Buying a New Computer 2019 – 1 of 3

This is the first in a series of three blog posts on this subject. If you would like to receive all of the information now and in one go, just drop me an email and I will send you a pdf file.  You may be thinking of changing your computer (laptop or desktop), but not …
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Microsoft Compensates Woman for Windows 10 Upgrade Mess

Is Microsoft’s bullying about to end? A Californian travel agent has been awarded $10,000 compensation by a court after successfully arguing that an unauthorised upgrade to Windows 10 damaged her business by rendering her machine almost unusable. Teri Goldstein said that she hadn’t deliberately installed the operating system. Indeed, she hadn’t even heard of it. …
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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer WILL end on 29/07/2016 (supposedly)

So, Microsoft will start charging for Windows 10 with effect from the end of July This was announced on the Windows blog on May 5th. The UK price for Windows 10 Home will be £99.99 (including VAT). The US price will be $119. With the US$ currently worth about £0.68, I’d say they’re overcharging us, …
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Windows 10 – like it or lump it

Microsoft appear to be pushing their weight around, attempting to foist Windows 10 on users whether they want it or not A few weeks ago Microsoft were accused of heavy-handedness in downloading the installation files for Windows 10, irrespective of whether the user had actually asked for the upgrade. The upgrade didn’t install automatically, but …
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Creating a Microsoft Recovery Code

Like a spare key for your Microsoft account? Microsoft accounts are becoming more important. All downloads of purchases from Microsoft require us to have an account, access to the Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage requires one and, if we do as Microsoft would like us to do, every time we turn on a Windows 8 or …
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Windows 10 WiFi Sense

I advise disabling WiFi Sense in Windows 10 (it’s turned ON by default) What does WiFi Sense do? It’s a new feature in Windows 10 that is supposed to make connecting to wireless networks easier. However, Microsoft seem to have completely failed to consider the security implications. Specifically, It does two things: Connects you to …
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Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

I would recommend holding off from upgrading to Windows 10 for now A few weeks ago I blogged about the new Windows 10 icon that was appearing on our taskbars as an easy way to download Windows 10. At that time I recommended holding off from upgrading for the time being. Several of my computer …
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Re-installing Windows

What does it take to re-install a Windows computer? If a mis-behaving computer can’t be fixed by narrowing down the problem and applying a specific solution, then you would expect any software problem to be sorted by applying the most drastic action – re-installing everything. I’ve been asked the question so often – “what would …
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Windows 10 – Coming Soon

Have you recently noticed a new icon that appeared by magic on your taskbar? Confusingly, the icon I am talking about is the same as the icon for the “Start Menu” introduced in Windows 8.1. You can see it in figure 1. This new icon, though, is towards the righthand side of your taskbar in …
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Bluetooth Mouse

Why might you want a bluetooth mouse? What is Bluetooth? Bluetooth is a wireless radio technology for communicating over short distances using short-length UHF radio waves. It’s often used between portable and fixed devices. Examples include: Telephone headsets for mobile phones Headphones for music systems Keyboards & mice and their computer There are three classes …
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