Windows 7 Control Panel is NOT Missing from Windows 10 after all

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Where’s the Control Panel?

Got Windows 10 and the Creators update but can’t find the Windows 7 Control Panel? It used to be found by right clicking on the start menu but recently it apparently went missing.  If may be that Microsoft removed it from that location in their desire to move forward with the “fresh”  flat look of Windows 10 but there are still many who will miss the look of Windows 7.

User Account Control

Windows 10 may not be Windows 7 in appearance but Windows 10 still retained the old-style control panel I loved from Windows 7.  Of course Windows 10 is now known for its new option simply called Settings.  However, the graphically appealing Windows 7 control panel had at least one option that I have not been able to find from the Settings menu of Windows 10.  One such example is User Account Control.  With this nifty little feature, one is able to control how much or little Windows will warn about programs before they install on your computer.  (You probably have seen it, it’s a dialogue box that pops up with a warning that you are about to change settings on your computer).  The warning also pops up just before you want to install a new application.  Some users, myself included may find it annoying but it can be controlled (at your own risk) in User Account Control.  User Account Control can be found in the old Control Panel under User Accounts.

(Important note: I will not be responsible for any damage caused to your computer for playing with the User Account Control or User Accounts settings.)

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How to Get the retro Windows 7 Control Panel Back

To find the retro Windows Control Panel you have a few options.

A quick search from the task bar (Cortana search), by typing in the words Control Panel will bring it up.  Another way to get it is to click on File Explorer  from the taskbar (looks like a yellow folder on the bottom of the desktop on Windows 10) and type Control Panel in the address bar.

Pin a Control Panel shortcut

For you fans of shortcuts, Control Panel can also be found in the Windows 10 start menu.  Scroll to the bottom of the long list of applications, and the Control Panel is under the category heading Windows System. Simply drag and drop the Control Panel to the Start Menu  (just to the right of the list of applications) or right-click Control Panel and click on pin to Start Menu or pin to Taskbar!

Using the Windows Button on your Keyboard

Win+R type in Control Panel in the dialogue box

Add a Desktop Shortcut to Control Panel

Right-click on the Control Panel from the Start Menu. Select More then Open file location.  Control Panel should be one of the options in the list.  From there you can add a shortcut link to your desktop.  (if you need more help leave me a comment)


 

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Summer 2017: Why I (still) Don’t Use Microsoft Edge Browser

 

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UPDATED      The creator’s update for Microsoft Windows 10 has been released which is a feature update for the operating system.  Still missing though is the ability to sync Microsoft’s Edge browser while keeping a local account.  In January of this year I discussed why I won’t use the Microsoft Edge browser hoping this issue might be addressed.  Yes Microsoft, I refuse to use an online Microsoft account for my entire computer.  I save most of my files to an external hard drive thank you very much.


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Like many people, I now use Windows 10 and lately it has been “complaining” about which browser I use–or rather don’t use.  You see, I use the Firefox browser which isn’t the Microsoft Windows 10 default.  The default for Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge (which replaced or is supposed to replace Internet Explorer).    So why have I, like many other people, not jumped to the new Edge browser?  After all Edge is fast, now supports addons, and lets you “draw” on the screen!

Browser Syncing

Aside from seeing by default Microsoft’s blatant left leaning propaganda page masquerading as a “news” page, there is another reason I do not use the Edge browser.  That reason is Syncing.   You may use syncing already with the browser you use.   Syncing allows one to save favorites, history, passwords, etc, to the browser within the cloud.   This sync of settings and favorites allows one to get access (by signing into the browser) to the settings and links from any computer running your favorite browser.  The trouble with Edge is that unlike the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers, Microsoft Edge does not allow one to sync only the browser.  If you want to save your favorites and settings, you must create an account with Microsoft and log the entire Windows 10 computer into the cloud.

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This is where I draw the line.  I want access to my browser settings, not my entire computer!  (if you know of a way to sync only the browser let me know)  So until Microsoft allows me to log-in/sign-in to just the browser, I will not be using Edge to browse the internet.

