Some of the many ways Windows 10 talks to Microsoft About Your Usage

The “General” privacy page contains a number of high-level options you’ll want to disable.


1. Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps 
(turning this off will reset your ID) – This enables a unique advertising ID that you can be tracked with across different “Windows Store”, or universal, apps. Microsoft can track your use of apps and show you targeted ads across different apps.
2. Turn on the SmartScreen Filter to check web content (URLs) that Windows Store apps use – This enables the SmartScreen filter in universal apps. As we point out below, it’s also enabled in File Explorer itself, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer with different settings.

3. Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future – This is related to the “Speech, inking, & typing” settings below. With it enabled, information about how you type and write is sent to Microsoft’s servers.

4. Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list – 
Websites you access can see the languages you have installed on your system and choose to serve you in your preferred language with this option enabled.


You’ll see a “Manage my Microsoft advertising and other personalization info” link at the bottom here. Click it, and then click over to “Personalized ad preferences” on the web page that appears. You can also access this page athttps://choice.microsoft.com/en-us/opt-out .

5. Personalized ads in this browser – 
This option is specific to each individual browser you use, and controls whether Microsoft will show you personalized ads in that browser.

6. Personalized ads wherever I use my Microsoft account – 
This option is tied to your Microsoft account and controls whether you see personalized ads on Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, and other devices you use a Microsoft account on.

The Location screen activates location services. 
This isn’t mentioned on the Location Settings window itself, but the custom setup screen states this will also “send Microsoft and trusted partners some location data to improve location services.”

7. Location and location history – Your location is shared with individual apps that you choose to share it with. Location history is also available to apps, and stored only on your local device — and just for 24 hours. But apparently some data is shared with Microsoft and its trusted partners if you have location services enabled.


The “Speech, inking, & typing” section covers a surprising amount of data:
8. Speech, inking, & typing – Windows and Cortana can “get to know you ” by logging your voice, writing, contacts, calendar events, speech and handwriting pattern, and typing history. You can tell Windows to “Stop getting to know me” from here. This clears data stored only on your Windows device.

9. Speech, inking, & typing in the cloud – Click the “Go to Bing and manage personal info for all your devices” option to clear personalization data stored on Microsoft’s servers tied to your Microsoft account. This link takes you to the https://bing.com/account/personalization page. Use the “Clear” button under “Other Cortana Data and Personalized Speech, Inking and Typing” section to clear this data.






The “Feedback & diagnostics” setting has a surprising option. 
What’s especially surprising is Windows 10 won’t actually let you disable this option. 

10. Diagnostic and usage data – 
By default, Windows 10 will send “Full” diagnostic and usage data to Microsoft. This seems to be Microsoft’s new telemetry system codenamed “Asimov.” You can select only Enhanced or Basic diagnostic and usage data.

You can only disable this on Enterprise editions of Windows, and that requires changing the “Allow Telemetry” option in the group policy editor. This change doesn’t even work on Professional editions of Windows. Yes, you can set the option to “0” which would normally disable it, but the Group Policy editor states that the “0” setting is ignored except on Enterprise versions of Windows. Instead, setting the option to “0” just sends “Basic” telemetry data.

How Control your app permissions on Android 6.0 and up

When you install an app from Google Play on a device running Android 6.0 and up you can control which capabilities or information that app can access—known as permissions.

For example, an app might want permission to see your device contacts you location last time you opened the app.
Once installed on your device you can make changes to and verify all app permission.
Tip: To find which version of Android your device uses, go to your device's main Settings menu > About Phone or About tablet.

When you install an app When you download apps from the Play Store, some apps will ask for permission to use information before you install. When you download apps that are built for Android 6.0 and up, you can allow or deny permissions once you start using them.

Let's open Play Store Go to an app's detail page.

To review permissions before installing, scroll down under "Developer" touch Permission>details>Install.

Some apps will install right away.
This is when you can allow or deny individual permission requests. For other apps, Google Play shows you all of the permission groups an app will be able to access before you install.

This information can help you decide whether you want to install the app.

When your apps update:
When an app updates, there may be changes to the permissions for that app. So make sure you verify by reading the update features and or check the apps permissions after updating.

If you have automatic updates turned on For apps built for Android 6.0 and up: You won't need to review or accept permission changes for the app to update.

The first time you use a feature that uses a new permission, you can allow or deny the use of that data or capability. For other apps: You won't need to review or accept permissions you've already accepted for an app again.

If the app needs access to new permissions groups or permissions in the "Other" group, you'll be asked to accept the update even if you've set up automatic updates. If you prefer to review each update manually, you can turn off auto-updates with the instructions below. Turn off auto-updates

If you want to review each update before installing it, you can turn off auto-updates. Turn off auto-updates for specific apps Open the Play Store app .

Touch the Menu icon > My Apps>Select an app>Touch Menu . If it's not already unchecked, uncheck the box next to "Auto-update." Turn off auto-updates for all apps Open the Play Store app . Touch the Menu icon > Settings > Auto-update apps > Do not auto-update apps. Turn permissions on or off You can change the permissions that apps can access in the main Settings app on your device at any time. Keep in mind turning off permissions may cause apps on your device to lose functionality.

Computer Maintenance Tips troubleshooting Understanding the features & more

Computer Maintenance Tips troubleshooting Understanding the features & more


Understanding technical computer features
Once you’ve settled on a computer style, you need to decide how you will be using this computer; for web browsing, image editing, DVD watching, plenty of text typing, heavy gaming, video editing? All these pursuits require different levels of power in a machine. Before you buy, consider major aspects of a computer

Operating system (OS): Arguably the biggest decision you have to make about your new device is what operating system it will run on. For traditional computers, your main choice will be between Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS, though Google’s Chrome OS is gaining traction in the marketplace and, for the technically savvy, so is Linux. If you find a tablet fits your needs, your big options are Android, Windows or iOS.



