Make Tech Easier Shows Us “How to Clone Windows 10 to an SSD” Using Popular FREE Software

Cloning an exact copy of your hard disk is a good move and is a good (fast) method in restoring the Windows OS when things get messed up. Keep in mind, when you clone a disk, it is the exact copy of the disk on the date that you made the copy and is a good idea to do this on a regular basis.  I typically update and keep available a cloned copy of my hard disk at least once a year. My routine file backups I do on a more aggressive schedule. Cloning is also an excellent option when you want to move your current Windows 10 OS to a new drive that you have decided to upgrade and install.

Make Tech Easier will walk through the cloning process using the FREE software options of EaseUS or AOMEI Backupper (see source link below). Both of these software options are excellent choices.

So you bought an SSD drive, and you want to move your Windows 10 OS to the new drive. Here are a few ways you can clone and swap the OS install to an SSD.

Source: How to Clone Windows 10 to an SSD – Make Tech Easier

How to Create an ISO Image of Your Windows System | MakeUseOf

Learn how to make an ISO image backup of your PC’s hard drive. When disaster strikes you can restore the computer from the image. I encourage you to visit MakeUseOf (see source link below) to learn about the options available on imaging a disk in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.

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Thanks to the ISO image format, it is possible to back up your entire PC. This essentially creates an exact copy of your entire drive or selected directories. You’ll be able to restore the image backup should disaster strike.

Source: How to Create an ISO Image of Your Windows System

Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 7 support ends about nine months from now, on January 14, 2020—and if you’re a Windows 7 user, you’ll see more than this story reminding you of that date. In fact, according to Microsoft, you could see several pop-up reminders warning you to upgrade to Windows 10 before the year is out.

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Source: Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 10: “We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.”

Why were recently installed updates removed?

Windows 10 has the ability to detect when a Windows 10 update is not playing well and will automatically remove the update. When these updates are removed and fail to install, this is an indication of an incompatibility issue and may end up requiring troubleshooting on your part (or could actually be a bad update from Microsoft).

From what I understand, the update that was removed will not try to reinstall for 30 days. This window of time gives Microsoft and their partners the opportunity to fix the update if it is, in fact, a problem created on their end.

You can read more about this at the source link below.

Source: Why were recently installed updates removed?

How To Turn “ON” and Use The NEW Windows 10 Clipboard Tracking Utility

Did you know that following the Windows 10 October 2018 update, a new Windows clipboard feature has been added that allows you to track and maintain a history of the items (text and images — up to 4MB) that you copy to the clipboard?  This new feature is not turned on by default; however, I will outline below how to turn it on.

Why would you want to maintain a history of your copy (and paste) operations?

This new feature is a Godsend to me. If you are a blogger, graphic designer, and/or write numerous documents at work, you have most likely learned how to use the “Copy (Ctrl-C)” and “Paste (Ctrl-V”) operation in Windows where you copy a line of text or an image and paste it into another location. The problem with this is once you do this more than one time, it erases any previous items you may have copied.

With the NEW Windows 10 clipboard tracking utility, this problem is resolved where once you copy an item (text or image) to the clipboard it is added to a list of previous items you copied. If you copy/paste the same item on multiple occasions you can pin that item to the list so that it is not removed from the list. Another feature with this clipboard is that you can sync the clipboard timeline so that it is available on other computers you may access. You will need a Microsoft account for this feature to work.

Before I go any further in explaining how to turn on this NEW clipboard utility, I want to sort of back into this by telling you that to invoke or launch the clipboard history, hit the “Windows + V” keys in combination on your clipboard. Once the clipboard appears on the screen you can double mouse click on an entry and it will auto paste in the location you select.

How do I turn on this clipboard utility?

  • Go to the “Windows Start Button” at the bottom left corner and “right mouse click”
  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on Clipboard.
  • Turn on the “Clipboard history” toggle switch.
  • Turn on the “Snyc across devices” toggle (optional)

That is all there is to it…  Remember to launch this utility you must hit the “Windows + V” keys…

Source: How to use the new clipboard on Windows 10 October 2018 Update | Windows Central

Windows 10 Recovery Troubleshooting Guide

I pulled this Windows 10 recovery troubleshooting guide, links and all, directly from Microsoft’s website that is very helpful in determining what recovery option to pursue when Windows 10 starts to go belly up or has went belly up (and won’t start) .

