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How to create multiple profiles on Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world, so there is a good chance you are using this as your main browser. What you probably didn’t know is that you can create multiple profiles. It is a good idea to do this if you share your device with other people (kids, family) without the need to create a new Windows user account. Also, the ability to use multiple profiles can come in handy if you use your PC for both work and personal use and need to keep everything separate. This...

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Solution to Cortana “i’m sorry, something went wrong”

Cortana says "Something went wrong, try again in a little bit" My Cortana has not been working properly since last last, when I tried to create a reminder it would get as far as far as the part where you tell it the time of the reminder and then it would bomb out with "i'm sorry something went wrong. Try again in a little bit" So if I said "cortana, remind me" or "Cortana remind me to do somehting", this works, and then it asks when you want to be reminded, which is when the error occurs. If I...

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Fix Windows 10 deactivated itself after Update

I turned on my PC the other day, only to find that my License was no longer active, and there was that message in the bottom right-hand corner telling me to activate Windows. I tried to activate Windows, but it failed, telling me "We can't activate Windows on this device because you don't have a valid digital license or product key". It was also reporting Windows 10 home as the only valid digital license. Both statements were wrong as have Windows Pro and a valid license key, which it wouldn't...

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OneDrive protects you from Ransomware

I just discovered that Microsoft introduced a new OneDrive feature a few months ago that will make it easier to recover from ransomware attacks. Files Restore which was previously a OneDrive business feature has made its way over from OneDrive for Business to personal OneDrive accounts. The catch is you’ll need an Office 365 subscription to get access to the new Files Restore feature. OneDrive users can now use it to simply restore files from any point in time within the last 30 days. If you...

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Microsoft Answer Desk, run by trained circus monkey’s

Microsoft Answer Desk, run by trained circus monkey’s

Since Windows 10 there is a new option available in your start menu if you search for "get help", this will connect you to the Microsoft Answer Desk team for live support, which is also accessible via their website. This seemed like a great feature initially, to have free support on tap, especially for non-technical people, but I am saddened (although not surprised)  to report, after testing it out several times, that Microsoft answer desk, for the most part, is bloody awful for anything...

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0x80300025 We couldn’t install Windows in the location you chose

This was a very random and strange occurrence, suddenly my wife's PC would no longer boot from the SSD drive, instead, it kept trying to boot from the secondary disk. Even when I accessed the boot menu in bios and told it to boot from this disk, it still refused. So I booted from my Windows 10 USB stick and used command line tools. When I used diskpart, it was also reporting that the disk was empty and unformatted as well. I went through the usual repair procedures, but could not detect the...

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Major CPU security flaws affecting ALL computer systems

Meltdown and Spectre are the names of two serious security flaws that have been found within computer processors. They could allow hackers to steal sensitive data without users knowing, one of them affecting chips made as far back as 1995. What are Meltdown and Spectre? Meltdown is a security flaw that could allow hackers to bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer’s core memory, which is normally highly protected. Spectre is slightly different. It...

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Security patches not being rolled out to Windows 7 & 8

Microsoft is silently patching security bugs in Windows 10, and not immediately rolling out the same updates to Windows 7 and 8, potentially leaving hundreds of millions of computers at risk of attack. Flaws and other programming blunders that are exploitable by hackers and malware are being quietly cleaned up and fixed in the big Windows 10 releases – such as the Anniversary Update and the Creator's Update. But this vital repair work is only occurring slowly if at all, filtering back down to...

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Turn your Android into a Windows Phone

Windows Phone has received a lot of bad publicity, and the main complaint you see from ignorant reviewers is that there is a lack of apps for windows Phones (WP). While there may be many legitimate reasons to not like WP, lack of apps is not one of them, there are currently over 500,000 apps in the WP store, and there were 300k even when I got my phone, so I would hardly call this a lack of apps. Sure there are some apps you may want that do not exist because most vendors do not bother with WP...

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Microsoft Answer Desk, trained monkeys on demand

Microsoft Answer Desk, trained monkeys on demand

Since the release of windows 10, users now have access to a free online support service called "Answer Desk". In Windows 10 you access this by typing "contact support" at the start menu, which will allow you to launch a native answer desk chat app. This will connect you an answer desk tech who will provide you with free support for Windows and related apps. While the concept is great, Microsoft's implementation of it is not so much. Having used the answer desk a few times myself now, I can...

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