Four Years of Blog Posts

Yes, it’s that time of year when I congratulate myself on completing another year of weekly blogs So what’s happened during that year? November 2013 – a year of Windows 8.1 Hard to believe that it’s a whole year since Windows 8.1 was released. It’s still with us and I still maintain that it’s not …
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Windows 10 Technical Preview

I’ve had a first squint at the next version of Windows The next version of Windows will be with us in 2015 and it’s called Windows 10. A release date is expected to be announced in April for some time “later in the year”. What happened to Windows 9? I’ve read two different explanations: Microsoft …
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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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Windows 8 File History

Macs have long had a backup system (called “Time Machine”) that the user simply “sets and forgets” I’ve often wondered why Microsoft can’t do something similar as the whole area of backups is one that a huge number of users find too complicated, too confusing and too tedious to engage with. All the advice I …
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Windows 8.1 – part deux

At the end of last week’s blog about Windows 8.1, I pointed out the option to go straight to the desktop when opening Windows. If you’ve been to that dialog box you will have seen that it also offers the option to tick a box to display the desktop background image as a background image …
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Windows 8.1

Last month, I mentioned that the latest release of Windows 8 (Windows 8.1) appeared to cause problems sometimes – see this previous blog post on Windows 8.1 Not having heard any more discouraging tales, I bit the bullet earlier this week and started the download. If you have been receiving nags from Microsoft that 8.1 …
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Why mourn the lost Start button – 2

“How on earth do you switch Windows 8 off?” Last week’s blog looked at how the new “Start Screen” in Windows 8 replaces the old “Start Menu”. The old Start Menu was one of the main ways of launching programs and searches. It was also the way to access the button to close the computer. …
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Why mourn the lost Start button in Windows 8?

You may be thinking of buying a new PC and be wondering how you will get on with Windows 8 In particular, you may have heard that Microsoft have done a strange thing by removing the “Start” button. This has been a part of Windows since the introduction of Windows 95 (was that really 18 …
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Leading Us By The Nose

Have you noticed the “casual dishonesty” by commercial enterprises on their websites? We all know – I hope – that there are some out-and-out villains trying to deceive us online, but many otherwise highly-regarded organisations also appear to be “ethically challenged” online. You can sign out if you are not you Take Amazon, for example. …
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