Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

This video will show you how to use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to download a Windows 8 or 10 ISO file.

Hi All,
I have added this video about the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to help others get their hands on the Windows 10 software.
If you have a copy of Windows 7 installed on your computer then you should be able to upgrade without to much bother as the product key will be registered with Microsoft and validates from your hardware.

There are 3 different types of Media Creation Tools available.
Windows 8 Media Creator Tool link here. Create Media
Windows 10 Media Creator Tool 32 bit link here. Create Media Tool 32 Bit
Windows 10 Media Creator Tool 64 bit link here. Create Media Tool 64 Bit

This tool allows you to download the Windows 8 or 10 ISO file or create a Windows 8, 10 USB drive which allows you to install Windows as you please.

Windows 10 media creation tool

In my next video about installing Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro 2015, I will do a step by step install guide and will refer back to this video to show 123myIT.com users how to get the ISO file.

Cheers
Matt

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display 2015

This video will show you an unboxing of the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) laptop.

Hi All,
I managed to get my hands on the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) model. This is to try and help 123myIT users with some of the problems they face when they are trying to get Windows 8 or Windows 10 installed on Apples newest version of laptops.

Shortly I will do a step by step video on how to install Windows 8 and Windows 10 on the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) laptop, however lets take a quick look at what you can expect when you purchase the new version of the MacBook Pro.

On the outside of the laptop there isn’t much changes the design is pretty much the same as the 2014 MacBook Pro. However with the Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch Retina Display (2015) version there is the change of the Track Pad. Now I know what you are thinking. Come on Matt big deal right? Who cares about a Track Pad and what actually features can you improve on?
Well after using the new MacBook Pro in the video I briefly show you what is possible able with the new track pad which has the new functionality called Force Touch.
I describe it in the video as a click within a click. But its more then that. The second click seems to be pressure activated.

MacBook Pro 13 inch - Force Touch

What this allows you to do, lets say if you are browsing a website and you have a website link on the page.
Clicking once and then on the second click if you use a little bit of pressure you can get a small preview of the page that is linked. On the second click if you use allot of pressure it will bring up a bigger preview of the linked page.
Its a bit hard to explain without actually using it for yourself, but you get the idea anyone. On the outset it might seem like a gimmick. However some people might find this feature pretty useful.

Worth the upgrade? Hard to say. If you are a Mac fan any upgrade is probably worth it. However if you do have a 2014 model you could probably run with that for now.

Cheers
Matt

Get Microsoft Office 365 Free

This video will show you how to Get Microsoft Office 365 Free.

Hi All,
After going over the Microsoft website quite a fare bit when Windows 10 had been released, I noticed that Microsoft is offering a trial version of Office 365 along with Office 365 free. I thought this would be great to update the 123myIT users and help them get their hands on a copy of Office 365 free.
You can find the links to the Microsfts website under the Downloads section at the top of this page or click the link here.

Or read on and I will explain the link below.
For a Microsoft Office 365, 1 month FREE trial. Click the link below.
Office 365 Trial icon
For Students or Teachers click the link below to find out if you’re eligible.
Office 365 Education
icon

The first link above is the Trial version of Office 365, which is a one month trial to the subscription of Office 365. So if you wanted to try a copy of Office to see what it is link then you can use that link.
The second link is a link to the Education version of Office which is totally FREE for students and teachers as long as they have a education email address. Click the link and enter your school email address and then it will send a verification email to your school email.

Office 365 Free

Simply log into your school email account and click the verification email. This will then start the Office 365 download which will allow you to start using Office 365 free. So I hope this helps all you students and teachers out. If I does help out please help me out and share the video around so that others may also take advantage of the great offer that Microsoft is currently putting forward.

Cheers
Matt

Upgrade the hard drive in your laptop

This video will show you how to Upgrade the hard drive in your laptop.

Upgrade the hard drive for the Asus G751J laptop that I purchased about a month ago. If you want to see that review you can go here.
Why would you want to upgrade the hard drive on a laptop. Basically the SSD drive can great improve the loading times on any laptops. You can buy the laptop with and SSD already installed however usually I find the price of the laptop is greatly inflated because of the SSD. Yes they are expensive but not that expensive and some company’s seem to think they can charge extraordinary prices for the privilege of an SSD drive pre installed into your laptop.
So to combat this I always select a model that has a SATA drive which is much cheaper than an SSD and I upgrade the hard drive myself. This also allows me to choose the size brand and model of the SSD, which I think is also very important.

