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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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When "Reserve Windows 10" doesn't work


Try this.

Scroll down the page until you find the instructions for fetching a script from dropbox. It will say

The fix is in a zipped file located on Dropbox; download, unzip (.exe) and extract "win10fix_full.bat" to your Desktop. 

And this

Also, Microsoft says this, "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. "

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to sign into Chrome

I don't understand Google Chrome. All I know is every time I switch computers, I have to be "signed in" so I get all my extensions.

But where to "sign in" isn't always obvious. Until I stumbled across something accidentally.

In the upper left corner of Chrome you'll see "apps." Click on that. It will tell you that you're not signed in and will let you sign in.

Android phone storage is full, delete some files -- Solved!


I got a message on my android that phone storage is full and that I must delete some files. But it's not full! 

Then I found I could not send texts.

I found a procedure to fix it:


  1. Pull down the error message and click on it to manage your apps.
  2. Go to the one that says internet (or on my phone, the word was "browser.")
  3. Choose the option to "clear data." 


Thursday, June 4, 2015

How to share a cloud printer


So I bought a cloud printer. Epson 2660

Three of us want to use it.

I followed the directions, which said I must associate the printer with a google account. So I used my gmail address.

Once I did that, I couldn't figure out how to add more google accounts.

Then finally, I figured out that I cannot register it to more than one gmail address. I must now "share" the printer.

There are two options for sharing.

The first sends an email to specific accounts. The second is to make it public to anyone who receives the link.

I chose "public" and it then displayed the link, which I then sent to other household members. When they click on it, they can then verify that they want access to the printer.

I added the URL to Lastpass. I also added the URL of the control panel to Lastpass, and the IP address of the printer.

The control panel is "Epson Connect."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Match a picture with some audio and put it on facebook



My son left me a nice voicemail on mother's day. When I tried to upload it to facebook, I learned that it has to be paired with a video or picture to do that.

So I found some instructions online for using Windows Live Movie Maker to do just that.

 Part 1: Select your audio and image files

  1. Select Add videos and Photos from the bar at the top, then choose an image from your computer. This image will be displayed in your slideshow.
  2. Click Add music and select your audio track.

Part 2: Adjust the image to fit the audio track

To make sure the file is properly uploaded on YouTube, you’ll need to adjust the duration of the image to match the duration of the audio track on your timeline.
  1. Double click the green audio bar in the timeline, which will display “End point”. Copy the End point number (e.g. 261.49).
  2. Double click the image thumbnail in the timeline, and enter a duration equal to the length of the audio track. For example, if the audio track has a length of 261.49 the image duration should be adjusted to 261.49 as well.

Part 3: Save your file

  1. Choose Recommended for this project.
  2. After naming your movie, click Save.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Error: Low Disk Space. You are running out of disk space on Recovery (Windows 8 and Windows 10)


Error: Low Disk Space. You are running out of disk space on Recovery D


Along with this message, you also see the red bar when looking at "this PC." The red bar shows that the drive is running out of space. Our goal here is to get rid of the red bar.

I also saw it reported by Teamviewer as "free disk space is below" ...

I noticed from googling that this seems to happen to HP computers a lot. But none of the documentation for Windows 8 or HP was helpful. All of them suggested that I or an app had been directly adding files to that drive, but I ruled all of that out.

Then I figured it out myself. Once I made all the hidden files on that drive visible, I noticed that the one called System Volume Information is being added to. That's the culprit. 

  1. Change the viewing options of your D drive temporarily so you can see all the files
  2. Open Command Prompt with "run as administrator" option
  3. Type in vssadmin list shadowstorage
  4. You will see Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space 2.29 GB (or in any case, that's what I saw.)
  5. Now you will resize what the maximum can be. Type this into the command prompt:       vssadmin resize shadowstorage /for=D: /on=D: /maxsize=1GB 
  6. You should see this message: Successfully resized the shadow copy storage association
  7. To verify, now type in vssadmin list shadowstorage again and you will see Maximum Shadow Copy Storage Space 1 GB
  8. It will take a minute or two this time (it will look like your command hung but it didn't)
  9. You should also see that the red bar has turned a normal blue
Note: I'm thinking 1GB may be too small, so I've since upped it to 1.5GB. You may have to experiment

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Update: I ran across this problem again on my HP, after upgrading to Windows 10. The above procedure did not get rid of the warning. I had to reduce the system volume information, but don't do that by actually deleting files from the recovery drive.

Instead, go to these two windows. In the first window, click configure. There I reduce the size from 3% to 1%.