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Beginners Computer Course & Guides

Learn how to use your computer the easy Way.

At Home Computer you really don’t have to know anything to get started. All the guides here are step by step tutorials written in plain English for people like you & me working from home.

At Home Computer Course

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

At Home Computer Guides

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

Beginners Computer Course & Guides


I’m Updating & Rewriting.

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.

With that in mind, I’m updating and rewriting the guides to reflect both Windows 10 and Windows 11 users, starting with the computer course guides.

That, in turn, means that there won’t be many new guides written. There are only so hours in a day.

Currently, I’m about halfway through the first chapter of the course, so a long way to go, but getting there.

Windows 10 and 11 desktops
Windows 10 and 11.

Three very different new guides.

Firstly, System Restore. System Restore works (most of the time), so use it. It’s not always turned on by default, I don’t know why, but it’s worth checking on your computer that it is enabled.

If you’ve never heard of it, System Restore is a built-in Windows utility that creates backups (called snapshots) of your computers’ configuration settings called restore points. You can find more here How To Use System Restore In Windows 10 & 11.

Secondly, uninstalling or removing software that just won’t uninstall. There are many utilities that you can use to shift stubborn, uncooperative programs, but here is a guide to using one of the best How To Use Revo Uninstaller and it’s free.

Finally, sort out your bookmarks in Google Chrome. Just about everything you might want to know about How To Manage Your Bookmarks In Google Chrome


PC Security Guides

Forewarned Is Forearmed

Silhouette of boy fishing from end of a jetty. Text reads "What is Phishing?"

Just what is phishing?
How does it work? Why do so many people get caught out?

Hide My IP Address

Cloud containing several websites above a computer. A VPN sits between them. Text reads "How a VPN works".

How does a Virtual Private Network work?

Updated

Avast logo, folder and magnifying glass. Text reads "How to scan your PC with Avast One Antivirus".

Scan your computer for viruses and malware using this powerful free program.

Windows 10 & 11

Computer with a circled arrow. Text reads "How to use System Restore".

How to create and use System Restore points.
Turn the clock back.


At Home Computer Guides For Windows Mail.

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been looking at email and how we use it. And I was asked if I could write a simple guide to using email clients to handle our messages.

An email client is just a fancy way of saying “a program to get your emails for you”. That’s all an email client is. In many ways, they are better than collecting your email through webmail (logging in to your account over the Internet) because they provide a consistent user interface.

If you’re using Yahoo, Outlook.com and Gmail, they all look a little different. But using a client, it’s always the same, because it’s always the same program. regardless of where the emails are coming from.

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".

Windows 11 Is Finally Released.

In October Microsoft released Windows 11. The good news is that it’s a free upgrade if you’ve already got Windows 10.

The bad news is that not many computers will qualify for the upgrade due to Microsoft imposing stringent hardware requirements. In fact, most PCs older than 2 years will struggle to meet the requirements.

And that’s a crying shame because there are many, many computers out there that could easily run Windows 11.

Here at home computers, currently, only one of my machines can be upgraded to Windows 11 (without resorting to some jiggery-pokery) and I reckon there’s going to be an awful lot of people in the same boat as me.

Windows 10 update page. "This PC doesn't currently meet the minimum system requirements to run Windows 11" is highlighted.

So, if like me, your computer doesn’t match up to Microsoft’s idea of what a computer should be, what should you do? The answer, don’t worry about it.

Should You Upgrade If You Can?

Windows 11 doesn’t actually do anything that Windows 10 can’t do. In fact, underneath the fancy looks, it is Windows 10.

Sure, the Start button and menu have been moved from the left-hand corner of the Taskbar to the middle and when you open a program window, it has rounded corners instead of a sharp 90° angle.

Oh, and the Settings panel has been messed around with, so now you can’t find anything at all.

Windows 10 Updates Until 2025.

Currently, Windows 10 will continue to receive updates until 2025 and it’s the updates that are the important thing. Without the updates, your computer becomes ever more vulnerable to online threats, and so do you.

To see how to check your Windows 10 is up to date click here

If You Can,

Should You?

Windows 10 and Windows 11 desktops. Arrow pointing from one to the other. Text reads "Should you upgrade to Windows 11".

Assuming you’re one of the lucky ones that are offered the upgrade to Windows 11, should you take it right now?

PC Audio Guides

We all love a bit of music playing. And although you can stream music from any number of websites (both paid and free), there’s nothing quite like having the tunes right there on your computer.

Have fun with your music in these At Home Computer guides.

Convert It

WMA file converting to MP3 file. Text reads "How to convert WMA to MP3"

Got some old WMA audio files on your PC?
Convert them into MP3.

Rip It

Audio CD with arrow pointing toward a Computer. Text Reads "How to copy (rip) Audio CD to PC"

Copy your Music CDs to your computer as MP3 files.
Ready and waiting to be played.

Listen to it

Windows Media Player icon (logo) with musical notes. Text reads " How to use Windows Media Player"

Play music directly from a CD or from audio files on your PC.
Create & use playlists.

burn It

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Create audio CDs that will play on almost any CD player.
It’s surprisingly satisfying.


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