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How To Test Your Random-Access Memory (RAM)?

How To Easily Test Your RAM for errors?

Random Access Memory (RAM) is computer hardware that temporarily stores data within a "working" memory area. The more working memory your system has, the more information it can process simultaneously. You can purchase additional RAM for your computer to improve capacity and performance. Do not confuse RAM with hard drive storage or other memory types. Remember that RAM is temporary storage, whilst hard drive memory retains data until you delete it. Furthermore, RAM is only used when the computer is turned on - as soon as you turn it off, the memory is erased.

 
How To Get Rid Of Bloatware In Windows 10?

How To Easily Get Rid Of Unwanted Pre-installed programs In Windows 10?

When you buy a new PC, you expect it to be fast and efficient. This is generally the case, however, there is one problem: bloatware. Bloatware is a unnecessary software pre-installed on your computer at purchase. Although not dangerous, it slows down your computer, uses RAM and hard drive space. It is difficult to say how much bloatware will affect your PC, but PCs without third party software will certainly start and shut down faster.

 
How to Know if You Are Running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows?

How to Know if You Are Running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows and What's The Difference?

You may have heard that Windows can be 32-bit or 64-bit. Both operating systems are designed to utilize a processor, which is named accordingly: 32-bit Windows uses a 32-bit processor, whilst 64-bit uses a 64-bit processor. The main difference between 32-bit and 64-bit is that a 32-bit processor can only address 4 gigabytes (GB) of RAM or less. If, for example, your computer has 8GB of RAM (or more) and is running 32-bit Windows, this means that your system will be using no more than 4GB, and the remaining four (or more) GB will be unused. Only 64-bit operating systems can address more than 4GB of RAM. You can run 32-bit Windows on a 64-bit computer, but to install a 64-bit version of Windows, you need a processor that is capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. A 64-bit operating system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit system and can be more productive when running several applications at once and switching between them frequently.

 
How to Rotate a Video in Windows?

How to rotate a video by 90 degrees?

When you record videos on your camera or smartphone, you might rotate your device between portrait and landscape to achieve better framing. While playing back the videos on your device, you can simply tilt it and see the video correctly, and if you are viewing on a smartphone, it will rotate the screen automatically. When you transfer your video to your computer, however, the orientation will remain as it was recorded - maybe upside down or sideways - and watching it may be frustrating or impossible (literally, a pain in the neck!) Nevertheless, there are several easy ways to rotate your video in Windows with the correct tool. In this article, we will show you how.

 
How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 7 & 10?

How to disable startup programs?

Startup programs in Windows 7 and Windows 10 are user programs that are launched automatically after Windows boots on your PC. Any program in Windows can become a startup program if it is included in the Startup programs list. Sometimes, during installation of a Windows program, the user is given the option to include the program in the Startup list. Other programs may be added without such notifications. Often, various programs responsible for product updates and upgrades are added to the Startup list and continually poll update servers for new software versions. Typical examples of startup programs are Spotify, Skype, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, etc. Unfortunately, Malware programs can also appear in your Startup list. It is convenient to maintain useful programs in the list that you know you will need every day, however, the more programs that reside in your Startup, the longer it takes to launch Windows.

 
How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10?

Various ways to open Command Prompt in Windows 10 

Command prompt, a command line interpreter application also known as cmd.exe or cmd, is available in most Windows Operating Systems. It is used to execute up to 300 available commands. To use this application, you simply type in the commands or instructions you want and press Enter. It is often used to perform administrative functions, troubleshoot, and solve technical Windows issues. The commands are used to perform certain tasks from the command line rather than the more popular graphical interface (GUI). It is a powerful tool that allows you to do virtually anything that is possible via the GUI, but using text commands. You can move, delete, copy files, create folders, or launch any application. There are some tools that cannot be accessed using the GUI, but are available through Command Prompt. In this article, we show various ways to open the Command Prompt in Windows 10 (these methods also apply to Windows 8 and 7).

 
How To Electronically Sign Your PDF Documents?

How To Electronically Sign Your PDF Documents in Windows & MacOS?

Are you tired of printing out documents and having to scan them back just to add your signature? There are many ways to sign them electronically. In this guide, we show you how to sign your documents virtually (without the inconvenience of printing, signing, and scanning) before sending. This is a great shortcut, especially when you have a number of documents to sign - save time by electronically signing! Firstly, be aware that there are two completely different signatures: electronic and digital. An electronic signature is a broad category, which includes just a simple image of your signature, whereas a digital signature is far more sophisticated and secure. A digital signature is your identity, which is cryptographically attached to a document and cannot be forged. Do not confuse these two, since this article is about electronic signatures, which are more for personal use. 

 
Can't Open Apps On Windows 10

Can't Open Apps On Windows 10 Solved

Windows application (App) is a program which is written to run on Microsoft Windows operating system. Apps and programs are basically the same thing: it is a computer software that is designed to do something, to perform tasks or any other actions. It also tells to the computer (or other device) what it is supposed to do. Traditional Windows apps that you install and use are the apps that usually requires mouse and keyboard so you could properly use them. Windows also comes with several applications already installed, which can help you with common tasks, including browsing the Internet, managing your calendar etc.

 

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