TCAT Shelbyville: Goodbye CMD prompt – and update your PowerShell help

November 22, 2016

This is a “Need To Know” article:

Powershell is becoming the new default command line.  It’s more powerfull and computers and operating systems always change. Before you get started, you may want to update it.  Right click yo…

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A Tool To Easily Download Windows and Office ISO Images

June 4, 2016

If you need to download ISO disk images for Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, as well as Office 2007 and 2010, you may want to look at this download tool. It is called Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool

This tool was not developed by Microsoft; instead, by a private party software developer who made this software so that you can easily download the various Microsoft Windows and Office images you desire, without going on the hunt for those images.

Ever since Microsoft pulled the Windows disk images from Digital River, hunting for untouched ISO files has been a pain. Our new tool will make your life easier, and provides and interface to Microsoft TechBench to download original Windows images directly from Microsoft’s server.


Reserve Your FREE Upgrade To Windows 10 Now

June 1, 2015

Windows 10 is on the way (July 29, 2015).  Here is how to reserve your copy now in 3 easy steps…

HERE’S HOW

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Finally… Microsoft Releases Another Windows 10 Build (10041)

March 18, 2015

Microsoft on Wednesday released Windows 10 Build 10041 after a considerable gap in time from the previous build release — Now promising monthly builds from here on out… Full final version expected to be released this summer.

As I did in Windows 8, I am deliberately not touching Windows 10 until its’ release, so that I can experience (and report back) what it is like to experience it for the first time.

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Using The Windows Command Line Service Control (SC) to Delete A Windows Service

December 30, 2014

While reviewing the Windows Event log on my Windows 8.1 computer, an error was being produced each time I booted the computer to indicate that a Windows Service was not loading. After researching the name of the service I found that the service was related to a software application that I had installed; and, then subsequently uninstalled. The service was still hooked into the Windows registry and was not removed during the uninstall process. I needed to find a way to remove the service that I positively knew was not part of the operating system.

To remove the service I had to open the Windows 8 command prompt (run as Administrator) and type the following Service Control (SC) command line syntax:

sc delete <and the name of the service>

NOTE: Do not type or include the characters < or >

Please keep in mind, once you delete the service, it is gone; so, it is important that you know what you are looking for and what you are doing. In my case, as I do in most cases, I use the power of the internet to research issues such as this to ultimately find the solution. In this case, I thought I would share this one with you.

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#1 Best Seller – Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone

December 23, 2014

Ran across this Windows based phone this morning at Amazon — Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone — No Contract Phone — At the time of this posting was less than 30 bucks!

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone

Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone

  • No annual contract – 4G coverage with data plans starting at $40/month.
  • Meet Cortana, your personal assistant, with the improved Windows Phone 8.1 experience. (This device ships with Windows Phone 8.0, and is eligible for a free “Over the Air” update to 8.1.
  • Snap creative photos with built-in digital lenses and 5MP camera.
  • View video and share images on the 4inch WVGA LCD display.
  • Get all the best apps: Netflix, Instagram, Twitter, OneDrive, Facebook and Uber.

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GEEK SQUEAK – To Good To Be True: BGR Confirming Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

September 28, 2014

Came across this article this morning by BGR – Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users … Sounds too good to be true. Being the old geek that I am I learned a long time ago “believe nothing, verify everything”. I will definitely be looking for more verification on this.

Windows 9 Upgrade Free Download

Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of special offers for existing Windows XP users. A report from Indonesian online publication Detik said earlier this week that President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed this particular Windows 9 feature… READ MORE


Preview of the NEW Windows 9 Start Menu In Action

September 22, 2014

Check out this video that purportedly is showing the NEW Windows 9 Start Menu In Action…


ProduKey – Popular, FREE, Must Have Utility To Retrieve Your Windows Product Key

August 21, 2014

Prior to performing a re-install of the operating system on my computer,  I ran NirSoft’s little utility called ProduKey to retrieve my Windows 8 product key. This key is required in order to complete the installation of Windows and is the key that communicates to Microsoft that you legally purchased the operating system software.

Typically what happens is when we get these product keys we end up forgetting where we placed them or where we had written them down. ProduKey makes retrieving the key very fast and easy.

ProduKey
ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer – by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.

Note:  The description at the NirSoft site indicates the software will display the key for Windows (including Windows 7 and Windows Vista). Does not indicate Windows 8; however, I can attest that it will work for Windows 8, as well.


Bookmarks4Techs Hits The 777 Mark

January 11, 2014

Throughout the years of maintaining my main site (What’s On My PC), I have managed to accumulate (and continue to accumulate) links to numerous tech sites. As a result, I have decided to share these links with you, through Bookmarks4Techs.com

Bookmarks4Techs.com

Bookmarks4Techs is one of, if not, the largest listing of tech sites on the internet.  If you have an interest in the world of computers and information technology, I think you will find this site to be a very valuable resource. I will be working hard to keep the site up to date; and, as a result you will see continual changes in the listing.

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What’s On My PC – WordPress Crunchy Numbers for 2013

December 31, 2013

Happy New Year Everyone and THANK YOU for visiting my blog during 2013. Posted below is a stat summary for 2013 AND my thoughts for 2014:

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. What’s On My PC was viewed about 410,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 18 days for that many people to see it.

