5 Things to Do Before Upgrading to Windows 10

25 Nov

Windows 10 is a welcome upgrade . There are several improvements over the previous versions, like Windows 7 and 8, in terms of aesthetics, features, and functionality. Most of all, Windows 10 is free for all genuine Windows 7 and 8 users until July 29th, 2016. That being said, it has been well over three months since Windows 10 was released, and you might be considering an upgrade to Windows 10.

Though the process of upgrading is simple and straightforward, there are a few things that you should do before upgrading. This ensures a smooth upgrading experience and no waste of time after upgrading.

Check for Hardware Compatibility

This is a no-brainer, the first thing you should do before upgrading is to check to see if your system hardware can run Windows 10. Though the system requirements for Windows 10 are not that demanding, below are the minimum system requirements. In fact, if you are currently running Windows 7 or 8, then you are good to go.

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 or later
  • Display: 800×600


Alternatively, if you have the “Get Windows 10” app installed, then you can check for both the software and hardware compatibility from it.

You can learn more about the requirements and other instructions from this official Windows 10 specifications page.

Uninstall Unwanted Programs and Free Up Space

Before upgrading to Windows 10, make sure that you uninstall any and all unnecessary applications, especially any antivirus, malware and firewall software. Because of how they work, security software can sometimes cause problems after upgrading. You can uninstall the programs from the “Programs and Features” in the Control Panel.

Moreover, depending on your current Windows installation, you will need extra space on your C drive so that Windows can back up your current version before upgrading to Windows 10. Make sure that you have at least 15 to 20GB of extra space on your C drive. This helps you downgrade to the previous version if you ever need to.


Back Up Your Files, Folders, and Product Keys

Although Windows lets you keep installed programs, personal files, and folders while upgrading, it is always a good thing to back up all your files and folders in the C drive. When I say C drive, I’m taking about all general locations like Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Music, Video, Pictures, etc. Just manually scan the drive and back up as necessary.

If you are using premium products like Microsoft Office, then back up the product keys using a free software like ProduKey, just in case. This lets you reinstall and register them quickly, if necessary.


Download Drivers Beforehand

Drivers are an important part of Windows, as they are responsible for the communications between the hardware and software. Before upgrading to Windows 10, check that your hardware vendor supports it and has released compatible drivers. You can check for the driver updates in the official vendor websites. If the drivers are available, then download them so that you can install them as soon as you are done upgrading.

This is an essential thing to do if you have a slow or unreliable Internet connection.

Remove or Disconnect Unnecessary Peripherals

This is one of the most ignored things, but you should always remove or disconnect any unnecessary peripherals, as they may sometimes interfere with the upgrading process which results in a failed upgrade. When I say unnecessary peripherals, I’m talking about things like attached Bluetooth devices, USB hubs, external hard disks, external keyboard and mouse (in case of laptops), etc.


Since the upgrading process has been improved so much, there shouldn’t be any problem(s), and I personally haven’t faced an issue while upgrading. That doesn’t mean you won’t face problems, so follow the above steps and always have a backup plan. If you’ve done everything as said, then you are good to upgrade your system to the all-new Windows 10.

For the Holland America Digital Workshop powered by Windows I am

Frank Barcelona DW host NODM

Better Browsing with Microsoft Edge

21 Nov

For years, Microsoft’s built-in option for browsing websites was Internet Explorer.  With the introduction of Windows 10, however, we now have a new built-in option, Microsoft Edge, for perusing all our favorite web content.  Here are some tips for making the most of Microsoft Edge, including a close-up look at some exciting new features that set Edge apart from other browsers.


Get access to the websites you want

As with Internet Explorer, if you find a website that you like and you want to access it in the future, you can add that website to your favorites list.  Simply go to that website and then click on the star at the right end of the address bar.  You’ll get an option to either add that website to your Favorites or to your Reading List.

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Add a website to your Favorites

Already have a list of favorites in Internet Explorer that you’d like to see in Edge?  Open the Hub, look for “Import Favorites”, and you’ll be surfing your old websites in no time.


Import favorites from Internet Explorer

Another convenient option for accessing websites again in the future is to add a new tile to your Start menu.  The great thing about this is you’ll be able to arrange your tiles in groups, resize them, name them, and get them set up in whatever way is most efficient and effective for you.  The best part about pinning a website to Start, though? The website can take advantage of the live tile feature that allows content to be displayed on the surface of the tile, so you can get quick, easy access to the information you care about without even having to open up the website where the information is coming from.


