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Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Joe Giovanelli
 

After upgrading to Windows 10, why would I then need to perform a clean install? Shouldn't the upgrade accomplish the same thing?

Joe Giovanelli

----- Original Message -----
From: Joseph Lee <@joslee>
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 0:23
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?



Hi,
Gene is correct, both in terms of practicality and due to the way a Windows 10 digital license is generated. As part of the in-place upgrade procedure (via Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant), a "fingerprint" of your system's configuration (mostly hardware) is captured and sent to Microsoft, which is then used to generate a perpetual digital license. After Windows 10 installation completes, Windows will connect to activation servers at Microsoft, which will detect a "valid" license and activate the upgraded copy accordingly. This is also the reason why it is possible to "upgrade" by providing a genuinely licensed product key for Windows 7 and 8.x, which will also determine which edition will get installed (a typical retail Windows 10 installation media (including ISO image downloaded via Media Creation Tool) contains all consumer editions in one go; the product key entered will determine which edition gets installed; in reality, everyone uses Windows 10 Pro, but non-Pro features are unavailable if using Windows 10 Home).
As pointed out by many people (including tech press writers), in order to receive this "free" digital license (after all, that's really what's happening), you need to perform an in-place upgrade first - clean install won't work. Only after in-place upgrade is successful (evidenced by activation via digital license), you can then do a clean install, after which the same digital license will be used to "activate" the fresh installation.
Another alternative, which may come in handy for some (although for some of you, a bit risky, explained below), is tying Windows 10 activation with your Microsoft Account. This is attractive if you need to use additional services that comes with a Microsoft Account, such as enhancements to cloud clipboard history, synchronizing user data and settings, and what not. This is also handy if your goal is to participate in Windows Insider Program (caveat: since December 16, 2019, those opting into Windows Insider fast ring will get unstable builds which are coming from development labs at Microsoft, akin to Firefox nightly or Chrome dev channel; those subscribed to a subgroup of a certain Groups.IO forum will know what I'm talking about).
Cheers,
Joseph

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bharat
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:04 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

As suggested by Gene,

upgrading is the best solution for Peter in this scenario, more so because he wants to use the free windows10 offer. Once he does an in place upgrade, his machine would be upgraded to windows10 for free. He can thereafter choose to install a fresh copy of windows should he decide to do so. Upgrading any other way than an in place upgrade will not make the machine for a free windows licence for Windows10.

Thank you,

bharat.

On 12/18/19, Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:
From what I've read, upgrading often works well and you don't have to
reinstall programs after an upgrade. If an upgrade doesn't work well,
there is plenty of time to do the extra work of an installation of the
operating system as an entirely new installation. And you don't have
to customize programs again.

You should back up the hard drive before doing the upgrade but I would
think that if an upgrade works well, you would save a lot of work.

Gene
----- Original Message -----

From: Steve Matzura
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:42 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10
for free?


The best thing to do is perform a fresh install. Make sure you back up
your system first, and can dip into that backup to pull out data
you'll lose by following the procedure below.


Also, before beginning the actual install, be sure you have all the
software registration information for any third-party products you may
own and use. Keyfinder, the tool from Magical Jellybean, can help in
this regard. Trouble is, I just tried to go there and get the URL to
paste in here to download Keyfinder, and apparently their site has
been compromised in some way because I can't get pqast the
Malwarebytes warning screens. There may be other such tools.


Here's a short how-to to install Windows 10 from scratch. I didn't
write it.


Install Windows 10 from scratch
Tip: Before you run this operation, make sure to backup the existing
Windows installation so that you can restore it should things go wrong.

1. You need a Windows 10 DVD or ISO image. Make sure you pick the
right architecture and version.E.G. if you have windows 7 pro
installed, you need the ISO or DVD of windows 10 pro. Tip:you can
obtain the ISO or creat bootable media by using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.
Googleing that should get you the file.

2. Burn the ISO, mount it or extract it.
3. Navigate to the folder inside the ISO:

\Windows Disk\sources

And copy the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

And paste it to the desktop. The file is located on the installation
media you created. This is why you have to extract all files from the
ISO using a utility such as 7ZIP.
4. Run the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

with administrators rights. It creates a file called:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

On the desktop. This file is needed so copy it to a USB drive or other
location.
5 Run a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards on the system. Make
sure you skip the product key.
6. Once you are done and in Windows 10, copy the file:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

To the following location:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket

7. The folder may be hidden by default. If you cannot see it, select
File > Options > View > Show hidden files, folders and drives in File
Explorer.
8. Reboot your PC.
The next time you boot into Windows 10 it should be fully activated.
You can verify that easily with a tap on Windows-Pause. This opens the
System Control panel and the system's activation status at the bottom
of the page.


