Category: About Computers

Has your Windows 10 Start menu stopped working? Here are four ways to fix it

I had this issue after my latest update from Microsoft and I Tunes. Lynda found this link, and i found it quite helpful.

I had already rebooted and this start menu returned, magically. But, these would have been simpler solutions….

The Windows 10 upgrade hasn’t been smooth sailing for everyone, and one common complaint is that the Start menu stops working for no apparent reason. Here are some ways to reactivate it.

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How to share a printer with the network in Windows

If you have a network where multiple devices and operating systems are used, you might not be able to use the Homegroup for easy network sharing. In such scenarios, you need to share your folders and devices using different procedures. For example, sharing a printer with the network involves a different and lengthier set of steps. Here’s how it works in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10:

NOTE: Sharing a printer works the same way in Windows 7, in Windows 8.1 and in Windows 10. Thus, for simplicity reasons, in this tutorial, we will use screenshots taken only in Windows 10. Some visuals might be slightly different in previous versions of Windows, but the essentials are the same.

How to share a printer with the network, in Windows

First, open the Devices and Printers panel. There you will see a list with all external devices installed on your PC. Go to the Printers section and select the printer that you want to share

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How to connect Bluetooth devices with your Android smartphone or tablet

We live in the era of digital communication, which means that everything develops really fast. Just a couple of years ago, being a technology fan meant “being wired”, but nowadays everything is going wireless. Bluetooth is one of the most versatile radio communications means. You can use it to wirelessly connect keyboards, mice, headsets and you can even use it to transfer files. In this tutorial, we will show you how to connect Bluetooth devices to your Android smartphone or tablet. Don’t worry, you only need to take a couple of easy steps!

NOTE: For this tutorial we used a OnePlus One smartphone running CyanogenOS 12.1 based on Android 5.1.1. This ROM is very similar to the stock Android experience, so you should have no problem finding the settings mentioned here. If your device’s interface is heavily modified, please refer to the device’s user manual or the manufacturer’s support website for additional information

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Command Prompt – How to Use Basic Commands

After we have shared how to open and customize Command Prompt, it is time to see how to use it to perform basic operations. This article will show how to execute commands like changing the working directory, viewing content of a directory, creating and renaming folders, copying, deleting files and folders, and how to launch any application from Command Prompt. Also, it will show how to get help when using the tool.

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27 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For The Windows 10 Command Prompt

We bet that most of, if not all the power users and geeks out there love to use theCommand Prompt. It’s the one-stop go to whenever you want to issue commands in a text based form and it’s also one of the best ways in which you can issue administrative commands. However, for quite a long time we thought that Microsoft will eventually ditch this useful app and replace it with the newer PowerShell. We’d say that that was a correct assumption, as the Command Prompt has been ignored in all the recent versions of Windows. However, things appear to have made a turn in Windows 10, as the Command Prompt received a few major improvements and features. And one of the best things to have happened is the fact that we now have a lot new keyboard shortcuts that we can use in the Command Prompt. In this article, we’ll show you some of the most useful ones, so don’t stop here: keep reading!

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How To Use Sticky Notes In Windows

Along with Paint, Snipping Tool, WordPad and Notepad, Sticky Notes is an application that has been present in Windows for a very long time. It is small utility that allows you to create all kinds of notes. You can place them anywhere you want on your Desktop, you can format their text, resize and paint them in a variety of colors. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to use Sticky Notes and let you decide whether you want to use it or not.

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Windows 10 Upgrade disc for members who have OMUG enterprise versions of WIN 7, WIN 8 and WIN 8.1

The Windows 10 Upgrade discs are now available.

All members who received the Win 7, 8/8.1 enterprise version from OMUG are eligible for this disc. We will start distribution at the Sept.10 meeting.

Microsoft has advised us that a CLEAN install must be made for this upgrade.  This means that all programs will have to be reinstalled.

Be sure that you understand the procedure for a CLEAN install before inserting the disc.

  1. Make sure your computer is backed up prior to attempting this or ANY upgrade.
  2. The same upgrade disc works for all Windows versions.
  3. You will need a disc for each processor.  (one disc for 32 bit and one disc for 64 bit)
  4. If you received more than one previous upgrade, you will only get one (1) Windows 10 disc for each operating version. (The Windows 10 disc can be use multiple times)

This upgrade is free.  However, we requests that a $3 donation be made to OMUG to cover the cost of materials.

The donation can be made at the next meeting or sent to: 

  • OMUG
  • 3701 Pacific Ave SE  PMB#225
  • OLYMPIA, WA 98501-2124

Thanks: treasurer@olymug.org

TAPCUG and OMUG Linux SIG events

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Oct 27, 2015  (4th Tuesday this month only) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August. We just received notice that the Community Center is being remodeled September 2015 so the next meeting is Oct 27, 2015. Raspberry Pi 2 and new Mint XFCE included in agenda.

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is Sep 8, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see https://olymug.org . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome. Visit the TAPCUG/OMUG booth at the Puyallup Fair Sep 17, 2015.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux. Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix, a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure.

We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Chromixium, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl,
gsmartcontrol for hard drivesLightbeam, Raspberry Pi 2, BerryBoot, Noobs,   Google hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys, mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Linux Mint 17.2 XFCE, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Google+ Hangout On Air, Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.  We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using. For details, see http://Linux-Now.us

Windows 10: Five free apps that make Microsoft’s new OS better

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft decided to cut and mangle some beloved, long-standing features available in previous versions of its operating system.

Windows Media Center is gone and Solitaire now shows you full-screen ads, which you have to pay to get rid of.

That’s not to mention the outcry over Microsoft releasing software to play DVDs that costs $14.99 through the Windows Store.

Fortunately, you can ignore these shenanigans – as there is plenty of free software out there to fill the gaps in Microsoft’s new OS.

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The Complete Guide To Pinning Everything To The Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 is here and we know for a fact that some of you are big fans of the new Start Menu. This is the reason why we’ve decided to show you all the methods that we know for pinning all kinds of things to the Start Menu. You’re in for a rather long article, so grab a cup of your favorite beverage and read on. 🙂

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