Reset PC Windows 10 – Instructions

I received a request on a third party website where I earn supplemental income answering computer and technology related questions. This individual wanted to return a recently purchased computer. However, they did NOT want to leave their virtual footprint(s) on this computer.

Here is their original request:

I need to return it to Amazon and I want to remove my identity from it. How can this be accomplished? I was getting it ready to use and discovered that the hum that it has makes me tense, so they have replaced it.

I’ve removed the programs I installed, but it still opens up with my name on the front waiting for me to log in.

They purchased an Acer Aspire with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. Here is my response to this request. You can perform a “Reset this PC”.

This will reset your Microsoft Windows 10 computer back to when you purchased it. It will remove all your personal data and programs installed. Another possibility is performing a factory reset, which would reinstall Microsoft Windows 10 to back when you purchased it.

You can start a Reset this PC from within Windows. Right click the Windows 10 icon in lower left corner. Choose “Search” and type in “Reset this PC”.

Click on “Reset this PC. Click on “Get Started” under “Recovery”. You have two options to choose from.

Select the second one “Remove everything”. You will be given two choices again. Select the second choice “Remove files and clean the drive”.

Click on “Reset” to begin resetting that computer. Eventually, that computer will restart and complete the process. This Reset this PC option is in my opinion an excellent addition to Microsoft Windows 10.

One of the few positives of this problematic alleged operating system. This is similar to what is known as factory recovery, factory reset, etc. Factory recovery is normally created by original equipment manufacturers.

Reset this PC was instituted by Microsoft Corporation. When it works, it is a quick and easy way to reset your Microsoft Windows 10 computer to when you purchased it. Also, this would be an apropos tool to use if you wanted to sell your computer.

This will make it harder for anyone to obtain any of your person data. Although, the second option takes quite a bit longer, it is worth the wait. Finally, it is real easy to start the second option of Reset this PC.

I choose this solution over a factory recovery, because quite frankly this to me could be easier for an end user to perform. Some factory recovery solutions can get quite complicated. You would have to press a certain keystroke before Microsoft Windows 10 would try to boot.

Then, the end user would have to go through a menu of options. Also, there are times when a factory recovery will not work. I am NOT saying that factory recovery as a means to restore the operating system back to factory settings NOT a productive option.

My experiences are with an average computer user, if you can make it quicker and less complex, the better. If a Microsoft Windows 10 reset this PC would not have worked, then I would have went to plan b, a factory recovery. These instructions were written specifically succinctly for Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Reset this PC is only available in the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

Plan 9 From Bell Labs – Installation Instructions How to

I finally got around to installing an operating system that you may never have heard of. Yes, that is right Plan 9 from Bell Labs. I installed this free operating system on an old Compaq Evo N180.

This is a laptop with just a Pentium III processor. I will share with you what I learned and the basics to installing this operating system. The first thing you will need is obviously a computer to install this UNIX based operating system on.

I was able to install it on an IDE laptop hard drive. Plan 9 does support SATA hard drives. You can use old school serial and PS2 type mice. Also, you can use old school PS2 style keyboards.

This UNIX operating system supports USB devices ie. USB flash drives, mice, keyboards, etc. I hooked up a three wheel USB mouse to this old laptop. Also, I just used the built in keyboard.

You can try Plan 9 by booting off of a Live CD-ROM. Also, you can use this same Plan 9 Live CD-ROM to install to your hard drive. Also, you can create a Live USB flash drive instead.

I choose to burn a CD-RW with Plan 9 instead of USB. I was able to successfully boot off the live CD-ROM. I choose the default settings but had to specify the video setting correctly.

When I accept the default XGA, Rio, which is Plan 9’s windowing manager failed to start. I typed in “vesa” for the video configuration and Rio successfully started. I had to also manually type in “vesa” when I installed Plan 9 on a 30 gigabyte laptop IDE hard drive.

Also, when installing Plan 9 I had to choose the default of [browse] and then immediately press exit, during the mountdist portion of the installation. I have no idea why, but the Plan 9 installation does not detect the distibution path. Thankfully, I read through the documentation and figured this out.

By accepting the default [browse] option, this allows you to browse the installation media. However, you do not want to change to any directories, otherwise this will change the mountdist path. If you do move around the installation media file structure, make sure you return back to where you began.

I thought this was not necessary and a bit odd of a way to tell Plan 9 where to mount installation files from. These two revelations, both vesa and typing exit when selecting [browse] saved me potentially a lot of time. I was eventually able to get Plan 9 installed successfully.

You will need to perform these main categories:

* configfs: choose file system type
* partdisk: edit partition table
* prepdisk: create partition table
* fmtfossil: format file system
* mountfs: mount file system
* configdisg: choose installtion source
* mountdist: mount installation source
* copydist: copy files to hard disk

I referred to Plan 9 from Bell Labs official documentation and this how to install Plan 9 from Bell Labs blog post. I was able to add a user account and create a home folder.

