Computer Repair

Make Windows 8 Backup In Few Easy Steps

Windows 8! It is another new launch of Microsoft to speedup computers, which can complete routine and special tasks more efficiently and with less time than before. It was released for general availability to all computer and laptop users on October 26, 2012. Since that time, a huge number of customers globally have started to advance up their desktops and laptops to Windows 8 operating system (OS).
Microsoft did it actually by having the expectation to build the base of more satisfied customers for their offerings as Apple has eaten up the large customer base with their new software & apps. Evidently, this new operating system really performs adequate with more awe-inspiring and significant changes being introduced through it. To give expert experience to users some old features are removed from it, including DVD playback utility. Most importantly its main interface appearance is now totally different from the prior versions it had in old Windows. The brought changes in OS eventually result into a non-user-friendly OS experience because many people find Windows 8 a little difficult in use but it is now faster than ever. However, if you’re looking to downgrade your Windows 8 computer Neon Computers can help.
Well! In precision to above non-user-friendly fact, if you are the one who has recently upgraded system to Windows 8 then you are in dire need of some time to get familiar with it. Due to unfamiliarity with new OS of Windows 8, there are high chances that you may make the mistake to crash the system erroneously. So building up a system backup for your Windows 8 is a right option for you as it can easily recover the system when it suddenly crashes and you fear the loss of your important data.
Do you know how to make the backup? Just follow the step by step tutorial below:
Step # 1
In first step you are require to simply open the start screen on your laptop or desktop and enter (Windows 7 file recovery). After it, this option will be appearing under settings category, when you will click a file will open with the name of Windows 7 File Recovery.
Step #2
Now in 2nd step you are required to click on the button named as “Create a system image”, It appears on the left side of your window. After it there will be a new window which pops up in order to confirm from you where you want to save your backup to have access over it in future.
For doing so adequately you get three choices here; save the backup onto
1. Hard disk         2. DVD        3. Network Location
Step # 3
Once you have chosen the location to save your data on your system or anywhere from above options click the “Next” button.
Step # 4
Clicking the next option, will lead you to the confirmation window you need to click on start backup here and you begin with the process. After it you need to create a system repair disk and here you end taking backup task.
It is a simple and easy task so make sure you do it now!

Five Tips For Prolonging Laptop Battery Life

Laptops! Very useful devices which make it possible for you to do your personal computing anywhere in the world and anytime. However, it actually comes with a price attached to it. It is quite evident that your unplugged usage of laptop is seriously restricted by the life of it and most importantly its battery unless you do not have the handy wall socket nearby. A normal laptop battery hardly gives you more than an hour to use if you are listening to tunes, if you are watching movies or even if playing games on it. These activities drain your battery like in minutes. Most of the people have overcome this shortcoming of battery life of their laptops by purchasing the extra batteries and more precisely the external power sources. However, these are always the pricey options which can eat up your budgets. A number of simple ways you can utilize to improve your laptop batteries so that you may have more running time.

1. Use the Power Management Options:

There is a power management option in Windows, which is also known as Power Options. It is a great way to drain less battery power and add more time to your running time between charges doses. These power options provide you the ultimate ability to control all of your hardware activities. Moreover it sets sleep and hybrid sleep options as well for you and take very advanced measures overcome power shortage issues. Vista is the new windows OS and it gives you much more control over how your laptop battery will be used than its old Windows OS. On contrary the old Windows XP also provides you the comprehensive and easy ways to save battery power of your laptop.

2. Files remove all USB devices:

Yes! The truth with USB devices is that USB storage devices drain your laptop battery. USB storage devices, a USB mouse and even if you use a wireless adapter your laptop requires a large amount of your battery to remain active and run your programs. In order to use your battery for longer, remove all unused USB devices from your Laptop.

3. Keep your DVD/CD player empty:

Listening songs from CD player or watching DVD is basically one of the major cause of laptop battery drainage. Plenty of mechanical processes occur to spin the disk in your CD/DVD drive and to keep these drives empty by copying the movies and songs to your hard drive you can make your laptop battery life really long.

