Can You Use Your Windows 7 Product Key For Fresh Windows 10 Install

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Windows 10 is free for anyone wanting to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8. That's what we all know and as more and more of us continue to upgrade our older Windows version to the newer one a fresh question is doing the rounds; is your Product key now tied to Windows 10 or is it still tied to Windows 7 (or 8)? The question is important because if at any time in the future you want to do a fresh Windows 10 install, you will want to know whether or not you can do so from an install disk or USB and give it the same product key that you used for Windows 7/8, or if you will have to upgrade Windows 7/8 all over again after activating it with its original product key. The simple answer here is 'No'. You will need to upgrade from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10. More details inside. Read More

How To Start Windows 10 In Safe Mode

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We shared a quick tip just a few days ago on how you can solve the 'Setup couldn't start properly. Please reboot your PC and try running Windows 10 setup again' error. It involves deleting two folders in your C drive and they can be difficult to get rid of because Windows says they are in use by one process or the other. The simplest way to circumvent this problem is to start Windows in safe mode and then delete the folders. For those of you who are trying to figure out how to to start Windows 10 in safe mode, here's a quick rundown. Hint: it's the exact same way that it was in Windows 7 and 8. Read More

Fix The ‘Setup Couldn’t Start Properly’ Error When Downloading Windows 10

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You were downloading Windows 10 and as the download progressed to ninety percent Murphy's law came into effect and the download failed, or your internet died, or your system crashed. There's a small chance you can resume the download by running a small file in your C drive but even that isn't a sure bet (still worth a try though). Assuming it doesn't work, you're obviously going to run the Media Creation tool again to start the download from scratch but the tool has problems of its own and it refuses to start, repeatedly telling you to reboot your system. If the tool continues to give the 'Setup couldn't start properly' error, despite you rebooting your system, here's how to get it running again. Read More

Stop Windows 10 From Asking For Admin Rights To Run Unknown Apps

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Windows has always featured a filter for apps that you install duly warning you whenever you were about to install an app from an unknown developer. That feature has duly carried through to Windows 10 where by default, you need admin rights to run an unrecognized app from the internet. If the option is bothering you and you feel you don't need it, there's a simple way to turn it off from the Control Panel desktop app. Here's how. Read More

How To Fix The Blurred Text Problem In Windows 10

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Windows 10 is out and the complaints are beginning to come in. The new version is being received well with lots of users eager to upgrade and Microsoft's activation servers feeling the impact of so many upgrades. Once users brave the upgrade process, they will still be facing problems, albeit minor ones. One problem that some users are facing is blurred text showing in multiple apps or in just a handful of them. If you think this has anything to do with the app version you're running, think again. It's actually Windows 10 trying to make things look 'better' for you on your screen. It goes without saying that it isn't doing too great a job but here's how you can fix it. Read More

Step By Step Upgrade Process From Windows 7 To Windows 10

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Windows 10 is out and we jumped the queue like any restless impatient tech enthusiast would to get it as soon as possible. The Microsoft's Media Creation tool took care of the files that needed to be downloaded and it carried us through all the way to the Windows 10 upgrade screen. Here are step by step screenshots of the upgrade process. Read More

How To Restart Windows 10 Upgrade After It Fails On Windows 7 & 8

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The Media Creation Tool released by Microsoft is doing a great job at helping users from Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 migrate to the new version. Unfortunately, it isn't all smooth sailing. Some systems have hardware and/or app compatibility issues that are holding users back from the upgrade whereas some are experiencing failed upgrades midway through. The Windows 10 upgrade might fail when it's gone as far as 75% in terms of completion. When it fails, it rolls back everything and takes you to the Windows version you were previously using with all your files and settings intact (but back your stuff up, just in case). Naturally, you'll want to restart the upgrade and here's how you can do it. Read More

Resume Windows 10 Download After It Fails From The Media Creation Tool

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The Windows Media Creation tool (link inside) released by Microsoft serves two purposes; it lets users who were unable to reserve a copy of Windows 10 force download Windows 10, and it lets users create a bootable DVD or USB for Windows 10. That said, what the tool essentially does in one form or the other is download the necessary files (about 3.5GB worth if you're downloading the 64bit version) needed to install Windows 10 to your system. Regardless of how fast an internet connection you have, if your download fails you don't want to have to sit through all of it again. Here's how you can resume it and save yourself some time. Read More

Should You Upgrade Your Dell Laptop To Windows 10 Despite Compatibility Issues?

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Windows 10 is rolling out slowly, but surely to users in 119 countries. Thanks to the Get Windows 10 app that Microsoft released months before, users know at the very least if their laptops are indeed compatible with the new OS or not. I'm one of the unlucky ones that has a laptop so ancient that there's an issue with a driver and the app duly pointed it out. It seems quite a few Dell laptops have some sort of issue and users are already flooding both Dell's and Microsoft's forums, as well as other help communities with questions about the upgrade. If you're in the same boat and wondering if you should risk the upgrade and deal with the consequences later, here is one legitimate source that you can check as far as a Dell laptop is concerned. Read More

Broadcast Your iPhone Screen To Your Windows PC Or Mac Using AirPlay

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AirPlay is Apple's proprietary protocol for casting your iPhone screen to your Apple TV. The operative word here is Proprietary and if you want to use it on a non-Apple device, you're mostly likely looking at a dead end or a medium sized price tag. As far as getting AirPlay on a Windows PC is concerned, it's definitely a challenge. Meet LonelyScreen; a free app for Windows and OS X that lets you cast your iPhone's screen to your Windows PC or Mac using AirPlay. You only need to install the app on your desktop. A companion app on your iPhone is not required however, AirPlay must be supported on your device (iPhone 4S and above). Here's how it works and how well the app performs. Read More

