Category Archives: Microsoft

FIX: Windows 10 File Explorer and Control panel fails to open.

Problem: File Explorer in Windows 10 fails to open and just flicks for a second and does nothing.

Question: Did you or a family member change the size of the text or font recently? If the answer is Yes then this is most likely the cause of the problem.


  1. In the Search bar at the bottom of the screen type “Change the size” and then at the top of the search results menu, click on the link that appears.
    Change the size
  2. Look for the ‘Change the size of text, apps, and other items‘ slider and change it to 150% if it is set to something higher.
    Change to 150%
  3.  Your File Explorer or Control Panel will now open.

How to batch re-size multiple images in Windows 10?

You have probably noticed when you right click on an image in Windows Explorer, there is no option to re-size. Fear not as there is a great little program called “Image Resizer for Windows“, which does just that and much more.

Download it from the CodePlex website. Once installed highlight the image or images (it supports batch re-sizing).


Select Resize pictures and a pop-up window appears.

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How to show thumbnail icons in Windows 10?

Before: I recently noticed my Windows 10 was not showing the thumbnail preview icons. It didn’t matter how big or small the icon was, it would show the default windows image for the file type. This is not very useful if one is looking at a folder full of icons.

default thumbnailsAfter: Icons showing correctly.

Updated thumbnails2

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Hello new desktop.

It has taken a few extra months to get my act together to replace my aging 8 year old iMac, but I have finally done it. It required a few thousand miles of flying to the USA and back and some help from Amazon, but it looks awesome.  I am hoping this setup can last for the next 7 years. 😉

New desktop setup: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (i7/256GB/16GB RAM), Dell UltraSharp 27-inch monitor, Anker 7-port USB 3.0 data & charging hub.

New Desk

Old desktop setup: Apple iMac Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD.

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The Surface Pro 4 i7 256GB SSD 16GB RAM

Last night I visted the Microsoft store in the Galleria shopping mall in Houston, Texas and purchased the Surface Pro 4 i7 256GB SSD 16GB RAM. As part of a package deal, I also got a teal coloured touch cover 4 keyboard, a lovely bag and a 5 user licence for Office 365.


So starts the journey with my Surface Pro 4. I am hoping this one is not problematic like the last one.

Like everything else I will report back here with updates.

Windows 10 is dead on my 2008 iMac.

I don’t know what Microsoft did in the latest updates, but it has totally fracked my Windows 10. I use to be able to leave my windows running indefinitely and it would work just fine when I logged in, but ever since the update, I have noticed it is dead to the world. Nothing works, or it is working so slowly that the only way to get anything done is to hold the power button in and reboot, then wait 10 to 15 minutes for it to stop reading or indexing and then its good to go. It is unreal. Does it not know I am looking at the Surface Pro 4 i7? At this rate I will have to replace my old iMac from 2008. 🙂

OSX version 10.10.3

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Hello Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.

Did you watch the Microsoft Windows 10 Devices event? It was a draw dropping spectacle.

Check out the thousands of tweets covering the events over at twitter, just search #windows10devices.

Two devices grabbed my attention. Take a look at the awesome videos below:

The Surface Pro 4 : Syklake Core M, i5 and i7, Windows 10, new keyboard and pen. 12.3″ PixelSense screen, pixel density of 267ppi, up to 16GB RAM and 1TB of storage, two USB 3.0 ports, fingerprint sensor, 8 megapixel front camera. Full technical specifications here.

The Surface Book – The Ultimate laptop has a 13.5″ PixelSense Display, 6 million pixels, 267 DPI, NVIDIA Accelerated graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GPU, High speed GDDR5 memory, 2x USB 3.0 , Full size SD Card, Precision glass trackpad, 5-point mutitouch, Integrated backlit keyboard, Machined magnesium body, Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge, 6th generation Intel Core processor, Up to 16GB RAM & 1TB storage, Thinnest and lightest Intel Core i7 PC, Muscle Wire Lock. At around about 55 seconds into the video comes an awesome surprise. Full Technical Specifications here.

The big question is will either fit in the docking station I bought for the Surface Pro 3? If yes, then I have until my next trip to the US to decide which Windows 10 device I will be getting.

Edit: One answer found already via

NEW YORK—Microsoft gave its Surface Pro tablet an upgrade today. Surface Pro 4 has the same shape and size as Surface Pro 3, but it now sports a Skylake 6th generation Core processor.

The tablet also has a larger screen; what was a 12-inch 2160×1440 screen is now 12.3 inches with a 267PPI display. The larger screen has been incorporated without changing the overall dimensions of the system, so it remains compatible with the Surface Pro 3 Dock.

That is music to my ears,

How sweet does Android Lollipop look alongside Windows 10?

After experiencing Android on the Surface Pro 3 recently, I thought I would give it a try out on my 7 year old iMac, so I installed DuOS, a program that appears to be compatible with Windows 7, 8.1 & of 10.


AMIDuOS is nothing less than the full Android experience, with all the features that the latest version of the popular mobile operating system has to offer. It runs fast, looks crisp and sharp and performs with no limitations – because it is 100% native Android running on your Windows hardware!

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