Microsoft released their original version of this hardware back in 2014. The reviews were pretty mixed, with complaints about latency and connectivity. They released a new version of the Wireless Display Adapter earlier this year, and recently I put a couple of them to the test. Continue reading “First impressions: Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (2nd edition)”
Have you noticed in Windows 10 when you click on the Downloads quick access link in Windows Explorer that its contents don’t immediately load, rather the progress bar acts like it is processing something? This can leave you waiting for 10 seconds or more depending upon the number of items in the folder. Continue reading “Fixing the slow-loading Downloads folder in Windows 10”
If you’re unable to get the automatic upgrade for Windows 10 to work with your Dell Venue 8 Pro, try using the Microsoft media creation tool to get there. Depending on how much free space you have, an SD card may be required for the download to be stored. The media creation tool will prompt you if you’re short on space for this operation.
For my upgrade, I opted to have the media creation tool and Windows 10 setup wipe everything so I could start fresh. Since all of my important files, pictures, etc. are sync’d online, I wasn’t concerned about the loss of any local content. This is probably not the case for most people, so back up your files before you start. Note that although this was written with the Dell Venue 8 Pro in mind, this process works on an activated Windows 8.1 setup as well. The key is it must be an activated instance of the operating system, or the tool will prompt you for the appropriate product key.