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North Shore PC is dedicated to bringing computers into the home in an unobtrusive manner that allows your family to utilize the positive aspects of technology while avoiding the dangers that arise from bringing the world into your livingroom. Computers are everywhere. Our children need them for education, we need them for our everyday tasks at work. There are very few areas that computers have not reached. For this reason we strive to make technology blend in with your home, rather than take it over.

North Shore Personal Computers will repair your computer at your home or small business or we can schedule a pick up of your system for repair.
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Call us at 847-966-1044 and then:
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We offer 24 hour emergency service

Remote Repair services

North Shore Personal Computers can connect to your computer using secure remote control software anytime, day or night as long as your high speed internet connection is working. Call us at 847-966-1044 and you will be told when to click the link below.


You must have a working internet connection for the remote repair service to work.

Services include:
virus/spyware removal
Software installation or removal 

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Shopping Assistance

we help you decide what to buy

North Shore Personal Computers offers a complete shopping/consulting service and we are happy to meet you at your home, the store of your choice or with on line orders through any of the major manufacturers websites. We will assist you in your purchase of any brand of computer you choose. We also help with installation, or any other aspect of your hardware/software needs.


If you are thinking about upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1

Windows XP support has ended (click for more info from Microsoft) and Windows 7 is no longer offered by Microsoft, however you can still special order systems with windows 7 from Dell and other manufacturers, or purchase it from a 3rd party reseller.

Windows 8/8.1 information from the Microsoft web site

To upgrade your current computer from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 or 10 you will first want to check if the new Windows will run on your current hardware. Many people have had to replace printers and other hardware due to the additional hardware requirements needed by Windows 7 and 8 and 10. You will also have to backup all files and find your program CD's because Windows 7, 8 and 10 will require you to do a clean install that will remove all files on your old computer.
To upgrade from Windows Vista you do not have to do a clean install. Windows 7 or 8 will upgrade Windows Vista systems, but it is often better to do a clean install to avoid unforeseen problems left over from Vista. 

Download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to check your system
Click below to download it directly from the Microsoft web site

Windows 10 is the current Microsoft operating system. You can get a free copy from Microsoft if you are already running windows 7 or 8. Before loading a new operating system be sure you have a complete backup of all your important files. Many upgrades will format your hard disk and all current data on the drive will be lost. Do your research before you attempt to upgrade your OS!

If you would like to run the Windows 8/8.1 upgrade advisor click this link to the Microsoft web page and look for the link to download the advisor.

Windows 10

If you are thinking about upgrading to Windows 10 be sure to check with your computer manufacturer before starting the upgrade!

The get the Windows 10 app will show as a icon in your system tray if you are running Windows 7 or 8. It is the tool that will allow you to check for compatibility issues with your PC before you upgrade to Windows 10. It will let you know if your connected devices and installed programs will continue to work. This app can help you determine if you can upgrade to Windows 10. It is higly advised you run this app before you upgrade. Even if the app finds no problems, be sure to backup your data and check with the manufacturer of your computer. Many Sony, HP, Dell and other brands will not be able to upgrade to Windows 10 due to different hardware or lack of drivers. Check for your model on the website to see if it has been tested with Windows 10. Many people have had to go back to the old OS after failed Windows 10 upgrades or other issues after upgrading to Windows 10. Microsoft gives you 30 days to go back to your old OS, but many people have reported problems and had to reinstall the old OS from scratch.

 If you do not see the icon be sure your system has all current Microsoft updates installed.

There is no need to rush and install windows 10. You have until July of 2016 to get your free upgrade.

Some people may find they should not upgrade. Many Sony Vaio system should not be upgraded to Windows 10. Check the Sony web site to see if your model can be upgraded.

Home Networking
share a broadband connection to all your computers
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NSPC offers several networking solutions.

  Wireless networks have become very popular in the last several years due to major advances in wireless technology. Many manufacturers offer high speed networking equipment that is both affordable and secure. The home user, as well as small business users can share a high speed internet connection or share files with each of the computers on the network, all without the expense and damage associated with running wires. The equipment needed varies with the individual network and type of internet connection, but the basic building blocks of any wireless network are the modem, wireless router, and  wireless network interface cards (nic) for each computer on the wireless network. Many new laptop computers have these built in.

Wired networks are the traditional way to interconnect computers. They offer an affordable, secure method to connect as many computers as you like. Wired networks consist of a of a router or hub, network interface card for each computer, and the cable to connect them. Wired networking is still the choice for networks where security is an issue or where all the computers are either in the same room or are close to each other.  We will be happy to assist you in your purchase, installation, or any other aspect of your hardware/software needs.

Most existing networks can incorporate wireless technology without completely rebuilding the network. As new computers are added no new wiring is needed, and because they are wireless they can be moved at will. This is the perfect solution for people who are adding a laptop and would like the added versatility of a wireless network without disturbing the existing infrastructure. 

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for business and personal safety

Computer Security information from the FTC and other sources
can be found on this page from www.mbaonline.com.
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Learning about your Computer

To help you get the most from your computer North Shore Personal Computers offers private and group tutorial for Windows XP®, Vista®, Windows 7®, 8 and the Internet. We can help you understand the file system of your computer, how software runs, as well as the nuts and bolts of the system hardware itself. Feel free to Check out our generic computer manual by clicking on the "Manual" button at the top of the page.

Learn to create a basic Web Page of your own!

If you are interested in creating your own basic site on the web, or just understanding what makes the web tick, NSPC can help you. We offer instruction on basic web page development and HTML, the language used to create web sites. Feel free to click here to view working samples of our sites. You can use the back button on your browser to return to this page.



Hard disk data backup is a must for all computer owners. Statistics show that most hard disks represent an average of 3,000 hours of work. A "crash" can be caused by software failure, mechanical failure, an electrical spike or brownout, fire, water, coffee, or even dust and smoke particles. Partial hard disk failure is also common. Sectors of a disk can lose magnetic retentiveness, resulting in loss of data or corrupt files. The data, and your investment of both time and effort, should be protected from loss. NSPC recommends all systems, including those used for games be backed up. NSPC will be happy to install an easy to use automated backup system.

Computer Recycling
Take care with your data

If you are local to us North Shore PC will be happy to pick up your old working computer for donation to the Chicago Public School system or a needy group or individual. Working systems with a Pentium 4 or faster speed will be cleaned of all data or personal information and donated to those in need.

We can wipe or physically destroy your hard drive depending on your need.

Test your internet speed

Test your Internet connection speed at Speedtest.net

If you would like to see how fast your internet connection is while connecting to different locations across the nation then click on the link above!

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Where you can find us

North Shore Personal Computers is located in Morton Grove IL. We service the northern suburbs of Chicago. You can E-Mail us at northshorepc@aol.com by clicking on this mail link, or you can call us direct at (847)966-1044.

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Our hours of operation are 7:00am to 7:00pm. 

24 hour emergency service

North Shore Personal Computers uses secure remote control software Citrix to connect to your computer. If your internet connection is working, in as little as 2 minutes we can connect to your computer and start making repairs. Drivers can be updated, lost files can be found or viruses can be cleaned. We can even install software and antispyware tools. Just give us a call at 847-966-1044 and go to http://www.fastsupport.com using your browser. Enter your name and we will give you a support key to start the session and walk you through the connection process.

Don't forget to back up the data on your hard disk. You never know how much you need it until it's gone!

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