November 14, 2017 by email@example.com • PC Tips, Tips and Tricks, Windows 10, Windows 8 • Tags: Microsoft Account, Microsoft Account sync, microsoft office, Microsoft OneDrive, Windows 10 Microsoft Account •
By Ayse Stenabaugh
A Microsoft account is an account that you setup through Microsoft that helps you access certain services. When setting up a Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer or new user account you will be asked to create a Microsoft account. Otherwise Microsoft accounts are also used for Microsoft Office, Skype, Xbox, Outlook, Hotmail, MSN and more.
Creating a Microsoft account for your Windows user can help you preserve certain settings and will allow you to more easily sync settings and files across multiple devices. You will also need to setup a Microsoft account if you wish to download any programs or entertainment from the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft Account Tips:
- You can setup a new Microsoft account or view your account settings and privacy by visiting account.live.com
- When setting up your account make sure to include 2 recovery options (phone or email) in case you forget your password or get locked out of your account. This information, also called your security information, should be updated any time you change your phone number or email address.
- If you use multiple Microsoft Account services you should try to use the same account to access all services to avoid having to remember multiple account emails and passwords. If you have an existing email address you can even use that to create your Microsoft account.
How to know if your using a Microsoft Account
In some cases when logging onto a computer with a Microsoft account it will show your email address at the login screen. If you are want to be sure you’re using a Microsoft Account or would like to switch your local user account to a Microsoft account, follow these steps. First click on your start menu in the bottom left corner of your screen. Then click on the gear icon in the bottom left of the start menu to open settings. Once settings is open, click on accounts. Here you will see manage your Microsoft Account if you are logged in with one and you will have the option to switch to using a Microsoft Account if you are not logged in with one currently.
If you are using a Microsoft Account to login to your computer you can help locate a lost or stolen device by visiting www.accounts.microsoft.com/devices to see the last known location of any devices that you logged into your Microsoft Account on. If you registered a video game console with Microsoft you will also see your XBOX consoles listed here as well as warranty information related to your device. You can also view system information on any PC listed here by clicking on device info & support.
If you have Microsoft Office you can use your Microsoft Account to safeguard your software so that you won’t lose your license key that is required to re-install office. Just visit www.office.com/setup to login to your Microsoft Account. Once you are logged in, enter your 25 character product key to add your Office product to your Microsoft Account. Once you do this you can visit www.office.com/account to redownload your software any time. This means if you lose your disk or product key, as long as you know your Microsoft Account information and have access to it, you will be able to re-download your software to re-install it.
Using a Microsoft Account makes it easier to manage your devices especially if you have multiple devices that you would like to sync together. If you would like help setting up a Microsoft account or are in need of technology support contact Jester’s Computer Services in Fairfield PA at (717) 642-6611 or visit us on the web at www.jesterscomputers.com or on Facebook.
The Windows 10 Anniversary update has been out for a few weeks now but many users are just now receiving the update. If you do receive the update be advised that it can take several hours to install and when downloading it is a 3 GB file which is very large. If you are on a mobile network you will want to ensure this download comes in while you are on a Wi-Fi network to avoid overage fees with your carrier.
Before we get into showing you the video that shares the features, there have been a few issues users have encountered after the update here are some issues we have come across and fixes for them:
- Computer doesn’t boot – In some rare cases the update can damage the boot sector on your device. This can not be repaired without a copy of the Windows 10 disc or software, we can repair this issue in most cases in a half hour ($32.50)
- Computer hangs at boot – We have found that some USB devices have prevented Windows from booting especially wireless mice. Try removing the USB device to see if your computer boots. You can re-insert the USB after Windows has loaded.
- Computer has no internet – After the update some antivirus software needs re-installed. If you have no internet after the upgrade first try disabling your antivirus (just temporarily – don’t leave it turned off beyond testing!) If you purchased AVG from us we are your free tech support – re-installing AVG on your device will be no charge!
