Hate Windows 10? Want to Go Back…

 

Take Windows 10 off My Computer   <—–From Our Friends at PCAdvisor.co.uk

How to downgrade Windows 10: Hate Windows 10? Uninstall Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or 8.1 in a few easy steps.  Windows 10 has been out a week now, and you’ve probably decided by now whether or not it’s for you. If you hate Windows 10, it’s easy to downgrade Windows 10 and return to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. We explain how to restore your old Windows in minutes.

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Downgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1 is easy with Windows 10
Downgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1 is easy with Windows 10

Windows 10 has been out a week now, and you’ve probably decided by now whether or not it’s for you. If you hate Windows 10, it’s easy to downgrade Windows 10 and return to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. We explain how to restore your old Windows in minutes. See also: Windows 10 reviewHow to downgrade Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1: Before you begin

You have 1 month to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 after installing Windows 10. So make sure you make up your mind before the option disappears.

The first step is of course to back up any information you currently have on your PC that you want to keep. Changing an operating system is a big thing, and data can often be lost along the way. You can use external hard drives, thumb drives, or some of the various online cloud storage such as OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Tresorit, that offer lots of space for free. When you’ve safely removed any documents, video, photos, or other important data you need, you’re safe to begin. Remember that this may also take a little time, so don’t start if you have plans for the immediate future.

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How to downgrade Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1: Using the Update & Security settings

When you install Windows 10 on a PC that already has a Windows, the old version is stored away in a folder called Windows.old. While this takes up space, it also means that you can restore the version via Windows 10 itself. To do this first open the Windows Start menu by clicking on the icon in the bottom left of the screen. Select Settings from the menu.

How to downgrade Windows 10

Now you’ll see on option for Update & Security. Click it.

How to downgrade Windows 10

On the next page you’ll find a list of options on the left, one of which is Recovery. Click this and the main pane will display a variety of choices. The one you want is ‘Go back to Windows x’ where x will be 7 or 8.1 depending on what your computer was running. Click ‘Get started’ to begin. If you’re using a laptop you’ll also need to connect it to a power source or the option won’t work.

How to downgrade Windows 10

You’ll now be presented with a blue screen (no death involved) asking you why you’re downgrading? Take a moment to fill this in, as it’s a helpful tool for Microsoft in gauging the user’s experience with Windows 10. Click Next when you’re done.

How to downgrade Windows 10

Before Windows starts the process it gives a couple more opportunities to cancel, and also reminds you that if you had a password on your previous version of Windows then you’ll require it once the process is finished. If you’re happy to proceed then just click Next, then put the kettle on.

How to downgrade Windows 10

Windows will now roll back your system to how it was before the technical preview was installed.

How to downgrade Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1: Tidying up

On our test machine, which had very little installed on it, the whole process took about ten minutes and was pretty much trouble free. The only thing we needed to change was the shortcut to Windows Explorer in the taskbar, which had stopped working. To fix this we simply right clicked on the icon, unpinned it from the taskbar, then searched for Windows Explorer in the Start menu, dragged it to the taskbar, and everything was working again. All of our data was intact and in the right place, and the only other reboot needed was for Windows to instal a few updates. Fine work Microsoft!

How to downgrade Windows 10

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15 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

15 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT: Instead of four random numbers, your passcode could be “BUTT.” posted on March 27, 2014 at 12:11pm EDT

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Jess Misener

1. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock.
2. Turn off the setting that says “Simple Passcode.”
3. A screen will appear prompting you to change your passcode, along with a full QWERTY keyboard. The next time you unlock your phone, the keyboard will appear instead of just the number pad.

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Jess Misener

Tell Siri, “Read my email,” and she’ll oblige. You’ll hear the sender’s name, the date/time of the message, and the subject line.

You can also instruct her to “read my latest email” or ask, “Do I have email from [person]?”

3.

15 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

For a while, the fact that I couldn’t see when my iMessages were sent drove me crazy. Turns out there’s a stupidly easy way to view timestamps of your messages in iOS 7: touch and drag message bubbles to the left.

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Jessica Misener

Ask Siri, “What flights are above me?” or just say, “Planes overhead,” and she’ll pull up a chart featuring each plane’s flight number, its altitude, and its angle. (It took my Siri about 30 seconds to pull up this data, so be patient!)

5.

Did you change your mind about that text you just tapped in? Shake your phone, and an “Undo Typing” box will come up. If you change your mind after you’ve hit Undo, shake your phone again for a handy “Redo Typing” box.

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Turn your phone horizontally when in your calendar app to see a more detailed view of your appointments.

