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Thu
29
Jan
John Lister's picture

Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 Now Available

With Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 now available, tech-heads are noticing a common theme: it seems to be a compromise between the 'traditional' format seen in Windows 7 and earlier, and the radical revamp that came with Windows 8. Start Menu ... Returns With a Difference Perhaps the most widely talked about feature -- still -- is the new Start menu. It displays the traditional view of programs on the left, while displaying live tile icons on the right. Users can control how much space the live tiles take up and can even resize it to full-screen mode, effectively replicating the main ... (view more)

Wed
07
Jan
John Lister's picture

HP's Tiny Windows 8.1 PC Is $180

HP has unveiled a Windows 8.1 mini desktop computer that's only two inches tall and costs under $200. It's part of an ongoing campaign to battle Google by producing cheap Windows computers. The Stream Mini Desktop is just under six inches square and ... weighs only 1.6 pounds. It's a small, self-contained box with two USB ports, video outputs for HDMI and DisplayPort, an audio socket, an SD card reader, and an Ethernet port for connecting to a network. At the time of writing, it does not appear to have a wireless (Wi-Fi) connection, though one could easily add a USB Wi-Fi dongle to ... (view more)

Fri
21
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

New, Used PC: How Do I Change User Name in C:\Users?

Infopackets Reader 'miannone' writes: " Dear Dennis, I recently purchased a new [Windows 8.1] desktop computer (or so I thought) from a big box electronic store. It should be noted that I did not utilize the 'pay-for-setup' process that the sales ... people attempted to convince me was the only way to go. I took the machine home ... [and booted it up] first time. It went through all the necessary updates; ... [once complete, I started] the customization. It was then I noticed that [my hard drive already had a user named 'Sam' defined on it. For example, even though I am the only user on this ... (view more)

Wed
29
Oct
John Lister's picture

Windows 10: More Features Announced

Microsoft has unveiled additional features for Windows 10, as well as making previously-announced features available for testing. Most of the changes are aimed at mobile computer users, but there will be a few extra improvements for desktop users . ... Windows 10 Testing being done in Batches Microsoft is taking a very deliberate approach with its public testing program for the new Windows 10 operating system. Rather than throw out a semi-completed version of Windows 10 for testing and deal with all the feedback at once, Microsoft is slowly adding new features to the test edition of the operating ... (view more)

Wed
01
Oct
John Lister's picture

Microsoft Announces Windows 10, Not 9, Due 2015

Microsoft has revealed that the next edition of its flagship operating system will be known as Windows 10, rather than Windows 9. The new operating system represents a further blurring of the lines between full-size PCs and portable devices such as ... smartphones and tablets. The choice of new name is largely a marketing tactic. Microsoft wants to get across the idea that the system will be a major relaunch over the much-maligned Windows 8, rather than a small set of minor revisions. Two Major Differences in Windows 10 There will be two main differences in approach with Windows 10. The first is ... (view more)

Mon
15
Sep
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Leaked Screenshots Reveal More About Windows 9

Screenshots of Windows 9 have leaked to the press and they show an operating system (OS) that's a substantial step away from the controversial Windows 8. Windows 9, which is currently code-named Threshold , is expected to launch later this year, ... with a technical preview expected sometime in October. Screenshots Confirm Start Button Returning Experts speculate that Microsoft will blend the best elements of Windows 7 and 8 together, and graft them onto the classic desktop found in Windows 7. Leaked screenshots show that Windows 9 will likely have a Start Menu of sorts - something which was ... (view more)

Fri
27
Jun
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Get 15GB Cloud Storage Free from Microsoft; 1TB for Office 365

Microsoft is drastically expanding the amount of cloud storage available to both its OneDrive users (formerly SkyDrive), and Office 365 software suite: from 7GB to 15GB, and from 25GB to 1TB respectively. The changes are likely made to increase ... awareness of Office 365, and slated to take effect some time next month. If you want to synchronize data across multiple devices for free, this is a great opportunity to experiment with cloud-based storage. Typical usage includes data backup and sharing documents or pictures. Microsoft OneDrive is available to the general public (for free), so long as ... (view more)

Mon
07
Apr
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Microsoft: Full Start Menu Coming Back to Windows 8

Microsoft unveiled its future plan for Windows 8 at the 2014 Build developer conference this past weekend. The path appears to be backwards, with Microsoft introducing several new features that effectively revive Windows 7 functionality . For ... example, Microsoft executive vice-president of operating systems, Terry Myerson, showed off a new Start Menu that is fully integrated with Windows 8's "Modern" (formerly "Metro") interface. Myerson also said Windows 8 users will soon be able to launch Modern applications from the desktop interface. Myerson says the changes will be ... (view more)

Wed
30
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

'Desktop Movie 2.2', and 'Disk Scanner 2.7.0'

Desktop Movie 2.2 Play movies on your desktop with Desktop Movie. This straightforward application replaces your background image with the film you've selected to view. The player supports most movie formats and the newest version is compatible with ... Windows 8! http://falcosoft.hu Disk Scanner 2.7.0 Having trouble with your hard drive? Experiencing the dreaded 'Blue Screen of Death'? Then give Macrorit's Disk Scanner software a try. It's designed to find bad sectors (or clusters of troublesome data) on your hard disk and suggest solutions. http://www.macrorit.com This freeware software program ... (view more)

Thu
18
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

'OutlookAddressBookView 1.65', and 'Outlook on the Desktop 2.1.3'

OutlookAddressBookView 1.65 OutlookAddressBookView displays all of the information related to the recipients found in your Microsoft Outlook address book. Displayed data is organized into several categories, including email address, name, street ... address, and phone number. http://www.nirsoft.net Outlook on the Desktop 2.1.3 This program takes the Microsoft Outlook calendar feature and places it directly on your desktop screen. That keeps your upcoming deadlines, tasks, and events in plain view all of the time. Because this is the actual Outlook calendar, you still get all of its original ... (view more)

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