DoctorLaptop Alert for Windows 10 Users

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released on October 17th. Yes, another huge update. It’s a good idea to make a System Restore Point now, before you get the update, in case it goes wrong. Remember, Win 10 Updates may change settings without alerting you! If you have customized your settings, to eliminate update sharing or whatever, you should check these settings and return them to your preferred setting. Here is a summary of the changes.
-PDFs in Edge. Fill in PDF-based forms within Microsoft Edge and make notes directly on PDFs.
-Better storage management. With Windows 10 Creators Update, we added the ability to automatically remove files you don’t need using Storage Sense. Now, you can also choose to have files in your Downloads folder automatically deleted as well. Be careful with this one or you may find items in your Downloads folder missing without having deleted them! If in doubt, disable Storage Sense in Settings.
-Ransomware protections. Windows Defender Antivirus now has specific safeguards against malicious apps and threats like WannaCry.
-Currency converter in Calculator.
-Get web results in Cortana without opening your browser. It works with movies, celebrities, stock prices, weather, flight status — and a myriad of other topics.
-One Drive Files on Demand. Access your files from in the cloud in File Explorer without downloading and using storage space on your device.
-And many security holes have been patched.

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New Technology For Improving Quality of Old Videos – DoctorLaptop’s New Service

While the common wisdom up till now said you can never make an old video any sharper and focused than the original, new tech algorithms can do exactly that. It cannot perform miracles but it certainly can cleanup old VHS and TV broadcast recordings that have been copied to digital format. I have been testing this for a few weeks now and am pleasantly surprised at the improvements it makes to the old VHS tapes I copied to my computer. Contrast, focus, colors and fine details are improved. Some videos show better improvement than others. The preview function on this new software allows the user to see the before and after views simultaneously before actually performing the conversion to compare and decide if the processing is worth doing.
Bring me your videos on DVD or USB drive, we can load them and I will show you what improvement is possible. If you decide to proceed the fee is €25/hr of video play-time, with a €25 minimum. The process actually takes far longer than the playback duration of the vids.
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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #64

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #64
1. Laptop battery wearing out? Learn how to recondition it. Free and no special tools or apps needed. You can skip Step 6.
https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-recondition-a-dell-laptop-battery
2. You can fix fading colors and contrast on your aging Windows 7 computer’s display.
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/fix-fading-color-computer-screen-57099.html
3. Overwhelmed by duplicate files? Use a tool in CCleaner to easily locate these and choose which to keep and which to delete. Be sure to keep at least 1 version of the file.
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-CCleaner-File-Finder
4. Only defragment a healthy computer. If you have any error messages or infections defragging will only make it worse.
5. Android wifi signal booster apps are a scam. If you read the fine print some even admit they are a placebo. They display a fake wifi strength improvement without actually doing anything. See test results of the most popular of these apps here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/android-net-speed-boosters-review/

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DoctorLaptop Windows Alert 13SEP17

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Immediately Patch Windows 0-Day Flaw That’s Being Used to Spread Spyware (Summary)

Windows 0-Day Flaw

Get ready to install a fairly large batch of security patches onto your Windows computers.

Affected Microsoft products include:
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Windows
.NET Framework
Skype for Business and Lync
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft Office, Services and Web Apps
Adobe Flash Player

Also included in new updates is a patch for

How to Check For and Install Updates in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista

In Windows 10, Windows Update is found within Settings.

First, tap or click on the Start menu, followed by Settings. Once there, choose Update & security, followed by Windows Update on the left. Check for new Windows 10 updates by tapping or clicking on the Check for updates button. In Windows 10, downloading and installing updates is automatic and will happen immediately after checking or, with some updates, at a time when you’re not using your computer.

In Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista, the best way to access Windows Update is to open Control Panel and then choose Windows Update. Tap or click Check for updates to check for new, uninstalled updates. Installation sometimes happens automatically or may need to be done by you via the Install updates button, depending on what version of Windows you’re using and how you have Windows Update configured.

Hey, Naythan. Went straight from your post to check on my W10 updates and it was downloading the new update.. However it failed to install. ‘Actualizacion acumulativa para windows 10 version 1703 basados en 64 (KB4038788) failed to install on 14/09/17. As far as I know I am not on a metred connection so I fail to understand why it did not install. Everything went well with the download and the P/C did shut down to enable installation. Previous installs no problem. Any ideas please amigo.

Naythan Harris A common prob. You can do this, Direct Download KB4038788 Offline Installer, link at bottom of this page https://www.digitalriser.com/download-kb4038788-windows…

But…?

