NH Blog - Articles on Windows

Aug 22, 2016

The Windows Key

Back in 1994, Microsoft introduced a new product called the Microsoft Natural Keyboard. It was a split keyboard with each half separated and tilted slightly upwards to [...]

Jan 21, 2016

Your Future in IT – A “Brave New World” for the IT Professional

I was reading an interesting article the other day called “Major Changes Coming from Microsoft Will Impact Your Career” by Jeffrey Schwartz, and it got me thinking about [...]

Dec 14, 2015

Windows as a Service – The new Update Model

With the release of Windows 10 back at the end of July 2015, Microsoft also brought in a new update model, so out with the old monthly “Patch Tuesday” modality, and in [...]

Sep 15, 2015

New security features in Windows 10

In today’s Blog, I will be covering new Windows 10 security features. Windows 10 comes with many new features to protect employees from the hackers and the company from [...]

Aug 24, 2015

Multiple Desktops in Windows 10

Whilst support for "virtual" desktops has been around for a while, Microsoft hadn't made it a first-class member of the OS. Now, in Windows 10, you can easily create [...]

Aug 06, 2015

"Hey, Cortana"

Cortana is the new voice activated personal assistant that comes with Windows 10. She is there to help make things easier for you and keep you up-to-date on the things [...]

Aug 04, 2015

The Many Flavours of Windows 10

OK so Windows 10 has finally been officially released, so what are we actually getting? As usual, Microsoft has released not just one Windows 10, but multiple different [...]

Jul 30, 2015

Introducing Windows 10!

It has finally arrived! Microsoft Windows 10 originally code-named ‘threshold’ is the next operating system from Microsoft. With this operating system, Microsoft aims to [...]

Jul 10, 2015

Implementing live tiles in a Windows Store App

Windows Store apps use tiles to launch the app from the start screen. Tiles can be static or they can be live, receiving notifications from your app or from some [...]

May 19, 2015

Managing application settings in Windows Store Apps

Windows 8.1 applications can save and retrieve settings using local storage in a very straightforward way. In today's blog post, I will guide you through the steps [...]

Apr 23, 2015

Windows To Go! Part 3.

In today's third part of the Windows To Go series, we will have a look at 3 critical things for your Windows To Go. Make sure you check out Part 1 and Part 2 before [...]

Apr 02, 2015

Implementing the Search Contract in Windows Store Apps

Windows 8 introduced the concept of contracts. You can think of a contract as an agreement between the app and the operating system (OS). There are a fair number of [...]

Mar 12, 2015

Development Sideloading of Windows Store Apps

If you want to run a Windows Store App on your tablet or laptop, the normal procedure is to visit the Windows Store, find the app you want and then install it on your [...]

Mar 02, 2015

Windows To Go! Part 2.

In my previous blog post regarding Windows to Go, we looked at the features and possibilities with some of the challenges in implementing it. One of those [...]

Jan 29, 2015

Windows 10 - Technical Preview

So Windows 10 has arrived, at least the Technical Preview. Installed it, loved it, besides the crashes and glitches that can be expected from the release, it is pretty [...]

Nov 11, 2014

Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC) Updated

OK all you budding server administrators, have you checked out ADAC (the Active Directory Administrative Center) lately? Now ADAC has been around for a while now, but if [...]

Aug 22, 2014

Xbox, oh Xbox, give me media!

Do you have Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8? Then, provided you have an Xbox with a wired or wireless home network, you can add broadband Internet to the mix and [...]

Jun 17, 2014

Taking the shortcuts in Windows 8

For many years, there has been a split between those who prefer the mouse and those who prefer the keyboard. Often, shortcut keys were realised as the more efficient [...]

Jun 13, 2014

Spring clean your PC with Windows ‘Disk Cleanup’

It’s not a secret that the longer we use a computer, the more we mess them up. We have temporary internet files, log files, errors and other files that effectively [...]

Jun 03, 2014

Reliability Monitor in Windows 8

Windows' Reliability Monitor is a tool built into Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 that is definitely worth mentioning. Whether it’s something the user did, or did [...]

May 23, 2014

How to set up a Windows 7 and 8 HomeGroup

Anyone who has ever attempted to share files or printers between computers on a home network knows how problematic the procedure can be. This apparently straightforward [...]

May 20, 2014

Hyper-V – Enhanced

Why can’t I attach my USB stick to my Virtual Machines (VMs)? Why can’t I simply drop a file or retrieve a file to/from my Virtual Machines that don’t have a direct [...]

Apr 10, 2014

Dual boot Windows 8.1 on Windows 7 using Virtual Hard Disk (VHD)

Many IT guys and girls may know the way to dual boot Windows 8.1 on Windows 7 by creating a new partition, but that way has some disadvantages and is riskier than the [...]

Mar 11, 2014

Monetise your Windows Store Apps

There are different ways to monetise your Windows Store apps. The simplest way is to require your customers to pay for your app before they download it. The price range [...]

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