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Issue #819
Volume 16 Number 35
June 21, 2019

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"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mahatma Gandhi

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The end of Windows 7 is coming on January 14, 2020. Using Windows 7 after that date may put your computer at risk as Microsoft will no longer be sending security updates and fixes for it.
Whether you upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 10 (still free) or buy a new Windows 10 computer, we can make you feel right at home on Windows 10 with our Windows Transformation service. We can make your Windows 10 look like this: 
Above: Windows 10 or Windows 7?

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Cloudeight InfoAve Premium - Reader's Comments

A comment from Kris
Want to thank immensely TC for being patient with me and helping me with his outstanding knowledge. Everything is running smoothly again. Thank You again!, Keep helping those who don't know "which end is up", so to speak. Oodles, thank you, TC!

A comment from Elaine
I had a session with TC today. I can't thank him enough for removing my problems and making my PC run like a new one. This isn't the first time I've had to call on TC and Darcy for help. I don't know where I'd be without them. In the past I've been burned by so0called repair places and forked over more money than I care to think about but having Cloudeight work on my PC has never cost like the other places and when TC or Darcy are done, I know I'll have a working PC again. Thank you TC, for the things you did to make my PC run so well this morning. Thanks to both of you, from the bottom of my heart for the job you do and the help you give to all of us who need you. Elaine.

A comment from Patty
My old laptop was not doing so well. It was extremely sluggish and almost worthless. I used my Senior Pass I had bought 10 months ago and good ol' TC took over my pc (with my permission). He spent a good bit of time with me and never made me feel like he was rushed at all and with his magic fingers had my pc working very well. THANK YOU, TC for another job well done! Don't know what I'd do without Darcy & TC! Patty.

A comment from Ruby
Hi TC. Thank you so much for making my Windows 10 computer look like Windows 7. You, as usual, did it so quickly and I am more than happy with it TC. I have been with you since you first started and you both are so trustworthy and excellent with everything you so, thank you. Sincerely, Ruby.

A comment from Lawrence
Darcy, thank you so much for tuning up my wife Glenys’s laptop. It runs like a Swiss watch now, fast start-up and fast shutdown. This is the second computer that you have tuned up for us as the other being my desktop. I have printed out the Cloudeight flyers and distributed at our Volunteer Marine Rescue group Base for other members information as we have quite a few seniors as Radio Operators and who at times require help with their own computers. Once again thanks a million. Kindest regards, Lawrence.

A big Cloudeight "Thank you!" to Kris, Elaine, Patty, Ruby, Lawrence and all the others who took time out to write to us and/or sharing us on Facebook! We appreciate your kind words and your support very much! EB & TC. 

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Debra wants to know if we can help with her Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 10

Can you help me with the upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7? How will it affect all that I currently use on my computer?

Our answer
Hi Debra. With our Windows Transformation service we'll get the upgrade started for you in part one of the session, then after Windows 10 is installed, we'll come back for part 2 of the session and make your computer look and work more like Windows 7 so you can use your updated computer just like you always have.

Here is the page where you can learn more about and/or purchase our Transformation service.

If you want to upgrade your computer yourself, take a look at our article here  It will take between 1 and 3 hours to download the Windows 10 update ---depending on your internet connection --- and about 60 - 90 minutes to do the upgrade.

Generally --- although no one can guarantee anything --- all your programs will work just like they do now with Windows 7. All of your personal data will be intact. If the upgrade fails, your computer will revert back to Windows 7 - nothing will have changed.

Hope this helps you.

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Jim wants a calendar program
I am a senior citizen and just made a donation as a thank-you for your wonderful work that you do.

I was wondering if you know of a quick/easy/efficient/uncomplicated/no-frills stand-a-lone desktop calendar program that provides the user with the ability to create reminders (appointments etc.) and recurring notifications (i.e. monthly bills etc.). Just the ability to input a note and have it pop-up as a reminder on the date requested. I am not interested in any cloud calendar type programs and/or commercial software programs with embedded calendar options. I also know Thunderbird has a calendar option but am looking for something quicker, smaller and sits in the system tray after start-up.

Don't spend any time on this but if there is a program you know of, I would appreciate the advice. Regards, Jim B

Our answer
Hi Jim. First thanks so much for your generous donation, kind words, and longtime support. Please know how much we appreciate you.