The main difference between the operating systems is style, but feelings can run strongly for each choice. Spend some time talking to friends and others, read online information and compare features and costs, but what will be probably most helpful is to go to a store and try them out for yourself to see what feels most natural to you. The other important factor in choosing an operating system is which programs or apps you are already using or plan to use as not all operating systems support all apps and programs.


Computer processing unit (CPU): Considered the brains of the machine, the CPU directly relates to the speed of the computer. When talking about processors, you will hear them defined in terms of cores and gigahertz (GHz) and generally the higher the number, the faster your computer will be. Most computer users will find a dual core processor sufficient but more demanding users such as video editors or heavy gamers will want a quad core or even a six core processor.

Random access memory (RAM): RAM is the space your computer uses to run programs and store data you are currently working on. The more RAM you have, the more tasks your computer can do at once and the faster is can perform tasks. Not enough RAM will lead to freeze ups and slow program loading. While RAM can usually be updated later in a laptop or desktop, it is most cost effective to buy enough RAM built-in.
RAM isn’t really a consideration when purchasing a tablet as there currently aren’t different RAM options offered.

Storage memory: If you will primarily be using your device for web browsing, emailing and other light tasks, you won’t need much storage memory, but if you plan to store plenty of music, photos or videos, be sure your device has enough gigabytes to accommodate you. This is a particularly important decision for tablets as their storage capacity is virtually impossible to upgrade. Laptops and desktops are usually upgradable either by completely replacing a hard drive or simply connecting an external hard drive for extra space.

Screen size: Larger screens may reduce eye strain and time spent scrolling, but the decision is strictly personal and depends on your needs for use and portability. With tablet screens starting at seven inches and computer monitors reaching upwards of 22 inches, you have plenty of options to consider. If you are interested in a monitor above 22 inches, you might consider purchasing a TV instead as it can perform the same function.

It is important to note for laptops and net-books, screen size directly corresponds to keyboard size. Large hands will find small keyboards cramped for heavy typing tasks.

Power usage and battery life: If you plan to often need to work on your device away from power outlets, it is important to compare battery life. A computer’s rated battery life is often best-case-scenario, so be sure to read reviews from users for a more realistic idea of how long a laptop or tablet can last on a charge.

Though usually less of a consideration for desktop computers, you can compare models for energy efficiency and how they will impact your electric bill.

Ports: You will most likely want the ability to plug things into your device and so it is important to familiarize yourself with which ports you’re likely to use and make sure your new computer has them.
  • USB: The most common connector; it’s always nice to have several. Used for peripherals such a mice, keyboards, hard drives, flash drives, etc.
  • HDMI: Allows you to hook a cable to play audio and video on a TV or monitor.
  • SD card readers: Cameras, e-readers and even tablets commonly store data on SD cards.
  • Bluetooth: Not a physical port, but bluetooth is how many wireless peripherals like mice, keyboards or speakers can connect to your device.
Other features: Depending on specific uses you have in mind for your device, you might also want to pay close attention to the availability and quality of other features such as optical drive to read and write CDs and DVDS, speakers, onboard camera, graphics card and wireless network card.

Warranty: Your computer will probably come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty lasting 30-90 days, but you'll surely be offered the chance to buy an extended warranty or service plan. It is a personal decision whether to purchase the extra warranty, but be sure you know fully what any extended warranty or service plan will and will not cover before you purchase anything because sometimes the plans are so limited, it’s unlikely you will even be able to use them. Don’t just take the salesperson’s word for it, but ask for a written description you can read over and refer to later if there are discrepancies when you try to get service.
Generally, the more you invested originally in the device, the more likely the warranty will be worth it, but if it was a cheaper device or something you know you will upgrade quickly anyway, the cost of repairs would not be detrimental down the road so buying a warranty now isn’t worth it. In the end, if you feel more peace of mind with an extended warranty, go ahead and get it.

Identifying computer problems
Whenever your computerized device acts up, first isolate the problem as specifically as you can so you can perform effective troubleshooting on your own. You'll also save time and money if you have a good idea of what caused the problem in the first place if you end up needing to call tech support or a computer repair technician.

All computer problems fall into one of two general categories: hardware problems and software problems. It may be tricky as some malfunctions could be caused by problems from either camp, but step one is always trying to identify which you are dealing with. Hardware problems are usually easier to isolate, but they cost more to repair. Software issues are harder to isolate, but they often cost less due to the lack of physical labor involved with making the repair.

Hardware Problems
A hardware problem is something that is directly related to the physical system; for example, if there's no image on the display, the computer simply refuses to power on, the monitor displays odd colors after start up or the keyboard doesn't work.
Basic steps to identify and/or solve the problem:
  • Is your device plugged into a working outlet?
  • Is everything turned on? If something seems to be not working, make sure the brightness is up or the volume unmounted or the on switch is in the appropriate position depending on what you are having issues with.
  • Is your mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitor, etc plugged in to your device? Did you try a different port, if one is available, to see if it is the port or the device that is damaged?
Software Problems
Software problems usually manifest after the booting process. Having an unresponsive operating system or applications that no longer work properly is clear evidence of a software problem.
Basic steps to identify and/or solve the problem:
  • Did you try a quick reboot?
  • Are all your programs updated?
  • Is your antivirus software running?
  • Has your computer started acting up after a new program was installed? Try removing that program.
  • Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling a program that has suddenly started malfunctioning?
There is also plenty of help to be found around the Internet if you like to fix problems yourself, but be very cautious of more complicated repairs that take you into depths of your computer you are not familiar with. Computer users can inadvertently cause more and larger problems when interacting with system files or other important software components.

