Removing item grouping in “open” dialog boxes

Here’s a really silly setting in Windows that I saw on a client’s computer for the first time last week We don’t know how it happened and I couldn’t immediately see how to change it (but we got there in the end). When this client wished to attach a file to an email message, she …
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Windows 11 will be available from 5th October 2021

Yes, I know, we thought Microsoft had promised us that there wouldn’t be any more versions of Windows. Windows 10 will go on forever. To infinity and beyond If you look into it a bit deeper, though, Microsoft never actually said that “Windows 10” would go on forever. It’s more a question of branding and …
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Resetting Windows

What happens if Windows won’t start? No, it’s not the end of the world (or even civilisation as we know it, Jim) If Windows won’t start up, and the hardware and drive are otherwise OK, a number of options are presented on-screen. These include attempting to “repair” Windows, and “restoring” Windows to a previously saved …
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Windows Restore Points

Give yourself some protection against newly installed software breaking your computer A client phoned me this morning with problems with his internet connection and with the connections between the devices on his local network (computers, cameras, etc). He was fairly sure that the problems started after he installed a particular piece of software a couple …
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Windows Clipboard History

Windows can now remember up to 25 items that you have copied into the clipboard Most people are probably aware that if you “copy and paste” an item (such as a piece of text or an image), then the “copy” is placed in part of the computer’s memory called the “clipboard”. For many years, the …
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Microsoft Support for Windows 7 is Ending

Microsoft Support for Windows 7 ends in January 2020 It may seem like only five minutes since XP and then Vista were retired, but now it’s the turn of Windows 7. Let’s be clear that Windows 7 will not stop working in January, and start queueing up for its pension instead. What will happen is …
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Windows 10 Storage Sense Could Delete Your Downloads

Storage Sense may not be as sensible as it sounds Storage Sense is the Windows 10 method of automatically freeing up space by emptying the recycle bin, deleting temporary files, deleting local copies of files held in the cloud, and – crucially – removing items from your Downloads folder. When I am delivering basic Windows …
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Windows 10 Recovery Drive

Creating a Windows 10 Recovery Drive could save you grief later on If Windows 10 fails to load properly, there are options in what is known as the “recovery environment” for getting Windows to sort itself out. One of these options is to boot (start) your computer from a USB drive (or DVD) that has …
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Windows 10 Fast Startup

Is your Windows 10 computer starting as quickly as it can? There is a feature in Windows 10 called “Fast Startup”. What this means is that parts of Windows itself and its connection to peripherals and their drivers are not all loaded again from scratch each time that you start your computer from a previous …
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Windows 10 Programs and Apps Self-starting after Reboot

This one’s a bit of a curate’s egg from Microsoft In an update sometime during the last year, Microsoft introduced a “feature” whereby starting or restarting your computer causes some programs and apps that were open at the time of shutdown to automatically open again. This is new behaviour. We have always taken it for …
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