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15 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

This is so simple to do, yet totally changed my ability to CONVEY HOW EXCITED OR MAD I WAS to my friends without having to hit the shift arrow every time.

NB: If this isn’t working for you, go to Settings>General>Keyboard and make sure Caps Lock is enabled.

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15 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

Swipe left in the Compass app to access a level. Pretty cool.

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This is especially useful if you have kids, or have zero self-control when it comes to Candy Crush. Go to Settings > General > Restrictions, Enable Restrictions, and scroll down to disable In-App Purchases.

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15 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

Hold down the shutter button in your camera and you’ll automatically activate burst mode. Your phone will capture a ton of photos in rapid succession and save them to your camera: a great way to guarantee you’ll get a profile pic to your liking.

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Hold down the dash on your keyboard to get a super-cool menu of dashes, which you can use to please all your grammar stickler friends.

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15 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

Instead of using the touch circle to snap your selfie, hit the “up” volume button. It lets you hold the phone — and camera — more steadily.

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15 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

Press the center of the headphone button when in the camera app to snap a pic. Also great for selfies!

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Jessica Misener

In your Contacts app, you can enable different vibration patterns for different contacts. This is particularly handy if you keep your phone in your pocket, so you can distinguish hands-free between a pesky email from your boss and a fun text.

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15 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

Great for when you need to charge your phone quickly at a bar.

The Best Keystrokes for Internet Beginners- Shortcut Commands Worth Learning

The Best Keystrokes for Internet Beginners Shortcut Commands Worth Learning By Paul Gill

October, 2013

Here are several shortcut commands that are useful in your web browser. These commands apply to Firefox, Chrome, IE9, and Safari.

1. CTRL-T to launch a new browser tab page

Tabbed pages are very useful: they let you open multiple web pages simultaneously without the same memory load as a full browser window.  Simply press CTRL-T to launch a new tab.

Related: use CTRL-Page Up and CTRL-Page Down to navigate between the tabs.

2. CTRL-Enter to type ‘www.’ and ‘.com’

Once you have pressed ALT-D to focus on the browser address bar, you can save yourself even more typing.  Since many website addresses start with ‘http://www.&#8217; and end with ‘.com’, your browser will offer to type those portions for you.  You simply type the middle portion of the address (called the mid-level domain).

Try it:

  1. press ALT-D or click to focus on your address bar  (the entire address should be block-selected in blue now)
  2. Type CNN
  3. Press CTRL-Enter

More Tips:

  • if you press ALT-CTRL-Enter, you visit the web page and launch a new browser tab page at the same time
  • SHIFT-Enter is for .net web addresses
  • SHIFT-CTRL-Enter is for .org web addresses

3. ALT-D to access the address bar

Your browser’s address bar (aka ‘URL bar’) is where the website address goes.  Instead of reaching for your mouse to click the address bar, try ALT-D on your keyboard.

Like all ALT commands, you hold the ALT key while you poke the ‘d’ on your keyboard.

Result:  your computer focuses on the address bar, and block-selects the entire address, ready for you to type over top!

4. CTRL-D to bookmark/favorite a page

To save the current web address as a bookmark/favorite, use CTRL-D on your keyboard.  A dialog box (mini window) will pop up, and suggest a name and folder.  If you like the suggested name and folder, press Enter on your keyboard.

5. Zoom the page with CTRL-mousewheelspin

Is the font too small or too large? Simply hold CTRL with your left hand, and spin your mousewheel with your right hand.  This will zoom the web page and enlarge/shrink the font.  This is wunderbar for those of us with weaker reading vision!

6. CTRL-F4 to close a browser tab page

When you no longer want the web page tab open, press CTRL-F4.  This keystroke will close the current tab page while still leaving the web browser open.

7. Backspace to reverse one page in your web browser

Instead of clicking the ‘back’ button on your screen, try using your keyboard backspace key instead.  As long as you are focused on the page and not the address bar, backspace will reverse you one web page into the past.

Related: Safari web browser also uses CTRL-(Left Arrow) to reverse one page.

8. F5 to refresh the current web page

This is ideal for news pages, or for any web page that didn’t quite load correctly.  Press the F5 key to force your web browser to get a fresh copy of the web page.

9. ALT-Home to go to home page

This is a favorite shortcut for many!  If you set your home page to be Google or your favorite news page, simply press ALT-Home to load that page into the current tab.  Much faster than reaching for your mouse and clicking the home button.j

10. ESC to cancel loading your web page

Slow web pages happen often.  If you do not wish to wait for all the graphics and animation to load, simply press the ESC (escape) key at the top left of your keyboard.  It is the same as clicking the red X button beside your address bar.

