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Do I restore or reset?
One of the nice features introduced by Windows XP was the ability to ‘rewind’ the computer if anything went wrong when installing a new program or whatever. It leaves your data intact but changes Windows and programs back to the time and date you choose.
Really useful. However, there are other programs called things like ‘system recovery’ or ‘factory restore’. What these do is to return your computer to the state it was in when you opened the box. Sometimes you need to do this but everything on your computer has gone for ever.....
So be careful. When a helpful friend tells you to use system restore, go to control panel. Open ‘system’ and then click ‘system protection’ on the left. This opens a new window that suggests a system restore date and time. This recent date and time confirms that you are using system restore. If you do something else then you will erase your computer.
Personalise your display
The human mind is a wonderful thing and we should use its capabilities to make our lives easier.
An example is that it is good at remembering shapes and positions, so we can use this to our advantage when setting up our desktop.
You can move icons around by holding down the mouse button and dragging icons about. So you can use the whole screen to create groups of related icons. For example, I have a group for games, another group for internet programs and so on. I can remember easily where each group is and so I just have to look there.
So much easier than scanning down the columns of icons presented as standard.
.Thinking of a new computer?
Many of us need a new computer from time to time. It‘s very confusing knowing what to buy when there are so many types of device, so many specifications and so much confusion.
So let’s see how we can help. The two big questions are what do you do with the computer and how do you use it? Let’s take those in sort of reverse order.
Do you take your computer out and about a lot or does it stay in one place? If it’s in one place, then buying a desktop will give you best value. However, if you value portability, then a laptop could be the thing for you.
There is lots of noise about netbooks and tablets. Both are great in the right place. Have a desktop machine in the office because to do high powered things and a smaller device to take around with you. Neither a netbook or a tablet is going to have the power of a laptop or desktop, but do have their uses. Netbooks are great for taking about to keep in touch with emails and stuff, whilst tablets turn on fast and are great for browsing and displaying. But I wouldn’t want to type a reasonably-long document on one. Think of them as an inflated smart-phone.
So if you only have one computer, probably a laptop is best. If more than one, think about a desktop and tablet/netbook. It all depends on your needs.
So let’s talk specs: this means processor, RAM and hard drive size.
The best processors at the moment are Intel Core i 3/5/7. The i5 will do more than most people need.. Atoms are used in netbooks and tablets, being lower-powered and optimised for energy efficiency. I feel that AMD and Celeron processors are behind the times.
RAM governs how much your computer can do at any one time. 4Gb is fine for most people unless you do lots of video-editing. But if your operating system is not 64-bit, it will only see 3gb anyway, so in that case there’s no point in more. Tablets need a lot less memory.
Hard drive size determines how much data you can take with you. So have a look at how much you have stored on your existing computer. Not as much as you think. Again tablets have a different form of storage and can get away with a lot less.
But the only thing you can’t change is the processor, so if you have to cut back, reduce ram and then disc size rather than the processor.
People that I'm working with
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