Take Control of Windows 10 Pro with these Group Policy/Configuration Changes

Windows 10 seems to have a mind of it’s own doesn’t it? We don’t know fully what data it sends, we have ‘no choice’ but to use Cortana, updates will be installed and your PC will reboot while your using it outside of the 12 hours ‘active’ period. No more. If you have Windows 10 Pro, you have been granted access to the Group Policy Editor. Although it’s potency was diminished in the Anniversary update(restricting some features to EDU/Business), you can still control a number of settings making it worth the premium for the upgrade as well as saving you a ton of headaches if you are a power user. Continue reading “Take Control of Windows 10 Pro with these Group Policy/Configuration Changes”

First Impressions: Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393)

Microsoft unleashed the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 (also known by it’s codename Redstone) last week(8/2). If you have Windows Pro, should you defer the upgrade? Is this update proving a point about how average users will be hurt by the always first update process required for Windows 10? Continue reading “First Impressions: Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393)”

What happens if you don’t upgrade to Windows 10?

Last year Microsoft announced that (almost)anyone with Windows 7 or 8 device could upgrade for free to Windows 10 within a year from the July launch date. In just a short time, this window for free Windows will expire. So what happens if you don’t upgrade? Continue reading “What happens if you don’t upgrade to Windows 10?”

Organizing My Digital Workspace/Home Lab

For tech enthusiasts and those budding to be, it is a bit difficult to scale and organize your workspace/home lab. It recently dawned on me that I hadn’t taken into account how to organize things or put forth the proper effort to making the most of my time and maximizing my productivity. Mostly because set up will be a huge time sink. So in this post I will try to address how I plan to rework everything and keep all the essentials undisrupted while everything is under construction. Continue reading “Organizing My Digital Workspace/Home Lab”

Windows 10: Feel Free To Upgrade

Earlier this year I wrote a piece titled: Windows 10: Don’t Upgrade Just Yet! and now I officially remove this prior suggestion based on the updates including the November patch (1511). Why the change in opinion? Read on to find out. Continue reading “Windows 10: Feel Free To Upgrade”

Video: Windows 10 Pro Unboxing

Today Trevor unboxes his new copy of Windows 10 Pro (English USB). Continue reading “Video: Windows 10 Pro Unboxing”

I Haven’t Played My Wii U Often Until Now

I purchased a Wii U last summer but haven’t played too much of it until now. It’s not that it’s a bad system. In fact I love the way the entire thing works(well besides some of it’s quirks). So what held me back from playing more often? Continue reading “I Haven’t Played My Wii U Often Until Now”

Product Review: Halo 2 Master Chief Figurine

With the recent release of Halo 2 on Xbox One, the Master Chief has returned again in his classic armor. This time in 5 1/2 inch figurine form. How well does this stack up to it’s $15 USD price tag? Read on to find out. Continue reading “Product Review: Halo 2 Master Chief Figurine”

Old Software: Setup.exe Will Not Run

Backwards Compatibility

Have you ever had an older program or game refuse to install, receive strange errors while installing or even double clicking on the installer and having nothing happen?  I certainly have.  Most recently I encountered the problem where setup.exe would not run on two of my old PC games after re-installing Windows 7 on my machine.

In all cases Windows is to be backwards compatible with legacy software and games; and although there may not seem like there is a way to find out why the software isn’t working, there are a number of things you can try. Continue reading “Old Software: Setup.exe Will Not Run”

Fixing Disk Drives Using Diskpart (Windows)

Usually using a  hard drive or flash drive is as easy as just plugging in the drive and letting Windows recognize it.  However, sometimes things can go terribly wrong leaving the drive with only a fraction of its space usable and no easy way to fix it.  I recently encountered this problem again while using my Windows 7 PC and thought this would be a great How-To article as I remember finding little information online to help fix this problem previously.

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