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Q: I've got files that I can't afford to lose. What should I do?
A: Several options - Burn them to CDRW or DVDRW.
Back them up to a USB stick - Or the best option, get an external Hard drive and a backup program like Acronis True Image Home which can back your entire system up, applications included incase of a hard drive crash or Virus attack.

 

Q: How often should I back up?
A: Ask yourself how valuable is my data? How much can I afford to lose? That's how often you should backup. If you can't afford to lose a days data, then backup daily!

 

Q: Why does Windows crash?
A: Windows is a very stable Operating System, but not bullet proof or immune to problems caused by hardware failure or poorly written applications. Windows suddenly crashing frequently could be a sign of your hard drive being on its way out, faulty RAM or a recently installed driver causing problems.

 

 

Q: My computer is suddenly running slow why?
A: Could be a sign that your system has been affected by viruses or a sign of impending hard drive failure.

 

Q: My kids like to use file sharing programs like Limewire is it safe?
A: NO! Limewire is a source of viruses from files being downloaded that aren't what they say they. If you must use Limewire, make sure you have a a very good commercial Anti Virus program keeps itself updated several times per day. Something like Trend Micro PC-cillin or Norton System security both provide excellent all round security and protection from viruses and a myriad of other internet threats.

 

Q: Windows won't boot up now?
A: Can you boot into safe mode? If so boot into safe mode and use Windows Restore to go 'back in time' when your system was running smoothly. No data or files will be lost. Applications may have to be re-installed. One of the applications could have been the cause of Windows problems.

 

 

Q: My PC runs slow, what can I do?
A: A cheap and easy solution for increasing computer speed is to upgrade your RAM. Windows XP runs well on 1 gig of RAM, and beautifully on 2gigs. Vista runs well on 2 gig, but 4 gig for it to reach its full potential.

RAM prices have dropped significantly in recent times.
The drawback is that the older/slower type of RAM has increased in price.

Hard drive prices have also decreased whilst at the same time they have larger capacities (up to 1.5 Terabytes) and they're speed has also increased.
To get an idea of the capacity of a terabyte, consider the common megabyte (MB). Just over thousand megabytes equals one gigabyte, but just over one million megabytes equals a terabyte!

 

 

Q. How much RAM does Vista need?
A. There are the official minimum requirements of 512 MB, but we all know that minimum requirements don't translate to a great experience.
What are the real memory levels that get good performance?

Vista definitely requires more memory than XP did to achieve similar levels of performance.
That is to be expected with all of the new functionality involved.
To run Vista at its best, we recommend you have at least 1.5 gigabytes of RAM.  The following is a mapping from XP RAM to Vista RAM requirements for equivalent performance.

 

XP RAM
Vista RAM
256MB
1 GB
512MB
1.5GB
1GB
2GB
2GB
4GB
Win 7 RAM
Win 8 RAM
4GB
4GB
8GB
8GB
12GB
12GB
16GB
16GB

 

 

In our experience, XP ran very well with 512 MB and only slightly better with 1 GB (unless you were putting it through a very serious work load).
To get this kind of performance out of Vista, you really want 2 GB.
1 GB will work but it will be sluggish at times.  Anything less than 1 GB will feel very slow. If you have any doubt, install as much as you can afford.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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