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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/

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Update – Microsoft Software Download Page

Posted in Computer, Free, Software, Windows with tags , , , , , on February 8, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello readers!

Quick update on where/how to download again your Windows install media should you need to do a fresh install:

Microsoft now has a new Software Download page! You can download Windows install media for Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and even Windows 7!

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/software-download/

Enjoy!

Sirus

Windows – How to only search for files in the current folder

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

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Hello everyone!

Here’s a useful tip on how to search for files of a single folder and not the subfolders.

There’s only one thing you need to pay attention to: where are you searching from?

>> Searching from the Libraries?
or
>> Searching from the actual folder’s location?

That’s it! Once you’re in the right place to look for file(s), the option to search in the current folder will become available:

Searching from the Libraries disables the “Current folder” option:

search_libraries

Searching in the actual “physical” or local folder enables the option:

search_local

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Windows 10 – Access your beloved Recycle Bin

Posted in How to, Knowledge, Windows with tags , , , , , on August 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

[ “Windows 10 Part 2 – Upgrading to Windows 10!” is still under writing ]

Hello readers!

Here’s a quick tip for those of you who’re already using Windows 10!

You may have noticed by now that the Recycle Bin is nowhere to be found… Had you looked it up online, you most likely would’ve found the following tedious solution:

Right-click on your DesktopĀ  > Personalise > Themes > Desktop icon settings > Check the “Recycle Bin” box.

This works, but it adds clutter on the desktop and doesn’t make the Recycle Bin visible on the Desktop in File Explorer.

Simplify!

Here’s the simplest way to access the Recycle Bin while keeping it out of sight:

Open File Explorer (Win + E) > Click the little arrow on the left of the address bar > Recycle Bin.

explorer_recycle

That’s it! And here’s how efficient users do it with their eyes closed:

Windows 10

Win+E > Tab x 2 > Up-Arrow x 2 > Enter

Windows 8/8.1

Win+E > Tab x 2 > Down-Arrow x 5 > Enter

Enjoy!

Sirus

Yes, I really don’t have any icons on my desktop.

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
-http://www.spaceneedle.com/home/
-http://www.aomeitech.com/ (I’m not affiliated: I make zero money)

Microsoft Update KB 3038314 Blocks Search Providers

Posted in Bug, Computer, Knowledge, Windows with tags , , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by Sirusdark

Not too long ago while installing a fresh copy of Window 8.1 on a client’s notebook, I encountered a weird issue: I was unable to change Internet Explorer‘s default search provider! After doing some research, I finally discovered the cause:

A Microsoft update, KB 3038314, was the culprit…

So if you installed this update and have the same problem, simply uninstall the update, change search provider and re-install it.

On the same topic, always read updates description.

Before applying any updates on a system, make sure you know what you’re installing! Yes, it’s an extra click and takes a few more minutes, but more than often, you’ll find “recommended” updates that may not even apply to your situation.

windows_update_info_001

 

Enjoy!

Sirus
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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!

Sirus
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