I was able to obtain a local ip address using DCHP. However, I was not able to get domain name server addresses to resolve to their Internet protocol addresses correctly. I could ping out to the Internet using an IP address.

I learned how to add, resize, delete, and move windows. I learned how to use a sam editor. However, I could not figure out how to save changes to files.

Even after installing Plan 9, you can use the default account by typing in glenda when prompted to enter the default of [user]. Glenda is a built in account with a home folder already created. Also, four windows are already configured for you.

Meter, date, readme file, and email file. If you want to just open a terminal, your right click the background and choose “Add”. Your mouse cursor will turn into a cross +.

Right click and then move your mouse to configure how big you want this window. You will see term% |. This is your command prompt.

CraigsList Nationwide – Service Advertisements Now Cost $5

Craigslist has now made a decision that make affect quite a few small business owners. Without any prior warning, Craigslist nationwide now charges $5 dollars for most service ads. For example as a part time computer repair technician, I advertised on their platform for years.

Allegedly, beginning on March 15, 2018, Craigslist began charging $5 per advertisement in their services section. The only niche within services that do NOT get charged $5 per advertisement is the “Therapeutic services”. However, therapeutic services advertisements are now charged $10 per advertisement.

I never received an email notifying me of this change. The humans that run CraigsList.org could have and should have in my opinion, warned their existing advertisers of this change. I found out because I tried reposting a computer repair advertisement that had expired.

This change really does NOT effect me as much as perhaps other small business owners. I was planning on closing my part time computer repair business later this year. This year so far most of my computer repair customer base has dried up.

Perhaps it is time to find other ways to earn income. Actually, I already have found other income avenues, but that is for another blog post. In my opinion $5 per advertisement may or may NOT become productive.

You might have alot less competition to deal with. Also, your advertisement might stay up on the first page of Craigslist for your niche. What this means is possibly more customers.

If you rely on Craigslist for your sole advertisment campaign, you are a fool, in my opinion. Craiglist is full of time sharks. People will waste your time, without any empathy in the world.

Also, you have to deal with scammers, spammers, phishers, etc. on Craigslist. I used to advertise on Craigslist and allow people to contact me via phone or text. What a huge fucking mistake.

Now I only allow individuals to email me. I may test out one Craigslist ad in the computer services section for a few months and see if I receive any customers. One final note, there are different rules for therapeutic_services.

I think advertisments in that Craigslist section only last for just 7 days. You can renew them for $5. When I tried to publish my expired advertisement I received a notice at the top of the page warning me I needed to pay $5.

Also, this notice stipulated that my advertisement would expire after 30 days. You will need a credit card in order to pay for these advertisements. Their “posting fees” section is pathetic.

It lists about a paragraph of information about their fees structure.

LG 47LN5400 – 47 Inch Television No Power Troubleshooting

I received an LG 47LN5400 television for recycling. This television would NOT power on. I tried pressing and holding the power button for 30 seconds.

This did NOT fix the problem. I decided to then take off the back cover. You will need to remove 23 total screws.

Also, you need to remove the television stand. There are some screws hidden behind the television stand. Once you remove the screws you will be able to easily remove the back cover.

This LG 47LN5400 is quite lightweight and has very few circuit boards compared to other televisions I have worked on. I disconnected all cables from both power, inverter, and video boards. I then reconnected all these cables.

When I went to power on this LED television there was no indication it was receiving power. I noticed two missing screws on the power board. I found some comparable screws.

Perhaps this television was serviced before? Who knows, I do NOT know. However, this did not fix the problem.

I was NOT able to get this television to power on. I will need to perform further research and see if I can salvage this television. The owner claimed that this television would not power on.

They did NOT say that the LED screen was damaged or not functional. However, I do NOT necessarily want to order replacement boards if this television has a malfunctioning screen. Speaking of circuit boards, there are only four boards in this LG 47LN5400 led television.

* main power board
* inverter board
* video board
* manual controls board

I am suspicious that perhaps the power board is the culprit. I will need to test for failed circuit(s) with a multimeter. If I can fix the power board by soldering any failing circuits then I can sell the television.

I do NOT repair televisions on a daily basis. If I have deduced that the power board is the failing component, then I might order a replacement board if they are not too expensive, if I cannot repair the power board myself. On a final note the owner left me the original power cable, remote control, and manual for this television.

It is in excellent condition. I would hate to part it out, but at least if I do, I can sell the boards or make sure that it does NOT just end up in a landfill.

