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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 a single file similar to a zip file that contains all the individual files required to make a complete CD or...
Spyware found in new Lenovo PCs
by David Bernstein - February 23, 2015
It seems that nowadays the biggest threat to your computer is from spyware that you can get from just about anywhere. Whether it’s from downloading some free software or even visiting certain websites its way to easy to get infected these days. When you buy a new computer you expect it to be perfectly clean and free of spyware for the most part. Of course it will come with all the extra software you don’t really want or need but at least it shouldn’t be stealing your information. A researcher in the financial services technology...
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...
SolarWinds IP Address Tracker Free
by Jim Bernstein - March 14, 2015
If you do IT (Information Technology) for a living you most likely know about IP addresses and know how they are configured in your environment. If you have hundreds or thousands of devices then managing IP addresses can get difficult. And if you use static IP addresses then things get even more difficult because you don’t have a DHCP server managing your IP addresses for you. It’s not just computers that have IP addresses but also servers, printers, mobile devices, firewalls, switches and so on. With all these devices, your list of addresses can...
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