Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What you need to know to keep your Home, Home Business, or Small Business Computer Systems, and Networks...Working!

Many of us are working at home these days, dependent on a fairly randomly assembled collection of computers, laptops, printers, and networking equipment, as well as the related software, to keep ourselves in business. This blog is aimed at those people, and the common problems that we encounter with our equipment and software.

For the purposes of the next few articles, I am going to assume that we have our networked computing environment all set up. In future articles, I'll talk about setting up or expanding such a system, and what you need and how to buy it, but for now let's talk about the system when parts of it break.

How can we deal with issues that cause our computers, printers, and networks to fail without calling in a "pro", or a "geek", or a "nerd", so that we can replace the power supply or hard drive, even build a computer, load a new Operating System like XP or Vista, disinfect our machines when they're filled with worms or viruses, set up a firewall, or stuff like that there?

In these next articles I'm going to discuss how to do some of these things from a basic viewpoint, so that most of those who read this will be able to accomplish them (should they wish to), and I'm not going to get into a lot of detail. 95% of the problems we face DON'T require a lot of detail, just some basic procedures and info.

First, I'm going to talk about getting viruses and other bad things out of your Vista or XP computers. And that will be the subject of the next article.

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