If you’re having problems with your PC, the following table can help you decide which recovery option to use. For help with black screen or blue screen errors, see Troubleshoot black screen problems or Troubleshoot blue screen errors.

 Problem  See this section
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an app. Restore from a system restore point
Your PC isn’t working well and you recently installed an update. Remove an installed Windows update
Your PC isn’t working well and it’s been a while since you installed an app, driver, or update. Reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you’ve created a recovery drive. Use a recovery drive to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start and you haven’t created a recovery drive. Use installation media to restore or reset your PC
Your PC won’t start, you haven’t created a recovery drive, and resetting your PC didn’t work. Use installation media to reinstall Windows 10
You want to reinstall your previous operating system. Go back to your previous version of Windows

Source: Recovery options in Windows 10

Windows 10: How to Create A Shortcut For The Onscreen Keyboard

Windows 10 has two variations of onscreen keyboards available. There is one of the two that I especially like (which WAS sort of difficult to get to). Once I discovered this keyboard (the one that I like) I decided there had to be a better way to launch it; and, as a result I came up with the following solution.

You are probably wondering; Why would I want an onscreen keyboard?  I have a TV set up connected to a Windows 10 computer where the onscreen keyboard is a great addition when I am too lazy to go to the real keyboard. You would be surprised how fast you can point, click and type using an onscreen keyboard. I could also see me using an onscreen keyboard in a training scenario or if I had a disability.

To create a shortcut to the keyboard that I use, right mouse click on the  “Windows Start button (bottom right corner)”, then click on “run” and in the “run dialog box” type “osk”; then click on “OK”. At this point, the onscreen keyboard (the one I like) launches. If the keyboard is too big you can resize it by dragging the sides or corners. If you notice on the top right side of the keyboard there is a “Windows minimize button”.  Click on the “minimize button” and the keyboard will minimize to the Windows Taskbar (at the bottom of the screen).  At this point, right mouse click on the keyboard icon that is now on the taskbar and select “pin to taskbar”.  There you have it…

Now when you want to quickly launch the onscreen keyboard, just go to the taskbar and click on the onscreen keyboard icon and the keyboard will quickly launch. There are other ways to get to this keyboard, but this is the method I prefer and found to be the most user-friendly.


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Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?

I had this very question in mind as I was setting up a new computer, “Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?”. In the past, Microsoft’s antivirus (Window’s Defender) was low on the totem pole; however, I am now finding it may be a good choice (see source link below). I will probably layer my protection with Malwarebytes, but right now I am going to give Windows Defender a shot since it is already baked into Windows 10.

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Microsoft has invested a great deal of time and effort in improving Defender in recent years, though, and it’s clearly paying off, with Defender climbing the test rankings and now outperforming some big security names.

Source: Windows Defender review : Is this free antivirus good enough on its own? | TechRadar

Can’t wait to setup this ACEPC AK1 Mini PC

Just purchased this Mini PC at Amazon. Can’t wait to get this setup. One thing that sold me on this computer is that you can install a 2.5″ SD/HD drive in the base of it to expand the storage capacity; EVEN MORE, there is a mSata slot available to go even further in storage capacity.

ACEPC AK1 Mini PC Intel Celeron Apollo Lake J3455 Processor(up to 2.3GHz)
Windows 10 (64-bit) Desktop Computer
[8GB RAM/120GB mSATA SSD/2.4G+5G Dual WiFi/Gigabit Ethernet/4K]

  • 8GB RAM+120GB SSD –ACEPC AK1 built in Intel Celeron J3455 processor at 1.50Ghz up to 2.3Ghz in Turbo mode and Intel HD Graphics, Pre-installed with Windows 10 (64-bit) and loaded with 8GB RAM, 120GB SSD, set up is effortless.
  • Dual Display –Equipped with dual output display ports (2*HDMI port). 4K ultra HDvideo playback, delight in producing stunning visuals.
  • Expand Storage Support– It’s expandable with the addition of up to 2 TB of 2.5 inch SSD or HDD fitted in the base expansion box.
  • Multifunctional Wireless Support — 5G+2.4G Dual Band WiFi, Ethernet Gigabit 1000MB/s LAN, Bluetooth 4.2, very convenient to connect other device to the mini desktop computers.
  • Designed with 2 x USB 2.0 ports,2 x USB 3.0 ports,2 x HDMI port,1 x Gigabit Ethernet port,1 x Micro SD Card port,1x Headphone Microphone Port.

