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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!).


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.


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!




Lost & found – My ThinkPad’s UltraNav TouchPad app! (Blame Windows 10)

Posted in Computer, How to, Windows with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2015 by Sirusdark


I was super mad (again) at Microsoft yesterday: a new update/upgrade for Windows 10 came out and after installing, it trashed my ThinkPad’s TouchPad settings and removed ThinkPad’s UltraNav app icon from my system tray…

That’s what I initially thought, since the same thing happened to my Lenovo Power Management app because it apparently was incompatible (yes, Windows 10 uninstalls stuff on a whim, just like that.) but, it didn’t! And I managed to find where it got hidden and luckily for me, it had only disabled the tray icon’s visibility and reset settings to default.

Also, what contributed to my initial panic is that the UltraNav utility is not listed in the installed programs (aka Add & Remove Programs) since it’s consider a driver and made me think Windows had uninstalled it.

So, here’s where to find TouchPad settings or ThinkPad’s UltraNav settings under Windows 10!

Start > Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad

Then, on the right, the last section called “Related Settings“, click that “Additional mouse options” link. This will open ThinkPad’s UltraNav TouchPad utility!


Once it’s opened, make sure to check the “Show UltraNav icon on the system tray” check-box again.

VoilĂ ! Now if you’ll excuse, I’m leaving to see that new Star Wars: The force awakens movie EVERYONE is blabbing about… :D