Best App To Remote Into A Windows PC From A Chromebook

Splashtop Personal (see links below) is the best app I have found that allows me to remote control into a Windows computer on my home network from my Chromebook. Splashtop Personal is FREE and will only work within the same LAN (local area network), such as what most of us have in our homes. One thing to point out… The steps below will also work from your Android phone or tablet.

Splashtop Downloads Diagram

  1. If you own a Chromebook that supports running Android apps, download (and install) from the Google Play Store the Android App called Splashtop Personal – Remote Desktop. Open Splashtop and setup an account (requires that you enter an email and create password). You will be sent an authentication email to validate the account.
  2. On the Windows PC that you wish to control, download (and install) the  Splashtop Personal App for the version of Windows you are running. You will be required to enter the email and password again in order to make the connection.
  3. Once the above steps are completed, open the app on the Chromebook and you should see the Windows computer where the software was installed. Make the connection and you will see the Windows computer screen on your Chromebook. On the right bottom side of the screen you will see a darkened control module that will slide out (when clicked on) that will reveal a  bottom button menu and/or a top button menu. From these menus you can manage and control the connection and various options. One thing to point out… To open the “Windows Menu” and to show the “Taskbar” on the remote computer, open the top button menu and double click on the “Windows Start Menu” icon.

I have found “Splashtop” to be the best out there. When I am using “Splashtop”, I feel like I am on my Windows Computer when I remote in from my Chromebook… “Splashtop” also offers commercial versions of their remote software and apps that allow you to access a computer when outside of your home or business.


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Gizmo’s Recommending “Fix Windows Update Issues Using This Free Utility”

Over the course of years working in IT (many moons ago), I would run into issues, not caused by the end-user; but, caused by an external “trusted” source that pushed as an update to the network. I can remember a time my MS-Excel shares on the network stopped working and it drove me nuts trying to find the cause. In that case an antivirus update was the culprit. There also has been occasions where “Windows Updates would cause issues (and is one of the reasons IT Professionals will often delay updates). Anyhow, Gizmo’s has a post up highlighting a utility that may help you with fixing a Windows update issue at home…


FixWU

 

If you’re having trouble with Windows Update, give this small, free tool (called Fix WU Utility) a try.

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Check out the new look and feel of Microsoft Solitaire Collection on Windows 10!

This collection can be downloaded to your computer directly from the Microsoft Store. Just follow the source link below and you will see a “Get” button on the site to initiate the process.


Solitaire remains the most played computer game of all time, and for good reason. Simple rules and straightforward game play make it easy to pick up for everyone.

Solitaire has been part of Windows for more than 25 years, and the Microsoft Solitaire Collection makes it the best experience to date with five different card games in one:

Klondike
This version is the timeless classic that many people just call “Solitaire.” Try to clear all the cards from the table using one or three-card draw, while using traditional scoring or the Vegas scoring system.

Spider
Eight columns of cards await your attempts to clear them with the fewest moves possible. Start out playing with a single suit until you’re comfortable, and then see how you fare when using two or even all four suits in a game.

FreeCell
Use four extra cells to move cards around as you try to clear all cards from the table. More strategic than the Klondike version, FreeCell rewards players who think several moves ahead.

TriPeaks
Select cards in a sequence, either up or down, to earn points and clear the board. How many boards can you clear before you run out of deals?

Pyramid
Pair two cards that add up to 13 in order to remove them from the board. Try to reach the top of the pyramid. See how many boards you can clear and how high you can score in this highly addictive card game!

Source: Get Microsoft Solitaire Collection – Microsoft Store


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[UPDATED] Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

This tool allows an easy and comfortable way to download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers, as well as Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 2019, Expression Studio and Office for Mac.

Source: Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

P.S. You can also find the link to this tool, here at “What’s On My PC” , under the “Bookmarks4Techs” tab (at the top of the blog).

Joplin – A FREE Open Source Note Taking and To Do Application

Here at What’s On My PC my passion has always been software and apps. I especially love participating in open source software that is in development. Recently I installed on my Windows PC a note taking and to do application called Joplin. Joplin is an open source (FREE) program that will run on Windows (full install or portable app), macOS, Linux, Android and Apple. I have tried the whole gamut of note taking applications and what I am liking about Joplin is that you do not sync your notes to an online note taking service that has control of your data; instead you can sync your notes to either to your Dropbox account, Microsoft OneDrive account, NextCloud self-hosting private cloud, WebDav compatible file services, or to your local drive. There is also a browser extension available for Chromium based browsers and Firefox. When syncing, data transfers are encrypted (End To End Encryption); therefore, no data can be read while in transit. The only catch with the encryption feature is that you manually have to activate it from the device or computer that serves as your main computer and allow the device to perform a complete synchronization.

