It's been publicly available for a month and in public beta test for several before that so all the teething troubles that are going to be found and removed probably have been. So should you upgrade ?
If you are reasonably competent with administering your computer then I suggest you should as the benefits are certainly worth having. There are, however, a few points to follow before the upgrade to save yourself a pile of pain.
Now you're ready to kick off the upgrade. Make sure the power cable is connected and if possible, provide a wired internet connection to speed things along. There are a couple of screens to go through but after 5 - 10 minutes you are ready to get on with something else and pop back in 1 to 2 hours depending on the speed of your computer and the internet connection. After the task is complete you have a few post upgrade tasks to complete.
Now you're ready to check out the new features and have some fun with them. Note that to get anything from the Windows Store - even the free apps - you will need a Microsoft account. This is also necessary to make use of the (free) 15GB OneDrive storage that can be used for sharing photos etc. You can use your existing email address to do this.
Having now installed Windows 10 several times a few gotchas and tips are ready to leave my fingertips. Things normally (anecdotally 85% of the time) go well but I have personally encountered several failed installs so it is essential to take an image of your system partition before you begin.
These are just the issues I have personally encountered. The forums are full of other problems that some people have bumped up against. However, as time goes by it is expected that Microsoft will address these issues by way of updates. It is probably wise to ensure you have a clean system before you start by following the process described in an earier blog.
A decent new printer/copier/scanner will cost about £65 currently so should you ditch the old printer at the first sign of a missed line ?
No. Although it is not worth spending too much time trying to resurrect a typical domestic printer there are a few things worth attempting before sending it to landfill.
Particularly with printers that are not used frequently, ink that is jetted through tiny holes will coalesce to form a barrier. The best way of keeping the channels open is to run a printer cleaning cycle (off the menu of the printer itself) every month when you do your normal computer housekeeping.
If you notice problems and have been through the deep clean function of the printer the next step would be to take the offending cartridge(s) out and, after carefully protecting your local environment, blow air through the hole at the top; if no ink drops out it is time to replace the cartridge.
The next step on all bar the cheapest of printers is to remove all cartridges and get access to the print head. This is often removable and is now ready to be dropped in an empty margarine tub with a little rubbing alcohol or white spirit. Woosh it around and give it a gentle polish up with cotton buds. Now take it out and dry it off with paper towels. If you have a can of compressed air squirt some of that through the orifices.
Reassemble the head and cartridges then run another cleaning cycle. If it doesn't work now, it really is time to reach for your wallet.
Windows 10 (the last such release of Windows - the '10' to be gradually dropped) is due for release at the end of this month and will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. I have a pre-release beta test version running on a PC here in my workshop and am quite happy with it. It is the start of a programme of delivery that sees 'patch Tuesdays' [one day a month when all updates are downloaded and installed] replaced with a 'software as a service' model whereby updates arrive whenever they are rolled out.
There are quite a few changes but we are becoming increasingly accepting of change I think (or is that my Peter Pan persona talking). It has been reviewed well and tested widely but as it is to remain free for a year I am suggesting that people hold off from installing it until others have had a chance to find the inevitable teething bugs.
When the time to upgrade does arrive it is important to have an image of your system disk before any changes are made, as should any problems ensue it make reverting a whole lot easier. This is in addition to the regular backups that all right thinking people will be taking and testing frequently.
There could be many explanations for a message not being where expected.
1. It was never actually sent. Many people do not notice that a message is sitting in their outbox, unable to be sent perhaps because of
2. The mail client successfully sent it to the SMTP server, but the SMTP server has not been able to forward it on to the next hop.
3. The message was accepted by the receiving server, but?
4. The message was delivered somewhere in your account, but?
Set up your laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot by joining it to the Ethernet socket with a Cat5 cable you have handily placed in the bag while packing. Now you just need to create an Ad-Hoc network (NOT infrastructure).
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=?MyNetwork" key="Pa$$w0rd" netsh wlan start hostednetwork netsh wlan show hostednetwork
When I am given a laptop to repair I always ask for the power adapter. This is not because I don't have a perfectly good universal adapter of my own, but so that I can measure the voltage and check the current. It's a bit like air dusting and vacuuming the internals and alcohol wiping the screen - little extra services that usually go unnoticed but differentiate between the mass market behemoths and the little guy who cares. Ok, enough self promotion already, why does the power matter ?
When you need to replace your power supply any one will do. All you need to check for are the following
The polarity must match. Typically the outer ring is negative and the centre pin positive. If you get this the wrong way around you will probably trash the computer and adapter. If you hear a pop and the computer only works on battery power, you got this wrong.
Ignore the wattage (volts multiplied by amps) this is only of import to the electricity bill payer, and only then if they are the king of parsimony. The moral is therefore if in doubt about the quality of a power adapter measure it before use or find a man who can.
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