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Computer repairs, upgrades and tuition for home users in Bideford, Barnstaple, Torrington, Northam, Westward Ho!, Appledore, Hartland, Woolsery and everywhere in-between


Tarka Computer Care is a well established local business run by myself (Paul Smith) and is based in Northam, Bideford. I provide computer troubleshooting, repair and tuition services for home users in Northam, Bideford, Barnstaple, Westward Ho!, Appledore, Torrington, Woolsery, Hartland, and most places in-between. I am available 6 days per week - Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 12pm (noon).  Why not call and let me see if I can help?


Put simply - I offer......................

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Microsoft Certified Professional

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No Hefty Call-out Charges if Local

I go out of my way to give the best quality service possible at the lowest possible price. Don't worry - unlike many repair services out there I am friendly and approachable and always try to go the extra mile to keep my customers happy. I am also quick - often being able to complete workshop repairs in a day or two (or even the same day in a few instances) Please see the testimonials page to read some of the comments left by customers.


Whatever problem you are having I will always try to assist. I specialise in the repair and troubleshooting of Microsoft Windows computers and the configuration and troubleshooting of Android/Apple tablets and phones (but I don't repair phone or tablet hardware at all). I can occasionally help with Apple MAC issues (where it is mainly a case of tuition on using the basic features) however please be aware that I am not an Apple MAC techical expert and I don't repair Apple hardware or fix problems with the MAC operating system (upgrades, system errors, screen issues, booting or performance issues). Fianlly, I don't repair (or have experience of) games consoles (e.g. XBox, PlayStation).


Below are some examples of the type of things I can help with - why not call to discuss your specific requirements as this is not a complete list.



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I can fix most hardware faults and software issues and give you back a computer that performs at its best. I specialise in most aspects of repair (e.g. slow running, overheating, blank or cracked laptop screens, problem drivers, etc.).

I look at the computer and its performance as a whole to advise on repairs, tweaks and upgrades to prolong its life and make it perform just like a more modern machine.

Virus & Junk Removal

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A virus or malware infection can be tricky to remove for the average user so if you think you have been infected then it's best to stop using your machine, turn it off and give me a call. I am very experienced in the removal of all kinds of malware.

If you have annoying pop-up's on your system or alerts telling you that you need to purchase removal products etc. then this can also be fixed - this is a sign of  "Potentailly Unwanted Programs / Modifications" which are a type of malware.


Tune-up/Spring Clean

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Over time all computers start to slow down. Bloatware, spyware, corruped system files , corrupt registry entries, 3rd party browser toolbars and extensions can get on the machine unintentionally and contribute to this. I can perform a comprehensive tune-up & clean-up to remove the junk software and optimise your system. I can will also apply all of the latest updates to Windows and other critical system components.



 Hardware Upgrades

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I have a lot of experience helping customers upgrade older hardware. Be it a memory (ram) upgrade, Solid State Drive upgrade or an operating system update/upgrade/migration, there is not much I have not done or seen.

I no longer rebuild/reinstall the long since unsupported XP / Vista / 7 versions of Windows (due to being uneconomical and a lot more work than Windows 8/10/11) but I am very happy to help you migrate to Windows 10 or Windows 11 where appropriate. 

Purchasing Advice

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Identifying and purchasing a new computer is littered with pitfalls and you run the risk of getting something completely unsuitable. I don't sell or supply new computers myself but what I do offer is an "in-the-home" advice and purchasing session (at my normal rates) to help you pick the most suitable machine and then to find the best price.  Customers often save a great deal of money this way which more than offsets the cost of my visit.


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If you are having problems with your wired network, wireless (WiFi) or broadband speeds then I can help diagnose, set-up and tweak your home network.

I can also conduct a home WiFi survey and possibly help extend your network and wireless coverage for those hard to reach areas without the need to install expensive and ugly cables.

If you want to move providers then I can also sit with you to help you select a deal that is right for you.




Backup & Restore

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I have a lot of experience in computer backup and recovery and can help you setup a simple backup to protect your precious files (using free software) or a more advanced solution with automatic versioning and system images.

If you would like to store your backups or files offsite (in the cloud) I can set you up a new account or help troubleshoot an existing one.


Tablets & Phones

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Setting up Android or Apple phone / tablet to work with email, music or other apps like banking can be a bit of a mission if you are not experienced with the whole process.  I am always happy to assist and also give you some tuition on how to get the most from your tablet or phone.

Please note that I do not repair the hardware on phones or tablets (screens, power jacks, etc.).



Data Transfer

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Got a shiny new laptop or desktop?


Never fear - I can help move all of your cherished photo's and important documents over to your new machine with no fuss.  At the same time I can help you sort out your folder structures to make them cleaner and tidier if you desire.





Data Recovery

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I  can often recover corrupted or deleted data from a spinning hard drive or memory stick (pictures, documents, email).

If you have lost data it is essential not to install any other software or in any way use the computer or external drive/memory stick. In this way you maximise the chances of data recovery. Stop using it now and call for assistance.


Printers & Peripherals

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Getting your printer/scanner or other peripheral to work reliably can be one of the most frustrating tasks in Windows. I can sit with you and troubleshoot the issue and (hopefully) get it working again. I don't actually repair printer hardware (blocked printheads, rollers broken etc.) as often it is cheaper to buy a new one.


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Whether it's getting to grips with Microsoft Office, understanding email or internet browsing, setting up and using a tablet or phone or just about anything else then I can help.

I  offer one-to-one tuition that is simple to understand and fully tailored for your specific requirements and level of experience. I can also help you make notes and allow you to practice while you learn.


Whatever your requirements - if you are looking for quick and reliable computer repairs or tuition in the Bideford, Barnstaple, Torrington or Hartland area then I can help. Simply get in touch and let's discuss what I can do to help......