Monthly Archives: April 2014

A new case and connecting to a wireless printer..

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The new case.. I had a call from a client that the CD drawer wasn’t working, and it sounded easy enough to fix. On inspection, I noticed that the front of the case was being held on entirely by wires, notably the power switch and front panel headers. The plastic mounts had all decayed and… Continue reading A new case and connecting to a wireless printer..

The Windows 8.1 ‘Update’ is mandatory..

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.. and if you choose to cancel it, you are also cancelling any other update in the future. It is no different to the Service Pack policy of old. Windows users who have slow broadband connections will have a longer wait while the download is in progress, but it is worth the wait because it… Continue reading The Windows 8.1 ‘Update’ is mandatory..

The end for two XP computers?

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I was brought two machines yesterday for appraisal, both running Windows XP Home. The question was simple enough. Did either or both have any life left in them? Computer #1, a Dell D610 Not particularly well specified, but quite a tough case, it is definitely NOT a candidate for upgrading to anything above XP in… Continue reading The end for two XP computers?

Return of the Start Menu..

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No dates yet but it is in the pipeline. Microsoft could have saved themselves a lot of bad press, but later is better than never. See here.. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247466/Microsoft_to_restore_Start_menu_to_Windows?source=rss_latest_content&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fnews%2Ffeed+%28Latest+from+Computerworld%29 Not too much that I can add really, except that I hope it doesn’t clash with Start8. It should silence the critics and those who don’t see… Continue reading Return of the Start Menu..

The Update – Part two – Installation..

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I was going to wait for the public release on April 8 because I wanted to see how it would all pan out for consumers, but patience is not a strong point, and I have an MSDN account.. Anyway, this is what happened. I located the update in MSDN which covers Windows 8.1, Windows Server… Continue reading The Update – Part two – Installation..