Pin a website to Start

You Read My Mind…

One of the best things about accessing online content like news and articles is the amazing access to such a vast array of information.  Unfortunately, this great advantage is coupled with a major annoyance: all the ads, links, and other distracting content typically displayed around the news and articles.  Microsoft Edge includes an innovative Reading View feature that makes reading online much more enjoyable.  To activate Reading View, click on the book symbol at the right end of the address bar.


Activate Reading View with the book icon

You’ll immediately notice a number of significant changes to the layout of the website.  First, all of that extra fluff (to put it nicely) like ads and links is gone.  The background has been changed to off-white, instead of the typical harsh, bright white background that’s not so easy on the eyes.  Also, the article, if it wasn’t already, is centered on the page, and the text is in a different, clearer font, larger size, and wider spacing.  Overall, the page is optimized for reading, more like what you’d expect on an e-reader than a website.  You can even send the page to the printer as-is, to cut down on wasting ink, or liquid gold, as I like to call it.


Reading View looks more like an e-reader, less like a website

Still not exactly as you’d like it?  Click on the three little dots in the top right of Edge to access the menu, then click on Settings.  There, you’ll find options for customizing the Reading View, such as changing the background color or making the font larger or smaller.


Customize Reading View with a few easy clicks

I’ll make a note of it…

See something in the article that caught your eye and you want to make a note of it?  Now you can actually take notes right there on the screen thanks to Edge’s Web Note feature.  To access your tools, click on the icon that looks like a little piece of paper with a pencil near the top right of the window.


Activate Web Note by clicking the paper-&-pencil icon

A bar appears across the top of the screen with a number of tools, all for your note-taking pleasure.  You can choose different colors for the pen and the highlighter and use them to single out important parts of the article or write notes off to the side.  And we’re not saying you make mistakes, but just in case, there’s also an eraser to get rid of the evidence if you do.  You can also add a typed note somewhere on the screen, or use the snip tool to capture a specific part of the screen and then save it as a photo.


Web Note gives you several useful tools

If you have a touch-screen device, you can use a stylus or your finger to actually write right there on the screen, just as if it were a piece of paper in front of you.  Don’t have a touch screen?  No worries, as you’ll still be able to take full advantage of the Web Note feature just by clicking and dragging your mouse pointer to do your highlighting or trace out the notes you want to write.


Highlight and write your notes right on the webpage

Ready to save it all, or better yet, share the notes (and the article with it) with a friend?  Click or tap on Share in the top right of the window to see which options are available.


Select Share to see which options are available

Select Mail, and you’ll see a brand new email appear, already set up with an attachment that is a snapshot of the entire webpage that you were looking at.  The attachment is essentially just a photo, but it’s a long photo that contains not only the webpage but also all your notes that you added.  And the best part is that because it’s just photo, your recipient doesn’t need to be using Microsoft Edge, or even a Windows device, in order to receive and take a look at your notes.


Share your web notes by email


Whatever websites you enjoy surfing, hopefully you’ll find that the new features available in Microsoft Edge give you some great new options for accessing, reading, noting, and sharing the webpages that are important to you.

-Jessica Roehrig, on the beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam

Sync shared folders to your computer!

10 Oct

Sync shared folders to your computer!

Did you know that you can add folders shared with you to your OneDrive so they sync down to your computer?


They’ll look like any other folder, but when you edit files in shared folders the changes will show up to everyone else with permission for that folder.

Here’s how it works:

1 Go to your Shared list on OneDrive.com to check if folder(s) have been shared to you with the ability to edit. (If there are none, create a folder and share it with edit permissions to your friends.)

2 From the Shared list, select the folder you want to sync and click ‘Add to my OneDrive’.

3 If you have the OneDrive app installed on your PC or Mac, the folder will also sync down unless you have opted to only sync some folders in OneDrive settings.

4 The folder will also be accessible from your main OneDrive folder on OneDrive?.com and on the OneDrive mobile app, if you have it installed.

Now you are all set up!

