Windows 10 works on desktops, laptops, tablets, and laptops that can turn into tablets (sometimes called convertibles or laplets). But its touchscreen interface is far from perfect, especially when you compare it to Android or iOS. There are good reasons to use a Windows 10 laplet instead of a dedicated tablet with an Apple or Google operating system: You have access to more powerful applications, you have a real, user-controllable file system, and most Windows 10 tablets can turn into full-fledged laptops. But when you remove your keyboard and mouse, and depend entirely on touch, Windows 10 turns clumsy. I’ll describe some of Windows 10’s worst touch UI problems, and hope that someone at Microsoft reads this article. I’ll also provide the few fixes and workarounds I could find. The Big Tiny Problem Consider selecting a folder from a dropdown menu in File Explorer. It’s easy with a mouse. But when the only pointer available is your finger, you have a good chance of selecting the wrong folder. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
In Windows 7, you can create and customize accounts all from Control Panel. Adding user accounts in Windows 10 is a relatively straightforward process. You can add and manage accounts from the Accounts screen under Settings. In Windows 7, the process isn’t difficult but it is different. You create and modify accounts from the good, old-fashioned Control Panel. You can add new accounts, change their names, change their passwords, change the account type between a standard user and an administrator, and create a password reset disk for your own account. For those of you still running Windows 7, let’s go through the steps for creating and tweaking user accounts. Creating multiple user accounts is a convenient option if you’re sharing a single PC among different people. Those of you in the same household or small office can sign in with your individual account and create your own individual desktop, wallpaper, color scheme, and other settings. Windows 7 supports three types of accounts: Administrator, Standard, and Guest. With an administrator account, you can create and modify other accounts and change virtually all system settings in Windows. With a standard account, you can modify your own settings but you can’t create or … Read More
Ransomware Hits the Same Vulnerabilities Keep calm: While the news is grim over the latest ransomware, the steps we’ve taken earlier will most likely keep most of us secure. It’s key that you have March’s Windows updates installed to protect from the SMBv1 vulnerabilities and April’s Office updates installed to protect from the RTF (Rich Text Format) vulnerability being used in the attacks. In addition, the vulnerability is specifically targeting networks and using some additional tricks up their sleeves as noted in PTSecurity blog post. The attackers are utilizing various network tools such as Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and PsExec to distribute the ransomware throughout a network. It further uses password retrieval tools to gain the local administrator passwords on the workstations in the network. For home and small businesses the best protection is to be vigilant in not opening suspicious emails, and to ensure the March and April updates are installed. What to do: Ensure your systems have the March’s Windows updates installed to protect from the SMBv1 vulnerabilities and April’s Office updates installed. Windows Fixes for IE Printing and Indexing Microsoft has released updates to Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 to fix issues introduced by the June 13th Windows … Read More
NOTE: For the second time in two months, Windows users are susceptible to a global malware attack. To protect yourself against this one, called Petya, I recommend reviewing my articles “What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself from Ransomware” and “When You Should Disable Server Message Block v1.” Signs You’ve Been Hacked It’s either easy or hard to determine if you’ve been hacked. In the case of ransomware, it’s extremely easy to know when you’ve been hacked: You get a request for money. However, the goal of most of the best hackers is to leave you blissfully ignorant of any wrongdoing. This way, your machine and your network access remains a resource for them to exploit. For example, the NSA tools that were recently released to the public were designed to allow for silent access to a system. The exploits released back in April have been patched by Microsoft, but they point out the goal of these nation-state attackers is to be stealthy and covert. So then if the goal of these tools are to be silent, how can you then know when you have been attacked? This is often the hardest of all – often you only know if … Read More
