Category: windows 8

EMULATORS & RETRO GAMING

The modern PC is incredibly powerful when considered to machines ca. 1980. Back in 1980 the Radio Shack TRS-80 was expensive and it was not very powerful. It also cost several thousand dollars. There is an open source C program to emulate CP/M which allows antique BASIC and even binary backwards compatibility. PC-DOS and MS-DOS …

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WINDOWS MEDIA CREATION TOOL

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The Windows media creation tool is designed to upgrade a machine or it can make and ISO disk image or bootable USB stick. There is no fault tolerance, if there is a problem with the USB stick and you have to start over, expect to have to download it over again. The tool does not …

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LIVE MAIL 2012

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Microsoft has stabbed Live Mail 2012  users in the back. Live Mail 2012 comes as part of the Live Essentials 2012 package for Windows 7 users. Microsoft dumped Live Mail in favor of using other solutions. Part of the problem is that Microsoft has put all of its resources into the Outlook project at the …

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WINDOWS KB3086255 MS15-097

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Microsoft KB3086255 deals with the security bulletin MS15-097 which identified secdrv.dll as a risk. The real problem is that this was provided by Sony long ago as an API DLL to their SecuROM disk check copy protection product. Open an elevated command prompt and run: sc config secdrv start=auto This will fix the problem and most games …

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RUNNING DOS GAMES WITH WINDOWS 8 AND 10

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Microsoft long ago abandoned DOS in favor of Windows which is what everyone now uses. Windows 10 Professional x64 includes Hyper-V which can make it possible to run MS-DOS in a virtual machine. MS-DOS 6.22 was the last version released in June 1994. Following that Windows 95 took over, You can download a ready to use …

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WINDOWS BLUETOOTH BUG

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We have been using an iPhone 5S with Windows connected by Bluetooth for a long time. The goal was for testing features. Windows Hello in Windows 10 can detect if a machine is no longer connected to the iPhone and it automatically locks the machine. The range of Bluetooth is limited which makes it simple, …

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RESTORE FROM FILE HISTORY

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Open up setting, then backup then Click on More Options screen and there is a link to restore a previous backup at the bottom of the window. Windows 8 and above can also restore backups from Windows 7. Before restoring your files, make sure all updates for Windows are installed first. Also make sure all drivers …

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BACKUP WITH FILE HISTORY

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File History is the new Backup solution that comes with Windows 8 and above. File history can now transparently backup Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files.as well. Beware that File History can use a fair amount of storage so its not a bad idea to have a larger capacity disk to …

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FIX WINDOWS STORE GAMES

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We see many posts of problems with games purchased from the Windows Store. We have seen many problems with the Windows Store as Microsoft has had issues galore without adequately testing it. There are a few  steps that can be tried to fix the problem. None of them require any advanced technical skill. Make sue …

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WHEA UNCORRECTABLE ERROR

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The WHEA uncorrectable error is caused by errors with the HAL.DLL and the kernel. It is advisable to check your CPU cooling and clean the fan and possibly replace the thermal material. Alco check for a BIOS update for the motherboard. Check for Windows updates too. DISM Another tool that sometimes can help is the …

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WINDOWS 8

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Windows 8 was released to manufacturing (RTM) on August 1, 2012 for a October 26, 2012 launch. With the 8.1 updates, all of the issues have been corrected. Windows 8.1 has already seen market share rise to over 10% at the end of 2013. Remember that extended support for Windows XP expired in April 2013. …

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ERROR CODE 0xA0F4244

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The error code 0xA0F4244 is seen when the camera app in Windows 8 and above cannot connect to the physical camera. Sometimes it can be fixed in the device manager by removing the camera driver. Uninstalling the driver and forcing windows to download it will at least have a known good driver. Other times a driver …

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REFRESH WINDOWS

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PC gamers frequently have to erase their hard disk and install Windows fresh to recover game performance. Over time accumulated downloads and run-times bog down a system. Worse are error messages that can interfere with game play. The BSOD is usually due to driver problems or worse. software. See our page on security. You may …

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UEFI GOP VBIOS

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Starting with Windows 8, Windows began to support UEFI and GPT boot for gaming machines. Larger capacity hard disks can be booted with a UEFI based machine. The video card however also needs to support the graphics output protocol (GOP) so that the UEFI can achieve the native resolution or at least 1024×768 resolution for …

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GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 8

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We have many old games. Unfortunately some games are not compatible with Windows 8 while others of the same period are. For this reason we suggesting dual boot. We have another list of games with known issues from Windows 7. Generally recent games should be OK with Windows 8. Older titles are the ones most …

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