How to import ICS file into Google Calendar and Windows 10 Calendar

A friend of mine asked to help him with this issue. He just upgrade the operating system on his main PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and he seems to be a little bit lost after so many changes on the user interface. It will take a while to get used to the new Windows 10.
He was using the outlook application to read the emails with IMAP feature turned on. However, he had a few calendar contacts and want to import that file into the new Windows 10 Mail and of course, to use the new Windows 10 Calendar with his ICS file.

Using the Calendar Restore app

Windows 10 doesn’t nativelly support the ICS files, which is a minus, so I’ve been forced to use an app to do this operation. The app name is Calendar Restore and it can import the ICS file/files into Windows 10 Calendar.

How to Import ICS files into Windows 10 Calendar

ICS file is a format for calendar files which became a standard used by many email clients like Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird and most important, Google Calendar which support the import-export operation with and from this file format.

The Calendar Restore app used to import the ICS file is available in Windows Store. It’s free of charge and you can download the app in just no time.

Calendar Restore app features

  • Support the ICS files with more than one events (multiple events)
  • Support iCalendar (.ics) files extension
  • Can open ICS files directly from email attachment.
  • It can associate ICS files with Internet Explorer
  • …and many other

According to its author, this app doesn’t spy the user and no data is being sent back to the app maker server.

Using Calendar Restore app and import ICS file to Windows 10 Calendar

There are two methods to do this:

Method #1:

  1. Install the application from Windows Store.
  2. Start the Calendar Restore and click the import button. Next browse and find the ICS file that you wish to import and press the OPEN button at the end.

Method #2:

  1. Go to the Calendar Restore app webpage to install the application if you don’t want to use the Windows Store.
  2. Browse your computer to the location of the ICS file and double click on that file. It will bring up the Calendar Restore app and ask if you wish to import the file into Windows 10 Calendar.

As for the Google Calendar import, it has a native support for the ICS files. Just go to import and select the ICS file that you wish to import.

Repair MS Office Word Documents with Office 365 or Office 2016

Even if there are many other free software that can open DOC, DOCX, XLS or other MS Office files, I stick with MS Office. I don’t know why, maybe because the software is mature enough and I’m using it for a long time.
Sometimes you happen to have a broken Word file. Many of us don’t know, but MS Office has the capability to repair those broken files without the need of any other third party tools.
There are just a few external application which are free of charge and get the job done.

The Repair feature from Microsoft Office

Repair Word Files with MS Office

You don’t have to be a geek to know there are some less known features in Microsoft Office, and one of them is the feature to repair damaged Word files. This feature is in the Microsoft Office starting with version 2003, and is still present in Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013 and of course the Office 2016 and Office 365.
This feature is efficient in repairing many kinds of documents not only Word files, but Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, InfoPath and many others.

The document can be considered damaged if you have one of the following errors:

  • – Unreadable Characters in file.
  • – Office is unable to open files, throwing an exception while opening.
  • – Office is unable to save file.
  • – Computer will hang or freeze for a while when opening the Office document.

Based on Microsoft documentation, Microsoft Office will try to repair the file by itself, but sometimes you may want or need to repair the document manually.

How to Use the Microsoft Office to repair documents in Windows

1. Open Office Excel, Office Word or any other program from the Office package that supports the document extension.
2. Click the file menu and select the Option.

Repair OIffice Documents with Office 365

3. On the following screen, click the Browse button.

Repair Damaged Office Documents

4. Now you have to browse to the location of the damaged document and select the down arrow button near the Open button as you can see in the attached image.

5. Don’t just press the Open button, first select the Open and Repair from the drop-down menu so you can tell office to open the document and start repairing it.

Repair Office Document.

Now, the Office should open the document and repair the damage. For me it works all the time, if it doesn’t work for you, leave a message and i’ll do my best to come up with an alternative.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

If you happen to run Windows 8.1 or even Windows 7 and you would like to upgrade, the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is probably the most user friendly way of getting your software up top. By using Windows 10 Installation Media Tool you are also able to upgrade your Windows 10 experience easier than ever. Today we’re going to run you trough the whole process.

