Category Archives: Computers

Upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Professional

If you performed a clean install of the 64-bit version of Windows 10  using the DVD that burned from the downloaded ISO resulting from using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool, it is possible that you were not given the option to install Windows 10 Professional, but instead, by default, Windows 10 Home version was installed.  You can force an upgrade to Windows 10 Professional, then activate it if you have a valid product key for the following operating systems.

Make sure that you have a valid product key for Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack.  These keys will activate installations of Windows 10 Professional.

If you created a Windows 10 Installation DVD by using the Microsoft Windows Media Creation Tool (by Creating an ISO image that you burned to DVD), then it is possibly that when you try to install the 64 bit version of Windows 10 as a clean install (not as an upgrade to an activated system), the installation DVD may not offer you the option to install Windows 10 Professional.  Instead, Windows 10 Home is installed by default.  In order to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional, you must first remove the product KEY that was automatically installed from the DVD install.

Open an elevated “administrative” command prompt and Change the current directory as follows:

cd\windows\system32

Run the following command from the prompt in order to uninstall the product key, thus removing the default Windows 10 Home installation product key:

slmgr.vbs /upk

Now to upgrade the fresh OS Installation from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro:

  • Select Windows 10 Home Start Button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
  • Select Change Product Key, and then enter this 25-character default product key:
    VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T
  • This product key will upgrade your devide to Windows 10 Pro, but it won’t activate it.
  • Select Next to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
  • After your device is upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, you will need to activate Windows.  Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
  • Select Change Product Key, and then enter your 25-character Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro Pack, or Windows 8.1 Pro Pack product key.
  • Select Next to activate Windows 10 Pro.

Enable Aero Desktop on Windows 7

If you have a version of Windows other than Windows 7 Basic, and your screen changed from Aero transparent desktop to Basic setting, then you might want to return to the Aero transparent look.

Click the Start button and type “aero” in the search box.  Click on the search result that says “Enable or disable transparent glass on windows.”  Run the troubleshooter which will ordinarily fix the problem and advise you that “Windows desktop manager is disabled” or that “Windows desktop manager is not enabled.”  Desktop manager must be enabled in order to enable transparency.  You will notice whether the task bar is somewhat transparent (aero effect) rather than solid (basic).

Install KODI Media Center in Linux Ubuntu and Mint

Open a Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T)

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xbmc

exit

Originally Published on YouTube on Sep 23, 2014

See how To Install the Kodi Media Center (XBMC), In Ubuntu and Linux Mint from the nightly builds. Kodi is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS and Android.

Installed 4GB (2 X 2GB) PC2-5300 U Non-ECC RAM to Dell Dimension 3100 and 64-bit Win OS

2015-09-01-Remote-Desktop

 

The Dell specs for the Dell Dimension 3100 say that it takes a maximum of 2GB DDR2 RAM Memory, Unbuffered, Non-ECC.  However, you can install 4GB (that is 2 x 2GB DIMMS) and, with a 64-bit Windows Operating System installed, and your Computer Properties under Windows will show Installed Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB (2.99 GB usable).  4  GB (2 x 2GB DIMMs) PC2-5300, DDR2, 667Mhz, Unbuffered, Non-ECC RAM.

VB Script to Delete Files In a Certain Path Having a Certain Extension

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/scriptcenter/en-US/6d5fb3f5-b553-42ee-8a2d-b86e1c582ad8/vb-script-to-delete-files-of-a-certain-extension

DOWNLOAD ZIP FILE ATTACHED CONTAINING VBS FILE FOR USE ON WINDOWS

Note:  The download file is based on the Technet Script shown below, except that the Echo Confirm Deletion line has been commented-out.  This is a good way to selectively delete those rogue .htaccess files that have been injected into every sub-folder of your website.  Make sure you test this script on a PC on which it will not matter if you happen to mistakenly delete the entire system. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. BE VERY CAREFUL.  IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE CODE IN THE SCRIPT, THEN DON’T RUN IT.

OPTION EXPLICIT
DIM strExtensionsToDelete,strFolder
DIM objFSO, MaxAge, IncludeSubFolders

‘ ************************************************************
‘ Setup
‘ ************************************************************

‘ Folder to delete files
strFolder = “D:\test”
‘ Delete files from sub-folders?
includeSubfolders = true
‘ A comma separated list of file extensions
‘ Files with extensions provided in the list below will be deleted
strExtensionsToDelete = “log”
‘ Max File Age (in Days). Files older than this will be deleted.
maxAge = 10

‘ ************************************************************

set objFSO = createobject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)

DeleteFiles strFolder,strExtensionsToDelete, maxAge, includeSubFolders

wscript.echo “Finished”

sub DeleteFiles(byval strDirectory,byval strExtensionsToDelete,byval maxAge,includeSubFolders)
DIM objFolder, objSubFolder, objFile
DIM strExt

set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(strDirectory)
for each objFile in objFolder.Files
for each strExt in SPLIT(UCASE(strExtensionsToDelete),”,”)
if RIGHT(UCASE(objFile.Path),LEN(strExt)+1) = “.” & strExt then
IF objFile.DateLastModified < (Now – MaxAge) THEN
wscript.echo “Deleting:” & objFile.Path & ” | ” & objFile.DateLastModified
objFile.Delete
exit for
END IF
end if
next
next
if includeSubFolders = true then ‘ Recursive delete
for each objSubFolder in objFolder.SubFolders
DeleteFiles objSubFolder.Path,strExtensionsToDelete,maxAge, includeSubFolders
next
end if
end sub

Fix Email Dates in Gmail IMAP After Importing Email into Thunderbird

When Nokia Mail powered by Yahoo was discontinued, I used the Import-Export-Tools Extension of Mozilla Thunderbird in order to export and thereby backup email messages (EML files) from each Thunderbird folder that was previously connected to Nokia email (mail.ovi.com).

