Another look at Windows 10 in 75+ pictures

February 8, 2015


The TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog put together this nice visual overview (75+ screenshots) of Windows 10 and the change(s) that are occurring. I personally have not installed Windows 10 and have been following along since its’ introduction to the public (for preview testing).

My intent, as was with Windows 8, is not to touch the operating system until it is released. When Windows 8 was released and I finally exposed myself to it, I immediately knew Windows 8 was going to be difficult for users (due to the interface changes).

My instincts are telling me different with Windows 10 as you will see (and read) in the TCAT Shelbyville article. To be honest I am really tempted to download and try Windows 10; however, I don’t want to spoil my excitement. I am also reading that Windows 10 is going to be FREE to Windows 7 and Windows 8 (8.1) users for a period of one year (which is a nice marketing tactic on Microsoft’s part).

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Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 you probably think that Windows 10 isn’t going to be a lot different.  You will see from the screenshots below that there isn’t a lot of navigation differences.  What you will see is performance difference.  Not just the look of the icons but the true performance differences when navigating and moving across your network.

The first operating system truly made for touchscreens and pcs.

In the screenshots below, we go from 9879 to 9926 with Cortana.  And where is the Charms bar?  It’s not there.  Look for Settings in the menu (See the last pictures below)

The login primarily stays the same as Windows 8.1.  The login screen contains the date, time, network status and battery information.  After swiping the screen or hitting enter, you’ll see the familiar login where you can select a user, restart, shutdown, reboot, network and accessibility options.

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Flowcharts to fix your computer

February 2, 2015


There is nothing more frustrating than computer problems. Your computer is working great today and tomorrow you wake up to a problem.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology has posted information on a site that has posted flowcharts (and other instruction) that can help you diagnose computer problems (i.e. Hardware Troubleshoot & Diagnostics, Hard Drive & Partition Errors, Motherboard Troubleshoot & Diagnostics, Video Troubleshoot, Data Recovery, Malware & Viruses, etc…). The flowchart items are hotlinked and will direct you to a related page with detailed troubleshooting and resolution measures that can be applied. Nice find…

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

There is no simple way to repair computers.  Flowcharts can help to determine a fix for a problem and can be helpful.  Here’s a great website that gives tips and flowcharts on how to repair your computer.

Note:  Although this website appears to have been written during the XP days, the flowcharts can still help you.

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PDF Max 4 FREE – Desktop Class Android PDF App For Reading, Annotating Or Signing PDF Documents

February 1, 2015

All I can say is “WOW!”. PDF Max 4 FREE is a must install app for your Android Phone and/or Tablet that is in a class of its’ own. Most of the time when it comes to PDF apps we are usually presented with a PDF viewer that carries a few bells and whistles.

This app exceeds anything I have seen so far on the Android platform for PDF apps. The only way I can put this into perspective is to list the features (see below) as I am seeing them at Google Play; then, I will let you decide.

Also, note the graphic below that depicts an example of a document and to the right of that document you will see a bar containing a multitude of editing options. This bar is easily hidden and shown by tapping on the screen. Another option, that I like, is the ability to have the document read back to you with the apps built in text to speech feature.

PDF Max Free - Beyond Reader!

PDF Max 4 Features:


- Fast PDF Rendering with large PDF support

- Smooth vertical scrolling – allow you to scroll through your entire PDF document smoothly and efficiency.

- Open documents in multiple tabs.

- Multi-purposes SideBar includes everything you need to skim through your documents like never before: Page Thumbnails, PDF Outlines/Bookmarks, Annotation List & Search Panel.

- PDF Text to Speech

- Advanced PDF Text Reflow: This Amazing Text Reflow feature that helps you read your PDF easily with any kind of PDF. Forget the tedious pan & zoom steps, you now just enjoy reading your documents.

- Smart Zoom: Double-tap on text blocks and PDF Max will zoom the touched text block to fit the screen. Simple & efficient reading.

- Friendly & Easy to use User Interface


- Text markup: Highlight, Underline, Strike out & Squiggle

- Unlimited threaded comments (notes) attached to any annotation.

- Create VOICE ANNOTATIONS: Record and embed voice annotations within the PDF document.