On 12/17/2019 11:40 AM, Peter Spitz wrote:
Could someone please give me instructions on how to do the upgrade?
I couldn't find anything on Microsoft's website.

Thank you!

On 12/17/19, Joseph Lee <@joslee> wrote:
Hi,
Yes - free (at least for now). A few weeks ago we had a discussion
on a Windows 10 forum and the answer is that it is possible to
upgrade for free (at this time).
Cheers,
Joseph









Re: Ordering form Amazon

Ann Parsons
 

Hi all,

Gets in an endless loop eh? Wants password, give password, taken to choose shipping address. Choose shipping address, log-in and around and around and around it goes. I wanted to throw my computer out the window yesterday! The Accessibility people were about as helpful as a screen door in a submarine.

Ann P.




Original message:

Hi All,
A friend of mine is having trouble with ordering from Amazon. He has
ordered several items in the last few weeks with success. But, on
three occasions, he has been able to add an item to the cart, however,
could not proceed to check out. He called Amazon Accessibility and
they could not figure out why this is happening.
He is using Google Chrome with JAWS 2020. We are looking for a
solution. If someone has any suggestions, they would be greatly
appreciated.
Thanks much
Allen
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Portal Tutoring
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Skype: Putertutor

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Not all those who wander are lost."


Re: Direct TV Now.

Shirley Koda
 

Thank you.

 

 

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Raed buttrus
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 2:19 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Direct TV Now.

 

 

                You may check the Amazon fire stick.

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Shirley Koda
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 1:42 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Direct TV Now.

 

I am thinking about getting Direct TV Now.  I know that I can stream it to my TV with the Apple TV.  However, I’m looking for something that isn’t quite as expensive which will do the same thing.  Is there anything else that is accessible and that will stream Direct TV Now to my TV?  Thanks.

 

Shirley  


Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@...>
 

Hi,
Gene is correct, both in terms of practicality and due to the way a Windows 10 digital license is generated. As part of the in-place upgrade procedure (via Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant), a "fingerprint" of your system's configuration (mostly hardware) is captured and sent to Microsoft, which is then used to generate a perpetual digital license. After Windows 10 installation completes, Windows will connect to activation servers at Microsoft, which will detect a "valid" license and activate the upgraded copy accordingly. This is also the reason why it is possible to "upgrade" by providing a genuinely licensed product key for Windows 7 and 8.x, which will also determine which edition will get installed (a typical retail Windows 10 installation media (including ISO image downloaded via Media Creation Tool) contains all consumer editions in one go; the product key entered will determine which edition gets installed; in reality, everyone uses Windows 10 Pro, but non-Pro features are unavailable if using Windows 10 Home).
As pointed out by many people (including tech press writers), in order to receive this "free" digital license (after all, that's really what's happening), you need to perform an in-place upgrade first - clean install won't work. Only after in-place upgrade is successful (evidenced by activation via digital license), you can then do a clean install, after which the same digital license will be used to "activate" the fresh installation.
Another alternative, which may come in handy for some (although for some of you, a bit risky, explained below), is tying Windows 10 activation with your Microsoft Account. This is attractive if you need to use additional services that comes with a Microsoft Account, such as enhancements to cloud clipboard history, synchronizing user data and settings, and what not. This is also handy if your goal is to participate in Windows Insider Program (caveat: since December 16, 2019, those opting into Windows Insider fast ring will get unstable builds which are coming from development labs at Microsoft, akin to Firefox nightly or Chrome dev channel; those subscribed to a subgroup of a certain Groups.IO forum will know what I'm talking about).
Cheers,
Joseph

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bharat
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:04 PM
To: main@techtalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

As suggested by Gene,

upgrading is the best solution for Peter in this scenario, more so because he wants to use the free windows10 offer. Once he does an in place upgrade, his machine would be upgraded to windows10 for free. He can thereafter choose to install a fresh copy of windows should he decide to do so. Upgrading any other way than an in place upgrade will not make the machine for a free windows licence for Windows10.

Thank you,

bharat.

