Archive | October, 2014

One of the Cloud’s Silver Linings

31 Oct

One of my favorite features of Windows 8.1 is the way it uses the cloud. Windows makes use of your Internet connection in ways that previous versions did not. If you wish, you can configure it to automatically save any of your files on-line. This allows you to easily access them from anywhere on any of your computers. Plus, those files are backed up on-line so they’re not at risk if something untoward happens to your computer.

It’s also possible to back up your settings: your Start screen arrangement, all your customizations, your Internet favorites, your apps, etc. Recently I acquired a new computer and, while setting it up, I simply entered the same User ID that I used on the old computer. Once it finished doing its thing, all was just as it was on the old computer. I was pleasantly surprised at how many settings and preferences were backed up and then automatically restored.

This can be useful if you have multiple computers in your life. They can all be synchronized so that you don’t have to reorient yourself when going from one computer to another. You can then “take your computing experience” with you wherever you go.

Backing up the settings is also pretty handy if you need to refresh your computer to solve a problem—all the settings and customizations are stored on-line and downloaded when needed.

To make this happen:

  • On your primary computer, go to the Settings charm and select “Change PC settings”.
  • Select “OneDrive”.
  • Select “Sync settings”.
  • At the very bottom of the list of settings that appears, look for “Back up your settings for this PC” and set it to “On”. On your secondary computers, leave this setting turned off.

Now, whenever you are running one of your other computers, it will match the settings on the primary one. It’s just that simple!

Your trusty Techspert,
John B.

The Maps App: A Handy Travel Tool

9 Oct


Hello Everyone!

Kristin here, writing from somewhere in the South Pacific aboard the beautiful Volendam on our way to Australia.  I wanted to write a little something about one of my favorite built in apps that come with the Windows 8.1 operating system, the Maps App.  I absolutely love to travel, not just by cruise ship, but also by other means.  Many times when I am in a different town, state or country it can be pretty intimidating trying to navigate around on your own, especially if you are trying to use public transportation.  I always try to use public transportation when possible which can save time and money but trying to figure out which buses or trains to catch (especially in different countries) can sometimes seem to be more daunting than just flagging down a cab.  The Windows Maps App has come to my aid many times in these situations.  Here are the steps to be able to utilize this handy app. Enjoy!

Bon Voyage,



Step 1: Open the App

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Step 2: Select Search and get directions.


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Step 3: Select Direction

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Step 4: Select the bus which is for public transportation (train, bus, subway).

The other two icons are the car (private transport) and a human figure (for walking)


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Step 5: Type in the where are you (or are going to be) in the A and then the destination in B

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Step 6: Choose a Route

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Step 7: Once  you have chosen the route it is then displayed

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Step 8: You can then choose an action to print, share or create a favorite

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