John Roberts – Techspert – ms Rotterdam

How to Customize the Lock Screen in Windows 10

3 Oct

Microsoft first introduced the new Lock Screen feature in Windows 8, it is one of those many welcomed features. The good thing about the new Lock Screen is that it is capable of showing widgets, quick notifications, and custom wallpapers. These widgets and quick notifications are possible because of the modern apps. In fact, Windows does have a few default widgets and quick notification apps like Email, Weather, Time, etc. Here is how you can customize the Windows 10 Lock Screen with just a few clicks.

Open Lock Screen Settings

Opening the Lock Screen settings in Windows 10 is straightforward. To start, click on the Notifications icon and then click on the “All Settings” button. clip_image001

Here in the Settings panel, select the option “Personalization.”


Once the personalization panel has been opened, select the “Lock Screen” option on the left panel.


Alternatively, you can also open the Lock Screen settings panel by searching for it in the Start menu. clip_image007


Configure Windows 10 Lock Screen

Configuring Windows 10 Lock Screen is easy. The first obvious thing to customize in the Lock Screen is the Wallpaper, and unlike in the previous version, Windows 10 has three different options for the wallpaper selection.

The first option under Background is the Windows Spotlight feature. When enabled, Spotlight grabs some of the best and most stunning wallpapers from Bing and shows them as your Lock Screen wallpaper. These wallpapers change in set intervals so that you won’t see the same Lock Screen wallpaper every day. To enable the Spotlight feature, simply select the “Windows Spotlight” option.


The good thing about this feature is that you get to say if you like the wallpaper or not. If you don’t like a displayed wallpaper, then simply select “No” from the upper right corner, and Windows will instantly change it to another one. The Spotlight feature also suggests some of the best or top-rated apps from time to time.


However, the Spotlight feature is missing from the Pro version of Windows 10, and I’m not so sure about the Enterprise version. Pro users may get the feature soon enough. Windows 10 will be upgraded regularly.

The next option is to set the Background to Picture so that you can select your favorite image as the Lock Screen wallpaper. You can select one of the predefined Windows wallpapers under “Choose your picture.” Alternatively, you can select your favorite wallpaper by clicking on the “Browse” button. clip_image013

While using Picture Mode as your background, Windows shows some random fun facts, tips and tricks on your Lock Screen. If you don’t want them, simply toggle the option.

The final option is to set the Background to Slideshow. To set it, simply select the “Slideshow” option from the drop-down menu.

By default, the Pictures folder is selected, and any pictures in it will be shown as a slideshow on your Lock Screen. If you want to set some other folder, then click on the “Add a Folder” option. You can add as many folders as you like.


If you want to remove a folder from the Slideshow, then select the folder and then click on the “Remove” button.


By clicking on the “Advanced Slideshow Settings” link, you can configure a few different options like Screen Off time, including Camera Roll in the slideshow, etc.


When it comes to widgets on the Lock Screen, you can choose one app that can show the detailed status and up to seven apps that can show quick status notifications. To set an app, click on the Add button and then select the app from the list.


If you install more modern apps that can integrate well with the Lock Screen, you will have more apps to choose from in the quick notification list.

We are excited to be conducting classes on Windows 10, if you have the chance to take a Holland America cruise, please drop by one of our Digital Workshops.

For the Holland America Digital Workshop, powered by Windows, I am;

Frank Barcelona Techspert Noordam

I’ve got Windows 10! Now what?

28 Sep

So you’ve got your hands on the latest Windows operating system, and you’re getting used to the changes you see here and there.  But you may be wondering what other features there are for you to explore, or how to make the most of features you are already using.  There are tons of places you can turn to find tips, tricks, and tutorials, but here’s a quick look at a few that should definitely be on your radar.

Get Started app: This resource is actually not online; it’s on your device!  Windows 10 comes with a great app that includes tons of helpful info that will allow you to hit the ground running.  With categories like “Cortana,” “Microsoft Edge,” and “Saving and Syncing content,” the Get Started app offers up easy-to-access, easy-to-understand information.  There are even step-by-step instructions and tutorials that will walk you through some aspects of the new features to help you explore and discover the best Windows 10 has to offer.

To find the Get Started app, you can click on the Start button, then click on “All Apps” and look through the alphabetized list, or you can simply type “Get started” in the search box on the Taskbar.