If What’s On My PC were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 18 days for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 249 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,708 posts. There were 774pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was February 4th with1,917 views. The most popular post that day was Wallpaper of the Week (#107) – Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Wallpaper.


This past year, about mid-stream, I decided to change the blog to fit the Geek Squeaks’ theme that I have used in the past (on a random basis)…  As a result, my stats have stayed up (and actually improved).  I am now thinking of doing a post once or twice a week, calling it Geek Squeaks for the Week which will feature a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites…

I often find myself, after 5 years of blogging, slowing down; however, my obsession with technology is still there. Any feedback is most welcome…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Windows 8.1 Preview

June 27, 2013

To those of you (at home), who have Windows 8 based computers, please know that Microsoft will be soon releasing, to the general public, an upgrade to Windows 8, called Windows Blue (or Windows 8.1).

What is all this talk about Windows 8.1 Preview?

This past week Microsoft released the “preview version” of Windows 8.1, so that it can be tested and run in the wild by computer guys like myself to make sure it is polished enough to release to the general public.

Windows 8.1 Preview

Is this a good thing?  You bet it is…  The underpinning’s of Windows 8 is a really solid operating system, but Microsoft released it with changes that really caused a stir. Most of the stir was from what people were visually seeing on the surface, such as the computer no longer booted to the desktop; and, once they figured out how to get to the desktop, the Start Menu was no longer there. This upgrade will remedy these concerns and hopefully bring back that warm and fuzzy feeling that has literally taken home based computer users many years to get accustomed to.

Some answers to some questions you may have about Windows Blue (8.1), are reflected below:

(NOTE: If you click on any one of the links below, you will be taken directly to the Microsoft FAQ page for Windows 8.1.  I outlined these questions from the Microsoft site to show my readers what the most commonly asked question are about Windows 81. Preview.)

Is Windows 8.1 Preview ready for everyone to try?

Are there risks to installing Windows 8.1 Preview?

What are the system requirements for Windows 8.1 Preview?

What languages is the preview available in?

Will my devices and programs work with Windows 8.1 Preview?

Will I be able to keep my files, settings, and apps if I install Windows 8.1 Preview?

How do l install Windows 8.1 Preview?

Do I need a product key to install Windows 8.1 Preview?

Can I uninstall Windows 8.1 Preview?

How do I provide feedback?

Where do I go for Windows 8.1 Preview support?

Where can I get more info about Windows 8.1 Preview for businesses and IT professionals?

I want to build apps for Windows 8.1—what resources are available?


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How Much Physical Memory Can Windows Actually Use (or See)?

June 26, 2013

A memory upgrade is one of the best computer upgrades you can make; however, it is important to know that Windows, depending whether your system is 32 bit or 64 bit, does have a limit. In other words Windows can only see a specific amount of memory depending on the architecture of your system and the operating system version you are are running..

To put this into perspective, see below a comparison between 32 bit vs. 64 bit of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Physical Memory Limits: Windows 8

Physical Memory Limits: Windows 7

This is important to know when you are upgrading RAM in your computer. To learn more about the memory limits for the various versions of Windows, visit Memory Limits for Windows ReleasesIf you are interested in a potential upgrade and cost estimate for your computer [CLICK HERE]


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Wallpaper of the Week (#127) – Close, Minimize and Maximize

June 23, 2013

This week’s wallpaper will really make your icons standout (with the black background) and is unique in that it features the close, minimize and maximize buttons that you find in Windows.

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Wallpaper - Close, Maximize, Minimize

Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].


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FREE Online Windows 8 Tutorials

June 19, 2013

If you are new to Windows 8 and rate yourself as the average computer user, then you may find Windows 8, in its’ present form, a challenge. When I make the statement, “in its’ present form”, I’m referring to the upgrade that will soon take place that will bring Windows 8 back down to earth where the average computer person resides. Windows 8 is a really good operating system; it has been the new graphical user interface and missing start menu that has thrown people off. In reality, not a big deal; however, Microsoft realized that they were shooting for the moon and may have advanced the user interface a little bit too far, too fast.  The Windows 8 upgrade, last I read, is to correct these issues and make it so that people can be eased into the future proposed changes.

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In the meantime, if you just purchased a computer with Windows 8, I really encourage you to take some time and watch (and read) these tutorials, which are all FREE from GCFLearnFree.org

All About Windows 8

1: Exploring Windows 8

2: Upgrading to Windows 8

Using Windows 8

3: Getting Started with Windows 8

4: Using SkyDrive with Windows 8

5: Using the Search Feature

6: Personalizing Your Start Screen

Working With the Desktop

7: Getting Started with the Desktop

8: Managing Your Files and Folders

9: Personalizing Your Desktop

Windows 8 Apps

10: Using the People App

11: Using the Mail App

12: Internet Explorer

13: The Music and Video Apps

14: Downloading Apps from the Windows Store

Changing Your Computer’s Settings

15: Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls

16: Opening Your Files with Different Apps

17: Security and Maintenance


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