Sunday, October 25, 2015

Code Formatter for HTML pages

Use this screen to generate html-compatible code-blocks. Paste results as html code into your page. This program was originally from and has been modified with additional features and bug fixes.

Formatting Options
Convert Tabs to Spaces :
Box Fill Color :
Box Line Style :
Box Line Thickness :
Line Height :
Line Code Numbering :
Code Block Width :
Code Block Height :
Embed Styles :
Alternating Line Shading :
Remove blank lines :
Optional Top Caption :
Paste Source Source Code Here
Result Code (copy this)
Draft Preview (not accurate on this page but looks great on yours)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Windows 10 - Booting into Safe Mode

Booting into Safe Mode, Windows 10

Booting into Safe Mode is easier and harder in the newer versions of Windows.  In the past, you had to power on the PC and repeatedly press the F8 key right after the BIOS splash -- and hope you pressed the key at the magic time. 

Now, choose one of these two methods:

Method 1:

1. Cold-boot the PC.

2.  Immediately after the BIOS splash screen (if displayed), but before the Windows splash, press and hold the F8 key. 

Method 2:

1.  From a booted PC, press and hold the Shift key.

2.  Click "Start, Power, Restart"

3.  Once in the Recovery Environment, select "Troubleshoot", then "Advanced Options".
     From the Startup Settings, select Restart

Upon restarting, you will see a list of options.  Choose F5 (option 5) for Safe Mode.

Windows 10 Activation

Quick Notes on Windows 10 Activation

Check the Status of your Activation:

From File Explorer, other-mouse-click "This PC" (formerly My Computer), select "Properties".  Note the Windows Activation status near the bottom of the panel.  Look for "Windows is Activated".

If Windows is not activated, and assuming you installed the correct upgrade version, Home vs Professional, 64-bit vs 32-bit (gosh no!), wait a few days.  By most reports, the machine will re-activate itself.  Agreed there is not much solace in having to wait before you install all of your apps and data.

If prompted for a Product Activation Key (Product Key) during the install, always click Skip/do later.  Neither a Windows 7, 8 or 10 product key will work in this installation box.

Doing a Clean Install

Unless you have purchased a copy of Windows 10, and you have a Windows 10 Product Key, you cannot wipe the disk and do a fresh/clean install without first running an in-place upgrade.  In other words, to get the free upgrade, you first must allow Windows 10 to upgrade from your Windows 7 or 8 machine to 10.  After that, you can download the Windows 10 Media Creation tool and do a fresh install, wiping the disk and starting over.  Just be sure the in place upgrade fully activates before doing the second install.  In all cases, skip any Product License key screens.

Still have Activation Problems?

Engage the licensing utility with Start, Run "slui.exe 4"  (no quotes) and follow the prompts.

Want to talk to a human for Activation Problems?  Search for "Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Centers Worldwide telephone numbers".  You will need your Windows 7/8 Product Key.