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Free Microsoft Stuff!

People don't generally think of the term "free" in conjunction with "Microsoft", but in truth, Microsoft actually has a huge list of useful free stuff. You just have to know where to look or how to dig for it. You don't even have to do that. Because I have done it for you Continue reading

Using BitLocker Drive Encryption

This article talks about Microsoft’s BitLocker Drive Encryption tool that comes with the Business or Professional versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server, and how to use BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt your hard drives and portable storage devices. Continue reading

Using Windows Search

 

Most people use only the most basic functions of the Windows Search tool and wind up spending considerable time scrolling through screens  of search results trying to find the specific file they are looking for.  But the Windows Search tool is actually more powerful than that, and if used properly, can help you quickly find exactly what you are looking for . This article is intended to introduce some of the many search tools built into the Windows operating system, and how to use them more effectively.

A Brief History Of Windows Search

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Find Drivers for Unknown Devices in the Device Manager

The Windows Device Manager, as the name indicates, is where you manage hardware devices and drivers for Windows-based computers. If Windows cannot identify an installed piece of hardware or cannot locate a driver for it, the device will be listed as an Unknown Device. Unknown devices are listed under Other Devices in the Device Manager, and marked with an icon that has an exclamation mark on a yellow circle.

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Opening the windows Device Manager:

The Windows Device Manager can be accessed in several different ways.

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Using Event Viewer Logs To Troubleshoot Issues

 

When troubleshooting issues with Windows-based computers, the Event Viewer is a great place to start. The Event Viewer tracks information about applications, security, and system events. This information is stored in log files that can be accessed in the Event Viewer. The Event Viewer is built into current Windows Operating Systems.

Not only will the Event Viewer tell you is a process or any component of the computer is causing an error, it will provide you with a log of that error that can be used to resolve issues. The Event viewer will also track other… Continue reading

Create a Windows 8.1 USB Recovery Drive

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A USB recovery drive one of a number of option for recovering from system problems with Windows 8.1.  The advantage of having a USB recovery drive is  that you can use it to recover your system even if Windows 8.1 will not boot. Microsoft has included a tool to create a USB recovery drive, built into Windows 8.1.  Before we get into creating and using a USB recovery drive, there are a few things you need to be aware of:

 

  1. You need to have at least an 8GB USB flash drive
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Creating Restore Points in Windows 8

windodws8_logoAs with previous versions of the Windows operating system, Windows 8 includes a mechanism to create restore points.   Restore points are basically snapshots of the current state of the computer at the time a restore point was created. System Restore monitors the operating system for changes and creates restore points at regular daily intervals, usually when Windows 8 is loaded on any particular day. If your computer is not powered up when a restore point creation has been scheduled, Windows 8 will create the restore point when the computer is booted up. You can also… Continue reading

Windows To Go – A Bootable Windows 8 on a USB Stick

 

 

windodws8_logoWindows to Go is a feature of Windows 8 that allows users to run Windows 8 from a USB 2.0 or 3.0 thumb drive. Windows to Go is essentially targeted to enterprise customers or people who work from a shared computer, or a home or computers in remote locations.

IT professionals may find Windows To Go valuable as it will allow them to boot a copy of Windows 8 extremely fast and diagnostic any existing problems on the local PC installation.

Bootable Operating systems aren’t new and neither is a bootable Windows stick, but these… Continue reading

Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (engadget.com)

I just finished reading engadget's new article "Windows 8 for tablets hands-on preview (video).  If you are considering a tablet PC, or if you are interested in learning more about the up-coming windows 8, you should read this article.

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Windows 8 Design flaws

 

 

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I just read through an article posted on ZDNet by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes about what he feels are design flaws in the Windows 8 operating system. While some of the points he makes are more like personal preferences, albeit good ones, he points out 4 items that I think could be serious flaws against Windows 8 in a desktop environment

 

 

Those flaws include:

Users are limited to two applications running side-by-side in Metro Apps on Windows 8. This may be OK for a tablet, but not for a desktop. Especially for power users… Continue reading

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