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

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Unboxing & Firstlook

This video will show you the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Unboxing & Firstlook.

Hi All,
I am pretty excited to bring you this unboxing of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet / laptop replacement. I have been a fan of this model since Microsoft release the first Surface Pro, but never actually had the chance to own one. I do allot of the 123myIT website work on a bigger Asus G750JS-TS71, however I hope to feature the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in upcoming 123myIT videos.

One of the first things you will notice in the video is right out of the box I am prompted to upgrade my Windows 8.1 pro version to Windows 10, or at least reserve my copy of Windows 10. And with one tap of the screen this is done. So I was really impressed with this service. If I didn’t want to reserve a copy then I could have just press the skip button.

Surface Pro 3 - Windows 10 Uprade

Below is the following specs for the Surface Pro 3 models, the model used in the video above Was the base model 64GB model starting a RRP of $799.
Specs:
CPU: Intel Core i3 @ 1.5Ghz 64bit
Intel Core i5 @ 1.9Ghz 64bit CPU Max 2.9GHz (w/ turbo)
Intel Core i7 @ 1.7Ghz 64bit CPU Max 3.3GHz (w/ turbo)
RAM: 4GB or 8GB
Storage: 64GB or 128GB storage with 4GB RAM
256GB or 512GB storage with 8GB RAM
Display: Screen: 12” ClearType Full HD Plus
Resolution: 2160 x 1440
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Touch: Multi-touch
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours of web browsing
Cameras, Video and Audio: 5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera
5.0 megapixel front-facing camera, Stereo microphones, Stereo speakers with Dolby® sound

Want to buy a Surface Pro 3? Click the banner below.
Microsoft Store

You also do get a pen that works with the Surface Pro 3, but you don’t get the Surface Pro Type Cover. This keyboard / cover is an option extra and current RRP is $129.99. So not cheap the total cost is $928.99. And this is only for the base model. However having said that if you are on a budget you can always opt for the Surface Pro 2, $899 or Surface 3 $499, Surface 2, $499.

Is it worth it?
When people ask me to which laptop should they buy I always ask them how are they going to use it what are they going to use it for? The Surface Pro 3 would be great for anyone looking for a tablet or laptop, that is very portable. Throw in the extra function of a pen and keyboard and it would be a great laptop replacement. The Surface Pro 3 might play some games, however if you are looking for a laptop to play games on your might get better bang for your buck elsewhere.
One of the other benefits is that you get a full version of Windows, not a cut down version of operating system. This means that the software running on your Surface Pro 3, is exactly the same as the software running on your Desktop computer.

One of the other benefits is that you get a full version of Windows, not a cut down version of operating system. This means that the software running on your surface Pro 3, is exactly the same as the software running on your Desktop computer.

Cheers
Matt

Burn ISO files to DVD Windows Bootable

This video will show you how to Burn ISO files to DVD and make Windows Bootable DVDs.

Hi All
This is the second video of its type. I put a video the first video up to help people creating and burning ISO files on a Windows PC. However the programs that I was recommending to 123myIT readers recently had some malware installed in it.
So this is a follow up video to show 123myIT users how to Burn ISO files in Windows without having to install the IMG Burn program and get stuck with the malware.

I have to say I think its a real shame that the programmers owners of IMG Burn have decided to go down this path because the program was an excellent easy to use tool that allows you to burn and create ISO files with ease.

Anyway to burn an ISO file you don’t need any extra software, this can be done directly with Windows software.
Simply download your ISO file. You can get the preview versions of Windows from the 123myIT.com webite under Downloads here.

Once you have downloaded your ISO file, copy it to your Desktop or navigate to the location where you saved the ISO file. Simply right click the ISO file and click on Burn disk image. You should then get the following Window.

Burn iso files

Once you see this Windows select Your Disc burner that you want to burn the DVD with. Put a tick in Verify disk after burning and you should be good to go.
Depending on the side of the file and the speed of your hardware it should take around 5 to 10 mins to burn a full sized DVD.

If you are looking for more information on the steps above or you for other resources you can check out the official Microsoft web page for burning ISO files to DVD here.

Free AntiVirus for Windows

This video will show you how to install a Free AntiVirus for Windows.

