About HolmPC

Computer Repair & Support Dorking

Welcome to the HolmPC blog. Our aim is to post useful and interesting information to help people achieve a wide variety of tasks.

Some posts may seem to some people to explain very simple tasks, but our view is that we are here to help absolute beginners with the basics as well as more experienced users with more complicated problems.

HolmPC is a computer repair, support, maintenance and training company based in North Holmwood and serving Dorking and the surrounding areas.


  1. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you design this webite yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. thank you

    • Thanks very much Vanessa. I designed and built the site myself, and the blog portion of it was created using WordPress. Unless you’re going to host it yourself, you just need a webhost that supports WordPress and the rest is simple. Good luck with yours!

  2. Hi there,

    Just looking on some tips on the internets. The web browser you advise etc.
    Keen to seek some insight.



    • Hi Johnny. The top 3 browsers are all mature now, and there isn’t a lot to choose between them, so personal preference does seem to be the decider for most people. On Windows I would say that Chrome wins for simplicity and ease of use, Internet Explorer 9 for compatibility, and Firefox is the most customisable, but they’re all very good. If you are using a phone, tablet, or mac it’s a different discussion.
      Whichever browser you’re using the most important thing to remember is to keep it up to date.
      If you have any specific questions feel free to email and we’ll be do our best to answer them.

  3. Dear Holmpc,

    Could you offer some advice on which is the best pc for games.

    I was considering a Dell but would appreciate your expert insight.

    Thanking you in advance,

    • Hi Ian. That’s a very difficult question to answer with a specific make and model, but I can give you some pointers. Most importantly, a gaming PC needs capable graphics (a good dedicated graphics card).

      Because certain components have to be of a higher spec than for a business PC, gaming machines can work out very expensive. You can blow any budget really! Alienware have a good reputation and I’ve seen some beautifully made machines from them, but they aren’t cheap. http://www.alienware.co.uk/

      This article has some good advice on what components you should be looking for, whether you build it yourself or buy a custom built one. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/jan/30/build-a-gaming-pc-2013

      You might want to look at a seller of dedicated gaming PCs like http://www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk/ .

      I hope that helps, but feel free to come back to me with any more questions you might have.

  4. Hello HolmPc,

    I was wondering whether a WAN was better than a SAN for my home pc. What is the difference?

    Thanking you.

    • Hi Paul. Neither is really something you would use inside your home, but you would connect to a WAN through your router. Essentially the internet is a WAN. The type of network I’d expect you to use in a home is a LAN (local area network) which would then access the internet through your router.

      In simple terms, a WAN (wide area network) is a network of computers that spans a number of sites, and is spread over a large area, sometimes crossing borders. A SAN is a storage area network, and is a number of machines networked together to provide storage (normally visible as a single entity to devices accessing it).

      Wikipedia has good explanations of both. A WAN is described here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_area_network and a SAN here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storage_area_network

      Hope that explains it!

    • Hi Tam, sorry for the delay in replying. If you want to send email to enquiries@holmpc.co.uk I’ll give you what advice I can, but it very much depends on what part of the huge sector you want to be involved in. I’ve come from IT consultancy, via programming to general PC support where I am now and they’re all very different!

  5. Greetings HolmPC,

    Great site, do HolmPCs services cover northern england or scotland?

    My ma was needing her hard drive seen tae but she is just across the border is that too far?

    Jon Dougall.

  6. Hi Holmpc,

    I have been wondering about which version of DOS I should run on my laptop. I am a silver surfer and have been out of computing for a long time. I used to deal with computers that used punch cards back when I was a lad and really don’t know much about bits and bobs these days. My daughter lent me the ipads to write this and any advice is appreciated.

    Yours Jamie

    • Hi Jamie,

      You want a laptop running Microsoft Windows, the current version of which is 8, or if you’d rather an Apple Mac, you can get a MacBook running MacOS X, which is a variant of Unix. Dos is a text based system that you can run as a “Command Prompt” in Windows, or similarly “Terminal” in MacOS. I hope that helps!

  7. Hi HolmPC,

    I have extensive PC knowledge & was thinking of starting up my own PC business. Can you advise me on the do’s and don’ts of starting up a company. What are the pros and cons?

    thanking you.

  8. Hi there,

    I am in the Dorking area and am thinking about automating my household. My friend has some smart tech that is allowing him to control house heating etc. I am interested in this kind of thing but am afraid this might get into a Skynet situation. Can you advise how I can proceed safely?



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