Archives for Windows 8.1

Podcast 1519: The Gadget Guy Answers the Big Question & Listener Q & A




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The big Question

Show Notes

Hour 1

Rick Broida the Gadget Guy and legendary Cheapskate answers:

The Big Question: What should I buy to replace my aging PC before Windows 10 arrives?  PC or Laptop?

Don’t miss this rousing discussion that is being repeated everywhere as the deadline for the launch of Windows 10 approaches in the summer of 2015. Rick Broida wants to replace his mother’s aging computer and Foster Braun needs to replace his wife Ginny’s aging, refurbished Core Duo PC to make the move to Windows 10. New desktop or laptop?   Is cheapest best?  Do you trust brand names?  Will a “new” out-of-lease or refurbished device fill the bill?  How do you buy for the future but keep within a budget?  All questions that we will tackle with the Gadget Guy, Rick Broida.

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Tips for specific computer user groups

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Free Utilities to Make your Computing Easier

Norton Identity Safe  (Important Note: A user just advised us that Norton also installs Norton Safe Search (a toolbar addon which

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Podcast 1412 March 22, 2014: Red Dwarf, Social Media Spring Cleaning and MS Countdown April 8

Nain Rouge

Show Notes:

Spring Cleaning for your Social Media

Emily HayEmily Hay of Hay There Social Media shares 9 Tips for Small Business Owners to Spring Clean Your Social Media Profiles – Hay There Social Media | Social Media Marketing & Management Services for Small Businesses .

Click here to listen: Emily Hay 9 Tips for Spring Cleaning

Le Nain Rouge

The Legend of The Nain Rouge (Red Dwarf) Graphic Novel Becomes a Kickstarter Project

Joe BastianAuthor Joe Bastian is moving his book about the sinister Detroit legend of Le Nain Rouge from the printed page to an online graphic novel.


Carl WinansCarl Winans, producer and digital storyteller, explains the process.



Click here to Listen: Joe Bastian Nain Rouge



April 8, 2014 Super Download Day for Microsoft

J. CoffeyJustin Coffey of Apex Digital Solutions reveals the bonanza of downloads and updates coming from Microsoft on April 8, 2014. (hints: updates, games and iPhone 8.1)

 Click here to Listen: Justin Coffey MS April 8


Office 365 Personal Available (1 desktop, 1 tablet)
April 8 is shaping up to be a big day for MS
Patch Tuesday … And…
Win 8.1 Update Feature Pack Release (most of the changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1

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How to Change Win 8.1 to Look Like Win 7

In response to a recent request for help, Ed Rudel outlined some of the ways you can change your Start Menu to look just Windows 7 but benefit from all the improvements under the hood in Windows 8.1.


I think it would be best solution would be to configure Windows 8 to boot into the Desktop mode.  The Windows 8.1 update allows for this.  Then I would download and install one of several programs that were created specifically to make Windows 8 look and feel like Windows 7.  These utilities are: Classic Start or Skip Metro Suite.  The Classic Start can be installed from (bottom right side of the site) and Skip Metro from

This is a Leo Laporte Twit video that describes this procedure.  As usual, it is 20 minutes long and has lots of overhead and not enough details but it make you feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Classic Shell is described in this Category 5 video (less bantering)

Ed Rudel

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What's New In Windows 8.1?

Ed Bott, Oct. 17, 2013

Summary: If you’re running Windows 8, you definitely want this free update. If you looked at Windows 8 and said “No, thanks,” the new features and extensive refinements in this release make it worth a second look. Here’s what you’ll find inside.

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Windows 8.1 Download Arrives

Mary Jo Foley: Oct. 17, 2013

On October 17, at 7 am EST (4 am PST) Microsoft is kicking off the next phase in its Windows 8.1 rollout: General availability (GA)

Starting today, users already running Windows 8 and/or Windows RT will be able to download the free Windows 8.1 update from the Windows Store. As of October 18, Windows 8.1 will be available preloaded on new devices and in boxed software form.
Those not upgrading from Windows 8 will be charged between $119.99 (core) and $199.99 (Pro) for Windows 8.1. Those running a preview version of Windows 8.1 should expect to have to reinstall their apps, while those moving straight from Windows 8 to 8.1 (without installing the preview on their devices) will not.

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Podcast 1341 Oct. 19, 2013: Windows 8.1 Arrives

Show Notes:

Windows 8.1 Update Has Arrived

J. Coffey

Everything you need to know about this latest and biggest upgrade to Windows 8.   Justin Coffey, Tech Solutions Professional from Apex Digital leads the discussion.  Biggest changes, new features, how to upgrade and more.

Supersite for Windows Tips and Tricks for Windows 8.1

Paul Thurott is the premiere analyst and commentator on Windows and his Supersite is chock full of helpful analysis and tips for those who want to make the most of Windows 8.1 from download to the best applications.  You should bookmark this link for future reference.


