Last Day for Windows 10 Upgrade


Thank you Microsoft, for your free upgrade.

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:

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.


Updating Windows 10 | Build 10586


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:


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.


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



Much better!

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


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 sometimes does, scouring forums and googled how-to fix solutions is the usual fix-it drill. Maybe these solutions will help, the next time.

1. Support solution for Windows 8.1

2. Support solution for Windows Server 2008 R2

3. Support solution for Windows Server 2012 R2


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.


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



Snipping Tool for Windows 8.1


I use the Snipping Tool regularly and shared it with a business client the other day. It has always come in handy for a quick snip.

This tool is available in Windows 7 – 8.1 and it is easy to share,  save, edit or email a screenshot. You can also use the available markup tools and change the settings of the Snipping Tool to customize how you like it.

To open Snipping Tool

  • Open Snipping Tool by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you’re using a mouse, pointing to the lower-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer up, and then clicking Search), entering Snipping Tool in the search box, and then tapping or clicking Snipping Tool.

You can capture the following types of snips:

  • Free-form Snip.  Draw any shape around an object with your finger, mouse, or tablet pen.
  • Rectangular Snip. Drag the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
  • Window Snip.  Choose a window—like a browser window or a dialog box.
  • Full-screen Snip.  Capture the entire screen.

Capture a snip

In Snipping Tool, tap or click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of your screen that you want to capture. The snip is automatically copied to the Snipping Tool window.


  • You can add notes to a snip by writing or drawing on or around the snip.

Capture a snip of a menu

  1. After you open Snipping Tool, open the menu that you want a picture of.
  2. Press Ctrl+PrtScn.
  3. Tap or click the arrow next to the New button, choose the kind of snip you want, and then pick the area of the screen that you want to capture.

Save a snip

  1. After you capture a snip, tap or click the Save Snip button.
  2. In the Save As dialog box, enter a file name, location, and file type, and then tap or click Save.

Remove the URL

When you capture a snip from a browser window and save it as an HTML file, the URL appears below the snip. To prevent the URL from showing up:

  1. Tap or click Tools, and then tap or click Options.
  2. In the Snipping Tools Options dialog box, clear the Include URL below snips (HTML only) check box, and then tap or click OK.

Share a snip

After you capture a snip, tap or click the arrow next to the Send Snip button, and then choose whether you’d like to send the snip in the body of your email or as an attachment.


The Snipping Tool is great tool to start using today.

Sound Recorder File Location in Windows 8.1

Occasionally I use the Sound Recorder to give my emails a personal touch. And since migrating to Windows 8.1 Pro, I couldn’t help but notice that the soundrecorder.exe no longer exists. You will have to use the “app” provided. Ok, so in order to send my cheerful good morning, I had to locate it, copy and paste into my email.

Here is the location:

C:\Users\your user name\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.WindowsSoundRecorder_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\Indexed\Recordings

It might have been nice if there was a SAVE TO on the sound recorder app, and a SHARE button would be nice, but no, not there. You will also notice other apps with no share or save options. Fun!

sound recorder

How To Combine Inbox | Outlook 2010/2013

There was a change in Outlook 2010/2013 that all configured mail accounts will get their own Personal Folders list (pst-file) or mailbox. By doing so, all mail data is automatically separated for each account.

When you want to monitor all your POP3 accounts from a single mailbox in Outlook, you are going to need to change the delivery location on all those other email accounts.

  1. Open the Account Settings dialog; File-> Account Settings-> Account Settings…
  2. Select the POP3 account for which you want to change the delivery location.
  3. Press the “Change Folder” button at the bottom of the dialog.


  • 4. Select the folder to which you want your new messages delivered for that account.


This can be an already existing folder such as the Inbox of your main mailbox or a separate (sub) folder.

There you go, you have tamed the Outlook inbox beast.