In this video I choose the Samsung SSD 850 EVO which has a capacity of 500GB.
This SSD drive sports the following features.
* 3D V-NAND flash memory architecture
* Optimize computing with TurboWrite technology for unrivalled read/write speeds
* Increase memory storage with RAPID mode
* Endurance and reliability bolstered by 3D V-NAND technology
* Energy efficiency backed by 3D V-NAND
* Flexible form factor for use in different types of devices

See the link above for more info on the Samsung Solid State Drive 850 EVO.

Upgrade the hard drive - Samsung Solid State Drive

In the rest of the video I show you how to remove the current primary SATA drive and install the faster SSD, by opening the bottom of the laptop and unscrewing the primary drive and move it to the second bay of the laptop. Now not all laptops have space for two hard drive bays. So in some case you can buy a caddy that will fit into your DVD slot on your laptop allowing you to be able to have two hard drives which is pretty neat.

Cheers
Matt

Samsung Galaxy S6 Unboxing & Firstlook

This video will show you the Samsung Galaxy S6 Unboxing & Firstlook.

I had the chance to get my hands on the Samsung Galaxy S6 for an Unboxing and first look. I upgraded my old phone from the Samsung S5 to the Samsung S6 Edge recently and you can check out that video here.

However I think I actually preferred the Samsung S6 over the Samsung S6 edge and the reason was yes you guessed it the edges. I find the Samsung S6 more easier to hold over the Samsung S6 edge and I seem to bump the screen allot more because of the edges and the screen doesn’t feel very accurate. To sum it up I found the edge a bit frustrating to use. However the S6 does have the fancy edges so holding the device is a breeze.

Samsung Galaxy S6 & Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

On paper the hardware of Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge are exactly the same. So speed wise there isn’t that much difference if any between the two phones. But if you check out the video above you will see the Geekbench score the Samsung Galaxy Edge was slightly faster with a single core score of 1499 over the Samsung Galaxy S6, which had a score of 1441. And on the Multi core score the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge reached a whooping 5281 over the Samsung Galaxy S6 at 4769.
Maybe if we ran the tests a few more times these scores would change even though the hardware is the same the Edge did seem to perform better. But does that really matter when making phone calls or sending texts messages? maybe not. But it might when you are playing video or games with the phone.

With this my personal view is that I am kind of disappointed with the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 models. Everything I liked about the Samsung Galaxy S5 is gone. Its like they are trying to hard to compete with Apple they forget what makes people choose Samsung over Apple. And lets face it, who at the moment can really compete with Apple? :)

Cheers
Matt

Windows 10 Release

This video will talk about the Windows 8.1 and 10 links on the 123myIT website, why Microsoft has removed them and some info on Windows 10 release.

Hi All,
So its been a pretty exciting week on the Microsoft front, with the Windows 10 Release. On Wednesday 29th of July, Microsoft started preparing for the full version of Windows 10 to be released.
And I have had to scramble to remove the old Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 preview version links for the Downloads section of the 123myIT.com website. Which thanks to Microsoft no longer work.

To all those 123myIT subscribers out there that were lucky to get the preview copy. Maybe make a back up of it to USB so that you always have that copy in the future. Link below for video on how to do that.
How to create a bootable Windows 8.1 USB
Its the same process for Windows 10 Release as well.

For those that did miss out on the preview versions there is other options for you.
The first option and probably easiest way to get your hands on Windows is to buy and you can buy it through the links in the 123myIT.com Store. Once you have your product key, you can use the Media Creation Tools to download Windows as an ISO file or directly to a USB key.
Download the Media Creation Tools from the Downloads part of the 123myIT.com website.
Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link here. Create Media
Windows 10 Media Creator Tool 32 bit link here. Create Media Tool 32 Bit
Windows 10 Media Creator Tool 64 bit link here. Create Media Tool 64 Bit

The picture below shows you what you can expect from the Media Creation Tools.
Media Creation Tools

The second option is to upgrade the versions that you already have, so if you have a Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 computer you can simply upgrade that computer. And I go into more detail about that in this video.
Windows 10 FREE Upgrade

So if you have an older computer boot it up and make sure you are getting your Free Windows upgrade. Windows 10 Release seems to have gone pretty smoothly so far some people seem to be having issues getting drivers to work. But that will come along once manufactures have time to create suitable drivers.

