Easily Transfer Files In Windows 10 Using Nearby Sharing

Nearby Sharing is probably one of the most useful updates in recent Windows history. If you have the April 2018 Windows update, you can now easily transfer files from one Windows 10 computer to another without having to fumble with complicated networking shares or archaic thumb …

How to Manually Download the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

If you’re tired of waiting patiently for the Windows 10 April 2018 update to be pushed out to your computer, you can manually download the Windows 10 April 2018 update directly from Microsoft. You must be running the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or Windows 10 version 1709. To …

Easy DIY Apple and Android Charging Station Project

As we continue to expand our digital lives and shift to mobile platforms, you quickly discover the charging challenges for multiple people and platforms. This easy, DIY Apple and Android charging station will provide you with a safe and organized area to keep your mobile gadgets …

Acer Chromebook Troubleshooting And Repair

You can perform Acer Chromebook troubleshooting with these steps. Chromebook issues can generally be addressed by resetting the device back to factory defaults, but if the issue is a hardware defect, you will need to first diagnose and then take measures to repair the machine. The …

Eight Simple Ways To Break Your Computer

We’ve had a lot of very interesting posts in our forums over the years so we decided to list some of the most common ways people have broken their computers in hopes of preventing others from making some of these mistakes. So here are some of …

Extend WiFi Range With A Dual Band Extender

This article will explain how to extend WiFi range using the Netgear AC1200 WiFi Range Extender.  The Netgear WiFi Range Extender boosts signal strength and signal quality so you can get wireless coverage in those areas of your home that have a weak signal. In addition, …

Must Have Cycling and Bike Gadgets

While there are typically biking seasons for most of us, it is always biking season for some people. PCTechBytes understands the need to get out there and explore the trails, the parks and other destinations you just can’t–and don’t–want to explore on foot. These must have …

Are You A Technology Fanboy?

Being a technology evangelist, I frequently recommend software or hardware devices to friends, relatives and complete strangers walking down the street. I feel it’s my duty to inform the world about everything they’re missing out on in life. The other day when I saw a stranger …

Steps To Install Ambient TV Back-lighting

Having ambient TV back-lighting is not something most people consider when setting up their home theater. LED and OLED televisions are extremely vibrant and bright and watching them in a darkened room for an extended period of time can cause eye strain. Adding back-lighting reduces eye …

Stylish Surge Protector With Functionality And Protection

One of the most often overlooked, yet most important component for your electronics is the surge protector. What makes a good surge protector? What is the perfect balance between functionality, style and quality? There are many features to consider when purchasing your first surge protector or replacing …

How To Compute Your Windows Performance Score

Do you know what your Windows Performance Score is? If you want the fastest, most reliable computing experience, you need to know where to focus your time and money. What makes a computer run good? What makes it run fast, not crash and what will give …

Free Folder Synchronization Software

SyncToy is free folder synchronization software that allows you to effortlessly keep all of your data up to date with a single push of the button. In the day of thumb drives, external hard drives and other portable devices, this type of software should be built …

Five Steps to Remove Malware From Your Computer

Malware and Viruses can be difficult to remove if your PC gets infected. There are a few steps to remove malware users should be taking when trying to remove a known infection. Sometimes this technique will work, but occasionally more advanced tactics will need to be …

Learn How To Repair Your Own Computer

You can upgrade or repair your own computer if you have the right information, computer tools and service manuals for your PC. As you know, hiring a professional to upgrade your PC or replace a drive, graphics card or memory, can be expensive. There are some jobs …

How To Fix Blue Screen Errors In Windows

The majority of Windows users think that to troubleshoot blue screen errors and fix computer stop errors, one needs the help of a computer technician. Well, there is no doubt that such errors are typically more difficult to resolve than common application errors, such as DLL and …

Reset Network Settings In Windows To Fix Problems

You can reset network settings if you are having problems getting connected to the Internet or to other computer’s on your LAN. A home or small office network consists of several important settings: the router, workgroup, the computer’s network adapter and the modem. If any of these …

