System Restore did exactly what it said on the box..

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Unfortunately, the only restore point had been created after Windows 8.1 initially set up for the first time. I had video driver issues after updating to the latest HD6450 driver set and needed to do a system restore because roiling the drivers back hadn’t worked. The result was the equivalent of a Windows 8 refresh […]

Learning how to search..

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You would think that everybody would find this easy but it isn’t. I met up with somebody the day before yesterday who told me how bad Windows 8 was. His mother had bought a new Windows 8 computer, and he had a few minutes on it, setting up and sorting.. So, with Windows 8.1 up […]

The mother of spring cleans..

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.. and it isn’t even February yet. It started out with a desire to de-dust my machine mid morning yesterday and turned into a nightmare which saw me start a major re-install late evening. After cleaning out the case, I attached the peripherals cables into the rear USB ports, hit the power button, but soon […]

Changes need to come FAST..

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A client of mine has recently bought a Windows 8 laptop, but she may not have it for too much longer. She likes the laptop and she likes Windows 8 set up to work like the Windows 7 that she had before. Everything was going well and then it happened. The Windows 8 tiles showed […]

Progress

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Embracing change is all very well, but there is no guarantee that new technology will help everybody

The last seven days – still no easier overall..

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Five Windows 7 machines all updated and no problems encountered.. One Windows 8.1 machine updated and no problems encountered. My Windows 8.1 machine did suffer one critical error when the power failed in the building. It happens and was not the fault of the system. General advice given to somebody putting together a PowerPoint presentation […]

Windows 8 and ReadyBoost

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What is ReadyBoost? It is a fast disk cache which can help increase performance in low specification systems. It was developed for use in Vista, and has carried over into Windows 7 and 8. Devices suitable for ReadyBoost Fast USB flash drives. If your flash drive does NOT meet the requirements set by Microsoft, you […]

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3

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Good news for Windows users who like to tweak. The latest UWT, now at version 3, supports Windows 8 and 8.1.. “Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 for Windows 8 has been released and is now available for download. While Windows 7 & Windows Vista users should continue to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.2, Windows 8 and […]

Where to start..

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It’s 2014 and still NOT a good idea to: Never backup anything. If your data is important, treat it as important… Run a registry cleaner, and no, it doesn’t make anything any faster.. Leave a laptop running on soft furnishings. The grilles on the base are to let air in, not gain better traction on […]

The Lenovo gets Windows 8.1.. briefly..

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The machine is a two year old Lenovo G780, the largest laptop made by Lenovo, and is part of the ‘General use’ range. Ours is an i3 and was bought for $500. There are higher spec Lenovo G780’s sporting i5 and i7 Intel processors. The original 4gb RAM was upgraded to 8gb last year. It […]

A Microsoft MVP for 2014..

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That’s me. I have done it again. I must admit that I didn’t think back in January 2005, my first award, that I would still be a member of the MVP ‘fold’ going into 2014. It is quite the honour to get it at all, but to get it continuously is something else. I like […]


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