Simplifying your life – the Windows 10 Installation Media Tool

First thing you need to do is to check (if you don’t already know) weather you need the 32 or 64-bit version of software. You do this by typing “system” in your Windows Search option, and the by clicking on “settings”. A window will appear telling you weather Windows is operating the 32 or 64-bit version.

Next, you have to download the Windows 10 Media Tool. You do this by accessing Microsoft. At about the middle of the page, you will find a “Windows-blue” button telling you to “Download tool now.” This will help you download a Windows 10 ISO file that does not require a product key. The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is useful for a number of operations such as downloading Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Pro N and Windows 10 Home (with variations such as Windows 10 Home N and Windows 10 Home Single Language).

After you download the appropriate version (32-bit or 64-bit) the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool will generate two directories on your appropriate system partition, namely $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS.

As always, make sure that all the information that is essential for you is stored away somewhere safe on your computer, just in case it all goes wrong. Then click to run the tool. A screen with two options will pop-up.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool step 1

You can either opt for Upgrading your PC or for creating installation media for another PC. If you select “Upgrade this PC now” a screen will appear asking you to select the language, type or architecture of Windows  you want (Home, Pro etc.) as well as that all important version of Windows you need to access (32-bit or 64 -bit). Just click next and, after some minutes, enjoy the Windows 10 version you have selected.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool step 1.1.1.

If you want to create media for another PC, a new window will appear, asking you weather you would like to create the necessary media on a USB flash Drive or on a DVD that will later be “burned” with the appropriate ISO file. Take note of the fact that if you decide to use a flash drive you will need at least 3 GB of space on it.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool step 1.1.

Of course, you can always go back in case of need. As soon as you click next however, the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool will start downloading the program. During this stage, you can continue to use your PC and just let the software do its work.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool step 2

After some downloading, your tool will then start to create the Windows 10 Media. Once all the media finisher downloading, you will be able to chose 2 options. The first one is to open and run the ISO file downloaded. The other option is to burn it onto a DVD. If you Run the ISO file you will have your fresh upgrade to Windows 10. You can also use this file to upgrade your own sistem. If something happens during the installation process, do not despair. Just start over the installation process using the ISO file and it will work out eventually.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool step 4

After using the Windows 10 media Creation Tool, you might want to start personalizing your Windows 10 experience. You can do this by accessing the Ultimate Windows Tweaker.

How To Change Screen Resolution in Windows 10

Nowadays with all the various devices running Windows 10 is very important to have the correct screen resolution. Using the optimal screen resolution based on your screen size and display capabilities, you can get a better and clear images on screen. When the resolution will go up on scale, the images will become more sharper, and of course, the content of games and applications. Windows has its own set of default values who are automatically applied by the Windows 10 System based on your screen, however you can manually adjust any of these settings to fit your preferences.

In this article we will see how to change various settings related to resolution in Windows 10 as Screen Resolution, ClearType Text, Display Adapter, Text Sizing, Color Calibration and other values related to these. First step is to open up the Display Settings app from the panel.

Windows 10 – Change Screen Resolution

When you are in desktop, just click the right mouse button and a panel will show up:

Windows 10 Screen Resolution Settings

From here you have to select the “Display settings”, from where you are able to change the text size, orientation, brightness level. To change the resolution you have to select “Advanced Display Settings”.

Screen Resolution Advanced Settings

On my laptop, Windows 10 recommend the optimum resolution of 1366 x 768, but it may be different from PC to PC. If you want to modify the recommended settings, you can do it. If you lower the resolution the text will appear larger on screen, if you go up, the text will become smaller. From the options menu, select the desired resolution and press “Apply” at the end.

Change Screen Resolution Windows 10

If the selected display resolution is not the optimal one, you will get a popup with Optimal Resolution Notification from Windows 10.

Optimal Resolution Notification

At this point, you may ignore the notification and confirm your changes by clicking the “Keep The Changes” button. If you’re not happy with your selection you may select a new resolution from the list. Windows 10 will wait 15 seconds before reverting the changes, if something goes wrong like the image is missing from the screen in 15 seconds the screen resolution will be reverted to the previous value.

