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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.
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.
Standalone computer guides to getting things done on your computer. Specifically written for the home computer owner.
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
Happy New Year Sales.
So Santa’s been and gone, now for some serious shopping as the new year sales really kick in.
And a lot of that shopping will be online. Watch out for the “You’ve missed a delivery” or “Have you spent £100 on chocolate” etc.
Phishing scams are everywhere, on the phone, in text messages and of course, by email.
Be vigilant, be aware, never let your guard down.
Every phone call, text message or email is a suspect until proven otherwise.
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 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 PC’s 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.
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.
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
“Backup Your Registry Before Continuing” They Said.
How do you backup your registry? How do you restore it? Will it actually work anyway? Is there a better way?