How to reinstall Windows on your laptop when you have no installation disks

Many laptops now come with no Windows installation disk and if they do, it's not uncommon for people to lose or damage them. This isn't noticed until something in Windows gets corrupted or the disk gets damaged and a complete OS reinstall is required. With no Windows disk what can you do? Before you even get to this stage it is recommended that you check your laptop to see if it has a Recovery Disk creation wizard. This will allow you to use normal recordable DVDs or CDs to create your own Recovery Disks which you can then use to restore your installation. This is something most people forget to do despite reminders that you get from the system. Assuming you have no disks you still have a few options. Use the Recovery option Most of the time...

Is there any difference between USB memory sticks?

Along with the huge growth in popularity of USB flash drives has come an equally large choice of devices to buy and places to buy them from. The number of brands, sizes and shops is quite bewildering. So it is quite natural to start thinking of USB Sticks as “commodity items” – that they are all essentially the same. After-all, aren’t all the memory chips really made by just 3 firms anyway? So why not just get the most gigabytes for your money or buy one on looks alone? The fact of the matter is, all memory sticks are not created equal.

What differences are there?

The memory chips themselves There are a number of memory chip manufacturers producing a range of chips of differing quality. Making computer chips is not a simple business. It is not possible to produce...