Windows 10 Display Settings revert changes

From here, in Advanced Display Settings, you can make even more adjustments like:

Change Color Calibration in Windows 10

From here you can calibrate the display by clicking on Color Calibration. A new window will be displayed showing the Color Calibration Wizard. If you wish to continue this step, just follow the instructions from the wizard and you’re good to go.

Windows 10 Color Calibration

Calibrate Clear Type Text in Windows 10

If you think your text on the screen is not clear enough, you can make it much clear by checking the box under the Clear Type Text section displayed on page. Clicking that will open up Text Tuner Wizard where you also have to follow instructions to adjust the settings as you like.

Clear Text Type Tuner Wizard Windows 10

Change Advanced Sizing of Text

You can also adjust the various sizes of texts, apps including title bars text, menu text and even message boxes.

Change Text Sizing in Windows 10

Change Display Adapter settings and properties

From the same Display Settings panel we can change the Display Adapter settings and properties:

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You can play with various settings here, but i strongly  recommend to do it only if you know exactly what you’re going to do. Scaling and Screen Resolution depend on the size of your display and electronic capacity, so it’s better to leave it default.

 

How to use your Free Windows 10 License after changing PC hardware components

How to Use Your Free Windows 10 License After Changing Your PC’s Hardware

As you know already, the license is strictly related to the PC’s hardware components, but you’re still be able to use your old windows 10 license even after you will change the hardware components. Even more, activating the license is even less complicated after you install Windows 10 Anniversary Edition Update.

How to Associate Your Windows 10 License with a Microsoft Account

With Windows 10 Anniversary Edition Update it’s easy to associate your old license (obtained before the hardware change) with Microsoft account. This is going to be an automatic process when you sign in with Microsoft account. But there are people who never signed in with a Microsoft account. If you want to enable this automatic process go to Settings > System & Security > Activation and you will be asked to add a Microsoft account, and make the entire process lot easier.

Reactivate Windows 10 License on new PC hardware

After this step you will see the “Windows 10 is activated with a digital license linked to your Microsoft Account” message. That’s it, you’re good to go. You can change any hardware component from PC and your license is still valid.

How to Activate Your Windows 10 License After a massive Hardware Change

When you are going to reinstall Windows 10 after a massive hardware change and I’m talking about the biggest and most important hardware component – motherboard, just make sure you skip the field where it asks for a product key while installing the new operating system.

It’s still unclear how Microsoft hardware activation process works. I know for a fact that just replacing the hard-drive or change the video card would not cause a problem. If you change only a few hardware components in your computer, the Windows 10 should reactivate itself automatically. But if you do change your motherboard in your computer, the Windows 10 may see your computer as a brand new and it may not reactivate the license itself.

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation and click on the Troubleshoot section if the Windows 10 automatic activation fails. Sign in with the Microsoft Windows account previously associated with your license. Now you can tell Microsoft that you “changed hardware on this device recently” and you will be able to choose your PC from a list of devices that has been associated with your Microsoft account. Select the one that suits you and move on. Microsoft Documentation explains how this entire process work.

But Why I Can’t Just Use a Simple Product Key ?

Well that’s the $119.99 question. Free Windows 10 license works differently from previous versions of Windows license system. If you buy a new copy of Windows 10, to install it on a PC you’re building yourself you’ll also have a product key to work with.

In this particular case, the product key would serve to activate Windows. There is no way to find your Windows 10 product key if you want to upgrade for free. Simply, there is no key associated.

Free Windows 10 License

This free Windows 10 license work entirely different. Instead of issuing a free Windows 10 License for your PC, it will associate a unique ID that will work directly with Microsoft Windows activation servers.

Even if you reinstall the Windows 10 on the same PC, this will be reported directly to Microsoft Windows activation servers. Activation server will give an OK to the activation process and your reinstalled Windows 10 system will be already activated.

This automatic license process will work only if the PC will have the same configuration as you had before the reinstall.

