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Windows 10 October Update Version 1809. Lost Docs and Photos Reported
According to an article on ZDNET, users from Reddit and Microsoft Community forums and Twitter are reporting instances of losing docs and photos and an Intel driver warning. If you want to delay the update you can change your connection to a "Metered connection". The metered connection feature is normally used on a connection with limited data like a mobile LTE hotspot. Back up your data!!
Galaxy S7 /S7 Edge Pulls In Local Radio Without Internet Access
Unless you intensely read the specs for the Galaxy S7/Edge you might not know that Samsung included an FM receiver on a chip. It's more of a convenience than an earth shattering feature but it does work. To get it working just download an FM app and plug in a pair of wired ear phones into the earphone jack. Activate the FM App. With location on your local stations should appear. The earphone jack is essential as it functions as the FM antenna! So what's the big attraction? If you're trying to conserve your precious data plan and out of the car jogging you don't have to use a lot of data to stream from the internet. Just download one of the FM apps from the Google Play Store. FM apps More info
Fake Error Messages And Ransomware
In the past, if you incorrectly typed in the name of a website you might have landed on a parked domain pretending to offer content. The website owner got some ad revenue and you got a small detour. No real harm was done to either party. These days I’m landing much more frequently on the scam websites that attempt to hijack your browser, and trick you into calling a number purporting to be the Microsoft Support Center (it isn’t) and letting some crook aka support agent get access and control of your computer.Do not let that happen or you could be in big trouble. More Info
Logitech Legacy Camera's May Work with Windows 10
If you're using Windows Vista/7/ 8.x and you just need to find the driver again to reinstall you could use DriverUpdate software, Google or Bing search or you could risk malware infections and PUPS (Potentially Unwanted Programs) from being installed on your machine trying to download old drivers from download sites that add unwanted programs in their install. Some legacy drivers will not work with Windows 10. But here's the official list of webcams purported to work with Windows 10 directly from Logitech . Chart of Logitech's official support under Windows 10 for older product versions. They also have an FTP site for legacy products. Howard Sobel Read more
Did You Know You Can Easily Create Multiple Virtual Desktop Views In Windows 10?
There is a useful new feature in Windows 10 that is so easy to miss. It’s the ability to create multiple virtual custom desktops with a unique set of apps running in each one. And it’s insanely easy to do. If you have two or more screens you can even have more “virtual desktops”. Creating a virtual desktop allows you to create uncluttered screens with just the applications running you need. Great for special projects. Here’s how to do it: Howard Sobel, Editor
How to Fix Windows Mail refusing to load because it is missing WLDCore.dll
I recently received an update message from Windows messenger that told me a new update was available which of course was Skype. I already use Skype but I installed it again. The same day I also switched from Windows Security Essentials to Avira to do a test and then switched back. Somewhere after that process, I discovered that Windows Mail would not work. Each time I launched it an error message indicated it could not find wldcore.dll. The articles I found in search were old. They also referred to a common shared folder c:\Program Files\Windows Live\Shared. Unfortunately, this folder did not exist on my Windows 7 installation. The fix: Do a repair of Windows mail. I went into Control Panel and initiated an uninstall and told Windows Essentials 2012 to repair only Windows Mail. Voila!
Worked like a charm. Up and running again. I finally found an article that dealt with this issue. - Howard Sobel
Scam Alert - The Great Fake Computer Tech Call Scam
If you get a call from a "tech support agent" asking you if you are aware that your computer or server has serious errors DO NOT LET THEM TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR COMPUTER. They will urge you to let them take over control so they can fix the problem. This is a known scam. The caller ID was spoofed so if you call 212) 777-3456. you'll get "MoviePhone." Be cautious. Don't hand over your password and never let someone you don't know or trust take over your computer. There are some legitimate companies using remote tech but these are initiated by YOU calling their tech support line when you are seeking support for say your cable connection.
Unethical Software Monetization Methods Are Driving Users Nuts
Freeware has always been a benefit for users and developers. Developers were happy to provide freeware to users for the opportunity of selling their more powerful versions. Consumers love to get “free software apps” that provide value (not cripple ware). Things have changed. The new monetization tool for software publishers is either including a toolbar or installing other applications with their download. They key to defining where unethical boundaries are crossed are in the disclosure process to the user. - Howard Sobel
Find some of the best shareware apps featured on Microsoft & WUGNET Shareware Pick of the Week
Find the latest and greatest independent shareware picks and other popular downloads from Microsoft on Microsoft's Exploring Windows newsletter archive Microsoft/WUGNET Shareware Pick Archive.