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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Windows 10 on my Windows 8 laptop


So I had drastically altered my Windows 8 computer to make it behave like Windows 7 (see my other posts for details.)

I wondered what would happen when I took the upgrade to Windows 10.

It did what I wanted it to do and what it should do, as far as I can tell. At very least, it got rid of the classic shell.

I noticed at first that the start menu was buggy. Right clicking it worked, but left clicking sometimes results in nothing happening. After two more reboots, everything was okay.

It was a little disconcerting when right after my Windows 10 upgrade, I got the message "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart. We're just collecting..."

It eventually righted itself but for all I know, it could have taken an hour because in frustration I went outside and watered the lawn while it was righting itself.

Keep in mind if you had stuff pinned to your classic shell, you'll have to re-pin because the classic shell is gone.

With Windows 10, there's also the option to pin to the "Quick Access" which sits at the top of file explorer.

All in all, it's working fine, and I'm liking it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Updated my Plex Machine to Windows 10


I have a handful of Windows computers. I'm taking the Windows 10 update one computer at a time.

My old Windows 7 got turned into a Plex server a year ago. It doesn't hold the music; that's on a NAS device plugged into my router.

The Plex machine mostly holds the Plex server software that plays nicely with my Roku Plex app.

Today I upgraded that computer with Windows 10. It took about two hours. Once done, I checked on Plex. Plex still works. I can still play my movies and music and so forth.

Monday, July 13, 2015

How to add hidden channels to Roku





  1. Start here: Roku Private Channels
  2. Select the code you want
  3. Go to your Roku Account
  4. Click on "add a channel"
  5. Enter the channel access code. Follow any instructions
  6. The channel may take up an hour to appear in your channels on the Roku. You do not have to fetch it from the channel store.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Solved: Symantec Endpoint Protection was preventing Get Windows 10


For My Windows 7 Professional SP1 computer, I tried all the methods suggested by Microsoft and others, to see the "Get Windows 10" icon in the system tray so I could reserve it for July 29, 2015.

I figured out a solution that I have not found anywhere yet. You see, my computer is running Symantec Endpoint Protection.

So I tried this and got success:
  1. Right click on Symantec Endpoint Protection in the system tray and select disable Symantec Endpoint Protection (or probably whatever means you want to get it disabled.) In my Symantec installation, this disabled it for just a few minutes.
  2. Open the task scheduler -->microsoft-->windows-->setup-->GWXTriggers
  3. Select refreshgwxconfig-B and run it (right click and you'll see the selection for "run")
  4. Success! I now saw the Get Windows 10 icon in the system tray almost immediately. It's a little four-part white window. I clicked on it, and reserved Windows 10.
  5. (Make sure you re-enable Symantec Endpoint Protection if it hasn't re-enabled itself yet.)
Some notes:
  1. From the reading I've done, I'm thinking that the icon might disappear again, but now I know that my computer most certainly is eligible and if, on July 29, I don't get the upgrade, I'll just follow these instructions again if I need to. Or, if at any time the icon disappears from the system tray and it's bugging me, I can probably run these instructions again. (I'm guessing.)
  2. For some reason unknown to me, when you run Windows update now on this computer, Windows Update does not show that Windows 10 is reserved (as it seems to do on my other computers). However, if I right click on the icon in the system tray, and select "Check your upgrade status" it does show that Windows 10 is reserved.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Power options not working


Windows 7 laptop. I have the power options set to turn off display after a minute. It stopped working.

I tried two things, and one of them worked:


  1. Unplugged the mouse
  2. Ran Adwcleaner

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Transfer Office 2010 from one computer to another


I wanted to put Office 2010 on my new computer and activate it. But I wanted an installation of it on my old, backup computer, just in case something happens to my new computer.

It's okay with me to have an unactivated installation of it on the old computer, but I couldn't find a way to do that.

So here's what I did:


  1. Uninstall office from the old computer
  2. Install it on the old computer and activate it
  3. Re-install office back onto the old computer, and when it asks for the key, put the key in, but untick the little checkbox. You don't want it to try and activate.