Don’t put off Windows Updates

We all know Windows Updates are important to keep laptops and computers up to date. What is not clear is that some will not install when you shut down.

“But of course they do, Martin!” I hear you cry.

OK, if you select ‘Update and Shut Down’ SOME pending updates will install, but others require a restart to complete the process. These updates bring up a little blue window telling you there is an update and asking if you want to ‘Restart now, Pick a time or Remind me later’. The mistake made here is that people schedule the update, but don’t leave their computer on to actually do the update.

So what should you do? Well, as a way to cover all your bases, I would recommend clicking on ‘Update  and Restart’. Yes, this does mean coming back to your computer or laptop in a while to shut it down properly, but it will get ALL the updates installed for you.

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Wireless Printer Gone Offline?

This is the first thing to do when your Wireless printer reports it is Offline:

(This works for 5 out of 6 times you cannot print to WiFi printer)

  1. Unplug the printer from the mains
    a. Either pull the 3 pin plug from the socket OR pull the power cable out of the back of the printer
  2. Now go to the Internet Router/ Hub and turn it off (unplug it from the mains) for 10 seconds before turning it on (plug it back in).
  3. The Internet Router/ Hub will take 2 to 4 minutes to come back to life.
  4. For best results restart your laptop/computer, but this is not usually necessary
  5. When the Internet Router/Hub has fully started, i.e. the lights are properly lit, then plug the printer power back in and turn on

Anything in the print queue should now print. If there is nothing in the print queue then try printing something out.

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Is your Backup safe?

There are fundamentally two types of backup: cloud backups and local backups.

A Cloud backup is a backup that uses the internet in some way. This could be a formal backup program or one of the more subtle programs, like OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox. I am often asked if these are safe, from the point of view of someone ‘hacking’ them online. The reality is there is a greater chance of someone breaking into your house and accessing your computer than there is of someone hacking one of these online accounts.

A local backup is one made to a USB device or network device somewhere in your home. So, what about your local backup if someone breaks in? It’s not just a break in that threatens your local backup, but a fire will destroy it too. If you use a local backup, make sure it is removed from where the computer or laptop lives and is placed in a separate room, this way a thief probably won’t find it and, in the event of fire, if the PC goes then the backup might survive.

It’s obvious that the statistics relating to fire and theft mean your data is pretty safe. The key is to make sure you have a backup as computer failure or data corruption or human error are far greater threats to those precious photos and the invaluable documents you would hate to lose. The advice is simple: backup, backup, backup!

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