Windows

Is There a Windows Program that Watches my Network Traffic?

 Little Snitch

Episode 1580

Gary from Cape Cod, MA

Gary misses the program Little Snitch. Leo says it's a great program that watches outbound traffic, and it's still around. Is there something like that for Windows? Leo says to check out Alternativeto.net. He can type in any program, and it will give him the alternative for another operating system. Other programs include Glass Wire, Net Limiter, and Zone Alarm.

What is a Good Source to Help Me Build a Medium/High-end PC?

PCper

Episode 1578

Chip from Corona del Mar, CA

Chip is looking to build a new computer and is looking for current guides to building medium/high-end PCs. Leo recommends PCper.com and their hardware leaderboard. The leaderboard will help recommend all the right components and is a great place to start one's research. AnandTech and certain subreddits can also help with additional note-taking.

Can I Upgrade to 64-bit Windows?

Windows 10

Episode 1578

Storm from Texas

Storm bought a computer in 2007 and has been updating it until Windows 10, where it won't upgrade because of her GPU. Now she's replaced her graphics card and Windows 10 finally installed!  But she wants to know if she really has a 64-bit system. She looked at the specs and sees the phrase X64, which Leo says indicates 64-bit architecture. Upgrading also depends on how much RAM she has. So if she feels limited, then go to 64-bit in Windows 10.

Can I Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free?

Windows 8

Episode 1577

Mike from San Diego, California

Eddie would like to update his Windows 8 laptop to Windows 10. Is it still available for free? Leo says no, but he's heard that others have been able to install Windows 10 with their Windows 8 key. So it's worth a try. Here's a great article on all the ways you can still get Windows 10 for FREE - https://www.howtogeek.com/272201/all-the-ways-you-can-still-get-windows-10-for-free/

Will Windows 7 stop working next year?

Windows 7

Episode 1569

Ron from Laguna Nigel, CA

Ron hears that he won't be able to use Windows 7 after 2020. Does that mean he can't use his computer? Leo says no. The so-called "end of life" phase, Microsoft won't be updating the operating system with security patches. So he uses it at his own risk online. But if there's something really bad, Microsoft usually puts out a fix. And Leo has a hunch that the 2020 end of life date will be extended.

Leo also says most infections come from out-of-date browsers. So keep the browsers updated. Practice safe online computing. Update the AVS.

Can I downgrade to Windows 7?

 Windows 7

Episode 1567

Tom from Carson, CA

Tom wants to know if he can downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 10 without it upgrading automatically. Leo says that after 30-60 days, that ability has been lost. It makes it really hard to roll back unless he decides in that time frame. The only option is to make a Windows 7 Image and keep going back to it.
Tom was going to buy the Motorola Moto G6, but the G7 came out. That caused the price of the G6 drop by $50. Is it worth buying the G7? Leo likes them. So will there be a huge difference? Not really. There's no need to wait for the G7 to be shipped.

How can I create a dual boot computer with Windows and Mac?

Episode 1566

Ray from Swansea, MA

Ray wants to know if you can dual boot a Windows machine with Apple OS X. Leo says no. You can go the other way around and boot up to Windows 10 using boot camp, but you can't make a Windows machine run OS X unless you do a "hackintosh" setup, which is a direct violation of Apple's terms of service. Plus, Apple won't sell you a copy of OS X without a computer.