By the way, do you save your passwords in browser sync?  That is one option I would not be syncing (for obvious safety reasons).

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4 Major Characteristics or Requirements of a Financially Wealthy Person

1. Expert in their field

The financially successful and wealthy person is good at what they do. This person knows their business and subject matter 

2. Hard Working

Many hours invested and spent working including travel time

3. Face to Face Time 

A great deal of time is spent with other people.  Human interaction is mandatory including public speaking at events and doing webinars.  Skills also include moderate to heavy phone use. The financially wealthy person probably has little to no fear of using a telephone or computer.

 4. Energy, Enthusiasm, Excitement 

What I call the three E's to Excellence.  These are essential at speaking engagements and for overall business success.  After all, my wife has proven to me that success usually follows anyone who is full of enthusiasm and energy about what they do. Of course, getting others excited about it helps too.

 

 

 

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Why I Don’t Use Microsoft Edge Browser

 

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Default Browser

Like many people, I now use Windows 10 and lately it has been “complaining” about which browser I use–or rather don’t use.  You see, I use the Firefox browser which isn’t the Microsoft Windows 10 default.  The default for Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge (which replaced or is supposed to replace Internet Explorer).    So why have I, like many other people, not jumped to the new Edge browser?  After all Edge is fast, now supports addons, and lets you “draw” on the screen!

 

Browser Syncing

Aside from seeing by default Microsoft’s blatant left leaning propaganda page masquerading as a “news” page, there is another reason I do not use the Edge browser.  That reason is Syncing.   You may use syncing already with the browser you use.   Syncing allows one to save favorites, history, passwords, etc, to the browser within the cloud.   This sync of settings and favorites allows one to get access (by signing into the browser) to the settings and links from any computer running your favorite browser.  The trouble with Edge is that unlike the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers, Microsoft Edge does not allow one to sync only the browser.  If you want to save your favorites and settings, you must create an account with Microsoft and log the entire Windows 10 computer into the cloud.

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This is where I draw the line.  I want access to my browser settings, not my entire computer!  (if you know of a way to sync only the browser let me know)  So until Microsoft allows me to log-in/sign-in to just the browser, I will not be using Edge to browse the internet.

By the way, do you save your passwords in browser sync?  That is one option I would not be syncing (for obvious safety reasons).

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Fact: Many Women Who Support Hillary Clinton Let Themselves Be Treated As Nothing More Than Property

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Hillary Clinton Supporters Faking Outrage (again)

If the women who support Hillary Clinton are really outraged by Donald Trump and his past demeaning comments toward women (which I don’t condone) then why do these same women let men treat them like dirt in the workplace, home and on TV?  Why do most women in Hollywood and elsewhere who are staunch supporters of Hillary Clinton let men walk all over them?   It’s true, these same Clinton supporters work as prostitutes, are in the Adult film industry and will dress provocatively in real life and on TV allowing themselves be treated like nothing more than property to be owned.

Media Shows Us How It Really Is

Just a quick scan of the local and cable TV networks on any given night will demonstrate what you also already know.   Today, women are playing more perverted and vulgar parts then every before on TV and in movies.   Musical lyrics degrade women on a daily basis and the masses continue to approve through their purchases of audio media.   Women are not only allowing this but they also create the material.   On TV they work on shows like Big Bang Theory,  Three and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Pitch, Sex in the City to name only a few which all trash talk women.   In many movies rated higher than PG, and on stand-up comedy shows women continue to “accept” being treated like scum and the men keep abusing them.

At the same time these people scoff at marriage between a man and women, wholesome family shows of the past like Full House and the Andy Griffith show.   Old family shows like Walker Texas Ranger and Dr. Quinn Medicine Women are a thing of the past.   On TV,  channels that play vulgar sitcoms and movies appear to have no shortage of sponsors. Yet family networks like Hallmark Channel continue to play a majority of endless drug ads demonstrating to me a lack of range and overall support for the content found on the network.    If it’s true that so many people think sex and vulgarity on TV and in movies is funny why don’t they find Donald Trump’s vulgarity funny?   Answer:  They are all hypocrites and are hoping they won’t be exposed for who they really are.   (if you are curious see Romans 1:18-32  and Romans 3:23 for complete details)

 

Where’s the Rebellion?

