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PC Surge Protectors and UPS Units

Surge protectors or UPSs can safeguard your computer system. Using both a surge protector and a UPS helps guard against less serious power surges, and both a surge protector and UPS provide additional [more…]

How to Plug in Your PC with a UPS

UPS stands for uninterruptible power supply, and a UPS is the best thing to use for hooking up your computer system to the wall socket. Basically, a UPS is a power strip combined with a battery. It can [more…]

How to Plug in Your PC with a Power Strip

Why were power strips invented? Because you have far many more devices that need to be plugged in than you have available sockets in the wall! The idea is to plug everything into a power strip and then [more…]

How to Organize the Stuff that Comes with Your Laptop

Laptops, like all computers, come with lots of bits and pieces. Some of that stuff isn't junk, and you want to keep it for as long as you own the laptop. Other stuff is junk, and you can toss it. The problem [more…]

Use a Power Strip for Your PC

Power strips allow you to plug in more devices than you have available sockets in the wall. Plug everything into a power strip and then plug that single power strip into the wall, as illustrated the following [more…]

How to Unpack Your New Laptop Safely

You might think that unpacking the box that your laptop computer comes in is pretty straightforward — and you would be right. However, there are still some things you should keep in mind so that you don’t [more…]

The Network and Sharing Center Window

The Network and Sharing Center window is the main location for nearly all networking operations. To display the Network and Sharing Center window from the Control Panel Home, select View Network Status [more…]

What to Do When Your Laptop’s AC Adapter Isn’t Providing Power

When your laptop loses power or doesn’t start up, one reason could be that the AC adapter you use to plug your laptop into an electrical outlet isn't working. Here’s how to find out: [more…]

How to Use Your PC’s Setup Program

During the startup process, a message appears on the monitor, telling you a certain key combination to enter the Setup program. You don’t always need to run or access the Setup program, but it’s good to [more…]

How to Add a USB Hub to Your PC

There never seem to be enough USB ports when you need them. Fortunately, when you need more USB ports, you can quickly add them by plugging a USB hub into your computer system. A USB hub allows you to [more…]

How to Set Up Your Console

The console is the main computer box, the locus of all the PC’s activities, so you should set the console up first. Put your new console on the desktop or in the location where you you’ve always dreamed [more…]

How to Locate the Power Button on Your Laptop

Laptop designers have grown adept at hiding or masking the power button. The most recent trend is to put the power button under the laptop's lid; you must open up the laptop to find and press the power [more…]

Equipment for Building a Mid-Range PC

If you’re looking for a computer to browse the Web, e-mail, use simple desktop publishing software, or work with more advanced productivity programs (like spreadsheets and scheduling applications), then [more…]

Making Sense of PC Beep Code Descriptions

If your computer starts beeping, don’t worry; your PC is trying to tell you something. Here’s a guide to those PC beeps and what they mean: [more…]

What You Need to Build a Top-of-the-Line PC

If you want to build a first-class computer — a PC that does advanced computational work (like video editing), plays the latest computer games, and has high-quality video — then here’s the equipment you'll [more…]

Commonsense Rules for Computer Assembly

When you’re ready to put your PC together, keep these things in mind when you’re handling and connecting the computer parts to make assembly quicker, easier, and safer: [more…]

What You Need to Build a Basic PC

The basic, no-frills model PC will cost you the least to build. This type of computer is great for word processing, Internet e-mail, keeping track of finances, and simple applications that don’t need lots [more…]

Enter Your PC’s Setup Program

When you are troubleshooting a PC, you may need to enter the PC’s Setup program. Sometimes it’s called the Hardware Configuration Menu or the BIOS something-or-other. No matter what it is called, as the [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…]

How to Customize the Start Screen Background and Color

The default Windows 8 Start screen background is nice enough, but is it really you? Because you spend so much time on the Start screen, you may want to personalize it with your own design. To change the [more…]

Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whether you want to build a basic, mid-range, or high-end PC, make sure you have the necessary components and follow some general commonsense rules for easy assembly of your PC. Once you have your PC together [more…]

Chromebook: How to Log In for the First Time

To unlock all the features that your Chromebook has to offer, you must first log in with a Google username and password. You can use your existing Google Account or create a new account at this time. [more…]

Starting Up and Shutting Down Your Computer

To start up your computer just press its power button. The operating system loads automatically. At that point, the operating system’s desktop (or other interface) may appear, or you may be prompted to [more…]

How to Join a Homegroup on Your Windows 10 Laptop

When you set up a network on your Windows 10 laptop, you have to arrange to include each computer on the network in a Homegroup so that they can connect to each other, a single Internet connection, and [more…]


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