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Before you upgrade to Windows 10

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Windows 10 woesWith the free Windows 10 upgrade window closing next month, some people are still considering whether to upgrade or just stay with the current version of Windows. The final day to upgrade for Free to Windows 10 is July 29. After that date Microsoft will charge $119 for the upgrade. So if you have put off the upgrade this long, here are a few things you should consider doing before upgrading to Windows 10.

Check to see if your computer is compatible with Windows 10. You can do this by checking your computer manufacturer’s website, or you may be receiving pop-ups from Microsoft indicating that your computer is compatible. While this may be true, it could also not be 100% true as many hardware manufacturers have yet to release Windows 10 supported drivers for wifi cards, network cards, keyboards, mouse devices, and also USB ports. You most likely will not know until you have gone through the upgrade what works, and what no longer works.

Back up your data! All of you important data, just back it up. Put it on the cloud, Google Drive, a flash USB drive, an external hard drive, email it to yourself, or burn it to a DVD. Make a backup before you do the upgrade, because something could go wrong and you could lose all your important data.

Create a system restore point. While Windows 10 will allow you to “roll back” your computer to your previous version of Windows, you may just want to create a system restore point before you try the upgrade in case the “roll back” doesn’t work, and sometimes it doesn’t work.

Create a system recovery CD just in case. If you have seen those pesky messages urging you to create a system recovery CD, now is the time. Create a system recovery CD so you can re-install your system back to factory just in case something goes terribly wrong with the Windows 10 upgrade.

If you are still on the fence about upgrading, or you are happy with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, that is fine! Just stay with your current version of Windows. Chances are you will purchase another computer with Windows 10 before Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 support is ended by Microsoft. Windows 7 will be supported until the year 2020.

If you are eager to have Windows 10, but your computer just doesn’t play nicely with it, then you should consider purchasing a new computer with Windows 10 pre-installed. This will ensure you have a working Windows 10 computer.

If you have tried to upgrade to Windows 10, and now your computer is no longer working, you will need to take your computer to a computer repair store in your area for professional service to get you back to your previous version of Windows. South City Computer offers Windows 10 recovery services.

Microsoft Pushes Windows 10 onto Users

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We often hear that computers are automatically upgrading to Windows 10 without the computer users knowledge or consent.

Here are just a few messages that appeared on Facebook over the weekend with the identities and expletives removed. You can see the frustration of the Windows users.



At first we thought maybe people were confused by the recommended Windows 10 upgrade message and maybe accidentally clicked to initiate the upgrade, until we noticed the computers for sale here at South City Computer started showing a message indicating that Windows was going to upgrade to Windows 10 automatically. What Microsoft?!?! We didn’t ask or agree to upgrade to Windows 10!


As you can see, Windows is set to automatically upgrade to Windows 10 on May 20th for this computer. Even though we have ignored the pop-ups urging us to upgrade to Windows 10 for months now, we are going to be upgraded unless we take action!

So here is how to cancel this force upgrade. Do NOT click OK, instead click on the word “here” where it says “Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade”.

The next screen you should see is as follows:


Next click “Cancel scheduled upgrade”.

After this you will see the next message:


Again, Microsoft wants to be very sure that we want to seriously Cancel the automatic upgrade to Windows 10. Now click the “Cancel Scheduled Upgrade” button.

After you do this, it should cancel the automatic upgrade that was set for May 20th. If you do not go through this process, then you will be forced into Windows 10. If you want to eliminate the Windows 10 upgrade completely forever, bring your computer to South City Computer and we will disable the Windows 10 upgrade for good!

The Windows 10 Hidden Gotcha!

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South City Computer Windows 10 The free Windows 10 product key works very differently from previous versions Windows. In the past the product key would always serve to activate your copy of Windows. However if you upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version of Windows then you probably never received a product key for Windows 10. Since a Windows 10 update released in November it may be possible to use your previous Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key to activate Windows 10. But, basically the Windows 10 upgraders just don’t have a product key.

The Windows 10 license key is now bound to your computer’s hardware. During the Windows 10 activation Microsoft created a fingerprint of your computer’s hardware that corresponds to your product key. They did this in order to identify your computer again if it requests to activate Windows 10. If you reinstall Windows 10, then you will probably not have any issues. If you replace your hard drive, video card, a broken screen or RAM you will probably not have any issues re-activating Windows 10 either. However if you replace your computer’s CPU or motherboard, you will be surprised that Windows 10 will no longer activate.

If Windows 10 is instructing you to activate your copy of Windows, then you will have to call Microsoft support. They will decide whether or not you deserve a free licensed copy of Windows 10 again. They will probably inform you that you have to purchase a copy of Windows 10 in order to use the operating system on your computer.

There might be a workaround, a way to get a Windows 10 license again. But this is only good while the Windows 10 upgrade window lasts. But before I tell you, I want you to agree that you will not do anything that violates your license agreement with Microsoft. If you are able to re-install the previous valid licensed copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then you could possibly just upgrade to Windows 10 again.

Windows 7 reaches End of Sales date this October 31

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Windows 7 End of SalesOctober 31, 2014 marks the End of Sales date for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate. End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software.

This means that Microsoft will no longer offer retailers the ability to buy and sell new copies of Windows 7 and the operating system will no longer be offered pre-installed on new computers. This also means customers will no longer be able to order custom built computers with Windows 7 pre-installed or purchase new copies of Windows 7. When a version of Windows reaches its end of sales date, it’s probably a good time to think about upgrading to a newer version of Windows.

This deadline does not mean you will no longer find computers with Windows 7 pre-installed on them, and copies of Windows 7 available for purchase at big-box computer stores. Retailers already have a stock of computers that have Windows 7 pre-installed on them and will continue to sell the existing stock they have. However there are now a limited supply of these computers since manufacturers and retails can no longer order new computer with Windows 7 pre-installed.

Windows 7 Professional will not be affected by this date, as Microsoft has not yet specified a date to end of sales the operating system software. Institutions, corporations and businesses have been leery to make the switch to Windows 8 and have relied on Windows 7 as there have been too many bugs that needed to be fixed before the OS is ready to be a reliable business computing platform.

If you think that you may be running a version of Windows 7 that has reached the End of Sales date Microsoft urges you to start thinking about upgrading. However, realistically, you probably do not need to do anything at this point to your existing computer. You probably will not have to upgrade as the end of main stream support date for Windows 7 does not come until January 14, 2020.

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