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Mail: Using Windows 10’s Email AppFor the first time in years, Windows comes with a practical built-in email program. It’s a fairly simple affair, as its simple name – Mail – suggests, but sometimes ‘simple’ is best! It handles all the basics of sending and receiving messages, reading and writing them, and organising them into folders. Best of all, Windows …

Categories: Office & Software Programs
Operating Systems: 10
Reference: M005

Maintenance: Keep Your PC Running SmoothlyGiven the opportunity, modern computers do a lot to take care of themselves. Even so, they do still need a little help in some departments – and, depending on how your use your PC, perhaps you’re not always giving it the opportunity it needs to do its own ‘housekeeping’? In this article, I’ll suggest a …

Categories: Basics, Optimisation
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: M012

Malware: Practical Steps to Prevent InfectionWhy would you invite malicious software to install itself on your PC? Well, you certainly wouldn’t do it knowingly – nobody wants a malware infection! But you might do it in the belief that you’re installing something trustworthy and safe. In this article, I’ll show you how easily this can happen, and I’ll explain the …

Categories: Diagnosis & Repair, Internet & Security, Optimisation & System
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10, 11
Reference: M037

Maps Online: Plan the Perfect Day OutSummer is here, and it’s the ideal time to get out and about. But how can you find the best way to your chosen destination? Or perhaps it’s not the destination that matters so much as enjoying some fresh air and scenery along the way? Wherever you’re going, and how, and why, the Internet offers …

Categories: Multimedia
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: M085

Making Windows StableThe Windows operating system was designed to be as stable as possible on the widest range of computers. The fact is, every PC that Windows is installed on is different. The installed software and changed default settings on your PC all culminate in a system that is unique. However, there is one area of the …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: M1

Malware Detection and RemovalIf your computer suddenly starts running extremely slowly, or behaves in an odd way, a virus or Trojan could have managed to penetrate your defences. If this happens, you need to act quickly because an infected PC can quickly spread malware to other computers on your home network and cause a lot of damage. With …

Categories: Internet & Security
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: M100

Memory and Cache Tuning for Optimised PerformanceWindows system RAM and cache memory are complicated areas designed to speed-up how Windows works. For example, cache RAM speeds-up your PC by providing a temporary storage area for hardware devices that talk to each other at different speeds, such as your hard disk and processor, meaning that the fastest device is not constantly waiting …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: XP, Vista
Reference: M12

Maintenance: Annual PC Cleanup TasksThere are many PC maintenance tasks that must be carried out every week in order to keep your PC healthy. As well as your regular maintenance tasks it is also essential that you perform a periodic, complete system overhaul at least once a year, to keep your PC in tip-top working order. This article shows …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: XP, Vista
Reference: M14

May 2019 Update: What’s New in Windows 10?Another six months has gone by, and another ‘feature update’ for Windows 10 has been released. Even as we speak, Microsoft is busily sending out the new May 2019 Update to all Windows 10 users via the Windows Update system. As we’ve come to expect, the new update contains a handful of new features along …

Categories: Updates
Operating Systems: 10
Reference: M180

Motherboard: Upgrade Your PC EasilyYou may think that if your PCs motherboard lacks the features you need, such as USB2 or PCI Express slots, then you have to upgrade your whole PC. This isnt the case, providing you can find a motherboard that will support your current CPU and RAM. All you have to do then is simply replace …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: XP, Vista
Reference: M21

Maintenance: Essential Steps to Spring Clean WindowsYour computer is a complex machine that needs attention every once in a while to keep it in good working order. If youre a car owner, for example, then youll know how important regular servicing is and what can happen if you dont regularly care for your investment. The same is true for your PC. …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Reference: M22

Maintenance: Essential Routine Steps for Vista & XPPerforming regular maintenance on your PC is an essential task that you need to do in order to keep your computer running efficiently. Just like a car, your PC is a complex machine that needs frequent health checks. By routinely auditing your system, you will increase the chances of spotting problems and be able to …

Categories: Installation & Setup
Operating Systems: XP, Vista
Reference: M23

Memory Cards: Choose Wisely to Keep Your Photos SafeA memory card is a tiny device – the size of a postage stamp or smaller – that stores the photos you take on a digital camera or lets you add extra storage space to a mobile phone or a tablet computer. It can do all that for under a tenner. But is it going …

Categories: Multimedia, Optimisation
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10, 11
Reference: M271

Maintenance: Keep Your PC Running All-year-roundJust like any machinery, computers need oiling on a regular basis to keep them running in tip-top condition and provide you with trouble-free operation. In the space of a year, your PC can develop numerous faults that can affect both its physical and logical parts. For example, the operating system is a very complex environment …

Categories: Optimisation
Operating Systems: 98, me, 2000, XP
Reference: M3

Money Saving: Low-cost Upgrades for Your PCIf your computer is starting to seem a little sluggish and is not running the latest software as quickly as you would like, there are a number of tweaks you can apply to help speed things up. But this can only help to improve performance to a certain level, and to get the most from …

Categories: Hardware
Operating Systems: XP, Vista
Reference: M30

Media Player TroubleshootingBanish Playback Problems and Inexplicable Crashes when Using Media Player Windows Media Player is one of the basic programs included with Windows, so it’s no wonder that most users use the Media Player to play videos and audio files. Media Player can even be used to watch content streamed directly from the Internet, and play …

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Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7, 8
Reference: M300

Media Player Error RepairMedia Player is part of the basic setup on Windows 10/8.1/7, so it’s no wonder that the majority of Windows users use Media Player to play back audio andvideo files. Thanks to the automatic setup for most media types, Media Player even launches automatically when you double-click on a music or video file. Featured in …

Categories: Multimedia
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10
Reference: M301

Microsoft Edge: New Features and Useful OptionsMicrosoft released a brand new version of Edge, based on Google Chrome, a couple of years ago. Since then they’ve gradually been adding new features to the web browser. Read on to learn about the most recent changes to Microsoft Edge and pick up some useful tips you may not have discovered on your travels. …

Categories: Office & Software Programs, Optimisation & System, Updates
Operating Systems: 7, 8, 10, 11
Reference: M325

Microsoft Edge: Research Online Using CollectionsWhen you want to research a particular topic, where do you turn? The Internet, of course! But when you start finding useful information, you have to store it in a mishmash of places: web pages in your Favourites list, snippets of text in Notepad or Word documents, pictures saved as image files. How can you …

Categories: Internet & Security
Operating Systems: 10
Reference: M326

Microsoft Edge Tips & TricksOn the surface at least, one web browser is very much like another. They all do the same job, after all, and it’s the details that make the difference. Windows 10’s built-in browser, Microsoft Edge, got off to a lacklustre start, but these days there’s plenty to like about it. Read on to discover its …

Categories: Internet & Security
Operating Systems: 10
Reference: M327