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How-to: Handle Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft released the Windows 10 Technical Preview in early October and given some positive review, some people decided to upgrade their main Windows 7 or 8 operating system to Windows 10. This was not the smartest thing to do for a number of reasons and here’s why. 1. It’s a Technical Preview. Yes, the clue … Continue reading

How-to: Secure the Weakest Link behind the Keyboard – Part I

You can have all have anti-virus software installed in Windows, UAC enabled, UEFI battening down the system boot, anti-malware and double firewalls; in theory, all your software should be perfectly secure. However, the weakest link in all computer security remains: the user. You might think all was secure the day you un-boxed your machine; as … Continue reading

How-to: Choose FAT, exFAT or NTFS file systems

No, it’s not the latest diet fad. The story goes like this; I started to migrate a Windows Vista machine to Windows 7 (not for myself, I should add). When I plugged in an external drive for ‘Easy Transfer’ (this is Vista, so ‘easy’ is a relative term), the program decided it couldn’t cope with … Continue reading

How-to: Upgrade from XP to Windows 7 OEM

Following on from the earlier post, XP eXPires, I’m now looking for the cheapest way of upgrading a variety of old hardware. Windows 7 is the better option over Windows 8 – lower hardware requirement, no touch screen, cheaper licensing for older software. But there are plenty of SKU’s in both boxed retail and OEM … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 8 Divides – Part One

Microsoft has turned its face away from the enterprise and the stalwart ‘home’ user in an all-out bid for the hearts and minds of a new generation. And it’s not working. Did someone say ‘convergence?’ The battle lines are firmly drawn over Windows 8. On one side is the (dying) breed of PC professional who … Continue reading

How-to: Remove Text Enhance Adware

Text Enhance is one of those pesky, flash-based, adware, garbage packages, categorized by computer security experts as a browser hijacker, and by the rest of us as illegal, immoral c**pware. It attaches itself to internet browsers as an extension with cookies, without user consent. Text Enhance is not a legitimate in-text advertising service; the website … Continue reading

News: XP eXPires

While Microsoft has extended the end-of-life deadline Windows XP several times under consumer pressure, not least from Enterprise customers, we have reached that line in the sand. The party’s over. Officially, Windows XP is now dead, but it’s not gone. Choose your stats carefuly; conservatively, between 20 and 27% of computers connected to the Internet … Continue reading

How-to: Fix Windows 8.1 Upgrades

Microsoft recently released Windows 8.1, the upgrade to Windows 8 that added features and addressed some of the user’s pet hates (no, that didn’t include the Fischer-Price ‘Metro’/Modern-UI non-desktop). Depending on how important you consider boot to desktop, SkyDrive (OneDrive) integration, and an updated UI, with dynamic Snap for multiple apps and sharing the desktop … Continue reading

How-to: Enable Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 11

Or perhaps I should have called this “where’s that dam’ button gone?” In Internet Explorer 11, the compatibility view button is removed from the address bar; supposedly because document modes are now deprecated. But there’s a long tail of development in which X-UA-Compatible meta tags are not or cannot be added to website HTML headers. … Continue reading

How-to: Check Compatibility with Windows 8.1

It’s here: Windows 8.1. Boot to desktop, a Start button, and more user friendliness. But – is your software and hardware compatible with Windows 8.1? Windows 8.1 is an upgrade with serious issue for a significant number of users. And there’s no option to back-out to Windows 8. Affected users are stuck with it or … Continue reading

News: Some XP Security Updates after April

It looks increasingly likely that Windows XP users will still get some security-related updates after April 8, 2014. We all know Microsoft wanted a clean start with Windows 7, then 8, now Windows 9, but it simply cannot ignore the huge legacy of Windows XP the company’s core user base on the desktop. Depending on … Continue reading

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