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  1. Hello jabo and Welcome to windows10.help. You need to change the settings. Go to Settings > Personalization > Start Make sure that you turn Start - Full Screen to Off as well as Show Most Used Apps and Recently Added Apps.
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  2. 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
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  3. 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
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  4. 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 Mic
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  5. A few know me here and know I have not exactly been a lover of Windows 10, but that is based on the fact that I had to remove so many mangled Windows 10 updates from pcs they never should have been put on. I am not talking about pcs Compatibility might reject either as I have long believed that Windows is too kind in passing on some hardware for new versions and today I proved it. I had an older desktop I use in a casual den for answering email and surfing while watching TV as also a possibility. It has an Intel I5 3570K cpu with 16 Gb memory, a San Disk Ssd 256 gb, and a 500 gb Wd Raptor
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  6. Me too I have always used VLC Player with every version of Windows.
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  7. I waited with one computer running win7, as i watched my three other systems with windows 10, and really wanted to be sure i had one older system to fall back on if the others failed to stay working. I admit the first few Months with Win10 were anything but great, many problem with my installed programs, but after a bunch windows 10 upgrades, things started to work much better. My last Win7 system an older HP was a tough upgrade, as i kept getting a failed to install message, i think i retried about 15 times over the Month, kept seeing that time running out before July 29 message.
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  8. Being one of the still living humans who were the first to have a Windows OP System, on their computer, i bought my Gateway 486 with the first Windows. Can't tell you how many of my friends at work told me,"you are making a BIG mistake" better stick with the tried and true DOS. Sadly they sure were right. i had so many problems with that first Windows. But over a Loooong time and many other Windows, some good some not so good and a few really BAD, things started improving. They had to just about had to force XP off my computers, but Win7 worked then 8 and it's upgrade now W
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  9. 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/
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  10. 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
    3 points
  11. 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
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  12. 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
    2 points
  13. FINALLY got the darn thing to boot. Tried countless attempts from various hints and tips, and nothing worked. I managed to get into the System Restore area, something I had attempted but failed at, but this time, it let me. The first and constant BSOD occurred on 07/20/17. I did a restore to 07/09/17 and I was able to login normally. Honestly, I don't know what changed since then; I don't really update or install much, but I will have to be careful from now on.
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  14. This is the craziest thing I've ever experienced with a Window machine...gave me a good laugh! Was working remotely on a new Surface and there was a Windows Activation error, so went to Settings\Updates and there was a statement that the update server could not be found and check the internet connection? Duh, I'm working remotely and the browsers are not having issues?! So I decided to do a search on error 0x80072ee7 and came up with the following non MS post: go to control panel search "view network connections" go to view network connections c
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  15. Just wanted to post my success story and give thanks to @adacosta for his tip on how to upgrade AFTER the deadline from Microsoft! https://windows10.help/blogs/entry/6-windows-10-free-upgrade-apparently-still-available/ I followed the step in that article and it was almost... flawless. Turns out it wasn't happy I needed some updates from Windows 7. The first time I ran it, it sat at 99% install status. After a reboot, I ran Windows Update and it installed a few patches. Second time I ran the upgrade, it went flawless. Took a few hours and was done. So, Thanks again!
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  16. When I 1st opened my win 10, my start menu was small and contained Power/Documents and a few others, none from the app side, now it's loaded, I have tried google search w/no results. How do I get back my small start menu again ?
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  17. A quick question before we proceed. What account are you using to login to Windows 10(Microsoft account or Local account)? If you are using Microsoft account then refer the link below to reset password. https://account.live.com/resetpassword.aspx If you are using Local account insert flash drive and go to Control Panel> User Account, Click on Create password reset disk and follow the instruction. Hope this helps.
    2 points
  18. If you mean that the disc that's part of the retail package doesn't have the latest drivers I too have found that with Asus sound cards, but they are always available at their website. These drivers are available for the DSX I have been told I've been brainwashed, but I would not go back to an earlier OS than 10.
    2 points
  19. I've seen this happening with the kmplayer and Windows 10 quite frequently, especially lately. I agree with Dougie and Rich. The VLC Lan Player is a lightweight and easily used video player. It will do everything that you need it to do.
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  20. Hello and Welcome. I use VLC media Player with Windows 10 Has it's own codecs and will play just about anything. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
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  21. I have to agree about disconnecting the drives any backups are on. Since losing some business records years ago I have become paranoid about backing up, or more correctly imaging. I backup to external USB drives and also to a 4 bay NAS that is permanently switched on as it is a media server as well. I do not believe in raid so I have another 4 bay NAS that is only ever connected and switched on to backup the first NAS. That way I am in control. I see a bit of chat about backup software, and must confess to playing with different brands. I used Acronis for years in my business and found th
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  22. Hello, those two virtual printer drivers wern't put there by the anniversary update. the xps driver has been around since Vista, seeHERE The pdf driver was included with win 10 from release HERE
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  23. @Edward009 THANK YOU so so much this helped me to fix the issue on my VDI running Windows Sever 10 Richie A powerful mind can bring in Peace or Destruction.
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  24. I ran in to this on another forum and thought it should be listed here, as it's a good/easy fix. I'm a computer technician and have been running Windows 10 on my desktop computer since it's been available. Most of my customers are still on Windows 7, but the numbers will be increasing on W10. Keep up the good work on preaching backup...I do also with ALL my customers, as it's VERY important to have backups!!
