Steve via email asks:Hi Aunty. I have a very good spec laptop but unfortunately I bought it just before Windows Vista was replaced with Windows7. I do not want Windows8 as I have used it on a friend’s laptop and I simply cannot find my way around it. I have been quoted for an upgrade to Windows7 but at the same time was advised to hang on for the new Windows 9. On Monday I was just about to drop my laptop off with the engineer but was advised by a friend in the US to hold on and that Windows 9 will not be released and instead Microsoft will go straight to Windows 10. What or who should I believe? I don’t want to go through the hassle (and cost) of upgrading my Vista only to be told “Oh dear, you should’ve hung on.....” Thanks in advance.Aunty Says:Hi Steve. This is Microsoft we are talking about so who knows what will happen? I personally think Microsoft will skip Win9 and go straight to Win10 around the first quarter of 2015. I have a test Beta copy of Windows 10 which I have just installed but I can’t really say much about it yet. It definitely seems fast, and is much easier to use than Win8, but the best thing I have seen so far is the old Vista/Win7 style ‘start’ button is back! Why it was ever left out from Win8 will always puzzle me.
Brian via email asks:Hi Aunty and thank you for all your help. One question - following your answer re: Adobe, when I went to install Adobe it said I must close Skype and yahoo messenger, how do I actually close these programmes please?Aunty Says:Hello Brian. Skype and Yahoo messenger should have a small icon in the bottom right corner of your screen which you can normally control with a right click of the mouse.
Frank via email asks:Hi Aunty. Mine is a minor problem, but an annoying one. I use an HP Deskjet 1050 printer, and when I use it to print colour photos from my computer (Windows XP), the ink tends to stay "wet" for several days on the printed copy. This is more noticeable with the black content, but all the colours are far from touchable. The ink cartridges are HP ones, and recently installed, and I have tried printing on various grades of photographic paper of top quality (Satin, Gloss etc) but always with the same result. Any suggestions would be appreciated.Aunty Says:Hi Frank. I can only think that the paper you have tried so far isn’t compatible with your printer/ink. Have you tried HP’s own ‘Advance photo’ paper? I do recall having some terrible smudging problem with my Epson printer and it turned out that I was putting the photo paper in the wrong side up!
Well that’s all for this week. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to get you sorted out.