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You Can Still Get a Windows 10 Upgrade For Free!

Posted by Nate Alekna on Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Windows 10 isn’t free anymore and that’s bad news for anyone who didn’t get the chance to upgrade before the free period ended. You might think you’re consigned to spending the rest of your days using Windows 7 or shell out $130 for the cheapest copy. You would be mistaken. The cheapest copy of Windows 10 you can get right now is actually in the neighborhood of totally free.

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Tags: Windows Tips, Windows 10, Activate Windows

Windows 8 Bloatware Removal

Posted by Henry Dallow on Sat, Apr 26, 2014

Windows 8 Bloatware Removal

Unfortunately removing the unwanted Windows 8 bloatware is something of a ritual these days after the unboxing of a new PC.

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Tags: Windows Tips, Bloatware, Windows 8

Setting Up Secure Email Accounts In Outlook 2010

Posted by Serges LaRiviere on Mon, Nov 26, 2012

To securely set up your email account in Outlook 2010, begin by thinking about which type of email service you want to use. The 2 main options are POP3 (Post Office Protocol) or IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol), the differences being that one (IMAP) interacts with the server in real-time and all messages remain on the server and are synced immediately (or at set intervals) with your computer, the other (POP) downloads all of the messages to your computer and when something is changed on your computer, like being read or deleted, the changes are "pushed" back onto the server at set intervals.

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Tags: Outlook 2010, Email Setup in Outlook 2010, email, Windows Tips, Security, Customize Windows

How Do I set Up a Computer Backup Plan

Posted by Serges LaRiviere on Thu, Sep 13, 2012

Ok, we’ve all heard it a million times before, backup your data on a regular schedule so if you have a system meltdown you can restore all of your files but how many of us are not doing it. Maybe we do it once a month or maybe never, believe it or not I know personnel friends that have never backed up their computer, no kidding. We've already covered some of the basics of backups before, but today we'll go over how to use Windows 7's built in back up program to keep your data protected.

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Tags: external hard drives, flash drives, Windows Tips, Security, Malware Prevention, Windows 7, Data Backup

Easy Speed Boost for your PC

Posted by Edward Drummond on Fri, May 25, 2012

Looking for an easy speed boost for your PC without spending any money?  Windows uses a decent amount of resources just displaying graphical goodies like shadows under the mouse cursor and pretty buttons.  Try the following steps to reduce the amount of memory and processor speed that Windows itself robs you of with some of its graphical goodies.  You can enable or disable  the listed features in the menu as you go to fine tune what things you want to see or not.

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Tags: PC tips, PC Tips'n'tricks, Windows Tips, Speed up my computer, Windows Tweaks

5 Simple Custom Tweaks for Windows

Posted by Serges LaRiviere on Thu, Apr 26, 2012

At Northampton Computer Repair we are always being asked questions from non-techi people about their computers and how they can accomplish task that might seem simple to techi but to the uninitiated can prove dauting. So here are 5 custom tweaks for Windows that we have been asked how to do. After reading the article let us know if you have a question that's been bugging you and we will gladly answer all. 


1 – Create Icons From a Photo: Browse to http://icofx.ro and download & install icoFX. Choose File > Import Image and select a picture you would like to turn into an icon. If it’s bigger than 245×256, enter its dimensions here or cancel and resize it in our usual graphics program and import it again. Choose Icon > Create Icon from image. Now supply the resolution and color depth of each of the icons that you want to generate. Click OK. You can now edit and save each one individually.

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Tags: Operating System, PC Tips & Tricks, PC Fix, PC tips, Windows Tips, Customize Windows, Windows Tweaks

A Guide on Defragging / Cleaning Your Hard Drive

Posted by Serges LaRiviere on Wed, Apr 25, 2012

If your PC is running slow, defragmentating your hard drive can have an explosive effect on all of your computers performance. The Windows defragmenter utility is perfectly capable of keeping your hard drive in order but if you want to squeeze even more performance out of your computer try Puran Defrag Free from puransoftware.com.
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Tags: slow computers, Keeping your PC working, Hard drives, Defragmenting, Puran Defrag, PC tips, Windows Tips, Speed up my computer

Basic Windows Shortcuts

Posted by Serges LaRiviere on Fri, Mar 23, 2012

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Tags: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Tips, Windows 7