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Classic Shell for Windows 10
by Jim Bernstein - November 30, 2015
As we are sure you have noticed, Microsoft has been changing the way Windows looks and feels starting with Windows 8 and continuing with Windows 10. They want to have the PC and tablet operating system look and perform the same way so unfortunately for PC users you are the ones who have to deal with the change. The biggest or most noticeable change is how the start menu works or actually doesn't work like is used to. Back in the Windows 7 days the start menu is where you would go to find programs and settings that were not on your desktop or quick launch toolbar, which has...
Microsoft downloading Windows 10 setup files to computers
by David Bernstein - September 12, 2015
If you are running Windows 7 or 8 you are eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade which will be installed via Windows Update. When your computer is ready for its turn you will see a Windows icon in your system tray by your clock telling you that you can reserve your free copy of Windows 10 and then eventually you will be able to do the upgrade. Now this is fine and dandy if you want to actually upgrade but what if you don’t? It turns out Microsoft is automatically downloading the installation file to end users computers to stage the upgrade so the files won’t have to be downloaded at the time of installation. The problem is many users don’t want to do the upgrade now if ever and are...
Windows 10 to be the last version of Windows
by David Bernstein - May 09, 2015
As we are sure you know there have been various versions of Windows each with their own unique name. Many of them coincide with the year they came out such as Windows 98 or in the case of Windows 8 it’s the next number after Windows 7. Next up for Microsoft will be Windows 10 which sort of combines the friendly interface of Windows 7 with the new features of Windows 8. And if you already have Windows 7 or Windows 8 then it will be a free upgrade for you as well. Now Jerry Nixon from Microsoft is saying that Windows 10 will be the last version of the desktop operating system. This doesn’t mean that Windows will be going away any time soon but rather they will keep adding on or upgrading Windows 10 on an ongoing basis rather than coming out with a new...
Rufus Bootable USB Flash Drive Utility
by Jim Bernstein - April 08, 2015
If you are any type of PC power user then there most likely was a time when you needed to boot your PC or server from something besides the hard drive to either get it running again or to install an operating system. For the most part people tend to use CDs or DVDs to boot from and use ISO files and CD\DVD burning software to create bootable disks from using that ISO file. An ISO file is...
Shadow Explorer
by Jim Bernstein - October 08, 2015
Shadow Copies are a built in feature of newer Microsoft Windows desktop operating systems such as Vista and higher as well as Windows Server operating systems. If enabled Windows will take snapshots of files and\or volumes and keep them for a certain amount of time allowing you to go back and recover older versions of your files. Many companies will enable this feature on their file servers so that if a file gets deleted it’s easy for an administrator or even an end user to go back and recover a copy of that file. The copies can be scheduled to run at various times of the day and can be accessed by a Previous Version tab on the...
TreeSize Disk Space Diagnostic Tool
by Jim Bernstein - July 05, 2015
If you are a power computer user then you most likely have a lot of programs installed on your computer and have a lot of files stored on your hard drive. Nowadays hard drives are cheap and you can easily add terabytes of space to your computer so you will never run out of room… or so you think. It seems that no matter what size drive you have in your computer it eventually gets full. Some people know exactly what they have on their hard drive and where it is while others are a little more careless when it comes to managing available disk space. This is where a program like TreeSize comes into play. TreeSize will scan your hard drive(s) and tell you what directories are using how much space and allow you to find out where you need to do some...
New Spartan Browser to Replace Internet Explorer
by David Bernstein - April 22, 2015
If you have been following the news of the new upcoming Windows 8 replacement called Windows 10 (yay!) then you are probably aware of how it combines the functionality of Windows 7 with the look and feel of Windows 8. And we are hoping this will be a version of Windows we will want to use this time. You may also have heard that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and should be out this summer. For those of you who hate Internet Explorer (and there are many), Microsoft plans to introduce an entirely new web browser into Windows 10 codenamed...
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