I setup a new gmail account and created a new profile using Thunderbird desktop client to connect to gmail via IMAP protocol.  All online folders were then subscribed through Thunderbird.

Using Import-Export Tools in Thunderbird, I imported the back-up email files into my “local folders” in Thunderbird: Inbox, Sent, Drafts, Important, etc.  Then, I selected all those imported files from a particular local folder in Thunderbird (such as the Inbox), and I marked all selected files as being ‘unread’ (i.e. bolded them), and then copied them to the appropriate target IMAP gmail folder within Thunderbird.

 Thunderbird began uploading / synchronizing the email from the Inbox.  I logged into the webmail interface of Gmail and discovered that many of the newly uploaded Inbox files were displaying the current date rather than the correct historical date received.  I marked all uploaded files as having been ‘read’ and then re-marked and bolded only those files with the incorrect received dates being displayed.  I copied these unread / bolded files into a temporary folder that I created in my Thunderbird “local folders.”   IMPORTANT:  I then used the web interface of Gmail to delete all the bolded messages in the Inbox.  Further, I emptied the Trash folder on the Gmail Web Interface — permanently deleted the bolded messages — those containing the current date as a timestamp rather than the actual date received.  Then, within Thunderbird, I copied the still-bolded messages from the Temporary Local folder and pasted them into the IMAP Inbox folder.  Voila!!! The dates received are now displayed.  It just takes a little coaxing.

Repeat this process for Sent Mail, Drafts, and Important folders in Gmail via Thunderbird using IMAP.

Can’t Download Novacom Drivers for Windows to Connect HP Touchpad

Here are the Novacom Drivers for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.  There are two zip files and select the correct file download for your operating system.  Extract the Zip files to a known folder.  The Zip file includes the Novacom.MSI installer file the HP License Agreement PDF (Date Modified August 2011).

Novacom-win-32.zip

Novacom-win-64.zip

Here is a Video:
How to install Android 5.0.x/4.4.x on the HP TouchPad the Super Easy Way (Idiots Guide 4.0)
By: Roland Deschain. This video explains using the Touchpad Toolbox (TP Toolbox) by J.C. Sullins.

Resources:

TPToolbox by J.C. Sullins
Here: http://forum.xda-dev…d.php?t=2756314 and
Here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=52776881#post52776881

CM11/Android 4.4.2 by J.C. Sullins
http://forum.xda-dev…d.php?t=2712680

The CM11 link above says:
[ROM] [4.4.4] [CyanogenMod 11 by Jcsullins] [DM] [01/13/15]

Downloads:  [See 1., A., B., and C. below]

1.  TPToolbox:  V40 released on 2014-05-18
It can be downloaded from:
http://goo.im/devs/jcsullins/cmtouch…-05-18-v40.zip or
http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23487008491965131 or
http://www.mediafire.com/download/in…-05-18-v40.zip

Note:  To load TPToolbox, you will need novacom to be installed on your PC.  See Novacom Links above.

THE TPToolbox will help you load A, B, and C below onto your HP Touchpad:

A.  ROM:  CyanogenMod 11 by JcSullins find the latest one to download.  I used cm-11-20141015-Snapshot but there is a more recent at the bottom of the file download list.

B. DATA MEDIA: (KitKat) Data Media Install files [Note: I used Philz-CWM]

Download traditional CWM:
http://goo.im/devs/jcsullins/cmtouch…n-20140317.zip or
http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23487008491965138 or
http://www.mediafire.com/download/hb…n-20140317.zip

Download Philz-CWM: [I used this one]
http://goo.im/devs/jcsullins/cmtouch…n-20140317.zip or
http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23487008491965137 or
http://www.mediafire.com/download/ba…n-20140317.zip

Download TWRP:
http://goo.im/devs/jcsullins/cmtouch…n-20140512.zip or
http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23487008491965135 or
http://www.mediafire.com/download/17…n-20140512.zip

C.   G-Apps: KitKat Google Apps
https://goo.im/gapps/gapps-kk-20140105-signed.zip/  Standard Gapps
Paranoid Android Gapps Choose the Micro or Nano Modular Packs

I either used the (i.) pa-gapps-stock-4.4.4-20141110-signed or the (ii) Gapps-kk-20140606-signed (less trusted).  Need to figure out which works and is compatible with the ROM that you will use.  Try searching for gapps as there may be some on Google Apps in developers sections. Get an inclusive g-apps base package for KitKat.

My Self Notes from Above Resources (no warranties):  Download PDf: Installing-Android-on-Touchpad

What Happens When My Dropbox Promotion Expires

When you click the Dropbox system tray icon, it may notify you something like, “The [some amount] GB Dropbox promotion you received with [some brand of] device expires in [some number of] days.   Upgrade now to Dropbox Pro to keep adding and sharing files.”

Are you concerned about what happens to your existing Dropbox files when the promotion ends?

Here is the explanation found in the Dropbox Help Center:

What happens if my paid account or promotion expires?

If your paid account expires or is downgraded, or the space granted to your account by a promotion expires, all of the files in your Dropbox folder will still be available to you on your computers, phones, and via the Dropbox website. However, Dropbox will stop syncing the files in your account if your usage is now over your new quota. This means that new files added to your Dropbox won’t sync to other computers or be available online until the amount of space used in your Dropbox drops below the amount of available space in your account.

For example, if you have a 1 TB Pro account with 800 GB of data and you decide to downgrade to a Basic 2 GB account, your files will stop syncing because you don’t have available storage space in your account. In this case, you’ll probably want to upgrade your account to ensure all of your files are syncing again.