PC Sales dropping like flies

Are we witnessing the start of the end of the PC?  No, I don’t think so but the PC is no longer the force it was for computing and its on a slow demise to being a secondary system in the home and business. Why the downturn? Several factors are in play but crucially the main influence is the rise… Read more →

Windows XP will live on for many users

As of today a massive 39% of all desktop computers are still using Windows XP.  Many of these systems are in businesses and many companies have suggested that they will continue to use XP systems after the cut off date of 8th April 2014. This is pretty alarming news and despite the security risks it seems businesses are very reluctant… Read more →

MS Office Service Pack updates fail to install

I’ve lost count how many times this always fails to install using Windows Updates, usually I resort to uninstalling the complete Office software and then extracting it to a folder, next I download the required update and place that in the same folder and then go through the set up procedures.  This behaviour seems to affect Office 2007 and above… Read more →

Windows 7 and the Desktop ini file

Windows 7 and the Desktop ini file

I look after a fair number of networks and gradually these are moving on to Windows 7 from good old XP.  One said network I built from scratch was with a 2008R2 server with XP clients, all working great with no issues. Soon, some Win 7 laptops appeared on the scene and setting them up was no bother.  However on… Read more →

Wife has been ill – Services delayed

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their patience and understanding while my wife was in hospital.  She has serious heart problems but is now on the mend and I’m catching up on the backlog. Her care in hospital was excellent and special thanks must go to Gable Ward cardiac care unit at the West… Read more →

Google (Android) did very well in 2012

Very surprising how strong Android is nowadays, three-quarters of all mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) are using Android and the remaining quarter is iOS (Apple).  I have seen an increase in Android devices but no where near the amount of people I know that are using Apple platforms, however in UK and Europe Apple are ahead whereas in the USA… Read more →

HP Windows 8 laptops stuck on 13%

Well it’s only been out a month and already there are ‘issues’, this concerns mainly HP laptops running Windows 8.  The problem occurs when the laptop installs the latest updates from Microsoft. It will perform the usual ‘installing updates’ routine during a shut down or a restart and quickly get to 12% or 13% and there it sits, for 15… Read more →