The only program that I know of that does what you ask, is not cloud-based, and is free of charge is our own CalendarPal program which we developed 13 years ago before the smartphone era. Now, most people use their smartphones for calendar and weather, but back then it was a unique program.

It's not exactly a desktop calendar as it does not constantly appear on your desktop. But it does everything you're asking. You can type in a reminder and it will alert you visually and audibly(if desired). You can make recurring reminders. You can make notes and. you can make to-do lists.

Additionally, CalendarPal displays 5 days of weather (high & low temps forecast) on the calendar and detailed forecasts for your area when you click "Weather".

It's free. You can read more about it and/or download it here.

We're no longer developing it, but it still works great in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and all versions (including the newest version) of Windows 10.

Again Jim, thanks so much for your generosity and friendship.

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Roger wants to know if he can run Windows 10 "Tamper Protection" along with Emsisoft

Can we run Win 10 Tamper Protection along with Emsisoft?

Our answer
Hi Roger. Windows 10 "Tamper Protection" is not necessary if you are running Emsisoft. Windows Tamper Protection is a Windows Defender setting which is only necessary if you're only using Windows Defender and no other security program. Windows 10 Tamper Protection is much like Smart Shield which has far too many false positives. When it comes to computers - less is more. Don't you something you don't need. If you're using good security software, you can't double your protection by using something else.

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Carole has strong reservations about upgrading to Windows 10
Am debating whether to upgrade to Windows 10. I have 30 years worth of genealogy and associated photos that I cannot afford to lose. I have been told by a computer expert that I could possibly lose some of my data during the upgrade. Have you heard of this happening? I am scared to even try.

Our answer
Hi Carole. We have personally never seen anyone lose data doing an upgrade correctly. With photos, the photos you could open in Windows 95 can still be opened in Windows 10.

But if any data you have is irreplaceable you should be backing it up on OneDrive or some other cloud storage and on an external hard drive. Whether you upgrade or not there is always a chance a hard drive will fail and if it does you may not be able to retrieve data from it without spending a lot of money.

But as far as upgrading to Windows 10- I can't guarantee anything, but we've done dozen of them and I've never seen anyone lose any data.

And after you upgrade you have 10 days to go back to Windows 7 without losing anything.

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Suzanne says her computer has been hacked many times
My computer has been hacked 8 to 10 times in the past year. This has included online shopping sites and, more importantly, my bank accounts. I have been hacked six times in the past two months on a new computer. I am interested in you checking my computer for problems as well as installation of Emsisoft. I was looking at purchasing your Senior Pass.

Our answer
Hi Suzanne. Very rarely do personal computers get hacked. Hackers don't waste time hacking individual's computers. They go after government sites, credit card sites, bank sites, and sites where they can steal money or get ahold a lot of information about a lot of people. But people click links in ads that claim their computer was hacked, or get emails from the RAT spam that claim they have your passwords and can steal your data. We get dozens of these, it doesn't mean your computer's been hacked.

If you have Norton it's quite likely you may have bad browser extensions, malware and PUPs on your computer.

You can purchase our SeniorPass - good for unlimited service sessions for one full year - and/or get more information about it here.

Your SeniorPass also includes removing Norton, installing Emsisoft and including a 90-day key. Our SeniorPass is a great deal!

We can also clean up your PC, remove malware, PUPs, and extensions that generate popups and optimize your system.

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Dawn asks us about the CryptoTab Browser
I have recently had a friend direct me to this site. So far no problems but it took days to make 10 cents. I am trying to find if it's a scam or not and getting conflicting reviews. Have you any experience with this. Thank you in advance. Your site is my internet bible.

Our answer
Hi Dawn. Thanks! Sorry but I cannot tell you that it's a scam or if it's legit, but I can tell you that to make money mining bitcoin, it's not going to happen using a browser like this.

We looked at the company website to learn who owns it so could get the background of the company. But, unfortunately, CryptoTab Browser (cryptobrowser) does not offer any owner information or say anything about who runs the company not on its company page or on any of its other web pages.

We did a domain name lookup and found this:

The domain name “” was registered on 4-5-2018.

The domain name was registered privately. So no other information was found about who owns the domain since it was registered privately.

We could find no other information about the company online either.

Watch this video and decide if you want to get involved with this. Bitcoins are worth thousands of dollars but not if you are earning 0.00000001 Bitcoins and not if you have to refer other people to get paid. (Beware: The video that plays after this is a money-making scam by a different guy.)

