GIVEAWAY: Surface Pro 4 STM Case

This is exciting! 123myIT’s first GIVEAWAY!

Hi All,
123myIT has teamed up with to giveaway a bunch of Surface Pro 4 protective cases.
The reason I reached out to STM was because they have really well designed high quality cases. They can withstand drop tests from four feet.

Tested to meet or exceed U.S. Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests, the Dux works seamlessly with your new Surface its Type Cover and pen.

The other thing I really like about the Surface Pro 4 STM Case’s is the see through back of the case. Because its clear it allows you to add labels with your name or stickers to the back of your Surface Pro 4.
All the ports are still accessible and the kick stand allows you to have great viewing angles of the screen.

Now lets get to the GIVEAWAY! What do you need to do to win one of these awesome Surface Pro 4 STM Case’s? Well its pretty straight forward.

* Subscribe to 123myIT YouTube channel
* Leave a comment in the video comments field, just one comment is needed
* Must be over 18 to apply

Winner’s will be picked at random on the 4th of December 2015, so good luck to everyone who enters.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Unboxing & Firstlook

This video will show you a first look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

Well you have been waiting for it and here it is guys, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. What are actually talking about here? Its a table that runs a full version of Windows 10.
That’s right unlike Apple’s iPad which runs a cut down version of operating system called IOS. The Surface Pro 4 can run all manner of Apps just like your desktop can. Which from my point of view is already pretty amazing.

I hope to at some stage get a comparison video up which we can go over what the differences are between the models however for now lets talk about the Surface Pro 4.
The Surface Pro 4 comes in three different configurations.

* Intel M3 CPU – slowest
* Intel I5 CPU – medium
* Intel I7 CPU – fastest

Each of the configurations above can be set with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of ram and with storage options of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft say that you should get about 9 hours of battery life out of Surface Pro 4 on the Core i5, 256GB, 8GB model.

Want to Buy Surface Pro 4? Click here.
While the cover doesn’t come with the Surface Pro 4, you have to buy it as an added extra, $129 extra. And the new version has been refined and includes smoother redesigned scissor backlit keys. So typing on the keyboard becomes a little bit nicer. The trackpad is now 40% larger. It makes you wonder why it was so small in the first place? And the amazing thing which I mentioned in the video, is the Surface Pro 3 keyboard works with the Surface Pro 4. Good job!! :)

Surface Pro 4 Keyboard

I tested the Surface Pro 3 stylus and it worked with the Surface Pro 4 as well. So its a nice touch to make everything backward compatible.

I would say if you are in the market for a portable computer that you can draw with web browse send email and watch movies. You really can’t go past the Surface range. With a full OS on the device it make it very hard to beat.

Stay turned for the Surface Book unboxing coming shortly.


Turn Spying off on Windows 10

This video will show you how to Turn Spying off on Windows 10.

I get allot of tips from 123myIT subscribers on the 123myIT YouTube channel. The latest one was that Windows 10 has Spying and data capturing built in so, this user said he wouldn’t be upgrading to Windows 10. Since so many users of 123myIT have upgraded to Windows 10, I thought it wise to put some information up about this so called spying on Windows 10.

So whats it all about I hear you ask? Well, despite what you may have heard Windows 10 is not spying on you. So don’t worry to much about that.
What is does do though is collect allot of data about you and that’s due mostly to Cortana. Cortana is a personal assistant that is built into Windows 10.
Read the below official company statement of Windows 10 privacy.

“Windows does not collect personal information without your consent. To effectively provide Windows as a service, Microsoft gathers some performance, diagnostic and usage information that helps keep Windows and apps running properly. Microsoft uses this information to identify problems and develop fixes. More information on the Microsoft Services Agreement and Privacy Statement for consumers is available on our website.”

Cortana can help you manage your PC by helping you find files, manage your calendar and answer any questions you might have. While using this myself I didn’t find it that great, however this is where it gets interesting.

Weather Cortana

The more you use Cortana the better it gets because its stores your previous history of questions etc. And this is where Microsoft is collecting data about you. Ok so I am not going to get into Cortana right now I will leave that for another video. I will talk about how to turn spying off on windows 10 if you are concerned about this.

Go to Start > Settings > Privacy

turn spying off on windows 10

Privacy > General

Privacy General Settings

Pretty much all of the settings in this area have a toggle switch which allows you to turn the function on or off.
If you make your way down the list. Location, Camera, Microphone etc you will be able to toggle off any options that you are not comfortable with.


Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015

This video will show you how to install Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015.

Well here it is guys, the video you guys have all been waiting for. I have had quite a few people ask me about installing Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 and 2014 models and have been a bit slow to get this video out as the hardware is not cheap as you all can imagine. So if the above video helps you out, please help 123myIT out by clicking on the donate button on the left hand side of the page. All donations will help purchasing new hardware.

Some of you will be upset to know that I didn’t get any errors when going through the video. To be honest I kind of expected maybe 1 or 2 problems. But the setup went very smoothly. Even the Boot Camp drivers at the end of the video applied correctly.

You will need 2 things to complete the setup.
1. USB drive 8GB or larger
2. Windows 10 or 8 ISO file which you

In the Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 video I link to another video called Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. This will help you get the Windows 8 or 10 ISO file which allows you to then create the USB which you use to install Windows 8 or 10.

I was able to get a copy of the Boot Camp Drivers from the WININSTALL USB that I can confirm work with Windows 10.
I have labelled it Windows 10 64-bit Captured by BCD and you will find under the MacBook Pro page here.

All up the install took about 1.5 hours, with the downloading of the boot camp drivers seeming to take forever. The file being around 1.2GB in size meaning if you are on a slow internet connection it could take hours for just that part to complete. So be prepared to wait.

Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015

Overall Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 2015 seems to run very well and I will take a closer look at how Windows 10 works in future videos. So stay tuned. :)

Want to know more about Windows 10? Click here for the Official Microsoft website.

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 users how to get the ISO file.


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

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.


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.


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 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 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 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.