Software

Apps, Operating Systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux), or pro level software.

Why can't I log into Windows 10?

Episode 1454

Kim from Riverside, CA
Microsoft Windows 10

Kim got a computer recently from a friend and she can't log into her account. It keeps asking for the previous owner. Leo says that the best thing to do is format the hard drive and start over. That way she can set it up for her preferences and make her account the primary account. Windows 10 has great reset options, and she won't even need a Windows key anymore. She should just make sure to back up her data and files first. Then hit the Windows Key and type "recovery." She'll get the choice of several options. Then she can run the recovery and it'll reinstall Windows.

How can I learn computer animation?

Episode 1450

Jack from St. Cloud, FL
Blender app

Jack is learning computer animation with Blender and wants to know what other computer software he can learn to do animation with. Leo says that Blender is a great power tool to get started on, but it's hard to use. A great place to learn more is UDEMY. It's on sale for $10 for a limited time, and there is a complete Blender course. Taking that can help give him tips and tricks to make using Blender a lot easier.

How can I make my screen easier to read?

Episode 1450

Frank from Tullahoma, TN
High Contrast Mode Windows 10 screenshot

Frank is frustrated because his Windows 10 screen is unreadable. It's frustrating because the white background and the blue letters make it difficult to read. Leo says that in the Accessibility settings of Windows 10 there is a high contrast mode which he can turn on and off by holding down the left "Shift," "Alt," and "Print Screen" keys. He can also choose to turn it on permanently in the settings.

What's the best way to start coding?

Episode 1451

Bill from Pasadena, CA
Code

Bill is looking to change careers at 50 and start coding. What should he do to get started? Leo says the language he chooses is important, but he also wants to know where the needs are. Leo says Python, C++, and even Java still have demand. He'll want to start where his niche will be. What is the most needed? Then learn the languages that fit that niche. The good news is, there's a lot of online resources to get started.

Why can't I access USB in my Virtual Machine?

Episode 1449

Steve from Upland, CA
VirtualBox

Steve has a Windows 10 machine that he also runs Hyper-V Virtual Machine on, but he loses access to his USB ports in doing so. How can he access USB through Virtual Machine? Leo says it could be in the settings. VMWare has that access. He should look in the settings and see if he has to enable and assign it.

The chatroom says that Microsoft wants you to use Remote Desktop to pass it along. That seems counter-intuitive, but it may be that Microsoft didn't want to compete with VMWare.

How can I transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

Episode 1449

Bill from Upland, CA
HP Pavilion Power Desktop

Bill has an HP Pavilion Power Desktop that he just got a new SSD for. He wants to know how he can transfer over his Windows 10 to it. Leo says he should make a recovery drive with a USB thumb drive. Then he can put the new drive in, and use that recovery drive to reinstall Windows. Leo would also recommend keeping the old hard drive as a data drive.

Why doesn't Word read my backup data files?

Episode 1449

Carl from Upland, CA
Microsoft Word

Carl has made backup flash drives, but he can't read the Word Office files that are on them. Leo says that the files are .DOCX files created by Word and he'll need to open them with Word. Instead, what he's seeing is "word salad" which is Word format commands that tell the software what fonts to display, indents, margins, etc. So if his other app doesn't understand the format, he should try using Word's built-in backup solution, then restore it with the other copy of his app. There could be something that gets corrupted in the transfer by just dragging and dropping.