Personally, I wouldn't bother. In order to make money mining bitcoin online, you have to have high-power servers dedicated to mining bitcoin 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And these high-powered computers use tons of electricity.

While CyptoBrowser or CrytoTabBrowser may not be an outright scam, I think it makes things sound more financially rewarding and easier than they really are.

Anyway, you decide, and let us know if you decide to use it.
Dawn wrote back: "Thank you so much for your prompt reply! You have helped me decide what I thought was happening also. Not a true scam but more a pyramid scheme. I will not hopefully rid my computer of all the files now. Hated the browser anyhow and it uses Yahoo and all the questionable things that go with it. Thanks once again. It is very much appreciated... I wish you all the best in your site not ever going anywhere. If I had money you would get a lot of it! Cheers, Dawn."

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The Green Light to Install Windows 10 Version 1903 
Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

If you’ve been holding off installing Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update) as we suggested and let other people be the “testers” and “guinea pigs”, you can relax and install Windows 10 May 2019 Update or Version 1903 as it’s also known whenever you’re ready.

Windows 10 Version 1903 was released on May 21, 2019 – almost a month ago – and so far the only problems we have seen reported have been minor. The only major problem is the warning that “This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10” – for which a workaround was issued back in April. If you do get the poorly-worded warning “Your PC cannot be upgraded to Windows 10” here’s the workaround from Microsoft:

“…To work around this problem, remove all external media, such as USB devices, SD cards, and UFS cards, from your computer. Then, restart installation of the Windows 10, version 1903 feature update. The update should now proceed normally.

If you are using installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) to install Windows 10, copy the files on the installation media to your local drive, and then start the installation from the local drive….”

So, it would be prudent to use the Update assistant to update to Version 1903 and remove all external drives, USB drives, SD cards, etc. from your PC before you start the upgrade.

Version 1903 has a lot of really useful new features, some of which we outlined on this page.

Here are 3 ways you can upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1903:

1.) This is our recommended way to update. Go to this page and click on the “Update now” button. This will download the Update Assistant. Once it’s downloaded, click on it to run it – it does not install. The Update Assistant will download the Windows 10 Version 1903 installation files. This can take a while, depending on your connection. It can take 10 or 15 minutes if your connection is very fast or it can take a few hours if your connection is slow. In any case, you’ll be able to keep using your computer during the time Windows 10 is downloading. Once the download is finished, you’ll have the option to click “Update now….”

2.) Visit this page, click on the “Download tool now” button to download the Windows 10 ISO file (from which you can make a Windows 10 installation DVD) or the USB media from which you can make a Windows 10 installation USB. You can then use the media to install Windows 10 Version 1903 by putting the DVD in the DVD drive, opening it in File Explorer and clicking on Setup.exe on it. Or if you created a Windows 10 USB flash drive, put the flash drive in a USB slot, open it in File Explorer and click on “Setup.exe”. In either case, make sure you choose the upgrade option and not the clean install option.

3.) If you’re using Windows 10 Version 1803 (or an earlier version of Windows 10) you can try this:

a. Right-click on the start button
b. Click on “Settings”
c. Click on “Updates & Security”
d. Click on “Check for updates”

If Windows 10 Version 1903 is available via Windows Update then you’ll have the option to install it via Windows Update.

Remember, all computers are different and we can’t make a blanket statement that none of you will have any problems with the update. However, we have not seen any major problems so far with the May 2019 Update – but there have been some minor issues that are not critical.

And remember: If you’re not happy with Windows 10 May 2019 Update (Version 1903), you’ll have 10 days to go back to the previous version of Windows 10 without losing any data, programs or settings.

To go back to your previous version of Windows 10, do this within 10 days of installing Windows 10 Version 1903.

1.) Right-click the start button
2.) Click “Settings”
3.) Click “Update & Security”
4.) Click “Recovery” (in the menu on the left)
5.) Click on the “Get started button” under “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10”

Go Back to the Previous Version of Windows 10 - Cloudeight Windows tips

It will take between about an hour for Windows to complete this operation.

Good luck with your update!

NOTE: If you're using Windows 7 and you're going to upgrade to Windows 10, check out our Windows 10 Transformation service!