4. Turn off Your Wireless Adapter:

There is a built in wireless adapter which is really a handy piece of hardware and as a common rule of thumb all your laptop hardware needs battery power. To maintain your battery the wireless adapter should be turned off when you do not use it. If in case the wireless adapter can’t be turned off easily or you can’t do it with a physical button just simply use the Power Options.

5. Simply Increase Your RAM:

All we know that the Ram in our Laptops acts as temporary storage for data. This consumes a great part of your computer, CPU and hard disk as well. The increased Ram makes it quite easy and possible to use less processing power and it also reduces the need to constantly read data off your hard disk. Which in actual reduces the amount of battery power consumed.

Using Windows Safe Mode and Advanced Options

Computer problems can be tricky to pin down. We’ve often seen minor software bugs produce issues that would seem to be asymptomatic of hardware problems, and vice versa. Some hangs can only be fixed by shutting down the computer and restarting it, others need advanced troubleshooting techniques like accessing the Safe Mode and Advanced Options.

With Safe Mode, Windows will load using a basic set of drivers, which is an ideal environment for troubleshooting problems from recently installed devices, drivers, and applications. You’ll also be able to perform a System Restore in Safe Mode, so you could return your computer to a point before you installed a trouble program or driver. To access Safe Mode in Windows 7, turn on your computer and repeatedly press and hold the F8 key during the initial boot up process, which will bring up Windows’ Safe Mode options.

In Windows 8, you can force the PC to go into Safe Mode from within Windows. Open the Charms bar, hold the SHIFT key, click the power icon, and select Restart while holding down the SHIFT key. When Windows boots up again, it will bring up the Advanced Startup menu. From there, you can select Troubleshoot, Advanced Options, and Windows Startup Settings. Then, choose Enable Safe Mode and select Restart, which will bring up the familiar Safe Mode.

Once inside Safe Mode, you should be able to delete the driver or application that’s causing a problem, or you can try to reinstall the troublesome program or driver to see if it will fix the issue. If removing the application doesn’t solve the problem, try a System Restore to a point when the computer was working normally. If your PC can’t even boot into Safe Mode, you may need to completely reinstall Windows to fix the issue.

 

Wireless Router Installation and Configuration

Setting up and securing a wireless router in your office is something anyone can do. Here, we’ll take you step-by-step through the physical installation and setup of a router.

Step One
Start by disconnecting the device that is currently connected to your cable or DSL modem. If you don’t already have a network, this is likely a PC. If you’re upgrading a network, this is likely the old router.

Step Two
Power off your cable or DSL modem.

Step Three
Run an Ethernet cable from the cable or DSL modem to the router’s WAN (wide-area network) port. Note that it’s best to locate a wireless router in the middle of a home or office, if possible, so that the signal will reach all of your devices. To move the router, you may need to move the cable or DSL modem, or locate a stretch of Ethernet cable that’s long enough to reach the spot where you want to place the wireless router.

Step Four
Connect one end of an Ethernet cable to the LAN port on the router and connect the other end to a PC with a wired Ethernet connection, because you’ll need a wired connection to access and configure the wireless router.

Step Five
Attach the power adapter to the router, and plug the power adapter into a wall outlet. In some cases, you may also need to switch the router on. Also, you can now power on your cable or DSL modem. Wait a minute or two until both the router and modem have booted up.

Step Six
Turn on the computer that’s connected to the router and open your Web browser. Reference the router’s users manual to find the address you need to enter to make changes to the router’s configuration. Typically, the Web address will be something similar to http://192.168.10.1. Once you open the configuration utility, you’ll need to enter a username and password, the defaults for which are generally “admin.” Note that you can (and should) change the username and password within the router’s settings, so that only you will be able to alter the router’s configuration.

Step Seven
You should now have access to the router’s configuration utility. Start by setting up your Internet connection with the information that was provided by your ISP. Many routers offer a setup wizard area; from here you can click through the most common options to quickly configure your router. After you’ve entered the data, you’ll likely need to reboot the router for the settings to take effect.