As you are trying to identify the problem with your device, it is a smart idea to take notes. Write down exactly what the computer is doing, and not doing, as well as any specific error codes that may come up. You should also take notes of what you do to try to fix the problem and the effects. This will help you, when you can’t remember what you have already tried, but it will definitely make the repair process easier if you find you need to hand off your device to a qualified computer repair technician.


Questions to ask a computer repair service
Before you make a hiring decision, ask prospective computer repair companies the following questions:
1. How much do you charge?
This discussion can be about hourly rate or project estimate. Many customers often forget to ask about the hourly rate and then find themselves in the awkward position of having to pay a lot more than they expected for an incredibly short repair. Even though you might be upset and eager to get your computer up and running again, make sure to discuss expenses in advance.
2. How long will this take?
Ask how long the repair will take? Some may take a matter of minutes, but in some instances, you may have to leave your computer with the technician for days or even weeks.
3. What type of training do your technicians have?
It's important to hire a company that is qualified to make the repair. Ask about credentials and training, and if required in your state, licensing.


Computer Maintenance Tips
Proper maintenance will keep a home computer running well. A few minutes spent on tests and updates can avert frustrating crashes and sluggish performance.
Follow these computer maintenance tips:
  1. Install antivirus security software and set up a regular sweep. Your computer may have come with a pre-installed antivirus system, but be sure you have one and it is set up to regularly search for and destroy malware on your machine. There are plenty of quality free programs such as AVG, Avast or Avira available if you need them, but no matter what, it is vital to protect your computer against viruses.
  2. Consistently back up stored data and create restore points. Be prepared for the worst by regularly backing up your files on the hard drive or an external hard drive to be extra safe. It is likely that your computer came with a program to create system restore points (System Restore on Windows computers and Time Machine on Macs) that save a complete version of your computer that you can return to later. This is very helpful if a virus has completely ruined your machine and you can’t find out how to get rid of it. You simply go back to before the virus was introduced. Be sure to set up the programs to automatically create regular restore points or you can install third party programs to do this as well.
  3. Keep your system and programs updated. Software developers regularly put out updates for everything from your operating system to programs you use regularly. These updates make sure your software is running top notch, but updates also regularly plug security holes so you will want to install updates as soon as you are notified of them to protect yourself against malicious viruses and spyware.
  4. Uninstall unused programs and files and regularly defragment your hard drive to keep your computer from slowing down. The more free space your computer has on the hard drive, the faster it will run so if you have old files you don’t need or old programs you don’t use, clear them out. You will also want to regularly do a disk cleanup to clear out junk files that get downloaded by your browser or temporary program files that take up space. Also, regularly defragmenting your hard drive will keep your computer running smoothly. Your computer likely has a tool you can use to set up a routine fragmentation.
  5. Practice safe browsing habits to avoid viruses and phishing scams. Much of the malicious software that wrecks computers finds its way to your device through your own unknowing clicking. Protect yourself by always reading the web address before you click a link in a search result, never clicking through on a suspicious popup window, never giving out login information even if the requester claims to be from a reputable company and never opening an email or email attachment you are unsure of.
  6. Clean out dust and grime that accumulates outside and inside the machine. Built up dust  can cause overheating and is to blame for lots of computer breakdowns. This is simple to avoid by regularly using a small vacuum to remove dust and then spray with compressed canned air. For tower-style desktops, you will want to remove the side panel to carefully clear the dust inside the tower every three to six months for optimum performance.
  7. Plug your desktop into a surge protector. Electric storms can irreparably damage sensitive components inside your computer. The simplest way to protect it from power surges is to plug it into a surge protector.



God mode in Windows 10 How to enable it

God Mode makes a return in Windows 10. 

Activating it unveils a power user menu that brings together all of your system’s far-flung settings and configuration options into a single location.














Make sure your system account has administrative privileges.
Copy the entire line below
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
On your Desktop>Right click>Create New folder,  Paste the line above and hit enter




Google Chrome 51

Google has launched Chrome 51 for Windows and Mac, promising that the Linux version will “ship shortly.”
This release includes the usual slew of developer features, but users should benefit from some of the improvements right away.
Google Chrome is arguably more than a browser: With over 1 billion users, it’s a major platform that web developers have to consider. In fact, with its regular additions and changes, developers have to keep up to ensure they are taking advantage of everything available.
You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in silent updater, or download it directly from the link below
google.com/chrome.

Who's watching You (Get your free, anti Keylogger) for Windows

Ghostpress is a free anti-keylogger software.It supports global key protection without any application limitation.

Instead of scrambling the key presses this tool even hides any key press.



The application is pretty simple to use. It is portable and does not require any installation. You can either carry it in USB pen drive or attach it in your email as it is just 150KB in size. All you need to do is to run the exe file and the protection is activated. So instead of scrambling the key presses on your PC, Ghostpress completely hides any key press actions from prying eyes.