Windows 10 Can Delete Programs Without Asking

Installing a major Windows 10 Update may lead to some missing programs from your computer. Windows 10 may actually delete some of your programs without asking. But don’t worry, you can get the back very easy.

While Microsoft has refused to make any comments on this matter, it seems that the update process is designed to remove any programs that are incompatible.

Windows will not remove any programs randomly and at random times, it will only remove programs that are not compatible anymore with the new “build” or new major version of Windows 10. Why only when there is a new “build” or new major version? Because these “builds” are not treated as simple Windows 10 updates. These “buildsupgrade the system to an entirely new version of Windows.

Windows, as a part of the upgrading process, will leave your old Windows build– files on your system drive in C:\Windows.old directory. In the Disk Cleanup application this in displayed as “Previous Windows Installation(s)”.

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As we said before Windows will only remove the incompatible programs. So how does it decide on what to keep and what to remove?

Well, if a program is known to cause crashes, bugs or otherwise conflict with Windows, Windows will remove it to maintain a stable system. Even though Windows will remove some of your programs, during the major updates, you will still get the “All of your files are exactly where you left them” screen.

This feature was designed to aid the average Windows user, who might have installed programs that are outdated. While Windows will make sure that these programs don’t cause any problems, it doesn’t give any notice that it has deleted a program from your system.

Some of the programs removed by the first Windows 10 major update were hardware-related like CCleaner, HWMonitor. In some cases people claimed that Windows removed hardware drivers such as Intel Rapid Storage Technology and AMD Catalyst Control Center. In other cases people reported that the Upgrade removed programs like PDF viewers and anti-viruses. What is confusing is that the Windows Upgrade process removed these programs, but not from all computers that benefited from this upgrade.

Even though Microsoft has not made any comments regarding this, it is clearly stated in the Microsoft Services Agreement that, Microsoft may remove access to software of hardware.

What is the solution you ask? Simple: Just reinstall the programs removed by the Upgrade process.

All you have to do is visit the developer’s website and download the deleted program. In doing so you might also be getting the latest version of that program.

If the program you are installing conflicts with Windows, even in its latest version, keep in mind that it could be deleted after the next major update. You may need to reinstall it after each major update.

Windows 10 will keep your old Windows files for 30 days after an upgrade, just in case you want your program’s files back. These are stored in the C:\Windows.old folder as we mentioned before. It will allow you to roll back to the previous build of Windows 10 if it so happens that you have a problem.

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Keep in mind that even though these files are stored in C:\Windows.old folder, you can’t just copy them to your current Windows version, because any registry entry that the program depends on might not be there anymore.

As long as you don’t delete the C:\Windows.old forder manually or by using Disk Cleanup, your old Windows version will remain available for 30 days.

How to detect Rootkits

Rootkits are affecting every computer out there even if it’s high end or basic.

What is Rootkit?

Rootkits are an assembly of malicious software which if authorized for installation can render a well maintained computer to a downgraded one in a matter of hours or days and can create real trouble for the day to day user. The Rootkits will surely give the person behind access to your entire system and in some cases after downloading your information can even keep the system hostage in exchange for some benefits.

The installation of the Rootkits is fairly easy for an attacker. They just have to make you believe that you are installing a safe program, hiding the pieces of the Rootkits code in the code of other applications.
The first advice is to pay very much attention to the source of the download. It’s strongly recommended that you only download from a known location or source.

122IF YOU START TO SUSPECT ANYTHING PLEASE PUT TO USE A GOODS Rootkit DETECTOR AND REMOVER.

For instance you can use a free kit called GMER Rootkit Detector and Remover for the unites having Windows installed on it.

Not complicated at all, GMER Rootkit Detector and Remover is a user friendly tool with basic user interface. The installation is loose and can be made even by a very basic computer user.
After downloading the GMER Rootkit Detector and Remover and you start to run it I’ll open a main window where you can select the options for the scan such as threads, libraries, services, modules, Registry and files you want to scan. After selection just click the scan button and hope you are not affected by Rootkits.

