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 completely crapped out one of our computers.

No access to Task Manager, Settings, or the Start Button was the give away. After a System Restore we were back to normal.

I highly 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,  you are going to need it this year.




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 – Whether You Like It or NOT

Windows 8 - Whether you like it or NOTI just watched this video on Microsoft’s latest operating system and laughed until I cried. It is a lengthy video, however it does cover some of the absurdity and frustration of Windows 8.

I have been a Tech since 1999 and am always ready for change, but Windows 8 is exactly what the video states:

“2 user interfaces, stapled together”

Please note* There are some parts of the video that may not be suitable for sensitive viewers.

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 Last Day

I pulled Windows 8 out of production this weekend. This coming from someone who put Vista into production. (Vista, an Unwelcome Guest)

I really tried to work with Windows 8, but it just doesn’t work as an upgrade on my system setup.

  1. The START8 button would freeze up (3rd party Start button since we imagine we don’t need a Start button)
  2. Outlook 2010 would freeze and need to be restarted. (Not supported on Windows 8 RT)
  3. Annoying blotches of pixelation on one of my monitors.
  4. Microsoft’s People/Messenging app is a failure and there is no 3rd party app to replace it.
  5. Lack of apps. Spent hours looking through the store and only found a handful that were of interest or of any use.

I guess there was no way to know all of this when running the preview in a virtual environment and not really having it in production.

Yes, I really wanted to jump on board, but conclude that Windows 8 is a “cut to code: FAIL” at this time and will be reviewed next year with the first Service Pack release of Windows 8 and not a day sooner.

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.

(I really expected the store to be a bit more crowded than this) 

Nothing to see here, back to the office to install Windows 8. 

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.

That’s about the same talk in my head I had with myself before installing Windows 8. Sure, I should have done a clean install, but as a test monkey, I wanted to run it as an end user, hope for the best.

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!