Here’s our feature update video! (This video was shared on our Facebook previously be sure to like us to receive frequent updates!)
How do you create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10?
We have had so many people ask how to create shortcuts on their Windows 10 desktop so we decided to make this tutorial video showing you all the steps to do so.
Please note: The method described in the video will only work for Standard Applications and will not work to create shortcuts for Windows 10 apps downloaded from the app store. The video does however explain how you can pin shortcuts for the Windows 10 apps to your start menu or task bar!
If you have questions or would like to see a tutorial video on another Windows 10 topic please leave a comment below! Be sure to visit our Facebook page as well at www.facebook.com/jesterscomputers
Windows Passwords & Pins
When you login to your computer you may or may not have a password. Some computers will allow you to use a fingerprint scanner and some touch screen computers will even let you touch certain areas of a picture to login instead of using a password. It is important to remember that this does NOT replace your password and you should still remember your alphanumeric password that was first created. Windows 10 now allows users to login using a 4 digit pin code – again this does not replace your password and to perform some repairs and actions within Windows your alphanumeric password will be required.
The dangers of BIOS passwords
For added security some users enable a BIOS password which is a password stored on your motherboard that must be entered BEFORE Windows loads. If you require additional security such as this please don’t make the mistake of forgetting this password! If you happen to forget this password, you are more than likely going to need to send your computer to the manufacturer to have the password removed or reset. If you don’t need the additional security, we recommend removing the BIOS password entirely and using a Windows password instead!
Most Websites require passwords!
If you use email, you have a password. If you use Facebook you have a password for that too! Any website that you use that provides you access to account information or your personal data requires a password for security purposes! Often when we ask for an email password customers reply with “I don’t have one”. While you may not need to enter a password or login information on your personal computer (because you have allowed your web browser to save your password for you) it doesn’t mean that you don’t have one. If you were to login to another computer, you would be required to enter your login credentials including username (or email address) and password.
Most web browsers will give you the option to save your password so that you won’t need to enter it each time you visit a website. This can be a very useful feature! Keep in mind that Firefox and Google Chrome will allow you to view saved passwords where Internet Explorer will let you save them but won’t give you the ability to view them later on.
Security & Password Resets
If you forget a password you can usually attempt to login to the website that you are trying to access and choose the “forgot password” option. In most cases when you first setup your account you were asked to enter alternate contact information such as an email address or phone number that you are able to access. Using the information you provided, you will be given a clue (such as a partial view of the email address or phone number provided) and you will need to fill in the missing information. If you provide the proper information a reset link is emailed or a security code is sent to your cell phone (landlines will usually receive a phone call with an automated code). Once you receive that code and enter it on the screen (or click the reset link in your email) you will be asked to create a new password. If you are resetting an email password and you receive your email on another device, you will also need to enter the new password before you will receive emails in that location.
If you have a need for technology assistance contact Jester’s Computers located at 5135 Fairfield Road at 717-642-6611 or visit us on the web at www.jesterscomputers.com or on Facebook! We are a family owned and operated computer repair shop that provides affordable and fast service!
June 15, 2016 by Ayse Stenabaugh • PC Tips, Security, Security & Safety, Web Browsers, Windows 10 • Tags: account sync, advertising id, Automatic updates, browser history, browsing history, cloud, collects data, Cortana, Cortana Personal Assistant, inking & typing, is windows 10 saving my data, is windows 10 spying on me, local account, Manage Wi-Fi Settings, Microsoft Account, Microsoft Account sync, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft sharing wifi passwords, microsoft sync defaults, Network and Internet, OneDrive, OneDrive sync, personal assistant, personalised advertisements, Privacy and Services, sends all your app settings, Settings, speech, stop getting to know me, third-party advertisers, truth about windows 10, web history, WiFi Sense, Wifi sense password, Wifi sense sharing passwords, Windows 10, windows 10 account sync, windows 10 advertisement, Windows 10 advertising, Windows 10 advertising ID, Windows 10 Cortana, Windows 10 local account, Windows 10 Microsoft Account, Windows 10 personal assistant, windows 10 privacy, windows 10 privacy concerns, Windows 10 spotlight, windows 10 spying, windows 10 sync, windows 10 sync defaults, Windows 10 updates •
Recently one of our clients shared a post on Facebook that provided a lot of information about what information Windows 10 shares about its users. We were disappointed to find that while some of this information is Microsoft shares is true the article / post contained misleading and false information. We always do our best to provide the best advice to our clients and we spend countless hours both using and troubleshooting Windows 10 PC’s which helps us to provide advice and information based on our own experiences.
