AskBillFirst Newsletter - June, 2016
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Windows 10 News


The good news for some is that Microsoft will stop offering Windows 10 for free July 29. Why is that good news? It's good news because Microsoft should at that point stop pushing the automatic upgrade, so if you are still using Windows 7 or Windows 8 and want to keep it that way, you won't be surprised by Windows 10 upgrades. If you want to upgrade after July 29 it will cost you $119.99 so if you're on the fence about it, you have until July 29 to get it for free.

The bad news is that until July 29, Microsoft will be pushing real hard to have people do the update. Microsoft has resorted to some dirty tricks as well. By now you are probably familiar with the pop-up Windows 10 update boxes. Prior to this past week, you were able to click the red x at the top right of the box to close it and delay the upgrade. Well, now when you click the red x, you are opting in to the upgrade. That's right, you are telling Microsoft to upgrade your computer to Windows 10. I've been hearing horror stories from people who have walked away from their computers and have come back only to find their computers upgrading.

So, what should you do if you get that pop-up and don't want the upgrade? While that pop-up is on your screen, look for the text, "Click here to change upgrade schedule or cancel scheduled upgrade". This will give you the opportunity to cancel the upgrade, for the time being.

Microsoft does give you 30 days to decide whether you'd like to keep Windows 10 or go back to your prior Windows version so if you do get caught up in the upgrade, all is not lost. Also, there is a way to make Windows 10 look and feel more like Windows 7 by downloading a third-party program. I've installed it on a few computers and the users have been pretty happy with it.

There is another way to make sure you don't get the upgrade, and that is to uninstall a few updates that Microsoft installed over the past few months. That's something I can easily do for you as part of my service. Please contact me if you'd like to discuss this at


Google Search Tip

I've been using this one quite a bit recently so I thought I'd share. When you perform a google search, you may notice that the results come from all over the place time-wise. If you'd like to narrow that down so that you're only seeing results from the past year, month, week, day, or a custom range, here's what to do:
Let's say that you're looking for information on the Windows 10 upgrade. In your Google search box, enter "Windows 10 Upgrade". 
Now, you'd like to narrow down the search to show only those results from the past month. Click on Search Tools under the Search box. 

Notice that you now have the option to choose a time. The default is Any Time but you can change that by clicking on the words Any Time. You are then presented with a drop down menu where you can make your choice on time frame. 

Your search result will update with those from the time frame you chose. 
This works great with current events as well.

Opening Multiple Tabs Automatically In Your Browser 

With more people using web-based email programs, like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook Online, and also needing to do searches or view the news, they find themselves opening up multiple tabs once they open their browser. Wouldn't it be nice if those tabs opened up automatically for you when you open your browser? Let me tell you how to do this in Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

For detailed instructions on how to do this with the browsers you are using, go to my blog post here


Everything coming to Netflix in May 


Click the following to see the list: Coming to Netflix

If you use Amazon Prime video or iTunes as well as Netflix, I found these web pages that will allow you to search for what you want to view and the results will show you which streaming media offers the show/movie for free and which ones will make you pay for it.

GoWatchIt - GoWatchIt is your comprehensive guide to finding movies and TV shows on the platforms you care about – in theaters, online, on TV, or on Blu-ray/DVD. Use GoWatchIt to discover, consume, or bookmark everything you want to watch!

JustWatch - On JustWatch you can easily find out where to watch your favorite movies & TV shows in the United States. Choose your favorite streaming providers and see what’s new.
Filter by genre and release year to find the perfect movie to stream Search for a specific movie or TV show to find out where to watch it legally online. Available also as an app for your phone.


AskBillFirst Remote Computer Service

"Hi Bill, my computer is running beautifully again!!! Thank you!!!"
"Hi Bill, my computer is working just great."
"Thanks again!! You're the best!!!"

Those are just a few of the comments I've received from people I've worked with.

When your computer is running slow, or your programs aren't working, who are you going to call? When your software vendor is blaming your hardware and your hardware vendor is blaming your software, who are you going to call? When your helpful friend decides to help you out by running some new special program and your computer no longer starts, who are you going to call? When your kids get done using your computer and you can't run your programs because of all of the popup ads, who are you going to call? Need 
help in getting your new technology set up properly so that you are safe from vendors who want to get to know you better, and from other bad elements on the internet?


You're going to want to call me. I can remotely connect to your computer to assist you with what may be going on with your system so don't hesitate to ask if you need to. It won't always be free support, but I promise that I won't charge anything if I can't help you. I can assist with both Windows and Macintosh computers. 

I also offer a monthly service for a small fee, where I connect to your computer remotely, with your permission, and run Windows updates, security scans, and clean up your hard disk. This ensures that you're running with the most recent "safe" updates and your computer is working at its best. 


This service also entitles you to unlimited email and phone support throughout the month as well. 


Please email me at or call me at 714-922-0135 if you have any questions.


You can also click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me or to set up the monthly service.


This issue is kind of technical in nature...I know, duh.

If you have any questions or need help with any of this, please contact me.


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Additionally, I am available for technical support. I can remotely connect to your computer to assist you with what may be going on with your system so don't hesitate to ask if you need to. It won't always be free support, but I promise that I won't charge anything if I can't help you.

Please email me at or call me at 714-757-0976 if you have any questions.


You can also click here or the link below to schedule a consultation with me or to set up the monthly service.


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