How to Create Strong (and Memorable) Passwords

How to Create Strong (and Memorable) Passwords

In this programme from PC Support.tv, Windows expert and author Mike Halsey shows you how to create strong and memorable passwords for use on your computer and on the Internet, and introduces some of the free features and services that can make your online security even stronger. (Available in HD and...

Still Running Windows XP?

Still Running Windows XP?

Even though Microsoft support ended for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, Mike Halsey, Windows expert, author, trainer, and Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP), is finding that too many small businesses have not updated their operating systems. “I’m afraid that...

Windows 7 Troubleshooting (Course)

Windows 7 Troubleshooting (Course)

I'm delighted to announce my new video course, Windows 7 Troubleshooting, is now is now available on the Pluralsight website. You can access the course...

Make the most of social media for your small business

Make the most of social media for your small business

Communicate with social media instead “Say a customer emails you for advice,” Halsey says. “Maybe it’s information about a product that you sell, a service you provide, or a support issue. If you email your customer back, that is a two-person...

5 steps to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows XP

5 steps to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows XP

Did you know that Windows XP is more likely to be the target of data thieves once Microsoft support for this product ends on April 8, 2014? Follow these five easy steps to upgrade your system to Windows 8.1. Use the automatic...

Windows XP End of Service – People Centric IT

Windows XP End of Service – People Centric IT

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Why Windows 8.1 and Devices – People Centric IT

Why Windows 8.1 and Devices – People Centric IT

in this programme from the Windows User Group, made for Microsoft UK's People-Centric IT event, MVP Mike Halsey talks about the facts underlying the end of support for Windows XP and what it means for you and your business (Made for Microsoft's Cloud OS Week,...

Windows XP vs Windows 8.1 – Snap!

Windows XP vs Windows 8.1 – Snap!

This is a video made for the Microsoft UK TechNet blog.  You can read the original article here. Microsoft Windows 8 MVP Mike Halsey, kicks off our TechNet WindowUG video series which shows the advantages of moving to modern operating system....

Creating and Managing User Accounts Windows 8.1

Creating and Managing User Accounts Windows 8.1

In this programme from PC Support.tv, Windows expert and author Mike Halsey shows you how easy it is to create, manage and remove accounts for different people on your Windows 8.1 PC, laptop or tablet, what the different types of...

Creating Recovery Media for your Windows 8.1 computer

Creating Recovery Media for your Windows 8.1 computer

Time may come when your PC wont start and you need to reinstall Windows 8.1. In this programme from PC Support.tv, Windows expert and author Mike Halsey shows you how to easily protect yourself against this by creating a...

Using Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1

Using Internet Explorer in Windows 8.1

In this programme from PC Support.tv, Windows expert and author Mike Halsey shows you how to get started browsing the Internet on your Windows 8.1 laptop, tablet or PC, how to get the very best from Internet Explorer and some...

Get started with Search in Windows 8.1

Get started with Search in Windows 8.1

In this programme from PC Support.tv, Windows expert and author Mike Halsey shows you how to get started with Windows 8.1 search, both for your files but also for Internet searches, and how to take advantage of some of the hidden power and functionality to make your searches truly...

Connecting to the Internet in Windows 8.1

Connecting to the Internet in Windows 8.1

In this programme from PC Support.tv, Windows expert and author Mike Halsey shows you how to connect to the Internet and networks on your Windows 8.1 laptop, tablet or PC, how different types of Wi-Fi networks need you to be more careful, and what you can do to quickly resolve common connection...

Get started with the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Get started with the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

In this programme from PC Support.tv, Windows expert and author Mike Halsey shows you around the new Start screen in Windows 8.1, and how to get the very best from it on your laptop, tablet or...

Maximising your work productivity can be child’s play

Maximising your work productivity can be child’s play

Like all conscientious self-employed individuals who work from home I do try and maintain a good number of productive hours during the day but, like many in my position or who work in a small business, the distractions (TV, Facebook,...

Demystifying Windows 8.1 Reinstallation

Demystifying Windows 8.1 Reinstallation

When the Windows 8.1 update was released by Microsoft it came in three different ways.  The first is an update available as a direct download from the Windows Store app in Windows 8(.0).  Second is retail boxes which can be...

10 Tips to Get You Started with Windows 8.1

10 Tips to Get You Started with Windows 8.1

The release of Windows 8.1 this week brings with some significant changes to Microsoft's latest operating system.  Here I thought I'd talk you through the biggest changes so you can be prepared when the update arrives. 1) How can I get...

