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Welcome to PC Express

We are a national repair centre based in Sale Manchester for most electronic devices. Repairs are carried out all over the UK, just select a repair from the navigation bar to get started.

We repair: Laptops, PC's, Tablets, Mobile Phones, Satnavs & Game Consoles.

PC Express Business Ltd : Established 2007

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HP G4 Laptop Hinge Repair Replacement

We recently replaced a hinge on a HP G4 laptop and it’s not the first one we’ve seen shall we say!

Hinges seem to be a common problem with laptops, we’re always seeing them snapped, bent and loose.

We offer hinge replacements for your laptops and notebooks at very reasonable prices. Turnarounds are quick and service second to none.

If you need your hinge(s) replacing please contact us via our Contact Us page or call us on 0161 291 1044.

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iPhone 5 Repairs in Manchester

Yes, it may be a little bit early but the iPhone 5 was showcased today showing it’s lighter, smaller phone but bigger 4″ screen, thinner and longer battery life. The camera will feature a Sapphire crystal lens cover to protect it and a panorama option for panoramic pictures.

We heard that the repairs will be a lot more complex than the iPhone 4 and 4s as it will feature even smaller screws but we are ready for it!

Parts will soon be available and we will be faced with crack screens and accidental damage which wont be covered by warranty. Here at PC Express we have fixed the iPhone series from the original edition, and we will condition to fix your iPhones (sometimes whilst you wait) with the highest quality parts and expertise we have developed over the years.

 

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Windows 8 release date 26 October 2012

At long last, the newest Windows operating system has an official release date. Microsoft has announced October 26 of this year as the release date for Windows 8. Microsoft has not reported releasing Windows 8 as a standalone product but any users currently running Windows XP or later can upgrade. Or if PC lovers are feeling fancy they can purchase a new Windows 8 PC.

New Windows 8 Start Screen. Photo courtesy of WindowsSteamBlog.com

Since the release of the developer preview in 2011 and the consumer preview in 2012, over 100,000 operating system (OS) changes have been made. With over 1 million consumer preview installations it’s no surprise that user feedback was loud and diverse. The signature, revolutionary difference for Windows 8 is the Metro interface which exhibits a radical new direction for Microsoft and, quite possibly, all PC users.

Thanks to Microsoft’s new Metro user interface (UI), Windows 8 is a touchscreen friendly OS designed to give the look and feel of touch-based technology while catering to both mobile and desktop users. This Metro UI is a modified version of Microsoft’s older Metro UI for the Windows Phone and the Xbox 360 dashboard. So unsurprisingly, Windows 8 users familiar with these devices will notice some visual and operational similarities. Microsoft has also proudly introduced Windows 8 as an OS capable of operating on ARMarchitecture platforms. This means ARM-based hardware platforms, like tablets, can support Windows 8. This marks an astounding technological development that will most likely influence the innovative directions of other tech giants. Although largely optimized for touchscreen, the new OS still functions with desktop tools like the mouse and keyboard. Regardless, it appears Microsoft has developed their new OS in efforts to depart from traditional PC use to touchscreen.

For example, the entire start screen is optimized for the touch interface. No longer is there an iconic Windows start button but instead a sliding menu and large, touch-based panels for programs (or “apps” if you prefer). Instead of the original task bar a feature called the “charms bar” enables users to navigate tasks quickly without returning to the start screen. This is the Metro UI at work. It is only behind this revamped start screen that the beloved start button, task bar, file manager, and other familiar icons and computer operations exist. Jason Cross and Nate Ralph from PCWorld.com reported that the consumer preview of Windows 8 (on the Samsung slate) unveiled a fast, elegant, and smooth touch interface that took practice but was overall an adaptable and fun experience. Cross also noted his excitement for the new Metro apps. Supposedly, using HTML5 and Javascript, Microsoft has engineered more informative, user-friendly apps and will open a store where these apps can be downloaded. Cross also wrote his interaction with Windows 8 was “definitively diminished” when using his bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Perhaps this further exemplifies how the interface favors a touchscreen experience. Nate Ralph admitted he was “smitten” with the preview, albeit admitting Windows 8 would take some getting used to. However, if you scroll to the article’s comment section you find a much different response.

