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Windows Help & Advice April 2020

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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Hello, and welcome to Windows Help & Advice issue 173. This month, we’ve got loads of tips on how to speed up using your Windows 10 PC. Starting on p48, you’ll find many tips and tricks, from those that require you to open your PC case and fiddle around inside, to those that only mean updating a few device drivers. There’s more speed on offer in the Explore section, where we show you how to use predictive text input shortcuts to speed up your typing. We also have advice on recording your own podcast with Audacity, creating an HDR image in GIMP, and avoiding all online snooping using the TOR browser. Elsewhere, you’ll find a group-test of 2-in-1 laptops, and reviews of a svelte ultrabook, mobile workstation, a 4G router for business, and…

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is get a whole new look?

“Prepare to wave goodbye to Windows 10’s animated Live Tiles” Prepare to wave goodbye to Windows 10’s Live Tiles. The animated icons, showing off the current weather and flashing up the latest news when you click the Start button, have been an iconic Windows feature for many years. They actually started as a part of Windows Phone 7 and were core to Windows 8 which, in its early days, didn’t have a Start menu at all – just a big, brash page full of Live Tiles, meant to be perfectly suited to touch screen devices as well as traditional PCs. Microsoft has since moved its focus away from the phone and reconsidered its design choices somewhat. The company hasn’t updated its Live Tiles in recent editions, and some have even stopped working…

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tickled pink

If you want your new laptop to get noticed, look no further: the MSI Prestige 14 is about as pink as it gets. It may be saccharine-sweet, but it’s no slouch in the performance department, with a 10th-generation Intel i7 processor inside as well as a slimline and powerful graphics card. Naturally, that sort of muscle means it won’t be cheap (we’d expect the base model to start around £1,000) but, short of a spray-paint session, it’s the only way to go this pink.…

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the knowledge… flywheel

Is this an exercise bike? It is an exercise bike. A smart one, capable of linking you to group riding sessions, and interactive training. Or, at least, it was. There must be a good reason you’re talking about an exercise bike. Don’t worry, there is: following a losing patent dispute with rival smart bike manufacturer Peloton, in which it was forced to admit copying the company’s sensor-based training and competitive leaderboard system, Flywheel opted to completely shut down its home bike operation, effectively cutting off training for all users who couldn’t make it to a gym. A fully functional smart device turned, in an instant, into a dumb one. That’s pretty bad. It’s not even the end of it. Users didn’t just wake up one day to find their bike a brick – they woke…

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the chain letter problem

Just as the (false) promise of saucy pictures of tennis legend Anna Kournikova once led hundreds of thousands of computers to be infected with a nasty virus, the threat of a nasty real-world virus has led to a rather infectious email. In the midst of the recent Coronavirus outbreak, many Ukrainian citizens received an email purporting to be from the country’s ministry of health, announcing several cases of infection within the country. The email did not come from the ministry of health (it did not even originate from within Ukraine) but it did lead to violent protests as Chinese evacuees were brought into the country. Email is not the only source of misinformation. Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube et al have all been used to spread false news about the outbreak, either…