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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-04-16

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Quick Tip

Bob writes:

Will the article saving your files to OneDrive  in Windows 8.1 work with Window 8? In other words putting your documents, pictures, music in OneDrive and make that the default drive for the files?

 

Bob, yes you can use the One Drive as the default drive for documents in Windows 8 as well. I’d also suggest that you make the free upgrade to 8.1.  There are a lot of new features that make Windows 8 easier to use.

~ Cynthia

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Computers 101

More XP File Transfer Tips

The acclaimed Windows XP had a good run of 12 years, remaining the dominant operating system on many computers well past the launch of its successors, Windows Vista and Windows 7. With Microsoft’s support for XP officially ending on April 8th, there will be no more security updates and hardware and software vendors will no longer be working to make their products compatible with the operating system.

XP support is ending

Unfortunately that means it’s time to bite the bullet and either get a new computer or upgrade your existing machine’s operating system. But what about all your current data and account settings? You don’t want to lose all those files, and there are several ways to migrate them over to your new computer.

First and foremost is the good old fashioned drag and drop onto a USB flash drive. Just plug in the USB drive, open “My Computer,” and then click and drag any folders or files you want to save. While this method works just fine if you only have some photos and word documents to transfer, it will be much less useful if you have a huge amount of data from years of using a computer.

drag and drop

For bigger transfer jobs, Microsoft has a tool available specifically for migrating all your files from a Windows XP machine to a new Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer. You can download the LapLink tool right here.

To get started, download and install LapLink on both computers, and then click“Next” on the instructional screen. Click the “Windows XP” button on your old computer and then select “Windows 7/Windows 8” on your new computer and click “Next” on both.

Selecting LapLink settings

If both computers are connected to the same network, you can select “WiFI or Wired Network” to transfer the data via your router. If you’d prefer to use a physical cable instead, connect a USB cable between the two computers and click “Laplink USB Cable” and select “Next.”

The program will automatically check your machine to see which files and applications it can transfer over. Follow the on-screen prompts and LapLink will take care of everything for you. Keep in mind that transferring a whole hard drive’s worth of data can be a lengthy process, so set some time aside, as it can take up to 3 – 5 hours to transfer everything.

Choosing LapLink options

Besides LapLink, Microsoft also offers another tool for transferring called Windows Easy Transfer, which is available for any of the operating systems at this location.

As with the LapLink program, click “Next” after downloading and installing and then select the method you want to use to transfer your data: either “A Network” to send the files over you home network, or “An External Hard Disk” if you have an external USB hard drive large enough to hold all your current computer’s data.

Windows Easy Transfer

Click “This is My Old Computer” and the program will automatically scan your hard drive to see what files and account info can be transferred over, as well as how much space you will need if you are using a USB hard drive.

If you want to transfer everything simply click “Next.” Otherwise if you want to only transfer certain folders or files, click “Customize” and then remove the check box from any data you don’t want to transfer.

Customizing transfer options

Click “Next” and then “Save.” Select your external hard drive from the list of options to begin saving all your data, or choose a network drive if you are transferring through your home network. Once the save is complete, connect your external hard drive to the new computer and open Windows Easy Transfer on that machine. Select “This is my new computer” and follow the prompts to transfer all your data.

But what if you want to upgrade your existing machine instead of getting a new computer? In that case, you’ll want to download the Windows Upgrade Assistant.

Windows Upgrade Assistant

Open the program and it will automatically scan your hard drive to find out which programs you have that are compatible with Windows 8, and which ones won’t work on an updated system.

~ Ty Arthur

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On The Move

2 Monitors, 1 Computer

Nance from Davenport, WA writes:

I am retiring the computer with XP this week and am wondering how to set up the printer and monitor to still use with this old computer as a word processor off line only and then also use the same printer and monitor on the new Win 7 computer. You’re dealing with an almost 80 year old here so hopefully this isn’t too difficult or impossible to do? Thank you!

Hello Nance,

In this situation, the printer issue is fairly easy to solve, using print sharing. You can set up the printer to easily work with both computers that way. However, the monitor is a slightly different story. You could choose to simply switch your cables back and forth, and same with the printer, actually, but that would likely get very frustrating.

However, you could set up a KVM switch. This allows you to hook up two computers, but only need one monitor, mouse, and keyboard. You could also use your printer on this switch. Here is an example of what a KVM switch setup looks like:

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From The Archives

Leo from UK writes: How can I change my mouse to single click, please?

Leo, since you asked so nicely, here you go.

Open your Start Menu and type in Folder Options.

 Folder Options should be your top result, click on the icon.

A window will open where you’ll have the option to...

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Today's Feature

Terry from Tennessee writes:

I still have XP on my PC (waiting- hoping there will soon be driver updates for printer and scanner to Win8 – not yet)
 
The day after the deadline lots of downloads being advised for my PC
 
A.    I am paranoid thinking either bad guys trying to use this as ploy to take over      OR
B.    Gov’t trying to force compliance by destroying computers with XP       OR
C.    Microsoft has a grace period we don’t know about and I should update.
  I did NOT update. What’s the correct answer here?
 
 
Microsoft did offer their final XP security update on April 8. Also many 3rd party security services offered updates based on Microsoft’s final patches.
 
 
The patches help fix six vulnerabilities that could be used to allow an attacker to take control of your computer. So an update from Windows or from your security provider is most likely legitimate.
 
An interesting fallout from the end of support from XP is that attackers will now be able to use future security patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8 to figure out ways to attack vulnerabilities in XP.
 
If you’re planning on holding on to XP, here are a few tips that could mitigate the risk...
 
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Amanda's Coolsite

This Week In Technology

Welcome to the This Week in Technology, or TWiT.TV, a site desiccated to bringing you the best free technology netcasts.

I discovered this site with the Coding 101 series, that teaches how to code at various levels and in multiple languages. After watching all the coding videos, I decided to look around and see what other shows there were and marveled at the surprising variety! Then I knew I had to share it with all of you!

When you arrive at the site you’ll find rotating featured content, a list of most recent episodes, and latest posts. Along the top of the page you’ll find a navigation menu, and search engine.

You’ll probably want to visit the Shows category to see all the offerings and start watching the free programming. Some of your options are The Tech Guy, iPad Today, Windows Weekly, and Before You Buy. And that’s just a handful of what’s offered on the site. 

If you love technology you’re sure to find a show you’ll enjoy or suits your interests. Check it out today!

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~Amanda

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Rock Bridge Falls

Rain. That was the story for this shot – and the whole day in fact. We heard the first drop hit the camper the night before and it didn’t slow down till nearly lunch the next day. In fact, we had lunch and it was still drizzling. We figured it was about to quit, and with the amount of rainfall that was just delivered, Rock Bridge was bound to have a pretty cool waterfall going on. So, we…(More)

Snowy Egret Sweeping In

I gotta say, I think snowy egrets are among my favorite birds. I love their attractive plumage, their bright yellow eyes and feet, but most of all their impetuous attitude. They may be half the size of their larger cousins, but they seem oblivious to the fact and don’t hesitate to grapple and squawk over a prime fishing spot. That’s what was...(More)

King Of The Mountain

This robust-looking bull elk was photographed one crisp fall morning in Yellowstone National Park. I had plans to get a bit deeper into the park, but when I saw this guy and his harem running around on the side of the mountain, I knew it was worth a stop! It started off with just a few nice captures of the bull on the mountain, but nothing very impressive. I was about to move on when... (More)

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