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

November 5, 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

November 1, 2017

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?

October 18, 2017

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

October 17, 2017

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)

September 16, 2017

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

September 1, 2017

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

August 28, 2017

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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