Source: Amazon – ACEPC AK1

 

ZDNet Recommendation: Bookmark The Windows 10 Version 1809 Update History Page

I do have to agree with ZDNet’s recommendation on bookmarking this page which is the support resource Microsoft created to improve transparency after the problems experienced in the rollout of version 1809. Version 1809 is the Windows 10 October 2018 release.

The Windows 10 version 1809 update history page alone has over one million page views and counting and if you are like me, somewhere along the line you have experienced an issue with a rogue update. Highly recommended for troubleshooters to bookmark this page, “Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 update history

Source: Microsoft: You really should bookmark this Windows 10 update history page | ZDNet

How To Open The “Command Prompt” From An Open File Explorer Window

Thanks to MSPoweruser for sharing this power user tip… I love tips like this; plus, I have always been a fan of using the Command Prompt.

Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

To open a CMD window in the same directory as the folder you are viewing, you simply need to type CMD in the directory path area of the File Explorer. There is also a tip which goes in the opposite direction.  If you want to open an File Explorer window in the same directory as your command prompt, merely type Start . with the full stop.

Source: Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

Tech News: Why ‘Windows Lite’ would be a bad name for Microsoft’s upcoming OS | Windows Central

Windows Lite is Microsoft’s attempt at bringing a new, more modern user experience to a Windows OS to compete alongside Chrome OS and iOS on iPad. It looks and feels different from any version of Windows before it, and it focuses primarily on web experiences and integrations, along with Microsoft Store apps, maybe even Android apps, and making the OS much lighter.

  

Source: Why ‘Windows Lite’ would be a bad name for Microsoft’s upcoming OS | Windows Central

Learn “How to Install (or Move) Apps to Another Drive on Windows 10” at How-To Geek

I ran into this situation with my Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini PC where I am limited in internal hard drive space (32GB) and wanted to install (or move) apps to an external drive. With Windows 10, it is possible to do exactly that. The only apps that I could not move were the apps already baked into the OS.

To learn how to install (or move) apps to an external drive I encourage you to follow the instructions that are posted at How-To Geek (see source link below). If you need an external hard drive, click here to see the wide array of options available.

Windows 10 allows you to install apps from the Store on any drive you like. You can also move apps you’ve previously installed to a new location without uninstalling and reinstalling them.

Source: How to Install (or Move) Apps to Another Drive on Windows 10

The next big Windows 10 update is coming in April

It is important to know when major updates are going to transpire. As a former IT Manager, Windows Updates would make me cringe; knowing that a well-intended update could have negative consequences. Now that I don’t have that worry, on a grand scale, I still pay attention to the update schedule, even with my PC’s at home.

Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Windows 10 updates are always free. You’ll be able to download the April 2019 via Windows Update at no charge once Microsoft determines it is compatible with your computer. Roll-outs of major Windows 10 updates are gradual to ensure the best quality experience, so you might not see it on your PC right away.

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Source: Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Learn this neat trick on “How to create a slide-to-shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC” | TechRepublic

By copying and pasting the command below, as a new shortcut on your desktop, you can create a slide to shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC… Much faster and better than shutting down the PC from the Start Menu. To get full details on how to do this, click on the source link below.

%windir%\System32\SlideToShutDown.exe

Source: How to create a slide-to-shutdown feature for a Windows 10 PC – TechRepublic

TechRepublic Shows You “How to find, use, and modify the Windows 10 Show Desktop button”

The Show Desktop button on a typical Windows 10 Desktop is in an odd position. So much so, that many users may not know it is there. Drag your mouse all the way down to the very bottom right corner of the Taskbar—all the way to end (Figure A).

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Figure A Figure A The button is just a thin sliver, and unless it is configured for it, hovering over the button may not be acknowledged by Windows 10 at all. Click the button and all of the currently open application windows will close to give you access to your Desktop. Click it again to re-open the application windows.

Source: How to find, use, and modify the Windows 10 Show Desktop button – TechRepublic

How to take screenshots in Windows 10 – AfterDawn

Out of the box there are various ways to take a screenshot in Windows 10. In this article, by AfterDawn, you can explore these various options.  My favorite is the “Windows + Shift + S” keyboard option that allows you to take a rectangle screenshot of your choosing. The screenshot is then automatically copied to the clipboard. This is very handy (and fast) when blogging.