Actiontec Firmware Update To Reset Verizon Router

An Actiontec firmware update is necessary if you’re having problems with your router. If you’re running Verizon FIOS, chances are your main router is an Actiontec brand. But no matter who your ISP is, it’s extremely important to make sure you keep your router’s firmware up …

How To Boost Low WiFi Signal Strength

If you have low WiFi signal strength, these WiFi booster tips will help you get the most out of your wireless. Having a low Wifi signal strength in your home or business is frustrating. This is especially true if your router or access point is in the same …

BeON Home Security Bulb

The BeON home security bulb is one of those products that delivers tremendous value through automation, security and functionality without a complicated or pricey setup. BeON Home Security Bulb Features The BeON Bulb has several great features: Bluetooth connectivity – Allows you to control your bulbs with …

Hard Drive Testing Software To Monitor HDD Health

It’s important to monitor and test your hard drive because all hard drives eventually fail. Hard drive testing software can be used to keep an eye on your hdd to make sure it is healthy and reliable. Major brand name hard drive manufacturers will usually include software …

How To Setup A WiFi Extender

There’s nothing more frustrating than unreliable WiFi. If your home has WiFi dead spots, you can setup a WiFi Extender to blanket your home in coverage. Adding WiFi extenders is easier and more affordable than adding switches or running Ethernet cabling to the far reaches of …

How To Check Your Laptop Battery Health

Is it time to change your laptop battery? This tutorial will show you how to check the health of your laptop battery and help you determine if now is the time to order a replacement. Laptop batteries can last a year to several years based on …

Google Cardboard Is A Fun And Inexpensive VR Gadget

Google Cardboard is a handheld viewer you slide your smartphone into and allows you to experience virtual reality via apps and websites that support it. As expensive technologies such as Microsoft’s Hololense and the Oculus Rift emerge, Google Cardboard is a fun, inexpensive way to dip your …

Customize The Windows 10 Start Menu

You can easily customize the Windows 10 Start menu so that it gives you quick access to your most frequently used files and applications, and so that it provides an aesthetically pleasing way for you to navigate. The Windows 10 Start menu is a powerhouse, a …

Save Yourself From A Disastrous Windows 10 Upgrade

As many of you probably already know, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users are capable of getting the new Windows 10 Upgrade for free. If you’ve already clicked the tiny Microsoft logo down in your system tray and reserved your free upgrade, you can patiently wait …

Anatomy Of A Good Computer Case

What makes a good computer case and what makes me qualified to give my opinion on this delicate topic? It’s simple, I like hot dogs. I like eating hot dogs on a potato bun with crushed Doritos on top. I then sprinkle on some onions, add …

Find and Recover Lost Documents and Files

Files can become lost, moved and even deleted. You can find these documents using several methods. In most cases, you might find that the document hasn’t been deleted, only moved to another folder. Fortunately, Windows has good built-in search capabilities that can help you locate these …

Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your PC

The general rule of computing is if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. There’s nothing more dangerous than tinkering with a perfectly good and fully-functional computer than doing the tips I will list below. But the truth of the matter is, if you do the steps …

Should You Upgrade To Windows 10

Windows 10 releases on July 29, 2015. Are you going to get the free upgrade? Are you concerned that Windows 10 will break your computer? As you may already know, Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to those running Windows 7 or Windows 8. …

How To Bypass The Windows 8 Password Screen

You can bypass the Windows 8 password screen by editing the User Account requirements. Generally speaking, you should always have a password to login to Windows–especially if your PC is accessible by others or if you have a laptop that could become lost or stolen. But …

Your Life Before Computers

Some people say computers enhance our lives, and some will adamantly explain to you in a ten-thousand page handwritten manifesto just how computers have ruined family, communities and the gosh-darn entire planet. Those digital nay-sayers are just barely old enough to have missed the technological explosion, …

