Microsoft will end the final free Windows 10 Upgrade program on the 31st December (2017)

Microsoft will end the final free Windows 10 Upgrade program on the 31st December (2017)
Microsoft offered Windows users a free upgrade to Windows 10 back when the operating system was released. The official free upgrade offer hasn’t been available for more than a year, however customers who use assistive technologies were still able to upgrade. The ongoing free upgrade offer was implemented for anyone who wanted Windows 10 for ...

Microsoft BitLocker

    BitLocker is Microsoft’s proprietary encryption program for Windows, that can encrypt your entire drive as well as help protect against unauthorized changes to your system such as firmware-level malware.  Data on a lost or stolen computer/laptop is vulnerable to unauthorized access, either by running a software-attack tool against it, or by transferring the ...

Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies

If you use assistive technologies, you can get a free upgrade to Windows 10 as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we’ve taken a number of steps to improve the accessibility of Windows 10. To learn more, read our ...

Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to computer makers/manufacturers

Microsoft stops selling Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to computer makers/manufacturers
Microsoft yesterday stopped providing Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8.1 licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including its PC partners and systems builders. The end of sales for Windows 7 Professional comes a full two years after sales ended for Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate. Windows 8 sales ended a few months ...

Microsoft Windows was launched 30 years ago today

Microsoft Windows was launched 30 years ago today
The year 2015 was a milestone for the technology realm. Both eBay and Amazon ditched their teenager tags and celebrated 20 years in business, while IMDb turned 25. Elsewhere, the humble .com domain name reached 30 years of age, as the first dot-com domain was registered in March 1985. However, 1985 was a notable year ...

How To Create a Windows 8 Recovery Drive

Open the Windows 8 Control Panel. Windows 8 includes a tool to create a Recovery Drive and it’s most easily accessible from the Control Panel. Tap or click on the System and Security link.Note: You won’t see System and Security if your Control Panel view is set to Large icons or Small icons. In your ...

Windows 8.1 preview is here!

  Windows 8. is a free update to Windows  and is coming later this year.  The pre-release version is available now to try. Windows 8.1 has new ways for you to personalise your PC and includes a wave of new apps and services.   http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/preview   Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide

ModernMix – Run Modern (Metro) apps in a window on your desktop with ModernMix™

ModernMix is a  program that lets you run Windows® 8 “Modern” apps in a window on the desktop. Windows 8 Modern apps, also known as Metro or RT apps, will use the full screen on your display regardless of how much of the screen they really need. As a result, that weather app, mail program ...

How to show hidden devices in Device Manager

only non-Plug and Play devices, drivers, and printers when you click Show hidden devices on the View menu. Devices that you install that are not connected to the computer (such as a Universal Serial Bus [USB] device or “ghosted” devices) are not displayed in Device Manager, To work around this behavior and display devices when ...

Buy a Windows 7 PC and upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for £14.99

Buy a qualified Windows 7 PC today Register for the offer (http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-GB) Redeem your upgrade Eligibility Details The offer is for customers (e.g. home users, students, and enthusiasts) who purchase a qualified PC. A qualified PC is a new PC purchased during the promotional period with a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and ...

Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

  Windows logo key+spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout Windows logo key+O Locks device orientation Windows logo key+Y Temporarily peeks at the desktop Windows logo key+V Cycles through toasts Windows logo key+Shift+V Cycles through toasts in reverse order Windows logo key+Enter Launches Narrator Windows logo key+PgUp Moves Metro style apps to the monitor on ...

Desktop shortcuts disappear in Windows 7

  The System Maintenance trouble-shooter performs a weekly maintenance of the operating system. The System Maintenance trouble-shooter either fixes problems automatically or reports problems through Action Centre. When there are more than four broken shortcuts on the desktop, the System Maintenance trouble-shooter automatically removes all broken shortcuts from the desktop.   To work around this ...

Problem Step Recorder in Windows 7

Problem Step Recorder in Windows 7
  Problem Step Recorder – When any application starts misbehaving under Windows 7, simply type PSR in the Windows start menu, press Enter and then select Start Record. The Problem Steps Recorder will record every click and key press, take screen shots and then package everything into a single zipped MHTML file.  This can then ...

How to re-create the Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows XP

How to re-create the Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch toolbar in Windows XP
What to do if the Show desktop icon is missing from your Quick Launch toolbar in Windows XP To re-create the Show desktop icon, follow these steps: Click Start, click Run, type notepad in the Open box, and then click OK. Carefully copy and then paste the following text into the Notepad window:[Shell] Command=2 IconFile=explorer.exe,3 ...

Windows 7 Upgrade Considerations

Windows 7 Upgrade Considerations
Depending on the version of Windows you’re currently running, installing Windows 7 on your PC may be a lengthy process. Run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to make sure your PC can run Windows 7, and then review the information below prior to buying or installing Windows 7 on your PC. Use this chart to determine ...

Windows XP availability and support

Since April of this year, Windows XP SP2 has been in the extended support stage, which means support with Microsoft is no longer free and only includes security updates and patches.  Next July (2010), XP SP3 will enter extended support as well. All support for Windows XP SP2 and SP3 will end in April 2014. ...

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC for potential compatibility issues and lets you know about your Windows 7 upgrade options. Within minutes, you’ll get a report that tells you if your PC meets the system requirements, if any known compatibility issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs are found, and gives guidance ...