Sunday, January 6, 2013

Prevent Windows 8 Upgrade from Asking for Activation after Installation

Recently I finished upgrading a PC from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. I had downloaded an upgrade of Windows 8 Pro using Microsoft's Windows 8 upgrade offer that gives current Windows users the ability to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 until January 31st 2012. I had also bought a new SSD hard drive for the same computer and I thought I could just do a clean install of Windows 8 Pro on to the new SSD using the upgrade disc.

I installed the new SSD drive and put in the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade disc. The upgrade instructions asked for a product key which I entered, after which Windows 8 installed and I was able to boot into Windows 8 Pro. All was well until shortly afterwards when Windows 8 Pro  said to enter a product key again in order to be able to personalize Windows. I tried entering the same product key that I had entered when I installed Windows 8 Pro but Windows 8 Pro said the product key was not valid. After several tries making sure their was not any typos I realized something must have gone wrong with the install. 

I did some Googling and discovered that to do a clean install of Windows 8 Pro using an upgrade disc you had to start the install procedure in a current Windows operating system. Some people said that you could try to re-install Windows 8 on top of Windows 8, but I decided to just bite the bullet and do a quick re-install of Windows 7 and then install Windows 8 from within Windows 7. Doing this worked out perfectly, without any issues so far. Windows 8 asked for the product key on install but so far has not asked for it again. 

Even though you have to start the installation procedure from within another copy of Windows in order for the upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro to work properly, you can still do a completely fresh install. To perform a completely fresh instal just choose to keep none of your existing settings and files when asked by the Windows 8 installer, and then the Windows 8 installer will perform a clean upgrade. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Add 5 Gigabytes of Space To Dropbox for Free


Credit for this one goes to a student of mine who passed this on to me...he was kind enough to share this amazing deal. I am not sure how long this deal will last as it relates to using a beta version of the Dropbox software

With Dropbox you get the first 2 Gigabytes free, which is just enough to get you started but not enough for any serious work as it quickly fills up. So by following a few steps forwarded to me by this super kind student, you can add another 5 gigs of space for free to your Dropbox....which would give you a grand total of 7 gigs...which is a nice healthy amount...all for free....The paid service cost a minimum $100 for 50 gigs...so these 7 gigs is a perfect amount for free...

Dropbox is a very handy little service, it syncs your files across multiple computers, so you do not have to worry as much about carrying your work around with you on a USB key. Everything is stored in the cloud and syncs down to all your computers running the Dropbox software. You can also access your files from any web browser.

Here are the instructions...

- Sign up for a Dropbox account for free if you do not already have an account

- Then visit this link and read the article and click the link to the forum post that talks about the free space....


- Follow the instructions in the forum post...and install the beta software....

- Now once installed...you just have to add some new photos....to the Dropbox folder ....I do not believe you can just copy pictures from your Pictures folder into Dropbox to get more space....instead you have to plug in a Camera or an iPhone or some other picture taking device or card with photos on it...into your computer....

For Windows, once you do this a window should pop up asking what program you wish to run....Select Dropbox and Dropbox will import the Photos into a special folder called "Camera Uploads" that it will create automatically...once you upload a single photo this way you get an instant extra 500 megabytes...then every 500 mb of photos you upload after that you get an extra 500mb of space upto 5 gigs...

- Instructions for the Mac will be slightly different but the concept is the same....

- You can upload photos from your Android or iphone or any Camera Phone....