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How To Recover Files And Photos From A Broken Windows PC

Few feelings inspire more dread than a PC that refuses to start — especially if you never bothered to back up your data. Thankfully, there are still ways to retrieve your family photos, office documents and other precious files if you know where to look. We explain what to do.

Ask LH: Why Does My Samsung Phone Keep Switching On And Off?

Dear Lifehacker, The other morning I switched my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone on after charging it overnight. About one minute later, it switched itself off and rebooted without me touching it. It keeps doing this — shutting down and restarting — over and over again until it runs out of batteries. This has rendered the phone useless. I’ve tried switching data/WiFi off and fiddling around with different settings but nothing seems to work. Please help!

Change Whether Your Mac Automatically Reboots After A System Freeze Or Not

By default, your Mac should reboot if it freezes. This is good for most of us, but that auto restart can make troubleshooting difficult for advanced users. OS X Daily shows you how to change it with a Terminal command.

Fix Forked iMessage Conversations By Checking This Setting

Have you ever set up a new Apple device only to discover that for some reason your iMessage conversations have forked off and created multiple threads for the same person? It’s an annoying and incredibly common problem, but Six Colours shows off how to fix it.

Fix This Weird File Saving Bug In MS Office For Mac By Eliminating The Forward Slash

Mac: MS Office on Mac has a very weird problem. If you try to save a file with a forward slash (/) in it, it errors out. Good news though, Macworld points out that you can rename that file to fix the issue.

Microsoft's Start Menu Repair Tool Fixes Common Windows 10 Start Menu Annoyances

Windows: The Start Menu in Windows 10 is useful, but it’s not perfect. Sometimes tiles go missing, or it won’t open at all when you click it or press the Windows key. Other times the tiles don’t refresh, or Cortana doesn’t respond. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Start Menu Repair Tool is here to help, and it’s free.

This All-In-One System Rescue Toolkit Has Just The Right Tools To Troubleshoot Your PC

There’s no shortage of system rescue and repair discs you can download and keep handy for when your PC gives you problems, but this one, from reader Paul, is streamlined, simple and has only a few effective tools on it – and no bloat.

Ask LH: Why Can't I Delete Individual Messages On My iPhone 6s?

Dear Lifehacker, I cannot delete individual text messages for some of the conversations on my iPhone 6s. I hold my finger on them until I see “more”, tap more, and nothing happens! Not only is there no trash can, there isn’t even a circle to check off to the left of the text. I dont want to delete the entire conversation because there are some texts I need to keep. Any suggestions?

What To Look For In OS X Crash Reporter When Diagnosing A Crash

Mac: Crash reports are nearly impossible for most of us to understand, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make sense of them. Over on MacIssues, they point to a few things to look for in those crash reports on OS X so you can actually figure out the problem.

What The Raspberry Pi's Rainbow Boot Screen And Rainbow Box Mean

If you’ve been toying around with the Raspberry Pi for a while, you’ve likely come across the rainbow coloured splash screen before. There’s a good chance you’ve also seen the more curious version of that, the same rainbow pattern, shrunk down and flashing in the corner of your screen. Here’s what they mean.

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