Windows 10 Tip: Turn On System Restore! (Because You’ll Really Miss It If You Need It And It’s Not There)

Turn on System Restore in Windows 10

System Restore is turned off by default in Windows 10. It’s not used often but it’s absolutely crucial when you need it. If you’re running Windows 10, I want you to go turn it on if it is disabled on your computer. (As always, this advice is for normal non-technical individuals and small business users. […] continued

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Windows 10 Upgrades Are Starting To Happen Without Permission

Windows 10 upgrades are starting to happen without permission

Since Sunday night, I have heard from five clients whose computers were upgraded overnight to Windows 10 without their agreement – they had not planned to upgrade and they did not click on an OK button to start the upgrade.

Before we turn to how this is possible, let’s talk about your next move if it happens to you. […] continued

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Should You Upgrade To Windows 10? The Verdict At Six Months

Windows 10 - time to upgrade

Windows 10 is exactly six months old. We are halfway through the period that Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. (No one knows what will happen on July 29, 2016. If you’re going to upgrade, do it before then.) […] continued

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Improved Monitoring And Patching With Bruceb Remote Management

Bruceb Remote Management - improved patching & monitoring

Most Bruceb Consulting clients are protected by Bruceb Remote Management, the affordable service that monitors your computers and keeps them up to date. I’ve been working hard to make it more reliable and more valuable. Here are some of the things that are new in 2016.

WORKSTATION PATCHING  The service automatically installs updates for Windows, Office, and a long list of programs and utilities from third parties. […] continued

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Another Way To Disable Windows 10 Upgrade Notices

Windows 10 - use GWX Control Panel to disable upgrade notices

Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela sat down for a remarkably frank interview on the Windows Weekly podcast a few days ago. One of the topics was the insistent push that Microsoft is making to drive Windows 10 upgrades – notices when you start your computer, notices popping up from the lower right corner, notices that do not have any obvious Cancel button (“Choose the time for your upgrade: [] Now  [] Tonight”). […] continued

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Why Are PDFs Opening In The Edge Browser? And Other Windows 10 Default Annoyances

Windows 10 - change default PDF program

Microsoft needed to execute flawlessly on a number of things for Windows 10 to be an inarguable success. High on the list were two things: making the upgrade process smooth and uneventful; and creating the first impression that Windows 10 is both familiar and slightly improved over your previous version of Windows. […] continued

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Your Windows 10 Upgrade Is Ready

Windows 10 - ok to upgrade

Microsoft has released its long-awaited major update for Windows 10. If you are going to upgrade, it’s now safer to do that. The update contains four months of bug fixes, driver improvements, and updates to improve the upgrade experience. Windows 10 is now closer to what it was intended to be before Microsoft moved its release up several months for marketing reasons. […] continued

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Six Things You Must Do Before Upgrading To Windows 10

Six things you must do before you upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 will get a major update soon, probably on November 10. The upgrade process has been battle tested by 120 million people. Windows 10 will be ready next week.

Now it’s time for you to get ready. Sorry to be a nag, but there are six things you must do before you upgrade a computer to Windows 10. […] continued

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Ten Annoying Things About Windows 10 (Part 1)

Windows 10 annoyances

Windows 10 is the best version of Windows ever released. It’s got the familiar look of Windows 7 combined with new features and improvements from Windows 8. It’s fast, secure, and compatible with nearly everything. It starts faster than Windows 7 and Windows 8 and performs better on the same hardware. […] continued

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How To Remove The Windows 10 Upgrade Notices

Windows 10 upgrade notice

If you don’t intend to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 computer to Windows 10, these instructions will help you remove the Windows 10 upgrade notices.

Most of you don’t have to do this! The notices are harmless and easy to ignore. Getting rid of them requires several annoying steps. This advice is only for people who obsess over details and want complete control over their computer. […] continued

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Windows 10 Upgrade: Did I Say October? I Meant November

Windows 10 upgrade - wait for November

Microsoft has delayed the release of the first service pack for Windows 10 until November. There is no official announcement so the update may arrive anywhere between Patch Tuesday (November 10) and the end of the month. If you want to upgrade to Windows 10, you’ll have a better experience if you wait until after the service pack has been released. […] continued

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Windows 10 Upgrade Tip: Uninstall Start8 Before Upgrading

Start8 - Windows 8 Start screen replacement from Stardock

The picture above appears to show a normal Windows 7 Start menu. If your computer is running Windows 8 and your Start menu looks like the picture, then you’re probably running Start8, the wonderful utility from Stardock Software that replaces the Windows 8 Start screen with a familiar looking Windows 7-style menu. […] continued

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Office 2016 Is Now Available! Well, For Some Of You, Anyway

office2016_everywhere

The new version of Office 2016 for Windows is now generally available.

The takeaway:

•  Most of you will get it automatically.

•  Most of you won’t care very much.

Microsoft has completely lost control of branding and licensing. There is no way to explain any of this without getting hopelessly tied up in knots. […] continued

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Microsoft Is Not Playing Nicely With Your Internet Connection

Windows 10 is stealing your bandwidth

The tech press has been full of manufactured outrage and clickbait headlines about supposed invasions of privacy built into Windows 10 by a wicked Microsoft. Most of it falls apart on close examination and turns out to be mundane and uninteresting – I can’t find the energy to be upset that Microsoft collects anonymous information about the way you use Windows to improve it and fix bugs, for example. […] continued

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Why I Can’t Install Windows 10 For You

Windows 10 - something happened

For the last few months I’ve been trying to figure out how I can upgrade your computers to Windows 10. You expect that, right? I’m your trusted IT superhero, after all.

(Actually, come to think of it, no one has used exactly those words to describe me, but I assume that’s what you’re saying when I hear you muttering under your breath as I walk away from your computers.) […] continued

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