How to take screenshots in Windows 10

Screenshots or screen captures are an essential tools of any proper operating system. Every now and then you’ll have to copy something on your screen for later use, and screenshots …

Source: How to take screenshots in Windows 10 – AfterDawn

Learn How “Windows Sandbox is a safer way to run programs you don’t trust”

Sandboxing applications are nothing new but is nice to see Microsoft bake an option into the OS… As a reader of the blog noted, after I posted the article, “The feature is available for users of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise running Build 18301 or later, and requires AMD64 and virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS.” So, this is not an option in the home version of Windows 10. 

Microsoft is introducing a new solution that brings it in line with a standard already found on other operating systems: Windows Sandbox.

The feature creates “an isolated, temporary desktop environment” (and lightweight, at 100MB) on which to run an app, and once you’ve finished with it, the entire sandbox is deleted — everything else on your PC is safe and separate.

Read More @ Engadget

Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them | by ZDNet

I don’t like the idea of these updates (major updates) causing issues. Here is an option, as suggested by ZDNet, to recover files in the event you encounter this issue.

For some unknown reason, moving up to Windows 10 version 1809 may delete all the files in user folders. The folders remain, but the files within them are gone, leaving users in potentially a worse pickle than ransomware victims experience. However, there is a chance that early Windows 10 upgraders who encountered this problem might be able to recover lost files by using the free version of Avast-owned Recuva recovery software.

Source: Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them | ZDNet

What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft? | gHacks Tech News

Those who use the Calculator regularly may have been shocked by the giant size of the Calculator in the new version of Windows 10. The calculator takes up most of the screen when launched initially. The screenshot below shows it right after launch on a 1920×1080 monitor on a PC running Windows 10 version 1809.

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Source: What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft? – gHacks Tech News

Here is “4 Ways to Factory Reset Your Windows Computer”

The very first thing this article will instruct you to do is to make sure you have backed up your personal files. Reason for that is that one you go nuclear and perform a factory reset, all will be lost… Secondly, the reset options available vary, depending on your Windows version; however, after reading the instructions you will get the drift.

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Want to know how to factory reset a computer? We show you the best methods to reset a Windows computer using Windows 10, 8, or 7.

Source: 4 Ways to Factory Reset Your Windows Computer

Learn What “LockApp.exe” is on Windows 10

“LockApp.exe” is one of those hidden tasks that you don’t initially see unless you run the Windows Task Manager. The Windows Club (follow the source link below) will educate you on “LockApp.exe” and will provide steps to disable it. When I see “exe’s” such as this running; especially with a name like “LockApp.exe” I become very skeptical as to what it is actuall for and whether or not it is not a malware payload.

Its an official application from Microsoft, and is part of the default lock screen app on Windows. It’s safe. It is usually located under Windows > SystemApps > Microsoft.LockApp_XXXXXX> LockApp.exe. It is possible that this could be doing a lot more than that including notifying you about an update when you unlock your PC.

Source: What is LockApp.exe on Windows 10

Did You Know That You Can Rename a Printer in Windows 10 for Easier Device Management?

This tip (follow the source link below) is very helpful when dealing with multiple printers, such as on a network.

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Instead of forcing yourself and your family or coworkers to memorize printer model numbers, you can manually rename printers to something more descriptive and helpful. Here’s a quick tip on how to rename a printer in Windows 10.

Source: How to Rename a Printer in Windows 10 for Easier Device Management

Not happy with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? Here is how to do a rollback and uninstall…

With any major Windows Update, such as the April 2018 Update, problems can occur… If they do and you cannot resolve them, your only option for the moment may be rolling back in time to the place where you started.

The Windows 10 April 2018 Update is rolling out to users. If you install it and encounter major problems, as some users doubtless will, you might want to go back to your previous version, and wait until the update is a bit less buggy.

Source: BetaNews – How to rollback and uninstall the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

The Update Assistant Can Help You Get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update NOW…

The Windows 10 April 2018 is a major update for Windows (with added features). To me, this is more than an update; should be called an upgrade. If you don’t want to wait for the update to show on your PC, you can get it by clicking on the source link below.