GMER, Rootkit, Detector, RemoverThe GMER Rootkit Detector and Remover will scan for hidden modules, processes, services, files, threads, disk sectors (MBR), Alternate Data Streams, drivers hooking SSDT, Registry keys drivers hooking IDT, drivers hooking IRP calls and Inline hooks.
After the scan you can COPY the result in a clipboard or directly click the save button and save the file in a desired text format.

Windows 10 Updates stuck download

Unfortunately this can happen. Your Windows OS alerts you that you have an update, your computer starts downloading it and then it just gets stuck at a random percentage (could be 0%, 10% or even 99%). If you try to download the update again you will notice, that even after a couple of hours,  it is stuck on that particular figure.

This issue is present in Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

How to solve this problem? Just follow these steps and your updates will work.

First of all you need to open Command Prompt as an admin. To run Command Prompt as an admin in Windows 10, just press Windows Key + X.

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Once Command Prompt is open, type the following one after the other and hit the Enter Key:

 

net stop wuauserv

net stop bits

 

Once the above commands are entered, any Windows Update related Services are stopped.

The next step is to browse to the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and delete everything inside it. Simply select everything with Ctrl + A and press Delete.

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If you are unable to delete some files it is because they are in use. All you need to do is to restart your computer and start over. Once the computer is restarted you will be able to delete all the files inside the Software Distribution folder.

After deleting the contents of the Software Distribution folder, restart your computer.

Once your system has rebooted run Command Prompt as an admin and type the following commands and press Enter:

net start wuauserv

net start bits

These commands will restart the Windows Update related Services.

Run Windows Update again and you will be able to download and install the updates successfully this time. After the updates are installed, even though a restart will be scheduled, we recommend that you restart your computer to complete the process.

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If this doesn’t help, then the solution for you is to download the Windows 10 ISO and reinstall it.

Windows 10 Desktop Gadgets

First introduced on Windows Vista, Desktop Gadgets offered numerous information. Windows 7 has some quality gadgets, but unfortunately these Desktop Gadgets were not available in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and not even in the latest Windows 10.

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This features was unavailable due to security reasons according to Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft even provided a tool for Windows 7 to uninstall Desktop Gadgets completely.

In the newer versions of Windows, live tiles, that are considered to work better, replaced the desktop gadgets to an extent. But in order to have access to these live tiles, you needed to switch to the Start Screen or Start Menu, which was kind of annoying.

In case you have upgraded your system from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and you want those Desktop Gadgets back, you will be pleased to know that Desktop Gadgets are available and can be installed in Windows 10 with the help of a third-party installer.

There are quite a few programs available to get Desktop Gadgets in Windows 10, but we will resume our presentation to only two.

And these are:

  1. 8GadgetPack

Even though 8GadgetPack was developed for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, this software is also compatible with Windows 10.

8GadgetPack comes with 45 pre-installed gadgets such as an App Laucher, a CPU meter, the Clock, the Calendar, Currency, Drive Info, Agenda, etc. Once installed, right-click on the desktop and you will get Gadgets option in the desktop context menu for easier access.

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  1. Desktop Gadget Installer

All you need to do, is to install it and all the Desktop Gadgets that were available in Windows 7 will be available in your Windows 10.

 

 

This software will install Feed Headlines, Slide Show, Picture Puzzle, CPU Meter, Currency, Weather, Calendar and Clock gadgets.

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You will also get Gadgets option to the desktop context menu (right-click). This feature helps you to gain quick access to all the installed gadgets. You also have the option of hiding the Desktop Gadgets by right-clicking on the desktop and then clicking on View option.

The Desktop Gadget Installer is not limited to the gadgets mentioned above. You can get more that 500 other cool Desktop Gadgets by simply clicking the “Get more gadgets online” link which you can access by a right-click on the desktop and a click on Gadgets.

Another plus for this software is that it is compatible with both Windows 10 x64 and Windows 10 x86

Install one of the presented software and you will be able to download and install more Desktop Gadgets from the web.

Since Microsoft no longer offers gadgets, make sure that  the gadgets you download and install are from a trusted source.