We’ve all suffered that sinking feeling when our hard drive fails and takes hundreds, sometimes thousands, of critical files and precious memories with it. Of course – you know you should back up regularly, but who really does? It might be useful to know that your hard drive gives you clear signals when it’s going to fail, which at least gives you the chance to get your important data backed up before the scourge of home computing strikes.
Home computing is due for another shake-up with the arrival of Windows 10 at the end of July. The good news is Windows 10 will be provided as a free upgrade to most Windows 7 and 8 users. Even better, it will be an in-place upgrade, so it should keep all your existing applications, data, files and shortcuts. No more formatting hard drives, trying to back everything up and so on. However, as with all new Windows installations, we still recommend you backup any vital documents and photos, just in case something does go wrong.
A connection to the Internet is pretty much essential for most of our modern home computing needs. From daily antivirus updates to cloud storage, your PC isn’t doing much without one. So, when your wi-fi goes down, you need to sort it out pretty quickly.
A printer, either for documents or photos, gives home computing or business users more grief than any other piece of hardware. Whatever the brand or model, we offer these essential tips and tricks to keeping it working and producing the best results.