In Windows 8 sifting through all of the apps in the store to find what you want can be very difficult. Here’s Veronica of Tekzilla to show you an easier way. Read More→
Windows 8 is for sale now and I’ve already purchased it because Microsoft has a very good deal. You can download it directly from Microsoft for only $39. If it had cost $99 I may not have bought it at all (Linux is free).
I’ve been using the Windows 8 Beta for quite a while and I have to say I’m liking it. Read More→
Windows 8 will be the latest Windows OS (operating system) when it is released, probably in September or October. For now we have the Consumer Preview to play with. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview seem like a release candidate to me. It is very polished, very fast and not buggy at all.
Windows 8 is an OS for desktops and laptops of course but it is also going to be used on tablets similar to the iPad. I do not have a Windows tablet to try it out on so this review is just about using it on a standard computer. Read More→
Microsoft has released a new tool to help with their never-ending battle to defeat mal-ware on Windows PCs. Called Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper or MSSS it is a bootable live CD that is just a basic Windows environment with MS Security Essentials on it. Read More→
Windows Live Sync is a part of the Windows Live Essentials Beta. The old Live Sync would not sync to Skydrive, the new version will. There is one little problem. With a Skydrive account you get 25 GB of storage yet you can only sync 2GB. This seems silly to me. Is Microsoft afraid Skydrive might become useful! I don’t see the point. I guess it is better then nothing. Maybe by the time it’s no longer in Beta they will change their minds.
There is a lot of talk about Windows maintenance. What services should turn off? Which utilities should I use? To sleep or hibernate? Here’s a article from Lifehacker. It is the best article I have seen on the subject. Read More→
Frankly, I don’t use either of these but if you needed them you can get these and a whole lot more by downloading them from Microsoft. If you go to “Windows Live Essentials” you’ll find “Windows Live Mail” (Much better than “Outlook Express”). There is the new “Windows Live Moviemaker” and “Photo Gallery” a great photo viewing and managing program). There is “Windows Live Writer” which is blogging software that I really like.
Although they don’t offer it on the”Windows Live Page” one of the best downloads is “Security Essentials” which is an anti-malware / firewall program. I use this and it’s pretty darn good. It’s effective and does not slow your computer down.
There’s much more you have to check it out.
For Windows 7, Vista and XP.
If you’ve been reading this blog then you know it’s very important to keep your operating system up to date for security purposes. It is also very important to keep your other software up to date especially software that connects to the Internet.
Linux distrobutions like Ubuntu, Fedora and Open Suse keep all of the software installed using the systems software installer up to date. Windows does not do this. Some software checks to see if it’s up to date. If it does not you have a problem.
The Personsl Software Inspector by Secunia will check to see if you have critical software out of date and will prompt you to install the new version. I have a very up to date system but I install Secunia PSI and ran it. After a couple of minutes it found that my Skype had a new version. I don’t think I’ve heard of a real problem with Skype but you would not want to take that chance.