Instead of supporting decency which we all know can be found in a Ted Cruz or Ben Carson type candidate, we see masses of people throwing their support for Hillary Clinton.

If these Hillary supporters who claim they hate Donald Trump truly hated Mr. Trump for his comments then why don’t we see these people protest daily barrage of disgusting content they participate in?    Where’s the anger against women being verbally abused on TV and in the workplace?

Why don’t these women simply walk away from participating in the vulgar jokes of which they are the brunt of on late night TV and in sitcoms? Why do women across the country except perverted vulgarity on TV shows, in movies and trashy musical lyrics?  Once again, if nothing else proves the truest form of hypocrisy, their silence and acceptance of it all surely does.

Pretending To Be Outraged

The bottom line here is that there is not genuine outrage by neither Hillary Clinton nor her supporters against Donald Trump for vulgarities against women.   We all know this is true because we’d hear about it in the form of support of a better candidate if it wasn’t.   Only then would we know they really do hate vulgarity and perversion toward women (and men) because they would be supporting a candidate who actually believes in and lives a higher standard. Simply put, they would support a candidate who detests sin.     These folks would not be able to support a candidate who believes it’s okay to murder babies.   These men and women would not approve of the abuse of women found in any form, whether it be condoned by a religion such as in Islam, is in someone’s home or if it’s flaunted on television and radio.

The good news is there is still hope

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Dead on Arrival: Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Freeze

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Update:  Now that it has been nearly one and a half years since the public release of Windows 10 I will say it is my opinion and from experience many bugs (including in the anniversary update)  have been removed from or fixed in the operating system.  At this time since  using Windows 10 for nearly the same amount of time,  I can finally recommend it to you.  ______________________

So the other day I downloaded Microsoft’s newest update for Windows 10 dubbed the Anniversary update (version 1607).  After about 90 minutes for the download and install all seemed going well.  My computer restarted a couple times and then I saw it.  A fresh desktop.

The mistake was when I turned off my computer.  When I turned it back on the next day, I saw a black screen with a windows logo frozen on my screen.   The computer appeared in operable.  Figuring this was a fluke, I shut down the computer again and restarted it and after a slower than usual boot-up time,  the desktop reappeared!

Later I restarted the computer and the same scenario complete with frozen window logo over black screen repeated itself.   This time I did a disk check which reported no errors on my system.   Instead of messing with a  broken half working computer system I decided to revert back to my previous build of windows (build 1511)—a time when my system worked fine.

My question is, why does Microsoft allow an update to be released that isn’t reliable?    I read online about how they released an update “fix” to fix the update freezing issue.  The trouble is, the Anniversary update I downloaded supposedly included that latest “fix”!

Should you get the Anniversary update to Windows 10?

The short answer is no.   In my opinion it’s simply not ready.  Of course you could always try it and than do what I did and revert back to your previous version of Windows if it doesn’t work.   But I wouldn’t recommend that in case something worse happens to your computer.   And despite what Microsoft may say, the Anniversary update needs to be proven reliable before I will try it again.  However, what I did see of the latest update to Windows 10 seemed promising, even as short lived as it may have been on my machine.

 

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XP Options and a New Linux Distro Recommendation called MakuluLinux 10 Aero Edition

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If you have or haven’t heard about the website XP Options this posting is for you.  The XP Options website seeks to provide some helpful tips for all computer users of older Windows distributions but especially targets users left in the cold by a defunct security vulnerable operating system known as Windows XP   Since Microsoft stopped issuing security updates for it, it is highly recommend that users of that OS move on to something more secure.    XP Options is a small bridge to help you with that.

