Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has announced he will retire as CEO of the company in one year. Ballmer, who's tenure at the helm is best described as rocky, said his biggest regret were the problems with creating Vista. Leo says that Ballmer's inability to see rising trends has been his achilles heal. Microsoft was very late to develop a compelling smartphone, and the Surface RT caused Microsoft to write off almost $200 million. Windows 8's metro and desktop interfaces have also caused a lot of confusion among users.
Kevin's son is heading off to college and he's looking at laptops, ultrabooks, and tablets. He's wondering what would be the best choice for an accounting major. Leo says that Lenovo running Windows 8 is a real good choice. He should get a touch screen. Leo likes the Acer Aspire S7. It's very thin and light. Don't go cheap, because it'll be his main education and entertainment tool. If he can, he should get a professional grade laptop.
Louis wants to know if you can use a non touch second monitor with a touch screen laptop. Leo says sure. Windows 8 is designed to use touch, mouse and keyboard equally, so there's no issue. There's also keystrokes for everything. Leo says he should have at least one touch screen, though, if he can.
Daryl's kid is going to college and needs a laptop. Which operating system should he buy? Leo says that previous experience is important. Daryl won't be going Apple. So, that leaves Windows. Leo says that Lenovo's Business line is awesome and he can choose either Windows 7 or Windows 8. If he goes with Windows 8, he should get the touchscreen. Leo likes the Yoga.
Tim has a Lenovo laptop running Windows 8 and now he has an error message that it "cannot find file" when he puts a CD in the drive. It will play a music CD, however.
Leo says that could be an issue with Windows Media player as it tries to rip the CD. Leo suggests trying a new media player and see if that will rip it. Leo likes Media Monkey. He can also reset Windows 8. When Windows 8.1 comes out in the fall, it should fix all these problems.
Jason's friends and family turn to him for all their computer problems, but he had to install Windows 8 onto his new computer and he "broke it" by taking off all the bloatware. He used the Windows File Transfer Wizard and now it just reboots to the sign in screen, and then a blank screen.
Kristy is in the market for a new laptop. Does she need an i7 or will an i5 do? Leo says that an i7 has more cache and has hyperthreading, but that's really only beneficial for video editing or gaming. Average daily use doesn't really need all that, so an i5 will do just fine.
Bruce built his own Windows 8 rig recently. Leo says SSD drives would be great because Bruce doesn't have to wait for the drive to hunt and search for files. Bruce installed a RAM drive, something that Leo hasn't seen in awhile. RAM drives will always be fastest because it uses RAM to run the directory. Sounds like a machine that's as fast as he can get except that a RAM drive does have to push out the files and save them to the drive before shutting down. Bruce can always up the speed later with a GPU driven video card.
Bob wants to know if Laplink is still around. He wants to move his Windows settings and programs from one computer to another. Leo says he has a hunch that Laplink isn't around anymore, but Microsoft has a connection and transfer utility called the "EZ Transfer Wizard" that does the job rather nicely.
Leo says that in general, when getting a new computer, he should go with the most recent OS. Some of his old programs may not work under Windows 8, though.
Taylor wants to get a PC with a copy of Windows 7, but he's having trouble finding one. Leo says that's by design because Microsoft wants people to buy Windows 8. Leo's not much of a fan of the "modern UI", but he's found a way around that with Stardock's Start8 utility.