Useful PC Help Resources
Ok, this one is pretty obvious, but it cannot be stressed enough. It does not matter if you are an expert or a novice, Google really should be one of the first places you look, and even if you cannot find anything immediately, persistence using this great tool will do you well.
Google is a phenomenal search engine. It is uncluttered, ultra fast, and has a nack for finding exactly what you are looking for. Many people extoll the benefits of using phrase searching, plus signs, minus signs, and other modifiers for Google searches. Remember learning about man AND dog etc? Except in pretty extreme circumstances, this is pointless! Google will find what you are looking for pretty easily without it.
Make absolutely certain that before you post on forums about any computer problems, or anything at all really, you try 'googling' for solutions. You would be amazed how often someone else has already had the exact problem you are experiencing - and often they have a great solution just waiting for you. It is also a lot faster than waiting for a forum post to get a response.
The rest of the websites are a little more directly practical, but I really had to mention this. Think Google Google Google as much as possible when you are looking for solutions! It will help you, I guarantee it.
Microsoft Help and Support
A massive website dedicated supporting your operating system and a lot of the software you probably use on a regular basis. While they can be a little slower on searching and useability than Google, Microsoft really is the "horse's mouth" when it comes to technical information on your computer system. Take a look at the site, especially Microsoft's update section, for valuable program updates and free downloads.
Ever felt like that? This bleeping computer!! Everybody has, you are certainly not alone. In fact Bleeping Computer has a tremendous wealth of information from new and experienced computer users on everything to do with your computer's health and security.
Your first stop should NOT be the forums, it should be Google as we mentioned earlier. If that fails, and you cannot find anything in the archives on Bleeping Computer, it might be time to hit the forums. Just be careful, a careless question can result in a pretty irate response. Try to phrase your computer questions carefully and consider what information might be helpful to those you are posting to.
Computer Repair Help - TweaksForGeeks.com
As the name implies, it's not just a website for 'noobies'. This site is more geared towards the slightly more experienced PC user, but it is a great resource that you should consider taking advantage of if you are curious about the inner workings of your computer.
TweaksForGeeks.com is written in a blog format, and at first the site can appear to be pretty bare. Just use the search functionality in the top right, or start browsing through the archives if you are just interested in doing some more learning.
This site really comes with the highest recommendation.
Simply a fantastic website with a very specific and singular purpose: finding out what a certain file extension is. Wonder what an mp3 is? Probably not. Wonder what an rdf file is? No problem!.
FILExt has a growing database that was 23,376 at last check. While it has some holes, it is the most complete service of its kind that you willl find out there, and it has a wonderful community base of expert users that will be willing to help you. Check out their forum !
Not sure where the name comes from, but the information is certainly fantastic. DANIWEB looks at everything from how to blog to how to develop your own software professionally. A great educational resource on computers and IT, with an emphasis on discussion with peers and experts.
These are just a few sites that we find particularly useful - but there really are many many more. The problem is finding a format to express it properly! You can be assured we will be back with more information on sites that really stand apart and will help you find what you are looking for.
- Detect and Repair disk errors,
- Disable unnecessary services,
- Display Settings and Paging File,
- Faster PC,
- File System Optimization,
- How To Use Virtual Memory to Speed Up Your Computer,
- Improving PC Performance,
- Monitoring PC Performance,
- Not Responding,
- Optimizing System Restore,
- Preventing "Program Not Responding" Errors,
- Registry cleaners,
- Repair Cyclic Redudancy Check Errors,
- Speed up access to data,
- Speeding Up Your Computer,
- Speedup Internet,
- Speedup Vista,
- Virtual Memory,
- Vista Performance and Visual Effects,
- Windows Explorer Crashes,
- Your Computer's Environment