On 12/18/19, Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:
From what I've read, upgrading often works well and you don't have to
reinstall programs after an upgrade. If an upgrade doesn't work well,
there is plenty of time to do the extra work of an installation of the
operating system as an entirely new installation. And you don't have
to customize programs again.

You should back up the hard drive before doing the upgrade but I would
think that if an upgrade works well, you would save a lot of work.

Gene
----- Original Message -----

From: Steve Matzura
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:42 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10
for free?


The best thing to do is perform a fresh install. Make sure you back up
your system first, and can dip into that backup to pull out data
you'll lose by following the procedure below.


Also, before beginning the actual install, be sure you have all the
software registration information for any third-party products you may
own and use. Keyfinder, the tool from Magical Jellybean, can help in
this regard. Trouble is, I just tried to go there and get the URL to
paste in here to download Keyfinder, and apparently their site has
been compromised in some way because I can't get pqast the
Malwarebytes warning screens. There may be other such tools.


Here's a short how-to to install Windows 10 from scratch. I didn't
write it.


Install Windows 10 from scratch
Tip: Before you run this operation, make sure to backup the existing
Windows installation so that you can restore it should things go wrong.

1. You need a Windows 10 DVD or ISO image. Make sure you pick the
right architecture and version.E.G. if you have windows 7 pro
installed, you need the ISO or DVD of windows 10 pro. Tip:you can
obtain the ISO or creat bootable media by using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.
Googleing that should get you the file.

2. Burn the ISO, mount it or extract it.
3. Navigate to the folder inside the ISO:

\Windows Disk\sources

And copy the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

And paste it to the desktop. The file is located on the installation
media you created. This is why you have to extract all files from the
ISO using a utility such as 7ZIP.
4. Run the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

with administrators rights. It creates a file called:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

On the desktop. This file is needed so copy it to a USB drive or other
location.
5 Run a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards on the system. Make
sure you skip the product key.
6. Once you are done and in Windows 10, copy the file:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

To the following location:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket

7. The folder may be hidden by default. If you cannot see it, select
File > Options > View > Show hidden files, folders and drives in File
Explorer.
8. Reboot your PC.
The next time you boot into Windows 10 it should be fully activated.
You can verify that easily with a tap on Windows-Pause. This opens the
System Control panel and the system's activation status at the bottom
of the page.


On 12/17/2019 11:40 AM, Peter Spitz wrote:
Could someone please give me instructions on how to do the upgrade?
I couldn't find anything on Microsoft's website.

Thank you!

On 12/17/19, Joseph Lee <@joslee> wrote:
Hi,
Yes - free (at least for now). A few weeks ago we had a discussion
on a Windows 10 forum and the answer is that it is possible to
upgrade for free (at this time).
Cheers,
Joseph





Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Bharat
 

As suggested by Gene,

upgrading is the best solution for Peter in this scenario, more so
because he wants to use the free windows10 offer. Once he does an in
place upgrade, his machine would be upgraded to windows10 for free. He
can thereafter choose to install a fresh copy of windows should he
decide to do so. Upgrading any other way than an in place upgrade will
not make the machine for a free windows licence for Windows10.

Thank you,

bharat.

On 12/18/19, Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:
From what I've read, upgrading often works well and you don't have to
reinstall programs after an upgrade. If an upgrade doesn't work well, there
is plenty of time to do the extra work of an installation of the operating
system as an entirely new installation. And you don't have to customize
programs again.

You should back up the hard drive before doing the upgrade but I would think
that if an upgrade works well, you would save a lot of work.

Gene
----- Original Message -----

From: Steve Matzura
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:42 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for
free?


The best thing to do is perform a fresh install. Make sure you back up
your system first, and can dip into that backup to pull out data you'll
lose by following the procedure below.


Also, before beginning the actual install, be sure you have all the
software registration information for any third-party products you may
own and use. Keyfinder, the tool from Magical Jellybean, can help in
this regard. Trouble is, I just tried to go there and get the URL to
paste in here to download Keyfinder, and apparently their site has been
compromised in some way because I can't get pqast the Malwarebytes
warning screens. There may be other such tools.


Here's a short how-to to install Windows 10 from scratch. I didn't write
it.


Install Windows 10 from scratch
Tip: Before you run this operation, make sure to backup the existing
Windows installation so that you can restore it should things go wrong.

