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Hello and Welcome,

Meetings This Week:

Tuesday Group - Tuesday Apr 17th - 9:30 am - 12 noon

The usual Q&A and other discussions.

Web Design - Saturday Apr 21st - 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Steve South will demonstrate more great Web Design techniques and also present some tutorials from the 'Web.

Plus the usual Q&A and other discussions.

Meetings Next Week:

MAIN meeting - Tuesday Apr 24th - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Digital Photography - Friday Apr 27th - 9:30 am - 12 noon

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Tech Tips:

Why You Should Always Install 64-bit Windows:

Published in How-To Geek by Chris Hoffman on April 12th, 2018

Microsoft still offers both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10. But, whether you're installing Windows 10 or Windows 7, you should almost certainly skip the 32-bit version and get the 64-bit version instead.

The 64-bit version of Windows is also known as the “x64” version of Windows, while the 32-bit version is also known as the “x86” version.

Your PC is Almost Certainly 64-bit

64-bit PCs have been mainstream for a long time. Intel's first big 64-bit consumer CPU was the Core 2 Duo, which was released in 2006. AMD released the Athlon 64 in 2003. If you have a PC you purchased or built in the last decade, it's almost certainly a 64-bit PC.

There are some exceptions, of course. Early versions of the very underpowered Intel Atom CPU line were just 32-bit CPUs. But those were so slow when they were released that it's very unlikely many people are still using those discount netbooks and tablets today.

Computers with 64-bit CPUs can run 32-bit operating systems, but there's really no reason for them to do so anymore. Even on a 64-bit operating system, you can still run 32-bit applications just fine.

Why You Should Install the 64-bit Edition

32-bit versions of Windows are limited to 4 GB of RAM, which is a small amount these days when even budget PCs these days usually have 8 GB or more. If you want to actually use more than 4 GB of RAM—and you probably do—you'll need a 64-bit version of Windows.

Read more in the How-To Geek article.

Microsoft holds on releasing Windows 10 Version 1803 to the public:

Published in Windows Central by ZAC BOWDEN 11 Apr 2018

Microsoft has found a blocking bug that has temporarily postponed the planned release of Windows 10 Version 1803 to the public. Here's what we know.

A couple of weeks ago, I revealed that Microsoft had internally pegged April 10 as the release date of the next major version of Windows 10, known only as 'Version 1803' at this time. Just like with the Fall Creators Update, I had been told by contacts that Microsoft was planning to begin rolling out this new release on April's Patch Tuesday, but that's now come and gone and there's no sign of the update. So what has happened?

According to my sources, over the weekend Microsoft found a blocking bug that, while apparently rather rare, is impactful enough to hold the release until the issue is fixed. Microsoft has internal criteria that a build needs to pass before it goes out to the public, and that criteria is extra thorough when it comes to the production 'ring,' as you might expect. Thanks to feedback from Insiders in the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview rings, this bug was caught before rollout began.

“Got some more info on this: Microsoft was going to rollout on April 10, but found a blocking bug over the weekend that was bad enough to hold the release. Not sure if bug was fixed in 17133.73 or if it'll come in another patch. RS4 will likely begin rollout in a couple weeks now. https://t.co/qxcbHCdPUo

— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) April 10, 2018

And that's pretty much it. Microsoft has decided to hold the release of Version 1803 until the company can verify the bug has been resolved, which means it'll likely be another couple of weeks before Version 1803 is given the green light for rollout. Luckily, there's no real rush for Microsoft to get this release out the door, so it can (and definitely should) take its time with this. I believe build 17133 may no longer be in the running as the RTM build of Windows 10 Redstone 4.

On the subject of taking its time, Microsoft is also yet to announce a name for Version 1803. We're not too sure why this is the case, but you can be sure we'll keep you posted on the matter. Microsoft will likely announce more details regarding its release in the next few days, so make sure you stay tuned to Windows Central for that and more on Windows 10 Version 1803.

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Bob Backstrom
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