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Windows 10 Version 1903 Is Easier On Your Eyes
Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update)

If you have problems reading text on your screen, Windows 10 Version 1903 has some features you’re really going to like. All we can say is, it’s about time.

In Windows 10 Version 1903, Settings > Ease of Access > Display you’ll see that there are sliders available that will help you increase the size of the text on your screen (without making everything else bigger), as well as a slider to make everything bigger, and a slider to make everything brighter,  Plus, you see an option to “Change the size and color of your cursor and mouse pointer”.


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We find the option to make the text bigger without making everything else bigger a great feature that works very well. 

As you can see below you can increase the size of the text by moving the slider to the right. And you can make it smaller by moving it to the left.  Try different settings until you find the one just right for you. I have mine set at 114% and it makes the text on my screen much easier to read.

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You can increase the size of the text up to 200+ %.  What looks good to you? Try it and see. If you don’t have Windows 1903 yet, you can save a copy of this tip as a PDF file, or print it out, or email it to yourself. It’s easy – just click the Print Friendly button at the top of this article.

Here’s a  quick tip for you that works on any version of Windows 10:

The fastest way to get to Settings > Ease of Access is to hold down the Windows key and tap the U key.

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How to View or Print a List of Processes Running on Your Computer
Windows 7, Windows 8x, Windows 10 (all versions)

First, let’s open a command prompt with administrator privileges.

Here’s how: On Windows 10 type CMD in taskbar search, right-click on it when it appears at the top and then choose “Run as administrator”. In Windows 7 type CMD in the start menu search, right-click on it when it appears at the top and then choose “Run as administrator”.  In Windows 8.1 press Windows Key + S, type CMD in the search and right-click on it when it appears in the results, then click “Run as administrator”.

At the prompt, type:


and press Enter:

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As you can see (above) you’ll get a list of all processes running on your computer. You can scroll through the list and see every process that is running on your computer at the time you ran the command.

If you want to print a list of processes, it gets a little more complicated.

At the prompt type:

Tasklist > C:\

and the directory in which you want the file to be saved. In the example below, I’m saving the list with the name “running-processes” in my documents folder so the command line shows:

tasklist >C:\users\thunder\documents\running-processes.txt

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You can save the file to any drive or folder you want to… but remember, spacing is important and you must know the complete file path. The simplest way to do this is to just save it to the root of the C:\ drive… with the command

Tasklist >C:\running-processes.txt

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Above: The text file we created using the tasklist command.

That's all there is to it!

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Windows 10 Now Allows You to Drag and Drop Fonts to Install Them
Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update) and newer

Back in the old days, installing and viewing fonts in Windows was a daunting proposition, but no more. Windows 10 Version 1903 brings with it a drag and drop install feature. Plus, like its immediate predecessors, it displays all fonts installed on your computer in a clean and uncluttered window. Now you'll see all your fonts just the way they'll look when you use them. No more guessing which font might look right for your project.

Here's a screenshot that tells it all.

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And in the same dialog, you can scroll through all your fonts and see exactly what they look like.

You can find the Drag & Drop font installer and preview all your fonts this way:

1. Right-click your desktop
2. Click "Personalize"
3. When the "Personalization" settings app opens, click on Fonts in the left pane. That's it!

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FastStone Image Viewer

We've always been big fans of FastStone Capture for a very long time. In fact, it's our screenshot tool of choice. Sure, it's old, but the developer still updates it, and it does everything we need it to do

The other day, I was downloading an updated version of FastStone Capture, and accidentally downloaded FastStone Image Viewer. Now, we are Irfanview fans and have been since Darcy introduced me to it way back in 1998. I've used it Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8x, and with every version of Windows 10, I've had. But there's an opportunity in every miscue, and so it was with my mistaken download.

Now, I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that I'm about to replace IrfanView with FastStone Image Viewer, but I'm going to tell you that many of you will love the extra features of FastStone Image Viewer that are missing in Irfanview.

FastStone Image Viewer is an image browser that almost instantly provides you with a "contact sheet" of every image in a folder. You can batch rename, you can create slideshows and even add music, batch resize photos, and much more.

And rarely do we ever come across a developer who is more verbose than us. But the developer of FastStone Image Viewer is one. So, rather than us telling you all about the program, we're going to let him/her do that for you and spare you our sparkling diatribe.

So, we'll start with some screenshots, and then let Mr. or Ms. FastStone tell you all about FastStone Image Viewer.