- HANDWRITING with Advanced Zoom-In Writing feature

- Eraser tools to manipulate your handwriting

- Shape tools to draw Line, Arrow, Rectangle & Oval with intelligent snapping

- Rich format Freetext tool to type over PDF pages

- Stamp tool to insert Predefined, Standard Business Stamps & Custom Stamps

- Signature tool to manage and insert your signatures

- Undo/Redo function to correct your mistake


- Manage PDF Pages (Insert, Copy/Cut/Paste, Reorder & Delete PDF Pages)

- Manage PDF Outlines (Table of Contents) , PDF Embedded Links


- Support Text field, checkboxes, radio buttons, dropdown list, buttons & date-time fields

- Support JavaScripted-powered PDF forms

- Support AcroForms & Static XFA Forms

- Zoom-in writing to fill out scanned/non-interactive PDF forms

- Multiple signatures support, plus one-time signature for customer


- Create and manipulate PDF Outlines

- Create and manage PDF Bookmarks

- Create and edit PDF Embedded Links


- Auto syncing with Dropbox, Box, OneDrive & Google Drive with offline support

- Copy/Move PDF documents between cloud storage services

- Built-in PDF Library management


- Bookmarks management with ability to export as PDF Outlines

- Email or Print PDF via Google Cloud Print

- Auto or manual saving

- PDF documents/forms modified by PDF Max are compatible with Adobe Acrobat standard


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Get Perfect Copies Of Your Windows Registry (for XP and Newer)

January 26, 2015

Registry Backup is a program by that has the ability to use the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service to make a perfect copy of your Windows registry. recently upgraded the program (to v2.0).

I have featured this utility on the blog in the past and due to its’ powerful ability to backup the registry (in an easy way) on computers from Windows XP to 8.1 I thought it necessary to remind my readers of the importance of this program. Registry Backup is available as a Windows install or as a portable app (which is ideal for you troubleshooters out there). - Registry Backup

If you wondering what the Volume Shadow Copy Service is, then CLICK HERE. Microsoft recommends using the Volume Shadow Copy Service to backup up the registry. This grabs a complete backup of the registry hives as they are (in their current real-time state); thus, giving you that perfect registry backup.

Below is a video that demonstrates and explains Registry Backup 

Key Features:

  •  The program is 100% free.
  •  One click backup and restore.
  •  Can restore from Windows Safe Mode.
  •  Portable version can be ran from a thumb drive and keep backups of multiple systems.
  •  Automatic cleanup of older backups.
  •  Set and control scheduling options.
  •  Can backup & restore all user profiles on the system, not just the ones that are currently loaded.
  •  Control which registry files are backed up or restored.
  •  Detailed logs are saved with each backup.
  •  Multiple easy restore options.
  •  Online videos showing how to use the program and how to use the different restore options.


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No you are not Microsoft and no I don’t have a virus…again

January 26, 2015


Thanks to the Tennessee College of Applied Science at Shelbyville for these reminders. To see a related “must read” article [click here]

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

Once again I was lucky enough to find a web page that said that my network was compromised and my computer had a virus…don’t fall for it.

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Hurry Up! Don’t Wait… Download The Paid Version of MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal Edition (for FREE)

January 22, 2015

The Windows Club is currently sponsoring a giveaway of MiniTool Power Data Recover Personal Edition (for FREE).  This offer, at the time of my posting here, will be very short lived. Thanks to GEGeek for bringing this great offer to our attention.

Click on the link at their site and enter your email. The license code will then be emailed to you after you complete the newsletter subscription process.

This software typically costs $69.00… MiniTool Power Data Recovery can help us recover deleted files, and recover file from deleted, lost, damaged and RAW, but existing partitions. These are just basic recovery capabilities, and it is the following features that make this software stand out – scan and recover media files only, recover data from CD and DVD, and preview data recovery effect, when Windows can not boot.

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1,502 Papers You Can Download And Print For Free PLUS A HIDDEN SURPRISE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

January 15, 2015

If you need graph paper, lined paper, financial paper, music paper, and more…; THEN, you need to check out Printable Paper. This site has quite a collection of over 1,500 printable designs, in numerous categories that you can download…

Printable Paper

AND, if this is not enough for you you, click on the Savetz Publishing Graphic below for the real surprise… While I was researching Printable Paper I hit the jackpot with Savetz Publishing who maintains the Printable Paper site. I think you will find this hidden surprise to be very, very, useful.

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