Tips For Your New Computer

You purchased a new computer. Congratulations! Now what? Do you just go along your merry way surfing the web, creating spreadsheets, playing Solitaire or changing your desktop background to a picture showing three furry kittens in a basket? No. There are several essential things you must do …

Use Windows Troubleshooting To Fix Your Computer

Windows troubleshooting has come a long way since the days of the mysterious BSODs–when your OS would crash and vomit a trail of meaningless code for the end user to try and decipher. Windows actually has a robust troubleshooting utility built right into it that can diagnose …

Eight Ways To Save Your Computing Butt

It goes without saying we all need to have current Microsoft Windows updates and virus protection running on our systems. But what else do we need to do to keep our computers running at optimal performance levels, while maintaing security and protecting our valuable data? Below …

Universal Hard Drive Docking Station

Having a universal docking station is essential if you want to backup files from one drive to another, image a drive or clone your existing system. This type of dock should be an essential part of any professional’s or computer enthusiast’s tool box. The Startech Universal …

Use WinDirStat To Visualize Your Hard Drive

Sometimes finding the programs and files that are taking up space on your hard drive is close to impossible. These files can be hidden several directories deep and require some skill to hunt them down. WinDirStat is a free utility that uses large, color-coded blocks to …

How To Run Windows 10 In A Virtual Machine

If you’re not quite ready to commit to Windows 10, you can run the latest version of Microsoft’s Operating System in a virtual machine. In this case, we will be using the Windows 10 Technical Preview and VirtualBox as our virtual environment. Both are free. At the …

Free BitDefender Tool To Remove Adware

You can use a free tool from Bitdefender to help detect and remove adware running on your system. What is adware? Adware is a type of malware on your system that might pop up ads while you’re online, or change your home page to something different. …

Keep Your PC Clean With The Metro Duster

The Metro Duster is an electric blower for your electronics that will replace those expensive and and inadequate cans of compressed air. It is a great value and a nice addition to any computer enthusiast’s computer tool kit. Dust build-up in a PC can gradually kill …

Autoruns Now With VirusTotal Integration

Microsoft began using VirusTotal in its popular utility Process Explorer last year. VirusTotal is now also integrated with Autoruns in version 13.0. Autoruns is a power-user’s favorite tool for displaying items that are configured to run during the start-up of the Windows. With Autoruns, you can monitor and …

Tips To Revitalize Your Old Computer

Remember the love affair you once had with your computer? Those late nights sitting in front of the screen, your face aglow in its radiant LED light? You’d sit there for hours surfing AOL or playing games like Mahjong or Solitaire until your eyes were so …

Fix The User Profile Service Failed The Logon Error

A Windows user profile is a collection of settings on your PC that contain system preferences and files from your Desktop, Favorites, My Documents and other locations. Your profile is what makes your login unique from other accounts on the computer. If you try to log on to Windows and received an error …

Use GlassWire Network Monitor To Visualize Your Traffic

If you were ever curious about which applications or devices in your home were using the most network bandwidth, check out GlassWire’s network monitoring program. This free tool helps you visualize your current and past network activity by application and geographic location, and it displays all of this information …

How To Enable Windows 8 Kiosk Mode

Windows 8.1 has a feature that allows you to limit user access to a single application, turning the computer into a kiosk, rather than a fully-functional PC. This is a great option for children or if you have a presentation that many different people will need …

Boost Cell Signal Strength With A MicroCell

You do not have to suffer with poor cell phone coverage in your own home. If your cellular connection is spotty, or if you find you only get one or two bars in your home, you can install a device that helps boost that signal up …

Map Microsoft OneDrive To Your Computer

OneDrive, formally SkyDrive, is Microsoft’s online cloud storage solution that provides 15 Gigs of free storage space for users with a Microsoft account. Storing documents, pictures, movies and other files online is a great alternative backup solution. OneDrive can be accessed from any device. All you …

