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For Seniors: How to Repair a Windows Operating System Installation

If you’re having problems with your computer, you may need to repair an existing installation of Windows. Keep in mind, though, that Startup Repair can’t correct hardware failures, such as a failing hard [more…]

For Seniors: How to Reinstall a Windows Operating System

When you buy a new PC from a retailer or directly from a manufacturer, it ordinarily comes with a version of the Windows operating system already installed. However, if you’re experiencing issues, reinstalling [more…]

For Seniors: How to Check and Change Your Computer System's Configuration

When the computer is built, the system configuration information is stored in part of the computer’s memory where it won’t get lost when the power is turned off. You can use the System Configuration tool [more…]

For Seniors: How to Restore Your Computer’s Settings

Several events may result in unexpected, unwanted changes in critical files on your computer. Fortunately, you may be able to resolve problems by restoring your computer’s settings. System Restore, featured [more…]

For Seniors: How to Work in Safe Mode on Your Computer

When you run a computer in safe mode, you can start it, test most of its systems, and change certain settings. Safe mode is an excellent way to diagnose — and often fix — your computer’s problems. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Understand Microsoft Windows Update Options

Companies such as Microsoft release updates to their software, both to fix problems discovered post-release and to deal with new threats to computers that appeared after the software release. You can use [more…]

For Seniors: How to Run Microsoft Windows Update

Running Windows Update either automatically or manually on a regular basis ensures that you get the latest security updates to the operating system, so it’s a good idea to play it safe and stay current [more…]

For Seniors: How to Enable the Microsoft Windows Firewall

A firewall keeps other people or programs from accessing your computer without your permission. You’ll want to enable your Windows firewall so that you can avoid several kinds of attacks on your computer [more…]

For Seniors: How to Defragment Your Computer Hard Drive

To keep your computer running its best, you should defragment, or consolidate files, on your hard drive. Defragmenting your hard drive improves your computer’s performance and is something you should be [more…]

For Seniors: How to Free Up Disk Space on Your Computer

You need to free up disk space on your computer's hard drive to help it run effectively. When you free up disk space, you’re essentially cleaning unused files and fragments of data off of your hard. If [more…]

For Seniors: How to Delete Cookies Using Internet Explorer

When you roam the Internet, Web sites you visit download information, known as cookies, to your computer to temporarily allow you to access sites or services. Your browser stores these temporary Internet [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set a Reminder for Computer Maintenance

Keeping your computer in tip-top shapes helps you avoid system crashes. If you’re the forgetful type, you can even set a reminder for your computer’s maintenance tasks. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Protect Your Laptop from Damage or Theft

Your laptop’s portability is probably the feature that appealed to you most when you bought it, but that feature can also be its worse downfall. Thieves can steal your laptop, or you can drop it in an [more…]

For Seniors: Shut Down Your Laptop with Windows 7

To shut down your laptop safely, you must log off Windows 7 properly. Windows lets you log off normally, or by hibernating, sleeping, restarting, or switching users. [more…]

For Seniors: Log Onto Your Laptop with Windows 7

Logging onto Windows is a process that typically involves turning on the laptop and typing in your password. Logging onto Windows the very first time is slightly different, but no more difficult. [more…]

For Seniors: Set the Date and Time in Windows 7

Windows 7 normally keeps good track of the current date and time, but often with a new computer, you have to change the Windows time zone to match your location so it can maintain time accurately. [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Windows 7 User Account

Windows 7 allows you to create different user accounts so each person who uses the computer can work with his or her personal Windows environment. After multiple user accounts are created, each user of [more…]

For Seniors: Managing Power on a Windows 7 Laptop

Managing battery life (the length of time it takes your laptop to run out of power) is important because without battery power, your laptop must be plugged in in order to use it. [more…]

For Seniors: Power Plans for a Windows 7 Laptop

A Windows 7 power plan can help you manage the battery life of your laptop. Windows 7 power plans have preset timings for actions such as dimming your screen or putting your computer to sleep. Managing [more…]

For Seniors: Customize a Windows 7 Power Plan

Windows 7 power plans can be customized to control precisely when the display dims or turns off, or the computer goes to sleep after a period of inactivity. By customizing a Windows 7 power plan, you can [more…]

For Seniors: Laptop Buying Decisions — Extras to Consider

There are many variables to consider when buying a laptop, and accessories you might wish to purchase. Variables you should consider include the type of processor, amount of memory and hard disk space, [more…]

For Seniors: Difference between Laptops and Tablets

Laptops and netbooks, however similar, are quite different than tablets. The most popular tablet is the Apple iPad, although companies such as Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, and Motorola have brought [more…]

10 Useful Websites For Seniors

As you begin to use your computer, you might find the following sites (hyperlinks provided) to be good starting points for various types of online activities. [more…]

Checklist for Buying a Computer

When you're purchasing your computer consider what type of computer model would work best for you and take into account the features that you find most important. Choose from these models: [more…]

Computer Care and Maintenance Tips

You need to perform some basic maintenance on your computer to keep it running in top shape. Here's some advice to keep your computer secure and performing optimally: [more…]


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