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General Discussion / Upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro for Free
« Last post by rsutter on October 14, 2018, 05:23:48 AM »
Hello All,
The link below is a re-post of a ZD Net article.  It explains that if you have the license for an earlier Windows Pro installation, you can use it to update your current Windows 10 Home edition to Windows 10 Pro for free.

Ralph Sutter
Here's how Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 update issues:

ZDNet's Ed Bott and Mary Jo Foley.
General Discussion / APCUG Webinar - 11/3/18 10-1 pm PT
« Last post by rsutter on October 12, 2018, 08:00:37 PM »
Hello All
This is an edited re-post of an e-mail from our parent organization, APCUG

SATURDAY, November 3
10:00 – 1:00 PT
(For complete information, go to
Register at
Ralph Sutter

1:00 PM ET
If it’s Connected, it needs to be Protected!
Bob Gostischa, Avast Evangelist
2:00 PM ET
Cut the Cord, Things to Consider Before Firing Your Cable Company
Hewie Poplock, Central Florida Computer Society Windows SIG leader; APCUG Representative
3:00 PM ET
Excel Magic
Alan Salmon, ASc, FCPB, PHF  President, Alan Salmon & Associates Inc. Founder, K2E Canada Inc.
1:00 PM ET
Take Control of Your Passwords
Joe Kissell, Publisher Take Control Books
2:00 PM ET
Hands-on Demo – Windows 10, October Release
Bill James, Vice President, Computer Club of Oklahoma City; Advisor, Region 8
3:00 PM ET
Digital Literacy with TechBoomers
Steve Black, TechBoomers Founder and CEO
General Discussion / Re: Link to Presenter Notes for Bob Gostischa
« Last post by pete on October 12, 2018, 01:32:48 PM »
HI Ralph,  I enjoyed the presentation on Sunday.  Re, not using home address on GPS.  Our addresses are still on our registration slip in the glove box.

Cheers,  Pete
General Discussion / Link to Presenter Notes for Bob Gostischa
« Last post by rsutter on October 07, 2018, 05:16:21 PM »
Hello All,

Here is the link to the sites and products mentioned by Bob Gostischa in his presentation, If it's connected, it must be protected delivered via Zoom on 10/07/18

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Alan Raul – October 7, 2018 Meeting Notes
« Last post by Alan J. Raul on October 03, 2018, 06:10:38 PM »
Autodesk SketchBook - is a FREE pixel graphics software application that features a radial/pie-menu user interface, intended for expressive drawing and concept sketching. SketchBook is available for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.
LibreOffice Getting Started Guide

LibreOffice: A history of document freedom
Microsoft Privacy
Microsoft Announce Enhanced Version of Ubuntu 18.04 for Hyper-V - It takes just 3 clicks to get Ubuntu running on Windows 10 Pro

Optimized Ubuntu Desktop images available in Microsoft Hyper-V gallery
Run Ubuntu virtual machines made even easier with Hyper-V Quick Create
What’s new in Windows and Office in October 2018

Download Windows 10
Get things done with Office 2019
Microsoft Office 2019 is NOT the version you want to buy

General Discussion / Sound Recording Program Audacity 2.3.0 released
« Last post by rsutter on October 01, 2018, 06:17:16 PM »
Hello All,
The open source audio recording program, Audacity, has just been released.
For Windows and Mac systems, see
For installation on Linux systems, go to
Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Work Around When Windows Update Fails
« Last post by rsutter on September 30, 2018, 04:18:14 PM »
Hello All,
Yesterday, I checked Windows Updates and learned that KB4458469 was available for my Windows 10 desktop machine.  This surprised me, since I had checked for updates on Tuesday and updated then.
I attempted to install the update but when it reached 25% installed, it restarted the process.  It did this many, many times yesterday and today.  Clearly, the update wasn't going to happen in the short term.
I went to Plan B and downloaded 2018-09 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x64-based Systems (KB4458469) from
I then installed it successfully and restarted the computer.

When I re-checked Windows Updates, it informed me that Update KB4458469 was ready to install.  Since I had just performed the update, this puzzled me as is often the case when dealing with Redmond.  Nevertheless, I told Windows Update to proceed.  This time, it went through the complete process that had failed many times over the past 24 hours but assured me that this time the update was successful.

I rebooted the machine and ran Windows Update once again.  The View Update History confirmed that KB4458469  had installed successfully and that no further updates were currently available.

Hopefully, your Windows Updates will work as advertised and the work-around that I describe here will only be a source of amusement, not the start of your own Plan B.

Ralph Sutter
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