Tech & Gaming

Computeractive 531

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1 min.
from the editor

Which of the three Rs interested you most at school? You won’t be surprised to learn mine was writing. I like to think that my journey to becoming editor of Computeractive began with my early stories about alien robots invading my home town of Canterbury. Forty years on, and I find myself editing a Cover Feature on the four Rs that help you make Windows run like new. They’ve all come to my aid at different times. I refresh my computer at least once a week, relishing the opportunity to expose (and then remove) the programs that make my PC boot slowly. Restoring has rescued me many times, particularly when an update has given my computer the collywobbles (a technical term). Resetting is more drastic, something I’ve performed only a handful of…

11 min.
microsoft fixes home-network bug – but does it work?

Microsoft has released a temporary fix for a problem with the April 2018 Update (version 1803) that stops users from connecting devices on a home network. Several people complained on Microsoft’s forum (www.snipca.com/28240). One user, called Jestoni Mac, said: “When clicking the Network tab in File Explorer, other devices on the home network running version 1803 do not appear, and thus I’m not able to perform file sharing or access files on other devices on my home network”. In reply, a Microsoft ‘agent’ said the company was “investigating” the problem. They suggested fixing it by setting “some services to Automatic (Delayed Start) and restarting Windows”. This will delay some Windows tools from starting when you boot your computer. To do this, press the Windows Key+R, type services.msc in the box that appears, then…

2 min.
in brief

CHANGE YOUR FLIGHTRADAR24 PASSWORD Flightradar24 has emailed some subscribers to its paid-for service advising them to change their log-in details following a security breach. The website, which shows flights in real time on screen, said “a small subset” of email addresses and hashed passwords were leaked, but no payment information. For more details email support@fr24.com and visit the site’s forum: www.snipca.com/28219. LENOVO LAUNCHES FIRST 128GB LAPTOP Lenovo has unveiled the world’s first laptop with 128GB RAM, aimed at professionals who work with 3D content and virtual reality. The ThinkPad P52 (pictured), which also has 6TB storage and a 15.6in screen, weighs a chunky 2.45kg. Lenovo hasn’t revealed pricing, but it’s likely to be thousands of pounds. Its ThinkPad P71, with 64GB RAM, costs £3,432 (www.snipca.com/28232). US RECLAIMS SUPERCOMPUTER TITLE The US has unveiled the world’s…

3 min.
named & shamed

WARNING: JUNK AHEAD Junk offender: Free YouTube Downloader YouTube is trying to get us to pay for stuff again – this time via its Music Premium service (https://music.youtube.com), which launched last month in the UK, US and Canada, with prices starting at £9.99 per month. As well as removing adverts, it lets you download content to play offline. If you’re thinking there are loads of tools that let you download YouTube videos for free – well, yes there are. But not only do tools like these contravene YouTube’s official terms of service (www.snipca.com/28215), many also come with their own hidden costs – in the shape of PUPs, adverts and other junk – and using them can pulverise your PC’s performance. Take Free YouTube Downloader (https://youtubedownloader.com), for example. A new version was released in June,…

3 min.
should pc gaming addiction be treated on the nhs?

The first person in the UK to be diagnosed with gaming addiction used to prefer activities in the real world. He was the captain of his cricket and rugby teams, and was described by his mother as the most sociable of her five children. But that changed when the 15-year-old became hooked on the video game Fortnite, in which 100 players fight each other in mass brawls. His mother, Kendal Parmar, told ITV’s This Morning that his condition became so bad he was hospitalised for eight weeks, and has spent a year off school. She battled for three years to have his addiction recognised by the NHS, and therefore avoid paying £350 a session for private therapy. The reason the NHS agreed to treat the boy’s condition is that the World Health…

8 min.

Want advanced tools? Get Windows 10 Pro I enjoyed your feature about getting Windows 10 Pro features in other versions of Windows (Issue 530, page 58, pictured below). I upgraded from Windows 10 Home to Pro using an old product key (as you mentioned in your article) and it worked well. This gave me features like Group Policy Editor and options to delay updates (both of which I use). Previously, I had tried to put these on my Windows 10 Home laptop, but it didn’t work. I couldn’t change settings or restrict options. I support your feature and agree with everything you said. If you want advanced features, get the advanced version of Windows. Ben Ward Windows 10 is ‘Microsoft’s best ever operating system’ In response to Eric Cooper’s letter in Issue 529, where…