Last Day for Windows 10 Upgrade

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Thank you Microsoft, for your free upgrade. It has been a great BETA software ride and the end users have told me so.

I upgraded as many as I could… Windows 8.1 users and took 2-3 year old Windows 7 (Pro) machines into the new technology.

And the upgrade worked as designed.

So, Thank you Microsoft, for that free upgrade.

If you have a Windows 8.1 or newer computer, backup your data first and then upgrade today. In 2-4 years from now, it will be time for a new computer with Windows 12, 13, 14… and new technology is still further ahead.

Best way to upgrade right now is: msn.com

The splash screen to upgrade makes it easy. However; the upgrade will take a long time. My Updating Windows 10 blog post has more details.

On the 1 and 5 chance the upgrade doesn’t go seamlessly, we can always roll it back, within 30 days. That’s handy.

 

CDBurnerXP 4.5.4.5000 | Geek Tool of the Day

Time to update your CD burning software. CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs.

And it also comes in a “portable” version!

Oh, and it’s FREE!

Dell Backup and Recovery Media Request Form

Have you bought a new DELL laptop or PC lately? Notice that you didn’t get any CD’s with it? And you aren’t sure what to do with the annoying DELL Backup and Recovery software pop ups?

If you haven’t run the DELL Backup and Recovery software to create re-install disks (rescue disks) for your computer, I suggest you do. I recently had a 3 month old Windows 8.1 PC corrupt out and the only option was to re-install the OS.

Of course, there was no rescue disks for that wayward system, but I did find this option. All you need is the Service Tag number and a system still under warranty. (Typically less than a year old)

Click on this link and follow the steps to order your recovery media.

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(Received the install CD the next day and fixed the system)

Geek Tool of the Day | Microsoft Fix it Portable

Microsoft Fix It Solution Center will automatically diagnose and repair common software problems in Windows, Internet Explorer or other Microsoft products.

I have used it numerous times  since it’s release in 2010 to fix printer issues, CD/DVD not found, and Internet Explorer issues just to name a few.

1.  Click here to download Fix It portable. (Provided  by Microsoft)
2.  Run the MicrosoftFixit-portable.exe file you just downloaded.

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3.  Accept the license agreement and specify a folder where Portable Microsoft Fix it will be downloaded.

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4.  Once the download completes, you will find a folder named Fix it portable.
6.  In the ‘Fix it portable’ folder, there will be a file ‘Launch Fix it.exe’. That’s your Microsoft Fix it portable edition.

Copy that folder to your USB flash drive and keep it handy for the next Windows issue you have.

Geek Tool of the Day | HandBrake

HandBrake: The open source video transcoder

 

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

  1. Convert video from nearly any format
  2. Free and Open Source
  3. Multi-Platform (Windows, Mac and Linux)

Download link

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Geek Tool of the Day | OutlookTempCleaner 1.2

OutlookTempCleaner 1.2 has just been released. The main new addition is that it now also supports Outlook 2013, including the Office 365 editions of Office 2013.

OutlookTempCleaner is a free support tool which gives you easy access to the Temp folder that is being used when you directly open an attachment from Outlook. Under certain circumstances, this folder can become “full” and you are unable to open the attachment.

Aside from easy access to the folder, it can also report its size and gives you the opportunity to empty it. It also supports command line switches which allows you to automate maintenance of the folder via Windows’ Scheduled Tasks or logon/logoff scripts.

Download: OutlookTempCleaner 1.2

License(s) Key Tool – ProduKey v1.61

Here is the Geek Tool of the Day!

ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer – by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.

Download ProduKey (In Zip file)
Download ProduKey for x64
Download ProduKey with full install/uninstall support
Recover keys of other non-Windows products