(Please note that the bolded text is from the original post and therefore is cited in context)
Data syncing is by default enabled. (Sends your entire hard drives contents to Microsoft)
If and ONLY IF you setup a Microsoft Account (you don’t need a Microsoft Account you can setup a local account if you wish choose the option that says don’t use a Microsoft Account) None of your hard drives content is automatically synced. Windows 10 does come with OneDrive which will provide cloud storage but contents must be saved into that directly for it to be synced or uploaded to the cloud.
Collects and sends your Browsing history and open websites
This information is only sent to Microsoft if you are using the Microsoft Edge web browser which we strongly do not recommend. With other great free browser’s like Mozilla’s Firefox and Google Chrome we simply haven’t needed Microsoft for web browsing for a very long time. If you insist on using Edge you can still disable this feature from edge by going to > Settings > View advanced Settings, and then, under Privacy and services, turn the Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge setting off. If you have already turned off Cortana, then you don’t need to turn this setting off because it will already be disabled!
Sends all your Apps settings.
Again those with a Microsoft Account setup will be able to sync their settings to their Microsoft Account which creates a seamless experience for this logging into their account on multiple PC’s. If you access Settings > Privacy you will see a slew of settings that you can disable completely or you can disable individual app access including your microphone and webcam.
WiFi Sense collects and sends WiFi & hotspot names and passwords. These are then shared to every Windows 10 computer that comes within range! (and also shares them on your Facebook Timeline)
Microsoft does not share your Wi-Fi data with just any computer that comes in range and does not without your permission share with contacts which can include Facebook friends. Microsoft has never and will never share your Wi-Fi password information publicly on Facebook that’s just a lawsuit waiting to happen. When you first connect to your wireless network you will be asked if you want to share Wi-Fi information and each time you connect to a new network it provides the same prompt. You can disable the Wi-Fi sense feature all together by going to Settings > Network & Internet > Manage Wi-Fi Settings then under; For networks I select, share them with my, uncheck any contacts you don’t want to share your network information with.
Your device is by default tagged with a unique advertising ID which is used to serve you with personalised advertisements by third-party advertisers and ad networks.
Yes, this is true because of Windows 10 use of apps and advertising across them a unique advertising ID is created for your device and can easily be disabled by going to Settings >
Privacy > General then disable the unique advertising ID option. Having this turned on does NOT mean that you are going to get unexpected pop-ups or advertising in Windows this affects only apps that use advertising and websites that you visit through the web browser.
Cortana (Personal Assistant) can – and will – collect any or all of your camera recordings, your keystrokes, searches and microphone input, Calendar data. (Appointments, etc)
One of the first things we do on all Windows 10 machines is disable Cortana because it’s not really useful for basic users. While Microsoft does use Cortana to capture entered information the data is either being stored in the cloud for your access later or being used similar to the ways that Google or Siri store and track your information. To disable Cortana simply click in your search box which will then ask you if you would like to use Cortana. Turn Cortana off and it will ask you if you’re sure. Confirm your choice and Cortana is disabled. You may still see Cortana in the running apps list because Cortana is built into Windows 10 however once turned off Cortana will not collect or store your information. If you want to turn Cortana off later on you can also disable it by going to Settings > Privacy > Speech, Inking & Typing and then click on “stop getting to know me”
Microsoft can collect any personal data, like your identity, passwords, demographics, interests and habits, usage data (if you also have a Windows Phone, it will be “synced” as well, so they will have your call and SMS history, as well as any data stored on the phone, like pictures/files and audio and video recordings) contacts, relationships, physical location data, (i.e. your real address), emails, instant messages, caller list.
