How to manually check for updates for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac

To check for Office 2011 for Mac updates manually, you need to run Microsoft AutoUpdate application and check for updates from there.

To launch Microsoft AutoUpdate, open your hard drive in Finder and go to /Library/Application Support/Microsoft/MAU2.0/.

Run Microsoft AutoUpdate application and select Check for Updates.

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How to write CD / DVD image in OS X

You can write CD / DVD images to disc using Disk Utility in OS X.

Insert blank CD / DVD and open Disk Utility. Then click on File -> Open Disk Image and select image that you wish to burn. Image should now appear on left hand side panel in Disk Utility. Select the image on left hand side panel and click on Burn. Image will now be burned to a blank disc.

Disk Utility - Burn Image

Mac OS X – How to remove Services from context menu

If you wish to remove a service from the context menu (e.g. Evernote’s “Add to Evernote” or Wunderlist’s “Add to Wunderlist” menu items), follow these steps:

1) Open System Preferences

2) Go to Keyboard

3) Select Shortcuts tab

4) Click on Services in left hand side list

Now all you need to do is de-select services which you want removed from the context menu.

System Preferences

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Few days ago Microsoft has released Windows 10 Technical Preview. You can get it for free after you sign up for Windows Insider Program.

Once you have signed up and downloaded installer ISO file, you can install Windows 10 TP on a PC, or as a virtual machine. I got my hands on it today, and installed it under VirtualBox.

Here are a few screenshots of the installation process and Windows 10 UI.

Windows Update Troubleshooter automatically fixes issues with Windows Update

Windows Update Troubleshooter is a handy tool from Microsoft which diagnoses and fixes issues with Windows Updates. If you’ve come across an update which keeps failing to install, give this tool a go. I’ve used it successfully on one of my PCs that is running Windows 8.1.

If you just want to scan for problems instead of automatically fixing them, go to advanced options (link found on first screen), and deselect “Apply repairs automatically”.

Windows Update Troubleshooter is free, and you can download it directly from Microsoft.