Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists Now Available!

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee announces his newest book - Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists - a must have if you plan on upgrading!

Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists Now Available!

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In general, most of my readers know that I don’t always follow “the latest big thing” when it comes to technology. My theory has always been: why should I be a bug fixer for Microsoft (or you can change it to Apple, HP, etc.)? I almost never upgrade or buy the “.0 version” of something. You won’t find me waiting in line outside the Apple store for the latest iPhone. I know that I can usually save money by staying at least one version back and waiting for the “.1 version” of something.

However, with Windows 10, things are a bit different due to the way in which Microsoft is deploying the operating system and including a big financial incentive. When Windows 10 debuted in mid-2015, Microsoft announced that qualified users (those on Windows 7 and Windows 8) could receive Windows 10 for free.

So, like me, you probably endured the constant notifications when you booted up each morning asking if you wanted to download and install Windows 10. And like me, you kept putting it off. Or perhaps, you clicked YES by mistake and you then had to deal with fixing lots of things.

And now, Microsoft is enforcing its deadline of July 29, 2016, to get the free upgrade. After that date, you will need to pay $119 USD for the same upgrade.

That’s why I wrote Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists. I upgraded several of my devices starting in December 2015 and while I did lose access to some default settings, and I had to reinstall some software, it was not as bad an experience as I had heard others describe.

However, the hours I spent “fixing” my system kept me from researching family history. So I’ve compiled a list of “annoyances” to check once the upgrade to Windows 10 is complete. In this guide I also offer advice on how to prepare for the upgrade, what to do if you don’t qualify for the free upgrade, and also why you might not want to even upgrade at all!

I’ve pulled together a huge list of resources at the end of this guide, along with additional reading. This guide can’t possibly cover every possible upgrade situation or system configuration . . . as they say “Your mileage may vary.” But, at the very least, you’ll have the tools needed to find answers to your Windows 10 questions.

Learn and benefit from my experiences in going through the Windows 10 upgrade!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • How to Use The Windows 10 Survival Guide
  • Is the Windows 10 Upgrade Right for You?
  • The Windows 10 Upgrade Test
  • Do You Qualify for the Free Upgrade?
  • What If You Don’t Qualify?
  • Why You Might Want to Delay the Upgrade
  • Pre-Upgrade Preparations
  • Performing the Windows 10 Upgrade
  • Troubleshooting Your Windows 10 Upgrade
  • Windows 10 Post Upgrade Quick Checklist
  • Genealogy Software and Windows 10
  • New Features in Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Annoyances and How to Fix Them
  • Windows 10 Upgrade – Quick Facts and FAQ
  • Resources
  • About The Author

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What About the Print Version?

Since this book is “tech heavy” and Microsoft may change the terms of the Windows 10 upgrade at any time, it isn’t feasible to produce a print version. Suggestion: purchase the PDF version using the link above and print a copy for your own use.

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

Genealogy Blogging Events: 22-29 July 2016

Get the latest news on genealogy blogging events for the week of 22-29 July 2016 right here at GeneaBloggers, the authority on genealogy blogging.
Here is a list of events and goings-on in the world of genealogy blogging. Here’s what is happening in the coming week:

Genealogy Daze of the Week!

Here are some upcoming dates to look out for so you can plan your genealogy and family history blog posts for next week:

  • 22 July: John Dillinger’s Death – Anniversary, Pied Piper of Hamelin Anniversary, Rat Catchers Day, and Spooner’s Day.
  • 23 July: First US Swimming School Opens – Anniversary, Gorgeous Grandma Day, and National Day of the Cowboy.
  • 24 July: Aunties’ Day, Cousins Day, Detroit Founded – Anniversary, Amelia Earhart’s Birthday – Anniversary, National Drive-Thru Day, Parents Day (US), and Pioneer Day (Utah).
  • 25 July: Andrea Doria sinks – 60th Anniversary and First Test Tube Baby Born – Anniversary.
  • 26 July: Americans With Disabilities Act – Anniversary and US Army First Desegregation – Anniversary.
  • 27 July: Insulin First Isolated – Anniversary and Korean Conflict Armistice – Anniversary.
  • 28 July: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Birthday – Anniversary, Singing Telegram – Anniversary, Veterans Bonus Army Eviction – Anniversary, and World War I Begins – Anniversary.
  • 29 July: USS Indianapolis Sunk – Anniversary, NASA established – Anniversary, and Peter Jennings’ Birthday – Anniversary.

