Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How to defrag a hard drive the easy way

Defragging a hard drive is easy and can speed up your computer in some cases. Lets get started!

Steps:
        1. Click on file explorer. If you are running Windows 7 click on "Computer" or on windows 8 and 8.1 click on "This PC" after you have opened file explorer.


        2. Right click your Windows (C:) drive and choose properties.

        3. Once that has popped up click on the "Tools" tab.


        4. Now click on the "Optimize button.


        5. Click on the drive you want to defrag. In my case it is the Windows (C:) because it is my only drive.  NOTE: It is not worth the time nor wise to defrag the recovery partition.


        6. Once it is done analyzing click on Optimize if the drive is fragmented. NOTE: It will do several passes which will slow your computer down while the drive is being defragmented. This may take some time if the drive has never been defragged.


    That's it! You have now successfully defragged your hard drive. If this helped be sure to leave a +1 before you go!

    Monday, June 15, 2015

    Windows XP/Vista users do not have a direct upgrade to Windows 10


    Windows 10 LogoThe people still using windows XP/Vista won't be able to upgrade to Windows 10 directly. Believe it or not there are still people using Windows 5(XP) and 6(Vista). They wont get the luxury of reserving Windows 10 like the Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users. They have to wait for Windows 10 to hit stores and buy a key (prices for Windows 10 versions here) or buy a new computer or laptop equipped with Windows 10. 

    Even buying Windows 10 there is no guarantee that it will work on older devices. Here are the specs you will need in order to run Windows 10 on an older computer or laptop.
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
    • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    • Free hard disk space: 16 GB (32 bit) or 20 GB (64 bit)
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
    • A Microsoft account and Internet access
    • 800x600 or higher resolution monitor or laptop screen


    What do you guys think? Leave a comment below telling me how Microsoft did. Don't forget to leave a +1 if you enjoyed!

    Saturday, June 13, 2015

    How much will Windows 10 cost?


    Windows 10 will be the last time we have to buy expensive upgrades from Microsoft if we want the latest and greatest. If this is the case, how much will it cost? It must be expensive since its the last time Windows is doing a paid upgrade. Before we get into how much it will cost lets go over some of the editions it will come in and when the public release will be.

    Editions: 
    1. Windows 10 Home - It will be for daily computers.
    2. Windows 10 Pro - It will be like Windows 10 Home but with added features aimed at power users and professional environments
    3. Windows 10 Enterprise - It will have features aimed at businesses and is only available through volume licensing
    4. Windows 10 Education - It will be completely aimed at schools, Universities, etc.
    5. Windows 10 Mobile
    6. Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise (For embedded systems)

    Windows 10 release date
    With that out of the way we can focus on when Windows 10 will be released. It has actually been out for quite some time now, October 1, 2014 to be exact. It started in October of last year as a public beta and they have been releasing updates to make the experience near perfect. The operating system just has not been finished and sent to the public. It is actually on your computer right now (if it is eligible and updated) and has been for months now. The official release date for manufacturing is June 2015 and will (finally) be released to the public on July 29, 2015. 


    How much is it?
    Now on to the question that brought you here, how much is it going to cost? Windows 10 will be priced like Windows 8 was priced. Windows 10 Home will be at $119(USD) and Windows 10 Pro being priced at $199(USD). The windows 10 Pro Pack license will cost $99(USD). Microsoft has files for a trademark on "Windows 365" so we may get a subscription-based windows product in the near future. If you already own a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 device you will get the upgrade for FREE using the "Get Windows 10" icon in the task bar. This is only good for 1 year, after that you will have to buy a Windows 10 product key. Click here for ways to get it if you do not see it.

    What version of Windows 10 will you get?
    If you are like me and already have a Windows computer and laptop then you are probably asking the same question? What version of Windows 10 will I receive through the free reservation? It will be based off of what version of windows you already have.
    • Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Premium will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home.
    •  Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro.
    •  Windows 8.1 (the standard edition) will receive Windows 10 Home.
    • Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Pro for Students will receive Windows 10 Pro.

    If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer them to the best of my ability. 

