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Review: Windows 10 ‘Threshold 2’

At one time, Microsoft used to release Service Packs for it’s software – Windows XP had three, versions of Windows Server would have a couple each. As Windows Update came to support more frequent and regular patches, Service Packs fell out of favour. Which is why Threshold 2 is a return to an old idea; … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 10 Could Have Been Better

It isn’t finished, it isn’t coherent, aguably it isn’t even an ‘upgrade.’ But it may well be the last ‘version’ of Windows you ever get. The grand, visionary release of Windows 10 proves the adage you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Windows XP continues to run across millions of machine … Continue reading

How-to: Change your Firefox Update Channel

Firefox on the work desktop was not playing nice; realising it looked funny, I did a version check and discovered it was stuck on 24.0 ESR. Normally Firefox updates automatically. To kick off the update process, go to Tools, About and the version checker usually appears below the version number. As Mozilla has a number … Continue reading

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: 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: 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: 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

Opinion: Windows XP – Not Dead By a Long Way

Updates for Windows XP will end in April 2014. Yet the venerable operating system that first appeared in 2001 still has a user base counted in the millions, thanks to Microsoft’s own ineptitude and miscalculation. After Vista’s spectacular failure cost credibility with enterprise customers and retail consumers alike, even Windows 7 couldn’t overcome the resistance … Continue reading

How-to: Install Ubuntu 12.x On Older Hardware

With Windows XP support coming to an end and many older PC’s, laptops and net-books struggling to cope with newer software, you might want to think about going Open Source and switching to a free upgrade: namely Ubuntu versions supporting older processors. You may have read that from version 12.x onward, many Ubuntu users thought … Continue reading

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