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
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
The PC industry just went through the biggest drop in sales in its history. The single biggest reason for the long-term decline is the switch to phones and mobile devices for everyday computing. Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 contributed to the drop in sales in the last half of 2015 by giving older computers a secure way to stay in service as long as the hardware keeps working. […] continuedRead more
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
It’s the guiding principle of technology these days: everything is simple and easy once you know how to do it. I discovered a Google Chrome trick that makes me giggle with happiness.
Chrome lets you pin a website to the taskbar.
Really, that’s it. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Let me tell you how it’s done, then I’ll gush for a while about why it’s such a swell trick. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 is exactly six months old. We are halfway through the period that Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. (No one knows what will happen on July 29, 2016. If you’re going to upgrade, do it before then.) […] 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
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
myEcho is an iPhone app that can take your dictation and insert it into any Windows program. It’s remarkably accurate, it’s easy to use, and, oh yes, it only costs $1.99.
If you’ve spent any time trying to set up dictation in Windows, you might appreciate the awesomeness of that achievement. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has released its long-awaited major update for Windows 10. If you are going to upgrade, it’s now safer to do that. The update contains four months of bug fixes, driver improvements, and updates to improve the upgrade experience. Windows 10 is now closer to what it was intended to be before Microsoft moved its release up several months for marketing reasons. […] 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
Windows 10 is the best version of Windows ever released. It’s got the familiar look of Windows 7 combined with new features and improvements from Windows 8. It’s fast, secure, and compatible with nearly everything. It starts faster than Windows 7 and Windows 8 and performs better on the same hardware. […] continuedRead more
If you don’t intend to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 computer to Windows 10, these instructions will help you remove the Windows 10 upgrade notices.
Most of you don’t have to do this! The notices are harmless and easy to ignore. Getting rid of them requires several annoying steps. This advice is only for people who obsess over details and want complete control over their computer. […] 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
For the last few months I’ve been trying to figure out how I can upgrade your computers to Windows 10. You expect that, right? I’m your trusted IT superhero, after all.
(Actually, come to think of it, no one has used exactly those words to describe me, but I assume that’s what you’re saying when I hear you muttering under your breath as I walk away from your computers.) […] continuedRead more