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Extracting Your Windows 10 Key

Finding your Windows 10 key can be problematic with Windows 10. Here is a VBS script that can get your key with no issues. This script was not written by me, but has been posted in several places with no […]

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Configure Windows 10 To Notify When Updates Are Ready

Windows 10 will automatically download and update your system in the background without any interaction from the user. To change the way this happens, you can use a Windows 10 Pro feature called gpedit. This is not available on Windows […]

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Fix Error 80240020 When Updating to Windows 10

Many people are getting an error 80240020 when updating to Windows 10. This is due to an incomplete download or a corrupted download. Here is a solution. 1. Browse to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. 2. Delete everything within that folder. 3. Open a […]

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Use Start Screen Instead of Start Menu

In Windows 10, the Start menu is the default option for pressing the start button. However, many people are used to the full screen Start screen introduced in Windows 8. Here is how to change the default behavior of the […]

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Missing Graphics and Icons in Office 2013 – Solution

    We recently had a migration to Office 2013 at work. We had an issue on several PC’s where we would have missing graphics on the application – from missing icons, to missing arrows on pull down menus, even […]

 

History of Windows in 3 Minutes

Bloomberg has a 3 minute video going over the history of Microsoft Windows with some good information for those that missed out on some of it. I was never able to get Windows 1.01, but I did start with Windows 2. Been using it every since. Well, other than ME. I’ve worked on it, but I went with Windows 2000 instead.

History of the Start Menu

The Start Menu has been around since Windows 95. We lost it with Windows 8 and got it back with Windows 10. Apparently, the designer of the original Start Menu (originally called the system menu) doesn’t like the new design. Although, I do wonder if the developers at Microsoft were calling the users morons when they didn’t care much for the Start Screen…

Some very interesting information on how the Start Menu came to be and why.

For instance, one study subject took twenty minutes of staring at a Windows 3.1 desktop before being able to open a text editing program.  Finally, a programmer spoke up that this was unacceptable, to Oran’s relief. But that relief would be short lived: "Our customers are morons!" exclaimed the programmer.

Extracting Your Windows 10 Key

Finding your Windows 10 key can be problematic with Windows 10. Here is a VBS script that can get your key with no issues. This script was not written by me, but has been posted in several places with no recognition of the author. If an original source is found, I will update with the author of the script.

1. Open Notepad.

2. Copy and paste the code below into Notepad.

Set WshShell = CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead(“HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId”))

Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Chars = “BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789″
Do
Cur = 0
x = 14
Do
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 – i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = “-” & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function

3. Save as windowskey.vbs (Change the file type to “All Files”)

4. Run the file and your key will be displayed.

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Configure Windows 10 To Notify When Updates Are Ready

Windows 10 will automatically download and update your system in the background without any interaction from the user. To change the way this happens, you can use a Windows 10 Pro feature called gpedit. This is not available on Windows 10 Home edition.

1. Click Start > Run and type gpedit.msc

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2. Browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Click the Edit policy setting link in the right pane.

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3. Select the option that fits your needs. I use ‘3 – Auto download and notify for install’ so it’s quick to install, but I can do it on my schedule.

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Windows 10 Downloads Haven’t Broken the Internet

The Internet is feeling the pressure from the launch of Windows 10, with traffic 35% higher than normal. But, it hasn’t caused any problems at Microsoft or elsewhere as far as people can tell. Microsoft is pushing the update out in waves, which can help keep everyone from downloading it all at once. Plus, they were pushing the bits slowly the past few days to many users. Microsoft has made this launch go pretty smooth so far. At least as far as the Internet is concerned. Still a lot of issues in the forums and Microsoft communities.

Some people had feared that the Internet, or at least Microsoft’s servers, might crack under the strain. After all, the Brazilian 2014 World Cup, Apple’s iOS 8 release, and the first episode of the Game of Thrones all faltered under user demand.

Fix Error 80240020 When Updating to Windows 10

Many people are getting an error 80240020 when updating to Windows 10. This is due to an incomplete download or a corrupted download. Here is a solution.

1. Browse to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download.

2. Delete everything within that folder.

3. Open a command prompt as Administrator. Type wuauclt.exe /updatenow

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4. Go back into Windows Update and you should see Windows 10 re-downloading. When it is complete, you should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 with no issues.

Windows 10 is Officially Launched

Windows 10, after months of Windows Insider beta builds, is finally launched to everyone. If you have Windows 7 or 8.1 you get a free upgrade (limited time only, 1 year). Windows Insiders can choose to remain an Insider and keep getting beta builds for future updates, which allows you a free license as long as you remain part of the Insiders group.

So, now that it’s ready for primetime – are you going to upgrade? It’s a stable, fast, easy to use version of Windows that takes the best from Windows 8 and puts it in a more familiar looking GUI. Cortana is a great assistant, search is very much improved, and take a note from what many Apple users say – It just works. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s “Magical”, though. I’ll leave that to Apple. This isn’t magical. This is the hard work and effort from many talented programmers and designers at Microsoft who are probably going to take a well deserved week of vacation.

We are delighted to make Windows 10 available in 190 countries today. Thelaunch of Windows 10 is being celebrated around the world with global fan celebrations and a new yearlong initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world. We’d love to hear how you plan to help#UpgradeYourWorld. Starting today, you can vote for a global nonprofit to receive a cash donation by simply tagging their social handle and using #UpgradeYourWorld and #vote on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. More information on Upgrade Your World can be found athttp://www.windows.com/upgradeyourworld

Get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta for free

If you already own Minecraft for the PC, you are eligible for the new Windows 10 Edition beta for free. Mojang has a post detailing how to get your free copy. This is a new version of Minecraft, coming after Microsoft purchased Mojang.

Windows 10 – Microsoft’s shiny new operating system – launches tomorrow. As announced at MINECON 2015 a few weeks ago it features a brand-new Edition of Minecraft. We’re calling it Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta.

Download Windows 10

For those that aren’t going with the standard route of automatically upgrading, or you want a physical media to use, Microsoft has a tool that will download Windows 10 to your external media for install on your PC (or create an ISO for future use or virtual machines). Remember, if you have a legit Windows 7 or 8.1 install you can upgrade for free.

Use the media creation tool to download Windows. This tool provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. The tool includes:

  • File formats optimised for download speed.
  • Built-in media creation options for USBs and DVDs.
  • Optional conversion to ISO file format.

Windows 10 Downloading to PC’s

For many people on various forums, including reddit & Microsoft Answers, the upgrade to Windows 10 has already started to download. It is slowly releasing to many people so that it is not bogging down the servers all at once.

To see if you’re one of the lucky ones that gets a quick upgrade tomorrow, you can see if you have a $windows.~BT folder on your main drive.

This meme seems appropriate for this announcement:

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