Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Windows 7 Start Menu

You can see the many features listed in the menu image above. It's from Window 7 even thought Windows 10 has a difference but similar functions.

Image result for windows 10 start menu

Monday, January 9, 2017

Poor PC Performance

Slow Running Computer:

slow computers

After you have owned your computer for a long time and have been using it daily for Internet, writing and other projects or work but have not done any maintenance on the system, you may experience a slower response from the computer to the point of it slowing down. Here are some tips in helping you clean up the computer without losing any files from work.
·        Run disk clean up from the C:\ driver using properties
·         Delete temp files from the Start menu: entering %temp% in the search field of the Start Menu
·         3rd party resources for system performance can be installed but can be flagged as Potential Unwanted Programs in some locations like corporate offices (Jetclean, CCleaner, other free cleaning systems)

Remember to reboot the computer at least once a week or if possible daily to keep the computer in working order. Plus, whenever you receive a prompt on your desktop for Windows update(s), it's always good to run them when you are not working on any projects. In most cases, the updates require rebooting the computer when they complete.

Install a Printer

Add a Local Printer

1. Connect the printer to your computer using the USB cable and turn it on.
2. Open the Settings app from the Start menu.
settings3. Click Devices.
4. Click Add a printer or scanner.
add printer
5. If Windows detects your printer, click on the name of the printer and follow the on-screen instructions to finish the installation. And you're done.
If Windows doesn't find your connected printer, click on "The printer that I want isn't listed" link.
printer not listed
Then let the Windows troubleshooting guide help you find your printer. It will search for available printers and help you download the drivers for them.
older printer
If that doesn't work, head to your printer manufacturer's website and download the drivers and installation tools for your printer.

Add a Wireless Printer

The steps to install a wireless printer may vary by manufacturer. In general, however, modern printers today will detect your network and automate the installation.
1. Use the printer's LCD panel to enter the wireless setup. On my Epson printer this is under Setup > Wireless LAN Settings.
2. Select your Wi-Fi network. You'll need to know your home network's SSID, which you can find by hovering your mouse over the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar.
3. Enter your network password.
In some cases, you might need to temporarily connect your printer to your computer via USB to install software. But otherwise, that's it. You should find your printer automatically added in the Printers & scanners section under Settings > Devices.
If you run into trouble, make sure your printer is relatively close to your computer and not too far from your wireless router. If your printer has an Ethernet jack, you could also connect it directly to your router and manage it with a browser interface.

Add a Shared Printer

Windows' home networking feature called HomeGroup automatically shares printers and certain files with other computers on your home network. Here we'll set up a HomeGroup, if you don't already have one set up, and connect to the shared printer.

Set Up a HomeGroup

Skip this step if your home network already has a HomeGroup set up. If you're not sure, follow steps 1 and 2 below to check.
1. Right-click on the wireless icon in the taskbar and select "Open Network and Sharing Center".
network sharing center2. Click "Ready to create" next to HomeGroup. If a HomeGroup already exists on your network, it will say "Joined."
create homegroup3. Click the Create a homegroup button.
create homegroup24. Click Next.
5. Select what you want to be shared. Printers & Devices are shared by default.\
create homegroup36. Write down the HomeGroup password Windows creates for you. You'll need it for each computer you want to join the HomeGroup.
7. Click Finish.

Connect to a Shared Printer on the HomeGroup

Now head to the other computer(s) on your network to join the HomeGroup.
1. Click Homegroup and then the Join now button in Windows Explorer.
homegroup join2. Click Next.
homegroup join2
3. Verify what you want to share and click Next.
homegroup join3
4. Enter the password and click Next.
homegroup join4
5. Click Finish.
homegroup join56. Click Network in Windows Explorer and you should see the shared printer installed.

homegroup printer


Monday, October 17, 2016

Windows Explorer

Here is the example image of the window not normally understood as Windows Explorer.
However, in this window, one can manage all the files and folders as needed.

Sometimes this name is confused with Internet Explorer, however, the functionality is for managing folders and files within your computer. These days, it's best to store your folders and files on an external media source or on the Cloud in the event of a system crash.

As seen in the image, you can create folders and name them as you want to organize your files and have them sorted in your own manner. You can also rearrange by moving files and folders or simply copy them.