Windows 8

How can I keep my laptop from turning on by itself?

Episode 1030

Jake from Goldendale, WA

Jake bought a couple of new computers and he's trying to get them on his network. However, he's been told by Acer that he's been bit by a virus because his computer keeps turning on when he isn't using it. Leo says that he better be careful because that can be a scam. Leo says that it depends whether or not they ask for a $300 maintenance agreement. That's the sign that they're trying to pull one over on him.

Windows Releases 8.1 Update

Episode 1023

Microsoft has released version 8.1 of Windows, but it's still two operating systems vying for your attention which Leo says is very confusing to users. While 8.1 has improved the experience, the problem is still there. Leo claims it's because Microsoft wants to move to a tablet based operating system for all devices, but they can't seem to let go of the past. At least search has been refined and the Start screen is more friendly -- If, Leo says, you can find out how to set it up.

Can I install a blu-ray player into my laptop?

Episode 1019

Matt from Hillsborough, NJ

Matt has a Lenovo laptop and he wants to install a Blu-ray player in it. Leo says that because Blu-ray is more copy protected than a DVD burner, it's more of a challenge to use it on a computer. Windows 8 does support Blu-ray, but he'll still need HDCP support which could require more software. Leo recommends looking around to see if anyone's done this with his particular laptop before he proceeds. While he's at it though, Matt should also install a solid state drive, which will make it a lot faster.

Should I switch to an iMac?

Episode 1018

Jackie from New York, NY

Jackie is considering making "the switch" to an iMac. Leo says he prefers the Mac, but there's really not that much difference now between Mac and Windows. It's largely a matter of taste. Buy business grade hardware and it'll last. Not all PCs are business grade - a lot of them are low quality consumer grade computers at low cost.