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Tip # 1: Check all PC hardware and software components for problems: Most of the time, computer errors occur if a software is not configured properly or a hardware component is incorrectly connected to the computer. For instance, the 0x80072ee2 error code is generated when your system is unable to update itself. And, the most common cause of this is that your Internet connection is not working properly. Internet connection problems usually occur when your modem is not connected properly or the Internet connection settings are not done properly. Similarly, you may encounter the framedyn.dll error if there is a problem with environment system variable settings. This is the reason why, when an error occurs, the first thing you need to do is to ensure that all hardware and software is working properly. If you find some problem, fix it to resolve your PC error.

Tip # 2: Update your hardware and software: To maintain a healthy error-free computer, it is essential to keep your software and device drivers updated. Most of these software products comprise update tools that you can use to update them or you can hire an experienced computer service technician to do it.

Boston Computer Repair

Boston Computer Repair

For instance, you can update your Microsoft products by enabling the Automatic Windows Update feature that is available on most of the recent Windows operating systems.

Tip # 3: Detect, remove and prevent malware infestations: Whoever has worked with computers long enough is not alien to malicious effects of malware infections. These infections may creep on to your system through many different sources—unprotected Internet connections, open network shares, infected e-mail attachments and infected external media—and create a havoc. Once infected, your programs may refuse to work normally, you may encounter problems while browsing the Web, and you may start receiving many different types of errors, such as msvcr71.dll error and other runtime, DLL, and program errors. Many different anti-malware tools are available today to help you deal with these problems. Out of these, antivirus and anti-malware are two of the most essential tools. You need to keep these tools updated with the latest virus database and schedule regular full system scans to ensure that your PC stays free from malware infections at all times.

Tip # 4: Clean up and defrag your hard disk: The hard disk is one of the most taxed and neglected components of any computer system. Because your operating system, programs, and your data reside on the hard disk, it is very important that you take proper care of it. Hard disk problems usually arise when your computer gets filled up with unwanted programs and files. This accumulation of unwanted data not only clutters the hard disk, but also fragments it and slows it down considerably. The following are three Windows tools that you can use to maintain a healthy high-performance hard disk:

  • Add or Remove Programs: Use this tool to scan for all programs you don’t need and uninstall them.
  • Disk Cleanup: Use this tool to get rid all of unwanted, temporary, deleted, and outdated data stored on the disk.
  • Disk Defragmenter: Use this tool to analyze your hard disk and then rearrange the fragmented data to make it contiguous.

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The blue screen of death (BSOD), also known as the blue screen of doom, is among the most infamous error codes in Windows based operating systems. To fix blue screen error, one can safely guess that there’s something critically wrong in your operating system. Unfortunately for you, and even the highest trained computer technicians, fixing the blue screen of death isn’t always as easy as it seems to be, and it can take high amount of PC hardware skills to get to the root of the problem.

Causes:

1) External factors that could cause a BSOD include viruses and malware

2) Internal factors include accidental changes in the installed software registry, damaged hardware components

3) Registry Errors

There are four essential parts that you should be aware of on a Blue Screen of Death:

The 1st part records the actual error message.

The 2nd list the system modules that are already loaded into memory.

The 3rd section lists the modules that were about to be loaded had the error not occurred.

The 4th section lists the current status of the Kernel Debugger.

How to Fix Blue Screen of Death?

Before you start to fix Windows blue screen, you should backup Windows data in case of data loss

If you aren’t an computer expert then simply call your local computer repair technician to fix the Blue Screen Problems

Steps:

1) Start Windows using Last Known Good Configuration or Safe Mode

2) System Restore is a step-by-step troubleshooting wizard that allows the user to select a Restore Point for previous settings on your computer. You can access it using either Safe Mode or from System Recovery Options menu

3) Use Windows Scan Disk to test hard drive and repair disk errors

4) Install Service Packs and Windows Updates

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As computer technicians, one of the most common questions we are asked is: “Should I fix my laptop computer, or am I better off just buying a new laptop?”. This is when we put on our IT consultant hat, and take up the position as if the computer in mention were our own – in fact, this is how we are trained from day one within our company to handle every computer repair job. After all, that truly is the fairest approach and leaves our customers with the best, and most trusting sentiment at the end of the day, especially since it is authentic.

Fixing Laptops

Fixing Laptops

In many cases Laptop repair is worth it, especially if the computer is less than 3 years old and the initial cost was over $600. In addition, one has to consider several other matters when considering replacing one’s laptop rather than repairing it. For example:

  • What is the current state of the damaged computer? Can it even boot into Windows so that we can pull off all the licenses of the loaded software for re-installation purposes? If not, then you are looking at purchasing all new software outside of your Windows operating system (unless you keep meticulous files with all your software4 license keys printed out and/or have the original installation CD’s. which only about 2% of the population keeps records like this according to our experience).
  • Will you be able to re-use your copy of MS Office (e.g. MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Power Point, MS Access, etc.)?
  • If you can re-use your MS Office license, is it a version that is worth continuing to use or is it time to upgrade (e.g. from MS Office 2003 to MS Office 2007 or above?)
  • Will you be able to re-install your paid version security software (e.g. Norton, AVG, McAfee, etc.)?
  • Is there any other paid software on your computer that you want to keep without having to repurchase (e.g. Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Adobe, CAD, etc.)?
  • Are there files on your computer you need to recover?
  • Are the files you are looking to move over (data transfer) from your old computer to a new computer) in need of a cleaning as to not carry and computer viruses over with them (such is the nature of viruses, they will spread from drive to drive)?
  • And lastly for now, do you like your computer, or has it been a lemon?

