Tag: Windows Update

How to Upgrade Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview on Microsoft Surface

Microsoft really doesn’t do itself much service in naming its products with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview being quite a mouthful. However, you can update this preview version to the full version on your Microsoft Surface and knock off the last word in the title. Fortunately, it’s not hard to undertake but helps …

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Silent Updates – Only Half of the Solution

Just a very quick tip. A while back I wrote about the auto update capabilities of three major browsers but there is one very important thing to remember despite the convenience of having automatic updates applied to software including browsers and operating systems. In order for your software to make use of the update automatically …

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Windows Home Server Upgrade – Progress Report

Just wanted to share with you my “upgrade” experience going from the original Windows Home Server to Windows Home Server 2011. This morning I made some hardware upgrades, specifically: adding another 4GB RAM, replacing the existing four hard drives totaling 3TB of varying sizes with three 2TB hard drives. This part didn’t take so long …

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Office 2010 Service Pack 1 – Out of the Gates

Just a quick heads up on another development from Microsoft in what is shaping up to be a busy week for them. Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2010 has just been released and is available though Windows Update in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavours. You shouldn’t need to worry about which version you require …

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Stop Windows Update Taking Over the Shutdown Button

Shut down and install updates button

Another quick tip for tonight. Sometimes, when you want to shutdown your computer you might notice that the shutdown button looks like this in Windows 7: When pressed, this button will finish the installation of pending updates for Windows and then shutdown the computer. Sometimes, this isn’t convenient and if you have a habit of …

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Fix Problems with Windows Update in Windows 7

Completed Windows Update Troubleshooting in Windows 7

Windows 7 comes with all sorts of built in troubleshooters that fix a variety of issues such as network connectivity problems and enabling the transparent glass effect on your desktop when it is not working. One major issue that people may come across is Windows Update not working properly or offering you updates which you …

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Reclaim Space – Remove Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Backup Files

Removing backup files created during service pack installation

One of the hot topics today is the general release of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 to the public. Whilst it isn’t a ground breaking update in terms of adding new features to Windows 7 (a lot more of the action is related to Windows Server 2008 R2) it does contain a few important …

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Upgrade to Microsoft Security Essentials Version 2.0

Microsoft Security Essentials - Manually Check for Software Updates

Quick tip for this evening. An update to Microsoft Security Essentials was released by Microsoft on 16 December, 2010 which saw the version number increment up to Version 2.0. This was after the second Tuesday of the month (AKA “Patch Tuesday”) where Microsoft releases patches and upgrades for its software through Windows Update. This meant …

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Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Imminent

Just a quick update for this evening. The rumour mills are in full swing with reports of the first service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be released very soon. Furthermore, there have been leaked copies of pre-release builds of the unified service pack floating around on the web. As a …

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Google Engineer on Windows Phone 7: The World Doesn’t Need Another Mobile Platform

In a PCMag interview, Andy Rubin (a Google Engineer) made a statement in response to Windows Phone 7 in that “the world doesn’t need another mobile platform”. Of course, a statement like that is like rattling a hornets nest for fun and has certainly created some conjecture about the topic in general. What has drawn …

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