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    How to get rid of the Get Windows 10 Icon


     
    Everyone has seen the "Get Windows 10" Icon (Click here if you do not see the "Get Windows 10" icon) and it is great until you put your email in and you realize its not going away any time soon. It always bugs me if there is extra 'things' on my taskbar whether it be on PC, MAC, or Linux. The Get Windows 10 icon falls under 'junk' to me so it must be hidden.
    Here is how to hide it. This one is easy, I promise.


    1. Click on the arrow, if you hover over it the label will be "Show hidden icons," then click on "customize".

    2. Find the one that says GWX (Get Windows 10) then change it to hide icon and notifications.



    Now the icon will be hidden off of the task bar! 
     

    Samsung and LG smartwatches sending personal data to researchers, none of it is encrypted!



    In a world of identity theft there is one thing we can all agree upon, privacy! We all want privacy when it comes to health and finance. Researchers at the University of New Haven showed just how much they can get just off of your watch, specifically from the Samsung Gear 2 Neo and  the LG G Watch. From the LG Watch they can extract calendar, contacts, and pedometer data. This is nothing compared to what they can extract from the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. They can extract health data, emails, messages and contacts. None of the retrieved data was encrypted!   

    "It was not very difficult to get the data, but expertise and research was required," said Ibrahim Baggili, director of the university's Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHCFREG). He and co-authors Jeff Oduru, Kyle Anthony, Frank Breitinger and Glenn McGee plan to present their findings in a paper for a digital forensics conference in August.

    Data encryption is becoming more and more necessary. With it so easy to get data from these devices it is a necessity. You can find out more about data encryption here.

    Not a whole lot of people own smartwatches, but that number is rapidly growing. According to CNET, Market researcher Strategy Analytics said that in 2014 device makers including Samsung, LG, Motorola and Pebble shipped a total of only 4.6 million smartwatches worldwide, and while it forecasts a jump to 28.1 million in 2015.

    Tell me what you think! Leave a comment and tell me if you would buy one of these watches knowing your personal data is at risk.

    Sunday, June 7, 2015

    Windows 10 icon is not showing up - FIX



    I have a HP envy and I always keep my laptop up to date with the latest updates. I got the reserve windows 10 icon on my custom built computer (running windows 10) but not on my laptop. I was curious as to why, not a lot of people are having this issue and I actually found one. This method is not officially created or endorsed by Microsoft but is created through a Microsoft community You may use this at your own risk, though I just did it and it worked perfectly! I will be showing you what I did. (As I am typing this I got an email from Microsoft saying that I reserved Windows 10 successfully!)

    This is before the fix.


     Method 1:


    Let's begin with the fix! (This is slightly long but hang in there!)

    1. Go to this link here or copy and paste - https://www.dropbox.com/s/0u0au9xgy6ss18p/win10fix_full.zip?dl=0 (UPDATE - 6/7/2015 - I ran this through my antivirus and malware protection and nothing came up, I along with others have determined that it is safe.)

    2. Save it and open the zipped folder, then extract it or drag it to the desktop. (That is it on the lower left side)


    3. Right click it and click on "run as administrator". This should pop up.

    Go ahead and press any key to get to the next screen.



    Press any key to continue again.


     4. Let's make sure you have your computer up to date. Press 1 on the keyboard, then click enter. If your computer is up to date, you should see what's in this next image.



    If you do not you need to check your computer for updates. For Windows 8.1 go to your search bar and type in updates, click on the one that says check for updates.

    5.  Great! You are all up to date. Now lets get on with the process. Go back by pressing any key again to this screen.



    Press 2 on the keyboard and then press enter. This will run the fix and now you should get this icon in your task bar. (I am not doing it because I already have.) 



    6. Click on the icon and enter your email, you should receive an email shortly from Microsoft.  


    Now that you have it and its not going away till Windows 10 releases, click here to read my article on how to hide it!

     NOTE:
    If that doesn't work, please feel free to leave a comment or email me and I will get back to you ASAP!
    You may not be eligible for the upgrade because any of the following :

    1. Your device isn’t up-to-date with at least Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update
    2. Windows Update is turned off or is not set to receive updates automatically
    3. You’ve blocked or uninstalled the necessary Windows Update functionality.
    4. Your device is not running genuine Windows
    5. Your device is running Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, or Windows RT/RT 8.1, which are excluded from this reservation offer.
    6. Your device is managed as part of a school or business network. (Check with your IT administrator.)
    7. PCs that we determine cannot run Windows 10 will not see the Get Windows 10 app before July 29th.  After July 29th, we’ll enable the icon in the system tray.  This is to help ensure that you can easily check your PC’s compatibility if you choose.