1. You need a Windows 10 DVD or ISO image. Make sure you pick the right
architecture and version.E.G. if you have windows 7 pro installed, you
need the ISO or DVD of windows 10 pro. Tip:you can obtain the ISO or
creat bootable media by using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.
Googleing that should get you the file.

2. Burn the ISO, mount it or extract it.
3. Navigate to the folder inside the ISO:

\Windows Disk\sources

And copy the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

And paste it to the desktop. The file is located on the installation
media you created. This is why you have to extract all files from the
ISO using a utility such as 7ZIP.
4. Run the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

with administrators rights. It creates a file called:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

On the desktop. This file is needed so copy it to a USB drive or other
location.
5 Run a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards on the system. Make sure
you skip the product key.
6. Once you are done and in Windows 10, copy the file:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

To the following location:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket

7. The folder may be hidden by default. If you cannot see it, select
File > Options > View > Show hidden files, folders and drives in File
Explorer.
8. Reboot your PC.
The next time you boot into Windows 10 it should be fully activated. You
can verify that easily with a tap on Windows-Pause. This opens the
System Control panel and the system's activation status at the bottom of
the page.


On 12/17/2019 11:40 AM, Peter Spitz wrote:
Could someone please give me instructions on how to do the upgrade? I
couldn't find anything on Microsoft's website.

Thank you!

On 12/17/19, Joseph Lee <@joslee> wrote:
Hi,
Yes - free (at least for now). A few weeks ago we had a discussion on a
Windows 10 forum and the answer is that it is possible to upgrade for
free
(at this time).
Cheers,
Joseph





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Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Gene
 

From what I've read, upgrading often works well and you don't have to reinstall programs after an upgrade.  If an upgrade doesn't work well, there is plenty of time to do the extra work of an installation of the operating system as an entirely new installation.  And you don't have to customize programs again. 
 
You should back up the hard drive before doing the upgrade but I would think that if an upgrade works well, you would save a lot of work.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

The best thing to do is perform a fresh install. Make sure you back up
your system first, and can dip into that backup to pull out data you'll
lose by following the procedure below.


Also, before beginning the actual install, be sure you have all the
software registration information for any third-party products you may
own and use. Keyfinder, the tool from Magical Jellybean, can help in
this regard. Trouble is, I just tried to go there and get the URL to
paste in here to download Keyfinder, and apparently their site has been
compromised in some way because I can't get pqast the Malwarebytes
warning screens. There may be other such tools.


Here's a short how-to to install Windows 10 from scratch. I didn't write it.


Install Windows 10 from scratch
Tip: Before you run this operation, make sure to backup the existing
Windows installation so that you can restore it should things go wrong.

1. You need a Windows 10 DVD or ISO image. Make sure you pick the right
architecture and version.E.G. if you have windows 7 pro installed, you
need the ISO or DVD of windows 10 pro.  Tip:you can obtain the ISO or
creat bootable media by using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. 
Googleing that should get you the file.

2. Burn the ISO, mount it or extract it.
3. Navigate to the folder inside the ISO:

\Windows Disk\sources

And copy the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

And paste it to the desktop. The file is located on the installation
media you created.  This is why you have to extract all files from the
ISO using a utility such as 7ZIP.
4. Run the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

with administrators rights. It creates a file called:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

On the desktop. This file is needed so copy it to a USB drive or other
location.
5 Run a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards on the system. Make sure
you skip the product key.
6. Once you are done and in Windows 10, copy the file:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

To the following location:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket

7. The folder may be hidden by default. If you cannot see it, select
File > Options > View > Show hidden files, folders and drives in File
Explorer.
8. Reboot your PC.
The next time you boot into Windows 10 it should be fully activated. You
can verify that easily with a tap on Windows-Pause. This opens the
System Control panel and the system's activation status at the bottom of
the page.


On 12/17/2019 11:40 AM, Peter Spitz wrote:
> Could someone please give me instructions on how to do the upgrade?  I
> couldn't find anything on Microsoft's website.
>
> Thank  you!
>
> On 12/17/19, Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@...> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Yes - free (at least for now). A few weeks ago we had a discussion on a
>> Windows 10 forum and the answer is that it is possible to upgrade for free
>> (at this time).
>> Cheers,
>> Joseph
>



Re: the battery in the Logitech K380

Mike B
 


Hi Troy,
 
The first key is the, Escape key then the F keys start.  Whenever you turn the keyboard on, since yours is only paired to 1 device, press the F1 key to connect to that device.  I don't have a K-380 at this house to experiment with, I don't recall if the keyboard will connect to a single device automatically when turned on because I'm in the habit of pressing the, F1 key, after I turn the keyboard on.

Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Rams!
Arguing with a woman is like reading a software license agreement.  In the end you have to ignore everything, & click I agree.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] the battery in the Logitech K380

Thanks Mike, I only have my phone paired with the keyboard and earlier today I got it working again by hitting I guess it was the f2 key twice. Anyway it was the second key on the top row of keys, when my mom showed me what button to press to pair it when I first got it she just showed me the right thing to press but didn't tell me what it was. Apparently I had inadvertently pressed a key, likely when I took it out of the drawer I keep it in after forgetting to turn it off the last time I used it before then.

Troy


On 12/17/2019 5:12 PM, Mike B wrote:

The K-380 batteries, are not, rechargeable / it uses regular triple A batteries.  The keyboard is supposed to turn itself off after X amount of time of not being used.
 
As for the On / Off swithch.  When the switch is closest to you, this is the, Off, position.
When the switch is pushed away from you, this is the, On, position.
 
Try turning the keyboard off for a few seconds, then turn it back on to see if it'll reconnect.  To connect to the 1st device it was paired to press the, F1, key.  To pair to the 2nd device press the, F2, key, and press, F3, for the 3rd device.

 
Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Rams!
Arguing with a woman is like reading a software license agreement.  In the end you have to ignore everything, & click I agree.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:10 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] the battery in the Logitech K380

Hi all,

Can the battery be charged in the Logitech K380 bluetooth keyboard? I
don't know if I left my keyboard on or what but I can't make it work
this morning.

Also, is the on/off switch closer to me or away from me when the
keyboard is on? I can never remember so if I left it on yesterday that's
why.

Thanks.

Troy





Re: Switching to Android phone

Steven Johnson
 

Thank you Norma.  This will get me started very nicely.  I appreciate your help.

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Norma A. Boge
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 8:18 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Switching to Android phone

 

Following are some resources which might be of help:

 

Get Started on Android with TalkBack

https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6283677?hl=en

 

A Comprehensive Introduction to Android for Blind and Low Vision Users

https://www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/using-technology/cell-phones-tablets-mobile/android-mobile-phones-and

 

How to Set Up an Android Phone/Tablet for Low Vision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxgcwxrCxOk

 

How-To Android Videos from the Hadley Institute for the Blind

https://hadley.edu/InstructionalVideos/Android.asp

 


Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Monte Single
 

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-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of Steve Matzura
Sent: December-17-19 6:42 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

The best thing to do is perform a fresh install. Make sure you back up your system first, and can dip into that backup to pull out data you'll lose by following the procedure below.


Also, before beginning the actual install, be sure you have all the software registration information for any third-party products you may own and use. Keyfinder, the tool from Magical Jellybean, can help in this regard. Trouble is, I just tried to go there and get the URL to paste in here to download Keyfinder, and apparently their site has been compromised in some way because I can't get pqast the Malwarebytes warning screens. There may be other such tools.


Here's a short how-to to install Windows 10 from scratch. I didn't write it.


Install Windows 10 from scratch
Tip: Before you run this operation, make sure to backup the existing Windows installation so that you can restore it should things go wrong.

1. You need a Windows 10 DVD or ISO image. Make sure you pick the right architecture and version.E.G. if you have windows 7 pro installed, you need the ISO or DVD of windows 10 pro. Tip:you can obtain the ISO or creat bootable media by using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. Googleing that should get you the file.

2. Burn the ISO, mount it or extract it.
3. Navigate to the folder inside the ISO:

\Windows Disk\sources

And copy the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

And paste it to the desktop. The file is located on the installation media you created. This is why you have to extract all files from the ISO using a utility such as 7ZIP.
4. Run the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

with administrators rights. It creates a file called:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

On the desktop. This file is needed so copy it to a USB drive or other location.
5 Run a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards on the system. Make sure you skip the product key.
6. Once you are done and in Windows 10, copy the file:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

To the following location:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket

7. The folder may be hidden by default. If you cannot see it, select File > Options > View > Show hidden files, folders and drives in File Explorer.
8. Reboot your PC.
The next time you boot into Windows 10 it should be fully activated. You can verify that easily with a tap on Windows-Pause. This opens the System Control panel and the system's activation status at the bottom of the page.


