Windows

What inexpensive computers should I get for my granddaughters in high school?

Episode 1183

Charlotte from San Diego, CA
Samsung Chromebook 2

Charlotte needs to find laptops for each of her twin granddaughters to use in high school. She uses Macs, but they can't afford that. She's doing a ton of research, but she's having trouble figuring out what to do. Leo recommends a Google Chromebook for school work. They're very inexpensive, and they don't get viruses. And if one gets lost or damaged, it won't be the end of the world.

Do I need apps in Windows 10?

Bob from Seattle, WA

Episode 1183

Bob downloaded the preview copy of Windows 10 and he's not sure why he even needs "apps" at all. Most of the things he does he can do with the web app. He also uses his iPad for anything he needs apps for. Leo says this is why Microsoft felt pressured to change Windows to be more tablet centric, and it cost them. They didn't want to abandon desktop users and leave them behind, so they created a hybrid OS for both desktop and tablets with Windows 8, and people hated it.

A Recap of Microsoft's Build 2015 Conference

Episode 1183

At the Build 2015 conference, Microsoft announced that developers will be able to write an app for Windows 10 that will work on all platforms, including the desktop and phone. And in a last ditch effort to save the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft has begun offering support to mobile app developers to port their programs from iOS or Android to run on it. Candy Crush and Cut the Rope have recently announced Windows Phone versions.

Can I get rid of OS X and just run Windows in Boot Camp?

Episode 1183

Troy from Morton, WA
Apple iMac

Troy has been trying out Windows 10 on his iMac and he really likes it. He's wondering if he can dump OS X completely and just run Windows through Boot Camp. Leo's been running it virtually and he says that's the best way to run it. Boot Camp just provides drivers to run Windows on the Mac. Troy could in theory delete the Mac partition, but Leo recommends keeping it because it'll update the drivers. He can make the partition smaller, though. If he's only going to get Windows, Leo suggests a Windows PC.

Why doesn't my banking app work on my Windows Phone?

Episode 1181

Zach from Encinitas, CA
Windows Lumia 540

Zach has a Windows Lumia phone and he's heard that Chase is going to stop allowing access to his mobile app. Leo says that's because while the Windows phone OS is a great OS, there's simply not enough people using it to justify the effort. Banking apps have to announce and kill apps because of security issues. He may still be able to use online banking through the phone's browser, though.

Will Apple's Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook work with Windows in virtualization?

Episode 1180

Matthew from Ontario, Canada
Apple MacBook

Matthew is wondering if Apple's new Force Touch trackpad will work in virtualization with Windows. Leo says he hasn't tried it yet. Apple's new Force Touch trackpad uses a haptic engine instead of a physical "click." When you press down on the trackpad, it simulates the sensation of clicking the trackpad, and it's indistinguishable from how it feels when you actually click it. You can prove that it's a simulated click by turning the laptop off, and then trying to press the trackpad. Nothing will happen. When you turn it back on, it will have that familiar 'click.'

Should I switch to an iMac or Mac Mini?

Episode 1180

Jessica from Simi Valley, CA
Apple Mac Mini

Jessica is looking to make "the switch" to a Mac Mini from her six year old Windows Machine. She's a photographer. Leo says that the Mac Mini is going to be faster and with the ability to use her current monitor and keyboard, it's going to be an easy switchover. Is it worth getting a Fusion Drive? Leo says to get a solid state drive (SSD). They're faster. And she should get as much RAM as she can afford. Since she's into Photoshop, Jessica should have at least 8GB of RAM.

Use a Process Monitor to Diagnose Mac or PC Performance Issues

If you're experiencing a dramatic slowdown on your Mac or PC, you may be able to track down the culprit by using a process monitor. This will show you all of the programs and processes currently running on the computer, and how much of your system resources those processes are taking up. If you close out of all programs and still see a process taking up nearly 100% of the system resources, you'll know what's causing the issue. Then you can Google the name of that process and find out how to get it under control.