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Q: Why have there been so many Windows updates lately? I get what the importance is for security, but why so often. With this last Windows 10 update my one year old Acer notebook took a performance hit. It has slowed down noticeably. I'm being forced to shut it down and reboot every other day. Acer support suggested I could have a virus or corrupted file. Well Avast anti-virus found no problems. Next Acer's help line suggested I reinstall Windows 10, but warned me it's a tricky process and there's a real risk of losing important files. I feel lost. Can TouchStoneSoftware,com help by suggesting a tool or program that will hopefully fix what's wrong with my laptop without having to reinstall Windows?
– Paul M. Bangor, ME

A: Your Acer PC situation is quite common. That is, you have a good PC, but it's becoming slow over time. 90% of PC problems center around Windows issues. Before you risk reinstalling Windows, try a simple yet powerful tool trusted by millions of users since 2007 named Windows Repair Tool. First download and run Windows Repair Tool's free system check up. Within a couple of minutes Windows Repair Tool will safely detect and actually repair all of the errors found on your Acer laptop. If there's a stubborn virus or hidden malware or even spyware on your PC, it will be detected and removed. If your operating system is damaged, Windows Repair Tool's patented technology will reverse Windows errors by replacing bad or corrupted files with a full database of new - clean replacement files. Windows Repair Tool is a complete check and tune up for any PC. Best of all you can use it to fix all the errors for free.

Q: Working from home can be a challenge. I have a hard time keeping track of my 10+ Zoom meetings and 5+ Skype meetings per week. What's the best way to record and organize all these meetings for future reference?
– Diane S. NYC, NY

A: Most Zoom and Skype meetings can't be recorded unless you have a premium subscription. A great option to consider is a new application called Meeting Recorder Plus. With its simple set up, you see Meeting Recorder Plus is the ultimate video and audio recorder for Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or any other video conferencing application.

» Try Meeting Recorder Plus for Free

Driver Tip: Finding The Correct Printer Driver Can Be Tricky

Have you ever installed a printer driver and your printer stopped working? Or the new driver just doesn’t seem to install at all? With some printers the driver is pretty straightforward. It’s simply click and install. However, with other printer drivers the process can be a little more involved. If you are running into issues installing your printer driver, we suggest that you first uninstall the old drivers first. Then install the new ones. This should prevent any further issues and allow your printer to work properly. The old driver can be uninstalled by opening your Control Panel, and clicking on the Devices and Printers section. Right click on the printer, and choose PROPERTIES. Then click on the DRIVER tab, and choose UNINSTALL. You may be asked at this point if you want to keep the driver, say NO. Once that has completed uninstalling, you can install the new driver.

» Check your drivers Today!

PC Security Tip: Keep Your Personal Videos and Files Private

Video Padlock is the most convenient way to securely lock video files on your PC. Simply choose video files to encrypt, and they become available only in Video Padlock , protected by a master password you enter once at the start of each session. and safely and quickly shred these files forever.

» Try Video Padlock for FREE

BIOS Tip – Is it Necessary To Update Your BIOS?

One question we get asked a lot is "Is it still necessary to upgrade my BIOS in this day and age?" The answer is most definitely YES! First, for those of you who do not know, let's go over what a BIOS actually is. The BIOS, which stands for Basic Input/Output System, is primarily responsible for initializing your systems hardware directly after powering up and begins the process of starting your operating system. The BIOS contains the codes your system requires to control the keyboard, display screen, disk drives, serial and USB communications, and other miscellaneous functions. If your BIOS is out of date, your motherboard will not be able to utilize all of its features to their full potential, if even able to use them at all. An out of date BIOS will cause your computer to run inefficiently and eventually may cause the computer to fail to run some devices at all. Updating your BIOS will increase your computer's speed and compatibility with newer hardware. All the hardware attached to the motherboard, such as the RAM, processor, video card and disk drives, can be configured to a greater or lesser degree through the BIOS. Memory timings, processor speed and overclocking, hard disk detection and booting are all properties controlled by the motherboard's BIOS. If you have an older computer, and want to upgrade to a newer, larger hard drive or to a newer operating system such as Windows 10, then upgrading your BIOS is definitely a good idea. This will ensure that your computer is up to date and ready for the improvements you are planning.

» Perform a BIOS scan now!

Tech Tip

Windows 10 Speech Recognition

In Settings, go to Time & Language > Speech > Related settings and click "Speech, inking and typing privacy settings" to enable speech services and typing suggestions.

Next, use the Windows Key-H hotkey combination in any text field to pop up a Cortana box that records your voice through your Windows machine's microphone and dictates the speech in your text field.

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