Wednesday March 5, 2014
Windows 8.1 Update 1, which I first blogged about in late January, is a relatively small update to Windows 8.1, which itself is the major update to Windows 8 that was released last October. [Confused yet?]
Anyway, the latest gossip is out on this update, and it looks even more certain that we'll see this update included in Patch Tuesday on April 8, 2104. It's not official yet, but seems likely.
Most of the changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 (which, by the way, is still not officially the name of this update) continue the pro-keyboard-and-mouse-user changes seen in Windows 8.1
You can read all the details in Mary Jo Foley's Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1 to manufacturing piece out yesterday.
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Tuesday February 25, 2014
Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1) was just released by Microsoft. Service packs are big updates, usually a combination of new features and up-to-this-date, previously individually available, security and stability updates.
See my Latest Microsoft Office Service Packs page for direct links to both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 2013 SP1. You're welcome to manually update starting right now via those links or via Windows Update. Beginning near the end of March, Office 2013 SP1 will be pushed as an automatic update.
If you're using Office 365, the subscription based version of Office 2013, the changes included in Office 2013 SP1 will be included in the next update to your software.
Tip: If you're really interested, you can download this spreadsheet of all the fixes included in Office 2013 SP1. It's a really big list, but might be handy if you're looking to see if SP1 solves a specific issue you've been seeing in one of your Office 2013 programs. Microsoft's Office Blogs also posted about Office 2013 SP1 with some generic information.
Latest Microsoft Windows Service Packs
What is Patch Tuesday?
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Monday February 24, 2014
A simple hardware troubleshooting step when your computer is locking up or spontaneously restarting, especially during the boot process, is to reseat the expansion cards in your computer.
Reseating, which is just another way of saying "remove-and-reinsert," assures that the card is making a good, clean connection with motherboard.
Expansion cards can work loose and get dirty over time so the simple act of removing and reinserting them in their slots on the motherboard will often clear up what might have looked like a major issue.
Reseating the expansion cards in your PC is pretty easy, even if you've never been inside your computer before. It's certainly worth a try before buying new hardware or hauling your computer in for service.
Monday February 24, 2014
Windows computers have blue screens, black screens, and I've even heard rumors of red screens... of course I've also heard rumors of Bigfoot.
Macs have a gray screen and since I know some of you Windows users, who I normally cater to, also "know people" who own Macs, I thought this excellent troubleshooting guide by our own Tom Nelson, About.com Guide to Macs, might interest you:
Mac Stalls on Gray Screen at Startup: Troubleshooting Mac Startup Problems
So yes, some rumors are true: your... I mean your friend's... Mac can crash. No, probably not as often as your PC, but it happens.
If you do own a Mac, please check out Tom's other stuff on About.com: Macs. His site is next to none in his area of expertise and should be your first source for any Mac related tutorials and news.