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Keep in mind, when updates (upgrades) like this occur, it is a good idea to have your important files backed up. The “April 2018” on an older laptop I own took nearly 2 hours for the whole process to complete and when it did complete it messed up my display driver which caused the display to be distorted. I was able to correct the issue by downloading an updated driver; however, to me, this should not be happening due that most folks will not know how to resolve these issues.

Anyhow, if you can’t wait, and are prepared, click the source link below…

Source: Windows 10 April 2018 Update now available

Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update arrives on Monday – The Verge

Windows 10 “April 2018 Update” is the official name for Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 “upgrade”  which is to start rolling out on Monday, April 30th. Thought I would let people know. This update was originally called the Spring Creator’s Update, which was delayed due to a bug in the update. As with any major operating system update, expect potential issues and longer than usual install times. To learn more, follow the source link below.

Source: Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update arrives on Monday – The Verge

Best FREE Android Apps of 2017 AND Best Free Windows Software of 2017

I am sure you have figured out that I love apps and software that run on the Android OS (for smartphones and tablets) and the Windows OS (for desktops and laptops). If you are in the same boat with me, then you will appreciate the following from two very credible sources:

Best free Android apps of 2017: 100 you must download – Here’s our selection of the best you should install right now – each one has been carefully chosen to ensure you’ll have a whole suite of fun, engaging and, useful apps on your phone or tablet… READ MORE

The Best Free Software of 2017 – Software can be expensive if you’re not smart about it. Free programs have been a mainstay of the desktop experience for decades, and the offerings only get more powerful and fascinating each year. As PCs compete with smartphones, it gets even better… READ MORE


SOURCE(S): Drippler AND PCMag

If You Are Immoral You Can Still Upgrade To Windows 10 (for Free) By Using This Loophole

If you did not take advantage of the FREE Windows 10 upgrade that officially ended on July 31, 2016, you can still get the upgrade (for Window 7 and 8.1 users) by claiming that you use assistive technologies. Now, this may not sound like the moral thing to do; however, there is a wide belief out there that Microsoft deliberately left this loophole in place so that people would eventually take advantage of the loophole to perform the upgrade.  So, if you want to be “immoral”, simply go to the Microsoft Assistive Technology page and get started. It’s that easy…

You have only until December 31, 2017 to take advantage of this loophole…


SOURCE: PCWorld – The last free Windows 10 upgrade path for consumers will shut down by December 31

Are you stuck trying to install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Yesterday (October 17th) was the rollout date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Instead of waiting for the update to rollout to my computer, I ended up forcing the install by using the Update Assistant on my laptop to test out the installation experience. In a nutshell, the installation stalled on me on two occasions and spit out an error code (for which I was unable to see what the error code was). In other words, I was stuck.  I ended up going to Google to research further and found this article, “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes” at WindowsCentral.com that helped me punch through the install process. After running the Windows disk cleaning utility (right click start > run > type in: clnmgr > click on “OK”) to delete the temporary install files, I was then successful in completing the installation. In the end, the installation process (which was mostly unattended from my end) took hours.  I then moved to my 2nd computer (desktop) and decided to let the install run during the night. This morning when I checked the desktop, the install process had also failed. I will be working on this computer to narrow down the cause.

From my experience, with these major Windows 10 OS updates, expect problems…


SOURCE: WindowsCentral.com – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes

 

You Can Get The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Now

Per MSPowerUser.com – If you want the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right NOW in three different ways: using the Update Assistantusing the Media Creation tool, or by clean installing using an ISO. Installing with the Update Assistant is probably the better choice as it is easier to use, but you can also get a fresh start by downloading the ISO using the Media Creation Tool and clean installing using the ISO.

You do not have to do any of the above options.  The Fall Creators Update will eventually rollout to your PC. You do have to have Windows 10 on your PC in order to qualify for the update. Typically, what I do is use the “Update Assistant” option on my laptop to see how the install performs and how long it takes, before I install on my main computer. From my experience, these updates can take a considerable amount of time; and, as with any major update (or upgrade) problems can be expected.


