Rule: Always google the exact make/model number and read up on any gadget you are considering buying. Read some independent reviews and some user feedback. If the model has problems people will have posted complaints. For example, google “Toshiba C50 + problems” to see if it has known issues.
Rule: Beware “loss leader” bargain priced items. The are usually either older items that sat in a warehouse for 2yrs(a long time in computer terms), or are of low quality construction (flexing displays or keyboards, weak hinges, thin plastic frames, etc).
Windows 10 Computers Now Hitting the Market
Just in time for holiday shopping, computers with Win 10 pre-installed are available on line and in some shops. I suggest anyone shopping for computers avoid the marked down Win 8.1 units. They won’t be a bargain if the dreaded Win 10 update, that you will be pushed into, fails! Pre-installed Windows 10 is well worth any extra cost unless you plan to have a clean install of Win 10 done (wipe the hard disk of all data and start fresh) on a bargain priced Win 8/8.1 unit. The benefit of a clean install of Win 10 is the elimination of all “bloatware” rubbish programs and apps they load into all manufacturer loaded operating systems. I will now do a clean install of Win 10 (Enterprise version, top of the line) onto any computer that was originally Win 8/8.1 for 75euros, 25% off the previous rate.
First Thing To Do After You Setup Any New Computer, Win or Mac
The 1st time you start your new computer you will be taken thru the setup process. Once this is completed the next thing to do is make a Recovery USB Flash Drive. You or your tech can use this to recover from a variety of problems or to reinstall the system should that be necessary. Buy a 16Gb flash drive for this.
In Win 10 it’s easy, watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UzphLuk5II.
In Macs it’s a bit more complicated, directions here: http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac-software/create-mac-flash-recovery-drive-for-emergencies-3499802/
Tablets: Windows 10 vs iPads vs Android
If you are considering buying a tablet be aware that Windows 10 tablets are available. If you are a Windows user and have never used Apple PCs or smartphones before, I suggest you stick with Windows. The Apple user must be dedicated to learning new names for functions and different ways of doing common tasks, plus the manditory constant updating and backups. Apple is more than an operating system, it is a lifestyle. Android tablets use a linux style operating system, similar to Android smartphones. If you love your Android smartphone then an Android tablet may be for you. In any case, go to some shops and have any tablets you are considering demonstrated for you. See how you find the web browser, check email, watch TV, etc. See how you connect the wifi. If it looks too confusing, keep shopping.
Change Spanish Win 10 to English? No problem!
Windows 10 supports changing the default language! You no longer need to be concerned about the default language when you buy a computer — if you prefer to use a different language, you can change it at any time. Here’s how: http://www.howtogeek.com/232659/how-
Happy Holidays to All !!!
I am already getting reports of failed Win 10 upgrades.
Everyone needs to run the Windows 10 Upgrade adviser before doing the upgrade to avoid problems. Go here for details on doing this:
Please be sure to make a SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP before beginning the Win 10 upgrade process. This is so you can return your device to it’s previous state (all data and activation key included) should the upgrade fail. To make the System Image you will need an external hard drive to store it on, that has more free space than is currently in use on your computer’s hard drive. Connect the external drive and confirm it is available , look in Start/Computer and be sure it is listed. Then go to Control Panel/Backup and Recovery, click “Create a System Image” from the menu on the left. Then choose to make the backup Image on an external device, choose your device from the list, then follow the prompts. Once it starts expect it to be a few hours before it finishes, and possibly much longer if you have 100+Gb of data in your system. Do not use the computer until this task is done.
To use the System Image to recover, first connect the external drive before powering the computer up. Then push the power button while tapping F8. When a new menu appears, or if you start getting “beeps” quit tapping F8. Then…
On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Repair your computer, and then press Enter.
Select a keyboard layout, and then click Next.
Select a user name, type the password, and then click OK.
On the System Recovery Options menu, click System Image Recovery, and then follow the instructions.
If any drivers or programs fail to work after upgrading to Win 10, reinstall them using Compatibility Mode for Win 7 on Vista. Then they will probably install correctly. Here’s how: First, uninstall the failed program or driver installer program. Reboot. Next, locate the driver installer program or other problematic program installer, right-click on it’s filename, choose Properties, and then the Compatibility tab. Check the “Run this program in compatibility mode for…” check box, and choose Windows 7 or Windows Vista . Apply the changes, choose OK to close the dialog box, and then run the program. If the program doesn’t work with one setting, you can try it with the other settings as well. The Vista setting will work on almost all post XP Windows systems. Email me if you need help doing this. firstname.lastname@example.org