Download the file and double click on it to install




Once installed it will open and that's it you're protected

You can  temporarily block the access by clicking on the green icon, It will then turn red! You can also enable it in Windows start up. The app is pretty simple and easy to use




Click on options and select Enable desktop widget, This will open a green check circle (shown above) It floats so you can place it wherever you like on the desktop


The app is available free of cost and can be downloaded from here






Connect to another pc using Windows 8 Remote Desktop


How do I connect to another PC with Remote Desktop?
These instructions are for setting up a Windows 8.1 PC. 

To set up the remote PC
Go to the remote PC.

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search (or if you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search), enter allow remote in the search box, and then tap or click Allow remote access to your computer.   You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.

In the System Properties dialog box, under Remote Desktop, make sure the Allow remote connections to this computer button is selected. For more info about these options, see the "What types of Remote Desktop connections should I allow?" question in this topic.

Tap or click Select Users, and in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, tap or click Add.

In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do the following:

tap or click Locations, and then select the location you want to search.

In Enter the object names to select, enter the name or user name of the person that you want to add, and then tap or click OK. The name will be added to the list of people who can connect to this PC.

Make sure you know this PC’s full name. You’ll need to enter it in the Remote Desktop app when you want to connect to this PC remotely.

To find your PC's full name:
Open System by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering System in the search box, and tapping or clicking System.

Look under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings to see the full PC name.

Turn off sleep and hibernation on the remote PC. You'll need to make sure the settings for sleep and hibernation are set to Never.

Its kinda hard trying to connect to a computer that's sleeping!!

Fix Google Chrome sync issues Android and PC

Google Chrome not syncing for ya?

If you get a sync error or if you've made changes to your synced data but don't see it on other devices. Try the steps below

First, try to see what caused the problem
On your computer, open Chrome.
If Chrome found a sync error, the top corner of the screen will show a yellow Chrome Menu .
Click the Menu.
Click the error.

Follow the instructions to fix the problem.

So if the steps above don’t help, here are some easy fixes:

Sign in to Chrome again.
Did you update your Google Account recently?

Lets see if that is causing the problem.
Disconnect and reconnect your Google account to Chrome.

Open Chrome on your computer.
In the top right, click the Menu .
Click Settings > Disconnect your Google Account.
Close and quit Chrome completely, then re-open Chrome.

Sign in to Chrome and turn sync back on. Update your passphrase.

If you’ve set a sync passphrase on one computer, you’ll need to enter the same passphrase on all of your other computers you want to sync.

Open Chrome on your computer.
In the top right, click the icon you see: Menu or More Click Settings > Advanced sync settings.
You'll see one of the following:
“Your data was encrypted with your Google password If you ,,,,,
If you see this message, enter the sync passphrase that you created.

Update Chrome:
Sometimes, Chrome could have a hard time syncing if you're on an older version of the browser. Update to the newest version.

Chromebook users:
Talk to your administrator If you're using a Chromebook at work, school, or another group, your organization might change some of your sync settings. If you have problems, contact your administrator.

How to Create multiple desktops in Windows 10

How to  create more then one desktop in Windows 10

One way to share a computer and stay organized is to have multiple, separate work space environments or “virtual desktops. In Windows 10 this is now possible and easy to do



Set Up Exchange E-Mail on an Android

Set Up Exchange E-Mail on an Android Mobile Phone

You can set up e-mail using an Exchange account on an Android mobile phone.
  1. From the Applications menu, select Email. This application may be named Mail on some versions of Android.
  2. Type your full e-mail address, for example tony@contoso.com, and your password, and then select Next.
  3. Select Exchange account. This option may be named Exchange ActiveSync on some versions of Android.
  4. Enter the following account information and select Next.
    • Domain\Username   Type your full e-mail address in this box. If Domain and Username are separate text boxes in your version of Android, leave the Domain box empty and type your full e-mail address in the Username box.
      noteNote:
      On some versions of Android, you need to use the domain\username format. For example, if your e-mail address is tony@contoso.com, type contoso.com\tony@contoso.com. Your username is your full e-mail address.
    • Password   Use the password that you use to access your account.
    • Exchange Server   Use the address of your Exchange server. To find this address, see “Finding the Server Name” later in this topic.
  5. As soon as your phone verifies the server settings, the Account Options screen displays. The options available depend on the version of Android on your device. The options may include the following:
    • Email checking frequency   The default value is Automatic (push). When you select this option, e-mail messages will be sent to your phone as they arrive. We recommend only selecting this option if you have an unlimited data plan.
    • Amount to synchronize   This is the amount of mail you want to keep on your mobile phone. You can choose from several length options, including One day, Three days, and One week.
    • Notify me when email arrives   If you select this option, your mobile phone will notify you when you receive a new e-mail message.
    • Sync contacts from this account   If you select this option, your contacts will be synchronized between your phone and your account.
  6. Select Next and then type a name for this account and the name you want displayed when you send e-mail to others. Select Done to complete the e-mail setup and start using your account.

    tipTip:
    You may need to wait ten-to-fifteen minutes after you set up your account before you can send or receive e-mail.

Windows 10 Disable OneDrive Completely


How to Disable OneDrive in Windows 10


Disable OneDrive Everywhere in Windows and Apps
Press Win + R keyboard accelerator to open Run dialog box.
Type GPedit.msc and hit Enter or OK to open Local Group Policy Editor.
















Navigate to Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> OneDrive. 
In the right pane, double click on policy named Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage
Select the Enabled radio button.



















This policy setting lets you prevent apps and features from working with files on OneDrive.
If you enable this policy setting:

* Users can’t access OneDrive from the OneDrive app and file picker.
* Windows Store apps can’t access OneDrive using the WinRT API.
* OneDrive doesn’t appear in the navigation pane in File Explorer.
* OneDrive files aren’t kept in sync with the cloud.
* Users can’t automatically upload photos and videos from the camera roll folder.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, apps and features can work with OneDrive file storage.

