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Microsoft released a big update to Windows 10 in early August, 2016. In the past, Microsoft would have bumped the name to Windows 11 and asked everybody to buy a new copy.
But Microsoft now treats Windows 10 as a service rather than a product. Accordingly, Microsoft simply sends your computer this free update through Windows Update, and the name of Windows 10 remains the same.
The update visibly changes Windows 10’s Start menu, and leaves its mark throughout the operating system. When your Windows 10 PC wakes up with the new update, you’ll probably notice these changes: Click to read more »
Q: When I click on an e-mailed link in Windows 8’s Mail app, the Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer opens.
I prefer that the link open in the “real” Internet Explorer that runs on the desktop.
How can I make the desktop’s version of Internet Explorer open when I click a link in the Mail app?
A: Windows 8 shook up and shocked millions of computer owners by introducing two ways of working on one computer.
Tablet owners tend to prefer the touch-oriented Start screen, and its gang of apps. Desktop owners naturally prefer the mouse-and-keyboard oriented desktop.
However, Windows 8 and 8.1 only include one e-mail program, and it’s the Start screen’s Mail app. When you click an e-mailed link, the Start screen’s version of Internet Explorer naturally opens the link.
Desktop lovers don’t have to put up with that, though. To make those links open in Internet Explorer on the desktop, follow these steps: Click to read more »
Posted: April 21st, 2014 under Books, Internet, Windows 8, Windows 8 For Dummies, Windows 8 For Tablets For Dummies, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 For Dummies.
Tags: Always in Internet Explorer on the Desktop, desktop version of internet explorer, e-mailed links, Mail app
Q: After running Windows Update this morning, Windows 8.1 now acts differently. What gives?
Is there anything major I should know about?
A: Microsoft continues to tweak Windows 8, a major overhaul to Windows that caught many computer owners off guard.
Microsoft tried to repair some of the damage with Windows 8.1, and today Microsoft released an update to Windows 8.1 that changes Windows yet again.
Microsoft officially calls the April 8, 2014 update “Windows 8.1 Update 1.” (Others call it the “Spring Update.”) But no matter what it’s named, the April update changes Windows 8.1 in many small ways. Luckily, most of the changes are welcome.
Windows 8 aimed mostly at mobile touchscreen tablet owners, leaving desktop owners out of luck. This new update embraces desktop PC owners, letting them control Windows 8.1 more easily with a mouse and keyboard. Specifically, the update brings these changes: Click to read more »
Q: If I sign up for a Microsoft account in Windows 8 or 8.1, do I have to change my email address instead of staying with my current e-mail address?
Will I have to pay a monthly fee, and will I have to notify everyone of my new email address?
A: In a word, no. Signing up for a Microsoft account is much more difficult than it should be, probably because Microsoft offers so many ways to create one.
You can create a Microsoft account by creating an entirely new e-mail address, for example, perhaps one from Outlook.com.
However, you can also convert any e-mail address into a Microsoft account, and that’s the best method for people who have used the same e-mail address for years.
So, lets tackle your questions one by one. Click to read more »
Posted: April 2nd, 2014 under Email, Internet, Surface For Dummies, Windows 8, Windows 8 For Dummies, Windows 8 For Tablets For Dummies, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 For Dummies.
Tags: microsoft account, old e-mail address