Dave Snape

Contributor: Dave Snape
P Bradshaw is based in Burscough, Lancashire. Over the past 12 months we have developed the business bringing 2 business sectors together to offer a complete maintenance package to companies

With over 20 Years experience in Electrical contracting and services and over 10 years experience in IT services we feel we are ideally placed to help support and maintain your business requirements.

Not all of our customers take advantage of both these services and we are more than happy to help with either side of the business, Below I have included a few of our main services we offer and if there is anything which you feel we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

As an introduction to P Bradshaw Limited, we would like to offer one month IT support free of charge, all we ask is that if you are impressed with our service you continue to use our services. This offer will will not include any goods that may be required. For further information about this offer or should you wish to discuss our services in more detail please call 0845 009 3399 (IT Services) or 0845 009 3322 (Electrical Services).


Tip1 Never, turn your computer off with the power switch until Windows has shut down. The one exception to this rule is when your computer locks up and your hard drive is not running (hard drive light is not blinking). In this situation, you can turn the power off without harmful effects to the hard drive. As cutting the power can also result in lost data or Windows files, you should only do this when you have to. Following this rule will prevent permanent hard drive defects caused by the hard drive heads contacting the surface of the drive disc, and it will prevent a host of Windows problems. Whenever possible, recover from crashes by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time. Press them again to reboot your computer.
Tip2 I highly recommend that you purchase an UPS (uninteruptable power supply) for your computer. This will keep your computer from crashing during power outages, and will protect your computer from low and high voltage occurrences. A UPS is far superior to a surge protector and will save your computer from almost any type of power disaster.
Tip3 Backup, any data you cannot afford to lose to at least two separate physical drives or even Offsite. So backup data to external hard drives, Zip disks, CD-RWs or a reputable offsite backup service. The time to backup is when you create something you can't afford to lose. Don't wait until tomorrow.
Tip4 Run Scandisk and Defragment at least once a month. This will keep your hard drive healthy and prevent crashes.
Tip5 Never unplug peripherals from the computer when it is powered up. Unplugging with the power on can short out the connector socket or the motherboard. This includes mosts USB devices which you can attach to your computers, Pen Drives, Web Cams, Digital Cameras and MP3 Players to name a few. The only exception to this rule is if you know a peripheral is "hot pluggable". If you do not know what "hot pluggable" means then ignore this exception.
Tip6 Do keep at least 300 MBs of your C: drive free for Windows to use. If you use Windows XP or Vista then you should have 400-600 MBs of free space on your C: drive. If you do not have enough free space you will choke Windows and it will start dumping data to your hard drive, or it will just get really, really, slow. Use the ADD/Remove tool in the Windows Control Panel to delete unneeded programs from your drive.
Tip7 Do not let a lot of programs load up when you start your computer. They use valuable memory and Windows Resources (Windows internal workspace). All programs in your Windows System Tray (in the lower right of your screen) are running on your computer. Close them if you don't need them or run them and configure them not to load when you boot up. Other programs running in the background can be found by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete at the same time.
Tip8 Do use a virus checker regularly. Everyone should use a virus checker. The best type of protection is continuous monitoring from a dedicated anti-virus program like Worry Free Trend Micro for Business. The second best thing is to use is the free online virus checkers such as Housecall provided by Trend Micro.
Tip9 If you have a high speed Internet connection you need a firewall. A firewall program keeps those who want to hijack your computer from gaining access to your system. You really do not want someone else running your computer. On most business networks I would recommend using a dedicated professional Firewall like a SonicWALL Firewall, this will protect your computers at the internet gateway. If you have only one or two computers, a cheaper alternative is a software Firewall. I suggest you purchase and run Norton's Personal Firewall program. Your firewall should boot up with your computer to protect it from invasion.
Tip10 Keep track of the software disks you receive with your computer and new peripherals. These disks contain valuable software drivers and programs for Windows and are needed when Windows must be reloaded. Keep these disks and your Windows software disks in a safe, dry, place -- you never know when you will need them. It is important that care is taken when trying to resolve any computer related problem, any wrong move can corrupt / erase data. We always recommend you use a reputable IT Support Partner for your IT Support requirements.
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