One Drive sync issue - Credentials needed Error


Tips to resolve OneDrive sync issue -

When OneDrive stops syncing to a local computer and you receive the following error message
“Credentials needed, We need your credentials to sync some libraries.
 Please click here to sync now”.

If that does not work (i.e. if your sync issues do not go away), Stop Syncing and follow this process:
Go to the Onedrive cloud in the tray (bottom right hand corner)
Right click and say Stop Syncing folder (it will give you a warning about permanently stopping this).
Now Go to c:\users\%username%\onedrive @Yourinfo.com
Rename the folder to onedrive@ Yourinfo.old. This will preserve the old data.
Shut down any Microsoft products (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)
Start Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del)

End the following processes: groove.exe, msosync.exe
Check to make sure you have Hidden Files/Folders turned on by going to "This PC" and selecting the View tab. Check the box for "Hidden Items".

Go to c:\users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\SPW - delete everything in here.
Close the window.
Go to c:\users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\OfficeFileCache - delete everything in here.
Close the window.
Restart your workstation.
If the sync process does not start automatically, open a browser and go to Office365 login and select OneDrive.Click on Sync and let it create a new sync folder
If there are files missing, you will have to go to your _old folder and copy the files to your new sync area.



Windows 10 Back up and restore your files

Back up and restore your files

It's always good to have a backup. Keep copies of your files on another drive in case something happens to the originals.

Set up your backup


Select the Start Start icon button, then select Settings  > Update & security > Backup > Add a drive and choose an external drive or network location for your backups.


All set. Every hour, we’ll back up everything in your user folder (C:\Users\username). To change which files get backed up or how often backups happen, go to More options.
If you’re missing an important file or folder, here’s how to get it back:
  1. Search for Restore files from the task bar and select Restore your files with File History.
  2. Look for the file you need and then use the arrows to see all its versions.
  3. When you find the version you want, select the Restore button to save it in its original location. To save it in a different place, right-click (or press and hold) the Restore button, select Restore to, and then choose a new location.

Fix Google Sync Issues on your Android

So your having some issues with Google?

So first try removing and re-adding your Google Account,  because it's likely that something in your account
(e.g. bookmarks, history contacts etc is having trouble syncing..

So let's remove it,

Open the Chrome menu. Touch Settings. Touch your name. Under "Accounts," switch the slider to OFF. Touch OK.

Open the Android Settings app on your device.
Touch Apps > All > Chrome > Touch Force stop > OK.
Now let's open Chrome and Touch the Chrome menu > Settings >Touch Sign in to Chrome.>Choose an account and turn sync back on.

If the steps above don't work, check the Google Chrome sync settings on your device.

Open the Android Settings app on your device. Under Accounts lets touch Google.
Touch your email address. In the list that appears find "Chrome"and check to see if the check box next to it is selected.  Select the check box if it's not selected.

Sign in to Chrome and turn sync back on. Update your passphrase.

If you’ve set a sync passphrase on one computer, you’ll need to enter the same passphrase on all of your other computers you want to sync.

Open Chrome on your computer.
In the top right, click the icon you see: Menu or More Click Settings > Advanced sync settings.
You'll see one of the following:
“Your data was encrypted with your Google password If you ,,,,,
If you see this message, enter the sync passphrase that you created.

Update Chrome:
Sometimes, Chrome could have a hard time syncing if you're on an older version of the browser. Update to the newest version.

Chromebook users:
Talk to your administrator If you're using a Chromebook at work, school, or another group, your organization might change some of your sync settings. If you have problems, contact your administrator.

Google "Aw, Snap!" Page crash

If you're getting the "Aw, snap" error page, this means that Chrome is having problems loading a webpage you're trying to see.

Usually, you can reload the page to fix the error.

On your computer: In the top left, click the reload button .

On your mobile device: In the top right, touch the Chrome menu  > Reload. Or, drag the page down and release. Close other tabs

Your computer might not have enough memory available to load the site. Computers rely on memory to run apps, extensions, and programs. Low memory can cause them to run slowly or stop working.

Close every tab except for the one that’s showing the "Aw, snap" message, then try reloading that tab.

Try Restarting your device (computer Android etc) and try loading the page again. Still not working?

If most sites load normally but one site is crashing, that site might be causing the problem. Try refreshing the page a few times again by clicking on the blue Reload button on the "Aw, snap

Connect Windows 8 and Your Xbox 360

Connect Windows 8 to an Xbox 360

If you have an Xbox 360 console in your home you can connect your Windows 8 computer to it. This gives you the advantage of being able to enjoy your music, photos, and videos on your TV.

You can connect your Windows 8 computer to your Xbox 360 console through the Xbox Companion App which you can download for free from the Windows Store.




Connecting to Your Xbox 360 Using the Xbox Companion App




The Xbox Companion app allows you to remotely control your Xbox 360 console from your Windows 8 computer. This includes being able to easily manage your Xbox Live account settings and games, and to use a Windows 8 tablet as a remote gaming control for the Xbox console.


When you first start the Xbox Companion App, you will be asked to make your Xbox 360 console available. You do this on the Xbox console itself from the Dashboard by opening Settings, then Console Settings, then Xbox Companion and changing the status to Available.

Changing this status setting will make sure that Windows 8 can detect the Xbox console.

