Help and Tips
Here are some general computer tips that can be used on many computer platforms, not just PCs.
#1: Donating or Giving Away a Computer? Follow These 5 Steps First.
Five steps to take before you give away a PC, including helping to prevent identity theft.
#2: For Speed, CPU Speed Isn't Everything
Plan on upgrading a computer or buying a new one? Look at more than just the CPU speed for faster performance.
#3: Computer Parts - Keep a Spare Item
Some spare computer-related items you may want to keep around the house or office.
#4: Floppy Disk Care and Use
Tips for those who still use floppy disks. Topics include handling, using, and caring for floppy disks.
#5: Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for Computer Users
Advice for everyone who uses a computer and/or surfs the Internet, helping save time and possibly even money.
#6: Don't Know Which Laptop to Purchase? Ask Microsoft
Microsoft's "PC Scout" offers suggestions on which laptop or netbook to purchase based on your needs.
#7: Directory - Path - Folder ... What Is It?
Are there any differences between the terms directory, path, and folder?
#8: Slap Me Some Skin
Do you like the look of your software programs? Many packages now support visual themes, or 'skins'. Learn more about them.
#9: 7 Things to Consider When Installing a Beta Operating System or Update
Before installing an operating system or update that has not been officially released, heed this advice.
#10: 5 Things to Do as Soon as You Purchase a New Computer
Increase your computer security and reduce potential headaches later by doing these five things as soon as you purchase a new computer.
#11: Why Should You Buy a Desktop PC?
With the added mobility one gets with a laptop PC, is there any reason to still purchase a desktop?
#12: 7 Reasons Why Computers Run Slower As They Get Older
Seven reasons why computers seem to run slower the longer you use them, including drive fragmentation and faulty software uninstallers.
#13: What is Pre-Installed Bloatware?
What is pre-installed bloatware that you may find on new laptops and desktops, and why is this software installed?
#15: Save Your Work Often
#23: Buying a Laptop or Desktop - What is Shared Video Memory?
Explains the difference between graphics card onboard memory and a shared video memory paradigm.
#29: COM Ports
#30: Don't Always Go By Minimum Requirements
Plan on purchasing software, such as a game, and using it on a computer that barely meets the software's minimum requirements? It may not run as well as desired.
#31: Drive Defragmenters - Not All The Same
Not all disk defragmenters work the same way - learn how two disk defragmenters work differently.
#32: Refresh Old Backups
#33: Keystrokes and Message Boxes
These keyboard shortcuts work most of the time when message boxes appear onscreen.
#34: Why Do Install Programs Ask Me to Close Everything Else?
When installing software, here's why you should close down all running applications.
#38: How to Solve Computer Problems with More Power!
UPS units can protect your computers from surges, brownouts, and unreliable power. Read this tip for more information.
#39: Test Out Keyboards!
#40: Backing Up Only One Folder
You don't have to own high-end software programs to perform software backups.
#51: Clean Your Computer
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The MalekTips website was created in 1998 by Andrew Malek of Envision Programming. The page's goal is to freely disperse computer-related tips, hints, and informative articles. Tips are organized to be easy to find, and are presented clearly, in easy-to-understand language. MalekTips also provides information and links to public-domain, open source, freeware, shareware, and commercial software available for download. < more >