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  1. A Blue Screen of Death, technically known as a stop error, is never a happy experience for Windows users. Your computer crashes without warning, losing your work, or other data in the process. The faulty hardware corrupted page error is one such critical error that can strike without warning. Here's how you fix the faulty hardware corrupted page stop code for good. What Is the Faulty Hardware Corrupted Page Stop Code Error? The faulty hardware corrupted page error (Windows stop code 0x0000012B) covers several different hardware issues, but refers to a single-bit error. A single-
  2. Has your Windows computer suddenly crashed, stopped working, or is refusing to boot? If so, you might encounter the "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart" error. This is a common and generic PC error, often referred to as the "blue screen of death". We're going to talk you through every step of this error: what it means, how to know what your specific PC problem is, and how to fix that issue. What Is the "Your PC Ran Into a Problem and Needs to Restart" Error? Above is a picture of the "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart" error screen. It's often called t
  3. Windows crashes---whether they come as a blue screen of death or totally locked-up system---are extremely frustrating. Not only do you lose the work you had open, but troubleshooting the reason that Windows crashed can be difficult. When crashes happen, you'll probably wonder how to prevent these issues in the future. Let's look at the most common reasons for a Windows crash, and what to do when Windows keeps crashing. 1. RAM Problems Because your computer keeps important data in RAM, issues with your memory can cause Windows to crash. Error names like Fatal Exception Error usua
  4. It's a frustrating problem when your PC randomly turns on from sleep. Not only does this waste power, but it might wake you up if you sleep near your computer. If you have problems keeping your Windows 10 system in sleep mode, we're here to help. Let's look at why your computer randomly turns itself on, and how to stop your computer from waking up without your say-so. Check for Wake Devices in the Command Prompt To figure out why your computer randomly turns on, you can first use a few Command Prompt commands to get an idea of what's going on. To open a Command Prompt, righ
  5. When was the last time you cleaned your keyboard? It's not something we think about as we clean up our homes, but it's a good idea to keep on top of your keyboard hygiene. Let's explore why you should clean your keyboard and how to do it properly. Why You Should Clean Your Keyboard First, keyboards aren't the cleanest object in your home or office. Lots of crumbs from computer-side snacks work their way among the keys and build up underneath them. As a result, holding a keyboard upside-down can dislodge some nasty morsels from the past. It's so bad that the keyboard can be
  6. Windows 10 occasionally runs into difficulties: unresponsive windows, high CPU usage, high disk usage, suspicious apps, etc. When that happens, the Windows Task Manager is your first line of attack. Although Windows 10 brought with it some upgrades to the Task Manager, it is still lacking. Which is why you should try an alternative task manager. The Windows Task Manager alternatives below are more advanced, more powerful, and, best of all, available free of charge. Why not give these advanced task manager replacements a try and see which suits you best? 1. Process Explorer
  7. Your PC relies on a consistent stream of power to stay on---but sometimes, your mains supply may not be so reliable. If you live in a neighborhood prone to outages, you might be wondering: can a power outage damage a PC, and what can you do to protect yourself from its effects? Let's explore the risks of a power outage and how to avoid them. The Different Types of Electrical Anomalies The electricity flowing through your home is not constant. Electrical currents can ebb and flow, dipping above and below what's ideal. Both too much and too little power can cause problems. Wh
  8. You probably know that RAM is an important component inside your computer, but do you know how much RAM you really need? Let's look at how to see your available amount of memory, how much RAM is appropriate for different types of users, and some advice if you need more RAM. What Is RAM? Before we look at how much RAM you need, let's briefly review what RAM is in case you're not familiar. Read our full overview of RAM for more background. RAM, or random access memory, is a form of short-term storage in your computer. It's where the operating system keeps processes for progra
