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  1. 3 points
    Update: Microsoft is forcing users to download the ISO file using the Media Creation Tool. If you still want to download the ISO file directly, you can do so by changing the User Agent String in your web browser. This will make the browser pretend its on an operating system such as Linux or macOS, which Microsoft permits direct downloads from. If you need to download Windows 10 on an alternative operating system such as OS X (MacOS) or Linux; the Media Creation Tool or Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant will not work because those applications are executables. Previously, Microsoft provided the Techbench website for such as scenarios. The web page has now been redirected to the Software Download page. So if you are looking for it, that's where you will now find it. Go to: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/ Scroll down, click in the list box and choose your edition. Make sure you choose the right version. Click Confirm then wait while the page is verified. Windows 10 - contains Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home Windows 10 N - only for customers in Europe, contains Windows 10 Pro N and Windows 10 Home N Windows 10 Single Language - for users running Windows 10 Single Language, Windows 8 Core Single Language, Windows 8.1 Core Single Language or Windows 8.1 with Bing. Choose your language then click Confirm. Wait while the page is verified. Choose the architecture you wish to download. Remember, you only have 24 hours to download the ISO before it expires. When you are done, use your favorite DVD burning utility or mount it in a Virtual Machine.
  2. 3 points
    The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is fast approaching. To ensure users experience a smooth upgrade, here are some things you can do. Disable your Antivirus utility temporarily before attempting the upgrade. Click the respective link for the Antivirus utility you are running. Please remember to re-enable your Antivirus after successfully upgrade. - Norton - right click Norton in the Notification Area then click Disable Antivirus - McAfee - ESET NOD32 - Kaspersky - Avast - AVG - Trend Micro - Bitdefender - Webroot Secure Anywhere - F-Secure - Panda - Comodo Make sure your machine name is simple no periods or hyphens or dashes. Avoid using names such as "System" or Account or Administrator for your Machine. How to Rename Your Windows 10 Computer - groovyPost Restart a few times then try again. Click Start > Power Options > Restart Disable General USB Devices (example - Smart Card Reader). Press Windows key + X > click Device Manager > expand Memory technology devices. Right click SD Controllers, then click uninstall. If there is more than one, right click each, then click Uninstall. Perform a clean boot, restart then try again. Learn how to do it in Windows 10: How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 10 - groovyPost If you are using a SCSI hard disk, make sure you have drivers available for your storage device on a thumb drive and it is connected. During Windows 10 setup, click the Custom Advanced Option and use the Load Driver command to load the appropriate driver for the SCSI drive. If this does not work and setup still fails, consider switching to a IDE based hard disk. If you are upgrading using the .ISO file, disconnect from the Internet during setup, if you are connected by LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi, disable both then attempt setup again. There are multiple ways to do this, you can disconnect the Ethernet cable if you are connected to a wireless network. If you are connected to a wireless network, you can manually disable Wi-Fi by turning off the Wireless switch on your laptop. Another way that is even easier, is to open Action Center - press Windows key + A then click Airplane Mode. This will disable all network technologies. Proceed with the upgrade. If you are updating through Windows Update, when the download reaches 100% disconnect from the Internet LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi then proceed with the installation. See previous steps. If that does not work, try using the .ISO file to upgrade if possible. How To Download Windows 10 ISO for a Clean Install ... - groovyPost then mount the ISO and start the upgrade: How to Mount and Burn ISO Images in Windows 10 - groovyPost If you are connected to a domain, switch to a local account. See section of the following article Leave a Domain: How to Join a Windows 10 PC to a Domain - groovyPost If you have any external devices attached to the machine, disconnect them (example, gaming controllers, USB keys, external hard disk, printers, non-essential devices).