Troubleshooting USB Devices

There’s nothing more frustrating than plugging in a USB device and watching as nothing happens. The device does not appear at all or fails to install. In an ideal world, you would plug in a device, Windows would recognize the new hardware and then install the …

What Is Your Computer Trying To Tell You

Your computer is dead. It will not boot. It was working the night before, but now when you hit the power button nothing comes up on the screen. But is your computer really dead? Or is it giving off subtle clues as to why it is …

Computer Signs Of Impending Doom

Your computer is a machine destined to fail. While we’d all like to think our machines will boot faithfully until the end of time, it’s just a matter of time before your hardware fails. Hardware failures can occur all of the sudden, but there are often …

How To Vacation Like A True Geek

Despite our best efforts, the day inevitably comes when a geek is forced to go on a vacation far away from the safe haven of their Gigabit-connected lifestyle and venture to a far away land where technology is dubious at best. So before you find yourself …

What Is Wrong With My Computer

“What is wrong with my computer?” you ask. Computer troubleshooting is a process requiring both logic and knowledge of every component inside of a PC. Knowing the boot process and the way components interact with each other can save techs and PC users a lot of …

How To Manage Your Parent’s Computer Remotely

Inevitably, there will come a time in your life when you have to manage your parent’s computer remotely. There’s nothing more frustrating for both parties than trying to explain what to do over the phone. The best way to manage a parent’s computer remotely is to …

Windows 8 Power User Tips

Windows 8 is a much more powerful Operating System than it is given credit for. While on the surface it may seem like users have lost a lot of functionality from their beloved Windows 7, power users need not fear as Windows 8 can still be …

Dear Scammer: Thank You

I just wanted to take a moment out of my busy day of filtering my email, removing spam comments from my website and watching the Unavailable numbers flash on my caller ID to say Thank You to all of those hard working scammers out there. My …

Why Your Computer Hates You

“My computer hates me” is something I have heard countless times. There are reasons why your computer runs slow, crashes or just plain acts weird. Perhaps you’ve been neglecting it, or you’ve been unintentionally doing things that have been affecting its performance and security. Below are …

Download Windows 8 ISO From Microsoft

You can download Windows 8 ISO files and burn them to a disk. The Operating System is available for download by Microsoft and you can use it to reinstall Windows 8 or create a Windows 8 .ISO disk that can be used to repair existing installations. …

Inexpensive Color Laser Printer For Home

While black and white laser printers have been affordable for quite some time, color laser printers have been very expensive and not practical for home use. It’s been hard to find an inexpensive color laser printer suitable for home use. Until now. The Canon imageCLASS MF8280cw is …

The Perils And Pitfalls Of Your Free Internet

The Internet is a vast wonderland of free sites and services, a glorious cornucopia of software and information donated through the kindness of others who expect nothing in return. Unlike the real world, there is no deceit, no scams or greed-driven conspirators trying to make a …

Samsung HW-F355 Is The Best Soundbar For The Price

As televisions get thinner and thinner, so do the speakers inside the screen. With some televisions being as thin as half an inch, it’s not hard to believe the sound quality on these expensive sets being so terrible. To get decent sound from your LED television, …

Automatically Shutdown Computer Each Night

To shut down or not to shut down, that is the question. Since the birth of personal computing, users have been debating whether or not it is necessary to shut down your computer every night. Some complain it takes too long to boot their computers in …

How To Encrypt Windows Files

TrueCrypt is a popular solution for those who want to encrypt Windows files and folders. Why encrypt Windows files? Privacy is a major factor at home and at the workplace. In addition, as more and more people use portable computers, the risk of losing valuable data …

Lock Down Your Laptop

What’s on your laptop? Your taxes? Your credit card information? Maybe your bank account password or social security number? If you think about it, your laptop contains a lot of personal data that could devastate you if lost. Laptops are gradually replacing desktops in homes and …