Windows Website: A lot of the content from the Get Started app, and more, is also available through Microsoft’s How-To Center.  Like the app, the How-To Center offers up step-by-step instructions and tutorials, all organized by category.  One valuable feature is the capability to switch between various operating systems, so you can easily research the same help topic for whatever version of Windows you’re curious about.

You’ll also find frequently asked questions, so you can see what sorts of topics your fellow Windows 10 users have been looking into.  Along the same lines, if you do not see the answers you’re looking for, you can tap into Microsoft’s great user community and ask and answer questions about Microsoft products.

One more resource easily accessible through the Windows website is their Answer Desk.  The Answer Desk is ready to help you with whatever you need, from questions about services and apps to troubleshooting problems, and more.

Microsoft Store Personal Training: If you’re a more hands-on kind of person and would like some interactive help, then you can head to a nearby Microsoft store and participate in the personal training courses offered there.  There are a couple sign-up options, depending on whether you’d like just one course or a whole year of courses, and there are a variety of topics available.

Don’t have a Microsoft store near you?  No problem!  Just book a cruise on any Holland America Line ship, and take advantage of our new Windows-10-based curriculum in our on-board Digital Workshops! ;-)

-Techspert Jessica, writing from the Nieuw Amsterdam in the sunny Mediterranean

Get Ready!

26 Jul

On Wednesday, July 29, Microsoft will begin releasing Windows 10. Here are some facts you should know:

  • Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year following the availability of Windows 10.
  • The upgrade will be fulfilled digitally via Windows Update. The download size is approximately 3GB.
  • It is Microsoft’s intent that most Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device.
  • Users will need to meet the device qualification and compatibility criteria, and also have the latest Windows Updates installed including Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update.
  • The upgrade rollout will take place over a period of time that begins on July 29, so not all computers will be upgraded immediately.
  • The Windows 10 upgrade comes with support from Microsoft.

It’s quite likely that your computer is already showing an upgrade icon in the lower-right notification area on your desktop like so:


Click there to learn more about the upgrade and get your computer ready.

Here are some of the terrific new features that Windows 10 will bring:

Cortana –This is a voice-activated personal assistant. You can already find it on a Windows phone but now it is available on Windows 10 computers. You can interact with it easily by talking or typing. You can use it to find things on your computer or on the Internet. Cortana learns about you and gets smarter the more you use it. It learns your preferences in order to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information and important reminders.

Edge – Edge is the next-generation browser that delivers a better web experience that’s made for easy sharing, reading, researching and getting things done online. Advanced features include the ability to annotate by keyboard or pen directly on the web page and easily share with friends. There’s a reading view that can display articles free of distractions. It also integrates closely with Cortana for finding and doing things online.

Xbox – Xbox on Windows 10 lets gamers access the best of the expansive Xbox Live gaming network on both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. Players can capture, edit and share their greatest gaming moments with GameDVR and play new games with friends across devices. Players will also be able to play games on their PC, streamed directly from their Xbox One consoles to their Windows 10 tablets or PCs within their home.

Office – Office universal apps on Windows 10 offer a consistent, touch-first experience across phone, tablet and PC with new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. They are designed from the ground up to run on Windows. You can easily create and edit Word documents, annotate PowerPoint slides in real time with new inking features and easily give presentations, and, with new touch-first controls in Excel, you can create or update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse.

Universal apps – Built-in Windows apps provide an updated experience for both large and small devices. Look for enhanced Music, Photos, Mail, and Calendar apps.

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Windows 10 has been designed and developed differently from the way previous versions of Windows have been done. It makes it possible for Windows to empower people more than ever.

Techspert John
ms Amsterdam

Pinning Websites to Your Desktop

14 Jul

Greetings from the ms Rotterdam! This is your Techspert Amanda, and I want to go over a feature of Windows that not only gets overlooked, but can help keep your PC secure!

Consider the following scenario:

You’ve received an email claiming to be your bank, stating that there was unusual activity on your account, and they need to verify your identity. A link is provided to take you to the primary website where you would be asked to input information to verify your identity.

If this sends up red flags for you, that’s good. You should always be cautious of links in your emails, especially if they’re wanting you to provide personal information. So let’s learn about a way to quickly and easily access our commonly-used websites without using links in our emails, and always getting the proper website.

