This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Upgrading to Windows 8
I’ve decided that it’s time to upgrade my main desktop to Windows 8. I’ve been running Windows 7 Professional on it since I upgraded the internals of the computer during the summer.
I’ve read a lot of articles on Windows 8, some very positive, some saying it takes a lot of adjustment (in the user’s habits) to use it on the desktop, and some absolutely hating it.
I’ve also read some articles discussing modifications to Windows 8 that are available from third party software vendors. The one that seems most impressive is Start8, from Stardock Software, which is less than five dollars. The price includes a year of updates.
I’m familiar with Stardock utilities and interface modifications from my use of OS/2 in the early 1990’s, so I have no hesitation in getting their Windows Start8 start menu program for Windows 8. It will probably be my first purchase after the upgrade.
If you’re already running […]
- Restoring Your Computer with Windows System Restore<
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. That way, if you install something that totally messes […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Copy and Paste Problem
After my recent article Managing Your Windows 7 User ID, I received an email from Robin in England that said:
Your tip on managing your Windows 7 User ID was excellent and it also works in Windows 8 pro.
Thanks for this tip and all the tips you have given.
This was followed shortly afterwards by another email from Robin:
Sorry to bother you again but I thought your tip on Managing Your Windows 7 User ID was so good that I copied and pasted it into a Word 2010 document. Unfortunately none of the graphics printed […]
- How to Post a Comment
Several readers have written that they had trouble figuring out how to add a comment to one of my web site articles.
Since I appreciate the article comments, and I invite comments at the end of each newsletter article, I decided that this topic might make a useful article.
As an example, I received an email from Robin in England, where the final comment was that Robin was unable to figure out how to post a comment on the web site:[…]
- Converting a Printer Into a Network Printer
I’ve written several times recently about my frustration with my HP Laserjet 1200 in a mixed Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 7 32-bit network. That’s all solved now!
The Laserjet 1200 worked fine, shared through one of my Windows XP 32-bit computers, when all the computers on the network were 32-bit whether they were Windows 7 or Windows XP. All of the computers could use the Laserjet 1200 for printing, as long as the Windows XP computer sharing it was turned on.
However, once I introduced 64-bit Windows 7 computers to the mix, the Windows 7 64-bit computers could not print through the 32-bit Windows XP-shared printer […]
- Configuring the Buffalo USB Network Print Server
"The first step is the hardest." How many times have we heard that old adage — and it’s correct, too.
I finally made that first step and purchased a Buffalo Network USB 2.0 Print Server.
The second step was tough, too. The included instructions do not match the CDROM. They say to run the Setup program on the CDROM and that it will install the configuration program and manual to your computer. That’s not the case.
Once I realized that, it was easy to solve. The configuration program didn’t even need to be installed! […]
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