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How to change default browser on Windows 10

edge-to-chrome-headerIf you’re like the many people that got tired of the Windows 10 Free upgrade popping up, then you finally took the plunge and installed Windows 10.

Windows 10 has many great features and a sleek new modern design. But as with all new software it tends to change things in the upgrade process.

I found that it changed my default browser from Chrome to Edge. Although I like the Edge browser for some things I don’t want it as my default, so I changed it. If this is a problem you experience when upgrading just follow these simple instructions below to change your default browser.

How to change default browser on Windows 10
It doesn’t matter which version of Windows you upgrade from, the way you change defaults is different in Windows 10.
1. Click Start Menu > Settings:
2. Click the ‘System‘ tile:
3. Select ‘Default Apps’ from the left-hand column:
4. Scroll down to the section headed ‘Web browser’ and click on the icon underneath (it will either read ‘Microsoft Edge’).
5. Select Google Chrome from the list that appears.

Next time you click on a web-link in another app, for example on Twitter or in an e-mail, the resulting web-page will open in Google Chrome and not Microsoft Edge.
You can still continue to use Microsoft Edge; this process does not delete it. If you ever want to go back to using Edge as default just repeat the steps listed above but, in step 5, choose ‘Edge’ instead of ‘Google Chrome’.

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Creating a Contact Group List from an Email

I’m always asked, “How can I email the same group without typing all their email addresses in again?”  You would create a Contact Group that hold all the email addresses together.

You can create a Contact Group (as Distribution Lists are called in Outlook 2010 and later) in Outlook directly from the recipient list of the message but depending on your Outlook version and settings, you might need to take some additional steps.

Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016
Creating a Contact Group from the recipient list of a message goes quite quickly in Outlook 2010 and later;

  • Right click on a recipient in the message header in the Reading Pane
  • From the context menu that pops-up, choose; Select All
  • Now that all the recipients are highlighted, press CTRL+C to copy them or right click on the selected addresses and choose Copy
  • Open your Contact Group or create a new one via; New Items-> More Items-> Contact Group
    (or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+L)
  • Press the “Add Members” button and select “From Address Book”.
  • Place your cursor in the field next to the “Members->” button.
  • Press CTRL+V to paste the copied addresses.
  • Press OK and the addresses will be added to the Contact Group.
  • You can repeat the steps above if multiple addresses have been added to both the To and CC fields.

Happy Computing!

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How to Remove Windows 10 Update from Your Toolbar

How to Remove Windows 10 Alert from Your Toolbar

Last week, Microsoft decided to activate a popup notification on every patched Windows 7 machine advertising the release of Windows 10. You may have noticed that there is now a Windows icon in your toolbar that keeps reminding you to “reserve your copy” of Windows 10 Free Upgrade. It’s legit and will not stay hidden. The only way to get rid of this Microsoft advertisement is to remove it.

To remove it:

Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall an update
Search for “KB3035583” and right-click and remove it.

All that update does is nag you about Windows 10. Be sure to hide it in Windows Update as well so that it doesn’t download again when your PC does updates.

As always, if you need help BITS is here!

Happy computing 🙂

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Which is best for me – NAS or Server?

NAS or Server




Recently I was asked: For a small business scenario with file sharing and a database would it be a better move at upgrade time to pull the server and replace it with a decent NAS and transfer the email accounts that runs on exchange to a hosted exchange account?

Great question! I found that most people don’t even know what a NAS is. So let’s start with that. A NAS, or Network Attached Storage device, is a RAID of hard drives that is used for file sharing. A NAS doesn’t run software or have many security features like a server does, but it’s a great option for those that are looking to install a hybrid solution of onsite file storage and cloud software and email and reduce costs. A NAS is about ½ the price of a traditional server since your eliminating the cost of all the user licenses.

What are the benefits of a NAS?:

  1. Cost – As mentioned above, a NAS is less expensive from the hardware perspective as well as they are easier to maintain so your overall maintenance cost decrease.
  2. Additional Storage Space – A NAS allows you to easily add additional storage space to your network.  This is ideal for companies that work with large data files like a print company or graphic designer.
  3. Data protection – Offer full-proof (RAID) central back up, which can be automated, for extra data protection.
  4. Less to go wrong – Since a NAS only serves as a data storage device it is very unlikely that the NAS will become corrupt and need reloaded. Most servers that have issues have software issues that cause corruption since there are so many software running on a server (i.e. ERP, accounting, payroll, Operating System, Printer software, etc.).

On the other hand, today’s small businesses servers are easy to use, and provide many benefits to a small business. Some of the advantages to using a server are:

  1. Security – Allows you to control who has access to what data, and how they access it from both outside and inside the organization.
  2. Business Applications – Store shared application data in one central location, such as Sage, PC Law, ERP, EMR, or other 3rd party applications.
  3. Remote Web Access – Users can securely access their data and desktops from outside the office
  4. Automatic Desktop Backups – Users no longer have to think about backing up their desktops. The server takes care of this for them, ensuring that their data is always backed up.
  5. Patches and Other Security Actions – The server will push updates to the users, and from an easy to read Dashboard you can see what systems are lacking current security measures.

There are many options for small businesses. If your workflow is mostly cloud-based, a server may not be necessary, and your resources could be better utilized in other aspects of your business. But if you need more control, flexibility, and growth a server may be your best solution. Talk to your qualified IT professional to see what option would be best for your environment and budget.

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Beware of Black Friday Electronic Deals

You may be one of those shoppers that will wake up early on Friday in an attempt to cash in on Black Friday deals from retailers like Walmart, Target, & Best Buy.

However, wise shoppers may wish to wait before purchasing a TV this Friday.

Forbes reports, “TV sets offered by obscure manufacturers may be of dubious quality, but consumers generally know this going in. However, what can be deceptive is that models from more well-known electronic companies — Sony or Samsung, for example — could fail to live up to expectations.

In order to offer models at bargain prices, some manufacturers produce “derivative models” — that is, scaled down versions of their normal TVs. However, most consumers don’t realize this, looking only at the brand name, the size of the screen and perhaps what type of HDTV it is (LCD, Plasma, LED, etc).

These derivative models are toned down versions of standard ones, perhaps offering a reduced number of HDMI ports or lower quality components. However, it’s hard to say — it can even be hard to tell which specific TVs are derivatives, requiring a careful scan of a model number which could total eight or nine digits.”

So are you really getting a bargain? I personally think not. These derivative models are only in production for a short period of time (maybe only a few days) which makes them more likely to have problems, they are made with cheap parts, and their warranty is poor.

At any rate, Black Friday TVs might be best thought of with a couple popular phrases: “let the buyer beware” and “you get what you pay for.”