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Comment by kevin on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 11:01 PM)
Kawika 56: I used to have problems like yours at certain times with Win 98 and XP, but less so with Windows 10. The best approach is to be sure that r...
Comment by Geoff Harris on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 10:32 PM)
I like to use Repair Install using the Media Creation Tool. I do it every 6 months even if I don't need to. G...
Comment by Nezzar on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 10:03 PM)
Dear Bob, Thanks for a very useful article. I have used System Restore for Windows 10 successfully in the past. I did checked my system restore s...
Comment by RandiO on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 09:49 PM)
When installing/updating any Win10 program; I let RevoUninstaller track all changes down to the registry edits. I have a WD MyCloud NAS utility whic...
Comment by Brian B on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 09:39 PM)
I create a restore point just before installing any new software, or performing an action which might foul up the system, otherwise, Macrium Reflect d...
Comment by Bernard Gray on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 09:29 PM)
My windows 10 does not have a search field when I click start it shows me what programs I have but no search box. So how do I set a restore point?...
Comment by Edd Garrison on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 08:54 PM)
Download wu10.diagcab from the Win10 microsoft site if you haven't already. It aloets you to run a better update diagnostic for update as an ADMIN. Y...
Comment by Edd Garrison on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 08:54 PM)
Download wu10.diagcab from the Win10 microsoft site if you haven't already. It aloets you to run a better update diagnostic for update as an ADMIN. Y...
Comment by Melculbertson on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 07:44 PM)
System restore has saved my bacon on a few occasions. It’s a great tool to fix problems. I would have been in deep do-do if not for system restore. ...
Comment by MartinW on Try System Restore for Windows 10 (February 27, 2020 07:41 PM)
Two Win10 laptops: I DO create Restore Points. On one computer, they're always still there (until I delete them). On The other, it's hit or miss on wh...
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Try System Restore for Windows 10

Sometimes Windows suddenly starts to misbehave for reasons unknown. You could spend hours tracking down the subtle change that caused the problem, or you could climb into your time machine and go back to an earlier, pleasanter time when everything worked perfectly. That latter option is possible with the System Restore feature in Windows 10. Here's how it works...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 27, 2020 | Category: Windows-10


Geekly Update - 26 February 2020

What's the best way to get revenge on robocallers? How is the Coronavirus helping to spread computer viruses? Are hackers using your robo-vacuum to spy on you in your home? And what do new studies reveal about the safety of 5G mobile tech? 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 February 26, 2020 | Category: Tech-News


Do You Know the Signs of Identity Theft?

Nobody wants to be a victim of identity theft, but if you're lucky, you'll know immediately when your identity has been stolen. A missing wallet or purse sets off an instant alarm. But many victims of identity theft don't learn of it until months after the fact, when enormous damage has been done to their finances and credit. Here's what to look for if you're concerned about possible identity theft...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 25, 2020 | Category: Privacy


Does Your Computer Need a Sandbox?

Any time you install software, you run the risk of damage to your computer system. Even if the software is not designed to make mischief, there's still a chance that it has flaws or is vulnerable to exploits that could wreak havoc. Here's how to insulate your computer from software that may pose potential security threats...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 24, 2020 | Category: Software


Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe

Attention all Stargazers... If you're an amateur astronomer, or you just enjoy looking up into the night sky, the Internet is full of resources for you. For the best star pictures, astronomy websites, user groups and online astronomy courses, read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 21, 2020 | Category: Astronomy


Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero!

After years of hearing from AskBob readers about PC Matic, I finally decided it was time to give the popular antivirus and PC optimizer software a test drive. So 18 months ago, I did just that, and published my PC Matic review. At the time, I was impressed enough to ditch my current security software, and entrust my home and office computers to PC Matic. A year and a half later, I'm giving PC Matic a ZERO. But wait... that's actually a GOOD thing! Read on for my updated review and recommendation...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 20, 2020 | Category: Anti-Virus


Geekly Update - 19 February 2020

What good is an electronic voting system that doesn't even try to protect itself from hackers? Has a Harvard astronomer proved that mysterious radio signals from outer space are proof of alien life? What happens when your connected car get disconnected? And dang it, are robots eating all the cupcakes now? 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 February 19, 2020 | Category: Tech-News


Here's Your Wireless Network Security Checklist

A concerned reader asks: 'I have a wireless router, with several computers and other gadgets in my home connected to wifi, but I'm worried about the security of the wireless network. How can I make sure that nobody can secretly access my computers through a wireless connection?' Read on for my answer and advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 18, 2020 | Category: Wireless


How NOT to Get Scammed on Craigslist

Craigslist, the free online classified ads service, is a popular way to buy, sell, and trade goods or services locally. It's also used as a dating service, a job-hunting and recruiting tool, and much more. Lots of people use it every day for legitimate transactions, but if you're not careful, you could end up scammed by someone you meet through one of these online marketplaces. Here are some traps to avoid...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 17, 2020 | Category: Shopping


So You Just Googled Youself...

Have you ever Googled your own name, address or phone number? In an age of powerful search engines, social media, and changing attitudes about privacy, you might be shocked to see what a casual searcher can learn about you. If you're okay with that level of transparency, then fine. If not, read on for some tips on what you can do about it...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 14, 2020 | Category: Search-Engines


Ready for Some Fun With Words?

Everyone knows that Nail-Biting Refreshes The Feet. Oops! I meant to say that 'The Best Things In Life Are Free'. How did that come out so wrong? I must have had my brain hooked up to that anagram generator too long. Read on for a batch of fun links to websites that will help you improve your vocabulary, win at word games, and impress your friends. Ready, set, go!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 13, 2020 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 12 February 2020

What happens when you fold a sheet of glass in half? Should we believe the robots when they tell us they're just here to help? And can you charge your phone with an Apollo 11 Moon Landing Guidance Computer? 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 February 12, 2020 | Category: Tech-News


[SPEED] How Fast Is Your PC?

A reader asks: I'm shopping for a new PC, and it's difficult to get an overall rating for how fast a computer is, under real world conditions. Some benchmarks show raw CPU speed, but I'm looking for more than that. Can you recommend any free software to measure system performance? Yes, that and more! Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 11, 2020 | Category: Hardware


Some Fascinating History of the Internet

The history of computing and the story of how the Internet was invented are fascinating subjects to me. After doing some reading and research on early computers and Internet history, I've put together some excellent links that you can explore to learn more at your leisure...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 10, 2020 | Category: Reference


Do You Know Your Computer's Worst Enemy?

Your computer shuts down without warning at random times? There are several possible causes, but overheating is the most likely, and easiest to solve. Read on to learn why heat is your computer's Enemy Number One, and how to keep your computer from being damaged by overheating...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 07, 2020 | Category: Hardware




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