DoctorLaptop’s June Specials
1. Windows 10 Upgrade, only €60
Upgrade any computer that had Windows 7 or 8/8.1 originally installed to Windows 10.
This is not a pirate copy of Windows 10. You will retain your original product key and access to Microsoft Support as long as the current system is the original copy of Windows installed at the factory.
Includes a basic package of programs: BitDefender AntiVirus, CCleaner, WPS Office Suite (MS Office and Excel file compatible), WinRAR, Google Chrome Browser, Skype and VLC Media Player.
2. Install full media center package, only €35.
Includes: CyberGhost Free VPN, uTorrent 2.2.1, KODI 17.3 and another program like KODI but more basic for users that find KODI too complicated. Also provided, a half hour lesson on using your media center programs when you pick up your computer. If you require a more thorough lesson, that can be arranged for a small additional fee.
3. Combine deal 1 &2 for only €85
-Both deals require the computer to have a minimum of 2Gb RAM.
-A Windows upgrade will erase you old data. If you don’t have your data backed up on another device I can save your old data files and programs and replace them into the newly installed Windows 10 for an extra €20.
-Live tv requires a stable internet connection and reasonably fast connection speeds for optimum performance. Sorry campo dwellers, antenna internet connections are less stable than telephone landline or fiber optic, some buffering is to be expected regardless of your speed.
-Use an HDMI cable or casting dongle to connect your media center enabled computer to your tv for a basic home theater setup.
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DoctorLaptop’s Tips #45 and January Special

DoctorLaptop‘s Tips #45 and January Special
Windows 10 is now stable enough to trust for your primary computer. As always, do a full backup onto an external storage device of any data you value first. Anyone who loses data, for any reason, has no one to blame but themselves in today’s computer environment! Everyone must do backups or risk data loss, that’s just the way it is.
A few of the early Win 7 computers are never going to run Win 10 properly due to hardware issues. There are now ways to test for this. But considering computers have an expected 6 year lifespan, it may be time to retire those old ones if you want to keep up with the rest of the world. Computers that shipped with Win 8.1 pre-installed should upgrade fine. Units less than 7 years old that originally had Win 7 or Win 8 installed will also upgrade ok but a few of the new Win 10 features will be unavailable, like Cortana personal assistant. The free upgrade to Windows 10 expires July 29 this year. So unless you are dedicated to running Win 7 until it becomes obsolete in early 2020 (and many are) now is the time to upgrade without paying for it. There are certain procedures that need to be done to prepare a computer for a successful upgrade to Win 10. If you are doing it yourself check Google search or my blog site for these procedures. Then visit your computer manufacturer’s website for their Win 10 upgrade info. There may be warnings there you need to read concerning your specific model.
SPECIAL DEAL for January 2016: Want to upgrade to Windows 10 but not confident you can do it yourself? Let me do it for you, only 70 euros. I will test your unit first with my plug-in version of Win 10. You are welcome to watch me do the test (it only takes 15 minutes) to be sure it will work, so there is no risk involved. Thus you can try Win 10 on your unit before it is installed! If your unit fails then there is no charge! But again, always backup your data before any major changes, including this upgrade.
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15Nov15 – DoctorLaptop’s Tips #43 – Win 10 Finally Some Good News

I am now seeing some successful upgrades to Win 10. These are all PCs that originally came with Win 8.1 installed, and that were properly prepared for the upgrade (that procedure was detailed in a previous post). However be aware that some people are breaking their new Win 10 upgrade by installing 3rd party software that is not Win 10 compatible. Common culprits are Adobe Photoshop and Essentials. Before installing ANY new programs or drivers after you successfully upgrade to Win 10, visit the homepage of the program/driver and be absolutely sure it is certified as Win 10 compatible. Then google “the name of the program + Windows 10 compatibility” and do some reading about problems other users are experiencing. Do not depend on the Windows Compatibility feature to allow you to run older software or drivers!
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08Nov15 – Win 10 News – Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Automatic Spying Cannot Be Stopped


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These are the facts straight from Microsoft.  Remember, you do not own Win 10, you license it only. So MS can do what they like with it, whenever they like, without notifying you, as long as they deem it best for the optimal performance of THEIR operating system!!

By default Windows 10 Home is allowed to control your bandwidth usage, install any software it wants whenever it wants (without providing detailed information on what these updates do), display ads in the Start Menu (currently it has been limited to app advertisements), send your hardware details and any changes you make to Microsoft and even log your browser history and keystrokes which the Windows End User Licence Agreement (EULA) states you allow Microsoft to use for analysis

Last week changes to the Windows 10 upgrade path mean it is going to become increasingly difficult for any non-techy users to avoid being pushed to Microsoft MSFT +0.00%’s new operating system. But given Windows 10 is better than Windows 7 and Windows 8, why would that be a problem? Because of policies like this…

Speaking to PC World, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore explained that Windows 10 is constantly tracking how it operates and how you are using it and sending that information back to Microsoft by default. More importantly he also confirmed that, despite offering some options to turn elements of tracking off, core data collection simply cannot be stopped:

“In the cases where we’ve not provided options, we feel that those things have to do with the health of the system,” he said. “In the case of knowing that our system that we’ve created is crashing, or is having serious performance problems, we view that as so helpful to the ecosystem and so not an issue of personal privacy, that today we collect that data so that we make that experience better for everyone.”

This backs up detailed data that some had chosen to dismiss as conspiracy theories.

Still, whether or not you agree with Belfiore’s standpoint that this doesn’t invade user privacy, it does seem strange that it has taken Microsoft so long to come clean and admit core Windows 10 background data collection processes cannot be stopped. Instead it gave the impression that turning off all user accessible spying options in Windows 10 settings would provide owners with full privacy – that’s tantamount to spying

To his credit, Belfiore does recognise the controversial nature of this decision and stresses that:

“We’re going to continue to listen to what the broad public says about these decisions, and ultimately our goal is to balance the right thing happening for the most people – really, for everyone – with complexity that comes with putting in a whole lot of control.”

Interestingly Belfiore himself won’t be around to oversee this as he is about to take a year long sabbatical. When he comes back, however, I suspect this issue will still be raging as Windows and Devices Group head Terry Myerson recently confirmed Windows 10 Enterprise users will be able to disable every single aspect of Microsoft data collection.

This comes in combination with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users’ ability to permanently disable automatic updates which are forced upon consumers and shows the growing divide between how Microsoft is treating consumers versus corporations.

So how concerned should users be about Windows 10’s default data collection policies? I would say very.

By default Windows 10 Home is allowed to control your bandwidth usage, install any software it wants whenever it wants (without providing detailed information on what these updates do), display ads in the Start Menu (currently it has been limited to app advertisements), send your hardware details and any changes you make to Microsoft and even log your browser history and keystrokes which the Windows End User Licence Agreement (EULA) states you allow Microsoft to use for analysis.

The good news: even if Belfiore states you cannot switch off everything, editing your privacy settings will disable the worst of these. To find them open the Start menu > Settings > Privacy.

The bad news: despite Belfiore’s pledge “to continue to listen”, Microsoft’s actions (including the impending Windows 7 and Windows 8 upgrade pressure) suggests the company’s recent love for Big Brother tactics is only going to get worse before it gets better…