This week’s email newsletter article is:
- Windows 8.1 Update Deadline
If you’ve been running Windows 8, you’ve probably upgraded to Windows 8.1. This, strangely, required that you go to the Microsoft App Store to download and install the free upgrade. Newer notebooks, like my new one ( My New Windows 8.1 Notebook Computer ) come with Windows 8.1 already installed.
Microsoft still supports Windows 8, if you haven’t upgraded to Windows 8.1, at least for now. They have not required that Windows 8 users upgrade to Windows 8.1.
However, if you’ve upgraded to Windows 8.1, there is now an urgent deadline. Just like the cutoff of support for Windows XP, Microsoft has done virtually the same thing for Windows 8.1.
If you are running Win8.1, you have to download and install the huge update called "Windows 8.1 Update" […]
- Migrating Firefox Bookmarks to My Windows 8.1(Update) Notebook
Although I had gotten a report via a web site comment that Mozbackup didn’t work with Windows 8.1, that is not my experience. Mozbackup is free software that backs up Firefox and Thunberbird profiles.
I just finished using Mozbackup (version 1.5.1) to install my Firefox bookmarks from my desktop computer to my new notebook. It was quite easy.
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
I finally broke down and bought a Windows 8.1 notebook. Actually, I’ve been looking for a Windows 8 notebook for well over a year, but I didn’t find a notebook that met my needs well.
In part, I wanted speed and capability. Equally important, it needed to have a reasonable price, since I was purchasing it mainly as a secondary (or even tertiary) computer.
The "reasonable price" issue kept rearing its head again and again. Almost everything I had read about Windows 8+ said to be sure and have a touchscreen (and they were right). That kept pushing the price for an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 notebook to the $800+ range.
Then, my local big-box office supply store put this unit on sale […]
I received two questions recently from readers who wanted to back up their Thunderbird emails and email folders. Actually, both subscribers wanted to copy them so they could migrate to new PC’s. But, the "backup and restore" process is ideal for that […]
Windows 7 has a number of options that you can modify to make it easier to use — not conceptually easier, but physically easier. These Ease of Use / Ease of Access options also include some controls for modifying Windows functionality.
Some of these options are focused on making it easier for users with less-than-perfect physical conditions. Some of them are designed for vision-impaired users, such as a text-reader, a magnifying glass, and the ability to change the size of the mouse-pointer. (Some of them are also useful for those of us with aging eyes <grin>) […]
One of the features that was introduced into Windows as of Windows XP is an invaluable resource called System Restore.
We’ve all seen the program installations that flash a message that they’re creating a Restore Point. Windows makes a Restore Point whenever you install a new driver. It also makes a restore point periodically based on elapsed time.
While System Restore and its Restore Points do not protect data files, it protects Windows’ system files and the Windows Registry […]
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