How to Get Free Online Help with Your Computer Problems

Got a computer problem? Can’t find the answer? Googled it and got no joy? The web is full of help forums where you can go and post a question and hope the resident “experts” will help. Of course, at many of these sites the “experts” may not actually be so expert. However, there are some sites where a pretty good level of proficiency is maintained and here's how to find the best. Go to our recently updated review article and solve your problems by using the sites recommended by Gizmo.

Gizmo’s top pick is Tech Support Guy. This site has been dispensing computer advice for many years and has been written about in a number of publications. You’ll have to register to post questions but it’s free.

Here are some excellent sites not mentioned in the review article because of their more narrow focus or because I haven't checked them recently:

  • A forum that I like for questions about Windows 7 is Windows Seven Forums. I find it an excellent place for information on the world’s most popular desktop operating system.
  • Another excellent site not mentioned in the review because of its more limited subject is Tom's Hardware. For  hardware questions, it's hard to beat.
  • A site that has been around a long time is WindowsBBS.com. I haven't checked this one out lately but it used to be quite good.
  • For help with  Microsoft software, see the previous Tech Tip article How to Find Help at Microsoft for Your Computer Problems.

Don't forget our own forum, whose members never seem fazed by incoherent newbies and are amazingly patient.

In my next Tech Tips article, I’ll write about the right way to ask questions in a help forum.

What's your favorite place to go for computer help? Let us know in the comments..

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This tips section is maintained by Vic Laurie. Vic runs several websites with Windows how-to's, guides, and tutorials, including a site for learning about Windows and the Internet and another with Windows 7 tips.

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by snert on 13. February 2013 - 8:42  (105362)

Bleeping Computer is one I recommend. Like most of them, it's free but you have to register to post, but if you're just reading the any of the forums you don't have to register.

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