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How to Delete the Windows.old Folder in Windows 10
     Tue, Aug 18 2015 | 3:17P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When you upgrade your Windows installation from Windows 7 or 8.1 you might notice a Windows.old folder in your C:\ drive. Windows keeps an old version of your operating system on your PC in case you are not happy with Windows 10 and want to revert back. Now if you feel you are happy with Windows 10 you are going to want to delete that folder as it takes of several GB’s of space on your system. If you just try and delete the folder Windows won’t let you as it thinks many of the files are system files. No fear though, we are going to show you how to delete the Windows.old folder and free up some space in your system!"

A list of common default router IP addresses
     Tue, Aug 04 2015 | 12:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Here's the scenario: you are helping a relative with network issues and need to access their router's browser interface. You can typically find the information by entering 'ipconfig' into the Windows command prompt, but if for some reason you can't retrieve the router's IP address using that method, we've compiled a brief list of popular router brands and their common default addresses. The list includes most router manufacturers with more than a dozen or so models.

Complete Guide To Speeding Up Your PC's Boot Time
     Mon, Aug 03 2015 | 12:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As you know, many people buy SSDs to not only speed up their computing experience, but also speed up the boot time of their machines. SSDs will sometimes cut minutes off boot times when compared to hard drives, however, more often than not, many people do not know how to properly configure, or even know that it is possible to configure their system in such a way to speed up their boot time even more.There are some other things you can do than just slapping an SSD in your system and setting the SATA mode to AHCI or RAID to achieve ultra-fast boot times by using the latest hardware. When we say ultra-fast, we mean powered off system to desktop in 6-10 seconds.

System Guide
     Wed, Jul 29 2015 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this edition of our System Guide, we update our recommendations to account for Nvidia's GeForce GTX 980 Ti and AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X graphics cards. The Breadbox Mini-ITX build makes a return for the college-bound.

Moving From Intel Ivy Bridge 3770K to Intel Broadwell 5775C
     Wed, Jul 22 2015 | 1:15P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2012 we built a custom mini-ITX gaming PC that featured an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, Intel Z77 motherboard, NVIDIA Kepler GPU, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and water cooling. The original build cost on our system in 2012 was $2600, so it was a high-end build using some of the best components available at the time. We’ve racked up nearly 16,000 hours and have written 230 Terabytes of data to the original Kingston HyperX 5K 480GB SSD over the years. Despite the system still performing exceptionally well we have been wanting to update it now that faster more power efficient processors are available. The Intel Core i7-3770K ‘Ivy Bridge’ quad-core processor is still a very capable CPU today, but it does show signs of weakness in certain tasks...

Adobe Flash Zero-Day Exploit In Use From Hacking Team Breach
     Thu, Jul 16 2015 | 12:45P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In only a days time, malicious users have started using the yet-to-be-patched Adobe Flash Player exploit that came out of the 400GB of leaked data just a day ago from the Hacking Team breach. The exploit was found by security experts yesterday within the breached data files that were stolen from the Italian security company, the Hacking Team.

Shred Files How to Really Delete your Files
     Thu, Jul 16 2015 | 12:45P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Deleted data can be recovered. Learn how to safely delete files and format hard drives and SSDs so that sensitive and confidential files can't be recovered.

Gaming PC Under $800 (US) – Our Build Of The Week
     Wed, Jun 24 2015 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’re introducing an all new weekly segment called Build Of The Week. In it, we’ll be providing custom PC build lists tailored for specific-uses and budgets, these builds are curated by our best and brightest to be guaranteed to meet your needs. – This week, we’re providing our readers with an $800 (USD) gaming PC build that is capable of playing all of the latest games at up to 1440p.

SPCR's Quiet ATX Gaming Build Guide
     Tue, Jun 23 2015 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The first of our quiet gaming build guides for the season is an ATX tower featuring the highly efficient NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. Join us as we plan, build, and stress test this beast, while trying to keep it quiet enough to satisfy our own high standards. A sneak preview: We managed to keep it under 20 dBA@1m under all test conditions!

Disable Windows 8 Touch Keyboard
     Sat, Jun 20 2015 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows 8's on-screen keyboard can appear when you don't want it, even if you have a physical keyboard attached. There's how to disable Windows 8 touch screen keyboard

Build your first PC: Step by step video guide with KitGuru TV
     Thu, Jun 18 2015 | 12:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Building a PC does not need to be difficult or complicated – and it can be hugely rewarding. Today, we are launching our first system building tutorial. A simple step-by-step video that will take the beginner by the hand and lead them down the path to independence and true knowledge. Your guide is our very own engineering guru, Leo Waldock.

Benchmarking TechSpot's PC Buying Guide Systems
     Sat, Jun 06 2015 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
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Breaking down today's best hardware across five price points, from Budget Box to Extreme Machine, the TechSpot PC buying guide was recently updated with our latest recommendations. Now, for the first time, we are actually going to build each system and show you the kind of performance each price point delivers.

Fix Could not find file During Set up Client Restore Service Setup
     Tue, May 26 2015 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While conducting the overview of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials, I ran into a few errors while configuring the "Set up Client Restore Service". It seems that no matter what I did, I couldn't get the service to start. Then, a little digging, a quick copy & paste; all was resolved.

KitGuru Complete Guide to Buying a Workstation
     Tue, May 26 2015 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
From the advent of affordable internet in the 90s to the explosion of broadband services over the past 5 years, content has been getting better and better. From building designers to game developers, from training companies to broadcasting organisations, everyone is processing larger and larger media files and regularly sharing them with colleagues on the other side of the planet. With so many of us working in/around the digital content creation (DCC) zone, there seems a paucity of intelligent, accessible buying advice for professional systems. Today, we begin the first in a new series at KitGuru, which aims to give you a complete buying guide to workstations – beginning with the options available to you and the differences in the kind of load that each package places on your hardware.

Ready to build a new PC?
     Mon, May 18 2015 | 9:25P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ready to build a new PC? The latest edition of our System Guide features our picks for everything you'll need to put together a shiny new system.

iControl Networks Piper Smart Home Security System Review
     Tue, May 05 2015 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Smart connected devices increase in number every day and although for most people these may not seem as something that could really improve their daily lives there are millions around the world who simply can't imagine how their lives would be without them. Personally i still recall the very first idea thrown in the beginning of the previous decade by one of the leading manufacturers of electrical appliances that one would soon be able to monitor and even control his refrigerator and air conditioning unit from a far using just his cellular phone (we didn't really have smartphones back then). Well fast forward just over a decade later and now there's a plethora of electrical appliances and electronic devices people can monitor and control via their smartphones so this really isn't something new. Security systems have also evolved to include smart functions so aside being able to monitor and control one such system from afar via your smartphone some manufacturers have taken things one step further by integrating everything into tiny packages that require zero installation and can be used by anyone. Today we will be testing one such system, the PIPER by iControl Networks.

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