What To Do If Your Recovery Disks Do Not Work

You’ve been responsible. You’ve either created those recovery disks like you were supposed to or you saved the disks that came with the computer. Yet when you try to use them, the recovery disks do not work or the first couple of disks work but it …

Why Your Computer Turns On By Itself

When your computer turns on by itself, you may automatically assume either your computer is haunted by malevolent spirits or you are infected by a high-tech computer virus that is scouring your hard drive for credit card information, bank statements and other sensitive information that could …

PCTechBytes Top Tech Resolutions

From identity theft to online scams to just plain being tech lazy–2013 got a lot of us in trouble. If you got through 2013 without a single virus, being scammed, or if you didn’t suffer a catastrophic hardware issue, then consider yourself lucky. We’ve listed our …

Record Your Product Serial Number

Keeping track of a product serial number can be a real hassle. You’ve been buying a lot of tech gadgets and gear and that’s great. But have you taken the time to record your product serial numbers? Keeping the model number and s/n of your computers …

Tips And Tweaks On How To Increase Broadband Speed

If you need to know how to increase broadband speed, you need to look at several factors. Internet download speed can be affected by many things, including your Internet plan, the wiring in your home and the hardware and software you use. Having a fast connection …

Guaranteed RDP

I am asked to help my loved ones fix their computer problems.  And, considering that they do not necessarily know what they are doing when using a computer, sometimes problems arise.  Since I live in the city away from my family, I have configured a RDP …

Recover SD Card Pictures

Have you ever had to recover SD card pictures? There’s nothing more devastating than realizing you have just deleted an important photo from your digital camera. They could be wedding pictures, pictures of your first child, or important work photos and you have no way of …

Weekly Computer Maintenance

Your PC is not unlike a car that requires routine maintenance. Computers actually require a weekly, monthly and annual computer maintenance schedule.  Computer maintenance should be performed at certain time intervals, and if that maintenance schedule is ignored, your computer speed will suffer and you could …

Buy Or Build Your Next Computer

Computers die or quickly become obsolete. Having to replace a computer can be an exciting endeavor for some or something that instills dread in others. So when the time comes, do you buy or build your next computer? There is a certain allure for hunting down …

How To Fix BOOTMGR Is Missing In Windows

You can fix BOOTMGR is Missing Press CTRL+Alt+Del to restart error in Windows. You first need to determine why the BIOS cannot find a bootable drive. This can be caused by hard drive errors, a bad hard drive, or a configuration problem within Windows or the …

Hard Drive Recovery Types

Hard drive recovery is a serious matter. Many of us use our computers for business and personal tasks, and losing data on the hard drive for either of those can result in financial or emotional complications. Whether it’s a business proposal or family pictures and movies, …

Should You Buy An All In One Computer

Should you buy an all-in-one computer? As you may already know, an all-in-one computer is a desktop built directly into the monitor. Consider it the PC version of Apple’s popular iMac. They’re growing in the marketplace and many of them also have touchscreen capabilities. When you …

BSOD Flashes Too Quickly

If you’re experiencing a system crash where the blue screen of death disappears too quickly, you know how frustrating it is to track down the source of the problem. If the BSOD flashes too quickly to read, you need a program that can analyze your system …

Use Google Cloud Print To Print From Any Device

Google Cloud Print is a technology that allows you to connect your printers to the Internet. Using Google Cloud Print, you can easily connect to your home or work printers and also make them accessible to smartphones and tablets. Google Cloud Print works on your smart …

How To Use Hitman Pro Anti-malware

This is an overview and tutorial of Hitman Pro.HMP is one of the easiest and most effective (free for 30 days) malware/virus scanners. For the average computer user it can be an invaluable tool, identifying most of the virus’ and malware one is likely to be …

PCTechBytes Roundtable: Viruses and Malware

This week’s PCTechBytes Roundtable deals with Malware. I am joined by PCS, who owns a computer repair shop in Boston and Bucksfanjimj–our forums moderator. Both have a lot of experience dealing with malware. The purpose of this roundtable was to discuss how people get infected, what …