Hi All
I have been asked a few times about virus scanners. The best time to install a virus scanner is right after you do a fresh install of Windows. The first virus scanner I will recommend is a free antivirus for windows and one that I have been using for years now. Just bare in mind that sometimes these antiviruses can have a mind of their own.
A friend of mine brought a new Dell laptop and installed an antivirus that was recommended by Choice magazine.
Its a website that tests a product and then recommends the best one. I believe the antivirus he installed was Avira. Anyway to cut a long story short the antivirus he installed remove some of the file that Windows 8.1 uses and stopped his laptop from booting. Now wether this was an issue with the Dell laptop or the antivirus software who is to know. However its worth point out that you may run some type of risk by installing the antivirus. So always back up your data.

AVG Free AntiVirus for Windows

So AVG is the free antivirus for Windows that I will be recommending. I never actually use to use an antivirus until a few years back my laptop and files were compromised. After then I decided it was not wise to at least run some type of protection even though the Windows defender and Windows updates and Windows firewall offers some really good protection right off the bat.

In the video above I show you how to download and install AVG Free. You can find the link under the Downloads button at the top of the page and under the sub heading called Free Antivirus.

Good luck
Matt

iPhone DFU Mode – iPhone is disabled

This video will show you how to put an iOS device into DFU Mode & fix the error iPhone is disabled.

Hi All,
I always get allot of questions on what to do if an iDevice Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod has been locked and the device gives and error the “iPhone is disabled“. Basically, you cannot remember the password and get access to the device.
This happened to me recently, when I switched from an Apple iPhone 4S to the new Samsung Galaxy S5. Because I had not used my old iPhone in a long time. I could not remember what passcode I had set on the device.

iPhone is disabled

The Official Apple process suggests an Erase and restore method. This erases all data on the idevice, so be aware that you will lose contacts, pictures and any other personal data on the device. Apple say that once you erase the device you can restore the data from iCloud, if you were lucky enough to have an iCloud account or if you have made an iTunes back up then you can do an iTunes restore of the data.

For me I figured if I didn’t need to access any of the data on the phone for such a long time, Then I probably wouldn’t need it after all. So in the video above I just do a clean install of iOS.

iPhone DFU Mode – which stands for Device Firmware Upgrade, allows the device to be flashed with a new version of iOS. Just bare in mind that Apple only allows you to upgrade your iOS version. You cannot go sideways or down in versions, as a general rule.
In the video example above, I had to use iPhone DFU Mode to upgrade the device from iOS 7 to iOS 8. Once I do this upgrade it is very hard if not impossible to roll back this change.

A complete list on the iPhone DFU Mode firmware can be found on the following 123myIT.com pages below.
iPhone
iPod
iPad

Good luck
Matt

Unboxing & First Look at the HP ProBook 430 G2 Laptop

This video will show you an Unboxing & First Look at the HP ProBook 430 G2 Laptop.

Hi All
I had a chance recently to Unbox the HP ProBook 430 G2 model and I must say it has a very nice sleek design, however not much has changed over the HP ProBook 430 G1 model. If you are looking for a Windows based laptop that you would use for web browsing word processing and a bit of YouTube play back then this laptop might be for you. If you are into gaming then I would suggest you probably look else where.
While this laptop can run games its more designed for corporate use.
If you did want to play games on the laptop then you would be advised to upgrade the memory in the laptop so that you have a second working memory module. Once this is done the memory will work in duel-channel mode and you will get more performance out of the GPU.
One change from the G1 model is the removal of the separate headphone and mic jack and this has been replaced with an all in one combined mic and headphones port.
The display is probably the least exciting part of the G2 while the laptop is designed for indoor use the screen just isn’t as bright as other laptops in its class.
Battery life is pretty good with this model and power consumption when the device is idle is low.

HP ProBook 430 G2 Battery

This is really good because it mean if you step away form the laptop you can expect the battery to last even if you are not using the laptop.
You can expect the battery life to last around 4.5 to 5.5 hours depending on use, so that actually not to bad.

For a more in deapth write up you can check out a great review on the HP ProBook 430 G2 at the NotebookCheck website here.
Want to buy this model? click here.

Cheers
Matt