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  • The Windows 8.1 ‘Update’ is mandatory..

    .. 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 contains GUI improvements which make life easier. The ‘update’ is being served up with a few smaller ones, and is not checked for download by default. Download and install the others first, reboot the machine, and
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Fri, Apr 11 2014
    Filed under: Windows 8.1 Update
  • The end for two XP computers?

    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 my opinion. With the demise of XP being only 36 hours away, the only chance for this machine was to have Linux installed. I took the original 40gb hard drive out and replaced it with a similar
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Mon, Apr 7 2014
    Filed under: Windows XP
  • Return of the Start Menu..

    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.. Not too much that I can add really, except that I hope it doesn’t clash with Start8. It should silence the critics
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Sat, Apr 5 2014
    Filed under: Start Menus
  • The Update - Part two - Installation..

    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 2012 R2, Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Update, and downloaded it to the hard drive. It comes down in zipped form and, once unzipped, presents you with six kb’s and a readme file. I printed off the readme such that I could
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Fri, Apr 4 2014
    Filed under: Windows 8.1 Update
  • The ‘Update’..

    This is by no means a full review, more a first impression. It looks just like 8.1 until you cast your eyes to the top right of the screenshot. Two of the complaints were: Lack of a search box Lack of an easy to find shutdown button Both of these points have been addressed in the most literal way that Microsoft could muster The second lot of points, again two, was: Lack of a means to minimize a window Lack of a means to terminate a window. Again, in literal style, Microsoft have addressed both issues
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Wed, Apr 2 2014
    Filed under: Windows 8.1 Update
  • The post-XP world..

    .. starts in just a few days, seven at the time of writing. Your XP is going to be on its own as are you if you can’t or won’t let it go. Some anti-virus suites will still work for a while as will Malwarebytes and similar, but the authors will lose interest over time and you won’t even get basic protection. XP users have stated to me that they only go online to get email, but that is like the argument for the ‘five second’ rule relating to food dropped onto a less than clean surface. It takes just
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Tue, Apr 1 2014
    Filed under: Post XP
  • A vote of no confidence..

    The first company getting this award is Staples Canada , the nice people who sold me a Brother MFC-J470DW all in one. The printer is fine, no problems at all, easy to set up, quick operation, good output, albeit maybe not professional quality. I don’t do a lot of printing, and ink levels are still almost at the very top. My granddaughter has done a bit of printing from it, all colour stuff of course. So why the no confidence vote for Staples Canada? Well, when I bought it, the salesperson assured
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Mon, Mar 31 2014
    Filed under: Consumers, Scams
  • Faith has been restored..

    Mine specifically.. See this.. It isn’t that I am happy to see tablet producers fail exactly, but it shows that not all people are prepared to subscribe to the concept that small tablets are goof for anything other than displaying media.. If small screen
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Thu, Mar 27 2014
    Filed under: Netbook, Tablet
  • Say your good-byes..

    Fun with floppies. The 5.25” inch floppy was not too tough, was subject to dirt ingression and could crease quite easily, a problem for computer magazine mounted diskettes.. Yes, this is  how they looked , and top flight machines would have two of these. The drive shown is in the ‘ready for a floppy’ state. Ready to say  good-bye? And then, one day, a new diskette appeared and it was BLUE and it wouldn’t fit into a 5.25” drive. Yar boo sucks. Now I have to buy new floppy drives. The new
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Thu, Mar 27 2014
    Filed under: Hardware
  • Are you really excited by this?

    April 8th, 2014 marks two events in the Microsoft calendar. Event #1 :. Microsoft Windows XP is taken off life support and will have to fend for itself. OK, so let’s look at the picture Microsoft has extended  MSE coverage for a year, and other anti-virus producers will also cover it for a while, but NOTHING is for ever.When Windows 9x was on its last legs, some promised to continue support but lost interest very quickly. Most software people like to be at the cutting edge and that doesn’t include
    Posted to Mike's Window (Weblog) by Mike Hall on Wed, Mar 26 2014
    Filed under: XP, Windows 8.1.1
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