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.

 

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Updating Windows 10 | Build 10586

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After a dozen or so times “upgrading” Windows 10, be prepared to watch paint dry.

It typically takes an hour to download the update and about an hour for it to install. The latest “update” of Windows 10 is full of new feature and security enhancements. Check out the video here: What’s New – November Release

No way around it, just a heads up!

Microsoft Band 2.0 | Smarter Watch

My niece was pacing back and forth in her living room the other day, trying to get out of 3rd place on her FitBit stats. I found that amusing and fascinating.

My current watch tells me to have breakfast by 9:00am and lunch by 2:00pm. It helps me grill country style pork ribs or asparagus spears. It has a timer, and a light.

Clearly, I needed a smarter watch, stat!

What do I need to wear on my wrist daily… nightly… cloudly… My smarter watch has myRoundPro provided by Taylormade.

Sure, it will count my steps, heart-rate and calories burned too. Nevertheless, the golf feature is what sold me!

Microsoft Band 2.0 is stated to be announced on October 6th.

Top Margin Missing | WORD 2013

Every time I opened my WORD 2013 blank document, the top margin was missing:

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Annoying, but was simple to fix.

If you’re reading the document in Print Layout view and all of the pages appear to be cut off, with no top or bottom margin, the option for hiding white space between pages has been turned on. You can restore them by pointing and clicking in the document.

1. When top and bottom margins are not showing, point to the top or bottom of a page until the pointer becomes a double-pointed arrow, and then double click.

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Additionally, you can double check the WORD Options:

1. Click on File (in an open WORD 2013 document)

2. Click on Options

3. Click on Display > Select Show white space between pages in Print Layout view

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Much better!

Top Support Solution for Windows 8.1 | Windows Server 2008 R2 | Windows Server 2012 R2

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We found a site published by Microsoft TechNet that offers Top Support Solutions for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2, just to name a few.

When computing goes bad, which it often does, scouring forums and googled how-to fix solutions is the usual fix-it drill. Maybe these solutions will help, the next time. And yes, there will always be the next time to find a solution.

1. Support solution for Windows 8.1

2. Support solution for Windows Server 2008 R2

3. Support solution for Windows Server 2012 R2

We can only hope that this helps…

Windows 7 | Software Recovery

windows7recoveryMicrosoft has recently launched a new website that enables you to recover and install Microsoft Windows 7 purchased through a retailer.

This site will help you accomplish the following:

  • Create a Windows 7 DVD for installation on a new hard drive
  • Create a backup Windows 7 DVD
  • Create a bootable USB drive with a copy of Windows 7

Make sure you have a reliable internet connection and sufficient data storage available. You also need a valid Windows 7 product key to start the process.

Head on over to Microsoft Software Recovery if you need to recover your Windows 7 product or create a backup for later.

 

How To Update Office 2013

Updates to Office 2013 should occur automatically. If you want to check whether your Office 2013 is up-to-date, you can do this via:
File-> Office Account-> Update Options

Double click on Update Options and then click on Update Now.

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The most recent Click-to-Run release is version 15.0.4615.1001 and my Office 2013 needed that update. Does yours?