Let’s say that I want to pin the Digital Workshop blog to my Desktop or Taskbar. My first step would be to open the Digital Workshop blog in my browser, in this case Internet Explorer. When I open the website, in the address bar at the top is, of course, the web address. Directly to the left of the web address is what’s referred to as a “Favicon” which can be dragged to the location for pinning.

To make use of the Favicon, you’re going to use your mouse to drag the Favicon to either your desktop or your Taskbar.

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Figure 1a. Drag the Favicon to your desktop

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Figure 1b. A shortcut appears to the website

Pin to TaskbarFigure 2a. Drag Favicon to your taskbar

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Figure 2b. A shortcut appears on your taskbar for the website

Using these two methods will give you quick and easy access to your websites from your desktop view, and more importantly it will help enhance your security by giving you direct access, avoiding the potential of opening phishing websites.

  • Amanda Barham | ms Rotterdam

How to Use Different Live Tiles for Multiple Emails in Windows 8.1 Mail App

16 Jun


While most people check their emails using a web browser, the following cool trick could probably entice users to use the default Mail app in Windows 8. This will allow users to see the status of multiple email accounts live on the Start screen. For example, when you receive an email, you will have a peek at the sender and subject of the message in each registered email account as long as it’s in the Wide size preview. This tutorial includes two things: setting up or adding email accounts and configuring the Mail settings to pin the accounts as live tiles.

How to add an email account in Mail App

Adding an email account is quite tricky in the Windows 8 Mail app if you’re not familiar with how to navigate the Windows Charms. Here’s how to add a third party account or multiple accounts.

1. Launch the Mail app as you would normally do and activate the Charms. You can activate it by moving your mouse to the upper-right corner of the screen or by simply using the key boaoard shortcut Windows key + C Windows key + C

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2. Once you see the Charms, click the Settings. Under Settings, click Accounts.


3. You will see your default Hotmail account; click “Add account” and choose the type you wish to add.


4. When connecting to the email service of your choice, you will be prompted to provide the authorizing access.


How to label, configure, and pin email accounts

Here’s how to label and set up the accounts.

1. When you see the box on the bottom-left corner, label the email account as you wish. (e.g. Gmail – Inbox) See screenshot below.


2. Click “Pin to Start” (you can also click the green button as shown above) and see how it goes.


3. Repeat steps 1 – 4 to add another email account.

4. Go to the Start menu and wait for awhile until the emails sync.


Note: Syncing may take some time. The Mail icon inside the tiles will only appear for a while. Alternatively, you can right click an empty space to show the pop-up menu of the Mail below the screen. Click “More” and then choose Sync.


You may also label and rename the other accounts and give them a more descriptive name. Under “Settings” go to the Account and click the account you want to edit. You may also change the settings in each account like the syncing option, automatic downloads of external images (toggle on or off), etc.


If your email notifications are on, you may turn them off and simply use the above live tiles trick to keep you posted on what’s in your mailbox. Keep in mind that the email notification, which pops up on the upper-right corner of the screen when you receive a message, is a different feature. You can turn the notification on or off as well under “PC Settings -> Notifications -> Turn off Mail app” which is under “Show notifications from these apps.”

And if you don’t feel like using this hack, you can remove the email accounts immediately, except for the default Hotmail account that is linked to your computer.

For the Holland America Digital Workshop powered by Windows, I am

Frank Barcelona Techspert Nieuw Amsterdam

International Email and Security Settings

24 Mar

Good morning everyone,

Rob here on the ms Maasdam sailing back to Florida from the Caribbean.  Recently we returned from a cruise down to Brazil and I was receiving a lot of very similar questions along the lines of “My email isn’t working!” or “My service provider has blocked my account”

First to tackle the first issue of accounts not working overseas I would strongly suggest setting up an additional email account that does so you can still keep in touch with friends and family!  Some national email providers, for example Verizon, have a tendency to block your account when your accessing your it from a foreign IP address.  Most major email providers support international use simply because people all over the world use them.  Better yet you can even add your regular inbox into your new email so that you can read and send all of your emails from one place!

Go to http://www.windows.com/microsoftaccount to set up a new Microsoft email address today to use on your international cruises.

Next up is the issue of your major email providers blocking your account when you are overseas.  This is something that has been increasingly common over the last year or two, most email providers will do this to stop anyone who isn’t you from accessing your emails.  Although it can be frustrating it vastly increases safety and protects your privacy and data.

