11 common questions...
Clear all

11 common questions and answers in the field of information technology


11 common IT questions and answers

I was asked a lot of questions about computers and thought I'd list a few here. There are never stupid questions. We are not born knowing everything. Asking questions is one of the ways we learn. You should never be afraid to ask questions.

Q: How do I check how much memory I have?

A: Click the Start button and right-click Computer, listed in the right column, and then choose the properties. In the window that appears, look under system. You should see "installed memory (RAM)". This is the size of the memory installed on your computer. If you have Windows XP, you will see My Computer after clicking the Start button.

Q: If I install more memory, will I have more space on my computer?

A: No, you will need to install a larger hard drive. Memory is what the computer uses to run software on your computer. When you load a program, it is temporarily stored in memory while it is in use. The hard drive is where everything is stored permanently.

Q: How do I know if I have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows?

A: Click the Start button, and then right-click Computer. Choose the properties and when the window appears, look under System. You should see the type of system and it will tell you if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. Windows XP users will need to access the Control Panel and choose the system. If you don't see it in the list, go to the search box at the top of the Control Panel window and type system. Click the General tab. If you don't see x64 listed with the name of your operating system, then you have 32 bits.

Q: Do I need to compress my c drive to have more space?

A: Compressing any drive is not recommended. Compressing drive c will give you more space, but it will eventually cause you major problems. This can slow down your computer. I know this sounds strange given that more space equals better performance, but Windows will have to decompress these files every time you access. This means that your programs will take longer to load. Moreover, compression can corrupt Windows files and make your computer unusable. You will need to reinstall Windows, but you will need to unzip the drive first.

Q: The program I installed didn't put a shortcut on my desktop. How do I make a shortcut?

A: First, try refreshing your desktop. Sometimes the program puts the shortcut out there, but it just doesn't show up. Right-click on your desktop and click Refresh. If that doesn't work, click Start and go to your list of programs. Find the file you click to start your program. Right-click on it and drag it to your desktop. When you release the mouse, a menu appears. Choose create shortcut here.

Q: How do I change the name of my computer?

A: Right-click Computer (Windows XP will be My Computer) and choose Properties. In the window that appears, search for "Computer, domain, and workgroup name settings." In this area, you will see "Change Settings". (Windows XP will see a computer name tab after you click the properties.) Click Change Settings, and then you will see a window with tabs at the top. Make sure Change Name is selected and click the "Edit" button at the bottom of the window. Under Computer name, enter the name that you want to use for your computer.

Q: My browser is full screen, how can I get it back to normal?

A: Press the F11 key.

Q: A program will not run if I do not have administrator rights. What is it?

A: If you are using a personal computer, you can be the administrator. The administrator is the person to whom you have the right to make changes to the system on the computer. Typically, the first user account created on the computer has administrator rights. If additional user accounts were added, they should be appointed as an administrator when the account was created. If you're using a work computer, you're probably not the administrator and you won't be able to load programs that ask for it.

Q: How do I load a program that requires administrator rights?

A: Right-click on the program shortcut and choose Properties. Click on the compatibility tab and check the box "Run this program as administrator" Click OK and try to load it again. If the option is grayed out, you probably don't have these rights.

Q: How do I find my IP address?

A: Hold down the Windows logo key (between ctrl and Alt) and press the R key. This should bring up the execution window. Type cmd in the window and click OK. A window with a black background will appear. Type ipconfig/all in the window and press Enter. A list of information will appear. You only have to worry about one line. You may need to scroll up to find it. Locate the IPv4 or IPv6 address. It will be in this format, and should indicate (preferred) next to it. This is your IP address.

Q: How do I shut down or restart Windows 8?

A: Hold down the Windows logo key and press C. Click Settings, then click the power icon. A small menu should open that will allow you to shut down or restart Windows 8. It will also allow you to put your computer to sleep.

Topic starter Posted : 14/08/2022 3:00 am