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I'm beyond frustrated with our HP notebook running Windows 10 with its recent hanging and unexpected shutdowns. I'm being forced to reboot and when I do it runs okay but then the problems return. I run Windows Defender anti-virus and anti-malware program. They both found no problems. After getting a corrupt file message, I talked to support at HP and the tech suggested I reinstall Windows to fix the damage. They warned me that there's a risk of losing important files on my hard drive. Now I'm worried and don't know what I can do. Is there a program that will allow me to find out what's wrong and fix my notebook without having to reinstall Windows?
– Denni W., Alexandria, VA  

All PCs slow down over time as we use them. That's why PC and Windows maintenance is so important. To keep your system is top shape we  recommend a free app called Windows Repair Tool to help find and repair many Windows problems like corrupt or missing files, viruses, malware and junk that kill PC performance. Windows Repair Tool will safely scan and diagnose your complete system and deliver a useful system report. Then within minutes this mighty Windows tool will safely repair and restore your system without requiring a Windows reinstall. The key is Windows Repair Tool's patented Windows repair and restore technology actually replaces critical system files that have been damaged. Look at it like a complete Windows tune up without performing a risky Windows reinstall. Windows Repair Tool will repair and optimize your PC safely and get you back to peak performance. Best of all Windows Repair Tool is free to use. 

I can't believe my four year old Dell PC's 250GB hard drive is nearly filled to capacity. I started the painstaking task of going through my files and removing duplicates. After an hour I barely made a dent. What is the best and quickest way to find duplicate and similar files, like photos for instance on a PC?
– H. Sutherland, London

The best tool for finding duplicate files that we've tested is Easy Duplicate Finder. This tool is safe and easy to use and works great. Just download the app and choose the drive or folder you want to scan for duplicates. Next, choose the duplicate files that you want to manage. A side benefit to cleaning up your hard drive with Easy Duplicate Finder is speed. A clean hard drive results in a faster PC.

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Driver Tip: Common Fixes for Tricky Driver Problems 

If you are having problems with drivers after you have installed them, here are some common fixes that will solve most of your driver problems.

Restarting Your Computer – After installing a driver be sure to restart your computer. Many drivers will not work properly until the system is restarted.

Reinstall the Driver - If you are facing hardware issues, one of the first steps you should take is to reinstall the hardware driver. In many cases this will solve your problem. When you do this, Windows automatically detects and installs the hardware, like new. To do this, go to "Device Manager" on your Windows machine and select "Confirm Device Removal". Then reinstall the driver and reboot the system. 

Rolling Back a Driver - This is a very easy process and there is nothing unsafe about it. To roll back a device driver means to revert to the old version. Windows will use the previous version of your driver. In your Device Manager, right click on the device and choose Properties. Click on the Driver tab, and then click Rollback Driver.

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PC Security Tip: Don’t Disable UAC

UAC stands for User Account Control, a Windows feature that helps prevent viruses or malicious programs from changing your system without permission. It similarly like an antivirus program or a firewall application that provides an important layer of protection to protect your computer from threats.

You can manage UAC from Control Panel > User Accounts -> User Accounts > Change user account control settings



BIOS Tip – Tweaking BIOS to Improve Boot Speed

Tweaking your BIOS settings can be a good way to get your system to boot faster. Just a simple change of some of the key settings can make dramatic differences in how fast your system boots up.

Enable the "Quick Boot" Feature: Many newer PC’s have a special BIOS setting, usually called "Quick Boot" or "Quick Power On Self Test" that can be enabled to make the boot take less time. Try enabling this setting; this will cause the BIOS to skip some of the normal test routines that it performs at boot time, speeding up the boot process.

Remove the Boot Delay Setting: Some PC’s have a BIOS setting that you can use to intentionally delay the boot-up of the PC by several seconds. This setting is often called "Boot Delay" or "Power-on Delay". This can be useful when the BIOS is booting too quickly, causing hard disk drives to be booted before they are ready. However, it also slows the boot process down, so make sure that it is only enabled if it is needed.

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Tech Tip

Download Use Maps offline 

Download regional maps you can use to navigate in Windows 10’s maps app when you don’t have reliable Internet. The new Maps app lets you work offline.

Click Settings – system – Click on offline maps –  Download or Update Maps, and then select the continent and country you want.



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