Jeff is making the switch to Mac and he's going to need to use both Windows and Mac for a while. Leo says that there's a few ways to skin that cat including running Windows with Boot Camp, where you'll get to choose between Windows and OS X at boot up. You'll need your own copy of Windows, but it works really well. The second option is to run Windows virtually inside of OS X, and that way, you can just have a little sandboxed Windows window and what's good about that is that you have several options including Virtual Box, Parallels, and VMWare Fusion.
David has Windows 7 and he's thinking about upgrading to Windows 8. Leo says to wait. Windows 9 is coming out this spring and the rumor is that Microsoft may just give it away. Windows 8 is the Vista of this decade and Leo says it's worth it to stay with Windows 7 and wait for Win 9. You can see a preview of it at WinSuperSite.com. Leo also says that modern computers use UEFI instead of BIOS for a more secure boot up.
Ollie has a Sony computer with a motherboard that went bad. His brother has a similar model and he's wondering if he can put it in his computer or take the hard drive out. Leo says that Windows will see it as a different computer and he'll have to reactivate Windows. He'll also need to install new drivers.
Ooma needs a new computer and she's heard that Quickbooks and Excel doesn't work well on Mac. Leo says that there is a Mac version of Excel, and there is an online version of Quickbooks, but it's better to use in Windows.
Will Windows 7 be supported for awhile? Leo says yes. Microsoft will support it until at least 2020 for extended support, but Microsoft will end mainstream support in January 2015. Security wise, they will support it through 2020. Leo also says this is why Microsoft is pushing Windows 8 hard. Windows 9 is next year, too. But Ooma has until 2020 to change OS.
James just bought a 3TB hard drive, But Windows XP only sees less than a TB. Leo says that's not surprising. The bios of the computer may not see all the hard drive, but the OS is so old that it may not see it all either. For 3TB, he would need GUID. He can partition the drive into smaller chunks, though. He'll need a disk manager to do it. The XP Disk Manager should be able to handle it.
Skip has a business that he runs off of a dedicated PC and he wants to help a friend start a similar business. He wants to be able to clone his hard drive and ship it to him so he can run it as well. Would that work? Leo says yes and no.
G. Scott picked up an ultrabook the other day with Windows 8.0, but he's wondering if he should upgrade to 8.1. Is there a benefit? Leo says absolutely he should. There's significant changes that not only bring more familiar features back to Windows, such as the start button, but it's also a service pack update that buttons up some bugs and vulnerabilities.
He should go to the Windows Store and apply the update. Leo says that moving forward, he should always get the most recent version of Windows.
Dennis has an older Windows XP machine with two drives - one for programs, one for data. Lately, Malware Bytes has been finding "suspicious files." Could they be malware? He quarantined the files and now he can't access his data. When he unquarantined them, they were deleted. Leo says it could be a false positive.
Karen has a MacBook which she runs Windows on, but she then deleted the OS X partition to run it solely on Windows. Leo says it's a legitimate use for a Mac if she prefers Windows because it's essentially a high end Windows PC, at least according to Walt Mossberg. Leo says that there is a Windows version of startup tools for Apple that she can get, which will boot up straight into Windows.
Microsoft may be so anxious to get numbers up in its Windows app store that they aren't policing it. At least that's the story from How-ToGeek.com, which says that Microsoft doesn't care about app security. If you search for VideoLan's app, for instance, you get dozens of copycats which sell "help" to download the free app. It's a total scam! There's an app for the iTunes Player app for $9 that offers to help users download that free app as well.