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How to stop autoloading programs in Windows 7 and Windows 8. This could help accelerate your booting up time and allow your programs to function faster and with fewer hangups.

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General Discussion / Re: MS new late month patches!
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:12:52 AM »
This could be the Security Advisory in reference:

Update for Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer

Published: September 21, 2012 | Updated: September 23, 2014

Version: 29.0

Microsoft Security Advisory 2755801:

List of MS Security Advisories   

MS Security Tech Center explanation of Security Advisories:

General Discussion / Re: Is This Port USB 2.0 or USB 3.0?
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:55:14 PM »
Here are a few more attachments showing USB 3.0 and 2.0 connections.

USB Cable Types

General Discussion / Re: Is This Port USB 2.0 or USB 3.0?
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:59:46 PM »
Hi Ralph,

     The below listed URL leads to a Hewlett Packard webpage that explains that the USB 3.0 ports have the letters "SS", for "super speed", along side the normal USB symbol.


Wikipedia (more info on USB):

Wikipedia on USB 3.0

     There are additional differentiating characteristics that require close scrutiny to identify. The below posted graphics illustrate these observable defining physical forms. It appears that the industry failed to establish arbitrary universal standards for the USB 3.0 identifying characteristics. So, it is a bit hit or miss, at this point. Basically, USB 3.0 has five pins to the USB 2.0 four pins. Just get out your magnifying glass and count'em up.....


General Discussion / Simple Steps To Evaluate a USB Device Failure.
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:43:06 PM »
Simple Steps To Evaluate a USB Device Failure. You might note these procedures just in case a USB port device fails to perform properly.

PC World:

What happens when Microsoft ends Windows 7 mainstream support next year?

Quoted from the article:  "On January 13, 2015, Microsoft will stop mainstream support for Windows 7--which is still an extremely popular operating system. But you'll still be able to use it safely for another five years.

Once mainstream support ends, there will be no more service packs. Microsoft won't redesign the environment or add new features. Without a special extended agreement, you won't get patches for bugs that don't result in a security threat.

But if you like Windows 7, you probably don't really need new service packs, and you certainly don't want a redesigned user interface. As long as Microsoft patches vulnerabilities that could become security risks, Windows 7 remains a safe operating system.

Microsoft doesn't plan to stop fixing security problems in Windows 7 until extended support ends. That's January 14, 2020--five years and a day from the end of mainstream support."

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General Discussion / WD My Passport Wireless review - PC World.
« on: September 04, 2014, 11:19:33 PM »
WD My Passport Wireless review: This hard drive is lightweight and affordable, but short on endurance - PC World. Note also that the article references reviews of other WiFi mobile storage devices at a mouse-click, if you are interested.

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Updated: 9-28-14 - Microsoft Indonesia president: Windows 9 will be free to Windows 8 owners (?)

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Windows 9 Update

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"Windows 9 rumor roundup: Everything we know so far" - PC World

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Windows 9 Preview Video added 9-15-14:

PC World offers a few "leaks" about Windows 9.  "Of course, all of these details are subject to change as Microsoft hasn't even released a public beta yet. The leaks likely come from Microsoft partners, who according to Neowin started receiving Windows builds a few weeks ago. A public “Technical Preview” is expected to arrive later this month or early next month."

PC World

Here is a 2:42 minute video ("leaked", I assume) featuring the Windows 9 Start Menu, etc.

Windows9Update (Video): 

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PC World   (pardon any redundancies).

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Windows 8/8.1 combined finally surpass WINXP in market share %. Note that XP has dropped considerably since its overall extinction and WIN8 still retains 7.35% in spite of the availability of WIN8.1, which holds 8.2%. Note also that Windows 7 appears to have continued to rise, up to around 56%+.

Eye On Windows

Click on graphic below to see the comparison chart:

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