How Small Business Benefits from Microsoft Office 365

This post was sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud Powered Work, but all opinions expressed are mine.

Small businesses have a lot of competition, so it’s important for you to take advantage of all the technology available to …continue reading

Unified Communications Will Increase Productivity

Does your business follow the practice of unified communications? Properly utilized, it can be a powerful and essential tool that will help your business prosper. This post was sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud Powered Work, but all …continue reading

Boosting Business Productivity with Advanced Technology

Are you in search of a way to boost your business productivity with advanced technology? This post was sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud Powered Work, but all opinions expressed are mine.

Technology can be both a lifesaver …continue reading

You Can’t Take My Desktop Away, Windows 8

However you’ve come upon Windows 8 — if you have at all — it’s likely been preceded by at least some history with older versions of the popular Microsoft operating system. My first taste of Windows on a computer of my own was Windows 3.2. …continue reading

Top 10 Free Microsoft Games for Windows 7

Free Microsoft games in Windows 7 are abundant, but not always easy for everyone to find (which is probably how you came to find this page in the first place). To make it less of a chore for you, fair reader, we …continue reading

Home Office Tools to Transform Your Business

Are you in search of home office tools to transform your business? This post was sponsored by Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud Powered Work, but all opinions expressed are mine.

As we’ve discussed, virtual offices are finally being accepted as …continue reading

Office 365 Versus Office 2013

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A few months ago I mentioned Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription-based and cloud-integrated version of Office. Now …continue reading

Virtual Offices Can Be Successful

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Virtual offices once seemed like a crazy idea, but I think it’s safe to say that the idea of a bricks-and-mortar office …continue reading

How to Group Taskbar Buttons in Windows 7

Still using Windows 7? Ever wanted to know how to group taskbar buttons? Whether you’re using your computer for work or for play, making sure the Windows desktop is aesthetically pleasing as well as being efficient for navigation and getting to the files and applications …continue reading

Social Enterprise: Is the Enterprise Ready to Be Social?

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It’s long been said in circles where the actions of one serve the needs of many that there’s no “I” in “teamwork.” …continue reading

Automatic Login for Windows 7

Whether you find it to be a nuisance or not, automatic login is disabled in Windows 7 by default. Requiring a username and password when you sign on to your computer is one of many security features that Microsoft enables in Windows …continue reading

How to Create a Windows 7 Firewall Shortcut

Ever wondered how to create a Windows 7 firewall shortcut? If not, you’re probably wondering why anyone would do such a thing. Maybe you’re just smiling and nodding, not even sure what in the heck a firewall is in the first place. Well, without going …continue reading

Add a Videos Link to Your Start Menu in Windows 7

No Videos link in the Windows 7 Start menu? As some green dame once exclaimed in surprise when things weren’t quite going her way, “What a world! What a world!”

Even many of the bookworms among us would confess that videos — especially in the …continue reading

How to Shrink a Volume in Windows 7

Ever wanted to know how to shrink a volume in Windows 7? Yes, yes, I know. Many of you are saying, “but, Chris, why are you writing about Windows 7 when Windows 8 has been out for a while?”

I answer because I’m asked. Also, …continue reading

The Max PC Bundle

Hey, Windows users! I know that it sometimes feels like the Mac OS X kids get to have all the fun (I know how it feels because I, too, am a Windows user). Recently, we talked about a Mac Essentials Bundle here at …continue reading

Is the Microsoft Surface Pro a Good Gaming PC?

At, rKiller writes:

Can the new Microsoft Surface Pro run high-end games? I know (as I have seen in my friend’s house) that the Surface Pro can run Batman Arkham City quite smoothly. I was wondering if the Surface Pro is worth …continue reading

Hands On with the Microsoft Surface Pro

Now that we’ve done the unboxing of the Microsoft Surface Pro, let’s get into my initial impressions of the little device after playing with it for about an hour!

I’ve got to tell you, in this short hour, this thing is fantastically better …continue reading

Unboxing the Microsoft Surface Pro

Welcome to the unboxing of the Microsoft Surface Pro 128 gig, running on the Intel platform! I’m very happy to have this in my hands; apparently, these things were sold out — everywhere. To me this doesn’t seem like too much of a …continue reading

Does Microsoft Surface Run Regular Windows Programs?

At, Jeudcastaned writes:

I’m studying at a university and I program a lot. I’m looking for a tablet PC and wanted to know: what is the best — but cheapest — tablet I can use? Does the Windows Surface run programs like …continue reading

Is Windows 8 on a Desktop Good for Productivity?

Joshua Henderson writes:


I am currently running Windows 7 on my desktop and mostly use it for playing games, doing word processing, graphic design, Internet browsing, and listening to music. Recently my computer has become slow, and not as productive as I would like …continue reading

Why Are People Switching Away from Windows?

At, nwright94 writes:

I recently “upgraded” my laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and I really do not like it, but I also don’t want to pay any more money to go back to Windows 7. So I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS …continue reading

Is Windows 8 the Best Solution for You?

At, Mohamed Eassa writes:

Is Windows 8 a good operating system if I am a gamer and will also use it for listening to and managing my music? (I am now using Windows 7 Pro.)

I will also use IE10 for browsing …continue reading

Best Microsoft Surface Cases

At, CoatsyJnr writes:

I recently started to watch Chris’ videos and love them by the way, but I’m posting this to see if you guys would recommend a case for my Microsoft Surface. I have had a look at iPad cases, but …continue reading

Can Windows 8 Save Microsoft?

Shon Sullivan writes:

Hi, Chris. I have been following your vlog recently after being reintroduced to you during your visit at Ignite-U. I had originally followed you back in the days when you were mainly a software junkie.

Understandably, everyone has their opinions …continue reading

Home Media Servers: Backing up and Sharing Files Made Easy

Greg G. writes:

I have a question about home servers. I am interested in making a media sharing server as well as a file management/back-up server. Right now I am in college and I’d like to access files when I’m home and at school. I’m …continue reading

How to Get Movie Maker for Windows 8

Zavier Kinville writes:

My dad recently upgraded our HP notebook to Windows 8 and I can’t seem to find Movie Maker. Dad suggested I search for alternatives. What do you recommend? I need something simple so I can drag and drop clips and music into …continue reading

How to Remove a Virus from Windows 8

Jonathan writes:

Hello, I recently bought a new laptop for when I go to university; it runs Windows 8. Looking around LockerGnome, I’ve come across many free anti-virus programs. I’ve been using Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG.

Only just two days after buying my laptop, …continue reading

Should You Wait for Haswell Processors to Upgrade Your PC?

Salem Al-Mutawa writes:

My sister is planning to get the Cintiq 24HD Touch, and she is planning to use it as her primary monitor; she is also planning to upgrade her PC. Here are my two questions:

Would you recommend Windows 8 …continue reading

Why Should You Consider a Windows Phone 8 Device?

Luke Boeche writes:

I’m at my sister’s cheerleading competition and her coach has a Nokia Lumia 920; here’s the part that got me: she liked it better than her iPhone. Why do you think this is?

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Should You Pay for Anti-Malware Programs?

A LockerGnome community member writes:

Considering that I could use every one on Earth and still be infected, should I pay for anti-malware programs? I was told that certain ones are updated every day or several times a day, but this wasn’t the case for …continue reading