While some of the information here is true this information isn’t just being sent all over the place. The information such as SMS and call history would be reported to relevant apps that you choose to connect to your computer such as Skype which the user installs and chooses to use on their device. All of the above mentioned can be limited to specific app access or disabled completely by visiting Settings > Privacy and reviewing each of the sub categories listed. The Phone Companion app in Windows 10 needs to be setup (unless you set it up previously using your Microsoft account) thus there is no way for Microsoft to access this data without your knowledge or permission.
Windows 10 no longer gets Windows Updates directly from Microsoft. All future updates will be delivered via a “distributed network,” meaning that you will be automatically connected to multiple random computers out on the internet! Your computer may be connected to a Ukrainian, Brazilian or Chinese hacker group just waiting to infect you with who knows what! Microsoft will “push” any new updates to 50,000 random computers, who will in turn redistribute them to 50,000 more. Each of those 50,000 will push them to 50,000 more and so on. By using your internet connection to distribute Windows Updates saves Microsoft many millions of dollars in bandwidth costs, server maintenance and storage costs.
While Windows 10 does have a feature that allows computers to download updates from other computers both on local and non-local computers this feature is DISABLED by default. Using this feature could actually benefit the many people who are now utilizing metered connections (hot spots or pay per use internet) as it prevents you from needing to download the data more than once if you have more than one Windows 10 machine. If you would like to take advantage of this feature you can go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options and then click on “Choose how updates are delivered”. We strongly recommend that if you utilize this feature that you choose the option that says “local computers only” so that you aren’t connected to random computers over the internet.
From July 29, Microsoft will start scrolling ads on your “welcome” and “shutdown” screens! They will control how many ads you see, so it may take several minutes for your PC to startup/shutdown!
Actually Windows 10 has already been featuring said “ad’s” since it was first installed. You probably noticed long ago that your login screen changes to a different picture from time to time. Sometimes this may display an ad (although I haven’t personally seen one yet) and yes you’ve guessed it with a few clicks this can too be disabled! Just visit Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen > then change your background from “Windows Spotlight” to either Picture or Slideshow. Currently only one “ad” appears on the lock screen and I don’t see that changing in the foreseeable future.
If you use Microsoft’s new EDGE browser on Windows 10 or Internet Explorer on Windows 7, 8.1 – you will have to close regular full page “overlay” ads while you are surfing. Windows 7 & 8.1 are slated to get this as well!
Again Microsoft’s edge browser is junk just as Internet Explorer has been for many years. Just a few clicks will allow you to hide edge and to set another as your default browser simply go to Settings > System > Default Apps and click on Browser to select a different installed browser. If you were an Internet Explorer user before Windows 10 you can still continue using it as your default. You will need to go under all apps in your start menu to locate Internet Explorer (or search for it in the taskbar search box!)
If you need further advice or support regarding Windows 10 or any other Windows related problem feel free to contact Jester’s Computers at 717-642-6611. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our website for upcoming specials!
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Buying a new computer can be exciting especially if you are upgrading from what you previously had. Turning the new computer on can be a bit intimidating after being comfortable with your previous computer and the programs that you previously used. Here are some things that you can expect from a new computer and things you may need to setup with your new PC.
First things first….
Your new computer might have Windows 10 on it which will require a little getting used to but in general it is a fairly easy system to learn to use (much easier than Windows 8 was!). When you first setup your new computer you will probably need to setup user accounts and select some default settings for your device. Once that is completed you will be presented with an unfamiliar desktop which will likely contain some trial software.