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Now, from the developer of FastStone Image Viewer:

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO, CUR and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CR2, CR3, CRW, NEF, NRW, PEF, RAF, RWL, MRW, ORF, SRW, X3F, ARW, SR2, SRF, RW2 and DNG).

True Full Screen viewer with image zoom support and unique fly-out menu panels
Crystal-clear and customizable one-click image magnifier
Powerful image editing tools: Resize/resample, rotate/flip, crop, sharpen/blur, adjust lighting/colors/curves/levels etc.
Eleven re-sampling algorithms to choose from when resizing images
Image color effects: gray scale, sepia, negative, Red/Green/Blue adjustment
Image special effects: annotation, drop shadow, framing, bump map, sketch, oil painting, lens
Draw texts, lines, highlights, rectangles, ovals and callout objects on images
Clone Stamp and Healing Brush
Superior Red-Eye effect removal/reduction with completely natural looking end result
Multi-level Undo/Redo capability
One-touch best fit/actual size image display support
Image management, including tagging capability, with drag-and-drop and Copy To/Move To Folder support
Histogram display with color counter feature
Compare images side-by-side (up to 4 at a time) to easily cull those forgettable shots
Image EXIF metadata support (plus comment editing for JPEGs)
Configurable batch processing to convert/rename large or small collections of images
Slideshow creation with 150+ transition effects and music support (MP3, WMA, WAV...)
Create efficient image attachment(s) for emailing to family and friends
Print images with full page-layout control
Create fully configurable Contact Sheets
Create memorable artistic image montages from your family photos for personalized desktop wallpapers (Wallpaper Anywhere)
Acquire images from scanner. Support batch scanning to PDF, TIFF, JPEG and PNG
Versatile screen capture capability
Powerful Save As interface to compare image quality and control generated file size
Run favorite programs with one keystroke from within Image Viewer
Offer portable version of the program which can be run from a removable storage device
Configurable mouse wheel support
Support program skins
Support dual-monitor configurations
Support touch interface (tap, swipe, pinch)
Support dual instances
Play video files (Third party codecs may be required for old versions of Windows)
And much more... 

No Adware. No Spyware.
Free for Home Users

So, see? Sometimes mistakes can be fruitful. And we plucked a great freeware pick from this one.  Learn more about and/or download FastStone Image Viewer from this page. There are no tricky download links or buttons. No malware, spyware, grimware, or other foolishness going on here. You can download FastStone Image Viewer without trepidation.

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On Faith and Riding a Bike

Almost all of us with children have had the common, yet amazing, experience of teaching a child to ride a bike.

Before I get rolling, let’s clarify the word “bike”. Long ago, unfortunately, the word “bike” was an unambiguous word that meant bicycle – the kind with two wheels, a bell, streamers, and usually a kid perched upon its seat. But now it can mean – and often does – a group of men and women, roaring down the road, two-by-two, in lines of “bikes” a half-mile long. Most of them decked out in black leather accouterments. Any many with wallets hanging from chains. Why is that I wonder? Anyway, other than misusing the word “bike”, it’s all well and fine with me – to each is own.

I want to emphasize, though, that in my world a motorcycle is not a bike. Motorcycles are fine – if you like them, but they’re not bikes. And I don’t like “bike weeks” either, because bike weeks should be reserved for bikes – the bikes with streamers and bells on the handlebars and kids – or wannabe kids – in the seat.

I digress. If you’ve had the experience of teaching a child to ride a bike – or if you remember your own experience of learning to ride a bike – have you ever thought about what a magical and life-changing experience that is?

We have all heard the aphorism “just have a little faith”. But I’m sure there’s no such thing as a little faith. There is only big, complete, and total faith. You have to believe without any doubts to have faith. That’s what faith is all about. It’ big-time faith or none at all – at least if you want good things even amazing things to happen.

It’s a particularly sunny, spring day long ago. My oldest son was 7 years old at the time. I bought him a brand new bicycle – a Schwinn. It was a great brand when I was a kid, but I guess Schwinns are made in China or Indonesia or somewhere else these days which does not make them bad, but they’re sure not the same, But back then, I bought him a 24" American-made Schwinn, which was a mite big for him, but like all things you buy for kids, you buy with the future in mind. Kids grow.

I know he was skeptical about his ability to ride a “two-wheeler”...

Read the rest of this essay here.

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