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  1. 4 points
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 3 points
    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 hard drive with a 24" Dell Edge to Edge monitor and I had intended to do some gaming on it as well which never happened. I had a version of 10 on this unit a year ago that was an upgrade from Windows 7 but it just didn't run right. Many programs didn't work or froze up when on, Internet seemed slow and at times dropped connection (is wired) and it was so frustrating to run I recovered to Windows 7 after a month of headaches. A month later I did a clean install and had almost all the same problems so I again recovered to Windows 7 and the machine runs like a little "top" on 7. It's so quick and never hesitates or freezes for any reason. A few weeks ago I decided to wait until after the Anniversary Update and see if Microsoft finally fixed everything because the hardware and all the programs show 100% compatible. Well the date came and went and I bought four licenses and once more installed 10 clean, updated to the Anniversary Update, updated a few drivers and all seemed fine now. Half way through the install of programs Quicken 2015 refused to install. Since it was a burned cd I figured the dvd burner might be shot so I ran it on a portable dvd player and got a little further but no dice. Then I replaced the burner in the desktop and ran a few more mfgr cd's and dvd's and they installed but then after that I failed to install anything.Ms Office 2013, QuickBooks 2015, Quicken 2015, Adobe Acrobat 9, Macrium 6 Standard all hung up or stalled and refused to budge and they are not old software either. I uninstalled the Antivirus and Malwarebytes to no difference. I tried copying and pasting dvd's contents to desktop and again no change. At this point I decided that this hardware while not really old is too old for this version of Windows so I recovered with Macrium Rescue disk back to Windows 7 where that baby is staying. My other desktop is an Intel i7 4790K processor with 16 Gb ram, MSI PC Lite motherboard, 256 gb Samsung Evo Ssd drive with a 500 Gb WD Raptor hard drive and install ran like "a piece of cake". Install, Anniversary Update all programs and drivers tweaked and ready to go in 4 hours late this AM and I have been playing with it ever since. I am a bit annoyed that my Asus Xonar DSX sound card had not Windows 10 drivers but I made do myself. I also had an issue with Microsoft power keyboard but again I got it to work and I realized this keyboard is a bit old too. Gen 3 to Gen 4 I guess does make a difference. I don't see where there is a big difference in how it runs but I am happy to finally have a pc running the current OS anyway.
  6. 3 points
    Me too I have always used VLC Player with every version of Windows.
  7. 3 points
    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. Last night when i fired up the old HP, i saw a black screen and a string of letters then something in regards to the register,then i again saw a normal screen and again it asking me if i wished to install Win10. I clicked yes and it began to download Win10, about an hour later it started installing win10. another hour and Win10 was installed and running. Today i started testing my new Win10 HP computer and am happy to say all so far is good. So i now feel Win10 is the best Windows that Microsoft has Engineered, and i feel it will be around a long time.
  8. 3 points
    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 Win10. Been a long trip but it looks like we now have a good Windows.
  9. 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/
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 2 points
    Thanks Robwin, Steve K. and all. I finally got rid of Rapport and Edge now works again. Shame on IBM! At least 1 year ago I had the installation of Rapport recommended by my bank. I installed it and it messed things up. I removed it and I reported it to my bank and also told them they shouldn't make recommendations without first checking them out and that they should inform their source (IBM) not to propose such products. Now it got installed again on my computer - I don't know how - and it wasted many hours of my time. Maybe I should sue IBM for my loss of time and frustration! Thanks again guys!
  14. 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/
  15. 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
  16. 2 points
    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!
  17. 2 points
    hey I am using windows 8 single language on 64X I have this error message ? "This 32-bit version of Windows cannot be installed to an EFI-based computer. Installation cannot proceed. Use a 64-bit version of Windows to install to an EFI-based computer." the iso file is 64x not 32 ?!
  18. 2 points
    Einstein was spot on. We have a lost generation. They have no clue how to socialize, or hold a meaningful conversation. One word answers are the norm. They can't add up without a calculator. Spelling is out of the question. Pretty Pathetic IMO.
  19. 2 points
    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.
  20. 2 points
    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.
  21. 2 points
    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 the basic backup side of the software pretty bullet proof, but there was always bugs that affected settings, or the interface, and they never ever fixed them, they just bought out new versions with different bugs. I also got sick of all the extra baggage that was bundled with it, total overkill. Towards the end of my dealings with Acronis I never would install the program and just ran it off the boot disc. After giving Acronis the spear, I tried a few freebies and moved to Macrium, again it is solid, but so bleeding slow. Good allround free product. I also dabble with Aomei and have done since its introduction, great interface, and fast but the early versions gave me, and according to Mr google, problems with network connections. The later versions do not suffer this and make lightning fast backups, great windows PE discs without downloading the Microsloth megadownload, and read/write to my network NAS boxes and devices without issue. I do not want to be using 2 different products, and I think I will slowly phase out Macrium for Aomei. FWIW
  22. 2 points
    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
  23. 2 points
    Sorry, but I didn't realize how old this thread was, prolly a bit late now? BTW Just a small point, but the instructions for Unlocker DO tell the user to close ALL running programs before using Unlocker. This can minimize the chance of damage to a running application.FWIW
  24. 2 points
    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 ourselves and could just depend on the big "M" to create the restore point like they did before Win-8.