Best Tech Podcasts – Reality PC Archives Now Available

The Reality PC podcast archives are now available. Initially, the Reality PC podcast was created in 2012. However, after recording 10 to 20 episodes, I became distracted with trying to create a full time computer repair business.

In early two thousand seventeen, I brought back the Reality PC podcast and recorded a total of 62 episodes. Once again I became distracted trying to formulate a full time income with computer repair. All episodes of the Reality PC podcast will become available for FREE.

You will be able to listen to them with a built in html5 player. Also, you will be able to download them to your computer, for later listening. I plan on recording a weekly Reality PC podcast beginning in April.

These podcasts are supported with on page advertisements. I do NOT plan on including on air advertisements. I do NOT boast that the Reality PC is the best tech podcasts. It was a decent keyword I found when performing search engine optimization for this blog post.

The Reality PC podcast will discuss technology related topics. I may or may NOT answer listener questions. As we speak I have incorporated a live radio show feature into this website.

I may replay each Reality PC episode via my radio station feature. Also, I may perform the Reality PC podcast live. As far as performing a livestream of the Reality PC, I am debating whether or not to livestream on Youtube or on this website.

The Reality PC podcast covers computer and technology related subjects with real free speech. No political correctness, music, or on air commercials. Just straight talk radio, the way nature intended.

For now you will have access to every Reality PC podcast ever recorded, entirely FREE of charge. Tired of looking at advertisements? Purchase a members only subscription for just $5 per month, and gain access to the podcast archives advertisement free.

Teamviewer Remote Desktop – Portable Version

Teamviewer remote desktop is one of my preferred remote desktop connection software. There is actually a portable version of Teamviewer available for free. This software functions similar to the desktop version.

I prefer to keep my Microsoft Windows 10 machine as clutter free as possible. I removed Teamviwer 11 and now exclusively use Teamviwer remote desktop portable version after testing this software. This software takes up close to 80 megabytes of disk space.

You can run Teamviewer remote desktop portable version off of a Universal Serial Bus drive or Compact Disc Read Only Memory disk. I have not tried running this off of a network drive, but I think it would be possible. According to the official Teamviewer website, this portable version “…comprises all the features of the full version of TeamViewer…”

This is good news for me as I do NOT like having to install countless pieces of software cluttering up this Windows 10 machine. All you have to do is download Teamviewer portable and burn it to CD-ROM or USB flash drive. Then just open up TeamViewer.exe.

This software supports Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems. You can download the newest version of Teamviewer remote desktop from this static link. You do NOT and will NOT be able to update this portable version.

You would need to browse to Teamviewer’s download area to download the most recent portable version of this remote desktop connection software. I have been satisfied with this portable version of Teamviewer. Also, 80 megabytes of disk space is sufficient enough reason for me to rely on this portable version.

Any time I can keep my Microsoft Winblows machine clutter free, I am a happy technology camper.

VLC Open Source – Media Player 3 Released

VLC open source media player version 3 has been released on February ten two thousand eighteen. This latest version of VLC open source media player is a major release called Vetinari with quite a few new features. VideoLAN VLC media player is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.

* 4k and 8k video supported
* 10 bits and high dynamic range
* 360 video and 3definition audo
* chromecast streaming
* blu-ray java menus playable
* browse local network and network attached storage

I was not able to use VLC’s “check for updates” feature nor did the automatic updates detect version 3. You can download VLC media player version 3 and install this software update manually. VLC media player is free and open source.

This software is available in both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit versions. The current version of VLC open source media player is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3, vista, 7, 8, and 10. There are basically three different ways to update VLC open source media player.

You can enable updates notifier. VLC open source media player will check for updates and notify you when one is available. A second way to update VLC media player is to download the most recent version from a static link at videolan.org.

Finally, you can update VLC by clicking on “Help” from top menu and then choosing “Check for Updates…”. If an update is available you will be prompted to download and install it. You will need to restart VLC media player for this update to complete.

How to Upload a Video – to DailyMotion.com

There a few alternative video platforms to Youtube.com. One of them being DailyMotion.com. I am going to describe how to upload a video to DailyMotion.com. First, you will need to sign up for a DailyMotion account.

Once approved you will then need to sign into your DailyMotion account. Now you want to click on a generic avatar on the top menu to the right of the search box. Left click on that avatar and then choose “Partner HQ”.

You will be taken to your partner headquarters, which is your video dashboard. There is an “Upload” button towards the top left. Click on this button and you will taken to an upload page.

DailyMotion changed their upload interface about a month ago, so potentially they could change this page again in the future. Anyways, for now you can drag and drop up to ten videos to upload at a time. Also, you can click on “Selected video files” in the lower right hand corner.

This allows you to pick files to upload by browsing your hard drive. If you need more information about the upload process, you can click on “Learn more about uploading” on the lower left hand corner. I believe DailyMotion has a one gigabyte size file limitation.

