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TWT Newsletter NG – Issue 26 – Windows 10 is imminent! Travel safe with your laptop and more

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TWT Newsletter NG – Issue 26

Welcome to the July 2015 TWT Newsletter

The Windows 10 excitement is now at fever pitch. Behind the scenes we’re working as fast as we can to get our Windows 10 Superguide finished and also to publish our Windows 10 tutorial videos in time for the launch date.

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In this months issue:-

What’s new at
Easy Duplicate Finder – Recommendation withdrawn
Travelling with your Windows device this summer? Stay safe with our top travellers tips
Tip of the Month – Copy as path on the context menu
Free Utility of the Month – Macrium Reflect
Windows Store App of the Month – Foursquare
Windows 10 lands this month – Here are some frequently asked questions

What’s new at

Last month we updated our old computer basics tutorials. Originally recorded in Windows XP in what’s now considered a low resolution, these tutorials are now enhanced and updated to our latest standards. If you know anyone new to computers or if you just want to brush up your basic skills, these screen casts are ideal.

Computer Basics Tutorial 6 – Files, folders and file paths

Being able to easily navigate around your computer is one of the most important skills you need to master if you want to get more out of your PC. As you produce and edit files, photographs and other kinds of media, you’ll benefit from understanding how your computer stores this data to disc and how to retrieve it. Click here to view this tutorial.

picture Computer Basics Tutorial 5 – The Mouse Properties window

If you are having difficulty using the mouse, then setting the mouse properties in Windows might help. From this window, you can change your mouse to a left handed configuration, practise double clicking and alter lots of other settings to do with your favourite electronic rodent. Click here to view this tutorial.

picture Computer Basics Tutorial 4 – Advanced computer keyboard tutorial

The computer keyboard is a powerful tool in the right hands (or fingers). In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at several more useful keys on the keyboard, including the Windows keys and the insert key. Click here to view this tutorial.

picture Computer Basics Tutorial 3 – The Windows clipboard, cut, copy and paste

Learning how to use the Windows clipboard to cut, copy and paste text and other data is one of the best things you can do to make yourself more productive when working with Windows. This video will show you how to use the clipboard and share data between applications on your computer. It’s much easier than it sounds! Click here to view this tutorial.

picture Computer Basics Tutorial 2 – A Keyboard Tutorial

Even today, the keyboard is still the preferred method of entering text into a computer. Although advances have been made in voice and handwriting recognition, nothing beats the speed and accuracy of a keyboard. In this keyboard tutorial, we’ll get you oriented with the keyboard and show you how to use the most important functions. Click here to view this tutorial.

picture Computer Basics Tutorial 1 – A Mouse Tutorial

Computer mice have been the preferred method of working with modern operating systems for decades now. If you’re having trouble taming your electronic rodent, our mouse tutorial will demonstrate the basics of using and mastering the mouse. Click here to view this tutorial.

Easy Duplicate Finder – Recommendation withdrawn

Back in issue 23 we told you about a neat little program called “Easy Duplicate Finder”. Webminds, the company behind the product, agreed to sponsor our newsletter. Disappointingly, we never received any word or payment after running the promotion. This of course calls into question the integrity of the company and so we felt it was in the best interests of our readers that we let you know. We still believe Easy Duplicate Finder is a good program, free of spyware and that it performs its functions well. Indeed, we would have never made our initial recommendation if we felt any differently. What we can’t vouch for is customer support from a company that appears to be trying to defraud us.

Travelling with your Windows device this summer? Stay safe with our top travellers tips

Windows devices keep on getting smaller, lighter and more portable. That inevitably means that many of us will be taking our laptops or tablets on holiday with us this year, be it for work emergencies or for the more fun holiday activities like Facebook posting, Skype or Jitsi or the many other social networking activities that Windows devices are so good at. If you’re planning to travel with your Windows device, here are some top tips to keep your device and your data safe.

First of all, do you really need your laptop or tablet? While your typical Windows laptop or tablet is always going to be a powerhouse when it comes to work, web or social networking, modern smartphones have become exceptionally capable in the last few years. Products like Office 365, for instance, can run on smartphones and allow you to do emergency corrections or minor edits to documents or spreadsheets. Social network users are well catered for with apps available for all the popular social networks. Even gamers can enjoy some down-time in the evenings with a range of games available across most handsets. Think carefully before you pack that expensive laptop if you can manage all your tasks on a smartphone.

