Windows 10 and Version 10586, What you really Should know!

Microsoft Windows 10 by Global Panorama

Microsoft Windows 10 by Global Panorama

Windows 10 Preview 10586

I’ve been in the Windows 10 Preview club for over a year now and it looks like they are getting better at some of it. While on the side of drivers, Printers, and Monitors, we still have some problems to work out. I’ve been absent the last few weeks due to having some family and medical issues to work out. So we are going to talk about the problems that I have seen and what they have done to fix some of the problems about Windows 10.

Manufacturer Drivers Resetting

If you have a special driver for Printers, or even Video drivers that are from the manufacturer and not from Microsoft, you will need to keep the driver file someplace on you computer for when you have a new OS upgrade from Microsoft.   I went from 10565 to 10586, When you upgrade, you will always have the drivers from Microsoft installed and not the ones that you have installed.   So you will need to re-install all the drivers that you might need for you devices.  Driver Backup will help alleviate the problem for some.   I haven’t had much problems with this little utility but it doesn’t do automatic backups!


Display Resolution resetting

If you use a different resolution on your Monitor other than the most common 800 x 600 display setting.   After upgrading to a newer version on Windows 10, you will have go back and change the settings back to the resolutions you like.  This seems to be a hit and miss problem to some because it isn’t happening to everyone who updates their Windows 10 OS to the newest version.   I haven’t figured out how to fix the problem but maybe someone else has!

Windows 10

Seems to be developing better and working better but It still isn’t perfect.  I am sure that in the coming builds they will possibly fix some of these minor problems and hopefully we will have a more stable operating system.   Until then we just have to work around the flaws.  If they do we will find out really soon!

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The Roku Streaming Stick is Evil!

Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (HDMI)

Back Story!

I usually don’t do what they call an impulse buy but I was given then really good older 60 inch plasma television and I was wanting to stream my Amazon Prime Movies and Shows on the new screen. So I was at my favorite place Best Buy and I could have bought the Amazon Fire Stick which had everything the Roku had. I used to have the Roku SD Player, and it was the first generation that was the best little black box, you’d could ever have.  So I bought this little streaming stick and thought what could it hurt.   I’ll tell you how later!

Setting Up the Roku Stick

The setting up of the stick was simple sweet.   I did have to go through the process of linking all my accounts that I wanted to use the Roku with.   They would just give me a Code for those services like YouTube, Google Play, Hulu, Pandora and Many More.   There are a few like Netflix and Amazon that required you to enter username and password on the Roku.   The other process of registering your Roku was not anywhere as bad as it used to be.  I’m surprised my account was still active and I didn’t have jump through any hoops to log in.  I did however, decide to update my passwords for the account and that was probably best for my situation.

Amazon Prime

Like I said earlier, I wanted to be able to use my Amazon Prime Membership [*] and watch those shows or movies that aren’t available on Netflix yet or won’t be able available.   Some of the shows that I have binged are really old shows like 7th Heaven, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Fringe, and Warehouse 13.   As you can see these are some old science fiction shows but hey I loved them and still do.   There are several shows or movies that I dare not mention just because there are too many.   I even bought a few shows on Amazon in the early days like ER and Trauma.   I could go on and on about why this is such a good blend to have instead of just having Netflix.

It’s Evil I tell you!

After a few days of just having it, I was just addicted to it.   I was bingeing on all the old shows and movies that I haven’t seen or was able to watch on Netflix.   It’s a disease I tell you.   I finally was able to pull myself away to even write this blog post.   There are so many things you can do with this little stick and even get HD videos on the tv with this.   I was just amazed at how well it was streaming to my TV even with me only have a 15 Mbps download speed.   It didn’t skip or stop at all while streaming these shows and movies to my big plasma tv.  I am going to try to get some work done now with the house but if you really must have a multipurpose streaming stick this would be one that I’d recommend to anyone who might want to cut the cord even more.   I am sure I’m not the only one who recommends this little beauty to watch your favorite shows on a big screen.  There is a Roku remote App on Google play if your interested, if you lose your remote.   It can be quite handy.  Please remember to “Do no Evil”.   I guess I will be working on that part over time with this stick.  Want to buy it, just click here [*].   Remember anything you buy with this link will help support my site and cost you nothing.

