The Ask toolbar is now a pre-selected install option when you download Java.
Is previewing the new version of Windows for everyone?
Does this mark the end of service packs for the consumer versions of Windows?
How to use Microsoft’s OneNote to go paperless.
Richard Hay at Windows Observer believes Microsoft was well within its rights in protecting its intellectual property.
Microsoft is providing Windows XP users with a free tool for migrating personal files and settings to a new OS.
Is it time for Microsoft to abandon all hope for Windows 8 and move on to Windows 9?
We recently asked our TechTalk contributors to recommend a favorite FREE application or tool that they currently use. This post is Richard Hay’s response to our request.
What happened to the popular Dynamic Windows Themes?
The upgrade is free. So what is the hold up in getting to Windows 8.1 for some of these users?
How to fix intermittent problems with connectivity to Office 365 hosted Exchange accounts.
A potential fix for upgrade issues that came up over the weekend.
PC Pitstop’s TechTalk contributor, Richard Hay from WindowsObserver.com, was up early today as the digital download became available at 7 AM Eastern Time for the release.
Learn how to use the Disk Clean up utility in Windows 8.1 to free up disk space.
The Start Button is back in Windows 8.1 – but the original start menu is nowhere to be found.
Rich at Windows Observer thinks Microsoft should open the doors of the Windows Store a bit wider and make modern apps available to Windows 7 users.
Richard Hay offers an important follow up to his post about the end of support for Windows XP.
Our good friend Richard Hay at Windows Observer says the buzz over the end of Windows XP support – feels oddly familiar.
A long time Microsoft loyalist shares his thoughts on The Steve Jobs movie.
Microsoft forced to write off nearly 1 billion dollars over the failure of the Surace RT product.
Stop! Don’t pay $300 to get rid of that scary looking warning on your PC.
Rich shares his observations of his clean desktop install of the Windows 8.1 Preview.
Heat continues to be a major factor in the failure of computer components inside a desktop computer case.
The Observed Tech podcast digs into the upcoming Windows Blue/Windows 8.1 release.
A lot of people have more than one computer that they use on a regular basis and in most cases that is usually a combination of a desktop and laptop device.
So in this show we start off with a small confession on how I messed up a BIOS flash on my wife’s PC that did not work using the Windows based BIOS flashing software. That meant a dead motherboard and an upgrade for her machine.
In this episode of The Observed Tech podcast, the final year of XP official support is discussed along with a deep dive into the shocking PC sales numbers released last week.
Practical and creative ways to deal with Microsoft Tech Support scam calls.
Everyone has surely read about the Microsoft tech support phone scam right?
The Microsoft account takes on a new role with the introduction of Windows 8.
How to free up space on your Surface device and still give you the full ability to recover or restore your Surface if necessary.
There is no doubt that we have been experiencing a massive shift in our tech realities when it comes to the various form factors that computing devices now come in – tablets, laptops, desktops, convertibles, etc.
Consider this story as a friendly reminder that there are a few offers from Microsoft expiring at the end of this month that relate to Windows 8 so you may want to be thinking about grabbing them while you can.
I wanted to explore the possibility of using the apps that come pre-installed on Windows 8 to connect to those two social media networks and those I follow and friend on them.
With the release of Windows 8 the way we search in the Windows OS has changed significantly.
Users of the very popular 3rd party Twitter app Tweetro just received this email from Atta Elayyan the UX Designer and Co-Founder of Lazyworm Applications Ltd. and it is not good news:
One of the knocks that I see cropping up on some reviews of Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface is the paucity of apps in the Windows Store or whether the store ecosystem will be there.
Whatever method you use to become a Windows 8 user the biggest recommendation I can give you is to have patience with yourself, the OS and give Windows 8 a chance.
I have also never written a piece like this about Apple but after watching the live blogs of the iPhone5 announcement yesterday and some of the video from the event I wanted to share some thoughts/observations.
Our good friend Richard Hay at Windows Observer – produces a weekly podcast that is well worth a listen.
Over the course of the last 9 months or so I have been running the Windows 8 previews…
A user of Microsoft’s Skydrive recently found out that cloud storage isn’t very private.
There is a saying that nothing in life is free however, I do believe that there are some very good free software programs that you should use on your system to help maintain it, keep it free of malware and viruses and even provide technical support to family and friends.
Well it has been a few hours since the mystery was solved and I think a lot of folks in the tech industry are still in a semi-state of shock with what Microsoft announced in Los Angeles today.
Join me as I show off some of the changes and other features that are included in the recently released Windows 8 Release Preview.
This is the final public release of the next Windows operating system from Microsoft before it heads to manufacturers and the general public.
When it comes to tech I must admit I am a hoarder…a look back at technology.
You never know when life will throw a curveball at you and when those unexpected events occur it can be very challenging keeping everyone updated on what is happening.
This is a walk through on how to use the new SkyDrive App from Microsoft to sync your Internet Explorer Favorites between multiple machines.
I recently transitioned our household to hosted email accounts with Office 365. My wife and I are both Outlook users and like the benefits of working in that interface locally on our desktop and laptops.
How you can use your mouse and keyboard to navigate the new Start Screen in Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview – the other half of the OS in Microsoft upcoming Windows 8.