11. Triple-click to highlight-select the entire web address

Sometimes, a single click will not highlight-select the whole web address.  If this happens, simply triple-click the address with your left mouse button, and it will highlight-select all the text for you.

12. CTRL-C to copy

This is a universal keystroke that works in most any software.  Once something is highlighted-selected, press CTRL-C on  your keyboard to copy that item to your invisible clipboard storage.

13. CTRL-V to paste

Once something is temporarily stored in your invisible clipboard, it can be pasted repeatedly by CTRL-V.  In case you are wondering why the unsual keystroke choice, it is because CTRL-P is reserved for printing.

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Windows 8.1 The How TO

Getting started tutorials for Windows

New to Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1?

You’re at the right place. Whether you’re brand new to Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, or just want a refresher, these 10 tutorials will show you the basics.

1. Getting online

Checking email, visiting your favorite sites, commenting on friends’ status updates—many things you do with your PC depend on an Internet connection. Find out how to go online and how to help protect your info when on a public network.

2. Microsoft account

Sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account and you’re automatically signed in to the Windows Store, your mail, social networking sites, and more. Make sure you have one, and find out how to set up accounts for other people who use your PC.

Finding your way around

3. All about Start

The Start screen is the starting point for everything you do with your PC. You can think of it like the Start menu you’re used to, but now it’s full-screen, and you can personalize it with your apps, friends, and photos.

4. Getting around your PC

Learn the essentials about navigating your PC, including how to get back to Start, switch between apps, and use apps side by side. Be more efficient with touch or a mouse and keyboard, and learn the top keyboard shortcuts.

5. Search, share, print and more

No matter where you are on your PC, you can use the charms to perform basic actions. See how to search the web and your PC, share content like photos or websites, go back to Start, print and use other devices, and change settings.

6. Getting and using apps

Search or browse the Windows Store to find the apps you want. There are lots to choose from, and many are free or offer free trials. Also find out how to use apps, change their settings, and close an app.

Getting things done

7. Set up email

You can use the Mail app on your PC or Outlook.com from any browser to read, reply, and keep all of your inboxes organized. Find out how to set them up and add your accounts. Or, try the Outlook desktop app. It’s free with Windows RT 8.1.

8. Browse the web

Visit your favorite sites with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Get the basics of browsing, and learn about the new features, too. Get tips on how to get to your favorite sites faster, and how to use Reading view to get rid of those annoying ads.

9. SkyDrive

Now there are two ways to save your files from Windows: you can save files to your PC, or to your online cloud storage on SkyDrive. When you save to SkyDrive, your files are available on all your devices, so they’re always with you. Sharing and collaborating is easier too.

10. Personalize your PC

Add your personal touch to your PC with your favorite photos, colors, and backgrounds. Put your best face forward with a new account picture. And find out how to set up a picture password so you can sign in to your PC with your favorite photo instead of a hard-to-remember password.

Forgot Administrator Password..

If you forgot the administrator password you can easily reset the password on Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP with the Sticky Keys tricks. It works always.  Here is the Trick..  Visit Michaels Page for more helpful tips.

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Michael Pietroforte is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 28 years of experience in system administration. g+

Forgot the administrator password? There are many ways to access a Windows installation if you forgot the administrator password. Today I’ll show you another procedure to reset the Windows password by replacing the Sticky Keys application. This program allows you to use the function keys SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, or the Windows key by typing one key after the other instead of pressing them simultaneously with the second key. The main advantage of this password reset method is that you don’t need third-party software; another plus is that it is easy to carry out because no Registry hack is required, as when you offline enable the built-in administrator.

Forgot Administrator Password - Sticky Keys trick

Please note that resetting the password from an account other than the corresponding user account always means that the user loses the credentials stored in the Windows Vault, stored Internet Explorer passwords, and files that you encrypted with the Encrypting File System (EFS). Of course, if you have a backup of these credentials, you can restore them; likewise, if you have exported the private EFS key, you can import it again after you have reset the password.

Like with all other solutions that allow you to reset the Windows password without having an account on the corresponding computer, you have to boot from a second operating system and access the Windows installation while it is offline.

You can do this with a bootable Windows PE USB stick or by using Windows RE. You can start Windows RE by booting the Windows Vista or Windows 7 setup DVD and then selecting “Repair” instead of “Install Windows.”

By the way, you can’t use the Windows XP boot CD for this purpose because its Recovery Console will ask for a password for the offline installation. However, you can use a Vista or Windows 7 DVD to reset a forgotten Windows administrator password on Windows XP.

This works because Windows RE, which is based on Vista or Windows 7, will let you launch a command prompt with access to an offline installation without requiring a password.

