I often get calls from people saying that they are trying to open a file and the wrong program is opening it. This is easily sorted by doing the following steps (I will use a PDF file in this example);
1. Close all running programs (email, internet etc.)
2. Click start and where it says search type in Default or in Windows 8 just type in Default
3. Click on Default Programs in the list
4. Within Default Programs click the link Associate a file type or protocol with a program
5. Wait for the list to be built
6. When done scroll all the way down to .pdf and double click it
7. In the next window make sure Acrobat Reader is selected and press ok
For all other file types you just need to find the extension in the list and choose which program you want to use with it.
It is easy to take an image backup of your PC in Windows 7 which you can use to restore your entire system. All you need is a removable hard drive (you can also backup to DVD and network but a hard drive is much easier) and then to follow these steps;
1. Press start and then in the search box type in backup
2. Select Backup and Restore
3. Plug in your hard drive and then select Create System Image
4. In the next windows select your hard drive and choose next and then run the backup
5. The process should take 5 – 30 minutes depending on the size of your PCs disks
6. Once complete you will be prompted to create a System Repair Disc which is needed if you ever need to restore from that image backup
The rivalry between Microsoft and Apple is heating up again.
In a new advert for Windows 8, Microsoft has a real dig at the iPad by using Siri. The ad shows Windows 8 tablet and the iPad next to each other with Siri apologising for not being able to do what Windows 8 tablet can.
I am suprised that they got away with it but it did make me chuckle.
If you let your children use your iPad I would suggest that you turn off the ability to make in-app purchases. Otherwise a free game that your child is playing could end up costing a fair bit of money.
To do this you need to enable parental controls by going into settings and general. Within parental controls locate restrictions, enable it and enter a passcode. Once enabled scroll down the until you see In-App Purchases. Turn this off and then most apps won’t even show the screen for purchasing items or will not be allowed to make purchases.
Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar at the bottom of the screen. To switch to a running app just tap on it. When done swipe the screen downwards to remove the bar.
To close running apps, double-click the Home button and then Tap and hold down on any one of the Apps that is currently running. You’ll notice that each App will start to wiggle and now has a minus sign. Tap the minus sign of the Apps that you want to close.