How Best to Fix PC / Computer Problems, Buy, Upgrade, Build, Recover, Restore, Repair and Protect Desktop and Laptop PCs
PC Buyer Beware! is a comprehensive PC guide with computer problems and solutions covering desktop, laptop/notebook and tablet PCs.
Knowledge and information is provided of the kind required to make sensible buying, building, upgrading, networking, Internet, broadband, recovering, repairing and computer-security decisions.
Hardware and software problems
Hardware and software problems are solved in articles and questions and solutions, grouped in categories, the parent category of which is on the main menu at the top of each page – PC Problems & Solutions.
The quickest way to find the solutions to particular computer problems on this website is to enter a short and accurate description of the problem in the Search box at the top right-hand corner of every page of this site. A list of pages containing your keywords will be presented. Examples of general searches are computer problems, hard disk drive problems, laptop problems, networking problems, etc. Examples of more specific searches are pc freezes, pc reboots, blue screen of death, etc., all of them very common problems.
Hardware components and peripherals
All of the major internal PC/computer components, such as hard disk drives, graphics cards, processors, motherboards, sound cards, etc., and the external peripheral components, such as monitors, networking equipment, mice, keyboard and printers, have their own section devoted to them under Hardware on the menu at the top of each page.
There are so many categories of hardware that they can’t all be shown on a single screen in the drop-down menu, so, please scroll down to see all of them. Separate sections are devoted to topics such as software, Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 / XP, and PC security.
The Software menu item at the top of each page is broken down into the following categories: General Software Information, Backups, Systems Images and Cloud Storage, The UEFI and Standard System BIOS, Product Activation and The Device Manager.
While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained on this website, the author assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.
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Microsoft support life-cycles for Windows and its other software
Note that extended security support for Windows XP from Microsoft ended on April 8, 2014. There is nothing to stop anyone from continuing to use XP, which, in April 2016, still ran about 7.46% of all desktop and laptop computers. Due to its relatively low user base, Windows XP is now much less unlikely to be targeted by cyber criminals. Moreover, that user base is decreasing constantly, making it less and less attractive to those parasites.
Windows 10 was officially released on July 29, 2015. By April 2016 Windows 10 was running an estimated 17.90% of all desktop and laptop computers. The percentages in April 2016 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 were 44.56% and 10.30% respectively. Android machines were not included in the data, no doubt because it is used almost entirely on tablets and phones. Android is an open-source development of Linux by Google. The percentage of PCs running other versions of Linux was only 1.55%.
Microsoft will be ending extended security support for Windows 7 SP1 on January 14, 2020.
Microsoft Support Lifecycles [for all of its products] –
Visit the following Wikipedia page for up-to-date information on the usage share of all of the operating systems in use on desktop, laptop, tablet PCs and smartphones.
Usage share of operating systems –