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  • Ask Paul: Replacing a Zune HD

    Ask Paul: Replacing a Zune HD

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    For the few, the proud, the Zune HD users, there is Zune HD and then there is nothing else. But what do you do when a Zune HD gives up the ghost? Is there an acceptable modern alternative? Why yes. Yes, there is. I thought you’d never ask. Larry S. asks: My beloved Zune HD […]

    Ask Paul: Remote Control a PowerPoint Presentation

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    Apple lets you remotely control Keynote presentations using the Keynote mobile app. Will Microsoft offer a similar solution for PowerPoint in Windows 10 Mobile, or on iOS (iPhone/iPad)? Doug B. asks Both PowerPoint and Keynote have their strengths. However, the ability to natively remotely control Keynote with iPad and iPhone in the Keynote app is […]

    Ask Paul: Surface Pro 3 and Hyper-V

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    A recent email about Surface Pro 3 power management issues reminded me of the ramifications of using Hyper-V with Microsoft’s high-end tablet. If you use Surface Pro 3, this is good to know. Andrew F. writes: I cannot get InstantGo to work with Surface Pro 3. My initial reply (sensing the issue): Did you install Hyper-V? Andrew […]

    Ask Paul: Who Gets “Hey Cortana”?

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    Microsoft has been quickly advancing Windows Phone over the past year, a fact that gets lost in all the hand-wringing around the fate of the platform and the inability or reluctance of wireless carriers to deliver those updates to customers. So naturally there are questions about how or when Windows Phone users may get certain […]

    Ask Paul: iPhone or Android?

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    This one is a question for the ages: If Microsoft were to kill off Windows Phone, which smart phone platform would I choose and why? Amrish T. asks: If, and a big IF, you decided to leave Windows Phone, which of the other two platforms (iOS or Android) would you choose and why? Answer: This […]

    Ask Paul: The Importance of Clean PC

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    Much of my email traffic is from people looking for help, but regardless of that it’s full of mostly positive exchanges. Sometimes, however, I get truly ignorant feedback. This is one of those times. I don’t intend to normally share this kind of email, and I see the “Ask Paul” series as a way to […]

    Ask Paul: Which Call of Duty Games are the Best?

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    Finally, someone has asked me the most important question in personal technology. Here’s something I’m actually quite passionate about. James A. asks: I was wondering what your favorite release of the Call of Duty series is. Also, do you prefer the futuristic style of Call of Duty or do you prefer a modern day setting […]

    Ask Paul: Charging PCs and Gadgets in Europe

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    If you travel internationally, you’ll need the right adapters so you can use your PCs and gadgets abroad. But you will also need to be careful of adapters that can’t switch voltages. Ken K. asks: I remember your segment last summer about your trip to Europe.  What did you do for chargers for your gadgets?  […]

    Ask Paul: Configure File History to Use a Single Drive

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    Here’s an interesting question about File History, an update to the “previous versions” functionality that Microsoft provides in Windows 8.1. By default, you can only configure File History to use a second disk or a network drive. Is there a way to store previous versions of files on the PC’s only internal disk? Why yes. There […]

    Ask Paul: What About Windows RT?

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    Over the past decade, Microsoft fans have been burned by a number of ill-fated initiatives including Windows Media Center, PlaysForSure, Zune, Windows Home Server, and, most recently, Windows RT. This most misunderstood and misguided Windows version never really had a chance, but for the millions of people still using these devices—many quite enthusiastically—that doesn’t matter. […]

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