Windows applications

  • March 12, 2014 12 Mar'14

    Who Knew? Win8.1 Automatically Enables WBF-compliant fingerprint scanners for login

    In January of this year, I purchased a very nice Stylistic Q704 Tablet PC from Fujitsu's online store. The unit shipped with Windows 7 installed, but I immediately upgraded to Windows 8.1 on the ...

  • March 10, 2014 10 Mar'14

    Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 Update Files "Leak"

    Although I missed this particular boat last Thursday, it seems that files for the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update (apparently to be called the Spring 2014 Update) appeared online by mistake that day. ...

  • March 07, 2014 07 Mar'14

    More on Windows 8.1 with Bing

    Russian leaker WZOR scores one more time, and scores BIG, with his disclosure of the documentation from the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.1 Update 1, which says the following ...

  • March 05, 2014 05 Mar'14

    Win8.1 Update 1 Released to Mfgrs (RTM)

    According to sources that include Mary Jo Foley, Paul Thurrott, and others, Windows 8.1 Update 1 has been released to OEMs, a milestone usually abbreviated as RTM (for "release to manufacturing" or ...

  • March 03, 2014 03 Mar'14

    Windows 8.1 Bada Bing!?

    The Web's been abuzz with rumors of a low-cost/no-cost version of Windows 8.1 that could be offered as an "upgrade" to Windows 7 users who might otherwise be disinclined to migrate to Windows' ...

  • February 28, 2014 28 Feb'14

    Resuscitating the Soul of an Old Machine on a Newer One

    As fate would have it, I was on an important conference call with clients yesterday at around 2:30 PM my time when I rebooted my machine after installing the recently-issued MS Office 2013 Service ...

  • February 21, 2014 21 Feb'14

    SkyDrive Is Now OneDrive

    The word has been out for a few days now that MS has refreshed (and renamed) its cloud storage offering. What was SkyDrive on Windows 8 devices may now be replaced with OneDrive instead (download ...

  • February 17, 2014 17 Feb'14

    Windows 9 Rumors Heating Up: RC this September?

    With Windows 8.1 Update 1 now confidently predicted for March/April of this year, the rumor mill is grinding ahead into the next major planned release for Windows. Usually called Windows 9, this ...

  • February 16, 2014 16 Feb'14

    Great Little Utility Backs Up Bootable UFDs

    USB Flash Drives -- aka UFDs -- represent one Windows install medium of choice nowadays, particularly on newer PCs with USB 3 ports when matched up with USB 3 rated flash drives. These speedy ...

  • February 12, 2014 12 Feb'14

    MS Posts Extensive 8.1 Compatibility Updates for Patch Tuesday

    OK, so yesterday was "Patch Tuesday," and MS posted a couple of interesting compatibility updates along with a number of security updates, and the latest version of the Malicious Software Removal ...

  • February 10, 2014 10 Feb'14

    Desktop Disappears: How to Recover the Desktop Tile in Windows 8.*

    A great recent post from Sergey Tkachenko over at WinAero explains how to recover the Desktop tile on the Modern UI Start screen for Windows 8 and 8.1, should it ever go missing. That post is ...

  • February 07, 2014 07 Feb'14

    Huh!? Web Application Firewall Blocks Access to Local School District Server

    My 10-year-old son is a cheerful and active computer user, and is already able to download and print homework assignments from the fourth grade pages on his school's website. He's also a pretty ...

  • February 05, 2014 05 Feb'14

    Getting Desktop Virtualization Right

    I recently wrote an article with my old buddy Earl Follis for SearchVirtualDesktop entitled "Vendor options for VDI deployment -- sans Microsoft." In response, Rick Mack, an SME at Dell based in ...

  • February 03, 2014 03 Feb'14

    Microsoft Store slashes prices on Windows 8.1 Tablets

    When I started seeing the news online this morning about recent discounts on various Windows 8.1 tablets, I couldn't take them seriously. But upon traipsing over to the Microsoft Store online (the ...

  • January 31, 2014 31 Jan'14

    New MS Theme Song: "Take the Long Way Home"

    OK, so the latest Windows 8.1 Update 1 rumors are out, and they're reporting something nearly everybody who's ever used a Windows 8 version of any kind on a PC already knew, be that version beta, ...