Charms bar feature. Photo courtesy of WindowsSteamBlog.com

PC previewers of Windows 8 express frustration with the Metro UI. Comments remarked that the Metro on desktop required “ultimate mouse dexterity” and was “not right for desktop use.” Others complained that the Metro “sucks if you don’t have a tablet” and confessed confusion over why Metro OS was replacing desktop OS. Adjectives like “arcane, clumsy, slow” were used in reference to the overall performance of the Metro UI on desktop. One positive commenter reported on the ingenious and unique addition of being able to view two applications simultaneously. However, his positivity among desktop users was few and far between. So while Windows 8 received a positive review on the Samsung slate, it seems to have seriously failed on the PCs many of us know and love. With varying responses like these, October 26 and the following months will serve as an important test for both Microsoft and this radical direction for operating systems.

If you’re interested in trying out the new Windows 8 for yourself, you can download the release preview from the Windows website.

 

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PCeU Police Central e-crime unit ransom ware Removal tool

So here we are again with the latest ukash ransom ware computer infection. This version of the metropolitan spyware infection appears the same as the other, hijacking your screen accusing you of download bad things from the internet. This time round it tries to enable your webcam to trick you into thinking it’s sending your picture to the police.

What’s happening?

Recently infections demanding money known as ‘ransomware’ have been on the up. People have been caught unaware by these viruses that insist they pay money for their supposed infractions.

Some people have become quite upset upon seeing these things accusing them of illegal activities and rightly so. We’d like to keep you assured that it’s just a scam by some vicious cyber criminals and to pay no attention to it’s wording.

Who can help?

We can help remove the infection for you remotely, so there’s no need to bring the PC/Laptop to us we can do it from your location. It takes around 30 minutes usually and we charge £45 for it. The work is guaranteed up to a month and we can most likely assist straight away. We accept payment via debit/credit card over the phone or with PayPal.

What do I need to do?

Call us on 0161 291 1044 and one of our technicians will be happy to help. We will need you to have the PC/Laptop in ‘Safe Mode with networking’ for us to assist and some straightforward instructions on how to do this can be seen here.

Self removal help

If you wish to remove your infection yourself, we are writing a guide for you to follow and will be published shortly.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus Screen Replacement

An example of the work we did on a very cracked digitiser on a Samsung touch screen phone. The customer was happy to have it back and was happy to have a scratch free and more importantly crack free phone screen!

If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus any other phone for that matter with a cracked screen, bring it into us or send it to us for repair. Prices are cheap, turnarounds are quick and the team are a friendly bunch!

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Metropolitan Police Virus Infection Removal Repair Fix UKASH Scam

What’s happening?

Recently infections demanding money known as ‘ransomware’ have been on the up. People have been caught unaware by these viruses that insist they pay money for their supposed infractions.

Some people have become quite upset upon seeing these things accusing them of illegal activities and rightly so. We’d like to keep you assured that it’s just a scam by some vicious cyber criminals and to pay no attention to it’s wording.

Who can help?

We can help remove the infection for you remotely, so there’s no need to bring the PC/Laptop to us we can do it from your location. It takes around 30 minutes usually and we charge £45 for it. The work is guaranteed up to a month and we can most likely assist straight away. We accept payment via debit/credit card over the phone or with PayPal.

What do I need to do?

Call us on 0161 291 1044 and one of our technicians will be happy to help. We will need you to have the PC/Laptop in ‘Safe Mode with networking’ for us to assist and some straightforward instructions on how to do this can be seen here.

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Windows 8 Shortcut Keyboard Commands

Yes, Windows 8 does work most naturally in a touch- or gesture-based environment. But if you’re using a traditional mouse and keyboard, Microsoft has enabled tons of new keyboard shortcuts to let you access the best Windows 8 tools. Here’s a list of some of the most useful commands (courtesy of Microsoft):

Windows logo key + start typing: Search your PC

Ctrl+plus (+) or Ctrl+minus (-): Zoom in or out of many items, like apps pinned to the Start screen or in the Store

Ctrl+scroll wheel: Zoom in or out of many items, like apps pinned to the Start screen or in the Store

Windows logo key + C: Open the charms

Windows logo key + F: Open the Search charm

Windows logo key +H: Open the Share charm

Windows logo key +I: Open the Settings charm

Windows logo key + K: Open the Devices charm

Windows logo key + O: Lock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)

Windows logo key + Z: Open commands for the app

Windows logo key + PgUp: Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the right (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

Windows logo key + PgDn: Move the Start screen and apps to the monitor on the left (apps in the desktop won’t change monitors)

Windows logo key + Shift+period (.): Snap an app to the left

Windows logo key + period (.): Snap an app to the right

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Humberside Police Virus Spyware Infection Removal Fix

What is this?

