Category Archives: Windows Computers

How To Wipe Your Hard Drive Safely And Securely

There are many reasons one would wish to wipe their own hard drive. If you are planning to sell your computer to a stranger, it would be a very good idea to do so. A lot of information can be recovered from an unwiped computer, and personal information in the hands of a stranger could be very dangerous. In this article I will teach you how to wipe your hard drive using a free program called Darik’s Boot And Nuke.

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Links To Computer Manufacturer’s Driver Downloads Pages

Okay, I know I won’t really be teaching you anything in this post, or discussing anything, really. A lot of computer problems can be solved by updating your drivers, so, to improve the quality of some of my future posts, I’m making this article to reference back to when I suggest people update their drivers. Drivers are software that communicate with the hardware of your computer. Anyway, here is a list of links to all major computer manufacturer’s driver download pages.

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How To Choose The Best New Computer For Your Needs

As a lot of us know, choosing a new computer can be a stressful experience. We want to get the best computer we can to fit all of our needs, but without overpaying for features we don’t need. This article will go over what things you should consider while choosing a new computer, and will teach you how to determine what computer is right for you, without spending more then you need to spend. Continue reading How To Choose The Best New Computer For Your Needs

Computer Terms

I wanted to make this blog understandable by everyone, even the complete computer newbie. I understand that some of the computer terms I use in this blog may not be understood by some of TechPopper’s readers, so I decided to make a full list of computer terms. If you can’t understand a word I use an article, refer to this list. If a word isn’t mentioned on here, you can always post  a question about it in a comment, or by emailing me at questions@techpopper.com. Anyway, let’s begin.

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Blue Screen Of Death – BSOD Error Codes, What they are and how to fix them

When you see a blue screen pop up on your windows computer, you know something bad is going on. A blue screen, commonly known as the blue screen of death, appears when a critical system error has occurred. The blue screen is a stop error, which means it makes the system stop responding and dumps the memory in order to prevent damage to the hardware of the computer.

As intimidating as it may seem, the blue screen is not as bad as it looks. Luckily, most blue screens do not mean there is permanent damage to your computer. Most can be fixed by identifying the error and then doing simple steps to resolve the problem. If you are having problems with bluescreening on your pc, read on, as this article may be able to help you. Continue reading Blue Screen Of Death – BSOD Error Codes, What they are and how to fix them

Why Your PC Is Crashing And How To Fix It, Stop Computer Crashes

My computer crashes, what should I do?

If your computer is crashing, there is something wrong. This post will help you identify what is wrong with your PC computer, and what can be done to fix it.

The first thing you want to do is figure out how your computer is crashing.

Is it crashing with a stop error (blue screen)? Is it overheating and shutting off? Or is it shutting off when a specific action is done (e.g.) running a certain program. Or maybe, it’s just shutting off at random times, and is not happening in any pattern? If one of those four things is happening to you, read on, we may be able to solve your problem. Continue reading Why Your PC Is Crashing And How To Fix It, Stop Computer Crashes

How To Stop Your Computer From Falling Asleep – Windows And Mac

If you’re downloading a large file, or just want to keep a program running while you go somewhere, or sleep, you don’t want your computer going into its sleep mode, because that would stop it from continuing. Fortunately its quick and easy to make it so your computer will not automatically sleep on both Windows and Mac OS. Continue reading How To Stop Your Computer From Falling Asleep – Windows And Mac

25 Things You Can Do On A Computer

1. Play Games

There is an endless amount of games on the internet. Playing games on your computer is a great way to pass time.

2. Type Documents

If there is something you need to type, whether it be a letter, an article, or even just a shopping list, it can be done on a computer quickly and easily.

3. Listen To Music

If a song is out, you can find it on the internet and listen to it on your computer, even while you’re offline. I recommend iTunes for managing your songs. Continue reading 25 Things You Can Do On A Computer

How To Defrag Your Pc Quickly And Easily

If your computer is running slow it may seem like a good idea to defrag your computers drive. But maybe you were told that it needed to be done by someone else, and you don’t know what it means. That’s okay.

Basically, when you defrag your computers hard drive, your computer moves files around so they are easier to access. Because the files are easier to access it makes the computer quicker to find them and use them. Think of it this way. Lets say I had a list of 1000 names for guests at a party of mine. I had to have someone check someones name to see if it is on the list. However, all the guest names are in random order. It’d be much quicker for me to move all the names around until they’re in alphabetical order, so when the time comes that I need those names I’ll be able to find them much faster.

So now that you hopefully understand the importance of defragging and what it does, I can show you how it’s done. It’s very simple actually.  Continue reading How To Defrag Your Pc Quickly And Easily

How to turn on your Windows Firewall (Seven, Vista and XP)

If your computer is being supported by Windows, then your computer also has a built in firewall. If your having virus problems, you might want to check to see that this firewall is on if you don’t own a different firewall (such as Norton, Cisco, etc.). To check this, click the windows button in the bottom right corner, then in the search bar type Run. When the run window is open, type Firewall.cpl, and then click enter.

A screen should pop up like this one below.

If it says Windows Firewall is on, then your fine! For any reason, if its off and you want to turn it on click the Change Settings and change the setting from off to on.

So, why should my firewall be on?

A firewall checks information coming in from the internet and blocks it if it is unsafe. With your firewall off, this process is not happening. A firewall can help prevent hackers from gaining access to your computer, as well as helping to prevent viruses from spreading to your computer, or other computers.