SOURCE: MSPowerUser.com – Get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now

Recent Windows Update Causing HP Computer Black Screen At Login (here’s a fix)

I had this happen on my Daughter’s NEW Hewlett Packard Notebook PC… If you have a HP computer, you may experience this issue. In our case we ended up doing a full reset of the computer… Below you will find a link for instructions to keep the “black screen” from occurring and preventing you from taking alternative action (such as a full reset). In our case, we learned of the fix after the fact. and my Daughter needed her notebook PC to be functional for her classes ASAP (therefore, we performed the full reset). After learning of the fix, I had her perform the steps necessary, as outlined in the source link below, to prevent the issue from occurring again. Reportedly this issue stems from a recent Windows update…

Windows 10 update causes HP login lag, here’s the fix


SOURCE: MSPOWERUSER.COM

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming Oct. 17th

Just noticed on the Windows Blog that there will be a major update to Windows 10, beginning on October 17th… Typically, these updates can takes days/weeks to reach your PC. Just know that it is coming so that you are not scratching your head and going “now what?”… You can read more by clicking on the source link below.

The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday.


Source: Windows Blog – Create and play this holiday with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming Oct. 17

Windows 10 – The “Nuclear Option” to Resetting Your PC

Decided to post these steps here on the blog for my own future reference, in the event I need to “reset” my Windows 10 based computer and perform what I call the “nuclear option” (which means the computer is “reset” and “everything removed” including my settings, personal files and any programs that I may have installed).

When performing the “nuclear option”, it is also good to “pray” and have a Windows 10 Recovery Disk handy. It is also good to have a backup of your personal files in place and have ready any program install disks (so that you can re-install any of your programs — such as Microsoft Office, as an example). Resetting a Windows 10 computer requires planning and time. I recommend you set down, prior to doing this and list out the steps of what you want to do (and in the order of how you want to do them).

Steps to “Reset” your Windows 10 based computer are as follows:

  1. Click on “Start Button”
  2. Click on “Settings” icon
  3. After the “Windows Settings” window loads, click on “Update and Security”
  4. After the next “Settings” windows loads, click on “Recovery” located on the left side of the window.
  5. You will then see “Recovery” with an option to “Reset This PC”.  Click on the “Get Started Button”.
  6. A blue box will appear with two options. Click on the option “Remove Everything” (including personal files, apps and settings).
  7. After click on “Remove Everything”, the process to do this can take quite a bit of time.  Just be patient…

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Quickly get started using Windows 10 features with the tips and tricks included in “Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees”

First saw this, “Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees”, at Major Geeks. It caught my attention and I explored further. This is a guide that may be helpful to my readers at home in exploring and learning about the features of Windows 10. The guide is available as a PDF or PPT (Powerpoint) — see source link below.

Getting to know Windows 10—for employees

SOURCE: Microsoft – Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees

Geek Squeak #17-024: Creating a USB thumb drive loaded with Windows 10 installation media is very easy thanks to Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool….

Found this great mini-tutorial on how to install Windows 10 on a USB drive, for Windows 10 install purposes, by using the Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool at PCWorld.  With a prepared USB drive you can install the latest version of Windows on a new PC or have an install drive ready should your own Windows 10 PC malfunctions… READ MORE

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My Two Favorite Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

There are so many different way to navigate Windows 10 to get a specific task done. Many of those ways require multiple actions from the end user which can be hard to remember. PCMag recently posted an article, “Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10” (see source link below) that will make using Windows 10 easier and more interesting.

My two favorite hidden tricks inside Windows 10, from the PCMag article, are the “Secret Start Menu” and the “Secret Desktop button.  To elaborate:

Secret Start Menu – If you go to the “Start Menu” icon in the bottom left corner and “right mouse click” you will be presented with a smorgasbord of commonly used Windows 10 program commands or utilities (such as run, settings, device manager, etc…). The only command that I do not see anymore is one for the “Control Panel”. This may be due to the UI changes taking place in Windows 10 as it continues to mature. I will say I go to this “Secret Start Menu” on a constant basis.

Secret Start Menu

Secret Desktop Button – On the bottom right side of the screen, to the right of the time and date, there is a very thin vertical button that is virtually unseen. If you take your mouse pointer and place it in the right corner of the screen (on the button) you magically see the desktop. If you “left mouse click” at that location the desktop will be launched and the programs you had open will be minimized to the taskbar. This is very handy when you need to get to something on the desktop. Also, when you “left mouse click” at the same location, you can toggle back to whatever it was you were working on. Again, this is another secret feature in Windows 10 that I have trained myself to use on a regular basis.

