270 million active Windows 10 devices

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270 million active Windows 10 devices

Build 2016 – Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings New Experiences

In the eight months since launch, Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in Windows history, with over 270 million active devices, outpacing Windows 7 in the same timeframe by 145%. People are spending more time on Windows than ever before – over 75 billion hours – with the highest customer satisfaction of any version of Windows. We are on track to reach our ambitious goal of one billion Windows 10 devices in the next few years. We welcome everyone to Windows 10, whether you have a new PC, a five-year-old PC, or a brand new Mac – we are building the most secure, productive, and fun platform for you.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming to PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft HoloLens and IOT

Today we announced that we will be releasing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer, for free, to all Windows 10 customers.

Key innovations include:

1. Windows Hello Brings Biometric Security to Apps and Microsoft Edge

Windows Hello enables you to easily sign into your device with enterprise-grade security. Yet, studies show over 80% of people use the same password across multiple web sites, managing around 20-30 different accounts requiring passwords. So with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update we’ve made it possible for you to use the same easy, yet strong, security of Windows Hello* with Windows apps and Microsoft Edge, the first and only browser to natively support biometrics, with supporting sites.

2. Windows Ink Brings the Power of Windows to the Tip of Your Pen

More than 70% of us spend more than one hour a day using a pen. We lose notes in our notebooks, take pictures of whiteboards, and can’t do equations or music composition with a keyboard. Windows Ink is an all-new experience, putting the power of Windows in the tip of your pen, enabling you to write on your device as you do on paper, creating sticky notes, drawing on a whiteboard, and easily sharing your analog thoughts in the digital world. Windows Ink is integrated into apps like Maps, Microsoft Edge, and Office. And today, we demonstrated how developers can incorporate Windows Ink into their apps with as little as 2 lines of code!

3. Cortana, Now More Helpful than Ever, with over 1,000 apps

Windows 10 is the best place to have a conversation with Cortana, with nearly 1,000 Cortana-enabled apps already available. Today, we’re launching a new Cortana Collection in the Windows Store to make it easy for you to find great apps with Cortana. And in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Cortana** has learned how to proactively make suggestions for you through-out your day, like offering to buy you lunch or arrange transportation. Cortana will be available above the lock screen, giving you quicker access to your personal assistant for common tasks across all types of devices without unlocking your PC. And only Cortana works across your devices – you can complete certain notification-based tasks on your Windows or Android phone, such as receiving and sending text messages, on your PC. Developers now have full access to Cortana’s proactive intelligence through proactive actions, allowing your apps to perform tasks based on user context by linking existing actions in your deep-link enabled apps and websites.

4. UWP apps come to Xbox through a Unified Windows Store and every Xbox One can become a dev kit

Gaming gets better with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, including background music and Cortana coming to Xbox One. Cortana can become your personal gaming assistant and help you find great new games, new challenges or tips and tricks. On Windows 10, we’re continuing to deliver on top fan-requested features like support for multiple GPUs and the ability to turn off v-sync. Game developers have access to a fully open ecosystem with the Universal Windows Platform, making it easy to bring the games people love to both Xbox One and other Windows 10 devices. With the Anniversary Update, any Xbox One can be a developer kit with Xbox Dev Mode, enabling anyone to develop for the living room. And, the Windows Store will offer a unified store experience for all developers, creating new opportunities to reach millions of new customers.


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Easter – Hours as usual

Happy Easter all

I’ll be available all over the Easter break


Please get in touch if you need help


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New Build PC – Smaller Case

I was asked to build a PC but in a smaller case to save on space so here is my New Build PC – Smaller Case

This is what I came up with    1








Very easy to operate & 2 x USB 3 ports on the side which are a bonus

3  New Build PC – Smaller Case


I never liked the shop bought ones because of the lack of good cooling

This one has plenty of space for adding parts but also great cooling

It runs very quietly with the 2 stock case fans

I added a 500W Thermaltake PSUNew









It has plenty of space for hard drives and it’ll even take a full size graphics card



I sell Computers and Laptops and also offer a New Computer Setup service to transfer your data, programs and emails. I can recover data via Data Recovery. I provide Virus Removal and PC Health Checks. All Networks Setup including wireless, ethernet or a mix of both. I keep a various mix of supplies and Parts in stock so no waiting.

Offering a 7 days service

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

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Being self employed and running any business by yourself as its ups and downs

But customers come first in any business

But I will always try and keep my family and my customers happy

So if you have a problem over the holidays please do email or ring me and I’ll do my best to help as soon as is possible

So don’t be stressed out this Christmas with a computer problemContact Howard from Home-Computing




Happy Christmas to All

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Outlook 2010 starts in safe mode all the time after a update

Outlook 2010 starts in safe mode all the time after a update

I’ve just this problem with one of my customers so thought I’d warn others about the issue

The update as now been removed from the Microsoft website so hopefully not many

The update that causes this problem is KB3114409


After you install this update, Outlook 2010 may start only in safe mode. If this issue occurs, uninstall the update. This update is no longer available now.