Super Launch Week Oct. 20-26, 2013

  • Oct. 22      Microsoft Surface 2 Goes on Sale
  • Oct. 22      Apple, California     iPad, mini iPad, TV,  Mavericks OS release
  • Oct. 22      Nokia Launch Event in Abu Dhabi: 6 new products (Tablet??)

MiTechNews Report

Mike BrennanWeekly feature with Mike Brennan, editor and publisher of, highlighting technology headlines from Michigan and around the world that impact of our state’s growing high tech sector. This MiTechNews report with Mike Brennan is brought to you by Mophie.Com, the maker of th iPhone juice pack, and the Engineering Society of Detroit, representing 16,000 engineers in Southeast Michigan.

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Podcast 1334 Hour 1 Aug. 31, 2013: Fall Tech Roundtable

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Hour 1 8/31/13

It’s the last gasp of summer and the calm before the gadget hail storm predicted for fall 2013. Our technology team ponders what the playing field will look like this fall after some big changes.

Gary, Ed, Cal, FosterShane Hamelin, CompuQuest Tech Expert

  • Will Apple’s show on Sept. 10 recapture the magic that seems to have gone.
  • What will Microsoft look like post-Balmer?
  • Windows 8.1 and the new Surface computers
  • Wearable computing a fad or the future?
  • Is there a tablet in the future of most Windows XP users?

Phil Little

Joining our tech panel: Phil Little, President and CEO Synthacon, high tech consultancy.

3D Scanning and nano helicopters are just some of his interests.

Hex Nano copter: Kickstarter campaign raised 1,000X what they asked for.

Leap Motion: Interactive 3D Technology now available at Best Buy

Mike BrennanWeekly feature with Mike Brennan, editor and publisher of, highlighting technology headlines from Michigan and around the world that impact of our state’s growing high tech sector.

This MiTechNews report with Mike Brennan is brought to you by Mophie.Com, the maker of the iPhone juice pack, and the Engineering Society of Detroit, representing 16,000 engineers in Southeast Michigan. 

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Windows 8.1 to launch in October

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Ed Bott/ZDNet

Microsoft today confirmed what had been widely rumored for the past week: Windows 8.1 will be released to the general public in October. Specifically, “starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store.”
Today’s announcement indirectly confirms what my sources have also told me, which is that Windows 8.1 has been officially released to manufacturing.
In Microsoft’s partner-driven world, that’s an important milestone. It means the code is on its way to OEMs, who in turn can incorporate it into new hardware designs for shipment this fall. After a year of generally miserable Windows 8 sales, those OEMs could use some good news to drive holiday sales.

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Podcast 1330 Aug. 3, 2013 :Windows Wide Open: 8.1

Show Notes:

Windows Wide Open: 8.1


Justin Coffey and Sarah ThomasJustin Coffey, Technical Solutions Specialist with Apex Digital Solutions  (Partner of the Year for Heartland District 2012) talk about Gary Baker’s switch to the Microsoft Surface Pro and the highlights of Windows 8.1 upgrade coming to the new Microsoft operating system.

Justin’s Favorite Tool for Updating Software

Windows 8 ToolKit


With the help of our partners, we have put together a collection of articles, tips and trick to help


Breaking into Business

Kendall and Family smKendall Petykiewicz , Intern, Enterprise Data Management & Analytics, Flagstar Bank will discuss the challenges of breaking into the world of IT.

Mike BrennanWeekly feature with Mike Brennan, editor and publisher of, highlighting technology headlines from Michigan and around the world that impact of our state’s growing high tech sector.

This week we launch our co-branded MiTechNews Newsletter in collaboration with the Internet Advisor.

“MITechNews.Com would like to thank Mophie.Com, the maker of the iPhone juice pack,  for helping make possible the Weekly Tech eNewsletter, co-branded with the Internet Advisor.”



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Windows 8 Tool Kit

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As soon as Windows 8 was released in July 2012, there were a flurry of posts designed to induct  everyday users into the mysteries of the new OS.  This ToolKit is an on-going collection of some of the best posts, tips and tricks relating to Windows 8, Windows RT and now Windows 8.1.  We will continue to add resources as they become available. (Your Advisors)

Woody Leonhard is one of the outstanding writers for Windows Secrets Newsletter and has dedicated his time to helping us all understand the in’s and out’s of Microsoft’s Operating Systems and making the best of them.  This is one of the first guides that were published for Windows 8 and contain some very basic but valuable tips and tricks, particularly for first time users confronting the mysteries of Redmond on a brand new machine.

This is an excellent collection of tips and tricks for Windows 8 written by the acknowledge expert in the field, Paul Thurott, author of Paul Thurott’s Supersite for Windows.  Paul has also written an entire guide to Windows Phone 8 and is …

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