How to Shut Down Windows Without Applying Updates

When Windows updates are pending, as when some new ones have downloaded since the last time your computer started up, they generally wait to install until the next time the computer shuts down.  During shutdown, the first stage of installation takes place, which can take many minutes to complete before the computer boots again. Sometimes, you … Continue reading How to Shut Down Windows Without Applying Updates



Disabling Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications in Earlier Windows Versions

Be aware, should your Windows 7 computer offer you to upgrade to Windows 10, that its assurance that your PC is compatible may not always be true.  We found this out on a Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop machine.  Upon upgrade to Windows 10, the machine hung during booting, with the hard drive light glowing constantly.  … Continue reading Disabling Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications in Earlier Windows Versions



Finding Radio Stream URL Using URL Snooper 2 for Windows

If you like listening to an Internet radio station on your computer on the station’s web site, but would like to play it on an Internet radio that does not contain a web browser for playing, you may need to know the actual radio stream URL.  if your radio’s aggregator (E.g. Reciva, OOTunes, Radio Demon, et … Continue reading Finding Radio Stream URL Using URL Snooper 2 for Windows



Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8

While syncing our iPod Nano, 4th generation with spoken menus enabled, we found the Windows 8 default system voice (David in our case) not to our liking, and so, wanted to change it before attempting another iPod population.  The following procedure accomplished this. Open Control Panel   from the desktop by clicking on the Start button, … Continue reading Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8