SOURCE: PCMag – Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10


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How To EASILY Download Genuine Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (ISO) Disk Images

Using the 4-step process of the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool you can easily and comfortably download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers. As an added bonus here, you can also download the disk images for Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office 2011 for Mac, as well.

  1. Simply select the build you want to download and click on “confirm”.  In my case I selected Windows 10.
  2. Select the Edition and click on “confirm”. In my case I selected Windows 10 Home/Pro.
  3. Select the Product Language and click on “confirm”.  In my case I selected English.
  4. Select the whether 32bit or 64bit download; at which point you will be prompted to save the image file to a folder on your computer.

Windows ISO Downloader

Source: Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool


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Microsoft admins: Update your systems now to prevent “crazy bad” zero-day bug exploits – A new Windows zero-day exploit has been discovered, and it’s possibly one of the most serious vulnerabilities to date. It targets Windows Defender’s Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MsMpEng), tricking it into executing code when the engine scans a file… READ MORE


Results are in: The best Android smartphone camera is… – Our search for the answer to this question saw us put Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy S8, up against the best from its rivals, including the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZs, Huawei P10, Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 3T! Now the votes are in and have been counted, let’s reveal the winner! … READ MORE


Opera is ‘Reborn,’ with new features that help usher in modern browser market – Opera Software has officially rebooted the Opera browser and relaunched it in a brand-new “Reborn” guise. The Neon-compatible browser brings a fancy new look to the browser market, as well as an ad blocker, virtual private network (VPN) service, and built-in chat functions, all of which could help separate it from the more popular competition… READ MORE

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ASUS ZenFone 3 – 5.5-Inch unlocked Dual SIM smartphone with AMOLED Gorilla Glass 5 display, 1920 X 1080 FHD resolution… READ MORE


Massive ransomware attack spreads across the globe – A new strain of ransomware is wrecking havoc all over the world, with hospitals across England and major companies in several counties reportedly affected. Security experts have identified the ransomware as a new strain of the WannaCry (also known as WanaCrypt0r and WCry) malware, and apparently its reach extends beyond… READ MORE


How to open Universal Touch-optimized File Explorer in Windows 10 – Windows 10 v 1703 includes a new UWP Windows File Explorer app file, that is optimized for Touch devices. This post will show you how to access this hidden Explorer app… READ MORE

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Google Maps for Android adds Street View images in navigation to show your turns – Google Maps has quietly rolled out a new feature that will make it easier for you to see where you need to go when using turn-by-turn navigation: integrated Street View images on the directions screen… READ MORE


Canary All-in-One Home Security Device – See and Hear: Stream real-time video of your home with Canary’s 1080p HD camera, 147 degree wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and high-quality audio. More Than a Camera: Protect your home with Canary’s 90+ dB siren, motion-activated recording, auto-arm/disarm, and instant access to local authorities. HomeHealth Technology: Monitor air quality, temperature, and humidity to help understand how your home might affect your health. Intelligent Notifications: Receive instant video alerts on your iOS or Android device. No Installation/Contracts/Monthly Fees Required: Plug in Canary, connect to the Internet and you’re ready to go. Free secure cloud storage included,or get even more with optional monthly plans… READ MORE


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How To Tell What Version Of Windows 10 Is On Your Computer

Windows 10 was released in July of 2015 and has went through several version changes (or major updates). You may have heard of the “November Update – Version 1511” or the “Anniversary Update – Version 1607”; and, the most recent “Creators Update – 1703”. I know for some home-based computer users this all may sound quite confusing to the point that you are not sure what version of Windows 10 you are running.

Any easy way to determine what version of Windows 10 you have installed (and the build number); simply, click the Start Button (at the bottom left corner), then click on Settings, then click on System (cog wheeled icon), then click on About (see screenshot below). Another method to determine what version you are running is CLICK HERE (which will open your web browser to the Microsoft site “Get Windows Creator Update”). Once the page loads, click on the button labelled “Check your version of Windows 10”.