Also, each video can be no more than sixty minutes. I am not sure how many videos per day that you can upload. Once you select a video file to upload you will be taken to a page where your file begins to upload.

You can enter in a title, description, and choose a category. I believe entering in a title and selecting a category is mandatory. You can enter in uniform resource locators or hyperlinks in the description box.

You are limited to 3000 characters in the description box. You can choose a different language under a “Language” box. Also, you can select playlists from an “Add to playlist” drop down.

You will need to create playlists before they are available in the video upload interface. You have three options for the visibility of your video under “Visibility”. Public, private, or password protected.

You can enter in up to 10 different tags under a “Tags” box. Also, you can place a check in the “Age-restricted content” box, so that younger viewers cannot watch this video. You are completed with the “Basic” portion of your video settings.

You can click on an “Advanced” tab or just click on “Publish” to publish your video. Also, you can click on “Cancel” to cancel this video upload. I usually do not make any changes under the “Advanced” tab.

You can configure “Geoblocking” settings. If you want to make this video featured then place a check in the box next to “Feature video”. You can manually set a “Record date”.

If you want to add subtitles then click on “Add subtitles” under “Subtitles”. Finally, you can choose what video that will play next by entering in a uniform resource locater link to another video in the “Play next” box.

Fresh Install Windows 7 – on HP Pavilion P6-2108P

I recently received an HP Pavilion P6-2108P desktop computer for recycling. This is a dual core computer with 8 gigabytes and a one terabyte hard drive. I always wipe computers I receive for recycling with Darik’s Boot and Nuke.

Also, I perform a fresh installation of whatever operating system the computer came with. Older Microsoft Windows computers come with certificate of authenticity stickers on them. This way I do NOT need to buy a new license and can just enter the serial number and then activate Windows.

This computer had a Windows 7 Home Premium sticker. Windows 7 installations are pretty straight forward. You need either a Windows 7 DVD-ROM, USB flash drive, etc.

Windows 7 operating system will be supported at least until 2020 by Microsoft corporation. Dual core computers have lost value in recent years. However, I am still able to sell them on Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, etc.

Windows 7 updates are still slow as ever. Also, I usually load Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus. Making sure Windows firewall is enabled is part of my to do list.

I use either Driver Pack or Snappy Driver installer to install hardware drivers. These two applications save me quite a bit of time loading drivers. If not for these two applications, I would have to search on the Internet for drivers manually.

I always install Windows 7 with service pack one. This process usually does not take that much time. Waiting for the Windows 7 security updates to install takes quite a bit of time.

However, this is a good way to perform a burn in test so to speak. Normally, by the time I finish installing Windows 7 including all security updates, any major problems with recycled computers would have been noticeable. Once I am completed with the operating system install then I usually leave the computer powered on for at least twenty four hours.

Microsoft Windows 2000 – Quick Restore on Compaq EVO N180

I recently received some computer equipment for recycling. One of those items was a Compaq EVO N180 laptop. This computer is around fifteen years old.

However, I thought I would process this notebook computer with Microsoft windows 2000 as if I could resell it. This laptop came with a battery that would not charge and a failing left mouse button. However, I thought I would have some fun and try to perform a new install of Microsoft Windows 2000.

Luckily enough, the individual that dropped off this equipment took excellent care of this equipment and also saved software that came with these computers. He gave me three Windows 2000 compact disc read only memory discs. One of these was a HP Windows 2000 service pack two disc.

Another one was a HP Windows 2000 service pack four disc. Finally, I received a Windows 2000 service pack one recovery disc. I could not use the HP Windows 2000 service pack two disc with this Compaq EVO N180.

Also, the HP Windows 2000 service pack four disc did NOT have the correct drivers for this EVO N180 laptop computer. However, the HP Windows 2000 service pack one disc did have correct drivers for ths Compaq EVO N180. Unfortunately, this disc only loaded service pack one of Windows 2000.

I was not able to download service pack four for windows 2000 from Microsoft. I do not have any discs with service pack four. This Compaq EVO N180 ran pretty good on 768 Megabytes of random access memory.

Believe it or not I was able to access the Internet with the built in Internet Explorer 5. I could not find a replacement battery and or touchpad mouse on the Internet anywhere. If I were going to try to resell this laptop then definately I would want to replace the battery, touchpad mouse, and upgrade Windows 2000 to service pack four.

Also, I would want to install a firewall and anti-virus. However, this Compaq EVO N180 was only a Pentium III computer. Certainly not much if any demand for older Pentium III computers.

I may try to sell this laptop as is or part it out. Most likely I will have to give it away or part it out and then send the remaining parts to a larger recycler. I had a good time messing around with older school technology.