It can be hard to say goodbye. We mourn a bit when old, familiar software like AIM is retired or we hear that Microsoft Hearts is going dark. Software doesn't age as quickly as hardware, but it does eventually grow long in the tooth, even when it's still being updated by developers.But just because something is old doesn't mean it needs to be left behind! (At least I hope not, because my beard is getting whiter every month.) Even if software has been around for decades doesn't mean you can't still use it.And so that's our question this week. What's the oldest program you have installed on your PC? Do you have any software relics you keep for nostalgia's sake, or that you still use regularly because, frankly, they're still better than newer products? Our answers are below, and we'd like to hear yours in the comments.Andy Kelly: IrfanViewWhen I joined PC Gamer about 6 years ago, I inherited the PC of Tom Francis, who had recently left to become a hotshot game developer. And I … [Read more...] about What’s the oldest program you have installed on your PC?
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Game developers are increasingly taking advantage of the growing market in Linux gaming, but that’s not always been the case, and even now some games aren’t released outside of Windows. Thanks to a clever tool called Wine, though, you can run many Windows games—and other apps, including Office—as though they were native to Linux.Wine provides a skeletal virtual version of Windows, inside which you install extra components and perform various tweaks (for example, selecting which version of Windows you want to emulate) to get your app working. Sadly, it’s not a silver bullet that will get all your Windows games working in Linux, but it should be able to give you access to at least some of them.Amazon Prime Day deals: see all the best offers right now!The biggest hurdle is that Wine is a command-line tool—great for purists; not so convenient if you want to point and click your way to gaming heaven. Thankfully, others have developed graphical … [Read more...] about How to play Windows games in Linux
We’re riding your easily manipulated machismo as an excuse to look at the pros and cons of using Windows as a home server. The demise of the real Windows Home Server line in 2011 left a hole in Microsoft’s range, one that Windows Server Essentials could never quite fill with its small business remit, at a time when, annoyingly, a home server is of more use than ever.We all have so much digital "stuff" that we want to keep, access, stream, share, and keep safe, that it’s hard to know where to put it. Sure, there are cloud solutions, but who knows where your data is going to end up being stored? Plus, access speed is always limited by your upstream/downstream speeds. So, while throwing stuff up to the cloud is useful, there are limitations and concerns with third-party services.There’s nothing better than having real bare-metal in your locality, running services for high-speed access and backup, from where it can be pushed over slower connections to the cloud if … [Read more...] about Windows Server vs. Network Attached Storage Which is better for a home server?
Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition has launched for PC, however, PC gamers have been experiencing errors and issues like sound bugs, black screen at startup, crashes, character flickering and more. We will discuss all of the Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition errors and issues step-by-step and will also provide you with a possible fix or workaround so that you play the game without any problem. Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition Errors, Crashes and Fixes Final Fantasy 15 is the latest entry in the franchise and following its release on consoles the game has finally released for PC through Steam, Origin, and Windows Store. While the developers are working to resolve these issues, the following are the possible fixes and workarounds for the errors and issues that players have been experiencing. Multi-Monitor Fix To fix this problem, run the game on your dual-monitor setup and it will display on just one monitor. All you have to do is press “ALT + Enter” and the game will go into … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition Errors
With the initial launch of Windows 10 many Windows OS users reported that Microsoft forced installed the latest operating system on their PCs, laptops, and in mid-2016 Finnish Consumer Authority started an investigation and now Microsoft has reached an agreement with the Consumer Authority that it will no longer install apps on systems without the user’s consent. As reported by Xinhuanet, Microsoft and Finnish Consumer Authority have agreed that Microsoft will not force install any apps without the consumer’s consent on Windows 10 or the OS itself. Furthermore, the company will not change the function or meaning of any symbol to which a consumer is accustomed to. This latter restriction might be due to the reports that in “Get Windows 10” app when users opted to not install the OS and clicked the button “X” to close the app but reportedly, Microsoft changed the function for that button to “OK” instead of close or cancel and pressing the … [Read more...] about Microsoft Will Not Force Windows 10 Or App Installs Without User’s Consent