Archives For October 2011

Most home users will find that Home Premium is the best option for either an upgrade from a more basic version of Windows 7 or as a stand-alone upgrade

Home Premium

£149.99

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Home  Premium N

£149.99

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Professional

£219.99

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Professional N

£219.99

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Ultimate

£229.99

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Ultimate N

£229.99

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Features

Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation.

Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often.

Make your web experience faster, easier and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8.

Watch many of your favourite TV shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV.

Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup.

Run many Windows XP business programs in Windows XP Mode (separate download).

Connect to company networks easily and more securely with Domain Join.

In addition to full-system Backup and Restore found in all editions, you can back up to a home or business network.

Help protect data on your PC and portable storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker.

Work in the language of your choice and switch between any of 35 languages.

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Backing up data is important for a variety of different reasons, you may experience a hardware failure, or you maybe unfortunate to acquire a virus on your computer, your machine may be stolen or damaged through split liquids. Whatever the reason, its imperative you do not loose your valuable data. There are a variety of different back up methods available to the home user today, some are listed below.

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Most people don’t even think about surge protection when they buy a PC, but when you go out and spend a lot of money on a machine it is wise to think about this sort of protection.

Below are some of the reasons why :

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In order to keep your Hard Disk functioning well, it is a good idea to ‘defrag’ it once every 6 months. Fragmentation occurs when an operating system breaks a file into pieces because there is not enough space on the storage device where the file was originally saved.

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How to clean an LCD screen (TFT/LCD computer monitor or laptop screen)

What you will need:

  • a soft, anti-static cloth (for the plastic casing) (if required).
  • micro-fibre (lint-free) cloth (similar to eyeglass cloths).
  • suitable cleaning fluid for the monitor’s plastic case.
  • suitable LCD screen cleaning fluid or distilled water (google “LCD screen cleaner for a range of products” or purchase from reputable PC outlet.
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    Keyboard cleaning is essential to keep your computer looking nice and to minimise data input error. First, shutdown your PC and remove the mains plug, unplug the keyboard (remember which socket) and hold it upside down to release any debris from in-between the keys (pressing the keys is a good way to release it).

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    When to clean your mouse?

    When an optical mouse needs cleaning, the mouse pointer’s movement will be sporadic, it may also jump across the screen for no reason.

    Basic Mouse Operation

    First, to understand what is happening when your mouse gets dirty, and clarify which parts will need cleaning, a brief word about how the different types of mouse work.

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    Good PC maintenance involves a number of different jobs, from keeping your keyboard and mouse clean, to cleaning up your hard drive by removing temporary files. The frequency of the maintenance will depend on how often the computer is used. Basic maintenance, such as wiping over the keyboard and the screen should be done as often as possible, at least once a week for computers that are used daily.

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