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How to activate Windows 10 from the ISO during a clean installation

If you have tried to activate Windows 10 from the clean ISO installation with your previous Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license, you’ll have noticed that you’re not able to activate it. Don’t worry, it’s normal according to Microsoft.

Contrary of what we thought, a valid Windows 7 or Window 8.1 license won’t be able to activate Windows 10 because this uses its own key, hence the activation error.

Solution (legal)

A Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license allows you to use Windows 10, although it doesn’t allow clean installation at the moment, and so the only solution so far is to upgrade your Windows.


How to create a Windows 10 bootable USB disk for a clean installation

Windows 10 is a reality now, and since today, all users will be able to download the new Windows O.S and start making use of it. Although, a lot of people is not too fond of installing an O.S over their current one and rather do a clean installation that guarantees the perfect functioning of everything. In fact, if you’re using Windows 7, this is your best option to install Windows 10, and for that, Microsoft made the ISO’s available on the cloud so that you can download it and create your own bootable disk.

Downloading the Windows 10 ISO Image

The easiest way to do this is to go to the Windows Media Creation Tool download, select the 32 or 64 bit version, download the file and then execute it.


How to adjust the behavior of the virtual desktop in Windows 10

One of the most interesting innovations to increase productivity in the new Windows 10 is found in their system of virtual desktops and window management.

The new virtual desktop is not new to many users already using this type of interface in Linux, MacOS (in a way) or in Windows itself too, since there were various third-party applications to achieve the same thing.

virtual desktop

Now the support is the standard and you can customize it in quantity, I have come to open more than 20 virtual desktops only as a test and for management purposes. If you press the key combination “Win + TAB” you will enter remote desktop management, and you can add all the virtual desktops you want and drag windows between them. To navigate between different desktops you can do the same.


Keyboard shortcuts for window management and multiple desktops in Windows 10

Windows 10 also introduces improvements in window management, and it is also expected to introduce virtual desktops or multiple desktops. Here are some key combinations that can help you accelerate some functions.

Windows 10 has an anchoring window system through desktop extremes but you can structure your windows more quickly through key combinations:

  • Windows key + Right: anchors the window to the right.
  • Windows key + Left: anchors the window to the left.
  • Windows key + Up: Maximizes the window.
  • Windows key + Down: Minimizes the window.

You can combine the arrow keys to adjust the windows to the corners of the desktop. That is, if you press Windows Key + Right and then Up (holding the Windows key), you can adjust the window to the upper right corner (The desktop is divided into four quadrants by default). If you keep holding the Windows key you can use the arrow keys to scroll the window where you want.


How to configure OneDrive remote access with Windows 10

One of the functions that has been recovered in the OneDrive client built into Windows 10 is to be able to access files from any of our connected PCs directly from

Many will miss the possibility of the custom and timely file download from OneDrive, as Windows 8.1 allowed it, but instead we have recovered other interesting features.

Perhaps the most notable is that you can set OneDrive in a way that, from the web, you can access any file from various PCs connected to the same account and, of course, even if they are working at the same time.


To set this you must first give a name that you can easily recognize as hostname, though this is more an advice than a necessity. The second step is to configure the OneDrive client to grant the access to our local data.


For this you will open the client synchronization settings in OneDrive for Windows 10. You can do it in the toolbar by clicking with the right mouse button on the Onedrive Sync icon. Once the setting menu opens, look for the option “Allow OneDrive to access files on this computer.”

Once you enable this feature, you need to go to and at left you will see a menu with the different machines that you may have connected to Windows 7 or Windows 10 clients. Click on the desired machine. If this is the first time you do it, it will request confirmation by any of the double check methods of your OneDrive account. Once this requirement is met, you can access all drives on your PC.


Windows 10: How to Customize the New Quick Access

It is a customizable system where you can link folders directly without having to walk around with Quick Access. It is as simple as dragging the folder you want to the new “Quick Access” area in the browser. It does not work with direct access, only with folders.

Quick Access

These can be synced folders and it even supports trash bin. The system also works as direct access if you click with the right button the File Browser icon in the taskbar, and of course it also works on any file dialog that you have in any Windows application, either universal or desktop.


How to get the traditional start menu back on Windows 10 tablets

For me, Windows 10 for Tablets is perhaps the perfect expression of this operating system. It is able to detect when you are in tablet mode or when you want to use it as a conventional PC. This will give a breath of fresh air to two in one systems and any of these tablets that you find at attractive prices than in any other store.

Something that I didn’t like, however, is that the Start menu, whether I’m in tablet mode or not, opens in full screen. Well, to each their own. For those of us who don’t like it there is a quick way to return to the traditional menu.

Windows 10 start menu

You have to go to Settings > Personalization > Start. There you will find an option that reads: “Use Full Screen”. You just have to turn it off and you will get a traditional start menu, the one many hold dear.

Windows start menu

You can then locate the Start menu settings and switch the “Use Full Screen” to Off.

Windows start menu

Once modified and saved the setting (go back to the main menu) you may use the Start menu in the traditional way, in that beautiful combination of the Start menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Windows start menu

How much RAM do I need? Select the best memory for your PC

When we buy a new computer, many times we stop to think how much RAM is needed for our day to day activities. It is easy to let yourself be convinced by the vendors, or the desire to have the “best of the best.” But before spending our hard-earned savings, you should think about the use that you will give to the machine.

How to choose the memory

In all cases, it’s usual to buy RAM memory in an even number of modules. That way you can take advantage of a motherboard feature (the models from the latest few years have it) that lets you use both modules at the same time during the execution of tasks (what is known as Dual Channel). So, I will focus on memory amounts that are multiples of 2. To obtain performance from 4GB of RAM or more, you must have a 64-bit operating system.


How to install Windows 10 and Windows 7/Windows 8 with Dual Boot

The method is simple. We need a spare hard drive or at least an accessible partition. If our hard drive has enough space, we can also free up some space for the partition that will host Windows 10. That’s the way we will do it. We just need a previously installed Windows 7 or Windows 8.

First step: Free up some space for the Windows 10 Partition

From Windows 7, the disk manager can resize partitions to make them bigger or smaller. We will free up 30 GB out of the 120 GB so we have enough space for Windows 10. It has to be unused space. It is not advisable to give less than 60 GB per System, so if you have a smaller unit, perhaps it would be better to make the installation in a separate hard drive since the installation process is pretty much the same.

We will open the disk management (diskmgmt.msc) and look for the unit we want to resize. Right click it and then resize. We will leave enough space. By default, Windows leaves it in half. That is good enough for us. After reducing the size of the drive, we can go to the next step.


How to expand the RAM of the Synology DS1515?

Many NAS from Synology, and especially in certain ranges, they have the possibility to expand their RAM, even if it’s not particularly supported. One of the differences between two models such as the DS1515 and the DS1515+ is that the second one supports up to 6 GB of RAM through an accessible SODIMM slot on one of its sides.

The DS1515 comes with 2 GB of RAM, an interesting amount for a NAS. The best part is that the 2 GB of 1600 DDR3 RAM are mounted on a SODIMM slot. We can mount up to 4 GB of 1600 DDR3 in this slot as long as they are low voltage, therefore 1.35 modules. The only difficulty is that we need to gain space between the NAS’s motherboard and the storage slots so that we can extract the old module and install the new one. Unmounting it will oblige us to almost unmounts the whole NAS, because of the connection “riser’s”, so it’s best to just make some space to be able to unblock the installed DIMM and replace it for a new one.