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Hello All,
I'm developing a presentation for the February 3, 2019 Second Session Presentation at SLO Bytes General Meeting.
My tentative presentation notes can be found at
I will demonstrate how to create video slide shows with still and moving images.
So far, I've included the following programs

   Irfanview - freeware -
       Fullbean tutorial at

   Microsoft Windows 10 Photos - included in Windows 10
       Fullbean tutorial at

   Microsoft Windows PowerPoint - included in Microsoft Office Suites -
        Fullbean tutorial at
    Adobe Premiere Elements 19 - about $99

   Photodex ProShow Producer - about $249

I plan to add a section on web-based slide show creation tools.

I look forward to learning what programs SLO Bytes members use when they make slide shows.

Ralph Sutter


Hello All,
I have created a tutorial showing how I made a video slide show with Photos, a program included in Windows 10.
You will find it at
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Winter APCUG Virtual Technology Conference
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:02:43 PM »
Hello All,
SLO Bytes' parent organization, APCUG, is holding the Winter Virtual Technology Conference on
Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
You can
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
My Dell 8930 desktop is still running 1803.
I followed the same steps that I used earlier to successfully update my Lenovo laptop.  However, when I downloaded and attempted to install 1809 manually, I got a message that the update wasn't the right one for my machine.  This happened twice.  The Dell 8930 is running Windows 10 Professional 64 bit.  On both occasions, I downloaded  2018-11 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809 for x64-based Systems (KB4469342)

If this isn't the appropriate file for this computer, which one is?
I can only conclude that the 1809 update is still flawed.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
These are the topics that I intend to present at the SLO Bytes General Session of January 6th, 2019
They are also posted on the SLO Bytes web site at these locations

Icon replacement – on Bulletin Board at
YouTube -

Parted Magic version 2019_01_03  -

How to find where an e-mail message is located in Microsoft Outlook -

How to speak with a Microsoft representative via phone
Go to
This will bring up Microsoft’s Virtual Assistant
Type a description of the problem.
Every time that the Virtual Assistant proposes a solution, try it before indicating that the suggestion didn’t solve the issue.  After you have done that repeatedly, the Virtual Assistant will ask if you want to speak to a representative over the phone.  Respond YES and supply the information requested at
Upon conclusion, the Virtual Assistant will inform you that someone will contact you at the phone number that you provided and give you an estimated wait time.  Do not rely on the accuracy of this estimate.  A representative will eventually call.

Alpaca Project – Use Microsoft Paint to expand an image so that it prints across multiple pages

Microsoft Mail Merge in Word -
Windows 10 Update to version 1809 -

Second Session - My Most Often Used Applications

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Parted Magic 2019_01_03 Released
« on: January 03, 2019, 12:05:51 PM »
Hello All,
Parted Magic just released a new version of its Linux based software.  Read more at
I find this product very useful in troubleshooting non-Linux operating systems.
At $11, it is a tool well worth having.
Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Missing IE Favorites
« on: December 28, 2018, 09:26:19 AM »
Hi Dick,
Have you tried copying your IE Favorites to a new location?
Here's what I did.
Open IE
Click on Star (Favorites Bar)
Right Click on the Favorites Bar
Left Click on Copy
Paste the copied material to a folder that you create

I'm not sure if this new list will automatically update itself when the original IE Favorites self-destruct.
If so, this method won't work.
Still, it's worth a try.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I was finally able to update my Lenovo X1 Yoga laptop to Windows 10 version 1809.
Since the normal channels failed to install the update, I followed the steps at 
That process reported that I had a corrupted data base.
I followed all of the steps outlined at the link above.  All suggestions failed until I reached Fix Five

     Fix 5: Perform an in-place upgrade
     Performing an in-place upgrade may help resolve some troubles with the system. So maybe performing an in-place upgrade will fix this
     issue. Try downloading the Media Creation Tool and then follow the on-screen instructions to perform an in-place upgrade. Here is how to
     do it:

     Click  to visit the Microsoft official website for downloading Windows 10.
     Click Download tool now on the web page to download the Media Creation Tool.

