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How-to: Disable Bing in Windows 10 Search

Windows 10 is a Microsoft product, so by default, any desktop search is set to run through Bing, sending everything through Microsoft on the way. Fortunately, this is one of the Windows bindings that is easy to cut, so you can cut Microsoft out of your desktop or local device searches. Open the Start Menu … Continue reading

How-to: Understand XPS format

In case you never heard of it, XPS format is Microsoft’s competitor to Adobe’s PDF. First introduced in Windows Vista, the long head start enjoyed by PDF meant XPS never gained much traction, even with Windows users. XPS stands for Open XML Paper Specification, an open format in the same way Office Open XML is … Continue reading

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

How-to: Introduction to Edge

Project Spartan. Sounds awesome (sic). It was the codename for Microsoft’s successor to Internet Explorer; the new browser: Edge. So is it cutting edge, leading edge or trailing edge? Is it finished? Is it fast? And is it the first properly functional Modern UI application? After all, we’re all going to spend a lot of … Continue reading

How-to: Disable Windows 10 Peer Uploads

It may come as a surprise that Microsoft incorporated peer-to-peer networking into Windows 10. Somebody thought “what a great way to accelerate and distribute the rollout of the Windows 10 upgrade – the early adopters can help those who come after by sharing the load, using the kind of torrenting technology everyone’s used for years … 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: Get Windows 10

It’s been over a month since Microsoft launched Windows 10 and if you missed the initial push – well done, where have you been? But, now you’re back on Earth, how do you get Windows 10 installed? You have three choices: upgrade, buy a new computer, buy a retail copy. Microsoft has slimmed down the … Continue reading

How-to: Make a drop-down list in Excel

If you’re wanting data validation in spreadsheet forms and template documents, a drop-down list remains the most common way to achieve it. Skipping over the question why am I covering a Microsoft product when there’s a perfectly good LibreOffice alternative, let me just say; ‘because someone asked me.’

How-to: Configure Windows 10TP Graphics in VirtualBox

In Part 1, we got hold of the Windows 10 Technical Preview build and created ourselves a VirtualBox guest machine onto which we installed it in Part 2. And it should work perfectly fine, if you can live with a low-resolution display. On start-up, my Windows 10TP guest machine was using the pre-supplied Microsoft base … Continue reading

How-to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox Pt 2

In Part 1, we got hold of the Windows 10 Technical Preview build and created ourselves a VirtualBox guest machine onto which to install it. With the Windows 10 ISO image inserted to the virtual CD drive, on starting the new virtual machine, the bootable ISO image begins the Windows 10 Technical Preview installation. As … Continue reading

How-to install Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox Pt 1

If you’re keen enough to want to check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you should be smart enough to know NOT to install it as your main operating system. Fortunately virtualisation using VirtualBox now supports Windows 10 so you can easily create a virtual machine and take it for a road test. The Windows … Continue reading

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