Most manufacturers pre-install an Antivirus trial which can range from 30 days to 1 year. If you have your own antivirus you will need to uninstall what is on your new computer and install your antivirus (from the disc or website that you obtained it from). If you are still using your old computer, you will want to check to ensure you can install the software on multiple devices. If you purchased AVG from us at Jesters Computers, we will transfer your AVG to the new computer (or add a license if you will be using the old PC).
If your old computer had any additional software such as Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Photoshop etc. you will need to install this software on your new computer. If you’re looking for an alternative to Office you can download Open Office for free from www.openoffice.org.
Setting up existing devices…
You may already have a printer, scanner or other devices that you used with your previous computer. These devices will need to be installed and configured to be used with your new PC. We highly recommend visiting the manufacturers website (HP, Brother, Epson etc.) to download the latest drivers and software that are available for your PC. Make sure to visit the correct website (many download websites exist that will bundle junk software with the software you are trying to download) and choose the correct operating system (Windows 10 etc.) if you aren’t sure what you have or whether or not you need 32-bit or 64-bit you can right click on “My PC” or “My Computer” and then choose properties. Your computer will display your operating system information.
Using the web on your new PC…
By default, a Windows 10 PC will come with the new Microsoft Edge browser. Searching your computer, you can also find that Internet Explorer is also pre-installed. We recommend using either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome on your computer for faster browsing and increased security. Once they are downloaded you will need to make them your default web browser. To do this, click in your search box (where it says “I’m Cortana. Ask me anything.”) and type default. From the search results choose “Default Programs” (choose the one with the gear). Under Web Browser click the plus sign (or the existing default browser listed) to set your default and choose the browser you wish to use.
Unless you had your data transferred from your old PC to your new PC (This can be done at Jesters Computers for a flat fee of $65), your favorites, passwords, etc. will not be on your new computer and you will have to re-enter and save this information on your new PC. It’s important to note that any website you use online that requires you to login such as email or Facebook will ALWAYS require you to enter a password. If you can’t remember your password, you can click the forgot password link found on the login page. Any customizations or settings changes that you made on your old PC will also need to be done on your new computer.
If you check your email online through your web browser, you won’t need to do anything special to setup your email besides logging in. If you previously used a program such as Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird or Outlook you may choose to setup your email through a similar application. Windows 10 has a built in “Mail” program which is a basic program to check your email. The Windows Mail program will automatically setup your email with most providers however some may require additional information to complete the process.
Learning how to use your new PC
If you need some one-on-one assistance to learn your new computer, contact Jester’s Computers to schedule a class with Ayse our very own computer tutor! In addition to computer classes Ayse also can show you how to use other devices such as smart phones or tablets!
For fast and affordable computer service visit Jester’s Computers located at 5135 Fairfield Road or visit us on the web at www.jesterscomputers.com. We can be reached at (717) 642-6611 and on our Facebook page!
10 things about Windows 10 that you don’t want to miss!
- Start Menu Shortcuts
By default Windows 10 will only display Settings, Power and All Apps on the start menu. So where have your documents, pictures, and user folders gone? While these folders aren’t displayed by default a few clicks will allow you to enable them.
Click on the following Start Menu > Settings > Personalization > Start
From the list on the right choose the last option that says Choose which folders display on Start. From here you will be able to add File Explorer, Settings, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos, HomeGroup, Network and your Personal (User) folder on.
- Sharing Windows Updates with other PCs
Default Windows 10 settings include allowing your computer to share Windows Update files with PC’s on your network or other PC’s online. This can be especially disheartening if you’re using a metered connection (Paying for the amount of data being used, usually overage charges can be quite hefty). However, if you are on a metered connection and have several Windows 10 computers that will need updates this can save on your data usage. This feature can be disabled with a few short clicks.
Click on the following Start > Settings > Update & Security
Under the Windows Update selection you will click on Advanced options. Next you will select Choose how updates are delivered. You will then see a slider button with an on / off option. When turned on your computer will share updates with PCs on your local network or PCs on your local network and PCs on the internet (based on the radio selection below). When turned off this option will prevent Windows 10 updates from being shared with any other computers.
- Finding Programs and Apps and making them easy to access
At first glance you may find yourself in a panic when trying to locate your programs and apps. Don’t fret there are several ways to find your programs in Windows 10. The easiest way to locate both programs and files in Windows 10 is to use the built in search conveniently located beside your start menu button. Just start typing the name of the installed program (Not yet installed Apps from the Windows store will also appear here!) and you will see the program appear in the list. For a more traditional approach to locating your programs you can click your start menu button, then click on all apps and scroll down through the alphabetical list of programs and apps until you locate what you were searching for.
Now that you know how to locate Programs and Apps making them easy to find for the future is a snap. There are several ways that you can create shortcuts in Windows 10. You can pin items so that they appear in the “most used” list at the top of your start menu. If for an even quicker access you can also pin items to your task bar to appear at all times (the same location where open programs appear at the bottom of the screen). Although it will take a few extra steps, traditional desktop shortcuts can also be created fairly easy.
To pin items to the start menu or task bar right click the program or app after locating it via the search or start menu. A menu will appear and you will have the option to Pint to Start or Pin to Taskbar. If you want to create a desktop shortcut you will have to choose the Open File Location option from the same menu. Once File Explorer opens with your application in view, you will have to right click on the application in File Explorer then highlight Send To and choose Desktop (create shortcut) from the menu.
- Using Task View
A brand new feature in Windows 10 is the ability to create several virtual desktops. This feature is especially useful for those who tend to run many different programs at once. Task View will let you view open programs and setup a seemingly unlimited number of desktops (we stopped trying to max them out once we reached 42 additional desktops.) When you click on Task View you will see open applications within your current desktop at the top. Below you can select one of your virtual desktops. Here you can open programs that won’t appear open on your other desktops. This is great if you are working on multiple projects or want to keep say a personal and work desktop separated. One important thing to note is that your desktop icons will remain the same no matter what desktop you are on and you can’t set them to be different. Hopefully in the future Microsoft will listen to the many requests to also name the virtual desktops, currently they are labeled Desktop 1, Desktop 2, Desktop 3 and so on.
- New and improved Snipping Tool
One of my personal favorite additions to Windows 7 and 8 included the project Snipping Tool. This program allows you to easily take screenshots of your computer screen with the ability to select the area that you want to capture. Windows 10 takes this tool to the next level by allowing users to set a delay. This is ideal for those trying to screenshot menus which can’t be captured without clicking on something on-screen beforehand. Once a screenshot is captured you can use a pen, highlighter and eraser to make changes to the image before saving the file or copying the picture to your clipboard for easy pasting.
- Managing your Privacy in Windows 10
One of the biggest concerns users have using Windows 10 is the amount of user data being shared with Microsoft. While some privacy features are useful (such as the SmartScreen Filter) others appear overbearing and invasive. Configuring your Privacy settings can be done during setup but if you missed that or purchased a computer with Windows 10 already installed, they can be changed inside windows as well.
To access Privacy Settings Click Start > Settings > Privacy
Some settings will appear to the right of this screen however you will want to go down the list on the left which includes General, Location, Camera, Microphone, Speech, inking & typing, Account info, Contacts, Calendar, Messaging, Radios, Other devices, Feedback & diagnostics and Background apps.
Some suggested settings to check out include:
Speech, Inking & typing > Click on “stop getting to know me” if you don’t want your computer to collect information about you like contacts, calendar events, speech and handwriting patterns and typing history. Turning this feature off will also disable dictation and Cortana.
Feedback & Diagnostics > If Windows is annoying you asking for feedback you can disable that here or set it to annoy you less frequently. You can also limit the amount of diagnostic and usage data that is sent to Microsoft from here.
Background Apps > Here you can see apps that run in the background and use system resources. This screen will give you the option to turn apps off so that they won’t run unnecessarily. Turning apps off here will also prevent them for receiving info and sending notifications.
- Managing Smart Tiles on the Start Menu
If you came from Windows 8 you will be familiar with tiles already if you were previously a Windows 7 user the smart tiles will be a new concept for you. If you open your start menu you will see a number of tiles that rotate on the right hand side of your start menu. By default you will likely see Calendar, Mail, Microsoft Edge, Photos, Cortana, Weather, and Store. Scrolling down will display the Xbox app as well as Groove Music and Movies & TV. All of the apps shown here are from the Microsoft Store.
Apps (Which is just a fancy word for programs) that display on the start menu can be removed or modified by right clicking on the apps tile. You will see several options including unpin the tile from the start menu, re-sizing the tile, turning off live tile (this will stop the tile from rotating) and the ability to pin to taskbar.
If you prefer a different order you can reorganize the apps on the start menu by clicking and dragging the tiles to a new position within the menu.
- Using the search
We already talked about using the search to locate programs and files. The search feature is nothing new to previous users of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 10 takes the search one step further by allowing you to instantly search the web and app store as well. When searching you will notice that your search will be divided into three categories best match, web and store. You will find that you can even use the search to perform conversions by typing questions such as how many inches in a foot! You can find out the weather by typing what’s the weather. (Certain features must be enabled for this to work!
If you click on your start menu without typing any text in you will see some popular topics from Bing news. Clicking the three dots at the top of the search window will show you additional options including the ability to check for updates and hiding popular news. If you want to re-enable the news after disabling it just click on the dots change the settings.
- Explore the Store
One of the most commonly asked questions from Windows 10 users is where is Solitaire? While the popular card game isn’t built into Windows a newer more vibrant Microsoft Solitaire Collection is readily available and free from the store. To find it you can go to your start menu and click on store from the right side of the menu or just search for Solitaire Collection from the search box on the taskbar. Once you locate your desired app from the store you can click on install to download the program to your computer. Your downloaded program will appear to the left of your start menu below most used
- Accessing the traditional Control Panel & More!
Don’t panic! The traditional Control Panel, Programs and Features (to add or remove programs) and more are just a click away. To access these as well as Mobility Center, Power Options, Event Viewer, System, Device Manager, Network Connections, Disk Management, Computer Management, Command Prompt and more just right click on your start button to access the hidden menu! You can also use this menu to shut down your computer or sign-out of the current user account.
If you like this article please share it with your friends and family! You can also contact Jester’s Computer Services to setup a one-on-one technology class. If you’re not in Jester’s local area but would still like a class and have internet access we are now offering remote classes as well where we will be able to share computer screens and use either the built in text chat, Skype or phone to communicate during the class!
Microsoft and individual software makers release updates for their products to patch security holes and improve functionality of the software. If you are not updating the software when prompted, you are leaving your computer vulnerable. Some windows updates require a system restart and even after restarting there may be additional updates that need to install.
Microsoft regularly releases system updates the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Any critical system updates will download and install as they are released. To check for windows updates you can follow the instructions below
Windows XP is no longer supported and will not receive regular system updates. If you are still using Windows XP you should consider upgrading your computer to help minimize the risk of online threats.
Windows Vista / 7 – Click on your start menu and type in windows update the windows update option will populate in your start menu list and once selected you can check for Windows updates. Be sure to install any critical system updates and restart the computer if necessary. You may also see some additional recommended updates which you can install at your convenience.
Windows 8 / 8.1 – Press the windows ÿ and S keys together (located to the left of your space bar between ctrl and alt) or locate the search window by moving your mouse to the top right hand corner of your screen to bring up the charm bar. Now press the magnifying glass (search) and make sure “everywhere” is selected in the drop down box. Type Windows Update in the box and choose check for Windows updates.
Programs may also need updates to add additional features, improve performance or patch security vulnerabilities. Users are being targeted through false update prompts for popular programs such as Adobe Flash player. To ensure you are receiving the update for your programs and NOT a virus you can update directly through the application or by visiting the software developers website.
To update through the program open up the program that is prompting you for an update. For example Adobe reader. Once you locate and open Adobe reader you will see an option to check for updates in the program under the “help” option . If you are unable to find where to update through the software visit the developers website for adobe you would visit www.get.adobe.com. Another program that
frequently updates is Java you can visit the java website to look for any updates by visiting www.java.com/download
Alternate Web Browsers – Updated 6/25/2016
Windows 10 users will now see a new default browser – Microsft’s Edge browser. While we like many of the new features Windows 10 has to offer the Edge browser is not one of them. In the past we have always recommended installing a third-party web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Each of these are used independently from Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge and can be used in place of Internet Explorer.
In Windows 10 you will need to take an additional step to change your Default browser. Follow the steps below to change your default browser in Windows 10.
- Click on your start menu and then choose settings
- Select system
- From the selection available choose default apps
- Scroll down to where it lets you select your default browser
- Click on the default browser (or plus sign if you don’t yet have one set) and select the browser you want as your default.
If you would like to download one of the web browsers we suggested be sure to verify that you are downloading these and any other applications you may download in the future from a trusted website before continuing. To download one of these browsers visit the websites below from the developers trusted link.
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With Windows 8’s everlasting negative reputation, Microsoft is on the verge of releasing the failure operating systems predecessor: Windows 10, in just two years. With Apple’s increasingly seamless experience across devices, Microsoft has had to reinvent the wheel to keep up with their competition. In Windows 10 not only will you see many of the annoying Windows 8 features eliminated you will also begin to see Windows 10 become the standard across platforms integrating the cloud and synchronizing across devices such as the Xbox One, Windows Tablets and Windows Phones.
Let us go ahead and get the elephant out of the room! The poorly thought out Start Screen is no longer in Windows 10 and you will be pleased to know an even better start menu is back! This start menu integrates the old style with the Windows 8 start screen apps to create a combined view that lets you easily access everything from one convenient location. For those who DID enjoy the Windows 8 style you can still disable the start menu should you choose to do so.
Search away in the integrated search box located in the start menu. Just like previous version of Windows (Vista & 7), you can search for files, applications and even internet results just by clicking the start button. You do not even have to click in the box to start typing just click and type and see results based on your entry.
Anyone who has used windows 8 can appreciate the repair the major design flaw among the modern apps displayed in the system. Many users who wanted to enjoy the desktop view they were accustom to would be greeted by the realization that the “modern apps” would not open in desktop view but would take up the entire screen forcing you into the touch screen Modern Windows side of things.
Anyone who multi-tasks will be grateful that Windows 10 will no longer have two viewing styles. Instead, the standard desktop view will launch both standard and modern applications. Modern apps will launch in a new window on the desktop, just like standard Windows applications do.
What to expect if you want Windows 10
Windows 10 is currently only available as a preview and according to Microsoft will be available for consumer purchase later in 2015. [UPDATED 2/15] Microsoft has recently reported that they will be providing free upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8 for the first year of the new operating system’s release. Until then there are a few things that you need to consider about upgrading. We always recommend a fresh installation over an upgrade to avoid incompatibility and to maximize performance.
Do not assume your old devices (such as printers) will be compatible with Windows 10. Devices that are compatible with Windows 8 will likely be compatible but older devices may not be. Check with the devices manufacturer before you upgrade to ensure that you will not have to replace your device. In addition to your devices, you should also ensure that your software or programs would run on the new operating system. You can usually find this information by contacting the company who made the software or by visiting their website.
If you are looking to update your Operating System you can expect to pay anywhere from $130-$250 for the operating system although, Microsoft has not yet commented on any pricing for the OS yet. This does not include any additional costs to install or setup your computer. Currently there are over 1 million testers using Windows 10and Jester’s Computer is a beta tester. This means that the final version could still have many changes from the current preview version.
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