On 12/17/2019 11:40 AM, Peter Spitz wrote:
Could someone please give me instructions on how to do the upgrade? I
couldn't find anything on Microsoft's website.

Thank you!

On 12/17/19, Joseph Lee <@joslee> wrote:
Hi,
Yes - free (at least for now). A few weeks ago we had a discussion on
a Windows 10 forum and the answer is that it is possible to upgrade
for free (at this time).
Cheers,
Joseph


Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Steve Matzura
 

The best thing to do is perform a fresh install. Make sure you back up your system first, and can dip into that backup to pull out data you'll lose by following the procedure below.


Also, before beginning the actual install, be sure you have all the software registration information for any third-party products you may own and use. Keyfinder, the tool from Magical Jellybean, can help in this regard. Trouble is, I just tried to go there and get the URL to paste in here to download Keyfinder, and apparently their site has been compromised in some way because I can't get pqast the Malwarebytes warning screens. There may be other such tools.


Here's a short how-to to install Windows 10 from scratch. I didn't write it.


Install Windows 10 from scratch
Tip: Before you run this operation, make sure to backup the existing Windows installation so that you can restore it should things go wrong.

1. You need a Windows 10 DVD or ISO image. Make sure you pick the right architecture and version.E.G. if you have windows 7 pro installed, you need the ISO or DVD of windows 10 pro.  Tip:you can obtain the ISO or creat bootable media by using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.  Googleing that should get you the file.

2. Burn the ISO, mount it or extract it.
3. Navigate to the folder inside the ISO:

\Windows Disk\sources

And copy the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

And paste it to the desktop. The file is located on the installation media you created.  This is why you have to extract all files from the ISO using a utility such as 7ZIP.
4. Run the file:

"gatherosstate.exe"

with administrators rights. It creates a file called:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

On the desktop. This file is needed so copy it to a USB drive or other location.
5 Run a clean install of Windows 10 afterwards on the system. Make sure you skip the product key.
6. Once you are done and in Windows 10, copy the file:

"GenuineTicket.xml"

To the following location:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\ClipSVC\GenuineTicket

7. The folder may be hidden by default. If you cannot see it, select File > Options > View > Show hidden files, folders and drives in File Explorer.
8. Reboot your PC.
The next time you boot into Windows 10 it should be fully activated. You can verify that easily with a tap on Windows-Pause. This opens the System Control panel and the system's activation status at the bottom of the page.

On 12/17/2019 11:40 AM, Peter Spitz wrote:
Could someone please give me instructions on how to do the upgrade? I
couldn't find anything on Microsoft's website.

Thank you!

On 12/17/19, Joseph Lee <@joslee> wrote:
Hi,
Yes - free (at least for now). A few weeks ago we had a discussion on a
Windows 10 forum and the answer is that it is possible to upgrade for free
(at this time).
Cheers,
Joseph


Re: the battery in the Logitech K380

Troy Burnham
 

Thanks Mike, I only have my phone paired with the keyboard and earlier today I got it working again by hitting I guess it was the f2 key twice. Anyway it was the second key on the top row of keys, when my mom showed me what button to press to pair it when I first got it she just showed me the right thing to press but didn't tell me what it was. Apparently I had inadvertently pressed a key, likely when I took it out of the drawer I keep it in after forgetting to turn it off the last time I used it before then.

Troy


On 12/17/2019 5:12 PM, Mike B wrote:

The K-380 batteries, are not, rechargeable / it uses regular triple A batteries.  The keyboard is supposed to turn itself off after X amount of time of not being used.
 
As for the On / Off swithch.  When the switch is closest to you, this is the, Off, position.
When the switch is pushed away from you, this is the, On, position.
 
Try turning the keyboard off for a few seconds, then turn it back on to see if it'll reconnect.  To connect to the 1st device it was paired to press the, F1, key.  To pair to the 2nd device press the, F2, key, and press, F3, for the 3rd device.

 
Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Rams!
Arguing with a woman is like reading a software license agreement.  In the end you have to ignore everything, & click I agree.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:10 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] the battery in the Logitech K380

Hi all,

Can the battery be charged in the Logitech K380 bluetooth keyboard? I
don't know if I left my keyboard on or what but I can't make it work
this morning.

Also, is the on/off switch closer to me or away from me when the
keyboard is on? I can never remember so if I left it on yesterday that's
why.

