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Making the Mail app’s links open in the desktop’s Internet Explorer

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 […]

How does Windows 8.1’s “Update 1” change my computer?

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 […]

Do I need to change my e-mail address to create a Microsoft Account?

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. […]