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Looks like the folks that still hate Windows 8 will have one less reason in August, as Microsoft have announced that both a more classic start menu and the ability to run "modern" applications within a Window as shown below.
I am always pleased to see such great momentum with operating system developments, but I must admit I was starting to get used to the new full screen menu but I am sure I can adjust back just as quickly if it is done correctly.
I do find the live tiles fairly useful in some applications but must admit for services like Twitter and Facebook I continue to use the web versions just as well, although I appreciate that on Tablets the apps are always far more accessible.
Windows 8 Start menu should return in August,...
In a surprising move today, Microsoft just announced that long-time CEO Steve Ballmer will retire in the coming 12 months. He will stay at the helm of the company until a special committee appoints a new CEO.
Steve Ballmer To Retire As Microsoft CEO Within 12 Months | TechCrunch
A patent complaint that Segway filed with the US International Trade Commission in 2014 has resulted in a wide-ranging order banning "personal transporters" that infringe some of its patents.
On Wednesday, the ITC issued a general exclusion order banning several types of the self-balancing devices often called "hoverboards." The case could affect the whole market, since a general exclusion order is the commission's most powerful remedy and can affect even parties not involved in the investigation.
There's also a limited exclusion order issued directly against the products of several Chinese companies sued by Segway. Only one of those companies responded and fought the case at all, while the others were in default.
The general ban applies to any device infringing US Patent No. 8,830,048, which could be a whole lot of products. The first claim of that...
Looks like a common issue, once I upgraded the os, neither sleep nor hibernate is stable, and even cold shutting down will sometimes freeze. I tried a bunch of fixes, the one that worked for me was rolling back the mei driver
Download the older MEI (Management Engine Interface) version 9 or 10
That link is to a driver that comes from the hp site, I'm not sure it will work on all computers, if not just get to your manufacturer's site and find the mei driver version 9 or 10
Make sure you create a restore point, install, you'll get a warning a more current driver exists, accept that warning and install anyway
Once installed you have to prevent windows from updating this driver so make sure you hide the mei driver update when it appears again
As I posted before, when you have a solid state hard drive, your start time becomes incredibly fast, using sleep doesn't really start the computer noticeably faster then hibernate, therefore, you should probably use hibernate instead of sleep so components aren't kept active, you save a little wear and tear, electricity.
Especially if you're on a laptop as using sleep will leave you with less uptime on battery.
Start time is so much faster you might even want to do a full shut down, however you won't be able to come back to your work when you completely shut down, so I recommend hibernate.
With sleep you usually don't have to use the power button, you can just touch a key or mouse to wake, those items still get power and the stroke is recognized as going to work, in hibernate all power is off, a key or mouse stroke won't be seen nor start the computer.
Skype is a freemium voice-over-IP service and instant messaging client, currently developed by the Microsoft Skype Division. The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system.
Skype 6.16 for...
The creators update looks pretty good, everyone I've read loves it, but there's a rollout and a wait, no worries, you can jump the line
That's a Microsoft link to their download tool, not a third party. Follow the very few prompts. you'll be downloading in a couple of seconds
Make sure you have all your passwords saved, the update will log you out of most sites
If you go through the prompts, don't start something important, the update doesn't really give you a postpone option once it begins, It looks like they have an easy uninstall if not happy
Some things I'm looking forward to;
Gaming mode is worth the upgrade all by itself, it distributes system resources to favor the game over background, sweet
Privacy dashboard. Ms got some serious heat for taking away privacy settings, the dashboard gives them back, and then some
Tab tools This is nice, I expect other browsers to follow, tabs in edge will...
Single package combines five years of updates into a single patch.
Anyone who's installed Windows 7 any time in the last, oh, five years or so probably didn't enjoy the experience very much. Service Pack 1 for the operating system was released in 2011, meaning that a fresh install has five years of individual patches to download and install. Typically, this means multiple trips to Windows Update and multiple reboots in order to get the system fully up-to-date, and it is a process that is at best tedious, typically leading one to wonder why, at the very least, it cannot pull down all the updates at once and apply them with just a single reboot.
The answer to that particular question will, unfortunately, remain a mystery, but Microsoft did today announce a change that will greatly reduce the pain of this process. The company has published a "convenience rollup" for...
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This isn't really fix but a work around, session manager publisher provides the necessary info;
If anyone has a better solution, let me know in the comment area and I'll edit those in the main body here.
American Zombie posted added information for us;
Actually you might as well just use Firefox ESR as that is what the author of Cyberfox has switched to for his sources.