Cheers
Matt

Asus G751JT-CH71 Unboxing & Benchmark

This video will show you the Asus G751JT-CH71 Unboxing & Benchmark.

I am pretty excited as I sit down to write out this 123myIT update. The video above was the first video I have recorded in 4K resolution. It marks a new era for 123myIT and a higher video quality for 123myIT users.
Now that that’s over with, let start talking about the Asus G751JT-CH71 Unboxing. I have been a fanboy of the Asus Republic of Gamers laptops for the past 4 years. As much as I hate to say the word, its probably true.

In this time I have owned the following models.
Asus G75VM-RS72
Asus G750JX-TB71
Asus G750JS-TS71
Asus G751JT-CH71

Click the links above for previous reviews.

Why do I upgrade to a new laptop every year I here you ask? Well I use the laptop for gaming and for work on the 123myIT.com website. So I like to keep the technology up to date. So after one year I buy the newest laptop and I sell the old one on websites like Gumtree.com. This allows me to keep up to date with the latest hardware without costing an arm or leg. I also never buy the very top of the line hardware as I don’t see it as value for money. And while you might think this laptop is the top of the range, its actually not and I will explain why. This model comes with the Geforce GTX 970m and not the Geforce GTX 980m which is the faster GPU. This model also doesn’t include the faster SSD drive rather it has the slower 1TB 7200 RPM Sata drive. Which I will actually do a video on how to upgrade hard drive later. So as you can see, I have gone purely for bang for my buck type of laptop.

What I like about the Asus laptops is that they are powerful with nice design don’t have ugly flashing lights on them, they run at a cool temperature due to the massive big fan cooling system on the back of the laptops.
So on first look at the latest Asus G751JT-CH71 model, the first things I noticed is that the grills at the back of the laptop have been panted red. I am not sure If I like this colour change I see it a kind of “try hard”. But maybe that’s just my taste and others will probably disagree with me.

Asus Red Air Vents

The next thing you will notice is the keyboard has changed from white background keys to red, and the keyboard now includes a few extra keys such as the ROG key, Shadow Play, Stream and Macro keys. Also the WASD keys have been highlighted with a awesome red colour which make hem stand out. The only draw back here I seem to press Shadow Play key by mistake rather then the Escape key which I find very annoying as it boot me out of any game I might be playing and back to the desktop.

Asus G751JT Keyboard

The other upgrades are the newer 17.3″ 16:9 IPS FHD (1920×1080) anti-glare display which makes the colours look deeper as well as a CPU upgrade.
Asus has tied it all together very nicely with a well designed chassis.

While this laptop wont be for everyone, if you are looking for a desktop replacement gaming laptop then you should definitely take a look at the Asus G751JT-CH71.

Cheers
Matt

Windows 10 FREE Upgrade

This video will show you all you need to know about the Windows 10 FREE Upgrade.

Hi All,
Some of you may know about the Windows 10 FREE Upgrade. Basically Microsoft is giving all users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 the chance to upgrade to the latest Windows 10.
Now there was some murmurs on the internet that Microsoft was going to allow people who had illegal copy’s of Windows to upgrade however this doesn’t seem to be the case after all.

So how do you get your Windows 10 FREE Upgrade? Well eligible devices should get the Windows 10 app pop up in the taskbar of the computer you are on.
Something simular to the picture below.

Windows 10 FREE Upgrade

Once you have that pop up you should be able to go through and reserve a copy of Windows 10 and you will have the option to go and download the update once it is released on 29th July 2015. You can also check your Control Panel Windows updates and possibly update your Windows from there.
The layout has changed quite a fair bit from the original version of the Windows 10 Technical Preview version I posted up on the Downloads section of the 123myIT.com website some months ago.
And to make that download sweeter, I tested it the Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO June 2015 Update version and it allows you to personalise the Windows 10. Something which was not possible on previous versions of the preview copy’s.

Upgrade Path
Ok so lets take a look at what Microsoft says devices that will be allowed a Free Upgrade.

Windows 10 Upgrade Path

This picture above shows the upgrade path for Windows devices. You can find this graph on the Microsoft 10 FAQ & Tips webpage.

The upgrade path for Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium will upgrade to Windows 10 Home.
Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate will upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile
Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Home
Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro Student will upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

Cant wait for this to happen.
Cheers
Matt