Last Chance to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free!


Followers of my blog or if you click Microsoft in the categories will show you that I was right in on the early beta development releases of Windows 10 and have partitioned almost all of my drives to accommodate it.

For some however, it has been a confusing issue. Now to help here I will give you a few reasons to update, and one reason not to update and solutions to the two major problems of either before you decide.


  1. To own the latest version of windows for free before July 29th 2016!
  2. To upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 automatically ensure ‘recommended updates’ is switched on in your control panel – windows update – change settings and check recommended updates. There is a caveat for this see negative reasons (Not to update below).
  3. Windows 7 officially ended on January 13, 2015, and the extended support period will expire in 2020. This maybe a concern for some who do not like to worry and would rather have the latest thinbg without all the security headaches.

Not to update

  1. Windows 7 (in this instance or windows 8.1 with Media Center) if updated to windows 10 WILL lose Media Center! This for me is a big deal as I have tuners in my PC and use it for over the air TV channels. For that reason, one of my PCs will remain 7 indefinately.
  2. For the last 6 months Microsoft has had a little nagging window by your clock recommending you update, in some cases the PCs have just updated without permission (see recommended updates), Windows 10 qualifies as a ‘recommended update’, so turn it off if you do not want it. If you cannot still get rid of it visit this site and install NEVER 10 don’t worry it is safe, follow the instructions and it will stop you updating!
  3. Windows 7 still has a long time left and is likely to be more secure than the new Windows 10 that will have bugs and exploits (security risks) due to it still being in it’s infancy. Windows 7 by contrast is a mature operating system and still supported with security patches (IMPORTANT ONES – not the ‘recommended’) that you can continue to install.
  4. Windows 7 officially ended on January 13, 2015, and the extended support period will expire in 2020. you still have 4 years! Windows 8.1 in 2023!

So if you want windows 10 and do not already have it – time to hurry! If like me you feel it maybe better to hold onto the devil you know, then install Never 10 and relax!

Hope this helps!


What is Microsoft Tay?


MS Tay

Tay is a chat bot developed by Microsoft to interact with users in such a way it may well fool them in beliving it is human. Joke abound on it ‘catfishing’ (see and search this blog for ‘Catfish’) individuals, made easier by the teenage girl persona.

You can test and try it out for yourself at (AI hmmm?… Rise of the machines is coming so don’t upset her she may have a long memory and our forthcoming Robot overlords may come looking for yah! :). But it has also been accused of being a racist! Continue reading…


How do I run Windows Media Center on Windows 10?

Can Windows Media Center run on Windows 10?

This is something that Microsoft have been squeezing out since Windows 7. One of the big issues stopping Windows 7 users upgrading to Windows 10 has been the loss of Windows Media Center. Many do not use it it is true, but for a few that rely on it as their …well? Media Center/TV or have it running as their media server machine serving movies and music etc. It is vital! Well for me it is what I use to watch over-the-air content (and satellite) using Hauppauge Tuners. Well there is a fix…sort of.

And details are here. However, I have a dual aprtition drive on my media center 7 machines. One has Windows 7 and the other windows 10 in dual boot. I selected Windows 10, and then installed this hack to see if it worked. And yes it does. However, it failed to scan for over-the-air channels. So effectively it became a glorified VLC device. Ironically VLC did a better job. I just linked that to my home group and played recordings from another media center machine that was in another room.

My advice would be to stick with your Windows 7 or if you paid for the Media Center upgrade on window 8 for now. As, as they say, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!



How do I remove the Windows 10 pop-up message on Windows 7

How do you remove the Windows 10 nagging message?


On Windows 7 and 8 people are sick of the pop-up that says that it is time for you to upgrade to Windows 10!

Now if like me you use some PCs with Media Center for TV (with tuners) or you have a stable rig you love on windows 7 (or 8), then the annoying upgrade now message is just too much.

Microsoft want you to upgrade ASAP, and if you have Recommended Updates set to install – bad news as Wiin 10 may install automatically. The first thing you will find in that case is that EULA screen asking you to agree. But by that point you have already installed it – probably when you were asleep at 3am (the default time). Even if you disagree it may try to return you to 7/8 only to bork your system!

Then there are the ‘agreers’ those that never read all that and just click OK – be careful as the ‘do not agree’ is not a big button it is a small text link at the top of the EULA screen.

Now the easiest way is to do the following. Continue reading…


Paradise Bay

Paradise Bay –

Be at peace and enjoy the trading part of the game for once!

Paradise Bay

I will get around to a full review of this trading game. But in short for those sick of being raided and having all your stuff stolen every night in Clash of Clans. Who just want a game where you can sit back and relax in a lovely environment you could do a lot worse than play this game.

Top Tips

Remember to click the wildlife to get XP they are, jellyfishes, fishes, sand beasties (worms/razor shells?) and even frogs. It is really worth a try, and you will discover you are at peace for once! I am at level 40 and really need to get some screenshots up!

Download it now

Android Google Playstore – Download
Apple App Store – Download