Create A System Image With Windows 8.1

You will eventually need to perform a system recovery in Windows. It’s only a matter of time. The easiest way to do this is with a Windows image. A Windows image will have you back up in minutes, as opposed to hours trying to reinstall with …

What’s New In Windows 8.1

Windows 8 is dead. Long live Windows 8.1! Never has an Operating System been so polarizing. While many people loved Windows 8, there were just as many that loathed it. The jump from Windows 7 to 8 was so jarring for many users, they resorted to …

Getting Started With LastPass

LastPass is a password manager program that stores and encrypts your passwords on your favorite devices, such as your computer, tablet and smartphone. LastPass is convenient, as it auto-fills your passwords when you login to websites. More importantly, it allows you to create ridiculously difficult passwords …

How To Track Your Computer’s Boot Time

Computers slow down over time. There are a lot of reasons why this happens. A PC will boot the fastest after a clean install. But after installing a lot of different applications and falling behind on your general computer maintenance, your computer’s boot time will gradually …

Use Program Updater Secunia To Plug Security Holes

Everyone knows viruses and other types of malware are a huge threat to our computers. That’s why we religiously run Windows Update and have up to date virus software. We’re careful not to open attachments in Emails and we have secure passwords. We’re protected, right? Not …

Adobe Servers Hacked, Customer Info Taken

It would appear that anything connected to the internet isn’t safe anymore.  Even mega companies such as Sun, Google, Apple, and Adobe are not immune to attacks from cyber space.  With all of the money used in intrusion detection, firewalls, DMZ honeypot schemes, and full time …

Fast Wireless USB Finally On The Horizon

One vision shared by the entire IT community is a world without wires–a world where all of our peripherals, speakers, video, backup, and external drives all operate sans wires.  Wireless USB devices such as mice and keyboards paved the way for further thinking.  First gen wireless …

How To Remove Ransomware And Protect Yourself Online

Ransomware is malware that prevents you from accessing your computer or the Internet. It is often the direct result of a computer virus or social engineering that allowed a human to gain access to your PC. Ransomware relies on scare tactics to trick users into thinking …

Best Windows 8 Keyboard With Hotkeys and A Touchpad

Keyboards are not all created equal. Especially when using a touchy-feely Operating System like Windows 8. The best Windows 8 keyboard is one that has either an integrated touchpad or Windows 8 hot keys. The following are from Logitech and are great Windows 8 keyboards. Our …

Best Websites For Computer Drivers and Manuals

Do you need computer drivers or manuals? While in my numerous endeavors, I have come across many different sites that I rely on constantly.  Some are ones you may have heard of while others are golden gems hiding out in the magical Internet. In this edition, I …

Windows 8 Training Guide

Windows 8 is a polarizing Operating System. Some people love it, some people despise it. Newcomers struggle how to navigate Windows 8’s confusing Graphical User Interface, can’t figure out how to shut down applications and don’t know where to find the control panel. Wouldn’t it be …

How Fast Is Your Internet Connection

PCTechBytes wants to know: How fast is your Internet connection? With fiber optic, cable and LTE access spreading across the country and becoming more affordable, what kind of speeds are you getting in your area? Feel free to comment on your provider in the comments section …

Android Tips For Newbies

You have your new Android device. So you’ve either decided to break away from the iOS universe or this is your first venture into the confusing world of portable devices. To bring everyone up to speed, Android is Google’s portable Operating System competing with Apple’s iOS. …

Make Bootable Ultimate Boot CD USB Drive

With the advent of netbooks, tablets, and Macs that do not have an optical drive, we have had to advance the way we are able to install an OS or run diagnostic utilities.  One of the most commonly recommended utility packages on PCTechBytes is the Ultimate …

K9 Web Protection – Let’s Block Some Websites!

