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Tips to Fix Windows 10 Activation Problems

Users are facing many problems with the activation of Windows 10 and they are complaining that even after a clean install of their Windows 10, they are receiving activation error related messages.

Microsoft allows Windows users to upgrade or non-Windows users to manually download the installation files in order to perform a clean installation of Windows 10. In spite that, Microsoft recommends that reserve your free copy using the “Get Windows 10″ app and upgrade through Windows Update. It’s a good way because it minimizes the probability of creating the errors in most of the situations when you try to install and activate Windows 10.

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Hit has been observed that i just to have a fresh machine, it’s a common practice among technically sound users that they prefer to do a clean install of the operating system. If you’re also trying to follow this route, you need to know how to activate your copy correctly. First of all, you need to upgrade your current version using Windows Update. It’s a process that will help you to convert your Windows 7 / 8.1 product key to a product key that will be useful to activate Windows 10.

Important Note: Make sure that you remain online while manually installing the downloaded files via Windows Update and performing the upgrade. Verifying you Internet connection will ensure that after upgrading your version of Windows, you may perform a clean install and stay activated.

If you’ve already taken the upgrade, you may perform a clean install back to Windows 10 because your system is provisioned with the new store-based license and now you don’t need any product key interaction. Just ‘Skip Key’ and your Windows 10 will be activated once install is complete. If you have upgraded to Windows 10, you can use the downloaded files to perform a clean installation.

Alternatively, you may get your copy of Windows 10 by phone. Open the Settings of the app, access the Update & security option, and choose Activation. You’ll see the Activate by phone option if your computer can’t activate.

Important Note: Before trying to move and upgrade to Windows 10, it’s very important that you know your product key. If you don’t know your product key, there are numerous methods and tools to know. Keeping the product key is very important to have while performing upgrade and installation activity of Windows 10.

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You can use these tools export the information to a USB drive and copy the information somewhere else like on a piece of paper.

While trying to activate Windows 10, you may receive the error 0xC004C003, which shows that there is a problem that is causing issues to establish a connection with your computer and the Microsoft activation servers. In this case, wait for some time and try to connect and activate again. It may be possible that after few attempts, Windows 10 will activate automatically.

If you receive error 0xC004F061 while trying to activate, it means that you don’t have a qualified version of Windows which is already installed on your computer. In this case, you’ll not be able to upgrade and activate by formatting or replacing the hard drive. To fix this issue, try to reinstall your previous version of Windows and then attempt for upgrading to Windows 10.

Windows is the choice of millions of user and like its earlier versions; Windows 10 is an easy upgrade, which is compatible with many hardware configurations. This compatibility and flexibility brings some complications with it so crating an operating system without any issues is a tough task.

There are possibilities that you make mistakes while the upgrade process, so, here are a few tips that will help you to minimize the chances of running into problems.

  • First and foremost thing to do before doing anything and even thinking of upgrading is, take the full backup of your computer. It’s an easy process and won’t take a lot of time.

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  • Make sure that you have your Windows product key written on a piece of paper. It’ll not take more than five minutes and save a lot of your time even the need of purchasing a new license for Windows 10.
  • Delete all unattended or useless applications and take a full backup of all the data stored on the system while upgrading to Windows 10. Also take care of older software programs as they may interrupt and prevent a successful upgrade.
  • Disable and/or uninstall any security application and tools, like antivirus and firewalls.
  • Disconnect all the peripherals except a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and a connection to the internet to perform an easy install.

Before upgrading, it’s good to upgrade / download all the drivers for your hardware

Update the Latest Version of Windows 10 on Your HP PCs

Just like any other Windows update, the Fall 2015 Windows 10 update is consigned to your computer through Windows Update. This article narrates what happens if Windows installs the Fall 2015 Update automatically, and instructions are given for manually installing the Fall 2015 Update.

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The following steps written below shows what happens if Windows Update automatically installs the Fall 2015 Update to your system.

Important Note: Windows users are allowed to reset delays the update schedule up to five days, but there is a limitation that you can only apply this reschedule option once.