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  25. Yes you can create manual restore points in two situations, I believe. FIRST - if you are not attached via wi-fi, you never know when updates will happen, so you can create a restore point each night before final shutdown. Then, if a bad update is installed the next day, you can restore. SECOND - If you are wi-fi attached and have "METERED CONNECTION" turned on, you can do a "CHECK FOR UPDATES" each morning. If updates are found, you can create a restore point before turning "METERED CONNECTION" off. However, it would be so much simpler if we did not have to concern ourselv
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  26. Can we get a tab on the home page for "new posts"......I see the unread tab.....but that's not the same as new posts. You can have new posts (replies) to older posts. It just makes it easier.....for me it does.
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  27. What kind of files are they? What are the file extensions? .docx? .pdf? I can't imagine an upgrade of the OS would impact other files on the drive. Something else might be going on. Perhaps you lost the association of those file types with the correct app needed to open them.
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  28. It really depends on the situation. If you're running on a home built box with a variety of components you mismatched into a single system, (CPU, MB, Video Card etc...), you should be cautious when updating each component at the BIOS/FIRMWARE level. However, if you're running a prebuilt desktop of laptop (Dell, Lenovo, HP etc...), many of these hardware manufacturers regularly provide Firmware/Bios updates in order to make a system compatible with the latest OS (like Windows 10), fix bugs or add new features. These updates include everything from enabling a system so it can run Hyper-V f
    2 points
  29. The way I always say it, is flash a bios only when you have an issue, that you know a certain Bios flash will remedy and don't do it on a day where there is any likelihood of a thunderstorm or any other possible downed power line possibility. Now that said there are some motherboards i.e. Gigabyte who for some time have been making boards with dual bios which would protect against any of the scenarios I was pointing to and those boards are not in brand name computers.
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  30. Yuppers Team work is always good!! Thanks for your support old friends!
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  31. Well it sure sounds as if the free prompt is still coming then you still can upgrade for free.
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  32. 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
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  33. Heya @merrillmack - Yeah, that makes sense. So I can't solve your EXACT request, but perhaps I can get you 80% there. Windows 10 allows you to only add certain folders to your start menu however, you are allowed to Right-Click on a folder and click Pin to Start from the context menu. Once you do this, the folder will show up as a Start Tile which you can move around. So not perfect, but good enough?
    2 points
  34. Hi @Gerard D Gilles - That's really a great question. Microsoft made changes to Windows 10 around Guest accounts. The easiest way is to just create a local account for your visitors to use. The account will not be able to access files in other user profiles. For 99% of cases, it should solve the requirement just fine. I just created a quick how-to here for you: http://windows10forum.com/blogs/entry/8-how-to-create-a-local-windows-10-account-or-guest-account/ To turn it into a Guest account, just remove it from the Users group and add it to the Guests group. Welcome to the f
    2 points
  35. Read them then get help here.
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  36. 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
    2 points
  37. Agreed @ralph blake. I just loved Windows 7. Windows 8 was... meh.... but 8.1 was solid. Had I not been a long-time reader of groovypost, I probably would have not upgraded to Windows 10 but now that it's done, I love it. Best of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 if you ask me!
    2 points
  38. Perhaps... Still should be able to look and see. My guess -- those are probably indexing BOTS crawling the site. Perhaps...?
    2 points
  39. No, in order to upgrade after July 29th, you must already have the Digital Entitlement. Check Settings > Update and Security > Activation.
    2 points
  40. Exactly. You can download the ISO media, however, unless you upgrade you're out of luck. As Dave mentioned in the above-linked article, there are several ways you can do the upgrade in order to get the rights. Pretty clever honestly. Makes sense @James George ? Question answered?
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  41. 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.
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  42. 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/
    2 points
  43. Well, Windows 10 wasn't fully baked when released but it continues to get better and better with each release. I like to think of it as a nice upgrade to Windows 8.1. Honestly, however, if someone wants to stay on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, sure. If your apps work, fantastic. After all, I always say it's all about the Apps not the OS.
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  44. 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
    2 points
  45. 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
    2 points
  46. That would create a chicken and egg situation. You would have to be Administrator in order to remove it. That said, I would recommend you try performing a repair upgrade to see if it will restore the account. Step 1, download Windows 10 ISO, mount it. Step 2, start the installation, then choose the option to Keep your personal files, apps and settings (this should be automatically selected for you). The repair upgrade should restore the default Admin account.
    2 points
  47. 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
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  48. To : areacode270 If you do the upgrade to Windows 10 either through Windows Update or using an iso file to do an In-place Upgrade Install, all your files, settings and apps are left untouched. That also applies to your WLM. Nothing will be changed or removed from your WLM. There is nothing to worry about.
    2 points
  49. 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 SuperAntiSpywa
    2 points
  50. One of our readers brought up a good point on this, at least for users of Avast. Apparently it is blocking Windows 10 Mail's ability to sync. Here is a link to a solution: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/187513-avast-blocking-your-email-heres-fix.html So, if you are running any third-party security suite or Firewall you should look into those companies to see if there is something there to change in the settings. Windows 10 comes with built-in security protection with Windows Defender. I don't use any third-party utilities for security, and everything wo
    2 points
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