A further development in the pipeline of  infections demanding money known as ‘ransomware’ have have brought us to the Humberside Police Demand. People have been caught unaware by these viruses that insist they pay money for their supposed infractions which is completely observed. Why anyone would think that the police would ask for money for such crimes is just silly.

How to remove the infection?

Well removal is something we offer as a business service as there are many files that could be infected, unless you know what you are doing then we recommend a professional do this for you. If you want to attempt the removal yourself, have a look for some spyware removal programs if you can get them installed. Just be careful as a lot of spyware programs can contain spyware themselves so make sure you download them from a reliable source.

Who can help?

We can help remove the infection for you remotely, so there’s no need to bring the PC/Laptop to us we can do it from your location. It takes 30 minutes to 2 hours usually and we charge £45 for it. The work is guaranteed up to a month and we can most likely assist straight away. We accept payment via debit/credit card over the phone or with PayPal.

What do I need to do?

Call us on 0161 291 1044 and one of our technicians will be happy to help. We will need you to have the PC/Laptop in ‘Safe Mode with networking’ for us to assist and some straightforward instructions on how to do this can be seen here.

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Windows 8 and Surface Tablet Launches Today

Microsoft launches Windows 8 today along with the Surface tablet, their most awaited products in a generation.

It came represent the culmination of years of hard work for Microsoft that has faced challenges to its dominance of both Apple and Google. Windows 8 is designed for touch screen computers although it works beautifully well on standard PC’s and Laptops, and is to be showcased on the first computer that Microsoft has made itself, the Surface tablet.

Featuring a keyboard that Microsoft claims is the thinnest available, it will provide a unique platform for new software that offers an interface that uses ‘live tiles’ to give a glimpse of apps, as well as a fully-fledged version of Windows 7 so that existing programmes such as iTunes and Adobe Photoshop can still be used.

The device and software will formally be unveiled in New York, where a celebration is expected to be held in Times Square.

Analysts have been divided on whether Windows 8 is likely to capture the market share enjoyed by its predecessors, although critics have largely been impressed by the operating system, and how it is adapted to touchscreens.

Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has said that Microsoft is ‘betting the company’ on the success of Windows 8, although the focus for the new software will be on new PCs that feature touchscreens, rather than on users upgrading conventional laptops.

The £399 Surface tablet has already sold out in the UK, and the launch of Windows 8 is also to be accompanied with new products from all the major tablet and laptop PC manufacturers. These will include new devices that offer both tablet and laptop options within the same model, enabled by new designs featuring flipover screens.

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Free up space on your SSD harddrive

How to free up some disc space on your SSD drive

If you have bought an SSD hard drive you will have no doubt bought a smaller size that what you really want due to the price and availably of bigger drives.

Here is a quick tip on how to free up some space, which in my case was nearly 16gb !

To do this we need to disable hibernation mode, which for most PC users, is rarely used.

What we are about to do :

We are about to remove a file stored on your root directory called hiberfil.sys

So What is hiberfil.sys Anyway?

Windows has two power management modes that you can choose from: one is Sleep Mode, which keeps the PC running in a low power state so you can almost instantly get back to what you were working on. The other is Hibernate mode, which completely writes the memory out to the hard drive, and then powers the PC down entirely, so you can even take the battery out, put it back in, start back up, and be right back where you were.

Hibernate mode uses the hiberfil.sys file to store the the current state (memory) of the PC, and since it’s managed by Windows, you can’t delete the file.

 

So if you never use it, and want to disable Hibernate mode, keep reading. Personally I stick with Sleep Mode the vast majority of the time, but I do use Hibernate quite often.

Disable Hibernate (and Delete hiberfil.sys) in Windows 7 or Vista

You’ll need to open an administrator mode command prompt by right-clicking on the command prompt in the start menu, and then choosing Run as Administrator. Once you’re there, type in the following command:

powercfg -h off

you will now notice the hibernation option is missing as it has now been disabled and the large hiberfil.sys will have gone freeing up some valuable space.

Hope that helps, feel free to leave a comment below.

 

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