  9. If you are using your personal laptop in your home office, you may be concerned about keeping it in top condition. When it overheats, this spells disaster for your motherboard or even your hard drive. Nobody wants to deal with a computer in meltdown, so keeping your laptop cool is essential. Here are some of the best laptop cooling mats to keep your computer frosty. 1. Targus Portable Lightweight Chill Mat Targus Portable Lightweight Chill Mat Lap with Dual Fans Ventilation Prevents Overheating, LED USB Port, Cooling Pad for Laptop, Black/Gray (AWE55US) Black with GrayBUY NOW ON
  10. Factory resets are the nuclear solution for many Windows issues. If your computer is far slower than it once was, you have a malware infection that won't go away or plan to sell your machine, a factory reset is the most convenient solution. Depending on your setup and installed version of Windows, you have a few different ways to factory reset a Windows laptop or desktop. We'll show you how to reset a Windows 10, 8, or 7 computer as easily as possible. Before a Factory Reset, Make Sure You Back Up! Before we look at how to reset Windows, you should ensure you have a recent backu
  11. The Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (Finanstilsynet) has cautioned investors about investing in cryptocurrencies as the price of bitcoin plunged Tuesday. “There is a strong need for a legal framework and investor protection if cryptocurrency is to be able to become a suitable form of investment for consumers,” the regulator’s consumer coordinator wrote. Norway’s Financial Regulator Warns of Crypto Risks Norway’s financial regulator, Finanstilsynet, posted a notice on its website Tuesday warning about the risks of investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It is writte
  12. Canaan Inc., the crypto mining rig manufacturer based in Beijing, has announced the company plans to mine cryptocurrencies in Kazakhstan. The company says that the firm’s next-generation Avalonminer mining rigs are already deployed in the world’s largest landlocked country. Canaan Joins the Bitcoin Mining Fray The publicly-listed company Canaan (Nasdaq: CAN) has revealed the firm is entering the fray of bitcoin mining with its own self-operated mining business. Canaan is one of the oldest bitcoin mining hardware manufacturers in the world as it was founded by Nangeng Zhang in 2013.
  13. E-Livestock Global, a venture-funded social enterprise, recently launched a blockchain-based livestock traceability system for Zimbabwean cattle farmers. The Mastercard “Provenance solution”-powered system, claiming to be the first of its kind in Africa, aims to bring “end-to-end visibility to the cattle supply chain.” It could also help Zimbabwean farmers prove the origin and health records of their cattle while reducing risks to buyers. Solution Brings Hope to Zimbabwe Cattle Farmers According to a statement released by Mastercard, this solution could not only bring hope to farmers
  14. Bitcoin ATM provider Chainbytes is setting up a bitcoin ATM manufacturing hub in El Salvador. The move follows the country passing a bill making bitcoin legal tender. The company plans to make El Salvador “the manufacturing hub of bitcoin ATMs for all of the Americas.” Bitcoin ATMs Coming to El Salvador U.S.-headquartered Chainbytes LLC, a bitcoin ATM provider, announced Tuesday that it is launching operations in El Salvador, the country which recently passed a bill making bitcoin legal tender. Chainbytes revealed that it plans “to make El Salvador the manufacturing hub of bitco
  15. Australia’s Lloyds Auctions now accepts major cryptocurrencies for any of the items offered on its marketplace. Within hours of the announcement, the auction house managed to sell an expensive caravan (camper/trailer) to a bidder who was happy to pay the full price with digital coins. Australian Auction House Lloyds Auctions Accepts Crypto From Bidders Against a backdrop of volatile crypto markets in the past days and weeks, investors have been on the lookout for ways to cash out profits or transfer some of their wealth elsewhere. Lloyds Auctions, a leading auction house in Australia
  16. Need to learn how to free up RAM after seeing messages that your Windows PC is low on memory? Don't fear---we're here to help. Let's take a look at some practical steps to clear RAM and keep your computer running smoothly. What Is RAM? Before we dive into tips on how to clear RAM, we'll briefly describe what RAM does in case you're not familiar. RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It's a short term storage medium that holds programs and processes currently running on your computer. The more RAM that's in your machine, the more programs you can run at once without nega
  17. Most Windows users only pull up the Task Manager when a program is frozen and they need to kill it. While it's perfectly fine to use the Task Manager this way, you're also overlooking some handy features if you never look deeper. The Task Manager has seen some serious improvements since the days of Windows 7. Let's look at the best Task Manager tricks for Windows 10 that you should know. 1. How to Bring Up the Task Manager Quickly Even if you know how to get to the Task Manager, you might not be aware of the different methods for doing so. While you can press Ctrl + Alt + Del to
