Classic menu issue revisited – Part One

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I think that I am beginning to understand one of the reasons why the Windows 7 Start Menu/Taskbar defaults to the way it is. Touch screen usability The oversized, widely spaced icons on the taskbar and in the Start box all point to ease of use on a touch screen. OK, fair enough, but how […]

The Vista Lifecycle and effects on the end user..

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In case you don’t already know: Mainstream support for Business and Enterprise versions of Microsoft Windows Vista will end on April 10th, 2012 Extended support for Business and Enterprise versions of Microsoft Windows Vista will end on November 11, 2017 Mainstream support for Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate versions of Microsoft Windows Vista will […]

Website experiences..

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Please bear in mind that I am a beginner to all of this stuff, and have had to do all of this with limited knowledge and even less resources.. I have recently moved my website from a paid service with HostPapa . There was nothing wrong with the service offered, but I simply could not […]

nVidia display drivers 190.38

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These drivers are being served up by the nVidia website for Vista/Win 7 64-bit variants. A warning: If you are using an ‘Ajax’ based start page like Pageflakes or the Sympatico/MSN customizable start page, you will experience very bad flicker as you scroll across or down them. Do NOT roll back the driver. Uninstall it […]

Compatibility worries..

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I wrote a brief piece about FrontPage 2003 and Windows 7, about how FrontPage files will not keep the association with the parent program. Well, ICQ doesn’t allow me to sign in either, but ICQ will release a version which will work, but Microsoft have no intention of ever releasing a new version of FrontPage. […]

That darn start menu..

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For the months leading up to the release of Windows 7 RTM, I have been working out ways to try to emulate the old Classic menu. It was an important feature of earlier Windows versions. I like stuff in small compartments, and being able to create folders in the old menu which would flip out […]

Windows 7 – My first compatibility problem..

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.. and maybe to be expected. I use FrontPage 2003 to create and manage my own website because Expression Web 2 is simply too difficult for me. For the most part, FrontPage works very well in Windows 7, but I have found that the files contained in an FP web folder will not keep the […]

The Best Ever Utility?

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Contained in the Windows 95 Powertoys was a small utility called ‘Send ToX’. All one had to do was right click on one of the two files which had a right click option to ‘install’ and then click on ‘install’. A couple of popup windows would appear, and that was it. Thereafter, right clicking on […]

Windows 7 – The morning after..

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The start menu change is still pending, and I am finding settings here and there which need adjustment but, apart from that, I have a workable Windows 7 workstation with all applications and utilities installed that I use daily. Only when I am looking for the location of something am I reminded that this is […]

Windows 7 – By late afternoon..

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Still no joy with the NOD32 firewall. It sets up and then fails on a reboot. Oh well, the Windows firewall has always served me well and I have no reason to believe that it will not do the same now. I will contact ESET about it later. The next few items have installed without […]

Windows 7 – After the dawn

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Initially, everything went along quite well. Windows installed in 30 minutes and, before too long, Office was working too. Updates followed very quickly, and I was pleased with the progress. Under normal circumstances, I would copy my old start menu structure across and re-install whatever was in each section, generally utilities first. This is no […]

Windows 7 is installed

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It took just 30 minutes from start to finish. The computer rebooted at 7:45 pm into the desktop, and I have been working since then to set up the computer to much the same state as it was when running Vista. A video card upgrade in Vista just prior to me starting the Win 7 install, sent Vista […]


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