Recent Windows 8.1 Stories
  • Thinking About Windows 8.1 with Bing Licensing

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    A curious report suggests that Microsoft will soon restrict the availability of Windows 8.1 with Bing on PCs with bigger screens as a way to “prop up slumping Windows licensing revenues.” But if that’s true, this change will do nothing of the kind: the only real growth in PC sales is already with very small […]

    Clean PC Walkthrough: Windows 8.1 Ultrabook/2-in-1

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    If you followed my travails in cleaning up a Windows 7-era Ultrabook, then you know that the process was time-consuming and difficult. But if you have a more modern Windows 8.1-based device, your experience could be much, much better based on my initial experiment with such a PC. The phrase “night and day” comes to […]

    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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