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Reviewing N300 Wifi USB Adapter


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The N300

You would think that The N300 Wifi USB Adapter[*], That I bought at Best Buy, could just easily plug into your computer and it would just work.  You’d be making a mistake to do that without at least installing the drivers. The Drivers for the Stick is on a DVD and is 123 MB but I compressed it to 100 Megabytes of information to make sure I always have a copy of it (WNA3100_N300_USB_Drivers) in the cloud for Emergency!   The Good news about this USB device, it can keep up with my Internet Service Provider (ISP) and I get the same speed down that I would be if I was using Cat5[*] or Cat6 Cables[*].  Which is saying a good deal nice for my system.   I am using the Netgear N600 Dual Band Router[*] that I bought a few months ago and it has always been that fast with my current cable provider.  So that was a nice touch with them.  I usually get anywhere from 15 Mbps to 20 Mbps Download Speeds and .75 Mbps to 2.0 Mbps Upload speeds. So it hasn’t been much of a change for me.

The Cradle

The N300 Wifi USB Adapter[*] is very handy for those who has their desktop hidden underneath the desk or blocked by cabinets and other such things that might interfere with Signal strength.  So that is a great plus for those who might worry about get the best possible signal with your place in mind.   The downside is the light on the USB Stick, can be bothersome to those who have their desktop in their rooms.   You will see the blue light flashing as you try to sleep and that could cause some sleepless nights unless you do what  I did and just cover the light with Black Electrical Tape [*] which prevents you from seeing that light.  You will also need to just cover the sides with it to.   I just wouldn’t cover it all the way up.   I am guessing this helps keep the stick from getting to hot.  It would be nice to have a software enable / Disable setting  to turn of that light and keep it from blinking.   It however tells you the adapter is working like it should.

Streaming Media and Gaming

My kids love to use the desktop to stream Youtube and play Minecraft with with it.  It doesn’t slow them down when the stream the Youtube videos to the Hisense 32″ Smart TV [*] using the Chromecast extension on Google Chrome.   Downloads and playing on the system with Minecraft for them has been nothing but fun.   It hasn’t slowed down yet or even been that laggy for them.   I like to use the Desktop and stream my Amazon Prime Membership [*] to the Chromecast and be able to watch even more shows for free.  I’ve been able to stream in HD with no difficult to the TV and seems to work just nicely as if I was streaming it from a Amazon Fire Stick [*], which is something I am looking into getting!

Bottom line

This seemed to be the best possible alternative than buying 50 feet of Cat5 cables or even Cat 6 cables that would have been around the same amount if not more expensive.   So I am really happy with my decision to buy this little stick and use it on my Windows 10 Machine!   I’d recommend this to anyone looking to cut the cord per say and go all wireless.   You might have some speed differences if you have a really fast ISP but it is all about what you’re looking to carry out with moving to wireless.   There are better Wireless cards that can be bought to accomplish this also but they are more expensive.   This USB solution is good for the low-end user who just want to save money.

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How to Re-install Windows 10 Insider’s Preview!


Verifying information

Check your Microsoft Account to see what version your device is on the Microsoft servers!  Click on Devices in your Microsoft Account settings. Looking for your PC Name and Windows 10 Pro Version 10.0.10240.xxxxx.


After Verifying with the Server, you should also check your system to make sure it is the one that Microsoft has verified. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > System. You can easily get to the Control panel by just typing it in the search bar at the bottom, the one that says “Search the web and Windows“.  You will need this information to find out which Windows 10 you will need to install.  It will be either Windows 10 Home (32 or 64 Bit) or Professional (32 or 64 Bit).   You may also want to go and find out your Product Key for your Windows 10.   That can easily be done by download Produkey and running that.  It will tell you the keys needed to enter when re-installing Windows, if your not an insider that is.  If your an Insider this is not needed because Microsoft will activate using your login information from the Microsoft Live servers.

