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Upgrading Older PCs to Windows 10

With the End-of-Life (EOL) date (January 14, 2020) for Windows 7 in the offing, lots of businesses and organizations have to be thinking about moving on up from 7 to 10. Dire warnings and admonitions notwithstanding — see this Minneapolis StarTribune  article as a good example — I’m a little more optimistic about making that

Microsoft PowerPoint – A Power Video Maker!

Preparing a video for Ten Forums about how to use Macrium viBoot to upgrade Windows 10, I thought I would document that process to show how good Microsoft PowerPoint is at making videos. The best thing is that it is so extremely easy to use PowerPoint to build nice, simple instructional videos. In addition, when

Ruminating on New PC Setup

Last Thursday, I received a welcome interruption to my working day. Late the previous week, I’d uncovered what I believed to be a “killer deal” on a Lenovo Thinkpad X380 Yoga laptop. Because it was an eBay thing, I was mildly apprehensive about what would get delivered. But when I unpacked the unit I ordered

USB-C HDD Disappoints Vis-a-vis USB3

When I compare benchmarks and Macrium Reflect backup times for the same 2.5″ HDD in USB-C and USB 3.0 enclosures, I’m stunned to observe the USB 3.0 results are better than those for USB-C. Must be the hardware!

Create a Macrium Reflect Rescue Partition

Macrium Reflect is my chosen solution for backing up Windows operating systems. Your mileage might vary, and you might prefer another third-party solution. But for me, having tested most available products, Reflect is the one I rely on. After a clean install of Windows, having installed Reflect, I always create a small bootable Macrium Reflect

Fix Windows boot issues with Macrium Reflect

We’ve all seen the dreaded Recovery screen or another error message reporting that the PC could not boot. Sometimes, nothing is shown, just a blank black screen. A common repair/recovery method is to try to boot into the Windows Recovery Console either from USB install media or WinPE and let Windows try to repair the

Macrium Reflect – Free or Paid version?

Microsoft officially proclaimed they will deprecate the native Windows Backup when it released the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) back in October, 2017 (source). The company also recommended that users switch to third party imaging and backup tools instead. In fact, the Windows Backup utility, although still present in version 19H1, is not and never

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