At Home Computer Guides And Beginners Course.

At Home Computer guides and beginners course is full of easy to follow tutorials on everything that you might want to do on your home PC.

At Home Computer
Guides

Standalone computer guides to getting things done on your computer. Specifically written for the home computer owner.

At Home Computer
Course

Various at home computer guides with arrows pointing from one to the next.

A series of computer guides linked together in a logical progression. Each page of the course builds upon the previous and leads on to the next.


Internet Explorer logo Internet Explorer Is Officially Dead.

As of June 15, Microsoft stopped supporting Internet Explorer. Essentially ending its useful life.

IE was Microsoft’s first web browser and the browser many of us first used to access the wonders of the ‘net.

Internet Explorer has limped along for many years now, playing second fiddle to Microsoft’s new kid on the block MS Edge.

And whilst there will undoubtedly be some companies that still rely on IE for their internal systems, everyone else should move away now.

If you do still use IE, drop it.

Move to a more modern browser. There are many to choose from. You can take all your Favourites with you.

Internet Explorer logo with arrow pointing to Google Chrome logo. Text reads "Switch from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome"

The At Home Computer Guides & Course Is Being Re-Written, Updated and Re-Vamped

With the recent release of Windows 11 it’s become necessary to update and in some cases, completely rewrite the computer course and computer guides.

Although Windows 11 isn’t that much different in its operation from Windows 10, it does look different. And that’s going to be significant when you’re trying to follow step by step guides. Particularly if you’re just beginning, if the images you’re seeing on this site are significantly different from what you see on your screen, it will just get even more confusing and frustrating.

So if you’ve already got a Windows 11 machine, please bear with me, I am getting there.

Chapter 1 Is All Done And Ready To Go.

Chapter 1 of the At Home Computer Beginners Course is finished. All the guides now cover both Windows 10 and Windows 11. I’ve tried to write it in a way that allows you to see the difference between the two versions of Windows.


Should You Upgrade To Windows 11?

And while we’re on the subject of Windows 11, is the time right to upgrade your Windows 10 computer to Windows 11 (assuming that you can). In a word, yes, I would say so.

Many people, whose computers qualify for the free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11, have been holding off, waiting for things to settle down. With every new version release of Windows, there are always major issues. This means it does make sense to not be an early adopter.

However, I think that most of the big problems have been ironed out. I’ve been using Windows 11 on a couple of my machines since its release, and it is pretty much stable now and working well.

As ever, if you’re going to try it out for yourself, then at the very least back up all your data, but preferably create a system image of your computer before you begin How To Create A Windows System Image


Email Guides.

We all love email, don’t we? It appears so because collectively we send billions of these electronic messages every day. At Home Computer I’ve got a few guides for getting the most out of your email service.

Yahoo

Yahoo logo. Text reads "add pictures, links, attachments, emojis & animated GIFs to yahoo emails".

Yahoo

Yahoo logo. Text reads "How to print, save, add to contacts & block spam"

Gmail

Gmail icon. Text reads "How to add pictures, links, attachments, emojis and animated GIFs to Gmail"

Gmail

Gmail. Text Reads "Print, Save, Add to contacts & Block Spam in Gmail".

Email Client

Or why not try setting up an email client. The Windows Mail app is already installed on your Windows 10 and 11 PC.

Using an email client allows you to set up multiple accounts in a single program.

No more logging in and logging out again.

Windows Mail app is open. Text reads "How to set up Windows Mail App".
Windows Mail app icon. Text reads "How to use Windows Mail App. Windows 10 and 11".

Providing you’re using one of the major email service providers, I found it quite easy to set up and use Windows Mail.


Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

I’ve seen an awful lot of advertising about VPNs.

How they keep you safe and secure etc. I think some of it is, shall we say, a little misleading.

So I thought it would be useful to take a look at what they can do and how they do it.

Knowing how they work, you can start to see beyond the advertising blurb.

Clipart man holding a long scroll list. Text reads "To VPN or not to VPN?"
Cloud containing several websites above a computer. A VPN sits between them. Text reads "How a VPN works".

At Home Computer Guides – Facebook.

Facebook currently has around 3 billion users around the world. the chances are good that you have an account. Maybe you set it up years ago and don’t use it now, or maybe you’re an avid user, either way, you really should check the security of your Facebook account.

Facebook logo with a padlock. Text Reads "How to secure your Facebook account"
Facebook logo and lifesaver ring. Text reads "Set up Facebook account recovery options now"
Facebook privacy checkup webpage is shown. Text reads"Check your Facebook privacy settings now"

We often give away far too much personal information on our Facebook accounts, making it way too easy for scammers to find out just who we are. Make sure you lock down your account.

And If You Are On Facebook – Get Involved

If you do have a Facebook account, why not pop on over to the AtHomeComputer Facebook page.

You can ask a question, comment or make a suggestion for a guide.

At Home Computer on Facebook

Computer Security.

You can never be too careful out there on the ‘net. It really is the digital equivalent of the wild west.

Windows Security shield icon. Text reads "Microsoft Windows Security anti virus".
Avast defending PC from viruses and malware. Text reads "How to install and setup Avast One free antivirus".
Various antivirus program logos. Text reads "How to test your antivirus is working".
Avast logo, folder and magnifying glass. Text reads "How to scan your PC with Avast One Antivirus".
Spy and a phishing hook. Text reads "How to scan your PC for malware".

Don’t Miss Out.

If you haven’t already, then consider subscribing to the At Home Computer newsletter.

Sent out monthly, the newsletter gives details of the very latest guides published so you won’t miss a thing.

You don’t need to create any sort of account, so you won’t be asked for passwords etc. Just your name (any name will be fine) and your email address so that I can send you your newsletter.

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And Finally, Tell A Friend About At Home Computer.

If any of the guides featured here have helped you in any way, then that’s great. That is why I created the site in the first place. To help people like me, who didn’t grow up with computers and the Internet, to get the most out of what’s available.

But now perhaps you could lend me a hand.

Tell a friend about At Home Computer. By far the best form of advertising is word of mouth.

I need friends like you to recommend this site to others. At Home Computer isn’t a large corporate business, quite the opposite, in fact, there’s just me, Jeff Porter.

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Thank You.
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