About Mike Halsey MVP

Mike Halsey is a Microsoft MVP (Windows Expert) and the author of "Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out" from Microsoft Press, "Office 365 Security Essentials" and several forthcoming books about Windows 8. He is a recognised Windows expert having been awarded a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) certification in 2011.You can follow Mike on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or on his own website The Long Climb

Author Archive | Mike Halsey MVP

Leaving Everything-Microsoft

Well today’s the day that Windows 8 is released to the world (with both Microsoft’s MSDN and TechNet websites promptly crashing under the weight of its own popularity) and so it…

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I’m Back! And I’m Getting Ready for Windows 8

Despite rumours of my demise, mostly from senior managers at a certain major tech company I suspect  ;)  I’m now getting into the home stretch of what has been an…

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How to Get the Best Cloud Backup / Sync Out of MSFT’s new SkyDrive App

Microsoft today released their new SkyDrive app for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 which finally competes head on with services like Mozy and Dropbox for online backup.  You…

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Manually Removing Viruses and Malware from Windows 7 – Free Webcast

Hi all, it’s that time of the month again (every first Thursday) for my free webcast and I think this month’s one is going to be very popular.  Manually Removing…

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The Windows 8 Power Users Guide Now Availble for Pre-Order on Amazon

There’s a certain concern raised when a book you’re writing suddenly appears on Amazon when you’ve only written a quarter of it  :/  That said, it’s still very exciting and…

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Send me Your Windows 8 Troubleshooting and Other Problems

Now that people are using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview what problems are you finding with it? Why not share them here.

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Microsoft Release Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcut List

The Windows key on our keyboards can do many things, at least when paired with another key in a shift-type arrangement.  We’ve long known now that there would be many…

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Windows Mobile Marketplace to Close, May 9th 2012

For those people still using older Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphones and devices the latest discontinuation notice for the closure of the Marketplace for those handsets have been sent out by…

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If the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is ‘Feature Complete’ Where are the Missing Features?

When Microsoft released the Windows 8 Consumer preview recently they described it as “feature complete”, which came as no surprise to anyone.  The Windows 7 beta was also feature complete…

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Will Lumia 800 Update Triple Battery Life?

Nokia’s Lumia 800 Windows Phone, while lovely, had some problems with battery life when it first appeared.  Nokia and Microsoft rushed out a patch that fixed the problem but now…

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Office 15 Screenshots Show Metro-Style Simplification

It will never be possible to simplify productivity software as complex as Microsoft Office down to a Metro UI level, which is why it has been reported that the Office…

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How Windows 8 won me over

Those of you who know me might know that up until now I’ve been wary about Windows 8.  Until now I’ve been a big supporter of Microsoft’s products.  After the unveiling…

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Windows 8 for Enthusiasts

In my main review of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview I decided to split it into four parts, each one focused on a different type of Windows user to see…

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Admin Tools Quick Access and More Found in Windows 8

Windows 8 has been criticised by some IT Pros and businesses for, seemingly, forgetting all about them.  Now though it is beginning to emerge that Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about them…

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Windows 8 for Consumers

I was considering what was the best way to write a review of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and thought it might be best to split it into four different…

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The Curse of the Even Numbers?

I’m going to reserve my judgement over the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (beta) that was released yesterday and probably write this up in a multi-part review with specific articles targeting…

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Microsoft Release the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

At an event at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft have this afternoon released the Consumer Preview (beta) for Windows 8 to the public.  You can download…

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No Live Webcast for Windows 8 Beta Launch

Tomorrow Microsoft are set to formally unveil the Windows 8 (beta) Consumer Preview to the world at the Mobile World Congress and many people around the world will be eagerly…

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