Monthly Archives: October 2020

Magnifier Reading on Windows 10

Microsoft seems to be crossing their T’s and dotting their I’s with their variety of tools and applications to suit everyone’s needs. Physical limitations are no match.

One crucial tool available is the Magnifier, which aids those who are hard of seeing. It shows the text larger than normal, so it can be read more clearly. To utilize this tool, Microsoft Support shares how to do so:

To quickly turn on Magnifier, press the Windows logo key+Plus sign (+). To turn off Magnifier, press the Windows logo key+Esc. 

If you prefer using a mouse, select Start  Settings   Ease of Access   Magnifier   Turn on Magnifier

Source: Microsoft Support
Source: Windows Support

One other tool that works well with the Magnifier is the reader. Once the Magnifier feature is open, the cursor needs to be placed wherever the reading needs to begin. Click and hold control, alt and enter to begin the reading.

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Benefits of Google Workspace

Due to the pandemic and for the safety of the communities, many companies throughout the country have made the decision for remote working. And in this day and age, the digital world is evolving to allow people to work from home. With that, they need as many tools as possible to assist them.

Formally G Suites, Google Workspace is one of Google’s top platforms with any and all applications in one. The idea behind Workspace is to make productivity as easy as possible.

There are plenty of benefits of the Google Workspace, according to Google Cloud:

  • new, deeply integrated user experience that helps teams collaborate more effectively, frontline workers stay connected, and businesses power new digital customer experiences
  • new brand identity that reflects our ambitious product vision and the way our products work together
  • new ways to get started with solutions tailored to the unique needs of our broad range of customers 

They announced back in July a new experience to allow communication across the board. This included chat, voice calling, and more.

Mind you, Google Workspace is a paid subscription, with plans starting as low as $6/month. They do include all of the apps available in the Workspace and starts you off with 30 GB of iCloud storage. If you sign up for the Business plan, you can get 2-5 TB of storage.

Now, you can simply use Googles apps for free. However, the benefits of signing up for Google Workspace will allow you to have business e-mails, as well as 24/7 support. Businesses can definitely benefit from this.

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Update Could Swell HP Notebooks

HP computer notebooks have seen an increase of issues after a Windows update. Battery life and performance are just a couple of the hiccups HP is detecting. However, the biggest problem they’re dealing with is swollen batteries.

According to Microsoft Support:

Microsoft is working with HP to distribute a solution to help address a configuration setting issue within HP Battery Health Manager on select HP Business Notebooks that can affect battery life and performance.  This update does not require a restart to take effect.  Please see the link to HP Support listed in the ‘Resources’ section for more information.  The following HP article contains more details including model numbers affected: 

Address Configuration Setting Issue Within HP Battery Health Manager with using Windows Update (KB4583263) 

HP shared that while a swollen battery is not a safety issue, it’s important not to continue using your HP notebook until the battery can be replaced. This will lower the risk of damage to the hardware.

Swollen batteries can affect the keyboard as well as the touchpad. If you’re having issues with either of them, there’s a possibility that your battery is malfunctioning.

The KB4583263 Windows 10 update is optional and affects HP systems with HP Battery Health Manager.

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Install Bulk Apps with Winstall

If you just recently purchased a PC with the new Windows 10 OS, you’ll want to know about this nifty feature.

The Windows Package Manager from Microsoft is a handy software tool to make your life easier. It includes its new Winstall, a GUI (graphic user interface) tool. This allows users to download apps in bulk, and gives them a fast and secure way of acquiring what is needed with their featured selection. Included in their list are gaming, home, entertainment, and more!

To install, Winstall explains it on their website:

To use winstall, you can search for apps on the homepage. Additionally, you can also view all the apps available via Windows Package Manager on this page.

Simply select the apps you want to download and click on the “Generate Script” button at the bottom of the screen. You will then be presented with a command that you can copy and paste into any Windows command-line. Input that into a command line app of your choice, and hit enter to start installing the apps one-by-one using Windows Package Manager. You can also generate a PowerShell script by toggling the “Show Powershell script” option.

Alternatively, you can click on the “Download .bat/.ps1” button which will download a batch file. However, you will likely get a security warning from your browser. In that case, ignore the warning as the batch file is completely secure. Once downloaded, you can double-click the .bat/ file to install the apps using the Windows Package Manager.

Source: Winstall

Windows Package Manager can be downloaded, if you don’t have it yet. It’s open-sourced and part of the GitHub repository.

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Remote Desktop on Windows 10

There are a handful of applications out there to remotely connect to your PC, including Team Viewer. But did you know that Windows 10 has their own app in the Microsoft Store?

Named “Remote Desktop“, once it’s downloaded, it’s quite simple to connect to other PCs. You’ll have to configure it initially. As a minimum operating system requirement, your PC has to have Window 10 16299.0 or higher.

Microsoft Support shares how to connect, stating the following:

Use Remote Desktop on your Windows, Android, or iOS device to connect to a Windows 10 PC from afar. 

  • Set up the PC you want to connect to so it allows remote connections:
    • Make sure you have Windows 10 Pro. To check, go to Start  Settings  System About and look for Edition. For info on how to get it, go to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro.
    • When you’re ready, select Start  > Settings  > System > Remote Desktop, and turn on Enable Remote Desktop.
    • Make note of the name of this PC under How to connect to this PC. You’ll need this later.
  • Use Remote Desktop to connect to the PC you set up:
    • On your local Windows 10 PC: In the search box on the taskbar, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then select Remote Desktop Connection. In Remote Desktop Connection, type the name of the PC you want to connect to (from Step 1), and then select Connect.
    • On your Windows, Android, or iOS device: Open the Remote Desktop app (available for free from Microsoft Store, Google Play, and the Mac App Store), and add the name of the PC that you want to connect to (from Step 1).  Select the remote PC name that you added, and then wait for the connection to complete.

Remotely working is a great tool to utilize from device to device. Download it in the app, and be sure to Enable Remote Desktop in the Settings app.

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Disable Bing Search with Windows Update

There’s a new Windows 10 update available, which allows users the ability to disable Bing Search.

Bing is owned by Microsoft, and was the rebrand of Live Search in 2009. It’s one of the highest search engines worldwide. By disabling it, however, therein lies a perk.

According to Tech Radar, “While the feature provides quick access to a search engine, disabling Bing (and thereby eliminating web pages from the search results) can improve the speed and quality of local searches dramatically – so it’s an important option to have.”

To disable Bing, users will have to the Registry Editor. And while it may improve speed, there’s a possibility that it could add high CPU usage. This, in turn, could destroy the CPU. It’s important to remember that utilizing the Registery Editor is quite risky. Creating a registry backup is highly encouraged to ensure the best way to undo any issues.

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Warning to Those Using Windows 7

If you are a Windows 7 user still, you need to hear this.

Apparently, there’s an e-mail scam going around, stating a free Windows 10 upgrade. These e-mails too often look legit, as they utilize the same logos and signatures. They include a handful of links for the user to click, claiming when you put in your e-mail and password, you’ll be given a free upgrade.

According to Tom’s Guide, “Cofense says that once you input your credentials, the scam site bounces you to a real Microsoft page informing you that, yes indeed, “Support for Windows 7 has ended.” (It ended in January 2020.)”

These e-mail scams are created by hackers to sneak into your credentials to steal any and all personal information.

photo source: Cofense

While there are ways of getting a free Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft will not e-mail you links randomly. Always check the Sender e-mail by clicking on the name. Also, don’t click on links sent by people you do not know.

When in doubt, throw it out.

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