PC Tips from Past QBS Newsletters

PC Tips newsletter

My free PC Tips newsletter has been published for more than three years.

It has always provided valuable computer tips and up to date news on the latest happenings in the tech world.

Here's just a few of the many PC Tips published over the last 12 months or so. Why Not Sign up right now?

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. How to Enter Your PC's BIOS

On Windows 7 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.

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7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Set your power button to turn off your PC's displays

Have you ever wanted the power button on your PC to do more than just turn off your computer? Fortunately, the Control Panel's Power Options lets you change what the power button does, it can even let you shut off all the displays in a multi-monitor setup without your PC going to sleep or logging out.

11. Windows 10 Shutdown Problems

If you are having issues with your computer and it is not shutting down properly, there are a number of different reasons why this situation could have occured.

12. How to Delete and Disable Location History in Windows 10

Your devices collect all kinds of information about you to provide helpful services and deliver so called targeted advertising. To help reduce the impact of these less than helpful services you may want to restrict your personal location information that's stored in Windows 10.

The next issue of the QBS Free PC Tips Newsletter will be sent on 20th December 2019.

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