  1. The login screen opens when you use your computer first time during the day.
  2. A screen opens with a Hi message after you log in, followed by a order of screens that show the progress of the installation
  3. A Let’s start screen displays, when the installation is complete, and then your desktop opens.

The latest version has been installed successfully.

Steps to perform a manual install

Use the following steps to find the update in Windows Update if you don’t wish to wait for Windows to automatically download the Fall 2015 Update.

  1. Search for and open Windows Update in Windows.
  2. Click Check for updates.

 Important Note: The Fall 2015 update will not display if you have upgraded your computer to Windows 10 within the previous 30 days. You are not allowed to install the Fall 2015 update until you have exceeded the 30 days. You can uninstall Windows 10 upgrade in this waiting period, if necessary.

The download process starts and the progress bar tells the percentage of completion.

The new release name reflects in the Windows Update window when the download is complete along with the following restart options.

  1. Click the button next to We’ll schedule a restart to allow Windows to select a restart time. Select a time when you usually don’t use your computer.
  2. Click the button next to Select a restart time to select your own restart schedule, then choose the time and day for the restart.
  3. If it is fine to restart your computer now, click Restart now option.

A Configuring update for Windows 10 screen opens when your computer restarts, and it shows the percentage of completion.

When an Updating Windows screen opens, it shows the percentage of completion and tells the status of the processes like Installing features and drivers, Copying files, and Configuring settings.

Your computer restarts and the Windows login screen opens once the download is complete.

Issue with HP Recovery Manager

Important Note: HP Recovery Manager will not work with the Fall 2015 Update if your computer shipped with Windows 10 pre-installed at the factory.

Specifically, a Can’t open file: X:\sources\Recovery\tools\HP\Rita-tool\ message appears in case you try to open HP Recovery Manager using either of the following methods:

  1. Pressing the F11 key> clicking Troubleshoot, and then selecting HP Recovery Manager

OR

  1. Searching for and choosing HP Recovery Manager, and then clicking Windows Recovery Environment

To fix this problem, download and install one of the following HP software updates:

  • Download HP Recovery Manager Update SP74123 for notebook computers
  • Download HP Recovery Manager Update SP74124 for desktop computers,
  • Download HP Recovery Manager Update SP74138 for business notebook or desktop computers

Windows 10 Keeps on Spying on You Even if You Try to Stop it

While booting up Windows 10 for the very first time, you may customize its various settings related to the collection of data and information coming from Microsoft’s servers. Although you can reduce the ratio of sharing the amount of information by stopping your machine from sending typing and speech data, contact and calendar details, location data and even error and diagnostic reports. But unfortunately, you can’t stop it no matter how many boxes you uncheck. Because Microsoft is still collecting information from your machine even if you know it or not.

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It has been noticed in a network traffic analysis, which was related to the telemetry and surveillance features of Windows 10 that this version of Windows spies on the user’s activities. The results came out after analyzing network traffic was troubling. It was observed by a Windows 10 user while setting up a new copy of Windows 10 Enterprise Edition on VirtualBox that Windows 10 had attempted to contact 51 Microsoft IP addresses 5,508 times even though he went through and disabled all three pages of tracking options sequentially.

When he came back, after leaving the computer running for eight hours overnight, he found something prodigious. One the same process was repeated and he left his system for another 30 hours, he noticed that over 112 IP addresses had been contacted. The user again attempted the same experiment with a fresh install of Windows 10 and as well as a third party tool, he came to know that the third party tool is misleading because Windows 10 had contacted 30 IP addresses 2,758 times in the same time frame of 30 hours.

Although it’s written in the end user license agreement (EULA) which you sign while installing Windows 10 that gives Microsoft the legal right to fetch your personal information and data. That may be for good as well, but the only issue is that Microsoft denies explaining why they need this data or how the end users information will be used to improve Windows 10 in any meaningful way. One more damming aspect of the entire discussion is the fact that Microsoft doesn’t provide the complete rights to turn certain tracking features off. All of your activities will be traced no matter which settings you disable or what you do. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and will spying on you.

How to Use Windows 10’s Built-in Screen Recorder Tool?

