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Windows 10 Part 1 – Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Posted in Computer, Free Stuff, Windows with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2015 by Sirusdark

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Hello dear readers!

I hope you all refrained from upgrading to Windows 10 on day one! Never a good idea; instead, let others mess things up and find solutions for you. Like me! :D

First step getting Windows 10 is to either be running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Since I went directly from Windows XP Pro to Windows 8 Pro, I had to upgrade to 8.1 first. For those of you who prefer doing “clean installs” (I’m one of those, though I won’t this time), see references to download the Windows 10 media.

What went wrong

  • Had to uninstall printer software/drivers and re-install after the update.
  • Folder Libraries are disabled by default in 8.1. Annoying, yes, but pretty simple to re-enable them. It’s the very first answer in Microsoft’s FAQ. (see references)
  • Had to re-install/upgrade my Comodo Firewall and doing so, lost all my firewall settings. That’s normal since the system changed, thus everything is a “new” application. I now have to re-authorize applications as I go. I’ll be back to normal in a day or two.
  • The Windows lock screen picture changed back to the default image. Mine used to be the one with Seattle’s Space Needle tower. Again, super easy to change.
  • I lost my Windows “run” history (shortcut: Windows Key + R). Not a big deal, but still worth mentioning.
  • Windows Defender stopped working, but after some updates, it finally got back to normal.

NOTE : Always have an antivirus, anti-spyware and backup solution.

What went right

Haters

If you don’t like your Windows, please, let me know! I’m sure I can help you. I know frustrated users (often, myself) usually have good reasons to be. But once you understand things, it becomes JOY.

If you did ask me for help and still hate Windows, there’s more I can do for ‘ya! Bring some rope, quick-setting cement, a sleeping bag and we’ll be good to go.

Stay tune for the grand final: “Windows 10 – Part 2: Upgrading to Windows 10!”

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References
-http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/libraries-faq
-https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
-http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/media-creation-tool-install
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Windows 8.1 Installation Media is Free!

Posted in Computer, Free, How to, Software Tools, Windows 8 with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

Did you know?

If you’ve lost, can’t find or don’t even have your Windows 8.1 installation disk (any version btw), there’s now no need to buy a new one; you can create one for FREE! I was recently asked again where to get a new installation media (aka install disk) and thought it was worth a post to reiterate this very useful info.

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

All you gotta do is download Microsoft’s application (less than 2 Mb), run the tool, select the Windows 8.1 version you need.

Probably the best part is it lets you choose between a USB installer and an ISO file. Once you’ve picked your preferred method of destruction installing, let it work. It’s that simple!

You don’t even have to install anything on your precious computer since it’s a standalone app; which makes it portable too!

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

This nifty tool can create installation media for all the following Windows 8.1 versions (32bit/64 bit):

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 N
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro N

Enjoy!

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