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Genealogy Bargains for Friday 22 July 2016

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UPDATED GENEALOGY BARGAINS for Friday, July 22, 2016

Don’t forget that 5% of all revenue generated by Genealogy Bargains is given back to the genealogy community! Check out The Genealogy Fairy for more information!

NEW Genealogy Bargains

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ONGOING Genealogy Bargains

FREE Webinar Recording - Organize Your Online Life presented by Lisa Louise Cooke - “Tech tips for keeping and staying organized, saving time, and getting more results.” Click here to view for FREE through Tuesday, July 26th - via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

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FREE Webinar - Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists presented by Thomas MacEntee on Friday, July 22nd at 1pm CDT. Do you know that the deadline for upgrading to Windows 10 for FREE is July 29th? The Windows 10 operating system is not so much a choice as it is an inevitability. As Microsoft continues to remove support from Windows 8 and earlier versions, you should get on board the Windows 10 upgrade train now! Learn the new features of Windows 10, how it will impact how you research genealogy, and more. You’ll also learn which default Windows 10 settings to change as well as how to fix common “annoyances” experienced by most users. Click here to register - via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  • FREE Webinar – Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists presented by Thomas MacEntee on Friday, July 22nd at 1pm CDT. Do you know that the deadline for upgrading to Windows 10 for FREE is July 29th? The Windows 10 operating system is not so much a choice as it is an inevitability. As Microsoft continues to remove support from Windows 8 and earlier versions, you should get on board the Windows 10 upgrade train now! Learn the new features of Windows 10, how it will impact how you research genealogy, and more. You’ll also learn which default Windows 10 settings to change as well as how to fix common “annoyances” experienced by most users. Click here to register – via Legacy Family Tree Webinars

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Join genealogists Tamika Maddox Strong and Amy Johnson Crow for a free webinar as they review Digital Public Library of America genealogy resources.

  • FREE WEBINAR: Using DPLA for Genealogy and Family History – Tuesday, July 26th, 3pm EDT – ““In this hour-long workshop webinar, DPLA Community Reps and experienced genealogists Tamika Maddox Strong and Amy Johnson Crow will introduce DPLA as a resource for family historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in learning about new research skills and cool collections in DPLA. You will leave this workshop with new tips for searching for family names in DPLA and exploring resources in your family’s hometown or region.  We’ll also take a peek at some of the collections that may prove invaluable for your family research: yearbooks, letters, newspapers, military records, family Bibles and more!  With content from 2,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the country, DPLA also offers a unique opportunity to dig deeper and add context to the lives of our ancestors. The workshop is free and open to all so whether you are new to DPLA, new to genealogy, or highly experienced, the workshop will have something for you. ” Click here to register – via Digital Public Library of America

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  • Save 20% on The Last Muster – incredible photographs of American Revolutionary War veterans! Celebrate the 240th anniversary of this nation’s birth with a 20% off sale on either volume of these amazing books by Maureen Taylor. Use promo code INDEPENDENCE16 now through July 31st. Click here to shop – via Maureen Taylor

Everyday Low Prices on Genealogy and Family History! Dig deeper into your ancestry with the genealogy books and family tree software that have helped so many other genealogists and general hobbyists discover their past, Enjoy your ancestry lookup to the fullest, right from the start, and learn to research by state, research your family heritage, dive into genealogy records, and step back in time by using family photos and heirlooms to unlock your family’s secrets.” And use promo code SFTTHOMAS16 at checkout and save an additional 15%! Click here to save - via Shop Family Tree

  • Everyday Low Prices on Genealogy and Family History! Dig deeper into your ancestry with the genealogy books and family tree software that have helped so many other genealogists and general hobbyists discover their past, Enjoy your ancestry lookup to the fullest, right from the start, and learn to research by state, research your family heritage, dive into genealogy records, and step back in time by using family photos and heirlooms to unlock your family’s secrets.” And use promo code SFTTHOMAS16 at checkout and save an additional 15%! Click here to save – via Shop Family Tree

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