After the Meltdown Update

As always, the BETA testers that we are, the KB 4056892 was installed on a few primary system computers. This was to thwart off the zealous zero day that has everyone in a breathless state of “Oh My God”. MELTDOWN!

I know they want to alleviate the “zero day” attack, and we are not running any unknown configurations to conflict with the known antivirus issue, but it affected one of our systems.

After a System Restore we were back to normal.

I recommend anyone running Windows 10, pick up a flash-drive, with at least 8GB’s and then create a Windows 10 recovery USB drive.

Using the tool to create installation media
Select Download tool now, and select Run. You need to be an administrator to run this tool.
If you agree to the license terms, select Accept.
On the What do you want to do? page, select Create installation media for another PC, and then select Next.
Select the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit is typical) for Windows 10.

Select which media you want to use:
Attach a blank USB flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Any content on the flash drive will be deleted. After the installation media is created, keep the USB handy, in case you need it later.



How to Transfer iTunes to Your New PC

If you just bought a new computer, more than likely it is a Windows 8 PC. And if you use iTunes, we will show you how to move your iTunes library to your new Windows 8 PC.

First: Find your iTunes Library. (This only works if you were using iTunes to organize your music. Any music you uploaded into iTunes’ interface are automatically copied and placed into a specific location by the program)

Pull up iTunes’ Preferences windows and click its Advanced icon. iTunes will tell you exactly where it’s keeping its Media folder. Navigate to this location within Windows Explorer and copy all the directories representing your music to some kind of external storage device.

iTunes’ ability to automatically organize your music library folder is an invaluable tool when it comes to moving your music around. In other words: Don’t just copy your music in File Explorer!

Before you go dumping these tunes onto your new Windows 8 PC, download and install iTunes, and then go back to the same Preferences > Advanced window on your new PC.

Make sure the location you want iTunes to use for your new Media folder is set, and check the following two options: “Keep iTunes Media folder organized,” and “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library.”

From there, all you have to do is drag-and-drop the folders full of music on your external drive directly into your new, empty iTunes folder on your Windows 8 PC—the app will take care of the rest.

Get ready for Windows 8.1

It is just a matter of time, you’ll need to replace your computer(s). And if you do happen upon and/or purchase a Windows 8 system, be sure to follow these 5 simple steps:

1. Create a Microsoft account FIRST before you boot up the new computer – Sign up here (If you use Hotmail, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE, you already have an account) (sure, you can setup your new computer with any ole email but I highly recommend that you use a Microsoft account)

2. Be sure to have an internet connection available and use that Microsoft account to “register”/ “Log in” to your new Windows 8.X computer.

3. Get IObit’s Start Menu 8. It comes in handy when you need a real START menu.

4. UPDATE<UPDATE<UPDATE! Windows always has updates on a new system. Make sure you let it run and get updated before you start your tinkering.

5. Take a few necessary moments and read this end user training brochure provided by Microsoft. It will be worth the read and you will understand how this new operating system works.

PC Settings

Windows 8 with IE 10 – Compatibility Mode

view on desktop

Windows 8 only runs Internet Explorer 10 and you will find that some sites don’t work. There are a few ways of fixing this – if you’re using the new full-screen App version and get any issues, the fix is basically to try opening the site in the desktop version. (Does not apply to Surface RT) Click or touch the spanner icon, then click on 
View on the desktop
 option to flick over to the regular Windows desktop and view the site in desktop IE. (Introducing IE  10 Video)

You may not see the compatibility icon in all sites:compatibility icon If you see the icon, click on it (the compatibility icon looks like a broken page) to set the browser to a mode which is more amenable to sites that haven’t yet adopted HTML5 or are not expecting to see IE10.

 If there isn’t a compatibility icon, press ALT to show the menu bar, offering the ability to add your current site to the list (via the Compatibility View or Compatibility View Settings options) Add your sites there. 

ALTIE10Compatibility Settings

Once there, if you’re still seeing issues:

· If browsing a site is still incompatible, in the desktop IE10, press F12· Click on the “Browser Mode” menu, then Select the IE10 Compatibility View, and close the debug view by close debugclicking the in the corner. 

· If the IE10 view doesn’t work out, then try setting to a previous mode by repeating the F12 trick and choosing an older version of the browser from the menu.

developers mode

This tip has been known to work on troublesome websites.

Windows 8: The First 24 Hours

Launch Event for Surface Tablet (Windows 8)

I went to the Microsoft Store on Friday, found 70-85 people in line to “buy” the Surface tablet.

