It Starts Here..
Computers follow rules..
.. And if you don't follow the rules, your computer will kick back. Indiscriminate attempts to fix problems can lead to worse problems, so if you are not sure about something, ask first. The secret to computer happiness is to work within your technical ability. If you don't have any, keep it all simple.
It helps to have knowledge about how the software interacts with the computer hardware, and that is what this website is all about, understanding the basics.
Windows 10 is the next milestone. It will bring back more familiar controls to Windows, notably the Start button. I have been running the test previews on my Toshiba NB250, a severely underpowered small notebook, and it runs really well, much better tha Windows 7 ever did.
Best part is that it will be available as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8 users as of..
JULY 29th, 2015
You can read more about it here.. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications
Windows 8/8.1 wasn't anything like as bad as you may have heard if you ran it like Windows 7, but later this year it will be 'old hat'..
Windows 7, as good as it is/was, is on it's way out. The year 2014 saw it half way through it's officially supported life, and if Windows 10 takes off, '7' will see just five more years.
Windows Vista is still kicking aound, and for the most part on poorly specified machines. The result is that Vista users still have something of a hard time with it. Support ends during 2017.
Windows XP lost all official Microsoft support as of April 2014. The operating system has had its day, and it is definitely time to move on. Consider upgrading your computer. I know that it is not cheap, but if you stay with an old computer running XP, you will be on the wrong side of 'bad'.