Outlook Updates Are Causing Multiple Issues I’m tracking several issues with the June Outlook updates that were released last week. Unfortunately I don’t have a fix for these issues, just a lot of recommended workarounds from Microsoft. The known issues have been documented in a web page showcasing the Office known issues, which also showcases that there will be an update expected on June 27th fixing the issue. If you are impacted by the issues noted, try any of the below solutions. Issues opening attachments: When you open an attachment in an email, contact, or task formatted as Rich Text you get the following error: “The program used to create this object is Outlook. That program is either not installed on your computer or it is not responding. To edit this object, install Outlook or ensure that any dialog boxes in Outlook are closed”. To work around the issue, save the attachment to your local drive and open it from there. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
No results coming up when you run a search in Microsoft Outlook? Here are several ways you can troubleshoot and hopefully fix such a problem. Are you coming up empty when you search for messages in Microsoft Outlook? The search feature does have a way of going on the fritz every now and then. The issue sometimes lies within the Windows search indexing, which sometimes stops working properly. But other factors can impact Outlook searches. The problem becomes obvious when you run a search for messages that you know are in your mailbox, but Outlook says it couldn’t find anything. You may not be able to find the specific cause of the glitch, but there are several ways you can try to resolve it. You can remove Outlook from the search index and then add it back. You can rebuild the search index. You can scan your PST file for errors. And if all else fails, you can create a new PST file. I recently bumped into search problems in Outlook. When typing the name of a person or subject or other criteria in the Search Current Mailbox field, I’d get nada in return. And I knew I should be … Read More
In an unprecedented move from Microsoft, more XP patches were released to prevent attacks from Nation states. You’ll need to go to the download center to get patches for these older versions. This is a serious issue and a sign that cyberwarfare is getting serious. Older Operating Systems Get Patches Too In an unexpected move, Microsoft released several updates for older computer systems due to current or expected attacks from nation-state actors according to a Microsoft blog post. The post went on to urge us to still update these older platforms to supported operating systems but it’s good that Microsoft has made the decision to update these unprotected systems nonetheless. Microsoft deems that we need these updates due to a “heightened risk of exploitation due to past and threatened nation-state attacks and disclosures”. For Windows XP make sure you have the following updates installed: KB958644 — a 2008 update that you should already have installed. KB2347290 — a 2010 update that may already have been installed back then. KB4012598 KB4012583 KB4022747 KB4018271 for IE8 KB4018466 KB3197835 KB4024323 KB4025218 KB4024402 KB4019204 For Server 2003 sp2 (64bit) please make sure you have the following updates installed: KB958644 — a 2008 update that you should already … Read More
PDF documents are commonplace today: paper manuals for software and hardware have mutated into online links for do-it-yourself PDF downloads. Read Me files, brochures, and other documents are also pervasive as downloadable PDFs. Entire websites exist to help liberate you from the tyranny of keeping paper documentation on hand. So it’s just a hazy memory for most of us to recall the days back in the early 1990s when you could only read PDFs if you had Adobe Reader installed, and if you wanted to create PDF files, you had to have Adobe Acrobat. Known by its full name, portable document format, the PDF was Adobe System’s proprietary format until 1993 when the company made the file specification available for free. It actually wasn’t until July 1, 2008, that the portable document format was released as an open standard for all to use. That’s when the floodgates opened to the dozens of third party PDF readers, viewers, creators, editors, and converters—both as free and paid versions. But what’s so special about PDFs anyway? First: They are compact files and can be viewed on just about any platform – create it on Windows and easily opened on Macs, Android, iOS, you name it. This … Read More
Interested in trying out the mobile version of Office on your phone or tablet? How do you know which edition to pick up and how to get it and use it? Read on. Microsoft Office is first and foremost a desktop application for PCs. But it’s also a mobile app, or series of apps, accessible on Windows phones and tablets, the iPhone, the iPad, and Android devices. Beyond the various editions for each operating system, you can snag either a free or paid flavor of Office Mobile. But how do you know which flavor to pick, where to find it, and what you can do with it? Let’s see how you can snag the mobile software for different devices and what you’ll find in the program. Geared toward smartphones and tablets, Office Mobile includes at its core Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Microsoft also offers mobile versions of related apps, such as Outlook, Sway, OneDrive, and Skype. Versions of each app that allow for basic editing are free for devices with screen sizes smaller than 10.1 inches. So, you can edit documents on smartphones, on smaller Windows and Android tablets, and on the 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad mini. The … Read More