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Manually Start and Stop Automatic Maintenance in Windows 8.

"What automatic maintenance does is to update your PC, scan for viruses and potentially harmful files, disk defragmentation, system diagnostics, etc. It will usually run when your PC is idle, so it won’t get into your way when you are working. However, there will be times when you might need to manually start or stop the automatic maintenance feature. Here is how you can do so."

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General Discussion / Consider Classic Shell to improve Windows 8.1.
« on: July 24, 2014, 09:17:47 PM »
Consider Classic Shell to improve Windows 8.1.

From the webpage:  "Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are:

    Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
    Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
    Find programs, settings, files and documents
    Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
    Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
    Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer

Classic Shell has been in active development for 4 years and has over 15 million downloads."

Classic Shell

General Discussion / Here comes WINVista8XP7HomePro8.1-9
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:28:44 PM »
Yes, you read it correctly. The next version of Windows, although no doubt disguised as Windows 9, will actually be WINVista8XP7HomePro8.1-9. Quoted from the article: "Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO) just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform."  This should forever end the squabble over which version of Windows is best......

Business Insider:

Computer Shopper Reviews the Asus Chromebox (Chrome OS). Interesting and economical way to surf the web.

Computer Shopper

Everything You Need to Know About The “Rosetta” Flash Exploit. Just as one might suspect, this long-existing exploit is now and finally blocked by updating the Adobe flash addition to your browser. Chrome and Internet Explorer (versions 10 and 11) have included this patch in their updates, but Mozilla Firefox users will need to manually have the fix installed (by going to this webpage: ) to update your flash player, if you have it installed.

Quoted from the article:  "For years, the exploit has been out in the open and no one bothered to fix it until now. That fact alone should make you a bit wary of using Flash in the first place."

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Keep track of the drought situation with the North American Drought Monitor map, and numerous other measurements on the NOAA website (National Climatic Data Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).


NCDC Homepage:


National Drought Mitigation Center:

General Discussion / How To Make Windows 7 Look Like Windows XP.
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:41:09 PM »
How To Make Windows 7 Look Like Windows XP. I don't suppose too many people would not be amendable to letting Windows 7 screens replace the XP motif. But, if you should happen to be  pining with nostalgia, here is a way to tweak WIN7 to look like XP.

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General Discussion / Re: Drag and Drop Returns to Thunderbird
« on: July 08, 2014, 12:00:28 PM »

     This will save me an untold number of mouse clicks.

     I thank you and my mouse thanks you,


General Discussion / Basic guidance on reinstalling Windows 7 and 8.
« on: June 29, 2014, 11:22:46 PM »
PC World outlines the basics on reinstalling Windows 7 and Windows 8.

PC World

The current operating system pie chart shows that Windows 7 is the undisputed champ, with Windows XP still holding at 25%:

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols at ZD Net

A few fragments of leaked info on Windows 9.

What is Windows 9?:

Windows 9 Update   (Note the articles shown at the bottom of the webpage>

Prior posting:


Tech Advisor
Extreme Tech:

Extreme Tech

Info World

>>> Subscribe to the eyeonwindows weekly emails and you will be given the opportunity to download a 4 MB  ebook on Inside Windows 8.1. The site boasts "it’s the most informative Windows 8 Newsletter on any website today".

Updated 7-12-14 -

Windows 9 activation system:

More on Windows 9 activation system:

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Updated 7-13-14 -

Leaked screenshots of (9?) - possibly:

Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement.

Eventually, there will finally be no need or purpose for reading all that fine print anyway....and who reads it now? Should be a load off most people's minds.....     ;D

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