Updated versions of Windows 11 supported processors lists (May 12th, 2022)

Windows 11, Microsoft’s new operating system, was released last October 2021. It requires the CPU and the motherboard to include some hardware-enforced attack protections in order to improve the OS security. As a consequence, Microsoft regularly updates a list of Windows 11 supported processors on its website and it was last updated May 12th, 2022.

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How to upgrade a second hand PC to give it a second life

I had recently purchased a cheap Acer Veriton ES2730G desktop computer on eBay (76.50 €). Everything was working fine but I wanted to perform some upgrades to improve its performance and to give it a second life. I decided to share my experience and you will find here a series of tutorials describing how I did it step by step and some advices in case you want to do something similar.

Acer Veriton ES2730G
Acer Veriton ES2730G

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New Intel Alder Lake CPUs launched last February 23rd, 2022

Intel introduced the Alder Lake architecture last November 4th, 2021 with the launch of the 12th generation Core desktop processors. Two months later, January 4th, 2022, the company launched additional Alder Lake-based CPUs including high performance 45 W Alder Lake-H mobile processors. And last February 23rd, 2022 the company launched 28 W Alder Lake-P and 9 W to 15 W Alder Lake-U processors for mid-range and thin laptops.

Intel Alder Lake CPU (source Intel)
Intel Alder Lake CPU (source Intel)

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How I updated the BIOS of my computer motherboard

I had some weird problems with some video games on my computer: while some of them had no issues whatsoever, others were randomly crashing the computer. I did some tests but all the components seemed to be OK as far as I could tell and updating the graphics card drivers didn’t solve the problems. At the end I discovered that the issue was related to the motherboard UEFI BIOS version and all the problems were solved after updating the BIOS version. I decided to share my experience in this page so that you can see step by step how I updated the BIOS of a motherboard in case you need to do something similar.

Thread Stuck in Device Driver
Thread Stuck in Device Driver Error

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How I fixed the “Reboot and Select proper Boot device…” error

You may have received the dreaded “Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key” error message after switching on your computer. This message means that the computer fails to startup Windows using its boot device. A simple explanation could be that you selected the wrong boot device in the computer UEFI setup (or BIOS). The solution in that case is to restart the computer, to enter the UEFI (or BIOS) configuration and to select the proper boot device.

But this message could also mean that the system partition has been corrupted and needs to be repaired. We will see in this tutorial how I did it with a few simple command lines.

Reboot and Select proper Boot device
Reboot and Select proper Boot device

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How I copied a HDD onto a SSD using Acronis True Image backup

We saw how I cloned a HDD onto a SSD using Acronis True Image in this page. Unfortunately it is not always possible to have both disks connected to the computer to clone one onto the other one. For instance when both disks need to use the same motherboard connector. The solution in this case consist in doing a backup of the original disk and to copy the content of the backup onto the new disk. We are going to see step by step in this tutorial how I did it using once again Acronis True Image.

Copy HDD to SSD
Copy HDD to SSD

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How I cloned a HDD onto a SSD using Acronis True Image

You may sometimes want to replace your operating system disk with a bigger one or with a ssd in order to improve your computer performance. One solution is to reinstall the operating system and all your programs onto the new disk or ssd and to restore the additional files (documents, photos, movies…) from a backup. It is not necessary a bad idea as that would allow you to start with a fresh and clean installation of the operating system, but it is something that may require a lot of time and you may not have anymore all the installers, licenses or drivers to reinstall everything. An other quicker solution consists in cloning the original disk with everything (the operating system, programs and files) onto a new disk. It’s something rather easy to do using a software like Acronis True Image and I will show you step by step how I did it in this page.

Clone HDD to SSD
Clone HDD to SSD

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How to add a language in Windows 10

You may sometimes need to add additional languages in Windows 10. It is not supported by all Windows 10 versions, some Windows 10 Home editions are restricted to a single language, but it is something very easy to do as the installation of additional languages is pretty straightforward.

We are going to see how to do it step by step with Windows 10 Pro in this page.

Hello in different languages
Hello in different languages

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