How To Create Windows 10 Installation Disk Or Bootable USB

Most users who upgrade to Windows 10 will be doing so from Windows 7 or Windows 8. Both will be able to upgrade directly to the new operating system but if you're curious or in genuine need for an installation disk for Windows 10, Microsoft has you covered. You can create a bootable disc or a bootable USB with the media creation tool that you used to upgrade to Windows 10. Here is a step-by-step walkthrough of the entire process. Read More

Find Your Windows 10 Product Key After Upgrading From Windows 7/8

After upgrading your Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation to Windows 10, you might be wondering what product key you will use in case you want to do a clean install of Windows 10. We've already tried using the Windows 7 (or 8 if that's your case) key during a fresh install, and it didn't work. When you upgrade to Windows 10 from an older Windows version (one that lets you upgrade for free), you rely on the operating system's old (and authentic) product key to carry you through the upgrade. After that upgrade, that key is not upgraded itself so that it will work on Windows 10 clean installs. What happens is that you're secretly assigned a new product key for your new operating system, and you need to find it before you initiate a clean Windows 10 install. Here's how. Read More

These 25 Questions Help You Decide If You Should Quit Your Job Or Not

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One too many rough days at work can sometimes make you want to jump ship, or seek out greener pastures i.e. find more fulfilling employment. Unfortunately, employment, job, career, money, and income are not decisions to be made because you're mad at your boss, or because the week has been too long. The right thing to do is to calm down, step away from the situation, and then make a sound decision. If you need help, here is a little web app that asks you 25 questions to gauge if you're in the position to jump ship or not. Read More

How To Turn Off The Windows 10 Tips Notifications

If it ever comes to a point where you need to introduce a tips app as part of the operating system, you might need to step back and look at what you've done. Things are either too complicated, poorly designed, or extremely unlikely to be found by the average user. All this means you have a long way to go as far as user experience is concerned. Apple introduced a Tips app in iOS and now Microsoft has introduced one in Windows 10. Not only is there a Tips app to help you get to know the new features in Windows 10, you also get regular tip notifications that try and point out alternative ways of getting things done. If the tips annoy you, you can easily turn them off from the Settings app. Read More

How To Make Cortana Use Google Search In Chrome And Firefox

Cortana is one of the major features introduced in Windows 10 and as predicted, it is tied to Bing. Everyone knew Cortana would use Bing and Edge by default but we were optimistic that it would come with a customization tool that would let us use our browser and search engine of choice. Now that Windows 10 has been released, we realize the error of our ways. If you set a different browser as your default browser in Windows 10, Cortana will route all web searches to it but it will still use Bing. Here's a work around for Chrome and Firefox users that will force Cortana to not just use your preferred browser but to use Google instead of Bing. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Selectively Mute Users On Periscope

Periscope for iOS has just received an update which allows you to mute users. For those of you just hearing about Periscope, it's Twitter's own take on Meerkat; a live streaming service that lets you stream your feed to your Twitter followers. Periscope follows the same principal and because it has been developed by Twitter, it used the platform to leverage its user base. If you signed up for Periscope, you automatically followed the same people you were following on Twitter. Where it makes sense to let users do just that it's only in this recent update that a mute feature has been added so you don't get notifications from uninteresting Periscope broadcasters. Here's how to mute a user on Periscope. Read More

Search Apple Music Playlists And Listen To Them On Your iPhone

Apple Music, now that it has arrived, is here to stay. Maybe some people will fight it but like all things Apple launches it will certainly inspire new services and apps to be developed. If you're loving Apple Music and have discovered new songs and artists, Playlist Hunt is a web service that you will want to check out. It's like the Product Hunt of playlists created on Apple Music. You can view playlists submitted to it daily, submit your own playlists, and even import one to listen to on your own phone. It also has a search feature that you can use to find a playlist that suits your tastes. Read More

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

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]

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

Manually Adjust Camera Settings And Save Photos In TIFF Format [iOS]

iOS 8 unlocked the camera API opening the door for developers to create apps that could take advantage of it. ProCam 2 is one of the most famous apps to have been developed as a result but it carries a $3.99 price tag. It's not that the app doesn't deliver on its promise, and then some, it's that it is a lot more complicated than the average user might need it to be. Meet Shoot by the same developers; compared to ProCam 2 it is basic but still allows you to manually change your camera settings. Resetting them to the default settings is exceptionally simple (just double tap on the view-finder) and you can save photos in the lossless TIFF format with it. The app also features a timer, an on-screen grid, zoom, and the ability to save HDR photos separately. The app is free for a limited time and requires iOS 8 or higher. Read More