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General Discussion / A reliable weather radar website.
« Last post by Doug on October 25, 2017, 06:36:18 AM »
A reliable weather radar website.
Ralph did a great job on the video.

I used the Microsoft Steps Recorder to do the same thing but displayed in a different fashion.
Hi Larry,

Here's how I accessed the network configuration allowing me to change from public to private or vice versa.
Hopefully, you have the same experience.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Win 10 Fall Creators Update Changed Network Connections to Public
« Last post by Larry on October 22, 2017, 08:19:11 PM »
I recently installed Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on all 3 of my computers (1 desktop and 2 laptops).  On 2 of the 3 computers I found that my network connection had been changed from private to public.  The public connection prohibits my syncing files on that machine with files on other machines.  I have tried to follow several instructions on the internet but all of these instructions ended with a screen that did not appear on my computers.  I have tried to delete and forget the network connection but the new connection also come up as a public one.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Larry Green
Hello All,

I am running Windows 10 Version 10.0.16299 Build 16299 (aka Fall Creators Update) on all my Windows computers.
Doing so was particularly challenging for my HP ProBook 640 G1 laptop.  I purchased the machine from WOOT several months ago.
It is a refurbished unit that came with Windows 10 Pro installed.

I created an additional partition on the solid state hard drive and installed Ubuntu 17.10 in that partition.
When I turn on the machine, it gives me the option of booting into Windows (the default) or Ubuntu.
Initially, I was able to update/upgrade Windows 10 normally.  However, the computer repeatedly failed
to update beyond version 1607 (Anniversary Update) despite reassurances from the update dialogue that
my computer was capable of being upgraded.  Updates failed with a cryptic message that I had to restart my computer
to complete the update.  No amount of restarting or whispering Redmond backwards got behind that obstacle.

When all else failed, I told the computer to Reset This PC, opting to keep the data files that I had created but removing all of the programs that I had installed.
Learn how to do that at

It was a several step process.  First I had to update the computer to the latest version of the original operating system.  When that succeeded, I kept updating until I finally ended
up with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Ralph Sutter

General Discussion / Re: Launch a Portable App from the Windows 10 Start Menu
« Last post by dickJ on October 20, 2017, 07:11:34 PM »
Useful!  Thanks Ralph.
General Discussion / Launch a Portable App from the Windows 10 Start Menu
« Last post by rsutter on October 20, 2017, 04:29:03 PM »
Hello All,

I recently downloaded a portable app and wanted to be able to launch it from the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Start Menu
Unlike installed programs, portable applications don't automatically show up on the Start menu nor can they be added by right clicking them and opting to add them to that menu.
Here's how I was able to launch a portable app from the Start menu.
1.  Locate the portable app
2.  Create a shortcut to it by right clicking on the file's .exe file and choosing Create shortcut
3.  Navigate to %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs on your computer.
     One way to do that is to simply paste %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs into the Type here to search window
     That window is the one immediately to the right of the Start button in the lower left corner of the taskbar
4.  Paste the shortcut created in Step 2 above into %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
5.  That portable application will now appear on the Start menu.

Ralph Sutter
Windows 10 performance and troubleshooting tips: Run faster, smoother, longer - Ed Bott.
General Discussion / Installing new Windows Fall Creators Update
« Last post by dickJ on October 19, 2017, 10:40:19 AM »
This morning I unexpectedly installed the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Version 1709. I was trying to update my Windows Defender Definitions and it wouldn't, so I went to the Windows Settings page and tried the Updates request there.  Next thing I knew it was working on the 1709 update!  After a while it advised me it had problems and to check error 0x80070020.  I did and it said it could be a conflict with my other virus protection (Malwarebytes). Then I noticed it was just after 7:00 AM when I have Malwarebytes scheduled to do its daily morning scan, and that was the problem.  When Malwarebytes was done I restarted Windows and again went to the Settings page and got the 1709 update underway with no problems.  It took  around 45 minutes or less and I had no further problems.
 Warning:  When you try to  use the new Defender Antivirus the first time and run a Quick Scan, instead of my usual 2 to 3 minutes, it automatically runs a first FULL scan which took my computer about 13 minutes.  The next Quick scan was back to just a couple of minutes.
Good luck!
General Discussion / System 76 Releases Its Own OS for Linux
« Last post by rsutter on October 19, 2017, 10:03:41 AM »
Hello All,

System 76, the computer company specializing in Linux, has created its own OS.  Known as POP OS, it is available for download at

Read more about it at

Ralph Sutter
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