  3. 3 points
    With Windows 10, Creating an account is fairly simple. All the defaults aim to have you create a standard account using a Microsoft email address (hotmail.com, outlook.com etc..) or a Family account. Although it's not the most intuitive, you can also create a local account if you know where to look. Personally, I like to use local accounts for Guest's who visit my home. Here's how to do it. 1 - Click Setting > Accounts > Family & Other Users > Add Someone Else to this PC 2 - Click I don't have this person's sign-in information 3 - Click Add a user without a Microsoft account Note: Microsoft hides this option... See shot below. 4 - Enter Username and Password (PW is optional) Done Advanced: If you want to take an extra step and make the account a true Guest Account, Remove the account from the Users Group and Add it to the Guest Group.
  4. 3 points
    Well, it's too late for a lot of people, but Microsoft is FINALLY putting in a decline button on the Get Windows 10 nag screen: http://www.groovypost.com/news/microsoft-makes-it-easy-to-decline-windows-10-free-upgrade/ Did you end up rolling your PC back to the previous OS? http://www.groovypost.com/howto/downgrade-windows-10-previous-windows-version/
  5. 3 points
    Hello, You may probably want to re-configure Gmail with Windows 10. Setup Windows 10 Mail App Launch the mail app and click the gear icon in the lower left corner, and go to Settings > Accounts. Next you’ll see the email you use for your Microsoft Account to log in – click Add Account. That brings up a list of the most popular email services. Click the one you want to add…in this case I am adding a Gmail account. That brings up the Google login screen – enter your account and password. If you have Google Two-Factor Authentication enabled – and everyone should be using it, wait for your confirmation code and verify your account. Accept the agreement of what the Mail app will need to access from your account. That’s it! Now you will have your Gmail account available in the Mail app. Your inbox will sync, and you are good to go. Regards, Edward
  6. 2 points
    Windows Update is a key part of maintaining your computer. New operating system versions, application updates, security updates and even firmware updates are released through it. Sometimes, when you are experiencing problems downloading apps from the Windows Store, the Store app might be outdated and needs an update. The only way to get it, is through Windows Update. These five tips can help resolve some of the most common problems associated with Windows Updates in Windows 10. 1. Windows Update Troubleshooter The first troubleshooting option you can try is Microsoft's own Windows 10 Troubleshooter for Windows Update. In the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can find it in Start > Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot, click Windows Update then click Run the troubleshooter. If you are running Windows 10 Anniversary Update or an earlier version of Windows, click Start, type: troubleshooting, hit Enter then launch the Windows Update troubleshooter. You can run the troubleshooter a couple times to see if it helps. 2. Media Creation Tool or Windows 10 Setup Media If the troubleshooter does not resolve the problem, then, the next option you can try is using the the Media Creation Tool or Windows 10 Setup install media to check for and install updates. Simply download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool or if you have a Windows 10 ISO, double click it to mount it, then start up. Choose the Download and Install Updates (recommended). If setup successfully completes this step, close the wizard then restart your computer. 3. Deployment Image Servicing and Management The Deployment Image Servicing and Management can be used to resolve issues with the integrity of your Windows 10 installation, this includes: corrupt or damaged system files. Press Windows key + X Click Command Prompt (Admin) Type in at the prompt OR Copy and Paste these one at a time : (Hit enter after each) Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth Exit the command prompt, restart your computer then try running Windows Update again. 4. Delete the Software Distribution Folder If you have reached this far and Windows Update is still not working, then this likely calls for some advanced tinkering. Before carrying out this procedure, disconnect from the Internet. That means turning off Wi-Fi and disconnecting from a wired connection. If you don't, Windows 10 will indicate some files are in use and cannot be modified or the command will be non-responsive. Also, you should restart your computer after disconnecting from the Internet. The easiest way to do it is to enable Aeroplan mode from the Action Center. 1. Press Windows Key + X on the keyboard and then select “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the menu. 2. Stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and the Windows Update Services. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press the “ENTER” key after you type each command. net stop wuauserv net stop cryptSvc net stop bits net stop msiserver 3. Now rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder. You can do this by typing the following commands in the Command Prompt. Press the “ENTER” key after you type each command. ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old 4. Now, let’s restart the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and the Windows Update Services. Typethe following commands in the Command Prompt for this. Press the ENTER key after you type each command. net start wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver 5. Type Exit in the Command Prompt to close it and then restart the computer. 5. Perform a Repair Upgrade If you have carried all the above but Windows 10 Update remains stubborn, then a repair upgrade is the best option. For this step, you should reconnect to the Internet. During installation, before reaching the desktop, Windows 10 will perform some post installation tasks such as downloading the latest Windows Updates. A repair upgrade can be done by downloading the latest ISO file for Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool. Mount the ISO file by double clicking it, start the installation then install over your current installation on the drive. Your personal files, applications and settings will be preserved. Bonus. Download Stubborn Cumulative Updates Using Microsoft Update Catalog. Sometimes a stubborn cumulative update can be problem, it sits there for hours and won't budge. If none of the above helps, you can try downloading the update directly using the Microsoft Update Catalog then install it manually. Learn more about how to install Cumulative Updates manually at the following link: Manually Install Standalone and Cumulative Updates ... - groovyPost If this still does not work, I recommend you try performing a repair upgrade. Learn how at the following link: How to Perform a Repair Upgrade in Windows 10 - groovyPost
  7. 2 points
    With the release of Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft will remove access to previous versions of the operating system from regular channels such as the Media Creation Tool and the Software Download page. In case something goes wrong or it turns out your system is not working well with the Windows 10 Creators Update, you need a sure way to go back to your previous version. Yes, Windows 10 does include the Rollback option, which you must perform within 10 days of upgrading, but not a lot users will know this. The best thing you can do right now, is prepare reinstall media for your current version. Users running older releases such as Windows 10 1507 and 1511 will need to use the Recovery Drive option in current versions. Microsoft no longer host install files for those versions. If you are currently running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, you have time. Volume License Customers and active MSDN subscribers need not worry about this; you can still download older versions if needed from those respective services at anytime. Create Recovery Drive - versions 1507, 1511 and 1607 Windows 10 includes a Recovery Drive Creator, which copies install files for your current version to a USB thumb drive. This thumb drive can be used to perform a clean install only. What you will need? USB thumbdrive with 8 GBs of space or more Your computer running Windows 10 Click Start and type: create recovery then Enter on your keyboard You can also find the Recovery drive creator by opening Control Panel (Windows key + X) Open Recovery Click Create Recovery drive Make sure your thumb drive is connected then click Next. Use the Media Creation Tool to Create Reinstall Media for Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607). Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the current commercial release of Windows 10, users can download and create a backup copy using the Media Creation Tool; or download ISO media from the Software Download page. Remember, on the day Microsoft officially launches the Windows 10 Creators Update (1703), you won't be able to download older versions. Microsoft recently refreshed the install files for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, so, your install media will need to be a dual layer DVD or a USB thumb drive with 8 GBs of space. Download the Media Creation Tool Now Right click the MediaCreationTool.exe file then click Run as administrator. Choose Create installation media for another PC then click Next
  8. 2 points
    With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update now in full effect, many users are embracing the upgrade. So far though, quite a number of users are experiencing the 0x80070057 error when attempting update or upgrade. The error happens most of the time when using the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. The Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant is a smaller upgrade wizard used to download and upgrade to Windows 10. It lacks the detailed upgrade options available in the Media Creation Tool. Here is what the error looks like: If you are upgrading using Windows Update or the Upgrade Assistant, after the download reaches 100%, disconnect immediately if you are connected by LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi. There are multiple ways to do this, you can disconnect the Ethernet cable if you are connected to a wireless network. If you are