Absolute Beginner's Guide to Upgrading and Fixing Your PC by Michael Miller

By Michael Miller

Now we have the know-how. This booklet exhibits how you can make it enhanced, speedier, higher than it used to be before... For a few, procuring a brand new laptop is out of the query, so we express how one can breathe existence again into an older computer. Does that workstation really want an improve or simply a bit solving? This booklet indicates tips on how to make that decision with no breaking the financial institution. Why pay to have a laptop tech practice uncomplicated improvements? With assistance from this booklet, readers can set up a brand new DVD-ROM force, reminiscence and new audio system!

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Fortunately, you don't have to go out and purchase a separate backup program because Windows has its own built-in backup utility, called (surprisingly enough) Microsoft Backup. " Setting a System Restore Point If you're running Windows XP or Windows Me, another good preventative measure to take is to set a System Restore point. System Restore is a new utility that takes a snapshot of your key system settings. If some of your system settings get messed up during an upgrade, you can use System Restore to return your system to its pre-upgrade configuration.

Memory, for example, is a cheap and easy upgrade that can boost the performance of just about any PC. Adding a second hard drive especially if your PC has a USB connector, so you can add an external model is also relatively cheap and easy, and a real godsend if you're running short on storage space for all your graphics and music files. If your computer is a Pentium III or later and has at least one free USB port, you don't need to worry. Upgrading a newer system is comparatively easy, if not always cheap!

Most hard drives today use some variation of these two interfaces. The IDE/ATA standard, especially, has inspired a raft of progeny, all promising faster performance than the basic IDE interface. These subsets of IDE include UDMA, UIDE, AT-6, Fast ATA, and Ultra ATA. All of these interfaces utilize the basic IDE-type connector, so compatibility generally isn't a huge problem. "Mike Sez" Given the higher expense and more difficult installation associated with SCSI, I recommend you go with an IDE drive which is what we'll focus on for the balance of this chapter.

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