To connect your Windows 8 computer to your Xbox 360 console, you will need to be logged in to
both the computer and the Xbox using the same Microsoft account (your Xbox Live account).


When you connect your Xbox 360 console to your computer using the Windows Media Center software on your desktop or laptop computer, you can share your pictures, music, and videos with the console and enjoy it on your TV.

To do this, you will need Windows Media Center installed on your computer.
You can check by going to the All Apps view where, if Media Center is in- stalled, it will appear in the Windows Accessories section. If you don’t have Media Center installed, it is a chargeable extra that you can buy by searching for Add Features at the Start screen and selecting Add Features to Windows 8 from the Settings search results.

You will need to buy an upgrade to Windows 8, which you can do by clicking the I want to buy a product key online button, which will upgrade you to the full version of Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

To connect your Xbox 360 console to your Windows 8 computer using Windows Media Center
start Windows Media Center from the Video panel on your Xbox 360 Dashboard and follow the simple instructions.


Connecting to Other Devices in Your Home
While you can use HomeGroup to share files and printers between other Win- dows 7 and Windows 8 computers in your home, and you can use the Xbox Companion App or Windows Media Center to connect to an Xbox 360 con- sole, you can also connect your Windows 8 computer to other networked devices in your home. These could include a USB hard disk plugged into your Internet router or a wireless printer. There are a couple of ways that you can do this.


Connecting to Devices from the Charms Menu
Open the Charms menu and select Devices to see other hardware devices you can use and access from your Windows 8 computer. Not all devices will appear

Microsoft OneDrive what's it all about?


What is one drive and how do you use it?



What is OneDrive Useful for?
OneDrive is useful for accessing your data from anywhere you have an internet connection as well as from various mobile devices. OneDrive offers 1 TB of storage as well as real-time collaboration.


How do I access my OneDrive account?

To access your OneDrive account, go to https://office365. and sign-in with your Microsoft account ID & Password

What does it mean to Sync data to my local computer?
Syncing your data means that you will have a copy on a local computer as well as in the cloud. You can easily save documents directly into your local folder. The data is then "copied up" to the cloud.

Can I put sensitive data on OneDrive?

OneDrive is an off-premise cloud based solution. What that means is that your files are stored in a Microsoft Data Center. If you find that you need to share sensitive information, you should turn on Auditing. This will give you a way to track your documents if something was to happen.

How do I turn on auditing?

To turn auditing on, go to the "gear" icon (upper right hand corner) and select Site Settings. Under Site Collection Administration, go to Site Collection Audit Settings and specify which things to audit. It's  recommend you check all of the boxes under "Documents and Items" and "Lists, Libraries, and Sites".

How do I create a new folder?
From a web browser, click on Files in the upper left hand corner. Click on "New Folder".

If you have installed the sync client, you can create a new folder just like you normally would on your local computer.

How do I upload a file?
You can upload a document by logging on to your account with a browser, and dragging/dropping a document into your document depository in the area where it says "drag files here".


You can also install the sync client. Once you have done that, it is just like a document library on your local computer currently called OneDrive.  You can save directly from all Office products (e.g. Word, Excel) by clicking “Save As” and selecting your local synced folders. If you put a file or folder in the sync area on your local computer, it will automatically sync to the cloud.


Be thoughtful about the data you put in your sync area. OneDrive is always available through any web browser from any computer, anywhere with internet access.


How to I share a file?

To share a file, click on the 3 dots next to the folder name (…) or click on the "lock" symbol. Select "Invite Others". To add users within your company or contact's,  type in the user's last name and select from the directory. If the person you want to add is not listed, just type in their email address.

If you want to share a file anonymously, open your document and go to Sharing. Select "Get a Link". You can create a "read only" or "edit" link to send to anyone via email. Just remember, anyone you send this link to can forward the email to anyone they choose. There is no tracking of who made changes to your document if you made an "edit" link.

How do I share a folder?

To share a folder, click on the 3 dots next to the folder name (…) or click on the "lock" symbol. Select "Invite Others". To add users simply follow the steps above.


Please note: To share an entire folder, all users must have a Microsoft account. If the user does not have a Micrisoft account, they should setup a personal Microsoft account. To create a personal Microsoft account, please go here: Microsoft Account Sign-Up

How do I tell who I have shared a document with?
Highlight the file name and select the "group" symbol (looks like 3 users). You can see who you have shared a file with from here. You can also click the 3 dots next to the file name and it will open up "Share with" section.


Can OneDrive do real-time online collaboration?

Yes, OneDrive can do real-time online collaboration. You have to open the document in Office Web Apps. In the upper right hand corner, you will see when someone is also editing the file. You will see a flag while the other person is typing.


Can I create a new document in the browser?

Yes, you can create a new document by clicking on "new document" in the main area of your document repository. It will automatically use Office Web Apps to create the document. You can switch to using your "full" Office application (e.g. Word) by going to the File menu and click on "open in Word". This will give you the full functionality of your local Office apps.


What happens when I delete a file? Can I get it back?

When you delete a file, it goes into the Recycle Bin for 90 days. After 90 days, it gets deleted permanently. To get a file back from the recycle bin, go to the "gear" in the upper right hand corner and select "Site Contents". The Recycle Bin is on the right. You may restore a file from there or permanently delete a file.


How to I install the desktop client for Windows?
If you have Office 2013, you do NOT need to install the client. It is already installed for you.

If you have Office 2010, the Windows desktop sync can be downloaded here:


What apps are there for OneDrive

There are apps for all OS. The Mac sync client is still in "preview" or "beta". You may download the preview client here. In the next generation sync client, there will be selective sync which will allow you to pick which folder you want to sync.


