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5 ways to boost PC performance for non-tech users

Posted on: January 25th, 2018 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Things have come a long way since the old rule, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” In fact, the rule seems to have changed to “Even if it still works, if it’s not performing tops, just replace it.”

“But I like my laptop!” I hear you say, whenever you complain how slow it is and the immediate response from just about anyone is to get a new one. You may like the keyboard placement, the feel of the mouse and keys or the personalisation you gave it (and dread having to set up all over again!). Or you simply want to carry on using it because you got used to it and, after all, it’s not broken yet, is it? We get that. And we have good news for you!

Even if you are no techy and get only as far as simple usage of common computer programs and Internet browsing, you can follow these five simple steps to effectively service your laptop at home. Furthermore, I recommend a great tool to maintain your computer’s performance on a day-to-day basis. Not bad, huh? After you’ve read this article, you’ll be the one laughing.

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5 tips to bring your laptop back to life

What to do and how Powersuite by Uniblue can help you.

1. Maintain your hard disk

Start with shutting down and restarting your PC properly. I see that puzzled look on your face. What is the sense in this? It is easy to snap shut the screen of the laptop without a second thought and let it sleep instead of shutting down, especially knowing that you also save yourself the startup time when you return. This is fine for some situations, but not all the time! The shutdown and restart process helps your computer manage information and optimise it for better performance. The poor thing gets bogged down with an overload of piling up information and becomes sluggish if you don’t give it a little shut eye too!

2. Delete unwanted files

Clean junk files, duplicates and old backups to clear disk space and optimise your hard drive for faster file access. Have you ever been through your files to clear out old and junk files? When your PC becomes cluttered, taking up valuable space on your hard drive, it slows down. You can clear them up manually by painstakingly going through all your folders – a very time consuming job – or you can apply your new PC assistant, Powersuite, to run a free analysis to identify junk files and old backups. It can also remove them effectively and compress large files to gain space.

3. Clear out obsolete programs and apps

Programs and apps also use up a lot of valuable space on your hard drive. If you are using the program, then it’s a good compromise, but it is likely that you also have several programs you don’t use, which just sit there taking up useful space. Get rid of unnecessary programs and apps by using the Add and Remove Programs feature on your PC’s Control Panel and uninstalling programs you recognise as unneeded from the list provided. Be careful not to remove programs which you do not recognise as they may be important for your PC’s proper function, while others cannot be uninstalled as they are part of the factory settings.

4. Optimize settings and resource management

If your PC startup takes over 1 minute, your PC is shouting for help. It is likely that multiple programs are opening on startup, slowing the startup time considerably. Furthermore, they probably keep running in the background, using up a lot of memory and slowing your computer’s performance. What to do to capitalise on your PC’s resources? Powersuite’s free scan will identify the apps and programs causing slow down so that you can take action. It can also remove the issues for you and apply effective speed tools to boost speed and tweak settings for improved responsiveness.

5. Update your software and drivers

Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to keep optimal performance so proceed with any software updates. Run security scans to protect against viruses, spyware and malware – this patches up any security glitches and also improves the functionality and speed of your PC. Furthermore, Powersuite can provide the latest driver updates to enhance hardware function and efficiency.

How to make your PC maintenance quick and easy with Powersuite by Uniblue

The manual instructions may seem tedious, even daunting, but Powersuite by Uniblue makes it quick and easy to do! Download Powersuite now and scan your computer for free! The scan reveals any issues and what they are. While this will assist you making the necessary adjustments manually, buying the paid version of Powersuite will fix the issues for you – you don’t have to waste your precious time to save time!

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How to connect remotely to your PC

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by SoftwarePatch.com 1 Comment

Have you ever, for some reason or another, needed to access your computer at home while you were at work? Maybe for some photos, or an important document? It’s actually easier than it sounds, and doesn’t require you to have to frantically rush home during your break! There are a variety of methods you can use to connect remotely to a computer, some of which we will describe below:

How to use Windows Remote Desktop

For this method to work, you will need to be on the same network as the computer you want to access.

  • Access the Start Menu and click All Programs.
  • Select Accessories and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
  • In Computer, type the name of the computer you would like to connect to, and click Connect.

How to use VNC (Virtual Network Computing)

VNC is a free app that allows you to see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your own mouse and keyboard.

  • Go to RealVNC to download and install the software for free. You will need to do this on all the computers you want to connect to remotely.
  • Select Service mode during the installation process, which will run VNC as a Windows service.
  • Once everything is set up, click Start > All Programs > Real VNC > VNC Viewer 4 > Run VNC Viewer. A dialog box will open. Type the IP address of the computer you would like to connect remotely too and click OK.

How to use LogMeIn

LogMeIn requires you to sign up for an account before you can install the software. You can connect any device to your computer this way.

  • Go to LogMeIn.com and install the software. You will need to do this on every computer you wish to access.
  • Make sure everything is on and connected to the Internet.
  • Log in with your computer username and password. This will connect you.

How to use TeamViewer

Like LogMeIn, TeamViewer allows you to connect a variety of devices remotely. You will need to sign up for an account to go ahead.

