Which Edition Of Windows 10 Will Be Installed As Part Of Free Upgrade?

Windows 7

  • Those of you who currently run Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Premium will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home.
  • Those of you running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro.

Windows 8.1

  • Those of you running Windows 8.1 (the standard edition) will receive Windows 10 Home. And those of you running Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro for Students will receive Windows 10 Pro.
  • On the mobile phone side, if you’re running Windows Phone 8.1, you’ll get Windows 10 Mobile as your free upgrade.

Fix Corrupted Windows Services After Virus Infection

Yesterday a client rang about a slow computer, it had recently had a virus removed from it but still wasn’t working quite right. Closer inspection revealed that a lot of the Windows Services were corrupted and would not start at all, while others were missing completely!

Some of the error messages that you might run into that are symptomatic of this problem include:

  • Windows Firewall service (MpsSvc): Error Code 5 or Error Code 0x8007042c.
  • Windows Update: Service cannot be started or service is missing from services list.
  • Base filtering engine (BFE): couldn’t be started (Error 5: Access is denied).

Continue reading Fix Corrupted Windows Services After Virus Infection

Backup & Access Your Entire Music Collection For Free!

If you have a large digital music collection then you’ve probably realised at one time or another that it would probably be difficult to recover if anything were to happen to your computer.

Sure, you can make local backups onto external hard drives and the like, which is fine. Until your house burns down. You could also use a cloud based backup service such as Carbonite or Dropbox but they cost money! (Unless your music collection is less than 2GB, you could use the free edition of Dropbox). Continue reading Backup & Access Your Entire Music Collection For Free!

Restore Individual Files From A Windows System Image

If you have ever used Windows Backup to create a System Image, you may have noticed that it creates a large ‘.vhd’ file (or Virtual Hard Disk file). Often these are used to restore your PC back into a working state, along with all of your data and programs in the case of a major failure or system corruption.

A lot of people don’t realise that you can also use these .vhd files to restore individual files and folders without having to restore the entire image. Continue reading Restore Individual Files From A Windows System Image

Solved: Facebook Cover Photo Not Uploading

Recently I tried to update the cover photo on my Facebook page. I clicked the ‘Change Cover’ button, attempted to upload a new image and waited…..and waited…..and waited. Nothing. So I tried to do the same thing in three different browsers; Internet Explorer, Firefox & Chrome as I had read that many users solved the problem by doing this. It didn’t work for me though! So I got to messing around with some of my Internet settings for IE and managed to figure it out, Continue reading Solved: Facebook Cover Photo Not Uploading

Stop Windows Automatic Reboot After Updates

Occasionally, after the installation of an Automatic Update, Windows will prompt the user to reboot their computer or postpone the reboot for up to 4 hours. This is possibly one of the most annoying of all of Windows “features” as quite often I have been caught off-guard when downloading a large file or leaving the computer for a few minutes only to find that I’ve missed the prompt and the computer has restarted. Which can obviously be extremely frustrating!

Fortunately, it is relatively easy to fix permanently. Continue reading Stop Windows Automatic Reboot After Updates

The Promise Of Technology

A fantastic and hilariously sarcastic post from Redditer; Nuseramed answering a question posed by Reddit.

Q: “If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about today?”

A: “I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in to arguments with strangers.”

The Difference Between PC/Laptop ‘Sleep’ (Standby) And ‘Hibernate’ Explained.

The terms ‘sleep’ and ‘hibernate’ used in the tech sense aren’t really self-explanatory┬áso you may be forgiven for not actually knowing what is going on when you put your PC or laptop into one of these states. Many notebook computers enter sleep mode automatically when left idle for a defined amount of time. Continue reading The Difference Between PC/Laptop ‘Sleep’ (Standby) And ‘Hibernate’ Explained.

How To Easily Convert A .BIN or .NRG Disc Image To An .ISO

Difficulty figuring out how to convert a .bin or .nrg CD/DVD disc image to an .iso image probably isn’t the most common problem in the computing world, but I figure if you’re reading this then you have just this very issue. If you have no idea what a .iso disc image is then my other article entitled “What are ISO files and how do I use them?” might be worth a read, they’re very handy. Anyway, I’ll keep it short and sweet and demonstrate the most simple and painless way that I have found to resolve this problem.

Read on and follow these 5 super simple steps to .ISO conversion glory. ­čśŤ

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Solved: NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” Error

Here is a way to┬ápossibly┬ásolve the annoying NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” issue which is frequently associated with a flickering screen, flicking to black, having a completely black/blank screen or even rebooting your computer unexpectedly.

This is the method I used to fix a client’s PC which every now and then his monitor would randomly turn black and recover a couple of seconds later with the following error. He was running Windows 7 64-bit but this fix will apply to most other editions of Windows as well.

Upon inspecting the system log in the ‘Event Viewer’ I found that it was the file ‘nvlddmkm.sys’ which was causing the crash. The’ nvlddmkm.sys’ file is located in ‘C:\Windows\System32\drivers’. Continue reading Solved: NVIDIA “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” Error

Super Simple Way To Fix A Slow iPhone

Here is another real quick tip for all you iPhone user’s out there. Seen as though you internet-types these days have an attention span of about three seconds I will cut straight the point!

After a while your iPhone may seem to bog down and not run quite as well as it should, the following steps are a very quick and simple way of possibly improving performance. Continue reading Super Simple Way To Fix A Slow iPhone

1 Step Fix for “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Unable to open the Outlook window.” error

Here is a quick fix to what can be a really frustrating problem.

If when trying to open Microsoft Outlook at you are faced with the “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Unable to open the Outlook window” error you simply need to go to Start > Run (or hold down the Windows Key and press R on the keyboard) and type in ‘Outlook.exe /resetnavpane’.

Outlook should now open!

I hope this saves someone some grey hairs.

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