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Windows Help & Advice February 2019

Windows Help & Advice features all the best ways to get more from your Windows PC, along with in-depth advice on new hardware, the latest technology and the internet. And it's 100% jargon free!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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www.facebook.com/windowsmag Backups – we all think we should do them and very rarely do, until that dreaded moment when our PC goes south and all our files vanish with it. Whoops! Luckily, we here to help you avert disaster with this month’s lead feature (page 11). It walks you through the whole back-up process: from finding what to back up, to where, how and when, then shows you how to schedule backups so you never lose a file again. On page 58, you’ll learn how to clone your PC, too. Turn to page 44 and you’ll also discover 100 power tips to help making using Windows easier, faster and more fun. While in our Explore section (starting on page 23), you’ll also find out how to fix wonky photos, do more with Google…

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use your pc to help you work smart, focus more

Often the tool is not the problem. Sometimes it’s the user You may remember the way computers used to be, before they were connected to the sum of the world’s knowledge and a million bleeping social networks vying for your attention. It was a simpler time. It was also an objectively worse time – but at least it was easy to concentrate on what you were supposed to be doing. These days, you have to use a little willpower and a few creative tools to get that focus back. If you’re trying to get something written, head over to www.calmlywriter.com. Press the [F11] key to expand the site to the size of your screen. No buttons, no controls, just a well-presented page on which you can type your text. Often the tool…

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razer sharp

If money is no object, but being forced to sit at a desk to access your high-powered PC absolutely is an object, Razer has the solution. The latest iterations of the company’s ultra-high-end Blade 15 laptops brings the hardware well and truly up to speed, squashing the latest Nvidia RTX graphics cards into a portable package. It’s not pocket money priced – the Blade 15 is likely to start at £2,199 – but for power and speed on the move it’s unbeatable.…

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the knowledge…

Microsoft Sandbox What is this, playtime? It’s not exactly built for play, but that’s not far off being accurate – Microsoft’s forthcoming Sandbox mode is one built for your safety. The idea is that you’ll be able to test out new applications without putting your PC at any risk. Even if you’ve downloaded something spurious, nothing will break. How does that work, then? In computing terms, a sandbox is (as you might expect from the description above) a completely separate environment. Fire up Microsoft’s Sandbox, and you’ll see a clean Windows desktop – essentially a virtual PC – with its own storage, its own pretend hardware, and no direct connection to your main machine. Everything you install, and everything you save, is wiped the instant you close the sandbox. When you open another sandbox,…

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windows 10 takes over

In just under a year’s time, Microsoft plans to drop support for Windows 7. That’s entirely understandable – the ageing operating system was first released in mid-2009, and the venerable old girl has been succeeded twice since then. But will that actually happen? Windows 10, some three years and change since its own release, has only just exceeded its elder in terms of market share. In December 2018 statistics from netmarketshare.com, Windows 10 was shown with 39.22 percent of desktop OS market share, while Windows 7 held a still-respectable 36.9 percent. Somewhat amusingly, the same statistics showed Windows XP (first released back in 2001) maintains over four percent of the market, more than Windows 8.1. KEEP ON KEEPING ON Dropping support for an operating system isn’t easy to do, particularly one as…

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the 60-second quiz

1 Which operating system is said to have inspired MS-DOS? A CP/M B HI/J C AB/C 2 What version marked the final release of MS DOS? A 5.0 B 6.22 C 8.0 3 With which OS was that version of DOS released? A Windows 3.11 B Windows 98 C Windows ME 4 Which was the first fully 32-bit version of Windows? A Windows NT 3.1 B Windows XP C Microsoft Bob 5 In what year was Windows Vista released to the public? A 2005 B 2007 C 2009 6 On which operating system did Microsoft and IBM collaborate? A macOS B Android C OS/X…