Geeks - VA

This page contains a variety of information.  Opinions, recommendations, links, and general information.  Please be aware that some of the information may have a little age to it such as the "deal" links.  I will try to keep this as up to date as possible. 

Windows 10


Windows 10 is the latest Operating System (OS) from Microsoft.  In my opinion it is what Windows 8 should have been.


Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.  You have to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 to get the free upgrade to Windows 10.  The upgrade is free to users until 29 July 2016.


If you are in the market for a new computer, the majority will come with Windows 10.  There are still systems available with Windows 7 but their availability will go away within a few months.


Windows 10 has not been problem free.  The main problems I’ve seen or heard of involve hardware driver for the computer or printer drivers.  If you have problems after an upgrade make sure you’re using the printer driver meant for Windows 10 or update a hardware driver on the computer to the latest version.  There has been a major update released which should help stabilize Windows 10Contact me if you need assistance.


Here are some helpful links I’ve see for Windows 10.  Some may seem a little old but are good for Windows 7 users who haven’t made the jump:

Apple/Mac Repair

I don't have a lot of Apple/Mac experience.  I can set them up and do some basic troubleshooting but for serious problems I recommend calling Cameron Jones Computer Services at 571.217.3596.  He can help with all problems and has very good ratings on Angie's List.

Hardware Recommendations

    - Intel processor.  The current Intel processors are the Core i series (i3/i5/i7).  The higher the number the more capability.
    - minimum 4GB of RAM (memory)
    - minimum 500GB hard drive (many systems start at 1TB or 1000 GB)

Computer Maintenance

I recommend you run a weekly scan with your AntiVirus software.  Run a defrag once a quarter.  Buy a can of air at an office supply store or discount store and blow out the dust on your computer quarterly.  If you smoke or have a cat or a dog, blow out the dust monthly.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The whole idea of Windows is having a graphical user interface or GUI.  But there are still a lot of keyboard shortcuts that can be useful. 

The ones I use the most are:
    Windows Key + E to open Windows Explorer
    Windows Key + D to minimize all open windows and get to the Desktop
    Ctrl + C to copy text or a file
    Ctrl + V to paste text or a file
    Alt + Tab to shift between open windows

Here are some links to websites with other detailed keyboard shortcuts:

Computer Deals

Please be aware the deals here may be out of date.  I'll try and post links to good deals as I find them.    Always good prices on full computers or computer components/accessories    Two Microcenter stores in the DC metro area (Fairfax/Rockville)  Best prices for
                                                                                               a store and a lot of comptuers to look at.

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