Stuck with Windows XP (for now)?

This week Microsoft ceased to support Windows XP In practical terms, this means that Microsoft have now issued the last security update that will address vulnerabilities in XP. To summarise the main problems this will cause: Hackers, virus writers and so on may now concentrate their efforts on discovering vulnerabilities in Windows XP, knowing that …
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Windows XP Not Yet Fading Away

It’s 50 years (really!) since The Rolling Stones sang “Not Fade Away” It could almost be an anthem for Windows XP. Is no-one listening to the warnings about the impending end of Microsoft support for XP? I’ve just been looking at some statistics of my website visitors and was astonished to find that the percentage …
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Replace Windows XP

Windows XP will not be supported, or updated, or patched by Microsoft after April 2014 I have argued before that it will not be a good idea to run Windows XP after Microsoft cease support for it in April 2014. The main argument is quite straightforward – from the point of view of people wanting …
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Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in 2014

The end of Windows XP. Should you panic? Can you ignore it? And what does “support”mean anyway? Well, if you are not a user of XP, you can ignore the news. But if your system is in the 14% of all systems in the UK still using it (as at November 2012), then you’ll have …
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How do you uninstall Internet Explorer in Windows 10?

.. and how do you install it again? If you can not view websites properly (eg items are missing or they overlap each other) then, with most browsers, it is fairly easy to uninstall  and then reinstall the browser. Just go to “Programs and Features” in the Control Panel, click on the relevant program and …
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Windows 11 will be available from 5th October 2021

Yes, I know, we thought Microsoft had promised us that there wouldn’t be any more versions of Windows. Windows 10 will go on forever. To infinity and beyond If you look into it a bit deeper, though, Microsoft never actually said that “Windows 10” would go on forever. It’s more a question of branding and …
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Resetting Windows

What happens if Windows won’t start? No, it’s not the end of the world (or even civilisation as we know it, Jim) If Windows won’t start up, and the hardware and drive are otherwise OK, a number of options are presented on-screen. These include attempting to “repair” Windows, and “restoring” Windows to a previously saved …
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Adding Shortcuts for System Items to Windows Desktop

Have you ever tried to add a desktop shortcut pointing to “This PC”? Sounds like a reasonable thing to do, doesn’t it? Here’s how you normally create a shortcut and place it on the desktop: Open File Explorer Find the file or folder for which you would like a desktop shortcut Right-click on the file …
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Windows Restore Points

Give yourself some protection against newly installed software breaking your computer A client phoned me this morning with problems with his internet connection and with the connections between the devices on his local network (computers, cameras, etc). He was fairly sure that the problems started after he installed a particular piece of software a couple …
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Windows Clipboard History

Windows can now remember up to 25 items that you have copied into the clipboard Most people are probably aware that if you “copy and paste” an item (such as a piece of text or an image), then the “copy” is placed in part of the computer’s memory called the “clipboard”. For many years, the …
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