Category Archives: Microsoft Windows

Information regarding Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP

Rolling back from Windows 11

Click the Windows ‘Start’ button and select Settings On the ‘Settings’ screen select System > Recovery In the ‘Recovery’ screen select Go Back  Select a reason (anything will do) and click Next    Select No, thanks in the ‘Check for updates’ window Click Next  Click Next  Click Go back to earlier build  This process should… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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.   Windows 8.1 Preview Product Guide

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 ( 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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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.… Read More »

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… Read More »