connected to a wireless network, you can manually disable Wi-Fi by turning off the Wireless switch on your laptop. See the following article for more details: How to Ensure a Smooth Upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update Use the Media Creation Tool If the Upgrade Assistant still does not upgrade, another option available on the Get Windows 10 page is the Media Creation Tool, which is a small application with more detailed options for upgrading. In addition to supporting direct upgrades, if you have multiple computers running Windows 10 or earlier versions; you can use it to create custom bootable media with a mix of Home, Pro, 32 and 64-bit versions. The Media Creation Tool can create an ISO file containing all editions and architectures of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. An ISO file is a digital replica of a CD or DVD. The ISO file also supports offline upgrades. I recommend this method for upgrades. Select the option, Upgrade this PC now then follow the on-screen instructions. If you choose the option, Create installation media for another PC, you will be prompted to select your language, edition, and architecture. Learn more: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/3-ways-to-upgrade-to-windows-10-anniversary-update/
  9. 2 points
    Thanks Andre, this resolved my problem; I am commenting to offer my thanks and to advise others that they should allow several hours to complete section 4, the one that fixed my pc. I had been unable to download updates since I ran update kb4013214 (creators update) 19 May 2017; I have had 0x80248007 and 0x803c0103 errors and could not get past them: I found your blog by web search and read through the first 4 sections. I had already run 1 (Windows update troubleshooter); I had deferred 2 (Media creation tool) as a last resort: I had previously run DISM with no success so I decided to run 4 (Delete software distribution folder). In 4.2. when I ran net stop msiserver the response was that msiserver was not loaded (could this have been a cause of my problem?); I decided to complete the procedure and then rebooted. In my case, from restarting at 4.5. to the completion of updating my pc many hours passed. I restarted at midnight and the pc started windows update during the restart sequence (success!!); a list of updates appeared onscreen and windows update proceeded to download them; at 2am I thought that the downloads were complete but it started yet another download: at this point I left the pc running, unattended. At 9am I returned and the pc was waiting for me to restart it; it then applied the updates and this took another 35 minutes before opening the log in window. As of now windows update on my pc seems to be effective. My PC: Win 10 Home 64-bit; ver 1703: OS build 15063.502 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6500 CPU @3.20GHz RAM16.0GB
  10. 2 points
    There is some confusion right now about the Windows 10 Free Upgrade. Is it still available or is it not available? Yesterday, came a glimmer of hope for many who were still in limbo. Microsoft found out and immediately clarified; the Microsoft Answer Desk Tech who indicated the free upgrade offer would still be available for two more weeks, made a mistake. The issue is, there is wide open information on Microsoft's website that says otherwise. The Windows 10 Accessibility Page, provides a link to an updated Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, which lets you upgrade for free. It is no different from the regular Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. Microsoft's official stance remains, the free upgrade offer has ended. The new Upgrade Assistant found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade It is version 1.4.9200.17343 opposed to 1.4.9200.17332 The website Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide, provides more information regarding Windows 10 availability. Phillip Yip goes on further to say: So, it looks like the cat is out of the bag, Windows 10 is still available for free, its now an open secret. Is Microsoft likely to close this loophole? They sure can, but for users who missed the fantasy deadline, they can grab the upgrade for free while they can.
  11. 2 points
    Great point. Reminds me, when I upgraded to stopped everything running possible via WINKEY+R > Type Services.msc > Stop any 3rd party apps you don't need running. > Perform Upgrade
  12. 2 points
    Thnx for the data. Great blog. If Microsoft was smart they would just continue to let users upgrade for free. After all, all the cash is going to be in getting people subscribed to office anyway. my 2 cents...
  13. 2 points
    Hi there! Share your down load speed. Here's mine. The Ping sucks, but the other looks good. Up load is usually 10-1, so that's OK Some times my ping is a lot better! I don't have a clue why that happens. http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/5459670434
  14. 2 points
    Perhaps... Still should be able to look and see. My guess -- those are probably indexing BOTS crawling the site. Perhaps...?
  15. 2 points
    No, in order to upgrade after July 29th, you must already have the Digital Entitlement. Check Settings > Update and Security > Activation.