Windows Troubleshooting Survey

Windows Troubleshooting Survey

What are your biggest problems and issues with Windows? What is it that frustrates you and causes problems on your PC? In order to help improve the help, how-to and troubleshooting services I provide, and to make sure that I continue to provide the most relevant and up to date information you require, I have put together a short survey about your experiences with Windows help and troubleshooting.  Thank you for valuable time completing this. The survey consists of 38 short questions and...

Repairing WIndows 8 Startup: Masterclass

Repairing WIndows 8 Startup: Masterclass

Get inside Windows 8 Start-up in this Masterclass with a complete guide to repairing any type of start-up problem. Learn with no requirement for prior technical knowledge how to... ...Find out how to get a Windows 8 installation DVD ...Learn how to create DVD and USB Recovery Media ...Create custom backup and rescue images ...Learn how to manually repair start-up issues ...Repair and rebuild the Windows 8 boot files ...Manage and move the Windows 8 boot partition ...Reinstall Windows without affecting your files Mike Halsey is a Microsoft...

Searching for Content in The Long Climb App

Searching for Content in The Long Climb App

At The Long Climb the aim is to provide you with the best and most helpful information, making sure that you can find out how to use the features of Windows and other Microsoft products quickly, but also that where...

Going Back in Time with Windows 8 File History

Going Back in Time with Windows 8 File History

One of the most frustrating and annoying problems that can ever occur on your computer is the accidental modification or deletion of a file you simply can't do without.  Fortunately Windows 8 includes the File History feature.  This not only...

Use the full PC keyboard with the Virtual Keyboard in Windows 8 / RT

Use the full PC keyboard with the Virtual Keyboard in Windows 8 / RT

The on-screen keyboard in Windows 8 and Windows RT is great but it does prevent access to useful keys such as cursors, Fn, Alt and function keys.  It's easy and simple to add these back into the on-screen keyboard in Windows...

Add a Programs Folder to the Windows 8 Desktop

Add a Programs Folder to the Windows 8 Desktop

If you're missing the Start Menu in Windows 8 and don't want to start your desktop programs from the Taskbar or Start screen, well you can add a folder to your desktop that contains quick links to all of your...

Get Further Help

Get Further Help

Mike Halsey has an open mailbag and encourages your help and how-to questions about Windows, Office, Windows Phone and other Microsoft products as well as general PC and computer help. If you can't find the answer to your question in this app you can get additional help by following Mike Halsey on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or emailing him directly.  Use the buttons below to stay in touch with and contact Mike Halsey.                 Mike Halsey (born March 1970 in Camberley, Surrey)...

Using Saved Searches to Create Custom Libraries

Using Saved Searches to Create Custom Libraries

While Libraries in Windows are an excellent way to aggregate storage from across different areas of your computer's hard disk(s) they do have on critical limitation, and this is that you can't create a library of Adobe PDF files or files created by yourself at work.  Such libraries are a fantastic way to quickly and easily get to different types of files on your computer, wherever they happen to be. Fortunately such a feature does exist in Windows and it's called...

Adding Network Locations to Libraries

Adding Network Locations to Libraries

Libraries in Windows are a very useful as a way to aggregate content from across hard disks on your computer but they do have some limitations, one of which is that out of a Windows Server environment it's extremely difficult...

70-687 Configuring Windows 8 Exam Ref

70-687 Configuring Windows 8 Exam Ref

Prepare for Exam 70-687—and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of Windows 8 setup and support. Designed for experienced IT Professionals ready to advance their status—Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA level. Focus...

Searching in Windows 8

Searching in Windows 8

How do you really get the best out of Search in Windows 8? How can you easily troll through the huge volumes of files, documents, apps and settings on your computer to find what you're REALLY looking for, quickly...

Troubleshooting Windows 8 for Beginners

Troubleshooting Windows 8 for Beginners

First Thursday Webcast. Getting started with repairing and fixing Windows 8 can be very complex with many technical tools you need to be familiar with. This needn't be the case though. In this webcast, Mike Halsey, the author of "Troubleshoot...

Managing Power Consumption in Windows

Managing Power Consumption in Windows

Managing the power consumption on your laptop, ultrabook or tablet is always a challenge as, no matter how long you wish your battery would last for, it's never enough. In this video, Windows expert and author Mike Halsey shows you how to maximise your battery life on your Windows 8, Windows RT or Windows 7 laptop, ultrabook or...