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To make an Acronis true image home *full disk* backup from a "boot" or start-up disk follow the steps below... Because the resulting backup file will be quite large I recommend a 1TB or 2TB (depending on the size of the data to be backed up and how many copes you may wish to store) external USB3 backup drive.

USB3 is significantly faster than USB2.

Step 1 insert the pre-prepared Acronis backup "boot" or "start-up" disk CD/DVD or USB into the drive.
(see here for instructions on how to make this if you have acronis already installed)

Start up your PC from that disk (yes I know there is a fair amount of information missing from this step and that can be a complex process that I will have to document this else ware or you can do your own research)

Once the Acronis start up environment is displayed as shown below, plug in your large external hard drive that you are planning to backup to.

Then select Acronis True Image (see 1 below)

Select backup *My Disks* (see 2 below)

Browse and select the entire disk drive that you want to backup (see 3 below), in this instance its easy as there is only one disk drive. You will have to look carefully at the disks to see which need to be backed up, note that your USB backup drive will show here as well and you don't want to include that in the backup. Note also the a windows install normal includes two or more disk "partitions". Again backup the entire disk drive, not just the partitions.

Click next.

Select the location for the backup file this will be your external backup drive (see 5 below). It could also be a network location in a more advanced scenario. Rename the backup in a way that will still make sense in a year from now and click next.

Click proceed and wait for the backup to complete (see 8 below)

For advanced options such as splitting the backup to DVD sized chunks for easy and low cost archival click 7 below (for advanced users).

For a solid sate hard drive (SSD) and USB 3 hard drive and computer the backup may be done in as little as 10 minutes. On older equipment or when there is a significant amount of data the process may take hours or overnight.

Once the backup has completed remove all the CD/DVD & USB drives from the computer and restart. Label the backup and store in a secure location.

Category: How to Guides

When you have ADSL (or ADSL2) service that is sharing a line with another telephone product such as a normal telephone, PABX or fax you need an ADSL filter on each and every product connected to that line except the ADSL modem itself.

Just to state that again more clearly, on an ADSL line all devices, phone, faxes etc require a filter EXCEPT the actual ADSL modem.

In order to make this easier where the ADSL modem is sharing a socket there are double adapter products available as shown below:

adsl2 filter splitter white

If you plug in your modem router correctly (as indicated) the ADSL modem router although is physically plugged into the filter it does not go though the internal circuitry and is not "filtered". Below is an example of the physical hookup.

ADSL Modem Filter Example


If you don't have a phone or other device (as shown above) sharing the socket with the then you don't need an ADSL filter at all (for this socket).

If you have other hard wired extensions in your house or office each of the other extensions will need an ADSL filter as shown below:

adsl2 filter single


Category: How to Guides

Windows 7, 8 and 10 have a "feature" that can really catch you out. Windows always assumes that networks that you connect to for the first time are "public" networks. They do this so that you will be protected by default by having network and sharing services turned off for new networks. Its a good idea when you are out and about with your laptop but sometimes it can catch you out. For example replace your router and you may or may not notice that some of the expected Windows ftionality stops working because Windows has detected that you are now connected to a "new" network.

See the steps below to change the currently connected network to be accepted as private (i.e. safe) on each PC on your network.

[Screen shots are from Windows 10 but other versions are almost identical]

Click on Windows file explorer (see 1 below)


Click on "network" (see 2 below) and if you see the message showing at 3 (below) then your PC is not detecting the current network as a private network i.e. not secure.


Click on the message and chose "Turn on network discovery and file sharing" (See 4 below)


You will then be prompted to chose to make the current network private (and as such considered safe) (see 5 below) or turn on sharing and discovery for all public networks (including the currently connected assumed "insecure public" network) (see 6 below). The safer choice and the one to always use on a laptop or mobile computer is the top one (see 5 below)


Once you have made the selection you should begin to see your other network devices and other devices on the network will be able to see you depending on their permissions to do so. (see 6 below)



Category: How to Guides

Setup an additional mail account in Outlook, option B

Go to "file" to access the outlook "backstage" view, see 1 below


Click on account seittings and then account settings again (see 2 and 3 below) 


Under account settings click "new" to add *additional* email account (see 4 below) 


Enter new account settings as usual (see 5 below) 


Finalise account settings (see 6 below)


As is common you may be required to enter the account details up to three times, don't forget to check the save settings button


 Once completed you will have unlimited access to all the other accounts folders. Additionally you will be able to send "as" the other account.




Category: How to Guides

Change windows 8 text display size:

  • Right click on a blank area of the desktop (see 1 below)

Change windows 8 text display size 1 

  • Click on "make text or other items larger or smaller" (see 2 below)

 Change windows 8 text size 2 

  • Check the "let me chose one scaling level for all of my displays" check-box (see 3 below)

 Change windows 8 text size 2 

  • Select the appropriate size and then click apply to save, you will need to log off and back on again to see the changes 

Change windows 8 text size 4


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