Needing any help to lock down a PC or block annoying sites like twitter, Facebook, Myspace or other websites?  Having trouble with junior looking up websites above his pay grade or tired of the kids being on the internet all night long?  K9 Web Protection is …

The Real Reason Why Windows 8 Has Failed

Windows 8 might be the best thing that has ever happened to you in all your computing life. In reality, however, many people consider it a flop. People are clinging to a dying Windows XP or their beloved Windows 7 because there is a thick, greasy funk …

Linksys Routers Under Attack!

Using a Linksys router at home or at a small business?  There could be inherent security holes within the base firmware that comes shipped on the device.  The base firmware that comes installed with the EA2700, 3500, 4500 series routers, also referred to as the “Classic …

Another IE8 Zero Day Exploit

Internet Explorer 8 has yet another zero-day exploit, which has prompted Microsoft to release an impromptu patch this week. Users are urged to apply this patch as soon as possible because it can lead to infection merely by visiting a website that has been exploited. Note: …

Windows 8 Cheat Sheet

Welcome to the PCTechBytes Windows 8 Cheat sheet. We will update this page frequently as we discover new ways to enhance your Windows 8 experience. Show Administrative Tools in Metro Admin tiles are turned off by default. To display these helpful tools, hit the Windows key+C …

Poll | Does Google Glass Give You The Creeps

Google Glass: The wearable technology that allows you to take pictures, record movies and browse the web. Google Glass is worn like real glasses, except one “lens” contains a tiny screen and the frames have a camera built in. People will be wearing Google Glass in …

New Software Pricing Model: Rent or Buy

If you’re still using Office 2000 on that Windows XP machine, you know you’re falling behind the pack in terms of compatibility and functionality. The same goes if you’re still running Photoshop 7. Sure, they still work and do most of what you need them to …

Mother’s Day Tech Gifts Perfect For Mom

Moms are geeks too. Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, so it’s time to take a look at this year’s tech recommendations that would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift for Mom. We’ve compiled several geek recommendations for Mother’s Days below to help mom relax, enjoy herself, …

I Spilled Liquid On My Laptop! Now What?

This may be your face when it happens to you. Every day, 1 in 20 Americans spill something on their laptop (Also, 48% of statistics are made up). So something liquid finds its way onto your laptop or smart phone whether by accident or angry significant …

Windows Blue 8.1 Boot To Desktop Feature

Can Windows Blue save us? I’ve tried to be a Windows 8 evangelist. I am an early adopter and one of the few that actually liked Windows Vista, so I’m use to being laughed at and ridiculed for my choice of Operating Systems. Windows 8 has …

Because Its Cool: O2 Hurrican Computer Duster

Dust is not only disgusting–it’s a computer killer! Your PC is like a vacuum cleaner, constantly pulling dust, hair and other debris into your computer grills. Your fan speed is affected by dust build-up, and layers of it on your motherboard, video card and CPU can …

Use Two Factor Authentication For Added Security

Two factor authentication is an important security technique you should implement whenever possible. While there are many ways to do this, the gist of it means you need to authenticate your identity by using a physical device of some type. This makes it much harder for …

Portable Apps For Antivirus and Anti-Malware

The invention of USB was one of the greatest achievements in PC history.  Ok, maybe I’m gushing a little but with what other connection can you do so many things?  Need to install an OS, run some antivirus or anti-malware scans, have an entire pocket Linux …

Poll | What Is Your Primary Operating System

Forums member PCS asks, What is your primary Operating System? Have you moved up to Windows 8? If so, why? Was it a calculated move or did you just buy a new PC? There are many reasons why people decide to stick with older Operating Systems, …

Because It’s Cool: ION iCADE Arcade Cabinet

Originally shown as an April Fools joke on the ThinkGeek website, the ION iCADE Arcade Cabinet for the iPad is now a reality. For those of us who prefer to game “old school” this upright arcade shell was built for the iPad and can play over …