  25. 2 points
    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.
  26. 2 points
    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 for a few Guest OSs to fixing video cards so they work with Windows 10 drivers. Is there still a possibility a failed BIOS update can cause an issue? Yes. However, in my 20 years of experience, I have never run into a problem, and I've updated the BIOS on a countless number of boxes during my tech and home career. Probably over 1000+ desktops and servers. For example, I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon and the first time I installed Windows 10 on it, I was almost dead in the water. My Video, Network and Docking Station was not working correctly. Using WIFI, I managed to scan the Lenovo site and found they added Windows 10 support to the X1 after a BIOS update. I flashed the system using the Lenovo Provided ThinkVantage System Update which watches all Drivers and the BIOS and notifies me when I need to update. After the flash, all was good. Since then, Lenovo updates the BIOS/Firmware on the laptop every 60 days or so. I always take the update. The same example applies to a Mac or iPhone. Each time Apple updates your device, the also update the BIOS. Even my ASUS Wifi Router at home is updated monthly with a BIOS flash. Precautions Like @Rich-M mentioned, you want to make sure you never interrupt a system while it's updating its BIOS. If it's a laptop, make sure you have a full charge and keep it plugged into power while it's updating. If it's a desktop, make sure there's no kids around who might power it off while updating and there's little chance your home will lose power. Like anything, everyone's situation may be different. Out of the 1 Billion computers out there, will some of them brick while updating BIOS? Probably yes. Will it be you? I hope not. Has it ever happened to me? No. Then again, nowadays I only buy new HW from Apple, Dell and Lenovo and they all have specific tools for updating the computer components. So far, so good...
  27. 2 points
    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.
  28. 2 points
    Yuppers Team work is always good!! Thanks for your support old friends!
  29. 2 points
    Well it sure sounds as if the free prompt is still coming then you still can upgrade for free.
  30. 2 points
    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?
  31. 2 points
    Are you sure you used this link to download it? http://www.easeus-down.com/temp/EPM_10.8_trial.exe because your file name is also different to mine
  32. 2 points
    Read them then get help here.
  33. 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...
  34. 2 points
    For what it's worth @Mandy.... if you are still having problems after the 29th, I'll put money on it that Microsoft support will let ya upgrade for free. I have nothing in print to tell me that however, if you point to this forum post, no intelligent human would say - Sorry, deadline is over!
  35. 2 points
    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!
  36. 2 points
    Hi There! IMHO the windows updates are very important and I never recommend that they be turned off. When seniors here in my retirement village ask me if they should install windows up dates, I tell them yes, and then I tell them what they are, and how updates help them protect their PC. Some seniors tell me their children have told them not to install the updates. That's old school IMHO. If you choose not to install windows up dates, that's your choice. I see no good reason not to install them. MS has decided that W10 Home will not give you the option to turn off the updates. I guess MS thinks they are important. @Profiler is a very experienced PC user and he can get away with not up installing the up dates. He also said he didn't recommend turning updates off. @Steve never said he didn't install w10 updates. @Steve only said he didn't pay much attention to them! The forum has many guests and members that read these posts and IMHO, turning off windows updates is not a good idea. I guess we can agree to disagree on this and I think we have done that!
  37. 2 points
    @James George, You stated that you had upgraded to Windows 10 at one point in time and then reverted back to Windows 8.1. Depending on how long you ran Windows 10, you may have already received Digital Entitlement for Windows 10. If you have Digital Entitlement, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at any time, even after July 29th.
  38. 2 points
    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?
  39. 2 points
    As has been recommended in the above post, you need to upgrade to Win 10 no later than July 29th. The anniversary update will not be available to you until August 2nd. (Provided you have updated to 10) That is the only way that you will get it for free.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.....
  42. 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
  43. 2 points
    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.
  44. 2 points
    http://www.groovypost.com/unplugged/confirmed-cnet-download-com-gains-crapware-status/
  45. 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
  46. 2 points
    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.
  47. 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?
  48. 2 points
    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.
  49. 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
  50. 2 points
    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 works perfectly. Of course, every person's situation is different...if you browse shady porn sites, or your kids are trying to get free music or games, and an inexperienced user, who is just not sure what they're doing on the Internet...in those types of situations, having a third-party security suite is probably a good idea. But in the end, it's up to the user to know what they're doing online, and through my 20+ years of IT and computer geek experience, I have seen third-party security utilities break more things in Windows than you'd expect.