Hmmm went through all that and it said the update was not applicable to my computer. Guess I downloaded the wrong thing. I cliked windows update…

Naythan Harris Then you may be missing the prerequisite update(s) that must be installed 1st. If it were me, I would go to Power Options/Advanced Setting and turn off Fast Start. Now restart , don’t be alarmed if the first few restarts are slow, the comp is organizing and installing downloaded updates and you may have some catching up to do if Fast Start was on. Manually check for updates after the 4th restart. Fast Start uses the Hibernate service to shorten the powerup time by saving the active settings of the current session, but by doing so blocks the full shutdown/restart cycle that installing some updates requires. Fast Start is a poorly implemented function and I disable it on most Win 10 machines I work on, as most Win 10 problems revolve around the updating process.

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #63 & Sept. Special

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #63 & Sept. Special
-Many Win 10 users are having problems with comps freezing since the Creator’s Update was released recently. Try this before seeking help. Connect your comp to your router with an ethernet cable instead of using wifi. Then restart the comp 3 or 4 times, paying attention to any popup instructions and doing what they tell you to do. It usually sorts out a hung-up update. Do NOT force it off by holding the power button down till it shut off. If you click shutdown and it doesn’t, then it is working in the background and forcing it off may break it. It will shut down when the background task completes.
-Many Win 7/Vista comps that should never have been updated to Win 10, but were, are now having crashes. It can take 6mo or more before problems become evident. You did check the manufacturers website to confirm your model was Win 10 capable before allowing the update to proceed, didn’t you? The Microsoft Win 10 Upgrade Advisor cannot be trusted! You MUST check the mfg website for correct info!
-Protonmail.com free email users now have a free VPN available. Open Protonmail, go to Settings, then click VPN and proceed with installing it.
-SPECIAL: Today’s new large hard drives are under much more stress than the older smaller ones since the tracking arm must do more work to cover the greater disk area. Extend the life of your hard drive by getting it reconditioned. Does not remove any data, recovers bad sectors and re-energizes the magnetic surface of the disk. All banks and mission critical computer systems do this annually. Till the end of Sept I will do this job for €50, usually €70.
 
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Windows 10 Alert by DoctorLaptop-Nerja 21July17

Windows 10 is releasing a big, new update package soon called the Creators Update. Windows 10 computers will be updated automatically and users should expect to see a message from Microsoft, asking you to review your Privacy Settings before proceeding with the update.
There is no reason for concern, just follow the prompts to complete this task, which must be done before the Creators Update will install. Be sure to choose to “keep all files and programs” when asked, unless you want to wipe the computer memory and start fresh. In the latter case all data will be lost, so backup anything you need to save first!
NOTE: I recommend all Windows 10 users make a System Restore Point immediately. No telling when you will receive this update. This way you will be able to easily recover should this update prove buggy, an all to common occurrence. Do not delay this update, it contains critical security features.
Naythan- Computer repairs, lessons and website building in Nerja.
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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #62

DoctorLaptop’s Tips #62
1. KODI Problems? Due to a crackdown on video piracy many of the free Kodi IPTV plug-ins are no longer working and have shut down their websites; the remainder have become unstable and may soon fold. The future of IPTV is either paid subscription services or using .m3u files that must be updated every few days. The .m3u files provide a list of channels/networks from which to choose. Since it is easier to use .m3u files with VLC Player than with Kodi, and many subscription services require their own software (Mobdro for example), the future of Kodi as a format for viewing free IPTV is in doubt. I suggest you either get a paid subscription to FilmOn, Mobdro (Android only), etc., or study up on using .m3u files. I can teach you to use .m3u files, and provide you the required tools, in a single €25 class.
2. Beware Windows 10-S, a new version of Windows 10. This is Microsoft’s answer to the Google Chromebook. It has severe limitations. Windows 10-S will not allow you to install independent 3rd-party programs. Currently that means no Chrome, no Firefox, no iTunes, numerous games, etc. All software must be downloaded from a very limited selection at the Windows Store. The unchangeable default browser is Edge, and the forced search provider is Bing. Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/05/02/windows-10s-windows-10-s-vs-windows-10-whats-the-difference/#3348d8621097
3. The heat has returned and with it laptops will be running hot. In addition, many people now have duo-core and quad-core laptops; more processors means more heat generated. When temps rise above 28C it is advisable to take precautions. Place spacers beneath the laptop to allow air circulation, point a desk fan at your laptop, or use a “cooling tray”. Keep the air vents clean, an old toothbrush can be used for this. If your laptop shuts itself down from overheating, wait a half hour before restarting it to avoid damage. If a laptop is driven to shut itself down repeatedly from overheating the thermal paste on the processor may fail, the RAM can burn out or your hard disk can die. All are expensive repairs best avoided. A full fan and cooling system cleaning is part of my computer clean&tuneup maintenance service, something all laptops need at least annually.
Happy Computing!
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