Step Eight
Most routers begin broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal by default, but you’ll want to alter the settings with a network name and password that’s known only to employees and guests. To protect your network, it’s wise to encrypt it. Typically, these settings should be listed under a Wi- Fi or wireless settings area where you’ll change the network name. To change the network name, look for the SSID Service Set Identifier) field. Enter the name of the network you prefer, such as your business’s name or something that will help employees easily figure out what network they should join. As an extra security measure, consider setting the system so that it does not broadcast the SSID, in which case your employees (or family) will have to manually enter the name when they (or you) set up their computers to connect to the wireless network.

Step Nine
Next, configure the network’s encryption protocol. There are three common encryption standards: WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access), or WPA2. WPA2 is generally considered the strongest encryption method, and WPAPSK (pre-shared key) allows you to use a memorable password, rather than a long, random string of numbers and letters. To set up Wi-Fi encryption, choose the standard you want to use and enter the password into the available fields. Whatever you choose, come up with a good way to remember the network name and key or write it down (keep it in a secure location if you do so) to make it easy to give it to employees and important clients who need Wi-Fi access.

Step Ten
Now, you should be able to see and access the network on your office computers. If service still seems to be spotty or slow, check with your employees about what Web applications they are using during the workday. For example, video conferencing or social networking tools occasionally take up extra bandwidth, although they can be useful for meeting and interacting with clients and customersremotely.

 

What To Do When Your PC System Won’t Boot

Few computer problems are more frustrating than a system that won’t boot. Your best lifeline, the Internet, is inaccessible, you often don’t have an error message to give you a clue, and the software menus to which you do have access may be unfamiliar and difficult to navigate and decipher.

The best way to troubleshoot the problem is to try the most common fixes first and then work your way down to the less common fixes.

Recent Hardware Changes

If your system reboots immediately after you start your computer, that’s often an indication of a hardware problem. If you recently installed anything, such as a new storage device, processor, or memory module, check to see that you installed it as instructed. Remember to exercise caution when working inside your computer: Turn it off, unplug it, and then touch a part of the case frame to dissipate static electricity. The first thing to do is to ensure that your memory modules are properly seated. It’s also a good idea to check that every hard drive or SSD in the system has both power and data cables firmly connected. Be sure to check the processor heatsink to make sure it’s installed and held firmly in place and that the graphics card (if present) is fully inserted into its slot and any external power ports are connected to the power supply. Make sure all the motherboard power ports are connected, as well; most motherboards require a 24-pin power connector on the right edge of the board and a 4- or 8-pin power connection toward the top of the motherboard.

Back To The BIOS

If the settings in the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) have become unstable, resetting it may solve the problem. To do this, restart your computer and immediately press the designated key that lets you access the BIOS. This key varies from computer to computer, but often it appears onscreen during the boot process. The DELETE, ESC, F1, or F2 keys are all common. Once in the BIOS setup utility, try loading the Optimized Defaults, save the settings, and restart. If your computer still fails, re-enter the BIOS and load the Fail-Safe Defaults. If you can’t even access the BIOS, then you may need to reset the CMOS (complementary metaloxide semiconductor), which retains your computer’s BIOS settings. Consult your motherboard or computer manual for the location of the CMOS jumper, which you can temporarily move between the three pins on the motherboard to perform the reset. After about 10 seconds, move the jumper back and try restarting.

The Safe Mode Or System Restore Options

Try to boot your computer into Safe Mode by restarting your computer and pressing the F8 key as it attempts to boot up. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight the Safe Mode option and then press ENTER. If you have more than one OS installed on your system, you may need to select the OS you want to boot into Safe Mode. If your computer boots successfully into Safe Mode, then the issue may have been resolved, so attempt a normal reboot. If the problem persists, try a System Restore: Re-enter Safe Mode, click Start, type system restore, and then press ENTER. Use this wizard to use a Restore Point to reclaim access to your PC. Be sure to select a point prior to the day on which you began having trouble.

 

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