The in-place upgrade didn't remove any of my installed programs or data as far as I can tell

Thanks to all who have offered suggestions for updating to Windows 10 version 1809

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / New PUSH Articles Available
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:02:38 PM »
Hello All,

Our APCUG Representative, Judy Taylour, often provides tech articles to supplement the newsletter of its member groups.
I never include any of them in the SLO Bytes newsletter, HardCopy.  Instead, I upload all of them to the SLO Bytes web site.
Judy just forwarded a new batch.
View all of them archived  at and
The latest ones can be found at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Change a default icon in the Windows 10 taskbar
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:51:51 PM »
Hello All,
I place numerous icons in the Windows 10 taskbar, that area at the bottom of the screen.  I group the most often used icons to the left.  Icons for lesser used programs are on the right.

Two frequently used programs are Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word.  Since the two icons are quite similar, I sometimes click on one when I really wanted the other. 

One obvious solution would be to separate them, placing several other icons between them.  What is the fun in that?
I decided to create my own icon for Word and substitute it for the default icon.
I then created a short video reminding me and others of the steps that I took.

View the tutorial at
It is also available on YouTube at

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Missing IE Favorites
« on: December 13, 2018, 09:13:58 AM »
Hi Dick,
Reading the information at
one learns that what IE calls Favorites are known as Bookmarks in Google Chrome.
I hope that this helps
Ralph Sutter

Hi Doug,
Thanks for your response.  I manually check for updates several times a week.  Version 1809 has never been offered to me in this scenario.  Often, my first check assures me that everything is up to date.  I immediately check again.  Often, this finds an update for Windows Defender.  It usually installs without incident.

Yesterday, I downloaded the 1809 update from the Windows Update Catalog, windows10.0-kb4469342-x64_7290815610ac4c3d657eb5ed6e4e92421fa8c29a.msu
Several distros are available depending on your processor.  Since I have an Intel Core i7-8700 CPU@ 3.19GHz, I opted for the 2018-11 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809
for x64-based Systems (KB4469342
) last updated on 12/04/2018
When I tried to install it, I got the following message The update is not applicable on your computer

This is speculation but I'm guessing that my computer has a combination of software and components whose compatibility for the current update, Microsoft has not yet resolved.
My plan is to continue to check for updates and update when 1809 is offered through the normal process.

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
I have several computers running Windows 10 Professional. I have automatic updates enabled and check for updates regularly.
I am running 1803 version KB 4023057.  I have not been offered 1809.
I believe that I can manually download and install updates from the Windows Update Catalog at
Questions:  If this is correct, can I just download the latest version of 1809 or do I have to download and install all of the earlier 1809 versions sequentially instead of skipping all but the latest one?
Should I wait for Microsoft to offer 1809 to me through automatic updates?

Please advise.
Ralph Sutter

Hello All,
Here are my notes from the SLO Bytes Photo Group meeting of 12/09/2018
TOPIC: Images Suggesting the Approach of Christmas
The meeting opened with Ralph Sutter showing how he uses Irfanview's Thumbnail Viewer to show thumbnails for RAW images in Windows. Windows native program, File Explorer doesn't do this.
See the tutorial at Showing Thumbnails in Windows for RAW files with Irfanview and at
Ralph then shared a series of holiday images with Christmas decorations, figurines and street scenes.

Connie Sutter followed with similar choices, adding fancy food plates and festive outdoor scenes.

Alan Raul continued in a similar vein, using Aurora HDR to enhance photos of Pismo Pier.

Kaye Raul showed holiday ornaments and pictures of the family celebrating the season.

Bob and Linda Styerwalt chose light displays in their neighborhood and Christmas decorations

John Waller demonstrated how he used long exposure times to illuminate night scenes.
Like Alan, John used Aurora HDR and multiple exposures to bring out detail not seen in a single image.

Bob Grover offered daylight and evening shots of a neighbor's house, illustrating an impressive lighting project.

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, 01/13/2019 beginning at 2:00 pm.  The topic will be Doors and Other Portals

Ralph Sutter

Hello All,

I have created a tutorial showing how I used Microsoft's Word 365 Mail Merge feature to create a letter for multiple recipients. 
The video has three parts
   Creating a data base from which to draw names and addresses
   Writing a standard letter with a personalized greeting for each recipient
   Addressing the envelopes by drawing from the data base.

View it on YouTube at
It is also contained in my collection of Fullbean Tutorials at
Specifically, it will be found at

Ralph Sutter

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