Powerline Networking Makes Home Networking Easy

Powerline networking is a networking standard called Homeplug AV that uses the existing electrical wiring in your house to network your computers and other network devices. It’s always better to plug into your router whenever you can, both for speed and security. It’s also sometimes difficult …

Idiots Guide To The Internet

I’ve personally worked in the consumer and business computer repair industry for about 8 and 1/2 years now and I have seen people do a lot of “interesting” things with their computers.  Some things that a PC was never intended for, such as the old favorite …

One Thing Windows 8 Does Right: Parental Controls

Windows 8 Parental Controls are one of the few great features that have gone unnoticed thanks to the unpopularity of its new Graphical User Interface. Parental Controls on a computer are an absolute must in this era of social media and other other potential pitfalls for …

PCTechBytes Computing Guide To Being Paranoid

They’re watching you. Literally. In a recent article posted at Ars Technia, it was reported that hackers have the ability to remotely take over your computer and install software on your computer that allows them to turn on your webcam. What? They do this using a …

Make Windows 8 Hurt Less

Never before has there been such a polarizing Operating System. Everyone hated Windows ME and Vista–but there are those that love Windows 8 and those that absolutely abhor it. This will likely be the new style of Windows going forward. While we expect Microsoft will tweak …

Use Xcopy To Backup Your Data To An External Drive

PCTechBytes has always stressed the importance of backing up your data. Imagine what would happen if you turned on your computer this morning and your computer did not boot up. Is your data backed up to a different drive? Have you just lost everything? While there …

Five Essential Windows 8 Survival Tips

Windows 8 is different. There’s no getting around it. But just because it is different doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad Operating System. Users running previous versions of Windows can perform the following simple steps to make the most out of Windows 8. Steps To Instantly …

Changing Logon Screen For Windows 7

With Windows 8 now officially on the store shelves and a plethora of articles, walkthroughs, and reviews have hit the Internet by storm, I’m going to backtrack just a bit for those of us who haven’t made the leap.  There is a TON of things that …

Is Windows 8 Really Innovative

With the recent release of Windows 8, are users finding it as innovative as Microsoft wants you to believe? Or have we seen this all before? Windows 8: Innovation or Déjà vu infographic

Take Your Computer To The Shop

What? PCTechBytes has been preaching DIY computer repair for a decade and now they are recommending we take our computers to the shop. Why? Let’s face it, some people do not want to fix their own computers or do not have enough knowledge or experience to …

It’s SMART To Test Your Hard Drive

It’s not a matter of IF your hard drive will fail, it’s a matter of WHEN it will fail. PCTechBytes.com always preaches this because we’ve seen people lose everything–pictures, movies, tax documents–when their hard drives have failed and they had no reliable backups of their data. …

Your Computer Is Exploitable

You have an current antivirus installed and you run Windows Updates. That’s great. You’re safe to roam the Internet. You can bank online, research online and game online without having to worry about getting a virus. You don’t click on links in emails and you have …

Keep Windows Update From Restarting PC

Updating your computer is a very vital step taken to protect from security exploits and malware in general.  It is something that has to be done on a regular basis to keep your computer running as smooth as possible.  But…. one of its very unfortunate side …

The Dell Computer Survival Guide

So why a Dell Computer Survival Guide? It’s simple, Dell makes great computers, but it’s not always easy for normal folks to find solutions or fix their computer when it no longer works. In the distant past, manufacturers once supplied a real Windows installation disk that users could …

Printers, Ink, Toner, And Common Issues

It seems like every day we have to print out an invoice, receipt, homework, etc. from our computer and usually when we need that printed information right away, BAM!  Printing error or paper jam.  Don’t even get me started on the “PC Load Letter.”  But before …

Print To USB Printer From Your iPhone Or iPad

No Longer are we bound by AirPrint enabled printers.  Now we can print from our iOS device directly to any USB connected shared printer! If those two sentences made you squeal like a 12 year old high schooler, you should definitely read on.  There is a …

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