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If You Want Windows 11, Consider Replacing Your Old PC

Although Microsoft never really said that Windows 10 was the final version of Windows (explicitly), some people are confused that Windows 11 was recently announced. Regardless, the new operating system will presumably not run on many older computers due to certain requirements. You may even be able to run it virtually through a Mac! But if your current machine is over 5 years old, it's probably time to upgrade to a more modern device that can get along with Microsoft's fresh OS.

Put Most Programs on the C: Drive

When you see a C: drive and a D: drive on your new Windows PC, you should put most programs/apps on the C: drive. It's the faster drive (especially if it's an SSD), and you will probably be loading and unloading with frequency. The second reason is that Windows often expects to find applications on the same disk as Windows. Reserve your less speed-critical "Data" for the D: drive, which might be a slower, spinning drive. 

Have a Super Strong Machine Before Buying Flight Simulator 2020

If you are trying to play Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, you are going to need a very powerful gaming machine to run it. The classic flight sim, now updated for the current age, is one of the most demanding computer games out there, and most laptops are not going to cut it. Be prepared to put down lots of cash for a laptop or (better yet) desktop that can bring out those beautiful photorealistic visuals. You may not want to purchase the game without first owning a PC strong enough for it. But you can also wait until the Xbox Series X/S release in Summer 2021.

Try Age-Appropriate Online Computer Games to Bond With Your Kids!

If you want to connect with your children over long distances, try playing an online video game that's both appropriate for kids as well as fun for adults! Certain videogames like Factorio, Brilliant, Words with Friends, Animal Crossing, and especially Minecraft are great for cooperation and brain stimulation. Setting up a Minecraft server doesn't require an expensive PC, and it fuels creativity via its building mechanics. Just make sure they have the computer literacy to log in!

Have Your Windows PC Speak the Time of Day

Sometimes, we are just too lazy/preoccupied to use our eyes to check the time. If you want your Windows 10 PC to tell you the time of day audibly, check out this article at makeuseof.com for the Visual Basic script that can add the feature manually with Task Scheduler. With those settings, your PC will have the default text-to-speech voice announce the time of day indefinitely and repeatedly every hour.

Automatically Turn On PC After Shutdown During Remote Work.

A lot of us are remoting into our work PCs these days (for safety WFH reasons), but what do we do when our computer inadvertently shuts down and can't be rebooted without a physical power button press? Take a look at the BIOS settings and search for power management options. Locate a setting for "Reboot/Restore On Power Loss" or something similarly named. BIOS settings depend on the manufacturer of the personal computer, so you might have to wiggle around for the exact name of the option.

Wipe Your Drive and Reinstall if Your Windows PC has Been Infected With Malware

If you've been infected with malware, wipe your drive and start over. Reinstall Windows. If it's a rogue employee of a company you were calling, contact the company and let them know. Any general-purpose operating system is vulnerable to these kinds of malware attacks. If you positively need to use Windows at home, you sort of should become a guru of PC security to protect yourself. Windows shouldn't be your default OS pick anymore.

Go For a Solid-State Drive When Getting a New Desktop PC

When you are buying/building a new desktop PC with any kind of stamina, make sure it has an SSD instead of an HDD. Solid-State Drives are a massive improvement in speed and durability from regular hard drives, Best of all, prices of SSDs have fallen drastically, so getting a 1TB drive is plenty and still affordable. Also, don't get a "hybrid" configuration of SDD and traditional, it's more worth it to go all-in on solid-state.

Don't Buy Windows Computers That Have No Room for Updates

If you are a Windows user, do not buy a personal computer/laptop with so little storage that it can't easily download the latest Microsoft updates because it can't fit them. Even if they're super cheap and tempting. It makes very little sense when Microsoft is pushing out such massive updates while PCs exist with such small hard drives. Windows 10, version 2004 has system requirements of 32GB or larger!