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How to Fix & Repair a Computer for Free

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Repairing your computer does not always require the services of a costly computer technician. Most problems on today's operating systems can be solved by using the System Restore feature you already have at your fingertips. Be sure to back up files beforehand; some features will erase data files. Refer to your user's manual for further details.

Systems Restore
Click "Start" and type "System Restore" in the "Search" box.

Press "Enter" and select "Use a different restore point."

Choose a date prior to the time your computer first began exhibiting problems.

How to Restore Your Computer to an Earlier Date

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Windows 8's System Restore feature can breathe new life into a sluggish or virus-ridden system by returning your PC to a earlier, fully functional state. Although performing a restore won't work miracles, it can correct many problems and troubleshoot recently installed programs.

How to Teach Senior Citzens to Use a Computer

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When it comes to learning how to use a computer, senior citizens tend to harbor a bit of apprehension. To many, learning the technology is intimidating and seems like an insurmountable task. The key is to patiently break down the information into smaller, easy to digest chunks. In addition, showing them practical ways that computers can make their lives easier is a good way to break down any misconceptions they may have. With the right method of instruction, you can have your elderly pupils technologically up to speed with ease.

How to Clean Under the Hood of Your Computer

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Other than power spikes, spilled beverages and falling down the stairs, few things shorten a computer's lifespan as much as accumulated dust. After just a few months of normal use, a fine layer of dust will accumulate on a computer's circuits and ventilation ducts. If you have pets, animal hair and dander is an even greater threat. Much like wearing a wool sweater when you're jogging, this makes it harder for the computer to dispel heat. If neglected, the build-up can plug fans and the ventilation system, making the computer severely overheat. Cleaning inside a computer takes just a few minutes. All you need is a can of compressed air.

How to Scan a Document to a Computer

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With the rise in popularity of all-in-one printers, many people now have the capacity to scan documents. Many businesses utilize scanners to create electronic files of documents that were created manually to reduce paper consumption and to allow for editing and email distribution. Learn how easy it is to to scan a document to a computer.

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Scanner
Scanning software

How to Scan Something Into a Computer

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Add all sorts of items to your computer system by scanning them. With an all-in-one printer or simply a scanner connected to your computer, capture documents and images and then store them digitally. This helps you keep track of purchase receipts, copy a product to store its image or back up important papers such as contracts. Scanning also allows you to create copies of photographs to post onto social networking sites and share with family and friends.

How to Recycle Gold From a Computer

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Recycling old or defunct computers is not only environmentally responsible. It can be somewhat profitable as well. As they computer age goes on, our land fills are chock full of electronic waste that inevitably pollutes our water sources and the earth it's buried under. When you are taking out that new laptop or CPU, use that box to hold all your recyclable, old computer parts.

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Old computers Screwdriver Bins to hold materials

How Does RAM Affect Computer Speed?

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Computer lag that occurs when loading programs, working with large files or loading new areas in games is often caused by the time it takes to move data to and from the hard drive. While you can't eliminate loading time entirely, incorporating the recommended amount of RAM for the programs you use cuts down on hard drive transfers and makes your computer work faster. If you already have enough RAM, however, you can't further improve the system's speed by adding more.

How to Write Computer Code

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Computer languages are used to instruct computers to perform tasks that computers are ideal for, such a complex mathematics and processing large amounts of information. Computers speak in a language called "machine language." Higher level computer languages are close to English and are translated to machine language through computer programs called compilers. Computer code consists of statements put together by a high level language, often known as "source code." There are many different languages and programming paradigms used to achieve different tasks with a computer.

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Computer
Operating system
Compiler for selected program
Debugger for selected programming language

What To Do When a USB Cable Causes a Laptop to Stop Responding

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Your laptop’s USB ports are its primary mechanism for connecting to accessories and peripherals. Without functional USB ports, you would not be able to connect a mouse, keyboard, external hard drive or thumb drive. If connecting devices to one of your laptop’s USB ports causes the computer to stop responding, the issue could stem from several possible sources

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