To make this process a lot more straight forward you need to change your security settings before you travel, first of all access your email account by going to Outlook.com.  Once logged in click your settings cog in the top right corner then select Options in the drop down list below.

Email 1

Once you are here you need to select Account details under the Managing your account title.

Email 2

From here, you’ll be asked to log in again to confirm it really is you (you’re about to access some pretty sensitive details here!).

Next you want to select Security & privacy.

Email 3

Next up (nearly there :D) you want to go to your Account security section and select Manage advanced security.

Email 4

From here you want to select Add security info.

Email 5

You will then be asked how would you like to be contacted, try to add as much information as possible such as up to date phone numbers and alternative email accounts.  This way, if you are blocked from accessing your account you will have a lot more ways of being contacted.  I would suggest adding the email address of who ever may be travelling with you or maybe a friend or family member.

Just make sure you do all of this before you travel!

Happy sailing everyone!


What System Restore Can and Cannot Do to Your Windows System

22 Jan

Every time your system gets corrupted or when something goes wrong, like bad drivers or misconfigured settings, the first thing that comes to our mind is to restore the system to the previous good state. Actually, it is one of the most suggested options as it is not only easy to perform but solves some of the basic problems like corrupted system files. But as useful as it is, there is a lot of ambiguity and some misconceptions about what Windows System Restore can and cannot do whenever you perform a system restore to fix things up. So let’s find out and clear up the confusion on what the system restore can and cannot do on your system.

What is System Restore

To put it simply, System Restore is a built-in feature which can be used to roll back to a previous known good state. This feature is particularly helpful whenever you want to roll back major changes made to the system. System Restore points can be created manually but are also automatically created in the event of any supported major changes to system configurations or while installing programs or Windows updates. If you have multiple restoration points, you can pick and choose the one that suits your current situation. clip_image001

Effects on Windows Programs

Whenever you perform a system restore on your Windows machine, your installed Windows programs will be affected. Any programs installed after the restoration point will be uninstalled and vice-versa. The only problem you should be aware of is that some programs like AntiVirus software, etc., may not respond as they should once restored and require you to reinstall the affected software to function properly. In fact, whenever you restore your Windows system, Windows will list all the affected programs right in the restoration wizard. So always check for the affected programs before proceeding to restore your Windows system.


Effects on Windows System Files

System restoration affects almost all the system files. So whenever you restore your system, any changes made to your system files, system programs, and registry settings will be rolled back to the restore point. Moreover, any deleted or changed system scripts, batch files, and any other executables will also be restored. If you have corrupted system files, then restoring your system to a previous time may help you to get your system back up and running.

Effects on Windows Updates

Just like the installed programs, System Restore will also affect Windows Updates. So whenever you restore your system, any uninstalled Windows updates will be reinstalled and any updates that are installed after the restoration point will be uninstalled. The same also applies to any installed or uninstalled hardware drivers. Since the hardware devices are affected by the changes in driver software, make sure that you always update, install or uninstall the driver software accordingly.


Effects on Personal Files

Although system restore can change all your system files and programs, it will not delete or modify any of your personal files or data stored on your hard drive. For instance, if you have stored your documents or pictures in the “My Documents” folder located in the C drive and later restored your system, the files will not be affected in any way and are kept intact throughout and after the restoration process.


Effects on Viruses or Other Malware

System Restore will not remove or clean viruses, trojans or other malware. These malicious software behave rather differently from the regular software and sometimes will be deeply integrated into your Windows operating system. If you have an infected system, it is better to install some good antivirus software to clean and remove virus infections from your computer rather than doing a system restore.


Effects on Deleted Data

System Restore will certainly restore your system files and programs, but it is not a tool to recover your deleted files or data. The workings of the System Restore feature is entirely different from how data recovery software works. So never ever use the System Restore feature as an option to recover your files and data. If you ever want to recover your deleted data, it is recommended that you use some sort of data recovery program to get the job done. Please remember that both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 have a built-in back and recovery program provided for you use.

That’s all there is to do, and hopefully the above points will give you a good idea of what System Restore can and cannot do in the process of restoring your Windows system.

For the Holland America Digital Workshop Powered by Windows, I am

Frank Barcelona Techspert VOLENDAM


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