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SFCFix Can Repair Files Windows Won't (Or Can't)

Everyone has their own bag of diagnostic tricks when Windows decides to chuck a wobbly. While OS corruption isn’t as big a problem as it used to be thanks to journalled file systems and tools such as System Restore, you can still be caught with your pants down by malware, viruses and other nasties. In those cases, a utility called SFCFix might get you out of trouble where other options fail. Shares Your Browser And Computer Info By Email

Basic information about your web browser is an important part of troubleshooting computer problems. automatically gathers all the essential information about your browser in an easy-to-ready format.

Downdetector Tells You If A Web Service Or ISP Is Having Problems

iOS/Web: When you can’t get to a web site, you can check if it’s down for everyone. If it’s a web service like Facebook or an ISP, Downdetector gives you a status report.

Reboot Your iPhone Without Touching The Home Or Power Button

iPhones, like computers, need to be rebooted on occasion. Maybe iMessage is acting up, for example. If your Home and Power button don’t work, though, rebooting can be tricky — but you can still reboot your Phone by changing some settings.

Ask LH: Can I Reinstall Windows With Discs From A Different Machine?

Hey Lifehacker, I have an old Lenovo laptop and an old Toshiba laptop. I need to do a full restore of the laptop that’s still working better. Is it OK to use, say, the Lenovo install discs on a Toshiba laptop?

How To Uninstall A Windows Update That Broke Something

Windows: Ever update your computer only to find that one of your apps doesn’t work properly, or something’s broken? It doesn’t happen often, but if you want to uninstall a recent Windows update, you can do so with this slightly hidden menu.

Fix Yosemite Wi-Fi Issues With A Terminal Command

OS X Yosemite has had a slew of issues with Wi-Fi, namely that connections are randomly dropping out or slowing down. If you’re affected by this, developer Mario Ciabarra has a Terminal command that will fix the issue.

How To Find Reliable Tech Support For Family And Friends

We all know those people who run into technical trouble with their devices and just want them fixed. They’re not interested in learning to help themselves, and you don’t have time to help every time they get an error message. Luckily, there are ways to get them help they can turn to — help that isn’t you. Here’s how.

The Fiddle Factor: How To Learn Enough To Fix Anything

Most people assume that learning is about research. However, for many of us, it’s about poking things with a stick to see what happens. If you want to learn to make better use of your tech, it’s about digging in and moving stuff around until it works. Anybody can do this, geek and luddite alike.

Use The Problem Steps Recorder Tool To Document Problems In Windows

Windows (7 and 8): Explaining a problem you’re having to someone else is never easy. In Windows, there’s a tool called Problem Steps Recorder that can create a document of every step you take that you can then share.

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