Goals

Happy New Year! My goals in 2016

2016 goals

Firstly, Happy New Year everyone! I was lucky enough to watch the fireworks in London with my partner and it was so cool! For anyone that has not been before. I would highly recommend!

I did not blog last year on goals and I thought I would take this as an opportunity to do so. I do not believe in resolutions, as these tend to be short lived. Therefore I have a list of goals that I want to achieve in 2016. This will enable me to reflect on my progress at the end of the year, making a commitment to myself. Its written down, set in stone!

My Goals in 2016 are:

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Surface Pro (1st gen) not sleeping since Windows 10 upgrade

I started noticing my Surface Pro (1st gen) was not going to sleep since the upgrade to Windows 10 and was draining my battery. I checked many power options, but found the Surface Type Cover Filter Device Driver was missing.

Note: I am using a Surface Type Cover and not a Surface Touch Cover. If you have a Surface Touch Cover and having issues with the device not sleeping, it may be worth trying this, though do so with caution!

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Microsoft Second Shot

Microsoft are currently offering a second shot to resit any MCP exam taken between July 12 2015 and January 12, 2016 if you don’t pass on your first attempt. You must reschedule your free retake within 30 days of failing your MCP exam.

See here for more details: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/second-shot.aspx?WT.mc_id=MSLS_secondshot

Might be encouraging for those thinking of going for the MCSA or MCSE!

windows10

Windows 10 install error 80240020

For those getting a Windows 10 install error 80240020 when trying to install Windows 10, try the following:

  1. Browse to “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download”
    • Delete everything in this folder. – This will delete any corrupt files.
  2. Run command prompt as an administrator and type the command “wuauclt.exe /detect now” followed by enter.
  3. Go to your control panel and then Windows update – check for updates and it should start re-re downloading Windows 10.

Failing that, see this Microsoft article:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki/insider_wintp-insider_install/how-to-do-a-custom-installation-of-windows/38adfa8c-32f8-4354-8c53-13b5f2cf7e44

Good luck!


Laser Eye Surgery – My Experience with Optimax, Maidstone (29/11/2013)

A little over a year ago, on the 29th of November 2013, I underwent Laser Eye Surgery at Optimax based in Maidstone. I’m glad to say a year later I still have my eyesight and don’t regret the decision at all.

I had an astigmatism, my readings before surgery were:

Left eye:

Sphere: -0.25 | Cylinder: -3.75

Right eye:

Sphere: 0.25 | Cylinder: -2.75

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EnableStartMenu

Windows 10 Technical Preview – Upgrading and Start Menu

I decided to be brave and upgrade my Surface Pro to the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Upon successfully installing I immediately¬†clicked on the windows button… only to notice the start screen/metro interface launched instead of the start menu, little confused.

It seems, well in my case you need to turn the start menu on.

Head to the Control Panel and open Taskbar and Navigation, click the Start Menu tab, tick Use Start menu instead of the Start screen.

EnableStartMenu

 

Click ok, you will need to logoff and then log back in for the changes to take effect. Then BOOM clicking the windows button will now bring the start menu up. :)