Extending/duplicating your display

Extending and duplicating displays:

Your computer may not automatically select the correct type of display settings you want when you try to connect a second screen or an external display like a projector.

Please make sure the second display device is already connected and powered on and then follow these steps;

1) click on the start button and navigate to the control panel
1a) If you are using windows 10 you can navigate to the control panel by right clicking on the windows icon and selecting control panel.
2) click on the “display” link
3) On the left hand side of the display window select the “change display settings” link
4) use the drop down menu to select either “duplicate displays” or “extend displays” depending on which you need.

Time is running out for Windows Vista

Mainstream support for windows vista ended in April of 2012 but Microsoft will be ending its extended support of the operating system on 11/04/2017.

If you are using windows vista now is most certainly the time to upgrade your computer or operating system to a much more fluid and user friendly version like windows 7, 8 or 10 support for these operating systems is due to end in 2020, 2023 and 2015 respectively.

Outlook always starts in safe mode

Adding Outlook Mailboxes

Adding Outlook Mailboxes

Microsoft recently released an office update that for some reason always forces outlook to start in safe mode. If you are having this problem, follow the steps below to resolve it.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start, then Control Panel.
  2. In the Top-Right corner of Control Panel, next to View by: select Large icons from the drop down.
  3. Click on Programs and Features.
  4. On the left side of Programs and Features, click View installed updates.
  5. There is a box in the top-right called Search Installed Updates. In here type KB3114409. This should give you a view like this one:Update
  6. Right-Click the update in the list and click Uninstall. If it asks you if you are sure you want to uninstall the update, click Yes.
  7. On the box asking you to restart your computer, click Restart Later.
  8. You can now close this window.
  9. Now click Start, and in the Search Programs and Files box, type Windows Update and press enter. A box similar to this will appear:Update2
  10. On the left-hand side, click Change settings.
  11. In the dropdown box where it says Install updates automatically (recommended) – click this and select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  12. Click OK
  13. Reboot the PC

Windows 8 / 8.1

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the bottom-right of the screen until the side menu pops in.
  2. Click the magnifying glass.
  3. In the Search box, type Programs, then click Settings underneath.
  4. Click Programs and Features in the search results on the main screen.
  5. Now follow steps 4-8 above.
  6. Once 4-8 have been done, move the mouse pointer to the bottom right again and click Settings.
  7. Now click Change PC settings, then Update and recovery.
  8. Click Choose how updates are installed.
  9. Under Important updates, select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  10. Click Apply.
  11. Reboot the PC.

Outlook crashes after Windows Updates installed

Microsoft recently released some updates to their Windows operating systems that unfortunately seems to have had the side effect of crashing Microsoft Outlook when you open or create some HTML formatted emails. To resolve this, these updates need to be uninstalled, and Windows Update prevented from installing new updates automatically. The steps to do this are below.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start, then Control Panel.
  2. In the Top-Right corner of Control Panel, next to View by: select Large icons from the drop down.
  3. Click on Programs and Features.
  4. On the left side of Programs and Features, click View installed updates.
  5. There is a box in the top-right called Search Installed Updates. In here type KB3097877. This should give you a view like this one:Update
  6. Right-Click the update in the list and click Uninstall. If it asks you if you are sure you want to uninstall the update, click Yes.
  7. On the box asking you to restart your computer, click Restart Later.
  8. In the search box where you previously typed the KB3097877 entry, delete this and type in KB3101746.
  9. As before, when the entry in the list appears, Right-Click it and click uninstall, click yes to confirm and then click Restart Later.
  10. You can now close this window.
  11. Now click Start, and in the Search Programs and Files box, type Windows Update and press enter. A box similar to this will appear:Update2
  12. On the left-hand side, click Change settings.
  13. In the dropdown box where it says Install updates automatically (recommended) – click this and select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  14. Click OK
  15. Reboot the PC

Windows 8 / 8.1

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the bottom-right of the screen until the side menu pops in.
  2. Click the magnifying glass.
  3. In the Search box, type Programs, then click Settings underneath.
  4. Click Programs and Features in the search results on the main screen.
  5. Now follow steps 4-10 above.
  6. Once 4-10 have been done, move the mouse pointer to the bottom right again and click Settings.
  7. Now click Change PC settings, then Update and recovery.
  8. Click Choose how updates are installed.
  9. Under Important updates, select Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
  10. Click Apply.
  11. Reboot the PC.

Windows 10 UK Release Data

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Windows 10 upgrade will be free for Windows 7 and 8 users.

Windows 10 is likely to be release later in 2015, it will be a free upgrade within the first year for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. There is some confusion about the pricing, some people think they may move to a subscription model, some think it will stay as an outright purchase.

Time flies….Windows 7 was release in July 2009!

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs S3 Quick Comparison

At the first look, there isn’t much difference between the new S4 and the S3….here is a quick summary of the new features:-

 

Size: pretty much the same, the S4 is slightly thinner and lighter, but it’s hardly noticeable.

Display: Less bezel on the edges compared with the S3, and up to a 4.99″ screen, this makes the screen from 1280×720 on the S3 to an impressive 1920 x 1080 on the S4, both use Super AMOLED screens.

Power: The S4 has double the RAM at 2gb the processor is a Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz CPU, 2GB RAM vs the S3 Exynos 4212 quad-core 1.4GHz CPU with 1GB RAM.

Camera: 13mp on the S4 up from 8mp on the S3

 

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Windows 8.1 aka Windows Blue

Microsoft have announced the return of the start button and an option to go straight to the desktop in a free Windows 8.1 update due later in 2013.
Microsoft are hoping to undo the trend of Windows 8 being a sales flop…much like Vista in 2007.

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Windows XP Snipping Tool

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Windows Vista and Windows 7 both come with a handy snipping tool. However any desktop edition of Windows XP is sadly missing this feature.

However we have found a useful substitute until you upgrade to the latest version of windows.

You can download the tool from this page. There is no installation needed, just download and run it.

Xperia Arc vs Galaxy S2

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Mobile phones have come a long way since we needed a briefcase-sized battery just to make a 30 second phone call.

Samsung and Sony’s latest phones look pretty similar on paper, but how do they compare in day to day use?

Firstly, the Galaxy S2 has a slightly bigger screen, 4.3 inch compared to the Sony’s 4.2 inch offering. The sony screen is slightly higher resolution, but not so much to make a lot of difference! Both have a very bright, vivid display, perfect for watching videos on the go, or surfing the internet. The Sony screen can actually appear to be larger, but this is due to the tiny amount of surrounding casing.

Unfortunately, this is pretty much the only area where the Sony competes with Samsungs excellent S2. The S2 has a longer battery life due to using an AMOLED display vs Sony’s LCD, a better, dual core CPU, and a gorilla glass screen which makes it very tough to damage.

Sony’s phone, although nicely designed, has a very plastic, almost cheap feel to it. The glass on the Xperia Arc is very prone to being scratched, so you will need a to use a protective cover with it. Fortunately, Sony does supply a plastic screen cover.

All in all, although both are very nice phones, given the choice, the Samsung is the one to go for.