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Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and still keep using your old Windows

Folks, doing this kinda makes it a ‘win-win’ (presuming you’re like me, and perfectly happy with Windows 7)

* How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and keep using your old Windows version

The year-long free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29. But what if you’re not ready to upgrade yet? Here’s how to claim your upgrade so it’s available at no cost when the time comes.Read more..

Related: Six Windows 10 annoyances: How to make them go away for good

You’ve got complaints about Windows 10? Don’t worry, you’ve got plenty of company. From my mailbox, these are the top gripes about Microsoft’s new OS, with instructions to help you make those problems vanish.Read more..

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Today”s quotable quote: “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~ Wayne Dyer

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 13, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, tech, upgrading, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How To Boost Windows Ten’s Performance

Those of you who have ‘upgraded’ to Windows 10, and like to ‘tweak’ their machines for best performance, may want to read the following article —

* 10 Tips to Speed Up Windows 10

Windows 10 is faster than the previous versions of Microsoft’s OS, but you can still speed up your PC with our tricks.Read more…

[ Those of you ‘Power Users’ who have been using Windows for years probably won’t find anything really new here.. ]

Today’s quote:Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.” ~ Victor Hugo

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 28, 2016 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, performance, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Windows 10 “Upgrade” Nag – Disabled!

Folks, those of us who do not want Windows X (like, if you, mistrust “cloud” privacy invasions, enjoy Windows Media Center, or Hearts, or Spider Solitaire, or Chess Titans..) will want to read (and download) the following:

First, I wrote an article on KB3035583 and gwx.exe, here: GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Next (and more importantly): Microsoft takes the gloves off, pushes Windows 10 upgrades even harder

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for Windows users who had genuine copies of Windows 7 or 8, many praised the move as a smart way to ensure users, enthusiasts, and gamers would get the latest OS version. Since this spring, the bloom has been coming off that particular rose. The company’s invasive GWX application pesters users to upgrade, downloads the upgrade without your permission, “accidentally” forced some users to upgrade without recourse, announced that this program would be returning in near-term future, and now, is attempting to convince people they simply have no option but to upgrade.Read more..

I have downloaded the standalone installer, and am keeping my fingers crossed it will keep me from having to repeatedly perform KB3035583 uninstalls… but I am keeping ‘ghost’ images of my machines stored just in case. Hey, Microsoft? Get the clue. These are our machines. And taking advantage of user cluelessness is a vile policy – shame on you – stop it!

Today’s quote:If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ~ James Herriot

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

December 19, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, Microsoft, News, PC, software, tech, upgrading, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | Leave a comment

Warning: Critical Patch for Windows Issued

Oh, yes.. more of the same. Act now and protect yourself. * Microsoft releases emergency patch for all versions of Windows

The flaw, affecting Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1, can allow a hacker to take over a machine.” Read more..

And when I went to Start>Windows Update, I saw this new item..

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No, thanks. I never want the first version of any thing.

Other news: More Items Like This * UCLA Health hit by hack; medical data on 4.5 million people exposed

The LA-based university health system says the data stolen was not encrypted.Read more..

[Silly me! I thought there were laws making such PII mandatory-encrypted.. ]

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Today’s quote:Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” ~ Robert Green Ingersoll Copyright 2007-2015 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories. Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

July 20, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, security, tech, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Savvy Users may have noticed a new process in their Task Manager, namely GWX.EXE. Which stands for “Get Windows X” (“X” meaning 10), and is responsible for that new “Windows Logo” icon in your Notification Tray (the right part of your Taskbar, with the clock). Which was pushed onto us by Microsoft’s Update process via the KB3035583 update

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Now I know that some of you are eagerly awaiting June 29th to get the latest Windows version, but for those of you who, like me, never install version 1.0 of anything, or like me, rely on Windows Media Center (not included in Windows 10), and would prefer that the Microsoft nag and downloader package NOT be on their systems, simply Uninstall Windows Update KB3035583.

For those who don’t know how to do that, I have been busily preparing the How To tutorial.

