Software

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

Why did my Android app stop working in Bluestacks on Windows?

Episode 1456

Jeff from Wisconsin
Android

Jeff installed Bluestacks on his Windows 7 PC, and then he updated to Windows 10. Bluestacks is a program that lets you run Android apps on Windows. Jeff has an Android app called MovieHD and all of a sudden it's saying he has no connection, and to "please try again." Leo says Bluestacks is far from perfect — it won't run all Android apps. The app may have worked at one time, but Leo says that doesn't mean it will continue to work.

Should I update to Windows 10?

Episode 1456

Brad from Canada
Microsoft Windows 10

Brad doesn't want to update to Windows 10, even though he knows it's not that bad of a transition. Does he have to? He keeps hearing of problems. Leo says that it's all about the numbers. When there are hundreds of millions of computers updating, even if .05% of them have problems, that's still thousands of issues and people will post about it. Leo says it's still a great update that's worth doing.

How can I create a hidden administrator account in Windows?

Episode 1456

Clyde from Torrance, CA
Windows 10 Start Menu

Clyde wants to know if he can just get rid of his administrator account to prevent malware from getting installed, or should he just hide it? Leo says he can create a hidden administrator account. His computer will just need admin access to install software. That's just as secure.

Here's how to create a hidden admin account (howtogeek.com)

Can I reinstall Windows on a used computer?

Episode 1456

Jim from Riverside, CA
Windows 10

Jim called to ask about how he can reinstall Windows 10 on a computer that's been given him if the person who bought it owned the software. Leo says that was the old way of thinking. The new way of thinking is that Windows 10 is licensed to the computer, and not the owner. So if he was given a Windows machine that runs Windows 10, and needs to format and reinstall Windows, it will activate.

When should I update Windows 10 to the Fall Creators update?

Episode 1455

Jose from Modesto, CA
Windows 10 Creators Update - Cortana

Jose wants to know when he'll be able to upgrade to the Fall Creator's update for Windows 10. Leo says that it's always a good idea to wait for Windows to offer it, but this week Microsoft opened it up to all devices, so he can go download and install it. Leo recommends using the Windows Media Creation Tool to put the update on a thumb drive and then run the installation utility to update it.

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.