You might think that there is not much more you could do to improve the capabilities of computer keyboards and mice. And really, what much more do you need to type and point, right? I have been reviewing input devices since the days of Windows 3.1. Sure, there have been many technological improvements, as we might expect over the last 25 years since Windows 3.1 was launched. But what’s amazing that in just the last year alone advancements in keyboard and mouse technology tweak what I thought was already the best. Say Hello to the Mouse Master For example, just about two years ago I praised Logitech’s MX Master mouse [link] for its various, robust features that extend mouse calisthenics beyond just navigating and clicking. Back then I thought this was about as far as a pointing device could reach. But now Logitech has indeed upped its game with the MX Master2 [link]. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
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
You can set up a dual-boot scenario to run both versions on the same machine. Do you want to check out Windows 10 but continue to run Windows 7? Or maybe you’re already using Windows 10 but want to be able to still use Windows 7? You can juggle both flavors of Windows by setting up a dual-boot system. Assuming you’re already running Windows 7, you can steal a chunk of its partition space and use it to create a new partition to house Windows 10. Alternatively, if you’re running Windows 10, you can snip off a portion of it to add a new partition for Windows 7. Once both operating systems are up and running, you can choose which one you wish to use each time you fire up your computer. All you need is a healthy amount of hard disk space to make it all work. How do you prep your PC to run both versions of Windows? Let’s check it out. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
These days I do not need a full FTP client as much as I used to several years ago. Part of this is just because we now tend to access everything over the Internet through websites instead of downloads from FTP servers. Remember getting some big updates from a company by downloading from their FTP server? Anyway, while there are plenty of fully equipped FTP clients out there to download, sometimes we just need a quick connection to grab some files – in my case for my website maintenance – and need something straight forward and simple. Well did you know that there is an FTP client built right into the Windows File Explorer? It has actually been there through the last few versions of Windows and is very easy to setup and use for these infrequent FTP sessions. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You can split, merge, and otherwise manage your partitions in Windows via the Disk Management tool. Your Windows PC may have come with one hard drive and partition or it may have come with a couple of drives and partitions. No matter the original configuration, you may want to manage and modify your disk drive arrangement. Maybe you’d like to create an extra partition to install and run another operating system. Perhaps you want two partitions to separate your personal files from your Windows system files. Or maybe you already have two partitions and now want to remove one of them. You can do all this through the built-in Windows Disk Management tool. Available in all the current and most of the past versions of Windows, Disk Management lets you shrink, create, and delete your partitions. You already know a hard disk is a single physical drive: it’s either a conventional mechanical drive that magnetically stores your data on platters, or a solid-state drive that houses your data on flash memory chips. Computers usually come with a single hard drive, though you can always add a second one. Most vendors offer an option to outfit a desktop with two mechanical … Read More
Q. Can I run more than one anti-virus/malware scanner on my Windows system? A. Can you? Yes. Should you? It depends. Everything you install on your Windows-based system take up resources. Everything that runs on your system, either actively or in the background, also take up system resources. The CPU, memory, and hard drive space on your device are commodities and they have physical limitations. All of this comes into play when answering the question about having multiple anti-virus/malware scanners installed on your device. Before we get into the question of “How many anti-virus scanners should you have?” let’s make sure we all understand one truth: You should have at least one anti-virus/malware scanner on your system that performs real-time scanning of files, downloads, and other activity on your device to prevent any infections from occurring. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Need to migrate your documents, files, and other personal stuff from a Windows 7 computer to one running Windows 10? Here’s how. Do you have a brand new computer running Windows 10? Cool, but what about your old computer, possibly a Windows 7 PC? Maybe there are specific personal files and settings that you want to transfer from your old computer to your new one. With Windows 7 on both ends, you could’ve used the built-in Windows Easy Transfer tool, which migrates your entire user profile and all its files and settings. But Windows 10 doesn’t support Easy Transfer. (Thanks Microsoft!) So what are your options? Microsoft offers a free utility called the User State Migration Tool (USMT). However, USMT is a command-line utility designed for IT professionals and isn’t very user friendly. A few developers make graphical interfaces for the USMT, which you can try. But you may find a third-party utility the easiest way to migrate your profile. Zinstall Easy Transfer is one such migration program, though it’ll cost you $59. Another is EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro with a price tag of $49.95. A more affordable option is Laplink’s PCMover Express. PCMover Express normally sells for $29.95 but … Read More
It’s not that I am lazy but I do like shortcuts that will speed up launching tasks. Many of the shortcuts are not routinely documented. In fact, to find them on Microsoft’s website can take more drill downs than finding oil in the ground. As I have found shortcuts in Windows 7 to 10, I have kept a list of my favorites – the ones I ended up using most often. I don’t want to come across as long-winded about shortcuts, so here’s my top 7 for cutting to the chase in Windows 7 and 10. How to Adjust Window Size In many apps you can magnify or decrease the size of image or text by moving the mouse scroll wheel forward or back while holding down the Control (CTRL) key on the keyboard. If you have other windows open they will not change, only the current active window adjusts accordingly. It is also possible to change the size of the display in some app windows by holding down the Control key and pressing the plus and minus keys on the number keypad. Where this will not work is with apps such as word processing and spreadsheets which use process these … Read More
You can bring encryption to your hard drive and USB flash drives using the Windows BitLocker tool. Concerned about someone accessing your PC’s hard drive or flash drives and reading the information on them? You can add an extra layer of protection to all your drives with the Windows BitLocker feature. Designed to work on both internal and external drives, BitLocker encrypts your drives to prevent unauthorized access. As such, BitLocker is especially useful on a laptop or on flash drives that may get lost or stolen and fall into the wrong hands. BitLocker is not a substitute for your regular Windows password or other means of authentication. Rather BitLocker detects if someone tries to use your hard drive or flash drives on another PC or tries to boot up your PC using a DVD or flash drive. In that event, BitLocker prevents access to your encrypted drive. So, you should still have a Windows login password or other security method to safeguard your operating system. BitLocker has been around since Windows Vista days and continues to be an option with Windows 10. BitLocker is automatically built into Windows as part of the operating system, though it’s turned off by … Read More
Yes, Windows offers its own built-in troubleshooters. Here’s how to tap into them. Oops, you’re bumping into trouble with Windows. Maybe you can’t connect to the Internet. Perhaps your audio has stopped working. Maybe your PC is blue screening. Or perhaps you’re not sure of the cause of the problem but just know that your PC is acting funky. Where can you turn for help? You can turn to Windows itself. The OS offers its own built-in set of troubleshooting tools designed to scan for, analyze, and hopefully fix specific problems. The troubleshooters are available in Windows 10, 8.1, and 7. But whatever your flavor of Windows, the troubleshooters are usually a good first step when you’re bothered by a persistent problem. In some cases, a Windows troubleshooter will pop up automatically if you experience a glitch in Windows. For instance, if an application crashes or your screen display suddenly goes on the fritz, then the appropriate troubleshooter may appear to try to save the day. In other cases, you’ll have to manually trigger the right troubleshooter depending on the nature of the problem. Or if you’re not sure what’s causing trouble, you can run through the entire array of … Read More