Thanks.

Troy





Norton VPN, is it accessible

Loy
 

Is Norton VPN accessible with JAWS?


Re: the battery in the Logitech K380

Mike B
 


The K-380 batteries, are not, rechargeable / it uses regular triple A batteries.  The keyboard is supposed to turn itself off after X amount of time of not being used.
 
As for the On / Off swithch.  When the switch is closest to you, this is the, Off, position.
When the switch is pushed away from you, this is the, On, position.
 
Try turning the keyboard off for a few seconds, then turn it back on to see if it'll reconnect.  To connect to the 1st device it was paired to press the, F1, key.  To pair to the 2nd device press the, F2, key, and press, F3, for the 3rd device.

 
Take care.  Mike.  Sent from my iBarstool.  Go Rams!
Arguing with a woman is like reading a software license agreement.  In the end you have to ignore everything, & click I agree.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 6:10 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] the battery in the Logitech K380

Hi all,

Can the battery be charged in the Logitech K380 bluetooth keyboard? I
don't know if I left my keyboard on or what but I can't make it work
this morning.

Also, is the on/off switch closer to me or away from me when the
keyboard is on? I can never remember so if I left it on yesterday that's
why.

Thanks.

Troy




amazon shopping cart

Troy Burnham
 

Hi all,

Somebody told me that if I put something in my amazon shopping cart and hit save that if the price drops on the item that I get the lower price. Do I need to go back each day and check the price though or will amazon send me an e-mail if the price changes?

Thanks.

Troy


Re: Direct TV Now.

Raed buttrus <raedjajou@...>
 

 

                You may check the Amazon fire stick.

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Shirley Koda
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 1:42 AM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] Direct TV Now.

 

I am thinking about getting Direct TV Now.  I know that I can stream it to my TV with the Apple TV.  However, I’m looking for something that isn’t quite as expensive which will do the same thing.  Is there anything else that is accessible and that will stream Direct TV Now to my TV?  Thanks.

 

Shirley  


Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Jacob
 


Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Jacob
 

Yes it's still free.


OZ0TE Jacob

On 2019-12-17 at 17:34 Peter Spitz wrote:
I know I'm very late to the party but I have a Windows 8.1 system that
I would like to upgrade to Windows 10. Is it still possible to do
this free? I tried to find an answer at Microsoft.com but was unable
to find anything. If not free, can someone recommend the best way to
go about doing this?

Thanks in advance,

Peter


Re: Ordering form Amazon

Gene
 

What happens if you turn off the virtual pc cursor and then tab around the form?  At times, you can see something if you turn off the virtual pc cursor, or  whatever your screen-reader may call it, it may be called browse mode.  In JAWS, use the command JAWS key z to turn it off.  After you move around with tab and have taken an action if you can, turn it back on with the same command, that is, JAWS key z.
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
From: Richard
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Ordering form Amazon

I have experienced this in the past helping someone else,
and the solution was to use Internet Explorer.
He might also try using an earlier version of Jaws.

HTH,
Rick
----- Original Message -----
From: "Allen West" <alwest0324@...>
To: "main" <main@techtalk.groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:37 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] Ordering form Amazon


Hi All,

A friend of mine is having trouble with ordering from Amazon. He has
ordered several items in the last few weeks with success. But, on
three occasions, he has been able to add an item to the cart, however,
could not proceed  to check out. He called Amazon Accessibility and
they could not figure out why this is happening.
He is using Google Chrome with JAWS 2020. We are looking for a
solution. If someone has any suggestions, they would be greatly
appreciated.

Thanks much

Allen






Re: Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

Peter Spitz
 

Could someone please give me instructions on how to do the upgrade? I
couldn't find anything on Microsoft's website.

Thank you!

On 12/17/19, Joseph Lee <@joslee> wrote:
Hi,
Yes - free (at least for now). A few weeks ago we had a discussion on a
Windows 10 forum and the answer is that it is possible to upgrade for free
(at this time).
Cheers,
Joseph

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Peter
Spitz
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 8:35 AM
To: main <main@techtalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Is it still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

I know I'm very late to the party but I have a Windows 8.1 system that I
would like to upgrade to Windows 10. Is it still possible to do this free?
I tried to find an answer at Microsoft.com but was unable to find anything.
If not free, can someone recommend the best way to go about doing this?

Thanks in advance,

Peter