Set AutoPlay Action For External Drives, SD Cards, And Your iPhone On Windows 10

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Windows 10 has made it exceptionally easy for you to set the AutoPlay action you want your PC to take when you connect an external drive, an SD card, or your iPhone to it. You can set only one option for each but not only is the option now much easier to control and change whenever you want, it also offers a lot of different actions for you to set, based on the device you've connected. Here's how to set AutoPlay actions for external drives, SD cards, and your iPhone. Read More

Remotely Lock Your Mac Or Windows PC From Your iPhone Or Apple Watch [Giveaway]

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You stepped away from you system and forgot to lock it. The automatic lock delay is set to a good five or maybe ten minutes and you've got something important open on your desktop so you really can't wait for it to do the job for you. If nothing else, there's a chance someone might come in and mess with your wallpaper. Meet LockItUp an absolutely wonderful iOS app worth $3.99 in the App Store that lets you remotely lock your Mac or Windows PC from your iPhone and Apple Watch. You can add multiple systems to it and lock them with a single tap. The app works from the Apple Watch as well so even if you've left your phone on your desk, you can still lock your system from your wrist. Your iPhone, Apple Watch, and your Mac and Windows PC must be connected to the same WiFi network. The developers have generously shared ten promo codes for us to giveaway to our readers. Check the end of this post for details. Update: The giveaway is closed and the winners have been announced in the comments. Read More

Enable The Favorites Bar & Import Favorites In Edge Browser [Windows 10]

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Windows 10 is coming, and Edge browser is coming with it. Edge is Microsoft's latest attempt at winning over the browser market. Like or hate it, Microsoft is trying to make things better with its browser offering and this is obviously the first step. The new browser ships with some new features which include a clipper, a reading mode, a reading list, and note taking. It doesn't stray away from the basics though so if you're giving the browser a chance, you might want to know how to get the Favorites bar to show up, and how to import your favorites (bookmarks) from a different browser. Read More

Replace Command Prompt With PowerShell On Power User Menu In Windows 10

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Windows PowerShell was first released for Windows XP but it wasn't until Windows 8 that it was shipped as part of the operating system. In Windows 10, PowerShell continues to ship as a part of it. If you're looking to make a habit of using it, you might want to replace the Command Prompt option on the Power User Menu with PowerShell. Windows comes with an option to make the switch and here's how to do it. Read More

Add This PC, Recycle Bin, And Control Panel Icons To The Desktop In Windows 10

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With the new Start menu in Windows10, you will find yourself with a much cleaner desktop. You can add and access just about anything from the Start menu including folders, playlists, specific websites, and even movies. What's more is that you can group these items and have an awesome dashboard to work with in the form of the Start menu. That said, you might miss having My Computer and the Recycle bin icons on your desktop. If you go searching for a way to enable them in the Personalization section of the Control Panel app, you won't have too much luck since a direct link to the option is no longer there. Here's the easiest way to get these icons on the desktop. Read More

Pin Your Favorite Albums & Playlists To The Start Menu In Windows 10

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The Start menu in Windows 10 is not what it was back in Windows 7. If that worries you, rest assured that the changes made to it, every single one of them, are simply awesome. The Start menu in Windows 10 is much like a dashboard for everything featuring awesome live tiles and a lot of great customization options. In short, you're going to love it and you're going to love pinning just about anything and everything you need to quickly access on a daily basis. We've already discussed how you can pin a website to the Start menu and today, we're going to show you how you can pin a playlist or an album or song to the Windows 10 Start menu. Read More

Switch From A Microsoft Account To A Local Account In Windows 10

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My Microsoft account exists for one sole purpose; to use Windows 10 (or previously, to use Windows 8). Other than this one forced usage scenario, I have no need for said account, not even for Skype, not for anything. You might have come to believe that Windows 10 needs a Microsoft account to run and that if you want to use the next version, you will have to create one and that isn't true. Not only do you not need a Microsoft account for Windows 10, but if you've already associated one with your user account, you can switch to a local account easily. Here's how. Read More

Find And Disable The Programs Slowing System Startup In Windows 10

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Some programs are so vital to our everyday tasks that we allow them to be run of their own accord when we Windows starts up. Unfortunately, the more programs you have lined up to run at startup, the longer it will take for your system to fully startup. So, like with all things, you have to choose which programs are better left starting up on their own and which you want to start manually later. Two things will impact this decision; how important the app is to you and how great an impact it has at startup. Regarding the app's importance, it's up to a user to decide but as far as the startup impact is concerned, you can use the Task Manager in Windows 10 to help determine it. Here's how. Read More

How To Hide Multiple Files & Folders In Windows 10

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We've always been able to hide files and folders in Windows. If you don't know where the option is, right-click any file or folder and select Properties. In the General tab, check the 'Hidden' option at the  very bottom and apply the change. That's all it takes. The feature is obviously very useful and come Windows 10, hide/unhide exists as its very own button on the ribbon making it exceptionally easier to hide/unhide files and folders. Here's how it works. Read More

Get File Explorer To Open This PC Instead Of Quick Access In Windows 10

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When you click the File Explorer icon in the taskbar it opens the 'Quick Access' location. Quick Access isn't a folder location in itself but more a virtual location where you can see all the recent files and folders you accessed. It's quite useful and definitely lives up to its name.That said, if you find it isn't as helpful as it claims to be, or your needs are simply different, you can have File Explorer open to a different location i.e. My PC (or as we called it in Windows 7; My Computer). At present, My PC is the only other supported location that you can set as the default for File Explorer until someone finds a way to modify it. Here's how to make the change. Read More