right, this is what to click on for Chrome's main menu. From here you can click on 'New incognito window' and you will then get what you see below.
The beauty of this is that it gives you a clean browser window, much like having two Chrome browsers running at the same time. Now you can log into another webmail account provided by the same organisation be it Outlook, yahoo, GMX or gmail or any other. If you are using Firefox, Safari or any other browser then you will find the same option from the main menu, just find it and click on it.
TIP: The three lines, or three dots indicating a menu are widely used across many mobile platforms. It may seem obvious but I come across many folks who never knew it existed, in an instant they can do more.
Some people prefer this method and others simply find it easier. In a nutshell - a single press of the power button can both turn it on and off. I have created a PDF version of this and a powerpoint presentation, both show you the same thing. They show you clearly each screen and what to do. This was made for Windows 10 but the actual control panel instructions are much the same for Windows 7 & 8.1.