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
Today: When should you upgrade to Windows 10?
When should you upgrade to Windows 10? October. After Service Pack 1 is released, probably on Patch Tuesday, October 13.
Windows 10 isn’t finished yet.
It is widely rumored that a major Windows 10 update will be released in October, referred to internally as “Threshold 2” and possibly named “Service Pack 1” for its public release. […] continuedRead more
Previously: What’s new in Windows 10?
Today: Should you upgrade to Windows 10?
If you read the last article, you have the basics: Windows 10 is an incremental but quite nice upgrade, combining elements from Windows 7 and 8 with modest new features and nothing to hate. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 has launched! Microsoft said 14 million computers were running Windows 10 after the first 24 hours, and Windows Central claims that the number had risen to 67 million computers after four days. If you’re interested, look around – there are hundreds of reviews and articles with descriptions of new features and tips for all types of users. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft is reneging on its promise to deliver Windows 10 to you on July 29 – and it’s the best thing it could have done. I still want you to wait 30-60 days after July 29 before you upgrade, but Microsoft may help by not letting you see the upgrade button until then. […] continuedRead more
Do not – do NOT – upgrade your computer to Windows 10 for at least 30-60 days after it launches.
Please tell your employees not to upgrade right away. Tell your friends and relatives. I’m dead serious. Spread the word far and wide.
Your computer will not be updated automatically, even if you “reserved” a copy of Windows 10. […] continuedRead more
Windows 10 will be released on July 29. You should look forward to it. It’s all good news. Microsoft has been working to combine the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8 into a single new operating system. There is every reason to hope that Windows 10 will be the best version of Windows ever released. […] continuedRead more