Screen recording is a useful flexibility and many of the people use it on their computers, tablets and smartphones for various reasons. As an example, gamers may use built-in recorder tool to record their cool moves and achievements, while a few of the users use it to send some of us use it to send how-to videos to others. There are various third party screen recording apps for Windows which you may be using, but most of the people are aware of the fact that Windows 10 itself features a built-in screen recorder.

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Microsoft has integrated a built-in screen recorder in the new Xbox app for gaming clips and recording other apps. In Windows 10, there is a lot for gamers and it has included features like Game Streaming, Game DVR and the ability to sync Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It’s a useful feature, but it has some limitations like inability to record in high-resolution. But if you want a hassle free screen recorder just to get your job done, it is worth trying for you. So for the convenience of the Windows 10 users, below how to use Windows 10 built-in screen recorder instructions are given:

  1. Search and locate an Xbox app in the Start Menu and if you are not able to locate it, search for the app in Cortana’s search box.
  2. Once the Xbox app is open, just press “Win + G” key combo on the screen which you want to record or take a screenshot. The key combo “Win + G” should open the Game Bar.
  3. Game Bar will question you that the screen you are in is a game, you will just have to lie here and click the check box which verifies that, “Yes, this is a game“.
  4. Now, you will see the Game Bar with options to go to the Xbox app, “Record that“, “Screenshot“, “Start Recording” and “Settings“.
  5. The nice thing is if you enable “Background Recording” in Game Bar Settings, the last 30 seconds of your game-play or screen time will be automatically brought to you by the “Record that” feature.

To take a screenshot of the screen you are in, you can hit the option “Screenshot” and to start recording, click on the “Start Recording” button, as it starts recording your screen. The “Settings” button takes you to Game DVR settings, which gives you the option to enable “Background recording“, to remember an app as a game and more.

  1. The screenshots and recorded videos are saved in “C:\Users:\[username]:\Videos:\Captures“, and you can edit or share your videos anywhere you want. In the Xbox app under the Game DVR tab, you can also find the screenshots and videos.
  2. In the “Settings” tab buried in the hamburger menu on Xbox app, you can also configure various “Game DVR” features. It allows you to alter the shortcuts to record videos and take screenshots from the default one to your own created choice of shortcuts.

You are also allowed to change the folder where you want the screenshots and videos to be saved. Plus, there’s the ability to change “Video Quality” and “Video Resolution” of screen recordings and screenshots. And you can also Turn On the audio recording in case you want to have some commentary along with videos.

Below the default shortcuts for various features are written:

Open Game Bar – Win + G

Take Screenshot – Win + Alt + Prt Sc

Record that – Win + Alt + G

Start/Stop Recording – Win + Alt + R

Show/hide recording timer – Win + Alt + T

Important Note:

  1. To record your screen through Game DVR, You will need to have one of the following video cards:

NVIDIA: GeForce 600 series or later, GeForce 800M series or later, Quadro Kxxx series or later.

AMD: AMD Radeon HD 7000 series, HD 7000M series, HD 8000 series, HD 8000M series, R9 series, and R7 series.

Intel: Intel HD graphics 4000 or later, Intel Iris Graphics 5100 or later.

  1. The Built-in screen recorder of Windows 10 does not allow you to record the desktop until you’re inside an app to record your screen.
  2. The Xbox app needs to be open for the Game DVR to work. Your videos will be recorded in MP4 format, and images will be saved in PNG format.

Although the Xbox Game DVR’s screen recorder is not so feature rich, but it gets the job done.

Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about latest tips and tricks about virus removal and data recovery services. In this article she discuss about windows 10 support for built-in screen recorder tool issues.

How to Customize the Look of Microsoft’s new Windows 10

If you are a new user of Microsoft’s Windows 10, you may have noticed a lot of new useful features of it, if you compare it to its predecessor. Although it looks a bit different to the starters from all other versions of Windows OS, but at the same time it’s more advantageous.

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You can see that Windows 8’s tiles are still there in the Start menu, but there are also Start menu features from earlier versions of Windows which people have been complaining about, like a pop-up menu of your PC programs. By adding the tiles you want or moving tiles around, or by deleting useless tiles, you can customize Start.

