Frank likes Windows 7, and he wants to keep that same look and feel when he upgrades to Windows 8. Leo says that upgrading to Windows 8.1 will allow him to boot to the desktop with a start menu, etc. But he can also use utilities from StarDock called Start8 and Modern Mix for $5 each. Leo says it's worth the money.
Google has published news of a new vulnerability in Windows 8 that will allow hackers to create an administrator account and take control of the computer. Google let Microsoft know about it months ago and told them they would announce it after three months if Redmond didn't do anything. There's been no fix, so Google leaked the story as promised. Now Microsoft says they have a fix in the works. Meanwhile, hackers all over the world not only know about it, but Google has provided them with the suspect code to use. Swell.
Todd got an HP Pavilion 4 with Windows 8 and he's having trouble updating it. Every time he tries to update, it freezes up and he has to do an autorepair. Leo says that Windows 8 changed the way updates work. He'll have to do all the Windows 8.0 updates first, and he can get updates from the Windows Store. Once he's opened that, it'll tell him what updates he's missing.
Terry has a MacBook Pro 2013 running Yosemite and Windows 8 dual booted on external hard drives. His Windows system died and now his shared drive is all screwed up. Leo says that's because the laptop was running on the xFAT file system and it's not really all that robust. SpinRite may help recover the drive. For the Mac, he can try Alsoft DiscWarrior.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, and one great deal comes from Microsoft for Windows 8 users. The 'Music Deals' app is offering more than 100 albums for free, and 50 box sets for under $2 each. Artists include John Lennon, The Eagles, Radiohead, Nirvana, and many more.
Debbie just bought a new computer, and it's not working properly. She gets lots of popup windows. Leo says that it's likely that Debbie has been infected with malware. Leo says that Debbie is a prime candidate for something much simpler like a Google Chromebook or a tablet. Windows really requires knowing more about security.
Stanley wants to use a computer to download talk shows and then burn them to archive them. What laptop should he get? Leo advises Dell. He can get an affordable Inspiron laptop for around $500 to 600, but he'll also need to add a CD burner because few laptops come with them now. He might also want to consider getting Dell's basic phone support as well, since that won't come with the computer.
Should he get Windows 8 or Windows 7? Leo says Microsoft doesn't allow Dell or any other manufacturer to offer Windows 7 anymore. So it'll be Windows 8.
Stan is having trouble with Windows 8.1 on his Asus computer because it's locking up when he boots. Geek Squad can't fix it, either. He reinstalled Windows 8.0 and it works just fine. Leo says that there's probably something incompatible in the video card drivers for version 8.1.
David has Windows 7 and he's thinking about upgrading to Windows 8. Leo says to wait. Windows 9 is coming out this spring and the rumor is that Microsoft may just give it away. Windows 8 is the Vista of this decade and Leo says it's worth it to stay with Windows 7 and wait for Win 9. You can see a preview of it at WinSuperSite.com. Leo also says that modern computers use UEFI instead of BIOS for a more secure boot up.
G. Scott picked up an ultrabook the other day with Windows 8.0, but he's wondering if he should upgrade to 8.1. Is there a benefit? Leo says absolutely he should. There's significant changes that not only bring more familiar features back to Windows, such as the start button, but it's also a service pack update that buttons up some bugs and vulnerabilities.
He should go to the Windows Store and apply the update. Leo says that moving forward, he should always get the most recent version of Windows.