Media Creation Tool

Next is needed is to create the DVD or USB Windows 10 Boot disk.  This where you start the process of creating the boot able disc or USB and using that to re-install windows.  Assuming you have everything on the current system all backed up.  Then this is the step needed to create the the system setup.   You either have a choice of download 32 bit or 64 bit, just get the one right for your system.   See above for details on that.   I suggest downloading the 64 bit.  Run the Program and select “Create Installation Media for Another PC“.   Depending on the version you need (Home, Professional, or if you need a Single language Windows installed) and the type of operating system you will need such as 32 bit or 64 bit, then is where you should choose BOTH, under architecture..  I got a 8 Gigabyte USB thumb drive that I installed this onto and that way I can install it on either a 32 bit or 64 bit system.  However if you just looking to install this on a 32 bit system, download the 32 bit media creation tool.  You will need a minimum of 4 gigabytes of space on either DVD or USB to do this.

Boot with Windows 10 Setup

Time to boot into the newly created Windows 10 setup menu, either disc or USB, and start the process of installing a Windows 10 onto the computer that needs it. Depending on how you partitioned your hard drive, this could be simple or hard but your not doing this because you a beginner, I hope not.  You’ll want to choose custom install and then formation the windows partition and install Windows 10 cleanly over it.   It could take several minutes to as long as half an hour.  I’ve not seen it take much longer than that.

Product key (Non-Insiders)

For non-insiders, this is where you bring out the key that you recently discovered by using ProduKey, and input the key when asked from Windows 10. If your don’t have it, you might try installing it like an Insider and Microsoft may activate your system without a key.

Product Key (Insiders)

When asked for the product key twice click “SKIP“, then the second time click “Do this later“. This will auto activate.

When you are asked to sign into your Microsoft account, just sign in after you boot Windows 10 before making a local account.   This will bypass the problems that most people are having and just let the system auto Activate your account.   I was able to get the preview versions without much problems doing it this way!

For Insiders

Finally, change your update advanced settings to:

  • Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update windows.
  • Click [Get Insider builds],
  • change the settings to FAST.
  • [Reboot]

Once all this is done you should be ready to go with your freshly clean system and hopefully all those errors and problems you were getting are gone for the time being.   You’ll also want to update Windows 10 to fix security holes and other such things.   That should be automatic but at least your starting a new.

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Windows 10 : First feature updates coming soon!

Dave Dugdale - Trying out Windows 10

Dave Dugdale – Trying out Windows 10

Windows 10

It only seemed a few weeks in and we are now hearing rumors of features that we will be seeing next month or so. It will be ahead of the 3 month window but we’ve already heard from people about Windows 10 problems and that these feature updates will help stabilize the problems.  I’m not sure what will be updated but I’ve heard from a really good friend who works for MS and they are saying the most common problems they are seeing are compatibility issues with drivers and hardware.   This first feature will help elevate some of problems.

Feature packs

These are what Microsoft is calling the Uber service packs or really big updates.   They haven’t really said what will be in these but I’ve gotten insights that it will be more stuff that Microsoft didn’t have the chance to install when they initially sent out the Windows 10 operating system.  it does seem they should have done more testing but that is beside the point.   I can’t wait to see what they will do.   They also released the Insiders Preview for those of us that are helping to make it a better operating system (10525).   It seems to be more stable and a little more usable   I also got rid of the Critical error – Start menu and Cortana aren’t Working, after installing this update.   So this update seems to have fixed that problem and maybe it should fix others.


I would assume sometime next month or sometime in November.   They might release it a little bit earlier due to the problems customers are having with this RTM but it will obviously be something that will be released over the updates and we can assume it is only a matter of time before they fix this for the RTM.   I’ve been using the insiders Preview since Feburary and haven’t had much problems with it on both my Lenovo Laptops and Dell Desktop with (I3 2.3ghz speed).   We can only hope and wait for the updates to fix some of the problems associated with this RTM.