At the bottom of the page, there’s one tab “Search the Web and Windows” to search the Internet or the files you have saved on your system, right from the taskbar. There is one more feature which you may not like which is right in your face. It’s Windows 10’s dark appearance. By default the background wallpaper is dark. The Windows Start live tiles are dark. At the bottom of the page, there are taskbar icons which are typically black or dark blue.

So if you are willing to change the look of Windows 10, it’s pretty easy to do. Go to Settings< Personalization<Colors. Here is an array of multiple colors; you can choose from to change the look of your Start menu, taskbar and Windows’ tiles. If you want to change the background image, you can do that as well. Because you may find that Windows 10’s standard colors are a bit drab and it seems boring.

Windows 10 Color Control taps into an existing Microsoft color algorithm which is unregistered. Means Microsoft has alternative colors, but most of the users can’t access them. Windows 10 Color Control fixes that, and it is quite simple to use. So if you want everything in bright color, or just want to toss in a little brightness you can do that.

Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about latest tips and tricks about virus removal and data recovery services. In this article she discuss about windows 10 support for their problems and issues.

What to do to Customize Windows 10 Action Center?

Action Center in the Windows 10 is a unified spot to access various settings and system notifications quickly. It remains located in a slide-out pane, which emerges after pressing an icon in the taskbar. Microsoft has made this excellent customizable addition to Windows 10 in a convenient way.

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Let’s have a look what Microsoft has offered as options:

Quick action is one of the most helpful features of the Action Center because it helps you to easily and quickly turn on/off Wi-Fi, adjust the brightness of the screen, enable Quiet Hours (Windows 10’s notification-silencing feature) and much more. You can also tumble down this pane and after tumbling it down, you will see only four actions, but it’s your choice which you want to see here.

To customize Your Windows 10 Action Center, Open the Settings app, click on the option System, and then Notifications & actions. Under the heading Quick actions, you’ll see four boxes, each of them represents one of the four actions you chose which will remain visible at its place all times. Click the boxes to get a menu and arrange a coveted position for the action according to your order.

There are possible options which can customize and organize your Action Center as per your taste which are discussed below:

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On the same setting page, under the Notifications subheading, you’ll find a handful of general options which can be toggled on and off and the options are as follows:

Show me tips about Windows: If you have switched on this feature, Windows 10 through its notification feature will occasionally serve up tips and tricks to you. It can be useful if you aren’t an experienced Windows user.

Show app notifications: If this feature is turned on, you’ll receive notifications from apps installed on your system.

Show notifications on the lock screen: This is useful when you’re away from the desk. If you haven’t prying eyes, it’s worth to turn on to receive notifications.

Show alarms, incoming VOIP calls, and reminders on the lock screen: If you’re concerned about privacy and security, you may not like it but it may also be very useful if you want to see your appointment reminders at a glance.

Hide notifications while Power Point Presentations: If you will turn on this feature in Windows 10, it will prevent notifications from displaying on screen when you’re giving a PowerPoint presentation.

Deactivate Overzealous Apps

It’ll be very convenient if you get an alert message every time when you get any mail. Windows 10 Action center allows you to turn off notifications according to the nature and use of app.

If you want to turn on notifications about any app, go to the Settings > System > Notifications & actions, then scroll down to the option “Show notifications from these apps” in subheading.

And to silent all notifications from a specific app, toggle their position from turn on to off for that app.

Exenterate out Notifications

If you have enabled the notifications, you may have various notifications in your system’s Action Center and clearing them out is a bit tiresome though.

Go to the Action Center by clicking its icon in the system tray which looks like a speech bubble. From here, you can delete individual notifications, or an entire section.

For deleting individual notifications, hover the mouse over the notification you want to get rid of, and then click on the button seems like “X”. And to clear out an entire section, put the mouse over the section, then click on the “X” button.

And if you want to delete all notifications, there is an option ‘Clear all’ in the upper right corner of the Action Center pane, click on that.

Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about latest tips and tricks about virus removal and data recovery services. In this article she discuss about windows 10 support for their problems and issues.