  • Download the TeamViewer app from teamviewer.com. You will have to do this on any device you wish to connect.
  • Launch the Installer and follow the onscreen instructions. For installation type, select Yes to install the host software and then click Next.
  • The app will prompt you to set up access. Set a name and password for the computer and click Next.
  • You will be asked for your login details. Click Next and then click Finish to complete the set-up.
  • Follow the same steps on the other device. After you have set the descriptive name and password for this device, select I already have a TeamViewer account. Fill in your details and click Next. Click Finish to complete the setup.
  • To connect remotely, open the software and go to the My Partners tab. Double-click the name of the computer you want to connect to.
  • The computer’s display will appear in a new window. You can use your keyboard and mouse as normal.

There are other ways to connect two computers remotely, but these offer the easiest ways to do it. They are also the most secure, by operating through passwords and establishing strict links between devices.

Windows XP expiry date countdown clock

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The support of Microsoft XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will officially end on April 8th, 2014, so we have created a countdown clock (using the time zone of Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington) to remind you of the approaching date if you are using any of the expiring products.

To upgrade your operating system to either Windows 7 or Windows 8, click here.

Microsoft patches Office 2010 for one last time

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Good news everyone: Microsoft has just released the latest and probably the last service pack for the three-year-old Office 2010 suite. Service Pack 2 is available to download from Microsoft’s Knowledge Base or through Windows Update. The patch is intended to improve the compatibility of the Office and SharePoint 2010 products with other Office and SharePoint versions, Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10. The service pack contains some previously unreleased minor fixes, such as improvements in stability, performance, and security.

The service pack contains improvements for some annoying problems in Excel 2010, such as an issue in which file sizes become larger when additional built-in styles are copied between different Excel instances. In Word, the patch fixes issues regarding bookmarks, templates, tables, autocorrect options just to name a few. Some errors in Outlook will get fixed too, such as the one occurring when you perform a spell check before sending an email. An important update in PowerPoint fixes an issue in which Mozilla Firefox crashes on a Mac computer when viewing a presentation in PowerPoint Web App.

The beta version of SP2 was available for public testing in April this year, and there were no reports of major problems with the patch. While there is no urgent security-related need to download this latest update pack, Microsoft will possibly turn Service Pack 2 into an automated update in three months’ time.

By Gergely Sumegi

Quantum Computing (a short introduction)

Posted on: August 8th, 2012 by SoftwarePatch.com 2 Comments

Quantum computing is a very, very new and exciting area in the computing realm. Whilst it still has its hurdles to overcome, we are seeing great progress being done by scientists all over the world.

Why Quantum Computing?

The IT industry has a ‘law’ known as Moore’s Law which states that computing power doubles every 16 months. So far this law has held true despite the challenges we have had to overcome however very soon, the current materials we use to build computers, namely silicone, will max out and we will need to move to an entirely different platform. One of the candidates for this next-generation computer is the Quantum Computer.

So what is Quantum Computing?

To understand quantum computing, we must first understand Quantum and Quantum Mechanics.

Quantum is the minimum amount of anything. This means breaking down something to its very basic elements. Quantum Mechanics, on the other hand, deals with the states of Quanta (plural for Quantum).

To take an example, light is made out of ‘photons’. So photons are light’s quantum. The state of the photon is dealt with in Quantum Mechanics.

What do we mean by state? A cat in a box!

Cat in a box

Schrodinger was an Austrian physicist who came up with a thought experiment illustrating a challenge faced in Quantum mechanics. In his thought experiment (this did not really happen, it is just a theory to illustrate a concept, an idea) a cat is locked in a box along with a bottle of poison and a mechanical hammer device that may or may not strike the bottle of poison. Schrodinger argues that unless we open the box to see if the cat is alive or not, the cat is both alive and dead at the same time (the cat’s state). This has been shown in a recent experiment where Quanta were found to vibrate and not vibrate at the same time.

The Experiment

Aaron D. O’Connell is an awesome quantum physicist who created the first Quantum Machine. The Quantum Machine measures superpositions by taking all other elements out of the equation.

In a speech given by O’Connell, he explains this by using an elevator as an example. When we are alone in an elevator, we are free to do what we want; we can move about freely and even dance if we want to! However, when other people are in the elevator, we behave differently.

By removing all other elements (light, heat and air) in the same way as leaving only one person in an elevator, O’Connell observed Quantums vibrating and not vibrating at the same time. This means that Quanta (the building blocks of everything) can be in 2 places at the same time. This is superpositioning.

Computers vs. Quantum Computers

In traditional computers, we use bits to measure data. A bit can be either a 1 or a 0. This is also known as binary. In Quantum computing, however, we use Qubits and this is where superpositions become not only handy, but very interesting.

Since Quanta can be vibrating and standing still simultaneously, we can take the different superpositions and create a new type of data. Instead of just 1 and 0, we now have a number of different ‘states’ which gives us way more data throughput.

Since superpositions are affected by light, heat and temperature, using this technology for everyday computing has its challenges, and scientists are still exploring ways to make this work. One such advancement is the recent development in superconductors, which will be covered in another entry.

Despite its challenges, Quantum Computing still represents an interesting development period for computing; one full of opportunities and innovation.