  18. Got 100% disk usage in Windows 10? So your computer is hanging and freezing. Same old Windows, right? Except you're using a brand-new Windows 10 device; you've only had it a few days. So just what is going on? Investigating, you discover that your system drive is running at 100%. Surely this can't be, right? Sadly, it is. The latest versions of Windows have a problem with the drives being overworked, which slows down the operating system. This issue affects both hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs). Several fixes are available for this. But first, you need to trace t
  19. Windows 10 is pretty easy to get started with, but for the best experience, there are some important things to do after installing Windows 10. Doing these takes a bit of time, but sets you up for a smoother time down the road. Let's look at the first things you should do after installing Windows 10. These are most important when installing it for the first time, but are worth checking after installing a major feature update, too. 1. Run Windows Update and Configure Update Settings Even though you just installed Windows 10, chances are that some recent updates are pending. You sh
  20. When your PC is getting slow and it's time to upgrade it, you might wonder: Should I upgrade my motherboard? It is an essential component of your system, but it's not always easy to know when you should upgrade your motherboard. Replacing the motherboard can be expensive, but it can also bring you benefits in terms of speed, hardware support, and better graphics support. We'll explain some reasons why you should upgrade your motherboard and some considerations to keep in mind when you do. 1. For Faster CPUs If your CPU is rather new, the performance gains that come from upgradin
  21. As you probably know, the Windows desktop can be a tough beast to tame. Maybe you want an organized and clean desktop, but no matter how many times you purge it, and no matter how hard you try to keep it in order, it somehow becomes messy again. A clean desktop not only makes things easier to find, thus reducing inefficiency, but is more pleasing to look at and doesn’t cause as much cognitive stress. Keep reading to find out how to clean up your Windows 10 desktop once and for all. How to Clean Up Your Desktop The actual act of cleaning a desktop is easy---all you have to d
  22. Whether you've just purchased a new PC or reinstalled Windows, the first task you'll likely do is installing apps. While there are dozens of amazing Windows programs, knowing which are the must-have software for Windows 10 makes setting up a new installation easy. In no particular order, let's step through 15 essential apps for Windows 10 that everyone should install right away, along with some alternatives. 1. Internet Browser: Google Chrome Unsurprisingly, Google Chrome is our top browser pick. It's still super-speedy, includes little conveniences like instantly searching Goog
  23. Whether you've just bought a new laptop to replace an old one or upgraded to treat yourself, you should make some small investments in time to ensure the best experience down the road. Here are the most important things to do when you get a new laptop, no matter which OS it runs. 1. Update the Operating System Whether you bought the laptop from a brick-and-mortar store or online, it likely sat around for several months. One of the first things to do with a new laptop, then, is to install any existing OS updates. This gets you the latest features and makes sure your system is sec
  24. An overheating computer may lead to unexpected shutdowns, lost data, and hardware damage. It's important to cool down your PC and maintain its temperature. Your productivity won't come to a dead stop if you know all about the different ways to prevent your computer from overheating. Proper cooling will also contribute to PC performance and component longevity. How to Check Your Computer's Temperature It's easy to check the temperature of your PC, but knowing what to do with that information is the most important thing. There are various free tools that will monitor the PC t
  25. You want to play and not spend time waiting for your Steam games to update or download. If you have a poor internet connection you can find yourself downloading for days on end. Figure out how to increase Steam download speeds and you won't have to suffer. These tips will help you optimize the bandwidth from your ISP and also Steam's own connection to its servers. Declutter Your Connection Seriously, close your browser. As much as internet speeds are something of a mysterious force, there are a few obvious ways to cut down on your extraneous data use. The easiest method is hidin
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