Windows 10 allows you to log in with a PIN instead of a password. In fact, you’re required to set up a PIN before you can set up Windows Hello to log in with a fingerprint or facial recognition.
A PIN is four or more numbers, exactly like the PIN for your debit card. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 on Tuesday. Your Windows 10 computers will be automatically updated. Eventually.
Here’s what you need to know.
• What is the Anniversary Update?
• When will you get the Anniversary Update?
• What’s new in the Anniversary Update?
• Are there any snarky examples of things that look stupid? […] continuedRead more
This bug only affects a small number of people, but it’s an interesting one because it’s been a problem for almost a year and there’s still no clear understanding of what’s going on.
It happens on Windows 10 computers running Excel 2013 or Excel 2016.
On some computers, double-clicking to open a .XLSX spreadsheet file is followed by a 30-60 second delay before the Excel logo appears and the spreadsheet loads normally. […] continuedRead more
Always use the right mouse button to drag and drop.
That’s it. That’s your tip for the day. Ta ta! Back on Thursday!
Oh, all right. I’ll give you some details since you ask nicely.
When you drag and drop with the left mouse button – the way you’ve done it your whole life – Windows decides what to do based on complex rules that you could memorize if you were a particularly dull person. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 updates are driving me crazy. Well, so are lots of things, but the update process has become a persistent annoyance. Let me gripe about my experiences a bit, then I’ll give you a suggestion that might ease the pain.
Microsoft changed the update process in Windows 10. System updates (including drivers) are now mandatory for anyone running Windows 10. […] continuedRead more
I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 will celebrate its first birthday on July 29. That’s the last day to upgrade a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer to Windows 10 for free.
Here’s the latest Windows 10 news.
• Every Windows 8 computer should be upgraded to Windows 10. Windows 8 will quickly become the Windows Version Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken, abandoned and ignored by Microsoft and manufacturers. […] continuedRead more
“I read your article about personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts,” my wife said last week. “Well, I read parts of it. It was . . . dense.”
Dense? My article was a model of clarity. It was a light in the darkness. It was the map showing the way out of the maze. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has two different types of accounts. Many of you have credentials – an email address and password – for both of them.
Years of marketing and branding blunders have made it very difficult to describe how Microsoft has organized these accounts. Many people are frustrated because they cannot understand what accounts they have or where each one is supposed to be used. […] continuedRead more
We’re drowning in passwords.
Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continuedRead more
Everything is simple once you know how to do it.
Here’s a setting that’s been moved to a different place in Windows 10. It’s not necessary to check this setting or change it very often but it drove me crazy that I couldn’t figure out how to make this change easily. […] continuedRead more
Has your computer been upgraded to Windows 10? Do you have a new computer? This is the guide you need – how to configure your Windows 10 computer to smooth out its rough edges and make the most of its new features.Read more
Windows 10 is a nice operating system. Microsoft should be proud. In the next few years, it will become the dominant platform on computers worldwide, with a long lifespan as the natural successor to Windows 7.
But somewhere in Microsoft is a group of people making boneheaded decisions driven by desperation. […] continuedRead more
“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”
That was the first line in the first column that influential tech journalist Walt Mossberg wrote on October 17, 1991 for the Wall Street Journal.
It’s still true. It’s twenty-five years later and it’s still true. That’s profoundly disappointing, and it has big consequences for our world. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft says that the offer to upgrade Windows 7 and 8 computers to Windows 10 for free will end on July 29, one year after the release of Windows 10. The free upgrade was always described as a one-year offer but many people expected Microsoft to extend it indefinitely. No such luck. […] continuedRead more