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1. How to know when your Solid State Drive could fail
The main difference between Hard Drives and Solid State Drives (SSD's) is this: The area of a hard drive that can hold data can be rewritten as many times as is needed, and will always be usable as long as the drive is functioning (until bad sectors begin to cause problems). This is not the case with SSD's: Each cell that holds data can only be written to, or programmed, a finite number of times before it is effectively dead.
2. If Windows 10 Update stops Working
A lot of people have reported issues with Windows Update in Windows 10 Home and Widows 10 Professional. Check first that you have upgraded to the 'Windows 10 Fall update'. If you are still getting problems, download and run the 'Windows Update Trouble Shooter', then reboot and try Windows Update again.
3. If Windows 10 Lock Screen Gets in the Way
If you return to a locked Windows 10 device you will normally see a pretty picture. That's all very nice, but it's a needless obstacle in the way of logging into Windows 10.
4. What Can You Disable in Windows 10's Task Manager Startup List?
One reason your Windows 10 PC may feel a bit sluggish is that you've got too many programs running in the background – programs that you may never use, or only rarely use. If you stop some of these programmes from running, your PC will run a bit more smoothly.
5. How to view the power usage for apps with Task Manager
Alongside the vast aray of improvements and new features, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) also ships with a much improved version of Task Manager, which adds two additional columns to the "Processes" tab that you can use to analyze the power usage for all the apps and services running on your PC.
6. Windows 10 Mixed Reality Viewer
The Windows Fall Creators Update installed the Mixed Reality Viewer app on your Windows 10 machine, even if you didn't know it was there.
7. Vista User Profile Service Fails to Logon
Recently we had a Dell Laptop in for repair, running Windows Vista, that had a damaged user account that could not be accessed.
This is a typical 'Vista User Profile Service' problem and there are certainly still plenty of posts across the Internet about this difficulty.
8. How to take a screenshot in Windows 10
There are several good reasons why you might want to take a screenshot in Windows 10, but the built in screenshot controls aren't exactly obvious unless you already know what keys to click.
9. How to Enter Your PC's BIOS
On Windows 10 and previous builds you start your PC and pay really close attention to the first screen that appears. Look for a notification that tells you which key or combination of keys to press to enter the BIOS settings. If you miss this notification the first time, just simply restart your computer again.
10. Keep checking your Hard Drive for errors
Chkdsk inspects the physical structure of a Hard Drive or SSD's to make sure that they are healthy. It can then repair any drive problems that it finds, related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files and directory errors.
11. Try The Windows 10's Timeline
The Timeline feature can track what documents and Web pages you have been working on over the past weeks and months, organizing them into a collection of documents you can quickly open to pick up where you left off.
12. How to Use the Free Version of Malwarebytes
Malwarebytes is a first-rate anti malware tool that finds most of the nasty malware infections that may be lurking inside your Windows PC. This programme is well worth downloading so you can use it daily or weekly to check for any Malware intrusions.
The next issue of the QBS Free PC Tips Newsletter will be sent on 21st February 2020.
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