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General Discussion / Acronis True Image 2016 Released
« Last post by Alan Raul on August 17, 2015, 08:47:00 AM »
Acronis True Image 2016 Released

 "Gene Barlow of User Group Relations joining us via Skype. Gene will speak on Selecting the Best Backup Approach, highlighting the newly released Acronis True Image 2016."

Keep checking for pricing ATI 2016 info.
General Discussion / APCUG Summer VTC Presentations - Presenters'Notes On Line
« Last post by rsutter on August 16, 2015, 09:04:44 PM »
Hello All,

The APCUG Summer VTC on line conference was held today.  In case you missed any of the presentations or just want to download the notes, you can do so from the following site
When you go to the site, the notes aren't initially visible.  For any of the 7 tracks, you will notice this symbol >

Clicking on it will expand the surrounding box revealing a link for the Presenter's BIO and another for the Presentation PDF.

The tracks include
  • Files, Folders and Management - How to Operate Like a Pro
  • Digital Literacy with
  • Windows 10
  • 3D Printer
  • iPad 201
  • Connecting Your Computer to aTV, WiDi, Chromecast, Easycast and HDMI
  • Is Your Group Taking Advantage of APCUG's Benefits?

Here's an interesting experience I had on my third machine upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7.  I nearly gave up, but it's all upgraded now!  Maybe you have a similar problem?

This was a pretty old machine, and it had been running Windows 7 for many years -- 64-bit, with an AMD CPU and a 6150 Nvidia graphics chip on board.  All had been well, even though it had 2GB RAM and a pretty small hard drive.  My wife had been using it for email, calendar, and Word and Publisher projects.  I got her a newer machine, already upgraded to Windows 10 Home.

But I still wanted to upgrade this "old" Windows 7 machine for me.  I got the little Win 10 icon in the lower right (we used to call it the tray) of the taskbar that eventually said, as I remember, "We are sorry, but we are unable to update this machine, for two reasons:  The CPU is NOT supported, and the 6150 has no driver.  When I tried to install anyway I received this message:  "You canít install Windows 8.1 because your processor doesnít support CompareExchange128."  Apparently this problem arose when Windows 8 came out, and in researching I found more details: "The limitation on 64 bit Windows 8.1 applies to AMD Athlon 64 / Opteron 1, 2 or 8 series CPU on Socket 939 754 etc."  So it looked like I was out of luck -- stay with Windows 7 or get a "new" old machine.  But I did discover that this problem only applied to machines running the 64-bit version!  So I could maybe upgrade ONLY a 32-bit version, but would have to eventually reinstall all applications to run under Windows 10.

So, here's what I did:
1) Ran ProduKey (mentioned at the July meeting) and wrote down the product key for the 64-bit Windows 7 version that was un-upgrade-able. (I had originally bought the Windows 7 "Family Upgrade Pack" and it came with three packages, each with 2 DVDs -- one each for 32-bit and 64-bit versions, each package with its own product key.)

2) Installed a different small hard drive (could have formatted the current one, but didn't), then booted the DVD for the 32-bit version of Windows 7, formatted this "new" hard drive and installed Win7-32 on it.  You can do this as well by booting the DVD, installing it as a clean install first and skipping any request for a product key.  Then you boot the "new" Windows 7 hard drive, and with the DVD still in the drive you open Windows Explorer, go over to Drive D:, and click Setup.exe to install Windows 7 again -- this time as an upgrade.  When it asks you for the product key give it the one written down for the 64-bit version (it's only an upgrade key) and it should activate just fine.

4) Then I went to Paul Thurrott's page ( on how to download Windows 10 and upgrade right now.  I was asked if I wanted to upgrade or clean install -- picked upgrade so it will read the Win 7 Key and know that I am legit.

It's done and works just fine.  The bottom line is that you CAN upgrade Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 10 32-bit, even though you can't do the 64-bit versions on my particular computer.  I can't address more than 4GB of memory (actually closer to 3GB) with this 32 bit version, AND the Device Manager shows it's using the Microsoft Basic Display Adapter instead of having a 6150 driver, but this will be a small household server and should run just fine.

Good Luck, your mileage may vary, all disclaimers apply, etc...
Dave McLaughlin
General Discussion / Re: Well, are my new Windows 10 installs activated or not???
« Last post by DougD on August 15, 2015, 11:56:18 PM »

Perhaps this article can be of some use in confirming your activation status in Windows10.

Good luck.

Hello All,

Yesterday, I upgraded my desktop computer from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.  The installation on top of 8.1 stuttered several times but finally installed correctly.  However, when I clicked on the Network icon, I was surprised to see that it only showed 2 computers.  Prior to the upgrade, it showed 10 devices.

I refreshed the display to see if that revealed more devices.  It didn't.  I finally got them all to display by navigating to the Networking and Sharing Center/Advanced Sharing Settings.  There I went to Homegroup Settings, unchecked Allow Windows to manage homegroup settings (recommended) and checked Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers.

After restarting my computer, all 10 devices appeared under the Network icon.

I have posted a video capture of the process at I am currently uploading the video to that location.

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Re: Well, are my new Windows 10 installs activated or not???
« Last post by Dave on August 13, 2015, 11:03:36 AM »
This article by Ed Bott may shed some light, also...

Will wait and see.  Maybe my "Product Keys" are meaningless if my configurations are all stored in the cloud...

Dave McLaughlin
General Discussion / How to Extract Sound from a Video File Using FormatFactory
« Last post by rsutter on August 12, 2015, 01:51:40 PM »
Hello All,

I have created a tutorial that demonstrates how I extracted sound from a video file using the freeware audio and video conversion program, FormatFactory.  The tutorial is viewable at

If you choose to download Format Factory, read each screen carefully.  If you don't, you run the risk of getting not only FormatFactory but also sundry PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). 

Another of my tutorials, Avoiding the Installation of Potentially Unwanted Programs, uses the FormatFactory download to illustrate the risk of PUPs.  The latter tutorial, can be found at

Ralph Sutter
General Discussion / Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2015
« Last post by DougD on August 11, 2015, 09:32:35 PM »
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for August 2015.

There are four critical and ten important security updates.


General Discussion / Problems with the lst Update to Windows 10
« Last post by dickJ on August 10, 2015, 02:10:25 PM »
Apparently some people are having problems with the new Required first update to Windows 10.  Here is the story, and possible solutions:
Have any of you had this problem?  How did you solve it?
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