Generally for laptop computers older than 5 – 6 years, it does make sense to purchase a new laptop rather than invest in prolonging the life of your old one. Remember, that computers are somewhat like cars in the sense that eventually parts are going to break.

The laptop buyers market can be intimidating and the prices change rapidly as new technology comes out. It’s always best to talk to a computer technicians about what you need to get out of your new system and where to find the best deal. In general, within a price margin the competition doesn’t vary as much as you might think. So if you are trying to find a laptop between $500-$1000 don’t get hung up on the numbers – think about what you want to hold in your hands.

Screen Size / Weight – Laptop computers vary from tiny netbooks to monster workstations

Keyboard Layout – Always demo your laptop before you buy it to see if the keyboard fits your hands – think about whether you need a numeric keypad or not, and if you do know they come as USB attachments.

Speakers – You may have a stereo for home entertainment and headphones for on the go – but good speakers make or break a laptop for a lot of people.

Gaming Capabilities – If you are a gamer you definitely want a high quality video card, most likely a larger LCD screen, a powerful processor and plenty of RAM (random access memory).

If you are thinking about a high-end laptop over $1000 there are a lot more options to consider – including getting a Mac (sadly its impossible to get a Mac laptop on a budget). Before you make a serious investment get in touch with a professional to ensure you purchase your personal ideal laptop.

If you have questions about upgrading your laptop, purchasing a new laptop and what it would take to move your files over cleanly as to not infect your new laptop computer – and/or if you are just looking for an honest answer and advice about purchasing a new computer, please feel free to give us a call (617-723-1986) or stop by our Boston computer repair shop and speak with one of our many Boston based computer repair technicians and we would be happy to assist you.

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The idea of outsourcing your IT department usually scares a lot of people, first and foremost those that work in your IT department. This is for a good reason. IT outsourcing does cut overhead costs substantially when done correctly, which ultimately could threaten some of your IT staff’s jobs.

As a small IT services company, or sometimes referred to as a Boston computer repair & networking company, we have many clients both large and small that choose to utilize our Boston based service technicians on a part time basis for projects and/or multi-site management. An example of when this may be fitting for a company is when there is not a daily need for an on-site computer technician to be available to troubleshoot and repair every-day problems, especially when running in an environment using Citrix or cloud computing – which allows for most repairs to be done remotely (for example out of a company’s headquarters), but needs more of a break-fix / on-site troubleshooting and repair technician type of a local resource. And without having to endure the increasingly over-bearing travel costs of flying in a representative (and the time it takes for one to travel via plane) or having a “regional” rep travel half a day or more to get to one of their sites. We also see many times that the old expression “when it rains it ours” holds very true in IT in the sense that many times in multiple locations many things go wrong at the same time or within a day of each other, and for our clients knowing that they have a resource such as ourselves with multiple techs in every coverage area, we are able to handle the workload.

Another example would be for project type work such as regional upgrades, or data center migrations, management and/or build-outs for data centers. In these instances it also proves to be more cost effective to outsource your IT staffing on a temporary basis to another company that has the computer repair technicians already on staff and ready to staff your project with very short notice for shorter or longer-term projects rather than hiring new employees, having to insure them, and then when the project finishes having to either terminate them (possibly leaving bad blood in your wake) or keeping them on staff increasing your overhead when you perhaps do not have enough work for them.

These are just two small instances that allow larger companies to focus on bigger picture items and move their company forward while relying on cost-effect computer service solutions by using IT outsourcing.

Words from an experienced Boston computer repair IT services technician. Not a Geek!

If you have any questions for our Boston computer repair service and networking tech support team, we would be happy to discuss how our IT staffing and IT outsourcing solutions can work for you and your company to deliver a positive ROI by majorly cutting down on your overhead without cutting back on your IT infrastructure. Give us a call at 617-723-1986.

Also, you could head to our Boston Computer Repair & Networking, Virus Removal page on Thumbtack.com, a company that promotes local services. We have found Thumbtack.com to be a reputable site and advocate what they are doing to deliver quality content to the general public.

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Boston computer repair companies are a dime a dozen here in the technology mecca that is Boston. Think all computer repair companies are the same? Think again. That’s just like saying every auto repair shop offers the same quality service you can trust. That being said, here are a few reasons why A+ Mobile PC Doctors takes the cake when it comes to quality Boston computer repair services you can trust.

Onsite computer repair. WE come to YOU. Whether it’s your home or your office, we are a rare thing in the Boston computer repair market because we offer convenient onsite computer repair.

Remote computer repair. If it can be done without physically handling your computer, we will be glad to do it! Give us a call at 1-617-723-1986 to discuss the possibility of a convenient remote access computer repair service.

Insured technicians. All of our technicians are insured by The Hartford. From the moment your laptop or desktop computer leaves your sight, you can rest assured that it is in good hands.

We are a team. A+ Mobile PC Doctors is a team of certified, experienced computer repair technicians.   Wouldn’t you rather trust us than that guy that fixes computers out of his mother’s basement?

Location, location, location. Business often choose us to accomplish their business networking services because we operate in several different states across the US. So if your business operates within Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, or Wisconsin, give us a call at 1-617-723-1986 about your needs today!

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