For various reasons I recently needed to do a fresh install of Windows 7 on my Home Theater PC. It isn’t a hard process these days but you can save yourself a ton of frustration if you follow a step by step procedure. This includes the non-intuitive steps of installing a couple hot-fixes before you actually perform any updates to the OS.
During the install I kept notes over on my wiki page. I would have posted them all here but that page is easier to modify and leave this one here as a sign post.

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Thurrot and Engadget are reporting that “Microsoft Has Broken Millions Of Webcams With Windows 10 Anniversary Update”

Rafael Rivera on Twitter has come up with a simple work around by editing the registry. Be careful.

Open up regedit and go to the following registry key:

  • “HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform
  • add DWORD “EnableFrameServerMode”
  • set to 0
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    Is one of your faves live-tweeting The Bachelor? At a herpetology conference all weekend? Ranting about politics? Relentlessly promoting their new web series? Mute them until they’ve calmed down.

    Try out: Quiet Time by Twitter user @kylewmahan. Just log on with your twitter account and mute your noisy buddy for a configurable amount of time. This is something that should be a default feature on Twitter!

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    My ASUS ZenBook UX305CA has had issues resuming from sleep running Windows 10. It seems that it resumes but the screen stays black and there isn’t much you can do except force a reboot. Fortunately, I found the solution here: Windows 10 Black Screen After Sleep [Fix]

    • Click on your Start Menu and type “Command Prompt”, and open the first result as administrator.
    • Type “powercfg /h off”, this will turn off the Hibernation feature on your PC – note that if you are on a laptop, this means when the battery runs out you might lose your opened work, so keep that in mind.
    • After running the command – it will give you no output if it worked – simply restart your PC.

    That solution worked for but if you are having the issue and that doesn’t fix it, there are a couple other things to try on that site.

    Note: I’m currently running Insider Build 14366rs1_release_160610-1700.

    I used to have an HP that would shut off on me without warning so I developed these power settings adjustments. They seem to work well on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

    • From Start screen search for Power Options
    • Start with Balanced energy plan
    • Click change advanced power settings
    • Under Processor power management change Maximum Power State to 95% on battery. Note: My current laptop doesn’t have a fan so I set System Cooling Policy to passive for both battery and plugged in.
    • Under Display turn off adaptive brightness for both battery and plugged in
    • Under battery: Set critical battery action to Sleep for both.
    • Under battery: Set low battery level to 30% for both
    • Under battery: Set critical battery level to 12% for both
    • Under battery set Low battery notification to On for both
    • Under battery set Reserve battery level to 15% for both

    Your mileage may vary but these are working well for me.