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Windows 10 Most Common Problems : Is Microsoft really to Blame?

Windows 10 Upgrade by Raymond Shobe

Windows 10 Upgrade by Raymond Shobe

Windows 10 Problems

We’ve seen several different problems from Start menu and Cortana aren’t working to The Dreaded error codes.  I’ve been on the Microsoft Answers Page for several weeks and have seen many different views about how to fix some of the problems in Windows 10.  I have seen some major flame wars in the Microsoft Answers page about the problems of Windows 10.   I just can’t seem to grasp why so many are claiming to have problems and that I even had one person say that it is Microsoft Fault and they demand them to fix it!

Compatibility Issues

Seems to be normal with any new OS.  This is no exception to the rule.   When upgrading to Windows 10, Most if not all programs will need to be updated to be able to use Windows 10.   I’ve seen it a million times when I’ve installed a new OS that is just been recently out for a few weeks.   It isn’t like we are asking the developers to jump through hoops or even be able to keep up with Microsoft.   I’m sure some of the problems are from the Manufacturers and the developers of the programs at hand.   They just haven’t kept up with Microsoft on that part.   I have been an Insider for a while, and I was a BETA Tester for Windows VISTA.   So I have seen all sorts of problems.   Not to mention, Microsoft having to Scrap Windows 9 due to the majority of bugs that they had just in BETA!   I’ve heard so many people say they were distancing themselves from Windows 8 but they just had to throw it out when they started developing Windows 9, due to no legacy support!

Hardware and Driver issues

There are many reasons that may or may not be reproducible on Windows 10 but the best possible way to narrow it down is to down the news drivers for your Display, you adapters, and so on to help reduce the chance that they are the problem that something didn’t install or something isn’t working.   I’m not saying will work all the time but this has been the majority of issues I’ve seen while repairing systems.  Just downloading a driver is usually what fixes the problem in the first place.   You also might want to consider updating your Antivirus Software or even disabling it to help cut that could be the culprit in Windows 10.  Always have a repair disk ready for those times when nothing else works and you can trying re-installing Windows 10 by USB and try to see if this resolves your issue.   Just remember to backup any important files on your system before trying a complete install.

These are the Most common problems I’ve seen with Window’s 10 and repairing them.   Nothing is set in stone but I’m still questioning if Windows 10 is really to Blame or if it is the Manufactures who couldn’t keep up with the FREE distribution of Window’s 10!   After all we had similar problems with Windows 8.0 and 8.1, so I am inclined to think it isn’t Microsoft Fault about the speed of the Vendors.

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Fixing the “Critical Error – Start menu and Cortana aren’t working.”


Critical Errors

It seems that I am not the only one who had this problem is Windows 10. You just have to Google “Critical Error – Start menu and Cortana aren’t working.” and you come up with so many solutions to fix the problem that is if any of them work for you.  So I wanted to put the 3 main fixes on one page for those who don’t want to have to go search for all the possible ways to fix the issue.

Powershell Fix

The powershell fix works for some but sadly it didn’t work for me.   All these commands can easily be access by pressing the Windows key + R, or If you don’t have that CTL + ALT+ DEL and running Task Manager then Selecting FILE > Run New Task .   Here is how to do that:

    1. Open run command, type PowerShell and press enter to open it
    2. Right click on its icon on taskbar and select Run as administrator
    3. Paste the below script Or Type it

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Wait for the Powershell to complete the process, ignore any errors if displayed in the window. Try to open your Start Menu and / or Cortana and see if this fixed your program, If this doesn’t work.   Try the next Fix.

System File Checker (SFC)

  1. Open Run Command, browse to C:\Windows\System32 and Find
  2. Right Click that and run that as Administrator

It should start-up and it may take several minutes to complete.  Once done, Reboot your system and see if your System is working.  Although if it says it found corrupt files, it might be time to use Spinrite and check your other sectors of the hard before it is too late.

