Need some help figuring out how to use your personal computer, or maybe you got a new one and need some advice on how to set it up? PCMD has compiled articles on these topics and more. They are meant for those who need a little help with the basics, or need help getting started with personal computers. We tried to cover topics that we feel are beneficial to the beginner personal computer user, using minimal technical talk, and with complete explanations. There is also walk through style how tos for those prefer visual step by step instruction. Technology is hard, PCMD makes it easier.
Windows 10 is now a service, meaning Microsoft can change anything, and everything at any time, so posts may no longer be current. However, people may want to use older operating systems, or have yet to update Windows 10 to the current version. Check out the post Using Old Versions Of Windows for our opinion on the matter.
PCMD offers a collection of tips and advice for Microsoft Windows users.
With common sense a computer can be secured without taking extreme measures. We offer recommendations and advice on basic computer security.
Here you can find basic personal computer tips and advice to help your PC run better, be more secure, cleaner, and maybe even last longer.
Protect your data before its too late. Data Backup Tips is an introduction to data storage, and the types of devices that can be used including the cloud.
Don't just surf the web willy nilly, one click is all it takes to fully infest a PC. We offer tips and advice on how to surf the Internet smarter.
The cloud is becoming a popular place to store data and precious memories but is it right for you? Our article the cloud may help you answer that question.
Is using older versions of Windows a good idea or not? PCMD recommends running the latest operating systems, but do you need too?
PCMD recommends all users of Windows operating systems use Windows Update. The benefits out weigh the risks some of the time. Read PCMDs op-ed here.
If your are new to computers or Windows we may have some information you may find helpful. If you like read our article Windows basics.
Computers don't get sick, but they sure can get infected with malware & viruses. If you think your PC is infected read Windows virus help and cure your PC.
People are out to steal anything they can, and an unsecured wireless network makes an easy target. Read wireless basics and secure your network.
Electronic waste or e-waste is pretty much every thing that runs on batteries or has a power cord. Do your part, don't throw electronic waste of any kind in the trash.
When a client has a question some times it is easier to create an image based walk through style how to to help them out. We have decided to post them here so anyone could use them. These are commonly asked questions that usually start with how do I, we answer them with simple and easy to follow steps.
A simple yet easily forgotten, but very useful setting is Windows DPI (dots per inch). Use the "Change the size of text, apps, and other items" slider to enlarge the screen system wide.
Bought a second monitor and can't get your mouse to go across the middle of the screens? The fix is easy and only take a few steps and we walk you through using Windows 10.
When Windows Balanced (recommended) just won't do. Turn to Windows power Options high performance battery settings. However, note that your PC won't be any faster.
PCMD recommends you turn off AutoPlay. Turning off AutoPlay can help prevent issues, for some it can create major problems. Read our how to and decide what's right for you.
With Windows 10 Microsoft hid the ability to individually set static desktop background image for each monitor. We show you how to find the setting and use it while it's still there.
The Quick Link Menu allows for easy access to Windows settings which are commonly needed.