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How can I force my Windows 10 laptop to update? | Technology

Why does my HP Pavilion laptop tell me that Windows 10 is up to date, but at the same time tells me I’m running a version that’s nearing the end of support, and recommends that I update to the most recent version? Frank First, some background. Microsoft used to provide new versions of Windows every […]

What’s the best tech to take to university? | Money

Tablet iPad mini – £399 Tablets can be a handy addition to any student’s toolset, often lasting far longer on a charge than a computer or phone, with a big enough screen to get things done or catch up on the latest episode of The Expanse. Apple’s recently updated 7.9in iPad Mini is my pick. […]

How to make Windows 10 recognise an external hard drive | Technology

My external USB hard drive, with 11,000 photos from Windows 7, isn’t recognised by Windows 10. How do I transfer them to Windows 10 for future safekeeping? Jaki The Universal Serial Bus (USB) connects billions of keyboards, mice, joysticks, printers, external hard drives and other peripherals to roughly 1.5bn personal computers, and more than 3bn […]

How do I set up an ergonomic home office? | Technology

I’m an academic with neck and shoulder problems and fear turning into a hunchback through too much peering at the screen. I’m now moving house and setting up a home office. I want to dispense with my laptop – the source of my problems – and buy a desktop and an ergonomic keyboard. I’m confused […]

Which is the best tablet for an artist? | Technology

My wife is an artist. She has been using a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 since 2014. This allows her to draw and paint using a stylus supplied with the pad. She loves using it, but it’s past its best and the battery won’t hold a charge for very long. I am thinking of buying her a […]

Head in the cloud(s): the return of Microsoft Flight Simulator | Games

Flight Simulator was once one of the jewels in Microsoft’s crown, as close to synonymous with PC gaming as it’s possible to get. The series debuted a staggering 37 years ago, pre-dating even Windows as an operating system, and demanded exacting attention from players as they guided increasingly detailed planes safely through the skies. Over […]

Microsoft to open first European store in central London | Technology

Microsoft is opening its first European store on Oxford Street, in London, featuring a McLaren Senna car customised as an Xbox driving simulator, a gaming lounge and a community education centre where children can learn to code. The 22,000 sq ft shop is a block away from the Regent Street Apple store, which, when it […]