August 2016

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For some readers of the Record Searchlight might want to find archived articles about windows 10. Here’s that link   

Windows Live cannot send Photo
Have you been affected by the Live Mail account not being able to send photos? This usually means that you were trying to send pictures using the photo email feature. If this is what happened, then the Microsoft Account you're signed in with in Windows Live Mail has probably been upgraded to Outlook Mail and photo email no longer works. You'll find a couple of workarounds in this article: Avoid 'photo email' and send photos by email

Workaround found here:

As an alternative to this you can I simply removed/deleted the “photo album” from my mail message and used “Attach file” to include the single photo I wanted to send.


Microsoft Windows 10 had a recent Major update

The Anniversary Update will report itself as version 1607, despite the fact that it technically launched in August instead of July. If you don’t have it yet, try checking for updates in Windows 10’s Settings > Update & Security. You can also start the update manually from Microsoft’s support page here.
“Windows 10” is apparently here to stay, and Microsoft won’t be bumping things up to Windows 11 any time soon. Here’s how to find out what “build” of Windows 10 you have — you can think of it like a service pack level — as well as which edition and version of the operating system you have.
Use the Settings App to find with version you’re using.
Windows 10’s first big update— you’ll see a new version number scheme here. It’ll say “Version 1511 (OS Build 10576.29)”.
The “1511” is the key. This number identifies that you’re using the build of Windows 10 released in November (the 11th month) of 2015. If Microsoft were to release a build of Windows 10 in April (the 4th month) of 2016, its version number would be “Version 1604”.
How To Use Decades –Old Software On A Newer PC
If you have some favorite software and have now upgraded to Windows 10, can you continue to use it?
Yes, if you use the Windows 10 “compatibility mode”, which allows you PC t run software designed for older operating systems. To activate culpability mode , locate the program using File  Explorer ( use to be called Windows Explorer ). On the C drive , click Program files. In the resulting list find the folder with your program. Find the file listed as an “application”.  If you have a windows short-cut icon you can use that instead. Right click that file, click on “properties “. In the next menu, click the capability “ tab.   In the next menu, check the box beside “ run this program in capability mode for “, and from the drop down list pick the Windows menu select which Windows system to run with. At the bottom of the menu click  “OK”. Your program should run properly .

ONE YEAR LATER: DID MICROSOFT LISTEN TO WINDOWS 10 COMPLAINTS?  A year into Windows 10, with a new update on the way, we ask: Did Microsoft listen to the complaints?
After all, Windows 10 is supposed to be “the last version of Windows.” It’s “Windows as a service,” continually updated and fixed by developers who are listening to Windows users and improving things. That’s the promise, anyway. We’ve been using the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for a while now, so let’s see what complaints Microsoft has succeeded (and failed) to deliver on. It will tell how to check you PC to ensure you do have the latest update version.
Go to this website for complete information:

There’s an official Microsoft tool that can blacklist Windows updates and driver updates if one is causing a problem.

Tips and Insights to Window 10, iPads and Android phones

Why Do you Need a Microsoft id for Windows 10?

You need a Microsoft account to use the OneDrive folder that stores your files in the Cloud ,  to use Crotana the speaking search feature and to use OneNote a word processor. The Microsoft account will be either, MSN. Hotmail or an Outlook account. Each you create with a password and name.


Some Windows 10 Basics


How Can You Group the menu in Windows 10?
When you first start-up Windows 10 there are already some groups that Microsoft starts you off with. You can keep these as-is, edit the name, change the apps, re-order the groups, or delete them entirely. It's up to you.
Let's start with moving our groups around. Click Start and then hover over a group title bar such as "Life at a glance." To the right of the group title you'll see an icon that looks like an equals sign.
If you want to change the name of your app group, click on the title. Click on that and then drag to move the group to a new spot in the Start menu. You can really click anywhere on the title bar to move it, but I prefer to focus on the icon on the right since it's an easy way to understand what I'm doing.  When you do that part of the title bar will turn into a text entry box. Delete what's in there by hitting Backspace, type in your new title, hit Enter, and you're done you want to change the name of your app group, click on the title.

How Do You Create a Group on the Start Menu Windows 10?

The easiest method to creating a new group is to first add an App or a Website choice to the start menu. It will appear at the bottom of the Start tiles. Once here, as a new component you simply click on the “down arrow “ which let’s you name this new group. In the Edge Browser, it’s easy to create a new tile. Go to the website you wish to add as a tile , click on the 3dots, choose Pin this Page to Start.
This is so helpful if you wish to jump to a website each day and not be bothered with logging into a browser and finding your web browser’s home page.
To remove a group you have to remove every app inside it and then it will delete automatically.
Here’s a few sites with more information on this subject.

This site has a 8 ways to customize your Start menu