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Our home PC from Lenovo has performed quite well since the day we bought it nearly a year ago. I'm not an expert, but I try to keep it optimized and protected. At this point I think it needs a "Tune-Up" or something. Here's why: Lately I can sense my system is really struggling at times because it slows down, occasionally takes much longer to load web pages and perform certain tasks. And recently I got a scary Windows 8 "corrupt file" error warning. What's the best "Tune-Up" app that you know of that's safe and easy to use?
– Sydney C., Milwaukee, WI
Reimage is the best tool for the job. We've recommended it to thousands of happy users. However, Reimage is more than just a PC "Tune-Up". Within minutes of running Reimage's free scan it will analyze your entire system and provide a detailed report. Next, Reimage can safely repair any found damage with their patented repair technology that actually reverses the damage done to your Windows operating system. After using Reimage, your system should perform like it was brand new.

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Please recommend a website or software program that can tell me everything I need to know about my home computers. I’ve seen some software available on Download Sites, but I’m nervous about trying the wrong one and having it damage my computer.
– Bill O., Bemidji, MN

Our favorite Diagnostic and Benchmarking software is AIDA64 Extreme by FinalWire. We’ve been using AIDA64 on our office PCs for the last several years and have been very satisfied with the technical information that it reports. Not only will AIDA64 Extreme tell you everything you need to know about your computer, motherboard, OS, storage, multimedia and display, but it can also measure temperature, fan speeds, voltages, and power draw. There’s also a handful of benchmarking, diagnostic, and system stability tests. The Report Wizard can actually provide you a detailed summary of everything you can think of. The report can be saved to a file, emailed to a friend, or printed for future reference. FinalWire offers a 30-day free trial of AIDA64 Extreme. Download it today!

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I’ve used TouchStoneSoftware’s products for many years, and I trust your opinion. I’m wondering if you can tell me of any sites out there where I can find the latest shareware and freeware downloads, along with reviews of all of the newest titles out there?
– Andrea K., Boston, MA

Thanks for being such a loyal customer all these years, Andrea. Yes, we do know of such a site: MajorGeeks is a great site where you can find all the latest shareware, and freeware titles, reviewed by users. You can also find MajorGeeks useful new Software Updater and News App here: » Download Software Updater & News App

The News Update function simply sits in your system tray and can notify you of any new articles on with out having to check each day for what interests you. The tabbed interface will show three days worth of news, plus it will show how many files have been added recently and whether they were shareware or freeware items. The Software Updater scans your system for outdated software that you have on your system. Typically it is important to keep up with the latest release that an author has to offer, but unless you are very diligent, often things can get missed. Generally these updates include new features, bug updates or security fixes. Many programs have automatic updating built in, but many do not and not keeping up with the current version can leave your system vulnerable or at minimum not having the newest, coolest features.

Driver Tip: Disabling Automatic Driver Installation in Windows 7

Suppose you have connected a device to your computer; Windows 7 automatically searches for the driver and installs it. If you want to select every driver manually (because you have a manual driver that is better), then you should disable automatic driver installation. To do this you don’t need to install any software at all, you can do this using Windows Driver Settings.

• Go to Start–>Search type in gpedit.msc
• Click the file to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
• Go to: Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->System->Device Installation. Click on the subfolder Device Installation on the left and on the right side you will see the possible restrictions.
• Right Click on Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy settings and edit this option, set it on ENABLED
• Reboot Windows.

Alternatively, you can do the following:

• Open Control panel > Advanced System settings > hardware tab > Device Installation settings.
• You can also access it by opening Control Panel > Device & printers > Right Click the Computer under Devices and select Device Installation settings.
• Here select No, let me choose what to do. Click Save changes.

PC Performance Tip: Change A PC's Registered Owner

When you've inherited someone else's PC and want to make it your own, you can change the registered owner's name in the Windows Registry. Here's how to do it. Open your Registry Editor, and navigate to the RegisteredOwner key value located in:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\RegisteredOwner

When you check the name of the owner by clicking on Start and typing winver into the Search Programs And Files box, your new name should appear instead of the old one.

Please Note: Before performing these tweaks, we recommend backing up your system's registry. To back up the Registry the easy way, simply open Control Panel, click System, and then click System protection on the left sidebar. Click the big Create button to have Windows walk you through the straightforward process of creating a System Restore Point — it's as easy as that.

» Perform a PC performance scan now!

BIOS Tip – When is it Time to Update My BIOS?

We get a lot of people who ask, "How do I know when I should upgrade my BIOS?" It could be different for everyone, but usually there are some tell-tale signs. If you're experiencing strange behavior such as blue screens, your system restarting, or you're looking for more functionality such as the ability to add a larger hard drive to your system, then a BIOS update is definitely something you will need to consider.

Motherboard makers are constantly enhancing the BIOS firmware and the end result can be significantly improved performance, less buggy behavior, additional functionality, improved overclocking performance, and much more.

» Perform a BIOS scan now!

Tech Tip

Did You Know You Can Make Your Windows 8 Start Screen Tiles Smaller?
You will notice that Windows 8 Start Screen have some small tiles while other tiles are bigger in size and occupies more space. When you right click a tile, it will display few options. If this is a large tile then you can choose the option to make it smaller.

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