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Windows 10 Tip: Unlock the UWP File Explorer – If you’re running Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) or newer, here’s a nice surprise: You can unlock a hidden UWP version of File Explorer… READ MORE

Windows 10 Tip: Unlock the UWP File Explorer

How to find the Windows 10 Creators Update’s hidden desktop themes – To get started with Windows Store themes, open the Settings app by clicking on Start and selecting the cog icon in the lower left corner of the menu. Once the app opens, go to Personalization > Themes. Scroll down a bit in that screen and under the sub-heading “Apply a theme,” click the link labeled Get more themes in the Store… READ MORE

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Read web pages offline with Chrome for Android  Google’s mobile browser just made it even easier to cache and read pages when you don’t have the internet. Google’s mobile browser added offline reading last year, but a new update expands the capability with a couple handy features… READ MORE

Create multiple partitions on a USB drive in Windows 10 using MakeWinPEMedia – In Windows 10, you can use MakeWinPEMedia to create multiple partitions on a USB drive. Windows 10 v1703 Creators Update allows you to create multiple partitions on a USB drive so that you can have a single USB key with a combination of FAT32 and NTFS partitions… READ MORE

Create multiple partitions on a USB MakeWinPEMedia

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair 3.9.30 – An all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions. Video tutorial available below… READ MORE

Try This Coupon Code [TA9JX297] – For Pasonomi VR XMAS – Virtual Reality Headset with Stereo Headphone Speaker for iPhone, Samsung, Google and all Android Smartphones. Try coupon code (for $14 off) at checkout … READ MORE


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How To Use Windows 10’s “Microsoft Print To PDF”

A feature that I really like in Windows 10 is the “Microsoft Print to PDF”. Typically when you print a document, the document is sent to your default printer to be printed. In Windows 10 you have another optional printer to select from called “Microsoft Print to PDF” that allows you to print a document to a native PDF file. What this means is that the document you desire to print does not go to a physical printer; instead, the document is printed (converted) to a PDF file that you can save to your computer, email to another party, etc… An example of how I use this is, when I make an online purchase, instead of printing the invoice to my printer, I simply select “Microsoft Print to PDF” and print the invoice to a PDF file that I then save on my computer.  You can save a lot of paper by printing documents to “Microsoft Print to PDF”…

In Windows 10, the default PDF viewer is Microsoft Edge; however, you can install another PDF viewer such as Adobe, Foxit Reader, Nitro and my freeware favorite Sumatra


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[ OFF TOPIC – IMPORTANT ] The Most Important Things They Don’t Want You to Know About the Health Care Bill – I follow the Congress very closely and what I am seeing is unprecedented. We the people need to stop looking at politics as some type of team sport of taking sides and take an interest in following what is going on. Our politicians are taking advantage of us in an effort to dumb us down so that we are a nation of the poor and of the very rich. For example, the House of Representatives just passed a health care bill that many of them (who voted for it) will outwardly tell you, is not a good bill. This bill will hurt the very base of the people that elected our President and it is being touted as some type of a trophy. Please contact your representatives and express your displeasure; seriously, your life and the future of your financial integrity could depend on this. The bill still has to go through the Senate where it is expected to be basically rewritten. A good read on this is at the popular website LifeHackers, where details on how this will impact you is outlined —  “lawmakers plastered on a few lipstick-like changes to the bill: things that they hope will make it look prettier and deflect some criticism, but that do nothing to change the fact that this is a terrible bill and they all know it”… READ MORE

The 10 Best Camera Apps For Android – Despite manufacturer’s best efforts, default camera apps have not enjoyed the privilege of consistency. This gave birth to an entire library of camera based apps to squeeze every bit of power from that camera. Here is our pick for the 10 best best android camera apps… READ MORE

Why you don’t need 27 different passwords – According to a poll by Intel Security, the average person has 27 discrete online logins. From social media accounts to banking to online shopping to utilities, credentials—which usually include a username and password—are required for each… READ MORE

Why you don’t need 27 different passwords

NirSoft unveils UninstallView 1.0 – NirSoft has released UninstallView (32-bit here), a portable tool which collects and displays information on your stored applications… READ MORE

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Turn Your Android Phone (or laptop) Into An Endoscope – I just did a search for endoscopic cameras on Amazon and was surprised to see the results (and really how inexpensive these cameras are). What these cameras do, is allow you to see in and around small narrow spaces, using a long snake-like waterproof camera attached to  your Android phone (or laptop) as the viewer and power source.  Amazing stuff at little cost… READ MORE


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