Are you insured? Travel insurance is always a good idea, but if you plan on taking an expensive item, such as a new laptop or tablet, you should check that your insurance covers it. If not, specialist insurers such as Protect Your Bubble can offer you gadget insurance.

Encryption or anti theft? Many laptops and tablets now have the option of running anti-theft software. This software can provide a GPS tracking signal and covertly activate the devices web-cam to take a mug-shot of the suspected thief who pilfered your device. This is a great idea of course, but what about encryption? We always recommend using a full disk encryption program like VeraCrypt or SecurStar on any laptop that contains personal or confidential information. If you use full disk encryption however, it will mean that a thief cannot start your operating system at all (assuming your laptop is powered down when it is stolen of course). This completely protects your personal data, but it means any anti-theft software cannot run either. Generally we would consider this a good trade off as long as you were properly insured, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Do you have a VPN? We have discussed the dangers of using unsecured Wi-Fi networks in the past. Any Wi-Fi access point that doesn’t have a password will expose your web browsing to any potential eavesdropper in range of the access point. That means things like your passwords and login details can easily be pilfered. Even if the access point does have a password, you’re still potentially vulnerable if the person or persons operating it have installed malware on the router/access point themselves. To protect yourself from this, use a VPN. VPN services create an encrypted tunnel between you and the internet. Hackers or malicious users could only determine you were connected to a VPN, not what traffic you were accessing. That’s the theory anyway, unfortunately a lot of VPN providers have less than stellar implementations that fail to consistently protect their customers privacy, as can be seen in this article on The Register. We’ve researched VPNs and always come back to iVPN. Their customer service is fantastic and their knowledge and security expertise is second to none. We’re affiliated with them because we believe them to be the best option and we use their services ourselves. Get your VPN and protect all your devices when you travel by clicking here.

Do you know your data roaming charges? We’ve all heard horror stories of phone companies charging a small fortune just for picking up an e-mail, but still people forget to properly check their data roaming charges before they go off on holiday. It’s never a bad idea just to give your phone company a call and check. Some operators have separate data allowances for activities like web browsing. For instance, browsing the web may be free, while downloading or streaming video may cost. You should note that if you connect through a VPN, your phone company will not be able to tell what kind of traffic you are accessing and so you are likely to be billed at the higher rate regardless of what you access.

Did you get a travel adapter? It’s an obvious one, but easily overlooked. Power sockets vary between countries and using an adapter may be necessary. Some countries also operate on different voltages. Here in the UK we use 240 volts mains for instance,but in the USA its 120 volts. Most laptop adapters can work with both voltages, but you should definitely check to make sure this is the case before you connect to the mains!

You can find some more tips on travelling safely with your laptop in this article. Finally, If you’re still undecided where to go on holiday, why not check out the lovely little coastal town of Çaliş in Turkey? Our latest website project, documents our adventures in this top little seaside town, so be sure to check it out.

Tip of the Month – Copy as path on the context menu

Experienced Windows users know all about the right click “context” menu. When working with files and folders, a right click on a file or folder opens a menu with all kinds of useful functions.

In our recently updated File Paths tutorial, we explain what a file path is and how it shows you how to navigate to a file or folder on your PC. If you ever need a copy of the file path for a file, did you know that there’s an easy way to get it? Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard (the same key you use to type capital letters) now, right click on a file or folder. An option “Copy as path” will appear on the context menu. Click this and the file address or path will be copied to the clipboard in plain text format.

Note that the copied text will be enclosed in quotation marks. If you are pasting into the command line this is exactly what you need. If you are pasting into the address bar of a File Explorer window however, you will need to remove the quotation marks first.

Free Utility of the Month – Macrium Reflect

Windows 10 is on the way and if you’re running Windows 7 or 8 it’s a free upgrade! If you rely on your PC for critical things like work, you might want to consider taking a full system backup before you take the plunge with the upgrade. Although Microsoft have designed the upgrade to be safe and reversible, the very safest way is to fully back up your system before you upgrade.

