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 Support Lifecycles

As we all know, Microsoft ceased support for Windows XP in April of this year This means that any new security weaknesses discovered in XP will not be rectified. All of the publicity about the end of XP has prompted people to ask “when will Vista be pensioned off?” and even “what about Windows 7?” …
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What are Libraries in Windows 7 and 8?

You cannot ignore Windows Libraries if you wish to use File History “File Explorer” is the file manager application in Windows that lets you see what files and folders you have on your computer and where they are. You can then move, copy, delete, open programs, open data files, and so on from within a …
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More About The Windows 7 Taskbar

You can easily configure some aspects of the Windows 7 taskbar Switching off “Aero Peek” Last week, I mentioned that if you hover over the rectangle at the bottom righthand side of the taskbar then you will be shown the contents of the desktop superimposed with an outline of the windows that are currently open. …
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Windows 7 Jump Lists

You may have been using Windows 7 for a while without realising the benefits of “jump lists” Jump lists are menus attached to items in the taskbar. The taskbar is the line on the bottom of the screen that shows icons for two classes of programs: Programs that are currently open. Programs that have been …
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Are Windows Gadget Safe?

Microsoft has issued a “Security Advisory” warning that gadgets (in windows 7 and Vista) are unsafe I am trying to ignore the “fingernails on blackboard” sensation in my head at seeing the word “advisory” used as a noun instead of an adjective (I get the same sensation when the noun “leverage” is used as a …
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Two Really Useful Windows 7 Applets

Calculator A few days ago I watched one of my computer clients do a calculation on a piece of paper that converted a distance in kilometers into miles. This is the kind of thing I find myself doing quite often as well. It seems that all of my life we have been running imperial measurements …
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Windows “run commands”

“Run commands” can make your Windows usage more productive. There are often several ways of achieving the same end in Windows. An example of this is “run commands”. A “run command” is a an instruction to run a specific program or utility. It is an alternative to finding the program name or icon in Windows …
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