Steve Gibson of Gibson Research Corporation is a well-known security expert – cranky, contrarian, deeply wedded to the past (his personal computer runs Windows XP), and old-school in his approach to writing programs. His website is defiantly retro, a fine example of what the Internet looked like twenty years ago. […] continuedRead more
System Restore is turned off by default in Windows 10. It’s not used often but it’s absolutely crucial when you need it. If you’re running Windows 10, I want you to go turn it on if it is disabled on your computer. (As always, this advice is for normal non-technical individuals and small business users. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 changes your default printer to be the last one that you used. If you occasionally use a different printer or use Acrobat’s “print to PDF” feature, you have to change the printer back to your regular default the next time you print.
This is new. It was quietly introduced as a new feature in the November update for Windows 10, and it is turned on by default even though it’s different behavior than any previous Windows version. […] continuedRead more
Upgraded a computer to Windows 10? Bought a new computer? This is the guide you need – tips and tricks for your Windows 10 computer to smooth out its rough edges and make the most of its new features.
I’ve assembled these suggestions based on feedback from dozens of small business users in the last six months. […] continuedRead more
These are the rules for being safe using a Windows computer in 2016.
We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. We run our businesses and manage our personal lives online, and the bad guys are endlessly inventive in their effort to find ways through our defenses.
The consequences are greater if you make a mistake. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela sat down for a remarkably frank interview on the Windows Weekly podcast a few days ago. One of the topics was the insistent push that Microsoft is making to drive Windows 10 upgrades – notices when you start your computer, notices popping up from the lower right corner, notices that do not have any obvious Cancel button (“Choose the time for your upgrade:  Now  Tonight”). […] continuedRead more
It’s the end of the day. You’ve finished your work and you’re packing up. You can walk away as soon as you log off of the computer, which is running that new-fangled Windows 10 that’s all the rage in tech circles.
Here’s a picture of the new Windows 10 Start menu on my computer. […] continuedRead more
A new feature quietly appeared in the Windows 10 November update: you can have your laptop send its location every few hours to Microsoft. If your laptop is lost or stolen, you can view the last location where it was online. Android phones, iPhones, and Macs have had this ability for years so Microsoft is playing catch up, but it’s still a welcome addition. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft needed to execute flawlessly on a number of things for Windows 10 to be an inarguable success. High on the list were two things: making the upgrade process smooth and uneventful; and creating the first impression that Windows 10 is both familiar and slightly improved over your previous version of Windows. […] continuedRead more
When you open File Explorer in Windows 10, you see many things designed to make life simpler. There are so many, in fact, that the navigation pane on the left has become cluttered and confusing, exactly the opposite of what you need. Here are some tips about how to remove the “features” that don’t matter to you, to make File Explorer simpler and make you more productive. […] continuedRead more
Many of you are finding your way around Windows 10 on your newly upgraded computers. It’s a blend of the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8, with some new features that show lots of promise: Cortana talks to you! The notification center sends messages to you! The Edge browser – well, let’s not use the Edge browser as an example. […] continuedRead more
Finally! Next week, you’ll do your backups and you’ll upgrade to Windows 10 and everything will go smoothly and you’ll log in and everything will work perfectly and you’ll love it. It’s absolutely guaranteed – subject to my Standard Disclaimer, of course.
Here are ten ways to make Windows 10 more lovable. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 will get a major update soon, probably on November 10. The upgrade process has been battle tested by 120 million people. Windows 10 will be ready next week.
Now it’s time for you to get ready. Sorry to be a nag, but there are six things you must do before you upgrade a computer to Windows 10. […] continuedRead more
The picture above appears to show a normal Windows 7 Start menu. If your computer is running Windows 8 and your Start menu looks like the picture, then you’re probably running Start8, the wonderful utility from Stardock Software that replaces the Windows 8 Start screen with a familiar looking Windows 7-style menu. […] continuedRead more
Edge is the new Microsoft web browser that replaces Internet Explorer in Windows 10. The name “Edge” was chosen so Microsoft could use a similar E icon down in the taskbar. (Seriously.) But Edge is actually brand new, written from the ground up to be fast and safe, as well as meeting all the current standards for web pages. […] continuedRead more