Operating Systems Windows

Create a Windows 10 upgrade install DVD

Instead of relying entirely on downloaded files, you can create a Windows 10 upgrade installation DVD. This is done using the file MediaCreationTool.exe which can be downloaded directly from   The upgrade must be installed on a PC with a valid copy of Windows 7 or 8.1; otherwise a product key must be purchased from Microsoft.

In this case, an installation DVD was created for a another PC.


Uncheck the “Use the recommended options for this PC” checkbox and select the Archtecture option needed for the PC to be upgraded.



Select “ISO file”.


Select the appropriate drive letter for the disk burner, and click the “Burn” button.


“The disc image has been successfully burned to disc.” once the DVD-ROM has been successfully created.

More information can be found at

Apps and Utilities Web Browsers Windows

Remove Adware with free AdwCleaner tool

AdwCleaner is a free program that can remove adware such as Yula, Cheap4all, Salesprizes, etc.   Currently it runs on PC’s with Windows versions 7 to 10.

Symptoms of adware include:

  • Pop-up advertising
  • Hijacking of web browser home pages
  • Inability to navigate to well-known search sites such as, but redirects to unknown sites instead
  • Unknown programs in Task Manager

AdwCleaner can be downloaded from


Microsoft ends Service Pack Support for Windows 8.0

Microsoft has announced that Service Pack Support for Windows 8.0 will end today, January 12th, 2016. Windows 8.0 is the version released in 2012 without the Windows Start Button in the lower left screen portion. More information is at

Windows 8.0 users should upgrade to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

Windows 8.1 Upgrade FAQ:

Windows 8.1 Upgrade Tutorial:

Windows 10 Upgrade FAQ:

Web Browsers Windows

Microsoft ends support for Internet Explorer versions prior to 11

Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer versions prior to version 11 on January 12, 2016.  Users who do not upgrade their IE version to 11 will make their devices more vulnerable to viruses and malware attacks.

Windows 10 users may either use the new Microsoft Edge browser or IE 11.  Windows Vista PCs must run Internet Explorer 9, the latest version available for that operating system.

Apps and Utilities Windows

Windows GodMode

You can add use a “hidden” feature on Microsoft  Windows 7 and 8 PCs  that places customization settings in one location: GodMode. Here are the steps to create this:
On the Windows Desktop, right-click and select “New – Folder”.
Create a folder named “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”.

Click on the new GodMode desktop icon:


You will see a list of Windows configuration settings ordered in functional groups:GodMode2


There are no new features listed.  Instead, GodMode organizes settings from Control Panel and other settings into a single list.
You can sort by clicking on the column headings, or use a column filter by clicking on the column heading’s drop-down list.


Operating Systems Windows

Windows Server 2003 – end of Microsoft Support

Microsoft support for most versions of Windows Server 2003 is scheduled to end Tuesday July 14, 2015. Exceptions include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Editions.

More information detailing each version is at

Web Browsers Windows

Windows 10 upgrade may set Microsoft Edge as Default Browser

PC users who upgrade to Windows 10 may find that Chrome or Firefox is no longer the default web browser.

To set Mozilla FireFox as the Windows 10 default web browser, follow these instructions:

Some general instructions on how to set Google Chrome as the default Windows browser:


Windows 10 Versions and Free E-Book

Microsoft has announced the seven different versions of Windows 10 at

The Windows editions are:
· Windows 10 Home – for home PC users
· Windows 10 Pro – additional features like Windows Update for Business
· Windows 10 Enterprise – includes Device Guard for extra security
· Windows 10 Education – for Academic users
· Windows 10 Mobile – for Windows Phone users
· Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise – Windows Phone with Update management for businesses
· Windows 10 IoT Core – ATM and industrial use

A free Microsoft Press e-book – “Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition” is available as a PDF download from, which documents the April 2015 Windows 10 Technical Preview version. Further updates will be done on the e-book as Microsoft makes further changes to the upcoming Windows 10 versions.

Web Browsers Windows

Windows 10 Free Upgrade now available for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 upgrade for general download in 190 countries, for existing PCs with a legal installed version of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 that meet Windows 10 system requirements. This upgrade will be free until one year from today (July 29, 2015).  You can start the upgrade process by clicking the “Get Windows 10” notification in the Windows Taskbar.

Some of the new features include:
·    Microsoft Edge – a browser that replaces Internet Explorer
·    Microsoft Cortana – a virtual assistant similar to Apple Siri
·    Microsoft Continuum – device independent Windows

More information is at

Apple Databases Linux MySQL Oracle SQL Server Windows

Free Database Development Software

Some of the most commonly used free databases include:

Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition only runs on Windows-based PCs, and user database size is limited to 10 GB. This is radically smaller than the paid versions of SQL Server, at 524 petabytes.

MySQL is the popular open source database that is now owned by Oracle. It can run on Linux, Unix, Mac and Windows operating systems. Paid commercial versions with additional support are also available.

Oracle Database Express Edition runs on Windows and Linux operating systems, but the database size is limited.  It can be downloaded from here.

Oracle SQL Developer is a free integrated development that makes it easier to administer both paid and free versions of Oracle databases.