Cyberfox 52.0 lands with some large changes dropping support for Windows Vista and switches over to the Firefox 52.0 ESR branch
Counterintuitively, a person should NOT turn off auto defrag when they install an ssd. (this advice applies to windows ten seven and eight)
However Windows 10, (scott says 7 and 8 also received a defrag update), not only recognizing you have ssd, but also using a different, less invasive method for defragging your ssd, this defrag is set ON if you have system restore enabled, I recommend TURNING IT ON even if you do not use system restore.
This new type of deffrag does indeed increase performance, and does indeed increase the life of your ssd.
Scott Hanselman for Microsoft, blog post, http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheRealAndCompleteStoryDoesWindowsDefragmentYourSSD.aspx
...It’s also somewhat of a misconception that fragmentation is not a problem on SSDs. If an SSD gets too fragmented you can hit maximum file fragmentation (when the metadata can’t represent...
Users are urged to disable or uninstall java as there is a critical security vulnerability which is reportedly already being used for large scale cyberattacks.
Deactivating the Java plugin in Firefox
Deactivating the Java plugin in Chrome
Deactivating the Java plugin in Safari
Dropbox is an online storage provider and with all the options out there is still one of the best. I use this application to easily sync files between my work and home PC but as a super easy way of getting files to other people. I also find the Android application very useful to get non-Play Store applications quickly across my various devices.
Both Microsoft and Google are making a huge push to get people using their various offerings, but this one I just keep coming back to. What is new since 2.6.28? Not alot but change is good!
Previous versions of windows, changing file extensions was simple, just rename with your extension.
That feature's hidden by default in 10, but un-hiding it is simple;
Open any file, hit "view" on the top left, then check the "file extensions" box on the far right, done.
To help residents and emergency personnel cope with the aftermath of the storm, Comcast is opening up its XFINITY WiFi hotspots in the affected markets to anyone who needs them – including non-Comcast subscribers. Comcast owns and operates thousands of WiFi hotspots in Comcast service areas in PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, MA, NH and ME. Non-XFINITY Internet customers should search for the “xfinitywifi” network name and click on the “Not a Comcast subscriber?” link at the bottom of the Sign In page. Then select the “Complimentary Trial Session” option from the drop down list. Users will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours through Wednesday November 7th. For a map of XFINITY WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in malls, shopping districts, parks, and train platforms, please visit XFINITY WiFi: Comcast WiFi, WiFi Access For XFINITY Internet Customers at No Extra Charge (Note:...
I never use the list in start anymore, using the keyboard is easier for me
Anyway, here's a few work arounds till windows puts it back, which I'm betting they will
Hit the windows key, type the letter c, that should bring up control panel right off, if not continue spelling it till the applet appears, should be just one or two letters.
Just hit enter, I think once you do this a few times it will become something you prefer over finding it in the start menu
Hit the windows key, type till the control panel icon comes up, right click, hit
pin to task bar, then you save a step
No need hitting the windows key at all, it’s right there in the tray all the time.
I tried right clicking and pinning to start menu, but that didn’t seem to do anything, pinning to task bar was my next choice, now it seems the best choice.
Last choice for me would be creating a keyboard shortcut;
Right click on the desktop, hit shortcut, the target believe it or not is;
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So my hard drive failed, when looking for vids on doing it, everyone was talking about replacing it with ssd even though their hard drive was fine
So that's what I did, the price is right, just about 100 bux for 1/2 terabyte, I'm sure those will go down in price but there's not a good reason to wait this upgrade is that remarkable. I use external drives and the cloud so half terabyte is plenty for native storage.
Absolutely the best upgrade ever, this 4 year old laptop is now faster then my 1 year old all in one
Cold boot is faster then recovering from sleep used to be, even restart takes about the same time as waking from sleep used to be.. I have 8 gigs of ram in this box so that"s not an issue.
SERIOUSLY, if you have an old computer, want a newer faster one, SAVE YOUR MONEY, your old box with a swapped in SSD hard drive will probably run faster then a new box, since as of now, most still come with the mechanical hard drive.
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Some of us wound up with cut and paste issues after an update to windows 10, some websites would give us code when we copied text.
That issue is now solved with the fall version of the creators update, if you're having the issue, even if you already have the creators update, get the fall release, your problems should be solved.
The update takes quite a bit of time once the download is complete
Get the update here
The solution was found on the Microsoft discussion board, if you'd like to see that discussion, , this is it
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