If you give Joplin a try, keep in mind there is a slight learning curve to get it setup, but once you do, I don’t think you will regret it. I truly like the idea that I have control of my data with this application and that it is techie in nature.

My setup of Joplin is as follows:

On my Windows computer(s) I installed the portable version along with the Chromium based browser extension. On my smartphone and Chromebook, I installed the Android version. On each device I had to configure the synchronization to OneDrive.

Below is the feature list of Joplin:

  • Desktop, mobile and terminal applications.
  • Web Clipper for Firefox and Chrome.
  • End To End Encryption (E2EE)
  • Note history (revisions)
  • Synchronization with various services, including Nextcloud, Dropbox, WebDAV and OneDrive.
  • Import Enex files (Evernote export format) and Markdown files.
  • Export JEX files (Joplin Export format) and raw files.
  • Support notes, to-dos, tags and notebooks.
  • Goto Anything feature.
  • Sort notes by multiple criteria – title, updated time, etc.
  • Support for alarms (notifications) in mobile and desktop applications.
  • Offline first, so the entire data is always available on the device even without an internet connection.
  • Markdown notes, which are rendered with images and formatting in the desktop and mobile applications. Support for extra features such as math notation and checkboxes.
  • File attachment support – images are displayed, and other files are linked and can be opened in the relevant application.
  • Search functionality.
  • Geo-location support.
  • Supports multiple languages
  • External editor support – open notes in your favorite external editor with one click in Joplin.

Keep in mind, Joplin is in development, but is turning into a very nice note taking application. I will take Joplin for a spin and see where I land with it.

Source: Joplin


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How To Set Up Dual Monitors On Windows 10

Setting up dual monitors in Windows 10 is not as difficult as you may think. Also, just to point out, get yourself a flat panel TV or two to serve as your monitor(s). I am currently drafting this article using a dual monitor setup using two flat panel TV’s that I picked up cheaply.

To get your PC to recognize multiple monitors:

  • Verify that your cables are connected properly to the new monitors and to your computer. 
  • Select how you want the desktop to display. You can press the Windows logo key  + and select an option, or use the following steps if you need more settings options.
  • Right-click anywhere on your desktop and select Display settings to open the Display page. Your PC should automatically detect your monitors and show your desktop. If you don’t see the monitors, select Detect.
  • Scroll down to Multiple displays, then select an option from the drop-down list to determine how your desktop will display across your screens. For the largest work area, select Extend desktop.
    Display settings page showing options for multiple displays
  • Select Keep changes.
  • Scroll up to Resolution and select an option. We suggest that you use the recommended resolution settings.
  • Select Keep changes.

Source: Set up dual monitors on Windows 10


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AES Crypt – Advanced File Encryption for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Python, PHP, and Java

AES Crypt is a FREE (open source) file encryption solution that is available on many OS platforms. On a Windows-based computer, simply install and when you need to encrypt or decrypt a file, right mouse click on the file and select AES Encrypt or AES Decrypt. I also found that after you encrypt a file, you can also easily decrypt the file by clicking on the file and the password window will be invoked. AES Crypt is a great option when you want to store sensitive files in the cloud.

If interested in using this software on your Android devices, visit the Google Play store on your device and perform a search for AES Crypt and you will find several Android apps that is compatible with this software.

Source: AES Crypt


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Added “Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool” to Bookmarks4Techs

If you click on the link “Bookmarks4Techs“, at the top of the blog, you will be taken to my “speed dial collection of tech sites, blogs and tools“. Today I have added a speed dial link to the collection that is called the “Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool“…

Windows ISO Downloader

This tool allows an easy and comfortable way to download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers, as well as Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 2019, Expression Studio and Office for Mac.


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Windows 7 users are unable to shut down PCs, cause still unknown | SlashGear

Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7 but it seems that it is being forced to continue doing so anyway and it has only itself to blame. While the EOL for the operating system means it will no longer provide security updates and bug fixes, it doesn’t mean it would render Windows 7 computers unusable. Yet that seems to be the case as the number of complaints about suddenly broken Windows 7 computers rise, including one that is preventing users from shutting down at all.

Source: Windows 7 users are unable to shut down PCs, cause still unknown – SlashGear

Windows 10 Warning: Anger At Microsoft Rises With Serious New Failure | Forbes

The drama began yesterday as Windows 10 users suddenly found that Search was broken with a black bar showing where search results should be, even for those who tried to perform a local search of their files. Breaking with tradition (1,2,3,4,5), Microsoft was fast to act blaming “a temporary server-side issue”. But the explanation instead kicked a hornet’s nest. First, the fix doesn’t work for everyone. Second, and more worryingly, Microsoft’s explanation doesn’t add up and it has prompted serious questions to be asked about how the operating system works and what personal data it is sharing.

Source: Windows 10 Warning: Anger At Microsoft Rises With Serious New Failure

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