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Comment by Barry on Make a Windows 10 Recovery Drive, NOW (March 29, 2020 04:49 PM)
for those of you having problems -- Bob's highlighted text may make it appear that you enter (or reenter) the PS C:\Users\(username)> please note tha...
Comment by Art F on Make a Windows 10 Recovery Drive, NOW (March 29, 2020 03:21 PM)
I just noticed that when I select "This PC" from the Start display and right click on that and select Properties, the last line contains a product key...
Comment by JoelB on Make a Windows 10 Recovery Drive, NOW (March 29, 2020 12:19 PM)
I'm certainly not the sharpest knife in this drawer, but my advice would be: "Patience my children, Patience!" I pasted the command line, and nothing...
Comment by Bob Pegram on Rev Up Your Laptop (more speed tips) (March 29, 2020 09:50 AM)
Bob - You omitted the most basic step in replacing the laptop hard drive - unplug the laptop and remove the battery before removing or adding a hard d...
Comment by Jeffrey Durkes on Here's How to Boost Laptop Wifi Reception (March 29, 2020 05:58 AM)
What are the best ones for Chromebooks?...
Comment by Lincoln on Make a Windows 10 Recovery Drive, NOW (March 29, 2020 01:55 AM)
Thank you for this. The product key instructions worked, and I had no trouble making the recovery drive. I do want to point out that even on a new and...
Comment by Wild Bill on Rev Up Your Laptop (more speed tips) (March 28, 2020 11:10 PM)
Once again, you probably do NOT want to defrag your drive if it is an SSD. HDDs have to move the read head to different locations. There is no read ...
Comment by GregC on Make a Windows 10 Recovery Drive, NOW (March 28, 2020 08:23 PM)
I am FAR from a Windows expert, but I believe there are THREE classes of Win 10 Product Keys: 1-Keys that are embedded in the UEFI (BIOS) by the compu...
Comment by The146% on Rev Up Your Laptop (more speed tips) (March 28, 2020 04:07 PM)
I think my laptop caught the COVID-19 virus. Does Malwarebytes have a cure for that yet?...
Comment by Bob on Rev Up Your Laptop (more speed tips) (March 28, 2020 04:01 PM)
- Go to manufacturer's support website and download the service manual to learn how to open the case to upgrade RAM and disk drive. - If you can't ins...
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Rev Up Your Laptop (more speed tips)

A frustrated reader asks: 'How can I make my laptop faster? It is definitely slower than my desktop for most tasks, and it bogs down when I try to open more than one program. Should I replace the hard drive, add more memory, or take some other actions?' Read on for my advice on how to improve the performance of your trusty laptop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 27, 2020 | Category: Laptops


Make a Windows 10 Recovery Drive, NOW

What is the best time to prepare for a disaster? When everything's going just fine, of course. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to create a System Recovery Drive for their Windows 10 systems until AFTER they really need it. Here are the steps to make a bootable USB recovery drive; I hope you will follow them right now, if you have not done so already...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 26, 2020 | Category: Windows-10


Geekly Update - 25 March 2020

Do you need new glasses, or are those online videos looking a little blurry? Does working from home make you more vulnerable to malware and cybercriminals? What's the latest privacy concern over your social media posts? (Hint: it's not Facebook or Google) Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 25, 2020 | Category: Tech-News


Do Computers (and other gadgets) Get Tired?

A reader asks: “Sometimes my computer acts weird when it has been running for several days. I have heard about something called ‘electron buildup’ but I am not sure I should take it seriously. Can electronic devices really suffer from fatigue if they are on too long?” It’s a great question. Read on for my thought on this topic...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 24, 2020 | Category: Hardware


Forgot Windows 10 Password? Here's How to Reset It

So you forgot your Windows 10 login password? Or maybe you 'inherited' a Windows 10 computer and you can't log in. There's hope, but resetting a forgotten password for a Windows 10 PC can be complicated by several factors. I this article, I’ll show you how to create a Password Reset disk as a preventive measure, and also how to reset your password if you don’t have one. Let's dig in...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 23, 2020 | Category: Windows-10


Geekly Update - 19 March 2020

Is the rollout of 5G wireless technology a sneaky way to spread viruses and help the Illuminati control your mind? Will artificial intelligence help you do yard work and office work at the same time? And what's the best way to help your neighbors during a time of crisis? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 19, 2020 | Category: Tech-News


Here's How to Sell Your Car Online

When it’s time sell your car, many people turn to the Web to sell theirs. Here is a cogent guide to finding out what your used car is worth, and selling a car online...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 18, 2020 | Category: Auto


Here's How: Genealogy Research Online

Are you interested in learning about your relatives and ancestors, or creating a family tree? Are you looking for good software or websites where you can do genealogy research? You've come to the right place! Read on for some of the best online genealogy tools...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 17, 2020 | Category: Genealogy


Drowning in Your Email Inbox?

Do you sometimes feel like you're slowly being buried under a pile of unread, unanswered email? Are you starting to run out of free storage space in your Gmail account? It's time to go on an email diet and shed a few gigabytes. Read on for my advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 16, 2020 | Category: Email


Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts are handy combinations of two or more keys (or a key and a mouse button) that, when pressed simultaneously, perform a task that would normally require moving the mouse around, clicking, and possibly navigating sub-menus. Windows keyboard shortcuts save time, wrist motions, and for some people, carpal tunnel pain. There's even a secret keystroke that very few people know! Here are some keyboard shortcuts you should know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 13, 2020 | Category: Windows-10


Here's How to Boost Laptop Wifi Reception

Boosting your laptop's WiFi reception is a good idea, no matter where you are. Away from town and cities, wireless Internet hotspots can be few and far between. But even in urban areas where WiFi hotspots are plentiful it's good to have more networks from which to choose. Here's how to get a stronger wifi signal...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 12, 2020 | Category: Wireless


Geekly Update - 11 March 2020

Should you to dunk your smartphone in a bucket of bleach to scare off germs and viruses? Is it legal to share your Netflix or Amazon Prime account with friends and family? Will hitting the Reset Button make you a happier person? And do you own any of the worst tech products of the last decade? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 11, 2020 | Category: Tech-News


So You Want to Destroy a Hard Drive

A concerned reader asks: 'I am getting rid of an old computer, and I want to make sure NONE of the data on the hard drive can be be accessed. (Don't ask me why) What is the best way to destroy a hard drive and ALL the data on it?' There are plenty of options, read on for my advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 10, 2020 | Category: Hard-Drives


Call The Geek Squad? (yes or no)

A reader asks: 'My computer is running really slow, and I think it might have a virus. There's also a ticking sound inside the computer. I'm not very technical, so I'm thinking about calling the Geek Squad. Do you think that's a good idea?' Here is my advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 09, 2020 | Category: Hardware


Recovering Deleted Files on Windows 10

'Wait... I didn't mean to delete that file!' It happens to everyone... a stray mouse click or fumbling fingers, and the document or spreadsheet you just spent hours creating is gone. Or maybe not. Here are some things to try when you want to recover a deleted file...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 06, 2020 | Category: Windows-10




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