I was standing in that line too, until a Microsoft employee walked by and said “you don’t need to stand in line if you just want to check out the new tablet.”

Makes me wonder how many other people didn’t know that either.


Installing Windows 8

Installing Windows 8  reminded me of a long par 5. You’ve got 235 yards left to the green, 175 years to clear the water. You wonder what you are going to do, trying to make the right decision, whether to layup or take a hybrid out and take your chances. Wind direction, how’s the lie, where’s my bailout area.

After the clicking the download,  it checked my system (as I previously posted) then I clicked Next.

Went through the credit card gambit and 5 minutes later, the process began.  Download took 15 minutes. (Even with a 29.81Mbps download speed)

After that, you just let it cook, reboot, install. From start to finish, 1.5 hours. I’d rather would have been on that par 5.

The good news is, everything came over, all my apps, files, data, etc…, just had to put in a few passwords here and there. Yes, the install went rather well.

We May Not Need Badges, But We Do Need a Start Button

Fiddled around with the TILES and did my usual tweaking. I gave up trying to figure out the desktop without a START BUTTON. I don’t want to use Windows 8 without one. Head on over to STARDOCK and snag it. It’s worth the $5.00.

Oh and Bauer, you heard me say it here, I really rather like the LIVE TILES on the other start up screen in Windows 8.

Please stay tuned for Windows 8 – Tip of the Week posts!

Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

Just a few short days away from the release of Windows 8 into the wild. With some trepidation, we wait and have bets on who gets the first call…  a failed upgrade, a printer that wont work, where the desktop is, where is the Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Dropbox, Angry Birds apps, etc…

So it got me thinking, where is the upgrade advisor that I can share with the users and show them that their system will work on Windows 8.

Remember the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor? “To see if your PC is ready for Windows 7, download the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It scans your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.” 

It’s been replaced with the “Fast and Fluid Experience”

In Windows 8, rather than having Upgrade Advisor, Setup, and Windows Easy Transfer as separate apps or features, we’ve folded them together into one fast and fluid experience in which we first determine if your PC, apps, and devices will work in the new OS, note which things you want to keep (apps, files and/or settings), and then install the new OS. (via Building Windows 8)

As you start to install Windows 8, the program scans the PC to determine compatibility, resulting in a summary report such as this one:

Here's what we found - You can get more info about each app and device in the compatibility report. 19 of your programs and devices will work. 4 items need your attention. See the compatibility report. Button: Next

Windows 8 setup compatibility summary

It provides information on the apps and devices that will work in Windows 8, those that won’t work, and any other system information that is useful to know when determining whether or not to  install Windows 8. A detailed compatibility report is also available if you want to print or save the information, or desire more detail about what to expect once you get to Windows 8, including which apps or devices will require updates.


Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant:

The Windows8-ReleasePreview-UpgradeAssistant file is a small 5MB file which will download quickly and will check your system for compatibility with Windows 8. NOTE*** if you do not want to install Windows 8, close the window after it checks compatibility.

If some of your apps or devices aren’t listed, it might be because they haven’t received or determined compatibility info for that app or device yet.

Head on over to the Compatibility Center for Windows 8 Consumer Preview to see if there’s more compatibility info. The “Community” votes whether their device or app was or was not compatible.

576 votes compatible, 86 votes not compatible. (When their own product has “not compatibles” it makes us pause)

After running the UpgradeAssistant file on a 4 systems, the top 3 incompatibles were:

  1. Install an app to play DVDs
  2. Secure Boot isn’t compatible with your PC
  3. Your screen resolution isn’t compatible with snap

When you click on More info, they direct you to a generic answers to some common questions about Windows 8 Release Preview website. Here’s the information I found for you:

To play DVDs in Windows 8 Release Preview, you will need to install a third-party app that supports DVD playback. Microsoft has decided to removed DVD playback from Windows Media Player in Windows 8.

Secure Boot is a feature enabled by UEFI – which replaces the traditional PC BIOS and prevents “unauthorized” operating systems and software from loading during the startup process. Microsoft mandates specific implementations for x86 (Intel) and ARM PCs. Any computer with a Windows 8 logo sticker has Secure Boot enabled.

And on desktop PCs, we wont be “snapping apps” so no need to bump up the screen resolution.


Windows 8 – Preview Begins

Installed Windows 8 on a Virtual Box. Note* to get my exchange account working, I needed to use the proxy exchange server address. It’s sort of clunky on a regular PC, but the preview begins. (Already gave the Developers Preview a whirl and it was just ok)

Here’s the link to get started:

Download Windows 8