Luckily, you can do that for free with Macrium Reflect. All you need is a suitable storage location (such as an external hard drive). Reflect can then backup your computers entire hard drive. If anything goes wrong, use the Macrium Reflect recovery media and restore your computer to exactly the same state it was before the upgrade. Be smart and don’t leave it to chance! You can checkout our Macrium Reflect tutorials here.

Windows Store App of the Month – Foursquare

Windows devices have been lagging behind Android and iOS when it comes to apps for the most popular social networks, but one useful little social network that does have its own app is Foursquare. Foursquare is a neat little app that logs places that you visit. When you arrive at a location you can check in on your phone or tablet. You can then write a review, let your friends know where you are or see other popular places that are nearby. You can also take photographs and Foursquare will keep them all neatly organised with the locations you visited. Great for that sight-seeing holiday.

The Wndows version of the app is brilliant for reviewing your pictures or browsing other nearby locations from the comfort of the bigger screen of your Windows device. You can download it from the Windows store here. Foursquare is available for Windows phones too.

Windows 10 lands this month! Here are some frequently asked questions

It may be scorchingly hot by UK standards outside, but there’s little opportunity for us to enjoy the sunshine as we get ready for the launch of a new version of Windows. Microsoft aren’t always the best at communicating with customers and some of the changes in Windows 10 have caused some confusion. If you are planning to upgrade or if you are anxious and planning to hold off, perhaps we can alleviate your fears in this article, where we look at the most commonly asked questions regarding the new operating system.

Is Windows 10 really going to be free? – Windows 10 is a free upgrade for all home users currently running Windows 7 or 8. Corporate users or users running other versions of Windows or other operating systems do not qualify and will need to pay for an upgrade.

I heard there was going to be a subscription to pay, is that true? No, there is no on-going subscription to pay. This rumour came about because Microsoft described the future of Windows as being more like a service, that was constantly improved and updated, than a one-off software product.

How do I upgrade if I am eligible? The update will download through Windows update and you can then install it at a time of your choosing.

Can I keep my old Windows 7/8 installation? You can delay the upgrade to Windows 10 for as long as you like, however the free upgrade offer is only guaranteed for one year. If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 but keep Windows 7 or 8 as a secondary operating system then the official answer is no, the license agreement doesn’t cover that. Unofficially however it seems unlikely that Microsoft will enforce this if you simply want to keep Windows 7 around for the odd golden oldie game that just won’t work on Windows 10. You could use a tool like this months free utility, Macrium Reflect, to backup prior to upgrading if you plan on flaunting the license agreement and keeping an old copy of Windows 7 around.

Can I go back if I don’t like it? – Yes, the upgrade process should be completely reversible. Again, use a tool like Macrium Reflect to take a full backup for the best peace of mind.

I don’t need any of the fancy new features, why should I upgrade? – Windows 10 will be supported with security updates for longer than Windows 7 or 8, so upgrading makes sense even if you don’t plan to use any of the new features.

Will I lose any files or settings? – No, you may find that a very small number of programs that ran in Windows 7 are incompatible with Windows 10. We’re not currently aware of any compatibility problems with any Windows 8 software except for some of the skinning/theme tools such as Stardock Windowblinds.

Does Windows 10 really make all updates mandatory? If you are running Windows 10 Home and there are security updates then yes it is true, there is no longer any way to select which updates you want to install, though Windows will delay downloading updates if it knows you are on a metered (pay per MB) connection. While we can understand why Microsoft has done this, we can’t help wonder what will happen when, inevitably, there is a problem with an update and home users have no way to delay installing it.

So there you have it, Windows 10 is due for release on the 29th of July. If you are running Windows 7 or 8 you can reserve your download now by clicking the windows icon in your notification area. Next month we’ll have some great beginner tutorials for the new OS and more news and comment on how the newest member of the Windows family will evolve.

That concludes our newsletter for July. On behalf of the team here at TWT, I’d like to say thank you to all our readers, new and old for your continued support. The TWT Newsletter will return on the 10th August 2015 and will bring you more tips, tricks and techniques to help you get the best out of your PC, be it Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. We hope that you found this newsletter informative and useful. If you did not then please let us know why, you can contact us by visiting this page. If you have enjoyed this newsletter, feel free to pass it on to all your friends and family, or better still encourage them to sign up for their own copy. Until next month, keep checking and enjoy happy, safe and stress-free computing!

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