WINDOWS 7 AND THE ALT KEY

AltKey The ALT key does a few useful things that you haven’t seen yet.

Internet Explorer 8 originally was installed with the menu turned off at the top. Few people use the menu and it takes up space onscreen. It’s easy to turn on by right-clicking on the toolbars and choosing “Menu Bar,” but Microsoft found people were confused when the menu was missing. […] continued

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ENABLING WINDOWS SEARCH ON SERVER 2008

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Windows Search 4 is one of the most valuable services on your computer. It’s highly recommended for everyone using a Windows PC, as well as for servers in small businesses, but it is remarkably difficult to find out if it’s installed and working. I’ll give you some background, then show network administrators a trick for Windows Server 2008. […] continued

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THE CONTINUING BATTLE WITH MALWARE

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Two weeks ago my son clicked OK on a message about some security problem. He called out and asked me about it after he clicked. By the time I walked in and unplugged the network cable, there were seven malware startup programs and services installed and over 700 files in C:, C:Windows, C:WindowsSystem32, and a few other places. […] continued

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SPEAKING OF UPDATES

Your computer should restart tonight after installing this month’s critical updates for Windows and Office. It’s a particularly large batch of updates and some of them are for the kind of vulnerabilities that the bad guys will quickly be attempting to exploit.

Adobe is following through on its plan to release quarterly updates on the same day as Microsoft’s monthly patches. […] continued

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SPECIAL OFFER – PC TUNEUPS

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I’m happy to announce a new service available to anyone looking for some help maintaining a Windows XP or Vista PC – office users, home users, my clients, your parents, anyone who could use a hand, anywhere.

My colleague Mike Cook of MC Solutions and I will tune up your PC for $125. […] continued

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MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS

microsoftsecurityessentials Microsoft will soon release Microsoft Security Essentials, free antivirus and anti-malware software for computers running Windows 7, Vista, or Windows XP. It is simple to install, effective, requires no attention, and uses almost no system resources. It is completely free – no registration, no login, no advertising for a “Pro” version. […] continued

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RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR COMPUTERS

I wish we could count on the software and hardware vendors to play fair and treat us well, but it’s not happening. We have to take responsibility for our computers.

When Windows XP/Vista/7 is installed on a freshly formatted hard drive, it is secure, rock-solid, and fast. The operating systems are loaded with features. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 UPGRADES

There was some confusion when I wrote about Windows 7 upgrades a couple of months ago, so let me try to be completely clear about how you should plan to get Windows 7 later this year.

  • You should get Windows 7 with a new computer.
  • You should not plan to upgrade a computer running a different version of Windows.
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CHANGE COMES SLOWLY

One of the things that kept Vista from being adopted quickly was a simple problem: once we are used to doing something a certain way, it’s difficult for many people to change. Vista was deliberately made very similar to Windows XP in most respects but there are a few things in different places or designed differently, and many Windows XP users still find that difficult to accept. […] continued

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WINDOWS 7 – BACKGROUND

windows7-boxes-threeset-small Windows 7 is coming. It’s been almost eight years since Windows XP was released, and we’ve spent more than 2 1/2 years with Vista already. New details are appearing daily about Windows 7 – its development status, availability, pricing, versions, promotions, and much more. It’s the beginning of a huge wave of coverage in the months ahead. […] continued

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MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS

On June 23, Microsoft will release a beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the free antivirus program that is replacing Windows Live OneCare.

Microsoft is now allowing journalists to write about the new program so a flurry of stories appeared today from people who have been testing it for the last month. […] continued

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WINDOWS XP MEMORY UPGRADES

There are a lot of 3-5 year old Windows XP computers out there. They are due for a replacement; the time to do that will be after October 22, when Windows 7 will be on the market.

Many of you are finding that your Windows XP computers are insufferably slow. […] continued

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PATCH TUESDAY

Microsoft will release ten updates for Windows and Microsoft Office tonight, following its usual monthly schedule. Leave your computer on and expect it to restart overnight.

In addition, Adobe will release updates on Tuesday, the first quarterly security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Those won’t be automatically installed. If you’re not prompted to install them on Wednesday from an Acrobat icon in the lower right corner, then open Adobe Reader or Acrobat and click on Help / Check for Updates. […] continued

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SAFE COMPUTING 2009

Here’s an updated list of ways to be safe and secure with your computer.

Vista update icon Install updates from Microsoft promptly. Look in the lower right corner for the gold shield (WinXP) or update icon (Vista).

Install updates to Acrobat, Flash, Java, and Quicktime promptly. Each will alert you from the lower right corner.

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AD BLOCKING WITH IE8

ie8toolbarMany of you have now gotten Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of Microsoft’s web browser. The rest of you can expect to see it soon, as it is pushed out through the Automatic Update system. (You’ve got IE8 if you have some extra buttons next to the “Favorites” button for “Suggested Sites” and “Get More Add-Ons.”) […] continued

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