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.

 

Help Improve Outlook 2016 | Account Name Does Not Display Capitalization

When you change the account name in the Account Properties dialog, the account name shown in Navigation Pane does not display capitalization and shows lower case. The spelling is correct but the capitalization used is not reflected in the Navigation Pane.

If you want any hope of this getting changed,  vote today!

1.  https://outlook.uservoice.com/forums/322590-outlook-2016-for-windows/suggestions/11458101-account-name-in-navigation-pane-does-not-preserve

2. https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/273494-outlook-and-calendar/suggestions/10978788-outlook-2016-forces-folder-navigation-pane-accou

Thank you!

 

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!

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…

Yahoo’s “On Demand” Passwords

YahoosigninYahoo has just unveiled a new system that bypasses the need for a password when logging into Yahoo Mail. The new service, which has been dubbed “on demand passwords,” simply sends you a password on an as-needed basis, which are texted to your mobile phone when you need them. You no longer have to memorize a difficult password to sign in to your account.

Simply follow the steps below:

1) Sign in to your Yahoo.com account.

2) Click on your name at the top right corner to go to your account information page.

3) Select “Security” in the left bar.

4) Click on the slider for “On-demand passwords” to opt-in.

5) Enter your phone number and Yahoo will send you a verification code.

6) Enter the code and you are good to go!

The next time you sign-in, Yahoo will send a password to your phone when you need it to log in. On-demand passwords is now available for U.S. users.

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.