Windows 8.1 and Fax..

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I read today that the Windows 8.1 upgrade breaks Windows Fax and Scan’s ability to send a fax. I can confirm that it does indeed break Fax.. This is the problem.. FXST30.dll which is located in the Windows System32 folder There is a fix. Download and save a new version of the file from here.. […]

Video performance..

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My HD6450 gets Windows 8 support proper which is good, but to do much more than basic stuff, it is a total waste of $$$. NORAD’s Santa tracker asked if I wanted to view Santa’s progress in 2D. I was aware when I bought it that it was no top performer, and only wanted it […]

Season’s Greetings..

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.. to all who venture here throughout the year.. Merry Season’s Greetings and here is the same greeting for those who are colour blind.. Merry Season’s Greetings Don’t you just detest all of this PC stuff, PC as in Political Correctness, not the venerable PC that we all love and sometimes don’t.. If you receive […]

My website..

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Not really finished because a website never is, especially when the content relates to a constantly moving target. I recently changed the compiler from FrontPage 2003 to Ewisoft Website Builder, and I knew that it was going to take time. The HTML produced by FrontPage was not new standard friendly, so there was little point […]

CrystalDiskInfo..

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.. is a disk utility which shows very clearly indeed the health of your hard drives, be they internal or external.. See here.. It isn’t the world’s most useful disk utility ever in that it doesn’t have any tests other than what it runs when starting up. However, it does contain useful info: Model number […]

Windows 8 to get a proper Start and STOP menu..

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If you read the article in the link here, you could be forgiven for thinking that revival of a proper Start menu is a strong possibility. It was always going to be that way because 90% of computers are STILL traditional desktop or notebook types  Also, the rush to buy touch enabled desktops and laptops […]

Windows 8 support..

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There I was, trundling through life in Windows 7, going into the forums almost every day, and then Windows 8 appeared and spoiled it all. Looking at the future of me continuing to support Windows, I set up a third hard drive in my case for use with Windows 8 developer preview in a ‘virtual’ […]

No continuity..

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I learned many years ago never to use any program, application or utility which saved in a proprietary format. For instance, what happens if your favourite program is discontinued? A good example is Microsoft Picture-It. This was a far more popular program than I would ever have believed, so it must have had a lot […]

Some dates for your calendar..

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Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support Windows XP Service Pack 3 April 14, 2009 April 8, 2014 Windows Vista Service Pack  2 April 12, 2012 April 11, 2017 Windows 7* Service Pack 1 January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020 Windows 8 Windows 8.1 January 9, […]

Windows 8.1 – Hot Corners?.

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If there is one function that a Windows 8.1 desktop user doesn’t need, it is ’Hot Corners’.  A Windows 8.1 desktop user needs hot corners even less if, like me, the preferred place for the task bar is at the ‘top’ The hot corner does a great job of hiding the Start button and Quick […]

Windows 8.. Where Microsoft went wrong – in my opinion..

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The apps should have had a ‘minimize’ and ‘close’ function and in the same place that Windows applications have always had them, in the top right corner. There should have been a task bar which contained a ‘shutdown’ button with the familiar options to sleep, hibernate, restart etc. The task bar could have also contained […]

Another Registry cleaner?

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And just in time for the holiday season. The subject: PC Matic.. Author: PC Pitstop LLC (the same company which offers PC Tune-up 4.0 through major PC stores) Availability: On line from the PC Matic website or “As Seen On TV’ and ‘Showtime’ stores (neither store is generally associated with computers) What does it do?: […]


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