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Windows 10 Part 2/2 – Final upgrade!

Posted in Computer, Windows with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello readers!

I finally upgraded to Windows 10 and then back to Windows 8.1 the next day! lol Before you jump to some obvious conclusions that would actually be wrong, please continue reading!

So, after upgrading my Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, the next step was upgrading to Windows 10. I finally decided I was ready to do so and everything went pretty well. That is, until my system became unstable, crashing and giving me BSODs VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE errors.

Old school

Now, you must know that my current 9 years-old motherboard (ASUS P5N32-E SLI PLUS – a 2007 model) is dying: its first PCI-E slot is dead (didn’t know that was even possible) and USB mouse often needs to be reconnected. It also does not officially supports Windows 10.

no-windows10-driversNo Windows 10 for me!

Simply put, a new system is on the way and I’ll do a Windows 10 fresh install once I have my new hardware (more on that soon!).

Keynote

So, here is what you must know about upgrading to Windows 10:

  1. Always make a backup of your data. In my case, all my data is on a separate dedicated hard drive than the operating system. So all I needed to do was create a Windows system image using my friend’s AOMEI Backupper tool, just to be safe. (btw, I also have & do regular backups of my data drive)
  2. Start Windows 10 upgrade and wait for it to finish.
  3. In some case, you may need to re-install some software; usually printers and antivirus/firewall.
  4. If you want to revert back, it takes less than 15 minutes and that’s what I ended up doing.

In conclusion, if your hardware manufacturer doesn’t list drivers for Windows 10, you’re better off not upgrading. I personally prefer running officially supported stuff that having an unstable system.

Exceptions

It could also work though; I did a fresh install on my old ThinkPad laptop and it runs Windows 10 flawlessly. At first I had trouble getting all the drivers to work but managed to succeed… It’s up to you!

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/
-http://www.backup-utility.com/downloads.html
-https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P5N32E_SLI_Plus/
-https://sirusdark.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/how-to-screenshots-with-mouses-cursor/

Pro Tip – Make laptop integrated microphone sound great!

Posted in Computer, How to, Skype, Sound with tags , , , , on August 6, 2015 by Sirusdark

I was having a Skype voice chat with a friend not too long ago and my friend’s voice sounded better than usual. I couldn’t resist but ask what brand/model of notebook it was. Then as the conversation went on, I discovered what made it sound so great!

Privacy please!

That paranoid friend had a little piece of paper covering the webcam! Coincidentally, it also covered the microphone (location may varies from model to model). It all then made perfect sense: a piece of paper will indeed block a certain amount of high frequencies, thus making the sound sound “smoother”, “warmer” and even block a certain amount of background “hissing” noise.

Give it a try! Make that cheap mic sound better by covering it with a little piece of paper!

Enjoy!

Sirus