Posts Tagged ‘desktop’

Dropbox Announces End of Windows XP Support

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Plucky Windows XP managed to hang on to a substantial market share for years after it was supposed to be obsolete. But now that market share has eroded to about seven to eight percent and support for XP is being gradually dropped by company after company.

Dropbox announced today on the official Help Center website that it plans to end support for Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system in the coming months. Extended support for the Windows XP ended more than two years ago on April 8, 2014 which means that feature, fix or security updates are no longer released for devices running the system (There is a way to still get updates for XP, but it requires Registry changes).


Fix for Gadget Display Issues After IE11 Installation on Windows 7

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Have you noticed any missing or problematic desktop items after upgrading your Windows 7 PC to IE11? This might help fix it …

When I reviewed the Internet Explorer 11 final release for Windows 7, I never expected it to become this popular. The core reason for this was not the availability of the latest version of IE11 on Microsoft’s most popular operating system Windows 7, but the fact that a lot of users had issues with it. Several users reported that desktop widgets were missing or not displaying properly anymore after the browser was updated to Internet Explorer 11.


Windows 8.1 May Include a Straight to Desktop Setting

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

This sounds like Microsoft might have finally listened to desktop and laptop users’ concerns about the Windows 8 interface …

There are two main points of criticism in regards to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. First the missing start menu which has been more or less replaced with the start screen, and then that the operating system loads in to the start screen interface after log in with no setting to change that behavior so that it boots into the desktop interface instead.


StartW8: Another Start Menu for Windows 8

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I think this brings the total to about 15 third-party Windows 8 start menu programs, which are all designed to basically make Windows 8 feel more like Windows 7 … is it just me, or is W8 starting to look a lot like Vista?

If you can’t get enough of Windows 8 start menu applications, you may want to take a look at the recently released StartW8. The sheer amount of start menu solutions for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system suggests that there is high demand for adding a start menu back to the operating system. And why would not there? The start menu has been an integral part of Windows for a long time and its removal surely is something that confuses users who are used to having that little button siting there on the left side of the taskbar.


10 Programs that Make Windows 8 Better

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Here are some freeware programs that help to fill in some of the gaps in the new Windows 8 interface (or in other words, they make Windows 8 feel more like Windows 7.)

So you have made the jump and installed Windows 8 on a computer, or, you are planning to buy a tablet, laptop or desktop PC running Microsoft’s latest operating system. If this is your first contact with the OS, chance is that you will need some time adjusting to the new startpage, missing start menu, and all the smaller changes that come with it. I think we can all agree that Windows 8 is different, and that not only shows when you first boot into the operating system, but also when you try to run programs or tasks that may no longer work out of the box.


No Straight to the Desktop Booting in Windows 8?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Well, this sounds like kind of a pain in the neck …

News made the round yesterday that Microsoft seems to have shut down some methods that Windows 8 Beta users have used to bypass the startpage of the operating system to boot straight into the desktop. Up until now, users of Windows 8 could boot to the desktop using a number of workarounds. I’m for instance using the Start8 software to boot directly into the Windows 8 desktop when the computer is turned on.


We’ll All be Using Metro in 2020? Gartner Analysts Think So

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Why does Microsoft spend so much time trying to shape the way that we use our computers to conform with their sales plans, instead of just responding to our needs and supporting the way that we want to use our computers? It’s almost like they’re trying to chase customers away.

According to Gartner analysts, the release of the Windows 8 operating system by Microsoft will mark the beginning of the end for the NT platform, and the beginning of the WinRT (Windows Runtime) era. The shift towards the new platform will not be abrupt by any means, with Gartner predicting that Windows users will run traditional desktop applications for at least another ten years.


Does It Really Matter if We don’t Upgrade Our PCs Anymore?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Given the experience with Windows Vista, this article definitely raises an interesting point …

There are all manner of images, screenshots and leaked details coming out now about Windows 8 and we already know a lot about what Microsoft want this product to be.  We know it’s going to be smaller, quicker and more agile than even Windows 7 was able to be.  It’s going to have to run effectively and without lag on lowly 1GHz ARM processors, though admittedly Microsoft might specify a dual-core minimum.  We also know that it’ll install in around 10 minutes flat on a standard PC.


Get Your Ubuntu Tips with This Handy Applet

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

If you’re new to Ubuntu, this applet would definitely be helpful …

We could all use some handy tips now and then. Wouldn’t it be great if they were, quite literally, at our fingertips? If you are a Ubuntu user, those tips can be at your finger tips with the help of a handy tip applet. This applet works in conjunction with the Fortunes application and serves up helpful tips for any level of Ubuntu user. Let’s install and use this handy tool.