But Scott Thurow beat me to it. So instead of me reinventing the wheel, I’ll just point you here: How to stop the Windows 10 Upgrade from downloading on your system

NOTE: You can always go back and get KB3035583 at a later date. (And I expect, since Microsoft is hellbent on getting the entire world using Windows 10, that they’ll push this same thing in future updates (and any other trick they can think of)).

Today’s quote:If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ~ Yogi Berra

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

June 8, 2015 Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, removing Updates, software, tech, tweaks, Windows, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Tuesday Tidbits for the end of August

A few items for your consideration:

First up: after a bit of a quiet spell, Rick Robinette has been posting actively on his (Tech Paul Recommended) site, What’s On My PC.. and I suggest looking at all his latest; but what I focused in on (and prompted me to bring special attention to) was his recent posts on music services and players – all three of which I had not heard of.

* Google Chrome MP3 Player App – Trifling Trivial Worthless Rubbishy Player (TTWR player)

Once I get stuck on something, I am on it until I’ve exhausted it or I’m exhausted (which ever comes first). For some odd reason, I have been on a MP3 music kick; especially being focused on web based converters and web based players. Today I happened across a Google Chrome App, called Trifling Trivial […]” Read more..

* Youtify – A Minimalistic Web Music Player

A recent post, I featured an online (cloud based) music player, called YouZeek, that streams music from YouTube. After posting this article, I started looking around to see if there were any other online YouTube music players and came across Youtify.Read more..

* Create Online Music Playlists And Share Them With Your Friends (Without Breaking Any Laws???)

Create Online Music Playlists And Share Them With Your Friends (Without Breaking Any Laws???)… That is what YOUZEEK is claiming on their “About” page…Read more..

Other items:
* New variants of POS malware ‘Backoff’ found as infections expand
* PlayStation Network downed by DDoS attack, other gaming networks hit too
* AdThief malware infects 75K iOS devices, steals revenue
and last but not least: * Duo Security researchers discuss “The Internet of Fails” at DefCon 22

Really.. you should watch that.. even if it has Geekspeak (and not-polite words)(for giggles, count them).

Today’s quote:What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.” ~ Sigmund Freud

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

August 26, 2014 Posted by | Apple, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, free software, hackers, hardware, Internet, mobile, News, PC, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

If you build it, they will come

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An item for you thinkers out there..

* Cryptocurrency mining malware discovered on surveillance DVRs

Johannes Ullrich, dean of research with the SANS Technology Institute, posted on Monday that DVRs made by Hikvision, a video surveillance products and solutions supplier headquartered in China, were found to contain malware that mined for Bitcoins.Read more..

What are the implications here?

(Puts a twist on the meaning of “Made in China” a bit, too, doesn’t it? But you should know that already: remember the “infected digital picture frames” [circa 2008] ? )

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Other tech: What you should know about Windows 8.1 Update

The soon-to-be-released Windows 8.1 Update brings minor improvements that favor those using a mouse — in other words, most Win8 users.

Anyone currently on Windows 8.1 will want the update; those who still haven’t made the Modern plunge won’t be impressed.Read more..

[ This actually does eliminate my main beefs about Win8. But I won’t be switching – it’s Win 7 for me still.]

Today’s free software:  IObit  PCtransfer

To find a best solution to safely and thoroughly transfer data for XP users, IObit newly releases PCtransfer. It is a free, light, and portable data transfer tool that provides users with an easy and secure way to backup and restore data with one click. PCtransfer especially supports bookmarks and favorites backup on Internet Explorer 6 and 7, and also allows user to quickly select and backup the third-party programs and settings. PCtransfer not only helps user to transfer data from Windows XP system to new systems but also provide assistance to users for moving data to a new PC.”

Today’s quote:The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.” ~ B. F. Skinner

(I think he meant “humans”, or “people”, but..)

Copyright 2007-2014 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved.


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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

April 3, 2014 Posted by | advice, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, free software, hackers, Internet, Microsoft, News, PC, security, software, tech, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment