Category: Windows 8-8.1

How to use the Contact Support app from Windows 10 to get help from Microsof

Microsoft has included a brand new app dedicated to helping it’s customers get fast tech support when theyencounter problems. It’s a new universal app that works both in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app is named Contact Support and acts as a portal for reaching the appropriate support service for the specific problem that you are having. As you will see in this guide, it helps you get to the right place faster and more easily, depending on your need. Let’s see how the Contact Support app works:

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Be prepared: Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive

A Recovery Drive lets you boot your system and easily access a number of recovery and troubleshooting tools to revive a failing Windows 10 system. If you haven’t done so yet, you need to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive. That way, you’ll be prepared should you encounter a problem with your Windows 10 installation.

In Windows 10, you can create a Recovery Drive on a USB flash drive as well as on an optical disc. While both procedures produce the same recovery tool, they are created from different user interfaces. The USB flash drive version is created using a stand-alone tool; the optical disc is created from the Backup And Restore (Windows 7) user interface. Why Microsoft didn’t unify the process under one roof, I don’t know. In this article, I’ll show you both ways to create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive.

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Has your Windows 10 Start menu stopped working? Here are four ways to fix it

I had this issue after my latest update from Microsoft and I Tunes. Lynda found this link, and i found it quite helpful.

I had already rebooted and this start menu returned, magically. But, these would have been simpler solutions….

The Windows 10 upgrade hasn’t been smooth sailing for everyone, and one common complaint is that the Start menu stops working for no apparent reason. Here are some ways to reactivate it.

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How to share a printer with the network in Windows

If you have a network where multiple devices and operating systems are used, you might not be able to use the Homegroup for easy network sharing. In such scenarios, you need to share your folders and devices using different procedures. For example, sharing a printer with the network involves a different and lengthier set of steps. Here’s how it works in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10:

NOTE: Sharing a printer works the same way in Windows 7, in Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10. Thus, for simplicity reasons, in this tutorial, we will use screenshots taken only in Windows 10. Some visuals might be slightly different in previous versions of Windows, but the essentials are the same.

How to share a printer with the network, in Windows

First, open the Devices and Printers panel. There you will see a list with all external devices installed on your PC. Go to the Printers section and select the printer that you want to share

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How to use Airplane mode on a Windows tablet or laptop

If you are a mobile user who travels a lot, then you need a way to work or have fun, while flying. Luckily, just like any smartphone operating system, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 both have a feature named Airplane mode. You can turn it on so that you can use your laptop or tablet while flying. Here’s what Airplane mode does, why you should use it and how, in both operating systems.

NOTE: If you are interested in instructions for Windows 8.1, read page 2 of this guide.

What is the Airplane mode in Windows?

Airplane mode turns off all the wireless communications on your Windows device. That means that it disables any radio chips that might interfere with the airplane’s communication and navigation systems or chips that might not work while you are flying. As the name implies, this feature should be used when flying on an airplane. In Windows, when Airplane mode is turned on, the wireless network card, the Bluetooth chip and the mobile data connection (3G or 4G) are turned off. You should turn it on when boarding planes. After take-off, you can enable the Wi-Fi or the Bluetooth, if you need to use them. However, they should be turned off again when the plane prepares for landing.

This feature also helps you save power when flying. Because some of your device’s components are turned off, they are not used and they don’t consume any power. Therefore, you’ll get slightly better battery life. This benefit alone makes this feature useful also when you don’t board planes but you want to save as much power as possible.

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Command Prompt – How to Use Basic Commands

After we have shared how to open and customize Command Prompt, it is time to see how to use it to perform basic operations. This article will show how to execute commands like changing the working directory, viewing content of a directory, creating and renaming folders, copying, deleting files and folders, and how to launch any application from Command Prompt. Also, it will show how to get help when using the tool.

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27 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For The Windows 10 Command Prompt

We bet that most of, if not all the power users and geeks out there love to use theCommand Prompt. It’s the one-stop go to whenever you want to issue commands in a text based form and it’s also one of the best ways in which you can issue administrative commands. However, for quite a long time we thought that Microsoft will eventually ditch this useful app and replace it with the newer PowerShell. We’d say that that was a correct assumption, as the Command Prompt has been ignored in all the recent versions of Windows. However, things appear to have made a turn in Windows 10, as the Command Prompt received a few major improvements and features. And one of the best things to have happened is the fact that we now have a lot new keyboard shortcuts that we can use in the Command Prompt. In this article, we’ll show you some of the most useful ones, so don’t stop here: keep reading!

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How To Use Sticky Notes In Windows

Along with Paint, Snipping Tool, WordPad and Notepad, Sticky Notes is an application that has been present in Windows for a very long time. It is small utility that allows you to create all kinds of notes. You can place them anywhere you want on your Desktop, you can format their text, resize and paint them in a variety of colors. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use Sticky Notes and let you decide whether you want to use it or not.

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Windows 10 Upgrade disc for members who have OMUG enterprise versions of WIN 7, WIN 8 and WIN 8.1

The Windows 10 Upgrade discs are now available.

All members who received the Win 7, 8/8.1 enterprise version from OMUG are eligible for this disc. We will start distribution at the Sept.10 meeting.

Microsoft has advised us that a CLEAN install must be made for this upgrade.  This means that all programs will have to be reinstalled.

Be sure that you understand the procedure for a CLEAN install before inserting the disc.

  1. Make sure your computer is backed up prior to attempting this or ANY upgrade.
  2. The same upgrade disc works for all Windows versions.
  3. You will need a disc for each processor.  (one disc for 32 bit and one disc for 64 bit)
  4. If you received more than one previous upgrade, you will only get one (1) Windows 10 disc for each operating version. (The Windows 10 disc can be use multiple times)

This upgrade is free.  However, we requests that a $3 donation be made to OMUG to cover the cost of materials.

The donation can be made at the next meeting or sent to: 

  • OMUG
  • 3701 Pacific Ave SE  PMB#225
  • OLYMPIA, WA 98501-2124

Thanks: treasurer@olymug.org

Windows 10: Five free apps that make Microsoft’s new OS better

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft decided to cut and mangle some beloved, long-standing features available in previous versions of its operating system.

Windows Media Center is gone and Solitaire now shows you full-screen ads, which you have to pay to get rid of.

That’s not to mention the outcry over Microsoft releasing software to play DVDs that costs $14.99 through the Windows Store.

Fortunately, you can ignore these shenanigans – as there is plenty of free software out there to fill the gaps in Microsoft’s new OS.

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