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I need some help on how I can safely tune-up and restore my HP Pavilion 15t laptop without having to reinstall Windows 10. After speaking to HP tech support, that was their suggestion after they found the cause of my PC being slow and freezing up at times. Even Chrome locks up. Whether it's when I boot-up or online it can be painfully slow forcing me to re-boot. HP support believes I have a hidden problem that Windows Defender isn't detecting and that some Windows files may be corrupted. My options are to reinstall Windows or use a tool to repair and restore Windows. I prefer not to reinstall because that can be complicated. Any suggestions or tips on how to diagnose and restore my PC?
– Alex P. New York, NY

Your situation is quite common. The good news is that it's easy to restore your laptop. To fix your HP, we recommend Windows Repair Tool to diagnose and repair Windows problems such as corrupt or missing files and hidden viruses or malware. Trusted by millions of users since 2009 Windows Repair Tool will safely scan your laptop and diagnose your complete PC and deliver the findings with a full system report. Next, this free repair tool will actually fix and restore your laptop PC without requiring a risky Windows reinstall. The secret behind the Windows Repair Tool is their patented repair and restore technology that automatically replaces critical system files that have been damaged. Think of it as a complete Windows tune up without performing a Windows reinstall. Windows Repair Tool will restore your PC in just a few clicks and return your PC to peak performance. Best of all Windows Repair Tool can be used for free. Good luck

After my wife's iPhone recently locked up forcing me to go to the Apple store for help. The cause turned out to be that she had 4000+ photos and videos eating up her memory. I determined she had many duplicates and similar photos. I'm looking for the best way to clean up her phone and find all of the duplicate photos from a phone these days. Any suggestions for such a process or tool? Thanks.....
– H. Sutherland, London

This is a very common problem. Many users don't realize how many duplicate or similar photos they have on their phone until it's too late. We recommend Duplicate Photo Cleaner. This useful tool is the only app for managing duplicate and similar photos you'll ever need. The latest version of Duplicate Photo Cleaner now works with your iPhone or Android phone. Just connect your phone to your PC and your ready to instantly find and remove duplicates that eat up your valuable memory and cause performance issues. It looks for similarities in your images and easily finds duplicate photos. Duplicate Photo Cleaner also detects photos of the same subject, resized pictures, and edited images. You can try it for free too.

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Driver Tip: Common Fixes for Tricky Driver Problems

If you are having problems with drivers after you have installed them, here are some common fixes that will solve most of your driver problems.Rollback Driver.

Restarting Your Computer – After installing a driver be sure to restart your computer. Many drivers will not work properly until the system is restarted.

Reinstall the Driver - If you are facing hardware issues, one of the first steps you should take is to reinstall the hardware driver. In many cases this will solve your problem. When you do this, Windows automatically detects and installs the hardware, like new. To do this, go to "Device Manager" on your Windows machine and select "Confirm Device Removal". Then reinstall the driver and reboot the system.

Rolling Back a Driver - This is a very easy process and there is nothing unsafe about it. To roll back a device driver means to revert to the old version. Windows will use the previous version of your driver. In your Device Manager, right click on the device and choose Properties. Click on the Driver tab, and then click Rollback Driver.

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PC Security Tip: Permanently Delete Personal Files

Deleting personal files is a must when it comes to PC and online security. A high percentage of files that have been simply deleted to your recycle bin can be undeleted or recovered. To permanently delete files so they can never be recovered you need a file shredder app. We recommend Easy File Shredder . It's the best we tested.

BIOS Tip – How to Set a BIOS or UEFI Password

A Windows, Linux, or Mac password just prevents people from logging into your operating system. It doesn’t prevent people from booting other operating systems, wiping your drive, or using a live CD to access your files. Your computer’s BIOS or UEFI firmware offers the ability to set lower-level passwords. These passwords allow you to restrict people from booting the computer, booting from removable devices, and changing BIOS or UEFI settings without your permission. These passwords are set in your BIOS or UEFI settings screen. On pre-Windows 8 computers, you’ll need to reboot your computer and press the appropriate key during the boot-up process to bring up the BIOS settings screen. This key varies from computer to computer, but is often F2, Delete, Esc, F1, or F10. If you need help, look at your computer’s documentation or Google its model number and “BIOS key” for more information. (If you built your own computer, look for your motherboard model’s BIOS key.) In the BIOS settings screen, locate the password option, configure your password settings however you like, and enter a password. You may be able to set different passwords — for example, one password that allows the computer to boot and one that controls access to BIOS settings. You’ll also want to visit the Boot Order section and ensure the boot order is locked down so people can’t boot from removable devices without your permission. On post-Windows 8 computers, you’ll have to enter the UEFI firmware settings screen through Windows 8′s boot options. Your computer’s UEFI settings screen will hopefully provide you with a password option that works similarly to a BIOS password.

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Tech Tip

Magnify Your Screen

Magnifier enlarges part or all of your screen, helping make words and images easier to see. To start Magnifier quickly, press the Windows logo key + Plus sign (+). To turn it off, press the Windows logo key + Esc.

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