I also want to introduce and recommend a new distribution of Linux for older computers (and new) called MakuluLinux 10 Aero Edition.   The operating system emulates the look and feel of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 10 using built-in themes.   The core of the OS is Linux and it includes some great word processing software (WPS Office Suite) along with lots of pre-installed nuggets for helping one get online and to be overall productive.   The Opera web browser is included with this distribution while Firefox and Chrome browsers can be added from the included software center.  So if you haven’t already, MakuluLinux 10 Aero is definitely worth a look!

Note about installation: I had trouble getting this distribution to run on a 32-bit laptop computer (with only 1gig of ram) but any desktop PC computer with at least 2 gigs is recommended

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Windows 10: The New Vista?

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Windows 10 desktop

 

Update:  Now that it has been nearly one and a half years since the public release of Windows 10 I will say it is my opinion and from experience many bugs (including in the anniversary update)  have been removed from or fixed in the operating system.  At this time since using Windows 10 for nearly the same amount of time,  I can finally recommend it to you.  ______________________

 

Unfortunately, many people may remember an operating system they once had running on their computer called Windows Vista.  This little nugget of fun of an operating system was great if you enjoyed trying to fix problems with a computer.   Like most people, I enjoy using a computer to play games, browse the internet, use a graphics editor and for writing but tracking down the source of why audio doesn’t work or the computer won’t connect to the internet is not really what I call “fun”.

Not all peaches and cream

So now it’s 2015 and we’ve turned a corner and a new operating system from Microsoft has come into our lives in the hope of making life easier, simpler and more fun.   At least I think that’s the intention.  But for me and many others our experience with this new revolutionary operating system called Windows 10 hasn’t really turned out all peaches and cream.

In fact,  today I pushed paused on a game I had been playing and then unpaused it to find the sound wasn’t working anymore.   I exited the game, figuring maybe it’s a simple game malfunction (even though it’s been fine for months past).  I then find myself on the Windows 10 desktop still without audio.    This isn’t the only difficulty I have experienced with Windows 10.

Just last week whenever I would start my computer the internet connection would be gone.  Windows 10 troubleshooting would report no network adapter could be found.  Really?  All of a sudden?   After a computer restart the connection would almost mysteriously return like a magic trick I was involved in.  That is, until the next computer restart when the connection would be gone again.  The connection had been fine for months before without a hiccup and so I figured maybe it was the cable from the extender or perhaps even the extender itself was failing.  I decided to hard-wire my connection with a new cat5e cable directly to the router.   This time even a restart of the computer wouldn’t bring the internet connection back.   My internet connection appeared lost forever, at least on this computer.    The only change to the computer I had noticed a few days before the lost connection was a Windows 10 update that had occurred. Hmmm..

Troubleshooting isn’t peaches and cream

Eventually the audio and the WI-FI connection would return but not before a few hours and days of troubleshooting using a different computer running a Linux, a new cable and updated driver–which I had to find online.   Apparently Windows 10 isn’t as smart as we are led to believe.    Lately,  I have noticed an inexplicable sluggishness when restarting the computer and opening folders and an overall sense of incompleteness with my copy of Windows 10 that has been giving me an old feeling of yesteryear, as if I were still running a version of Windows Vista underneath it all.

High Hopes

Now to be completely honest, I don’t believe Windows 10 is all bad news.   In fact, I really like it’s appearance and potential.  I saw Windows 10 during beta testing and had high hopes for Windows 10 and still do.   Visually Windows 10 has it going on, with its fresh-looking skin, but underneath its clean-looking exterior I am beginning to wonder why Microsoft released it.    It might be just my opinion, but I don’t think Windows 10 is really ready for prime-time.  Yet, maybe Microsoft knew that already and left themselves a loophole by giving copies away for free.  In the meantime, I do hope things get better under the hood of Windows 10, and whenever I turn the computer on I’ll try not to keep thinking I’m using a new copy of Windows Vista.

 

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Tinkering with MakuluLinux Xfce

 

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My custom Makululinux desktop

Makulinux is a distribution of the Linux operating system.   There are hundreds of distributions of Linux each offering a unique flavor of Linux.  Many distributions offer similar features and appearances while others differ by applications and tools offered with the distribution.

