Making computers work for you...
Your computer is a powerful tool, and can be used to do many useful and exciting tasks. We can help you get the most out of your computer. Here’s a list of the services provided by Iowa PC Services:
- Computer repair – desktops and laptops
- Software setup, upgrades
- Recommendations for buying a new PC
- Networking – wireless or wired, setup and repair
- Help with smartphones and tablets
- Backup solutions
- Data recovery
Computer Service & Repair
In just a few short years, computers have become an important part of our lives. We depend on our computer to for many day-to-day tasks from work to play, shopping to entertainment. But if your computer is not working properly, you may be losing time, money, and opportunity.
Iowa PC Services, Inc. provides you with all the services you need to keep your computer running its best. We’re happy to answer your questions, and help in any way we can. If you have an emergency, such as a computer that will not boot, or a hard drive that has crashed, call us for professional assistance in recovering your data and setting things right.
More and more people have multiple computers in their home, and are finding out about the benefits of setting up a network to connect these computers. With a network, you can share a single internet connection among several computers as well as share files and printers.
When your computer won’t start up, or you can’t get access your documents, pictures, music or other data, give us a call… We recover what you can’t replace!
One of the most common complaints we hear is of computers running slowly. We have extensive experience in making your computer run more quickly. Our process of eliminating unnecessary programs, marketing or promotional software, spyware and viruses is more fully explained in our article on slow computers.
People often ask us where they can take a class to learn to use their computer better, and we tell them, “We do training!” Read about our training services here, and give us a call to schedule your training!
Windows 10 RecommendationPosted: July 5, 2015
Microsoft is close to releasing the next version of Windows, Windows 10, and the icon shown here is showing up on the lower-right corner of many computer screens, saying “Get Windows 10”. That’s because Microsoft is offering the Windows 10 upgrade for free to all who have a valid copy of Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. The catch is, you must get it during the first year for it to be free.
We are bullish on Windows 10. We’ve installed the technical preview version, and it looks very good. But, caution is always the safest route, so here’s my recommendation:
Go ahead and reserve your copy. This will allow the 3 gigabyte download to complete without your intervention. This will get the lengthy part done without any fuss. When it has been downloaded, you will be notified. At this point, we are saying hold off on the install until we’ve know more.
We will be posting an article on our web site when we change this recommendation to “Install Windows 10”. This approach will ensure that everyone gets the free copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft, while avoiding any possible nasty surprises that come because of being an early adapter.
Dell Command | UpdatePosted: February 22, 2015
Many people get themselves into trouble by downloading programs that update drivers, but if you own a Dell Optiplex, Latitude or Precision computer, there is an excellent option from Dell that will give you the “straight scoop” on driver, firmware, and bios and updates. Dell Command | Update is that program, and is the recommended and safe way to get automatic updates straight from Dell for your new computer.
We repair many computers that run slowly and have many marketing pop-ups. The problem often begins when the computer owner installs a program that offers to update the drivers and “optimize” the computer’s performance. But in reality, these programs are installing malware, ad-ware, and slowing your computer down. Don’t fall prey to these schemes. Get Dell Command | Update.
And don’t be put off by the references to “Enterprise” on the Dell page that describes this excellent utility. It works on any Optiplex, Latitude or Precision computer, and isn’t for businesses only. This is another reason why Iowa PC Services recommends these models first, even for home use. The support from Dell is top-notch, the performance is excellent, and the long-term durability will give anyone the assurance that they are investing their computing dollar in a wise way.
Windows 10: Free and Easy!Posted: February 4, 2015
And what’s even more amazing? It will be available through Windows update! By visiting the Microsoft Technical Preview page and clicking on the “Start Upgrade Now” button, Windows 10 will be added to the options you’ll see in Windows Update.
This option is called the “Technical Preview” for a reason: It is not for using on your production machine, and has not been released to the public yet. Additionally, the version available not is not the final version, and things are likely to be different when the final public release is made. But for those who are adventuresome, check it out! Many have, and are getting great results!
- Remember, trying out an early build like this can be risky. That’s why we recommend that you don’t install the preview on your primary home or business PC. Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything.
- After you install Windows 10 Technical Preview, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.