Simple Explanation of The Differences Between Office 365, Microsoft 365 and Windows 365

It is difficult to understand what Microsoft if offering these days.  It was hard enough when there was just Office 365 with the E1 E3 and E5 packages but today Microsoft is offering 3 different bundles (Office, Windows & Microsoft) each with their own E1 E3 and E5 sub-bundles. What is Office 365? In simple terms, Office365 is a bundle of software that (for most packages) provides Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more on the…

SOLVED: What is Windows Timeline & How Can I Use Timeline?

MINOR UPDATE: Aug 19 2019 – Windows Timeline is a new feature in the just released Windows 10 Spring 2018 (1803) build that lets you easily see and resume your activities from the last 30 days: What Windows Timeline Includes: Windows Timeline will only display apps that support Timeline and today that includes primarily Microsoft Office, “modern apps” (like the Calculator, News, Weather, Maps…) and the Edge browser. It will also have a “basic card”…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Quick Explanation of the Massive Intel CPU Flaw Affecting OSx Windows & Linux

UPDATE Saturday Jan 6 – 2018: There are now two known flaws named “Meltdown” and “Spectre”.  Spectre still has not been detailed but applies to virtually all CPU’s including x86 and ARM. It is now known that Intel (and possibly other CPU manufacturers) have a very serious design flaw with nearly all their CPU’s. Most of the explanations thus far are far too detailed and confusing for even tech’s to understand.  We have laid out…

SOLVED: MSCOMCTL.OCX Download & Register on 64 Bit Windows

If you are working for an old application you may be presented with the error: Component ‘MSCOMCTL.OCX’ or one if its dependencies not correctly registered: a file is missing or invalid: In this case you have two tasks to complete and neither of them are obvious: DOWNLOAD MSCOMCTL.OCX MSCOMCTL.OCX is part of Visual Basic 6 Package and you can download you can just download the MSCOMCTL.OCX directly from us HERE. UPDATE – MAY 2020- Alternately…

SOLVED: Windows Media Player Missing

Windows Media Player was removed from Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (November 2017).  Microsoft would rather you use their new FILMS & TV app but if you would like to use it there is an easy way to get it back. To Install Windows Media Player In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Launch APPS & FEATURES (I just RIGHT click on the START button and click APPS & FEATURES) Click MANAGE OPTIONAL FEATURES Click ADD…

SOLVED: How to Edit the TAGS List on Windows Files

If you want to edit the list of suggested TAGS in the Windows file system, you are going to be disappointed.  The list of tags is made up of names you have typed in manually plus a hard coded list from Microsoft. Below is a response I received from “Jason” at Microsoft Partner Support that explains the situation in more detail Based on my experience, there is not an easy way to help you reduce tag…

SOLVED: What Happened to the Big Gallery of GET MORE GADGETS ONLINE?

It appears that Microsoft has depricated Gadgets in favour of Tiled Apps in Windows 8, so know you have four choices: Use the half dozen Gadgets built into Windows 7 andVista Use the 35 or so more Windows Gadgets found on http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/personalize/gadgets?SignedIn=1 Search (Bing, Google…) for specific Gadgets and download them directly from the companies that made them Get over it I am not happy about this but largely have opted for choice 4.  

SOLVED: How to Watch .WTV Formated Files on Windows 7 Basic or Starter

The answer; convert the files.  Microsoft Windows Television (WTV) format is not supported on Windows Starter or Basic and very few video converters support .WTV format. However, you can go to any of the following to: cnet.com/1770-5_1-0.html?query=mcebuddy&tag=srch . mcebuddy.com videohelp.com/tools/MCEBuddy and download this free tool and convert your .WTV formated files to .MP4 .

Bootable Suite of Disaster Recovery Tool For Corporate Administrators

This disaster recovery tool is often shown for only for Windows 7, Vista and XP (both 32bit and 64bit) but their site says it also works with Windows Server 2008 R2, 2008, 2003… This program can easily be used to recover lost data, backup or clone disks, edit the registry, undo Windows Updates and much much more. “…O&O BlueCon 9 Admin Edition is a bootable suite of disaster recovery tools aimed squarely at corporate system administrators,…

Google Activates 486 Androids Per Minute

“…That’s 700,000 a day, 21 million a month or 63 million per quarter. What about iOS? Apple won’t likely reveal numbers until January, when announcing holiday quarter results. Don’t expect them to be anywhere near as high, but not trailing way far behind, either. Android activations are lopsided, mostly from smartphones, while iOS sees traction on handsets and media tablets. …Android versus iOS is a platform war — plain, pure and simple. It’s one Google…

Free AntiVirus – Microsoft Security Essentials 4 Enters Public Beta

Microsofts highly rated free antivirus “Security Essentials” has a new version which is available to the public as a beta as of November 29, 2011 . From my testing and other reviews it seems the biggest improvement is in performance during scanning; it now uses even fewer resources than version 3.  Continued streamlining and simplification of the user interface is also a good thing. Officially, Microsoft explains the following four items are of note in…

SOLVED: How To Patch A Microsoft Windows HyperV Host & VM’s

The following the my approved process for patching VM’s: Wait at least one week after “Patch Tuesday”; this gives Microsoft time to have others beta test the patches and for Microsoft to pull / adjust problem patches Shut Down (VM equivalent of Power Off) any running Virtual Machines Copy the VHD’s to an external disk (or some other disk you trust) Power Up your VM’s and patch them Reboot the VM’s as required Shut Down…

Windows In Place Upgrade Problem: Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing

When attempting an in-place upgrade or an upgrade from a previous version of Windows, you may see the COMPATABILITY REPORT error stating: Windows needs to be restarted so necessary changes to system files can be made before continuing. After restarting this alert flag may not be cleared.  Fortunately there are two simple solutions: Uninstall Nero DVD / CD burning software as this is a known issue Delete any pending operations in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager like:

SOLVED: Can’t Delete a File or a Folder In Windows?

I recently had Unix stations copy some files onto a Windows 2008 Server.  The problem was that some of those files used Windows restricted file names like “COM1” and “LPT1” so if you try to delete or rename it, you will receive an error like FILE DOES NOT EXIST.  After a huge amount of research I found: “If the file name includes a reserved name (for example, “lpt1”) in the Win32 name space, you may…

SOLVED: How to Work With a Different Language In Windows and Office

Windows Vista / 7 /8 / 10 and Office 2007 through 2016 have the capacity to work in languages other than English to accommodate your customers needs. Sometimes, just writing THANK YOU in a clients/vendors local language will show you appreciate them and may advance our relationship.  Other times we need more precise translations and more serious options. There are at least five ways to work with non-English in Windows and Office and this video may help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LnzIt3wyFc Keyboard Shortcuts…