Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ending, Mesh Networks and Drobo is Back – HGG268

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Upgrading to Windows 10– Free until July 29, 2016

Windows 10 is your partner in making things happen. Get fast start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done even across multiple devices. You’ll also love the innovative features like an all-new browser built for online action, plus Cortana, the personal digital assistant who helps you across your day. Windows 10 is not compatible with Windows Vista.

  1. Free upgrade from Win 7 or Win 8 ends July 29, 2016. Currently Windows 10 Home is $99 and Windows 10 Pro is $139
  2. If you upgraded a Win 7 PC to Win 8, use the Win 7 key to get to Win 10. Use the Win 8. key to upgrade another PC.
  3. Use the Media creation tool to make a Windows 10 install USB drive:
  4. You can do a clean install of Windows 10 with a Win 7 key.  Make sure you check the machine for a Window Key.
  5. Don’t forget about the $39 Windows 8 keys that were delivered via email Jan 2013.


Home networking is getting interesting- wireless mesh and repeater solutions are hitting the market- traditional WAP and wireless lan controllers are affordable.

Wifi questions

  1. How big?
  2. How fast?
  3. How much budget?
  4. How much, WiFi+firewall+content management?
  5. How easy?
  6. How many users?
  7. How will your spouse respond to devices mounted to the ceiling?

WiFi choices

  1. Can’t pull cable
    1. Luma:
    2. Eero:
    3. Amplifi:
    4. Plume:


  2. Might pull cable
    1. Luma:
    2. Eero:
    3. DLink:


  3. New house or will pull cable
    1. EnGenius:
    2. Ubiquiti:
    3. Open-Mesh:


  4. Yes, but at what cost?  $$$$$$$$$$

Drobo 5N =

  1. It works like WHSv1
  2. Easy to use
  3. Cheap for what you get

Paragon Backup & Recovery 14 Free Edition:

  1. Clone and/or File backup and Differential backup
  2. Automated interface
  3. UEFI support
  4. Did I mention it’s free
  5. Full features:

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