Microsoft Config Program (MSCONFIG)

This is Microsoft [Amazon Affiliate Link] suggestion on how to fix the problem.   It worked for me and it might fix your problem also.   It however is a not a temperament fix and thus the problem might come back in a few hours to days.   Usually this type of error is a sign of a hard drive problem and thus you should consider checking the HDD [Amazon Affiliate Link] for problems by doing a deep scan of the drive and trying to see if it is the problem in the first place.

  1. Open Run Command, and type MSCONFIG (Enter)
  2. Click on Boot and Check “Safe Boot” and then also check Network Like This:



  1. Reboot and once you’re in Safe Boot Go back to Steps 1 and 2 and un-check “Safe Boot”
  2. Reboot Your System

This however just forces Windows to pull the corrupted files from another location.   So you will need to have the hard drive  [Amazon Affiliate Link] thoroughly checked out or move your OS to another HARD drive if your really don’t want to risk a bigger problem down the road.  This one worked for me and I also did a complete scan with Spinrite which didn’t find any problems but then again.   It just needed to refresh the service.

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Ethics of Advertising : Small Website approach!


I say that with a little questioning because since I joined Google Contributor, I’ve found that I like supporting sites that I believe in. I contribute the maximum of $15 dollars a month to help pay other bloggers for their hard work, Like Arstechnica and Android Authority!  I did wish they would allow me to pay more than the $15 a month but that might be coming soon, I hope. I’ve got a list blog that I support freely. I can decide which blogs I want to give money to and help them pay for their blog efforts. This is what I call a Paid advertisement blocking, when it comes to Google Adsense. Have you been invited to Google Contributor? If not next week I will be running a small contest for those who might want to get an invite. So stay tuned. Even large websites have the option of using Google Adsense and keeping patrons happy from not seeing adds. It is the easiest way to say Thank you to any website you visit without seeing those advertisements. Who really needs ad-block applications? When you can just pay Google to do it for you and help those sites that have use it.

No control they say!

I went over to Imore to read Rene Ritchie post about the topic of Ad blocking and content blocking.   I am no Iphone, Ipad, or Even a mac Person but that blog post really got me thinking about the problems of advertisements and blogging.   Who really in the end pays for the the advertisement spots, or for that matter pays to have their adverts seen.   You know it takes at least 7 times before someone either clicks on an advertisements.  I know I am thinking that we either subconsciously see it without even really reading it.   Those animations have to do something to the brain while we are trying to not look.   So we try as we might but we are still seeing those advertisements while we read the content of the blog post.  We have the control over what is displayed on our browser without even trying,  we can tell Google in one way or another that the advertisement is inappropriate or it is spam.   If we only took the time to click that little “X” on the advertisement to tell Google Adsense, we could stop those bad advertisements from showing on our screen.   I do it from time to time when I see something that is questionable just like the scare advertisements on my Android device.

It cost money!

Let’s just face it.   It takes money to have a server, domain and time to blog.   It doesn’t come easy for me to come up with blog posts or even to find images to use with the post.   I have more control over what you see then other website because I believe it should be minimal and not overly broad and crowd the screen.   I know some of my readers are using an Android device and as such they do require special requests to keep it minimal.   I’ve always love to blog it is something that I will do even if I don’t make any or hardly any money from it.  I however also understand that it shows support of my blog when people buy from Amazon, VPN4ALL (Affiliate Link), BlueHost (Affiliate Link and current Hosting Provider) or other such affiliates that I support because I use their service or programs.  Would it help if added a affiliate page for people to visit to help support my site?  I have been thinking I might need to do that again for my blog to let people know where to go to help support my site!  What are you thoughts?

I’m listening and I will respond!


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How to save money on your internet cable bill!

Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem SB5101U

Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem SB5101U

The Rental

I’m was using the default modem that you get from any cable or internet Provider, and I was just fed up on paying them 5$ a month to rent their modem.   The idea behind the rental is a simple one, if it breaks they will replace it for free with another one.   The Truth of the matter is they often don’t break down that much and if they do it is only because they have been handed down to other customers for several years.   They will not upgrade the modem from a DOCSIS 1.0 to a DOCSIS 2.0 unless the modem is broken.   So I went yard selling with my kids this past weekend and found a modem that would suite me just fine.  It is a DOCSIS 2.0 and works just well the Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem SB5101U [Amazon Affiliate Link] for just 10$.   I was so surprised to find this in a yard sale.   I snatched this little puppy up and didn’t look back.

The Router

When I was contemplating getting internet, I decide to look for some good routers to use for my network.   After Much searching and looking, I found the NETGEAR N600 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router [Amazon Affiliate Link], which was in my price range and did what I wanted it to.   It was rated highly on Amazon and other sites for the Parental Controls feature on the modem.  I also got this for really cheap at a yard sale for about 20$, if I remember correctly.  This might sound strange but I am always looking for the best deals for used electronics at yard sales.   It is the best place to haggle and get what you are looking for. It however took some time to find the right modem when I went on yard sales.   They can be sporadic to say the least and may not be the ones that I am looking for.   I had a list of routers that I wanted to buy and had my mind set on those.  It uses OpenDNS for the Parental controls and is really has a solid WEB UI to help parents set up the controls the right way!

Complete Control

I now have complete control over what my kids watch and I don’t have to worry about what my internet provider has control over my connection.   They of course have access to what I am doing to a point but they do not have control over what I do with my network.  I can allow people on my Guest Network without worries or keep my kids off YouTube after 9 pm.  Which is something everyone should do! I am also saving 60$ a year because i did this! Now to find other ways to save money!


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How to Root Your Blu Life One (X010Q)


The quick Root!

I always hated to make the root process long when ever I get a new device.   When I first rooted the ZTE AWE, I had so much trouble because it was a proprietary device and owned by Virgin Mobile or at least the software owned by them.   The Phone I paid myself and was on a prepaid service so I had no actual contract with them.  Fortunately I learned my lesson and decided to buy an Unlocked Phone such as the Blu Life One (2015), so as not to have as much trouble.   I’ve also unlocked the Life View (Blue) by Blu also and have since used this phone as a Media Controller for my TV and my Chromecast and it is working flawlessly.

The Phone

I am going to share to you the quickest and easiest way to root the Life One and Life View by Blu Products.   This should also work with all phones provided by Blu Products but I would assume that sooner or later they will fix this in newer phones unless they really just don’t care that you have Rooted the phone.

When I did this the Phone had the newest build “BLU_X010Q_V1_GENERIC18-08-2015”  Which also has the Kit Kat installed on the Phone Version 4.4.4 for those that were wondering.

What is Rooting?

Rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control (known as root access) over various Android’s subsystems. As Android uses the Linux kernel, rooting an Android device gives similar access to administrative permissions as on Linux or any other Unix-like operating system such as FreeBSD or OS X.

Rooting will not void your warranty with Blu Products or any other such phones.   It however is used for mainly upgrading or replacing the OS with a new version.   It isn’t recommending to install a different ROM than what is already installed but it can help you to back up your Stock ROM for those days when the system just won’t boot.   This option is sometimes the only option to get a backup copy of the ROM before that happens.


I always loves to use an application in the phone to do the work for me.   So I don’t have to get in their myself and mess with the file structure.   The program today that I am going to recommend is called KingRoot, Great little app that you do have to allow third-party installation on the phone but it does root the phone in matter of minutes instead of having to hook up the phone to your computer.   With One tap you can Root and get SU access to whatever you may need to do with your phone.  It is an APK and thus you will either download it to your PC and move it over to your phone or just download it directly to your phone and make sure you Follow the Instructions to install the app.   Once you have the app installed you can then root it.  You may need to Unlock the Phone (Affiliate Link) before you can do this.  It however isn’t a big deal depending on the Phone Manufacturer.  Once done the next step is to decide if you want to install a new ROM or just to backup the Stock ROM!

Have Fun!

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