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.

Windows XP Users Won’t Be Able to Login to Dropbox after August 29, 2016

Here's another reason to upgrade to Windows 10: Dropbox ends support for Windows XP users on August 29, 2016 - don't delay!

That’s right. If you are still running Windows XP and you use Dropbox, after August 29th, you won’t be able to run the Dropbox program on your computer. Here is the recent posting at Dropbox:

“On August 29, 2016, the Dropbox desktop app will no longer support Windows XP. On this date, you will be automatically signed out of any Dropbox accounts linked to a Windows XP computer. You can sign in again once you update to Windows Vista or a later version of Windows.

If you are signed out of your Dropbox account, please know that no changes will be made to your account. Your files and photos will be safe. You’ll still be able to access your account—or create a new account—on dropbox.com or on other compatible computers and mobile devices.”

Warning for Free Dropbox Users

Also, realize that for the FREE version of Dropbox, you need to log in – at least on the Dropbox website – at least once every 90 days or you risk having your data removed. This is part of the terms of service at Dropbox for free account holders.

What Windows XP Users Should Do

To be honest, there aren’t many choices for Windows XP Dropbox account holders. It is unlikely that you will be able to even upgrade to Windows 10.  What’s left?

  • Log in to Dropbox at least once every 90 days on the Dropbox website.
  • Install Dropbox on another device that has Windows Vista or higher.
  • Get a new computer that has Windows 10.

Attend My Windows 10 Webinar This Week

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

So here is another reason to finally get off of Windows XP!  Isn’t it time you learned about Windows 10?  Attend the FREE Webinar – Windows 10 Survival Guide for Genealogists presented by me, 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

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

FREE WEBINAR: Using DPLA for Genealogy and Family History

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

[Editor’s Note: we just received the following information from the folks at the Digital Public Library of America and it looks like a great webinar on how to use DPLA resources for your genealogy research!]

Using DPLA for Genealogy and Family History, July 26, 2016 at 3:00pm EST

Click HERE to register – it’s FREE!

Presented by two members of DPLA’s Community Reps:

  • Tamika Maddox Strong, Genealogist, Membership Manager for the African American Historical and Genealogical Society, and IT Program Manager at the Georgia Public Library Service

“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. ”

©2016, copyright Thomas MacEntee.  All rights reserved.