To uninstall the update do as follows

Control panel / uninstall a program / top left uninstall an update / find in the list and uninstall

Reboot when asked and all will be back to how it was


Outlook 2010 safe mode after a update


If you have this problem don’t hesitate to contact me to guide you through fixing the issue

Or if required I can come out and do for you also

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Happy Christmas and a Prosperous 2016

Xmas Tree


I’d like to take this time to wish all my customers past, present and future


A wonderful Christmas and a very Prosperous 2016


I will be working as usual to keep my customers computers working over the holiday period


Please get in touch as I can’t help if you don’t contact me


Unfortunately Computers don’t know it’s Christmas

I’m sure they’ll be lots of new viruses and scams out so be aware

If unsure about an email, a phone call please contact me for advice


If it sounds to be too good to be true it probably is

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Windows 10 Upgrade or Not?

Windows 10 upgrade Should I upgrade or not?

I’m getting asked this question so many times now from new and old customers

I don’t think there’s a correct answer to the question to be honest

I’m running Windows 10 on my main computer and I don’t have any problems with it at all

But I’m still running windows 8.1 on my server

Why you might ask?

Well my view is you don’t fix what isn’t brokenwindows-10

The Windows 10 upgrade is offered for free

But that doesn’t mean you need it

If you do the upgrade lots of settings need to be changed when doing so from updates being shared with the internet not just your local network to basic privacy issues

I can

I’m getting lots of calls from some that have upgraded by mistake as it’s so easy to do so and then it costs them money to either get it running ok for them or put them back to where they were before the upgrade

Then it isn’t free anymore

My advice to those who want to be on the latest operating system and do so before the free upgrade offer expires is to make sure your computer is running well before doing so…

No crashes, no popups, random shut downs as the upgrade won’t fix them and probably make things worse

Please contact me for advice before making the decision to do the Windows 10 upgrade and I’ll offer my honest opinion on what you should do

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BYO Laptop to me for setup in time for Christmas

I sell lots of laptops already setup

But some like a particular style of laptop may that be colour of even just the look of a laptop

When you buy a Laptop it will come with basic software and normally lots of unwanted software plus many free trials which expire after a few weeks

I can remove and leave on exactly what you require

I offer a setup service installing all the required software like anti-virus, basic office, spyware, oneclick backups and full images once set up

I fully update your laptop with the latest windows updates

I can update it to the new Windows 10 also if required

I take the pressure off you by doing the work for you and will do it in time for Christmas

I’ll need 2 days to do the work (or less in most cases) but I’ll give you a date when you drop yours in if it’s going to take longer I will keep you informed


I do keep laptops in stock allready to go please ring, text or email for details

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Windows 10’s Latest Update

Microsoft has announced that from today computers running Windows 10 will start to receive the largest update to the OS since Microsoft launched it in the summer.

The update has the codename of Threshold 2, but will show as version 10586 (although MS calls it 1511) when it arrives on your computer. Type “winver” at the command prompt and you’ll be able to see which version you have. See above image

Microsoft says that if you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 in the last 31 days you won’t be offered the update to 10586 from 10240 just yet. The reason, it says, is so that you have the option to roll back to your previous operating system. Although this might frustrate some, there is a workaround that might get the latest version on your computer quicker


To do so, head over to the Windows 10 download page and hit the “upgrade” button. This will download Microsoft’s migration tool. While this might feel odd, this tool is prepped with the latest version of Windows 10, and will do an in-place upgrade of the OS for you.

I’ve updated my PC’s – the process runs very much like a new install, so the usual disclaimer about making sure you have a good backup is relevant here.

This might seem a bit heavy-handed but the update does all of the same stuff when it arrives naturally, so it’s just a matter of hurrying the process along slightly.

The reason, apparently, for this is that Threshold is such a massive upgrade to the core of Windows 10 that it isn’t like a patch, or even a service pack. This is essentially a whole new version of Windows 10. This is, obviously somewhat backed up by Microsoft’s claim that Windows 10 would be the “last” version of Windows. Because of this, we won’t really see service packs any more, but just a new version of the OS. This makes some things a lot easier though, like installing Windows down the line without having to patch or slipstream the latest updates into your build.

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Maudsland Computer Repairs

Computer Repairs in Maudsland

Home-Computing offer you the utmost in high quality repairs & upgrade services in your home or at my purpose built airconditoned workshop, so there is no need to worry about un-plugging your computer and having to pack it up and transport it to a shop I can come to you

We cover Maudsland and service the whole of the Gold Coast

Most problems can be fixed within the first hour or two

Occasionally your pc may need to be taken to our well equipped workshop, in this case all repairs will hopefully be completed in 24 hours or less, and your pc returned to you fully repaired

Virus RemovalHelensvale_Gold_Coast_computer_repairs

Most viruses and malware can be removed safely

Computer Resinstallation

Reinstalling a computer or laptop can speed up a system

A full backup will be taken before this process is undertaken as long as the hard drive is readable and put back after the work is carried out

Computer – Laptop Backup Solutions

I can setup a one click backup solution to an internal,  external Hard Drive or both

Also create a recovery image after all my work is carried so easy to back to that point if you have issues in the future


I sell Computers and Laptops and also offer a New Computer Setup service to transfer your data, programs and emails. I can recover data via Data Recovery. I provide Virus Removal and PC Health Checks. All Networks Setup including wireless, ethernet or a mix of both. I keep a various mix of supplies and Parts in stock so no waiting.

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