  16. 2 points
    Hi @James George - yes, you will be able to go directly from Windows 8.1. Personally, I would use the ISO method... Anyway - Just read a great blog post from Andre with details on getting upgraded.
  17. 2 points
    Ahh, of course it does. That brings to mind another small but handy piece of software. One that Gary actually turned me on to, Unchecky. It prevents that unwanted/bundled crap from trying to install. It unchecks the boxes that will allow it. Great program! https://unchecky.com/
  18. 2 points
    @ShockerSH, Where do you see that it is Ad Supported? TBH, I have never seen any advertisements and I don't see where it says that anywhere. Perhaps I am not looking in the right place? This is what my Wise Program Uninstaller looks like.....
  19. 2 points
    Wow dude - that's impressive. All clean and tidy. Like a command center! LOL I'm NOT going to post my command center. Um... it's under renovation
  20. 2 points
    http://www.groovypost.com/unplugged/confirmed-cnet-download-com-gains-crapware-status/
  21. 2 points
    I would never download anything from Cnet. You can download Wise directly from the program site. http://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-program-uninstaller.html It's also available from FileHippo http://filehippo.com/download_wise_program_uninstaller/ and Major Geeks http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/wise_program_uninstaller.html
  22. 2 points
    Hi Everyone! As you can see, we have moved to a new Forum Software Platform. In order to login, please use the "I forgot my PW" feature under the login page. Any other questions/problems, please let me know! -Steve
  23. 2 points
    Follow these steps. Granted, your mileage may vary... 1 - Call your ISP at least annually. Tell them: My bill is way too high. I'm going to move to XYZ competitor. They have new customer specials and I'm going to save a ton. 2 - Customer service will usually transfer you to another department in order to retain you. 3 - Repeat #1 to new Rep. 4 - Rep will usually say something like "Oh, well how about we lower your bill and give you new customer pricing?" That's the standard story for most service providers.... Hi @Rich-M -- Nope, not a mistake. I'm running on Frontier FIOS (Fiber). Formerly Verizon FIOS. Frontier bought out the services from Verizon a few years back. So I have Fiber going to my house. Unlike Cable, it's not a shared connection. I get the full 100mpbs Up/Down. Um... well, my TV, Phone and Internet are all bundled into a single bill. I think I pay like $172 for all 3. So, if you were to separate my Internet, I think it's around..... $75 a month?
  24. 2 points
    Windows 10 has a quality antivirus/antimalware program built-in called Windows Defender. It continuously runs in the background and is updated regularly...sometimes multiple times per day and is constantly improving. Here are some articles you can read about it: http://www.groovypost.com/news/microsoft-announces-windows-defender-advanced-threat-detection/ http://www.groovypost.com/news/windows-10-defender-allows-offline-malware-scans/ Personally, that is all I use. If you want a supplemental antimalware program, I recommend the portable versions of Malwarebytes or SuperAntiSpyware. I say portable because you can simply run them from a USB drive to do a scan. Of course, the bottom line is you need to use common sense and be responsible when using your PC. Here are two articles with competing views on security protection against Malware: http://www.groovypost.com/unplugged/why-I-havent-used-antivirus-programs-in-years/ (Common Sense Guide to Malware Protection) http://www.groovypost.com/unplugged/why-everyone-needs-antimalware-protection/ (Competing View on Why Everyone Needs Malware Protection) But if you have kids or other people who aren't tech savvy using the PC, you should consider a commercial program like Norton, TrendMicro, or Kaspersky. To get a look at how well these security programs stack up, I recommend checking out this following page that is an Independent AV comparison chart: http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php
  25. 2 points
    Hello Steve, Please check these Wiki links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_genealogy_software and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web-based_genealogy_software You have Comparison of web-based and client based genealogy software. Hope this gives you the answer you are looking for. Also note that Family Atlas is confirmed to work with Windows 10. Cheers, Edwin