Desktop Environments

Each distribution can offer various desktop environments.  Many distributions or distros of Linux often feature all or a combination of the following desktop environments: Gnome, KDE, XFCE, Cinnamon and MATE  (pronounced Ma TAY).   These variations of desktop environments are most common and in my opinion are most eye appealing but there are other desktop environments available depending on the Linux distribution.    For example, the Ubuntu distro includes only the Unity desktop environment.  Desktop environments and distros for that matter, work better (or worse) on different computers depending on whether the distribution is placed on a laptop or desktop computer with a lot or a little bit of memory (RAM).

Learning Curve

The MakuluLinux version I have been using is with the XFCE desktop environment which I have found runs great on older laptop computers and also anything in-between.  This is because the Xfce desktop environment is generally suited for older computers.    However, as with many distributions of Linux there can be a slight learning curve in its overall operation, especially if you have been familiar with Windows.   After one figures out how though, Linux distributions can be customized to your liking and some even offer nice application window eye candy. One such favorite is called wobbly windows.  Move your application window(s) around and it really moves!   Makulu is also fully customizable and includes a plethora of themes.

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Compiz Wobbly windows effect

Eye Candy

MakuluLinux is no different when it comes to effects.  MakuluLinux 9 32-bit xfce includes what is called the Compiz effects window manager while KDE desktop environments include the KWin effects window manager.  One thing I really enjoy about MakuluLinux (32-bit verson only) is that it includes the option to turn effects on or off with a simple mouse click depending on the speed of your computer.

 

Installation

MakuluLinux also features some great themes and software ready for your enjoyment.  As much as I enjoy using MakuluLinux on my old Windows XP laptop computer (without Compiz effects on due to its extra resource requirements) I will note that I have had installation trouble with the normal edition of MakuluLinux Xfce 9.

In my experience Makulu isn’t as easy to install as has been Ubuntu or Kubuntu among others– that is, without a little understanding of some basic Linux syntax.   While I already noted that installing the normal 32-bit version of Makulu 9 Xfce failed for me, installing the 32-bit Makulu 9 Xfce Lite edition did not.  The lite edition is the same as the normal edition but includes less on-board software (what I call bloatware).  Once Makulu installs however, your choice of software packages can be downloaded anytime from the included software center!

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Linux Tinkering and XP Options

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TinkerXperience wouldn’t be such a great name for a blog if I neglected to talk about some actual tinkering–Linux tinkering that is.  Linux is an alternative operating system to Windows or OS X which is generally free aside from user donations.  I discovered Linux a few years ago with Ubuntu but didn’t realize until recently there is more to Linux than Ubuntu.

What is the difference between the terms Ubuntu and Linux?

Linux is the system (operating system) the computer runs on but there are hundreds of distros or distributions of Linux.  Each distribution features the Linux kernel (the underlying code) as it’s called to operate .  We users see the results, which is what appears on the desktop and that can feature hundreds of variations or flavors of Linux.   These variations are packaged within each distro and are what set a particular distribution of Linux apart from another.

For example, the Ubuntu distribution features what is called the Unity desktop but it is still Linux.  Visually speaking, instead of a task-bar located at the bottom of the desktop as in Windows, the task-bar is permanently fixed to the left side of the screen.   Other features of Ubuntu are top left positioned control buttons (minimize/maximize) on each window opened such as is found on Mac computers.

In up coming posts I hope to discuss some personal Linux tinkering in more detail when I discuss some of my favorite distributions!

Got an old XP Computer you don’t want? Don’t throw it away!

In the meantime, if you have one or know someone who has an old computer or laptop running Windows XP I have created a website addressing the issue of Microsoft’s end to XP support and some options for keeping that old computer running.    An old Windows XP computer (that runs) has a lot of days left even if you don’t run Windows XP on it.  In fact this blog post is coming to you from a former XP laptop computer now running MakuluLinux XFCE.   What’s Makululinux XFCE you ask? Find out next when I discuss MakuluLinux XFCE!

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