Monthly Archives: January 2014

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… Continue reading System Restore did exactly what it said on the box..

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… Continue reading The mother of spring cleans..

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… Continue reading The last seven days – still no easier overall..

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… Continue reading Windows 8 and ReadyBoost

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… Continue reading Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3

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… Continue reading The Lenovo gets Windows 8.1.. briefly..