     Method 2:

    1. Open the Notepad
    2. Copy the following text and paste into the notepad (Updated the script) -- ENGLISH VERSION --


    REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\UpgradeExperienceIndicators" /v UpgEx | findstr UpgEx
    if "%errorlevel%" == "0" GOTO RunGWX
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Appraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
    :CompatCheckRunning
    schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
    Powershell -Command "Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName 'Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser' -TaskPath '\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\'" | Find "Ready"
    if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning
    :RunGWX
    schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig"

    -- Non English Version --

    REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\UpgradeExperienceIndicators" /v UpgEx | findstr UpgEx
    if "%errorlevel%" == "0" GOTO RunGWX
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Appraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
    :CompatCheckRunning
    schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
    Powershell -Command "Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName 'Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser' -TaskPath '\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\'" | Find "Ready"
    if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning
    :RunGWX
    schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig"

    3. Save it as ‘ReserveWindows10.cmd’ to a directory called temp or whatever you like in C drive.

    4. Run the file by opening command prompt as administrator

    5. Once your PC is compatible, you’ll see success message at the end and a schedule task will start to open the app (check the screenshot below).

    ADDED - 6/13/15

    If the script failed try this: 
    --  Change this - if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning

    --  To this - if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "1" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning

    This should be the code after the change (ENG Version) 

    REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\UpgradeExperienceIndicators" /v UpgEx | findstr UpgEx
    if "%errorlevel%" == "0" GOTO RunGWX
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Appraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
    :CompatCheckRunning
    schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
    Powershell -Command "Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName 'Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser' -TaskPath '\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\'" | Find "Ready"
    if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "1" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning
    :RunGWX
    schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig"



     IF ALL ELSE FAILS

    1. Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Schedule Tasks
    2. Task scheduler library > Microsoft > Windows > Setup >
    GWXTriggers , select ‘refreshgwxconfig-B’ and run it.

    *NEW INFO* 
    A community member commented this and I wanted to put it in the blog so it would be easier to find.

    By: pacmanisbackJune 

    I had all the same problems as everyone else. Nothing would work. Then I remembered a year or so ago I had disabled and removed Internet Explorer. In desperation I restarted it in windows features, reinstalled IE11, restarted, checked for updates sure enough one of the updates it needs is part of IE (even though the batch file said I had it already before I did this), installed the update, restarted, and there it was the reservation icon.


    Saturday, June 6, 2015

    What makes people want Apple devices and what makes Apple so special



     The question has been debated for some time now, what sets Apple apart from everyone else. If I asked you what this laptop is what would you tell me?



    Most of you would scratch your head in confusion. It is the Chromebook Pixel distributed from Google. You can find out more about the Chromebook Pixel here! Now, what about this one?



    It is obviously a Macbook. Everyone knows about it, has heard about it, or has one. So what makes them stand apart from all the rest of the competition? The Chromebook Pixel comes in at about the same price, similar specs, similar weight, and both are milled similarly. Why does no one know about the Pixel? There is one simple answer, Marketing!

    Now what makes apple special and sets them apart from other companies that produce similar products? Here is the answer, NOTHING! Not a single thing is different about apple products (other than the OS) than any other product.
    Apple is good at two things:
        1. Marketing
        2. Making you feel like you need their product
    Apple products are overpriced and overrated. I own an iPhone 6 and a Mac Mini. I have been drawn into the Apple hype as well. There is nothing special about Apple, they sell the same junk as everyone else. The only thing they do different is slap an apple logo on it along with a $1000+ price tag. I will leave you all with a video, quite an entertaining video I must say.


    (I do not own the video or any of the content)


    Friday, June 5, 2015

    About me



      A little about me


    I am a novice blogger and just starting for fun while I make my way through college. I am currently enrolled at Strayer University Online getting my Associates of Arts in Information Technology. After I finish here I am going to open my own computer shop building and fixing computers.
    I have the biggest supporter which is my beautiful girlfriend Emily.
    I have two main goals for this blog:
         1. Share my opinion on new technology
         2. Praise Jesus in everything I do