To reset a forgotten administrator password, follow these steps:

  1. Boot from Windows PE or Windows RE and access the command prompt.
  2. Find the drive letter of the partition where Windows is installed. In Vista and Windows XP, it is usually C:, in Windows 7, it is D: in most cases because the first partition contains Startup Repair. To find the drive letter, type C: (or D:, respectively) and search for the Windows folder. Note that Windows PE (RE) usually resides on X:.
  3. Type the following command (replace “c:” with the correct drive letter if Windows is not located on C:):
    copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
    This creates a copy of sethc.exe to restore later.
  4. Type this command to replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe:
    copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
    Reboot your computer and start the Windows installation where you forgot the administrator password.
  5. After you see the logon screen, press the SHIFT key five times.
  6. You should see a command prompt where you can enter the following command to reset the Windows password (see screenshot above):
    net user your_user_name new_password
    If you don’t know your user name, just type net user to list the available user names.
  7. You can now log on with the new password.

I recommend that you replace sethc.exe with the copy you stored in the root folder of your system drive in step 3. For this, you have to boot up again with Windows PE or RE because you can’t replace system files while the Windows installation is online. Then you have to enter this command:

copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe

Your Computer’s Insides are DUSTY-Get Canned Air

So Your Computer is really running S L O W or Acting really weird Lately.
It could just be a simple problem of DUST Buildup inside the computer.
When was the Last time You Opened up Your Computer? Probably Never..

Well Time for you to get some 101 on Computer Geekdom. You can do this!

Get a Can Of Air (No Your Blow Dryer is Not Strong Enough)
A Yard Blower will do, as this is the Red Neck Way of Cleaning out Your Computer.

Unplug Your computer and all those connections in the back.
Take Your Computer either Outside or in a place you don’t care about blowing all that Dust around.
Open the Case
Do Not Touch Any of the Parts Inside, Just Use the Can of Air to remove the Dust.
Make sure you clean Inside and Outside.
Once you have all the Dust Cleared
Close the Case Back Up
Hook all those Wires back on the back of the Computer.
What?? You Don’t know How?
They are Color Coded and also only go in One Way.
Comon’ Give it the Ol’ College Try.

If You have Completed this Successfully, You Just Saved Yourself $25-$50
If You have NO CLUE and Don’t Want to Deal With This, Pay Your Local Geek to do this for You

~This is Merely a Suggestion on How To,
IF You Break Your Computer, We will not be held Liable.
Please Be Careful when Working On Your Computer.
If Unsure.. Always Consult a Professional.

Erase and Restore

You’ve tried System Restore and your computer still runs crappy.
Next Step Erase and Restore.
Please go through and read/print the steps First for reference.

Before you begin this task.
Reminder: once you do this everything on your computer will be GONE.
So as stated previously in another blog.. BACKUP Your Files!!!

Gather up your Windows Restore CD’s and locate Your Serial Number.
If you don’t know your Serial Number, try using MagicalJellyBean

Next step is to get into the BIOS so Your computer will boot off the Restore CD.
Our Friends at Cyberwalker can help you with this one.

Once you have your computer set to Boot from your Restore disk,
You must now Consult with THE ELDER GEEK

After you have a clean install, you can now reinstall your Printer, Camera, PDA,
and all the little programs that you just have to have in your computer arsenal.

Congratz on your next step to Geekdom, we just thought U Ought To Know!

Discounts on Computer Purchases

Why pay Top Dollar for your Computer and Software?

Did You Know the majority of computer manufacturers offer a discount for Students, Teachers, Government Employees, Librarians, Non Profits, Also Your Employer may have a Discount Plan as well.

Here are a few Links to Discounted Pricing from Manufacturers.

APPLE
DELL
HP
SONY

Your System Restore Disk, Do You Have One? Better Make One!!!

Most Computer Manufacturers No Longer Supply You with a Recovery CD or DVD.
So what are you going to do when Your whole computer Crashes?
Your Computer Probably Includes the Software to Create Your Very Own Set.
Not Every Computer Manufacturer has this, so Hopefully Yours does.
If you are one of the Lucky Computer owners with the Create Your Own set of Restore Disks Software,
Make sure you create a Disk or Disks, ASAP or when you first hook up your new computer.
You will need these one day when either your Hard Drive Dies or you get a massive Virus or Trojan.
Then What are you going to do if you don’t have a Recovery CD?
Run out to your local Computer store and Pay for a new copy of Windows?
Lotta Money and way more work than Joe average wants to deal with. Then You will Probably call your Local Geek and there is more money.
So Spend a little time and make your Recovery CD-DVD’s NOW…. and save yourself the headaches later on.