Is this replacing any services?
OneDrive replaced Xythos and MyFiles Basic.

How to Solve Sync Issues for Microsoft's One Drive Personal & business



If you can't sync files between your computer and One Drive, It might be due to problems with the One Drive


Let's  make sure you do not have another machine trying to sync data.

Always try Repair first
(Repair creates an Archive folder in c:\users\%username%\OneDrive for Business Archive folder. Then it attempts to fix the issues). 
Always try this first!
Go to your tray (bottom right hand corner) and right click on your cloud and say "Repair".


Go to your tray (bottom right hand corner) and right click on your cloud and select "Repair"























Go to the OneDrive cloud in the tray (bottom right hand corner - see above)

If that does not work (i.e. if your sync issues do not go away), Stop Syncing and follow this process:

Go to the OneDrive cloud in the tray (bottom right hand corner - see above)

Right click and say Stop Syncing folder (it will give you a warning about permanently stopping this). That is ok.
Go to c:\users\%username%\onedrive @ ........
Rename the folder to onedrive@ Your Info_old.  This will preserve the old data.
Shut down any Microsoft products (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)
Start Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
End the following processes:  groove.exe, msosync.exe

Check to make sure you have Hidden Files/Folders turned on by going to
"This PC" and selecting the View tab.  Check the box for "Hidden Items".
Go to c:\users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\SPW - delete everything in here.
Close the window.
Go to c:\users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\OfficeFileCache - delete everything in here.  Close the window.

Restart your computer
If the sync process does not start automatically, open a browser and go to Portal.office.com sign in and select OneDrive.

Click on Sync and let it create a new sync folder
If there are files missing, you will have to go to your _old folder and copy the files to your new sync area.

Restart your computer
.
If the sync process does not start automatically, open a browser and go to Portal.office.com
>login and select OneDrive.
Click on Sync and let it create a new sync folder
If there are files missing, you will have to go to your _old folder and copy the files to your new sync folder.

Hope this has helped!!

Windows 10 How to disable Connected User Experience


Just when you thought it was gone!
The Diagnostic Tracking Service Has been renamed to
(Connected User Experience Telemetry)

Microsoft finally went on record admitting that automatic spying within Windows 10 cannot be stopped. This sparked a lot of outrage and  it appeared Microsoft had done a sharp U-turn because the background service at the heart tracking (the ‘Diagnostics Tracking Service’ aka ‘DiagTrack’) appeared to have been removed. Critics celebrated and it was another well deserved pat on the back for Microsoft.

Well what Microsoft really did was just renamed DiagTrack. It is now called the ‘Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service’ – which is both a) deliberately vague, and b) misleading (don’t ‘Connected User Experiences’ sound great).


If you check Services after the last major update Windows 10 Build 1511, you will notice that the Diagnostics Tracking Service is gone. Well not really, It seems that Microsoft has renamed the service to (Connected User Experiences and Telemetry instead) as shown below.


The Connected User Experiences and Telemetry service enables features that support in-application and connected user experiences. Additionally, this service manages the event driven collection and transmission of diagnostic and usage information (used to improve the experience and quality of the Windows Platform) when the diagnostics and usage privacy option settings are enabled under Feedback and Diagnostics. 

 To disable this service, do the following:

Windows-key or magnifying glass in lower left corner
 Type services.msc and hit enter


1. Locate the Connected User Experiences and Telemetry service
2 Double-click on the service.
3. Select Stop
4. Change the Startup Type of the service to disabled.


Check back regularly, not only in Services but also the privacy settings that Windows 10 lists in the Settings application and the changes that you had to make in the Group Policy Editor or the Registry directly, as there is no telling if things will be reset or changed again in the future.

Disable OneDrive in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Disable OneDrive in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10





One-drive in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 can be disabled through your computer's Local Group Policy Editor. This doesn't remove One-drive from your PC, but it stops it from syncing with the cloud or connecting with other apps, and removes it from the navigation pane in File Explorer.




TIP Because disabling One-drive involves changing a Group Policy setting on your computer, it is disabled for everyone who uses that computer. If others use the computer, make sure they also want One-drive disabled.


  1. Press (Windows key) + R to open the Run box.

  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK.

    In the Local Group Policy Editor, in the folder list under Local Computer Policy, navigate the folders to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components >OneDrive.


NOTE If you have any files or data in One-drive, you will not lose them if you disable or uninstall One-drive on your computer. You can always access your files by signing in to OneDrive.com

 First, you have to create a new key with the name OneDrive in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows (right-click). Then, you have to create a new DWORD (32-bit) value with the name DisableFileSyncNGSC under the newOneDrive key and set it to 1.

After you sign out and sign in again, the One Drive icon will have disappeared from File Explorer, and OneDrive can no longer sync data with the Microsoft cloud.

The policy disables OneDrive on Window 10 computers only if you use the ADMX template for Windows 10. You can easily verify which ADMX template you are working with.

The supported-on field of the newer policy, which also works for Windows 10, contains “At least Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7” instead of “at least Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1.”







Tips and Tricks for Windows 10

Windows 10 tips and tricks

Millions of users have upgraded to Windows 10, and now the challenge is figuring out how to use it. Microsoft's flagship operating system combines elements of both Windows 7 and 8.1 but adds a few new places and interfaces as well. To check your network connections, for example, or to see a list of installed programs, the route may be unfamiliar. So if you're lost in Windows 10 right now, let us draw you a map.

