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20161211 - Weekly News

Postby Joan » Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:26 pm




PLEASE NOTE: The Resource Center will be closed from Friday, December 16th, through Friday, December 30th, for the Christmas holiday.
Regular Resource Center hours will resume on Monday, January 2nd.
The Weekly News will not be published during this time. Look for the next Weekly News mailing on Sunday, January 1st.


All Things Windows Education Group
Tuesday, December 13th, 4:00 PM - Led by Jolyn Bowler

Continuing to learn about the Windows 10 "Anniversary Update Ver. 1607" that has rolled out to most of our systems. You may have noticed some differences in the Start Menu and the Task Bar and Notification/System Tray. As they did with the original version & first update, Microsoft has included a "Get Started" Tutorial with all the updates. We'll cover the update changes and go through the tutorial in part to help familiarize you with the changes. Come join the discussion and bring your questions, problems, answers and solutions to share with other members. You'd be surprised how common most questions are. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or use our systems at the Center. Please contact Jolyn with any questions @jolyn.bowler@gmail.com and to let her know you'll be there. Please note that the Center will be closing for the holidays from Friday, December 16th and reopen on Monday, January 2nd 2017. If you have any questions regarding Google, Android or Images, please contact Jolyn via email during the holidays.

How to reinstall Windows 10 without any bloatware
By Josh Norem - PCWorld - December 5, 2016

Windows 10 actually has the ability to install just the OS without any additional software.

Patrick Scott bought some laptops for his kids, but they were so slow the kids stopped using them. This is a common issue with bloatware-laden consumer laptops, sadly. He performed a “factory reset,” with the hopes of reinstalling the OS without all the crap that was preinstalled. To his horror he discovered the factory reset reinstalled all the bloatware, leaving him back where he started.
Luckily for Patrick, there’s a way to get a clean installation of Windows 10, without all the apps that came with your PC. Here’s how it works.
1. From Windows 10’s Start menu, go to Settings > Update & security > Recovery. You can also get there from the traditional Control Panel by clicking Recovery. At the bottom of that window, click the long hyperlink that reads, “If you’re having problems with your PC, go to Settings...”

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Apple names its picks for best apps of the year
By Joel Mathis - Macworld - December 8, 2016


On Tuesday, the App Store editors announced 2016’s best apps and games for iOS devices, alongside popular music, TV, and movie picks from Apple Music and the iTunes Store. Looks like 2016 was quite the year for Apple entertainment. Did your favorite apps and games make the list? Here’s the full rundown.

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Can You Trust ScanGuard?

A couple of readers have recently asked me about a new program called ScanGuard. One said: “Hey, Bob. Just ran across this on the internet. Article makes it sound really good – maybe too good. Also, what other alternatives are available that do the same thing? Appreciate all the good work you do and the information you share. God bless, Elwyn.” So let's take a look at ScanGuard…

Review of ScanGuard

The item in question is ScanGuard, a PC cleanup, optimization, and protection program. It’s a very new program; according to Whois records, the site came online in June 2016. I don’t find any discussions of ScanGuard earlier than September.
As for the company behind ScanGuard, all I can find is a reference to “a highly regarded Microsoft Solution Provider.” No “about” or “contact” links on the site. That’s a huge red flag. I have no idea who I might be doing business with. Normally, I would stop right here and surf far away from ScanGuard. But Elwyn and other readers would like to know how well it works, so here goes...
Installing ScanGuard goes a little too fast for my liking. There is no licensing agreement to read, no “I accept” button, no “cancel” button. A corporate lawyer would never allow those items to be omitted. There’s no “Advanced” page where a user can choose the installation folder, where he wants shortcuts placed, and so on. Once you click on ScanGuard.exe, installation proceeds almost without pause. I feel I’ve lost control, and I shouldn’t feel that way.

I would not use ScanGuard or recommend it to anyone. The company is sketchy, and it seems pretty obvious that the "review" site mentioned above is a thinly-veiled shill for the product. The product is crude and not user-friendly. There are much better alternatives, and they are free.

CLICK HERE to read more.

Show and hide file extensions in Windows 10
File-Extensions.org - June 19, 2015

In Microsoft Windows 10, the file extensions of known file types that are associated with some software installed in your computer, are hidden.
This is due to Microsoft's policy which makes it somewhat easier for common users, but at the same time may also be potentially dangerous due security reasons.
Microsoft prefers simplicity over security, but that means that dangerous and harmful files can be hidden under wrong file type and users does not have fully under control what they opens.
More advanced users of Windows 10 who want to keep their files and data under control can turn off "Hide extensions for known file types" File Explorer feature.

CLICK HERE to read more.



Every Monday morning and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, a Mac member is at the Resource Center to answer your questions and help you through any issues.
You can also use the iMac computer, bring your laptop, or just come in to get information.
If you have any questions, contact Judi Shade at shade@hargray.com.

Assistance with Tablets

Resource Center volunteers are available to help members with their tablets:

iPad on Monday mornings (Judi Shade, Frank Sullivan and Ed Cliff); Wednesday mornings (Wes Taylor and Karen Kemp); Wednesday afternoon (Judi Shade); Thursday afternoons (Bob Gentzler and Melnee Kasper)
Android on Tuesday afternoons (Jolyn Bowler)
Kindle Fire and e-Readers on Monday mornings (Ed Cliff)
Microsoft Surface: Monday afternoons (Norm Galloway);Thursday mornings (Bob Rathke); Friday mornings (Emory Logan)

Please call the Resource Center (842-4475) to verify the volunteer you wish to consult is on duty that day.

Resource Center Substitutes!

Please consider adding your name to our Resource Center Substitute List. The Resource Center is open M-F, in two shifts, 10 AM-1 PM & 1-4 PM, with two volunteers per shift. You would be with a regular volunteer, helping members, and learning along the way. In addition, we will be instituting a training session so that you'll be able to hit the ground running. If you are interested, even if you only have one day of the week when you might be available, please contact Linda Jackson at volunteercoordinator@hhicc.org.
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