About the PC Buyer Beware! website

Facebook-linkThe PC/computer information provided by PC Buyer Beware! and how best to access it

PC Buyer Beware! is a comprehensive PC guide covering desktop and laptop/notebook PCs that provides the knowledge required to make sensible buying, building, upgrading, networking, Internet, broadband, recovering, repairing and computer-security decisions, helping users to solve hardware and software problems via 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 a particular computer problem is to enter a short and accurate description of it, such as general searches like hard disk drive problems, printer problems or the more specific searches, such as pc freezes or program freezes, both of them very common problems, in the Search box provided at the top of each page. A list of pages containing those or your own keywords will be presented.

All of the major internal PC components, such as hard disk drives (HDDs), SSD 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 computer security, software and  Windows XP, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.


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.

Microsoft support lifecycles 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 January 2016, still ran about 10% of all computers, therefore it is unlikely to be targeted by cyber criminals because there are too few users to make the effort worthwhile. Windows 10 was officially released on July 29, 2015. By April 2016 Windows 10 was running an estimated 17.66% of all desktop and laptop computers. The percentages in January 2016 for Windows 7 and Windows XP were 43.67% and 7.3% respectively. Android machines were not included in the data, no doubt because it is used almost entirely on tablets and phones.

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 –


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