Navigate the new Start menu and Cortana

Windows 10's Start menu uses elements from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The biggest change from Windows 7 is the pane of tiles on the right-hand side. If you don't like these, just right-click them and select Unpin From Start.

You can also "Turn live tile off." The Twitter app, installed by default, will display a constantly updated feed that you can toggle off using "Turn live tile off." If you want to turn off an app,  you can uninstall it from here. If you want to use the app but you don't want it in your Start menu, click and drag it to the desktop or taskbar.

However, you can't create a taskbar shortcut for Cortana (Microsoft's Siri-like search assistant). Instead, begin a search and click the circle to the left of My Stuff to access Cortana. Or just say "Hey Cortana" if you have a microphone hooked up. Soon there will be Windows 10 PCs with Intel processors that can use "Hey Cortana" to wake up from sleep mode. If you don't want to use Cortana, it's disabled by default, so you need take no action.

Locate programs and the Control Panel

In Windows 7, you go to Add & Remove Programs to uninstall software or to see how much space an app takes up or when you last used it. With Windows 8, Microsoft started calling this area Programs & Features, and you could search for either name to find the tool.

That's no longer the case in Windows 10. Now you search for Apps & Features (press the Windows key and type your search query). The tool is in the System section of Windows 10's Settings app. Right-click Apps & Features in the left-hand pane, and you get the option to create a tile with that name in Windows 10's Start menu.

If you prefer the original Control Panel, right-click the Start menu button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select it from the context menu. In there you'll find a host of tools that are no longer fully exposed to users, like Programs & Features and the Appearance and Personalization menus. Some of the icons are different, but the functions and the look are mostly intact.

The Windows 10 tool for setting default apps is arguably easier to use, though (press the Windows key, select Settings, click the System icon in the upper-left, and click Default Apps in the left-hand menu). The tool sorts according to what the program does, instead of making you go through each detected program and check what it wants to do.

If you want to ditch the Control Panel for the Settings tool, Windows 10 has a new keyboard shortcut for the latter: Windows-I. Microsoft keeps an official list of all keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 10.

Virtual desktops

Windows 10 was built to be a touch-friendly operating system, but Microsoft isn't slacking on keyboard and mouse support. Windows-Tab launches the Task View tool, which displays all your open windows at once and reveals the New Desktop option in the lower right-hand corner. Yep, Windows finally has a virtual desktop interface (VDI), but it's fairly basic. Unlike OS X and Linux, you can't use them to organize different sets of application shortcuts, folders, or files. You can't apply wallpaper or color schemes that are unique to each VDI. In Windows 10, any of those things that you apply to your "real" desktop is mirrored across all the VDIs that you have created. Still, it's a good start.

Once you've created a new desktop, you can switch between it and your "real" desktop by pressing Windows-Ctrl and the left or right arrow key. All open windows share your original taskbar, which makes them easier to keep track of, but things also may get squished. Create a little more real estate down there by right-clicking the taskbar, selecting Properties, checking the box next to "Use small icons," clicking the Apply button and then OK to close the menu.

If you have multiple displays plugged in, virtual desktops may not be as useful. But you can move an application window from one display to another by pressing Windows-Shift-Left Arrow or -Right Arrow. This shortcut has actually been around since Windows 7. Oddly, you can't use this shortcut combo to move a window from one Windows 10 VDI to another.

Tweaking the Action Center

There's a new default icon in your system tray (in the lower right-hand corner of the desktop). It looks like a square-shaped conversation bubble with three horizontal lines inside it. This is the shortcut to your Action Center, which works like the notifications system in Android or iOS. Within it are four main shortcuts (or Quick Actions, the vague term that Windows 10 prefers). By default, they are Tablet Mode, Connect, Note, and All Settings. The Connect function handles your Wi-Fi and Ethernet interaction, and the Note function is a scratch pad. If you are signed into a Microsoft account, you'll also see incoming email here.

You can change the four main Quick Actions, but not from within the Action Center. Instead, right-click the date and time in the lower right-hand corner of the screen and select "Customize notification icons." This opens up the Notifications & Actions section of the Settings tool. Click one of the four Quick Action buttons to open a drop-down menu listing other shortcuts.

Handle OneDrive

OneDrive, formerly known as SkyDrive, is Microsoft's cloud storage competitor to Google Drive and iCloud. Its cloud-shaped icon will appear by default in your system tray, because it's set to start automatically when you load Windows. If you don't care about OneDrive, stop this behavior by right-clicking the cloud icon, clicking Settings and the Settings tab (the window doesn't default to this tab), unchecking the box next to "Start OneDrive automatically when I sign into Windows," and clicking OK to confirm your changes.

To close OneDrive manually, right-click the icon, select Exit, and click one the Close OneDrive button to confirm.

Side note: OneDrive is not an ideal cloud storage service, because it doesn't offer client-side encryption. Instead, the service keeps a copy of your encryption keys, so technically Microsoft can look at your files (unless you've pre-encrypted them with a third-party program or service) or hand those keys over to anyone with the legal power to seize them -- all without your knowledge. Most cloud storage services, including iCloud and Google Drive, keep a copy of your encryption keys.

If you want to change how other icons show up in the system tray, return to Notifications & Actions and click the link labeled "Select which icons appear on the taskbar." You'll see a list of icons that you can toggle on and off with a slider. This is just the first batch of icons; to reset the rest of them, click the back arrow in upper left-hand corner of the Settings Window and click the link labeled "Turn system icons on or off." There's no Apply or OK button. Instead, your changes are saved right away, automatically.