Ask Mr. Modem: Will Older Windows Be Coming Back?


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Q. I know that Windows 10 is new and that some people didn’t like Windows 8. Do you think Microsoft will keep this format in the future or will it go back to something like XP or the Windows 7 format?

A. Historically, whenever a new operating system makes its debut, there are people who like it and people who don’t like it. I call it the Broccoli Syndrome. While Microsoft is not likely to return to an older format because a few people complain, Windows 10 is designed to make Windows 7 users, who never made the transition to Windows 8, feel comfortable with the new operating system.

When Windows 98 was released eons ago, there were some people who disliked it because it represented such a big change from the previous version. The same thing occurred when XP replaced Windows 98. Over time, users became comfortable with the new operating system and that happened with Windows 8 and it will happen with Windows 10. Change is inevitable when it comes to technology, so rather than resist it, I have found it easier to embrace the new and even if I’m not thrilled with it, I know I just have to wait a little longer and something even newer will come along.

 Q. Is there a limit to how many times I can use my Windows 7 Recovery Disk to format my hard drive?

A. There is no limit, so you can use your Recovery Disk until the cows come home – if you are, indeed, expecting bovine visitors.

Q. How do I delete all data from a flash drive so that I can put new information on it?

A. Formatting a flash drive will wipe all data off the drive. Start by inserting the flash drive into a USB port on your computer. Click Computer (depending on your version of Windows), then right-click your flash drive icon and select Format.

You will see the option to change the Volume Label, which is the name that will appear next to the drive letter for your flash drive. I like to name my flash drives something short like “Morry” or “Edith,” but other people prefer something more descriptive, such as MP3Files or WorkDocs. You don’t have to change the Volume Label if you prefer to leave things as they are.

Remove the check mark beside the Quick Format box, then click Start to format your flash drive. Once formatting is complete, your flash drive will be squeaky clean and devoid of all data.

Once activated, you will receive a confirmation message and will no longer be pestered by an impertinent message that dares to suggest your copy of Windows is not genuine. (Of all the nerve!)

Mr. Modem’s Web Sites Of The Month

NaughtyCodes.com
Though it sounds like an adult-oriented Web site, it is not. This site provides access to a database of discount codes that are available to shoppers when placing an online order. Sure it’s naughty, but it’s also kind of nice. A similar site that I have used successfully a number of times is Retailmenot.com. {www.naughtycodes.com}

The Labyrinth
If you are a student of Medieval Studies – and who among us isn’t? – this site provides free access to a plethora of resources, including connections to databases, services, texts and images. Each user will be able to find an Ariadne’s Thread through the maze of information on the Web. (As we all know, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete. Minos had Daedalus build a Labyrinth, which was a house of winding passages. So who is Daedalus? Don’t be silly. He was the father of Icarus, uncle of Perdix and Iapyx, of course.) {http://bit.ly/1j8k7Zz}

Twisted Questions
Would you rather die by a boulder falling on you, falling off a mountain or getting hit by a meteor? Described as a “playground for the mind,” this site asks bizarre, occasionally troubling questions and invites your input and participation. Some questions may occasionally be a bit on the coarse side, so be forewarned. {www.twistedquestions.com}

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