Miscellaneous computer tips – Volume 2
September 4, 2016 Leave a comment
Tip #1: Other was to restart Windows 10
In addition to my shutdown tips there are two ways where you can go into the diagnostics section of Windows [i.e. reset the computer, safe mode, etc.]:
- From the login screen, hold down the shift key and power button. Then select Restart.
- While logged into Windows, from the original Windows menu [may not work with a replacement one], hold down the shift key and power button. Then select Restart.
Tip #2: Accessing Safe Mode in Windows 10
You can no longer press F8 during the Windows startup sequence to access the black-and-white Advanced Boot Options menu system to select Safe Mode. Microsoft’s justification for disabling the F8 key is essentially that the UEFI-based computers boot up so fast that people would never be able to press F8 before Windows starts.
To compensate for this, Microsoft configured the operating system such that if there is a persistent boot problem, Windows 10 will automatically boot into the Startup Settings menu. From there, you can access all the available Safe Mode options. In addition, you can always boot your system with a Recovery Drive and have access to a host of recovery tools, as I’ve described in my recent series of articles.
Select Settings from the Start Menu/Screen. When the Settings screen appears, select the Update And Security tile and select the Recovery tab. Then, click the Restart Now button in the Advanced Startup section.
Once your system restarts, you’ll see the Choose An Option screen, which is similar to the one you see on the Recovery Drive. To continue, click the Troubleshoot tile.
When you see the Troubleshoot screen select the Advanced Options tile.
Select the Startup Settings tile. The Startup Settings window will open, showing you which options you will be able to change when you boot into the Safe Mode environment. To continue, click the Restart button and the system will reboot into the Safe Mode Environment.
When your system restarts, you’ll see the Startup Settings menu. There are nine options on this menu, which you can access by pressing the corresponding number keys or function keys.
If you press F10, you’ll see another menu with a single item that allows you to launch the Recovery Environment, which is what you access when you boot from a Recovery Drive.
Tip #3: Upgrading Windows 10 Home to Professional
Note: The following has not been proven. Use at your own risk.
If you have a system running Windows 10 Home, you can currently upgrade to Professional using a product key from Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate or Windows 8/8.1 Professional. [Note that the option to upgrade using product keys from earlier editions might stop working at some future point, so I recommend that you do so sooner rather than later.]
To “upgrade”, go to Settings. Then go to Update & Security, followed by Activation. Click Change Product Key, and type or paste the key. The upgrade takes only a few minutes.