Windows

Should I update to Windows 10?

Gail from Covina, CA

Episode 1200

Gail has decided to "learn to love" Windows 8.1, and is now wondering if it's worth upgrading to Windows 10. Leo says he merely tolerates Windows 8.1, and the good news it that several of its annoying features such as the charms bar are going away in Windows 10. The Start button will also return with a hybrid menu that combines the traditional Start menu with the Windows 8 tile interface. Leo foresees some issues with that interface, though, since it will cause more clutter when adding programs.

Windows 10 Arrives July 29, Will Be Free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 Users

Episode 1198

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available on July 29. It will be a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. They've also announced that if you're in the free Windows Insider program, you will get a copy of Windows for free as well. You can still get into the program at insider.windows.com. The Windows Insider program is Microsoft's way of testing Windows 10 on the desktop and Windows Mobile 10 for the smartphone.

How will Windows upgrade to Windows 10?

Alan from Houston, TX

Episode 1198

Alan would like to take the existing system he has and wipe it to get ready for the upgrade to Windows 10. He's wondering how Microsoft is planning to do the upgrade. Leo says that there will be a clean install upgrade available, but nobody really knows how it will work. Paul Thurrott has an article on it. He'll download an ISO disc image, put that on a bootable USB (great idea) or burn it to a DVD, save the key, and activate it. It'll be pretty straight forward.

How can I install Windows 7 on a Windows XP machine?

Dennis from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1198

Dennis bought a used Lenovo T61 with Windows XP and recovery discs. He bought Windows 7 64 bit and sought to install it, but he can't. Leo says that Dennis may want to try 32 bit instead because of the age of the machine. Leo suggests wiping the drive because XP can't upgrade past Windows 7. So he should wipe the drive and give it a native installation.

What Windows laptop should I get for my husband?

Episode 1196

Dina from Manhattan Beach, CA
Microsoft Surface 3

Dina also wants to get her husband a new laptop, but he doesn't like Apple. What about the Microsoft Surface? Leo says that the Surface 3 is great. She doesn't need the pro version, which is $1300. But the Surface 3 is a small, light tablet that a keyboard can attach to. It also comes with Office. Dina should check out the Microsoft Store for more.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

John from Merced, CA

Episode 1196

John was going to get a used computer, but thought maybe a Chromebook would be a better option. Leo says the Chromebook is a great computer. It's only a browser based system and often, that is all you need. And plus, buying someone's used computer means you're buying someone else's problems. Anything in the Chrome browser can be done, including video editing. And the price is right at $250. You can't beat that. Samsung, Acer. The Pixel is one of Leo's favorites. Windows is way more than most people need and we should start to recognize that.

How can I backup my text messages to my Mac?

Episode 1196

Dina from Manhattan Beach, CA
eCamm PhoneView

Dina wants to download her iPhone text messages with time and date. Leo says that the nice thing about the Apple environment is that they all work together. So the program that she uses for text messages, also works on the Mac if she sets it up that way. Then all the messages will appear there.

Another option is eCamm's Phoneview for $30. Dina can try before she buys and it will let her save all of her messages and data. They come in a PDF format when she saves them.

When will a new Windows Phone 10 be out?

Episode 1196

Pete from Clinton Township, MI
Nokia Lumia 1520

Pete is a huge Windows Phone 8 fan. What model should he get? Leo says that the Lumia 1520 is the current flagship, but there's talk that a new model will be coming out soon for Windows Phone 10. But Leo hears that the current beta version of the Windows Phone 10 OS isn't all that great, and he's thinking that it won't be until late Fall. Leo wonders if Microsoft is going to stay in the phone business. It may be a good idea to stick with the Lumia 1520.