How to force Windows 10 installation and skip the download queue

You might have already spotted a Windows 10 review or two show up on the web. That means the first batch or “wave” in the Windows 10 download queue has started and people are now receiving notifications from Microsoft when their Windows 10 download is ready to be installed. Depending on your location and possibly other factors, you might have to wait a week or more to be able to upgrade, but there is a simple solution to skip the download queue altogether and upgrade your Windows right now.

Skip Windows 10 download queue

Note: you can only do this when you want to upgrade your old Windows. This apparently doesn’t work when you want to install Windows 10 on a clean system.

1. Although I didn’t do it, it’s advised to back up stuff that you’re afraid to lose

2. Download Microsoft Media Creation Tool from here

3. Select “Upgrade this PC” and click next

4. Sit back and let the setup finish

Takes about 30-40 minutes

The whole process took about 40 minutes to complete and I was able to continue working on my PC most of the time, while Windows was upgrading in the background. It was only at the very end where it needed to close everything and finish without being disturbed.

My first impression

Windows 10 start menuSince I upgraded from Windows 7, it took me about an hour to get comfortable with the completely different look and feel as well as customize the theme, start menu, power saving settings and stuff like that.

I use Notepad++ a lot and I immediately noticed that its font is looking rather fuzzy or blurred in Windows 10. I’m not entirely sure whether its the Notepad’s fault or not. I’ve tried upgrading my graphics drivers too just in case, but so far this hasn’t helped.

The first useful feature that I noticed is when you delete something, you only have to press the DEL button on your keyboard once and the file gets deleted without asking for a confirmation.

The new internet browser (Edge) seems to be so good right now that I didn’t bother getting Google Chrome. Only time will tell if I will continue using it though.

The new image viewer and photo manager is quite cool. It takes a second to fully load, but using it feels a lot more modern than the previous Windows 7 image viewer. You can share your images easily too!

So far I haven’t met the infamous Cortana. I was under the impression she’s going to start helping me immediately, but apparently she’s not available in my location. I will try to fix this later when I have more time.

Additional notes

I believe the upgrade only works when you are already in the download queue and waiting for your turn. It’s probably not going to work if you haven’t opted in previously.

 

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GreyRound theme is now available to download for free from WordPress

It’s finally accepted

I initially submitted the GreyRound theme for WordPress to review more than 4 months ago, but because this was my first ever attempt at creating a new WordPress theme completely from scratch, there were quite a few things I missed and I was asked to change those.

 

After hours of reading the WordPress Codex I was ready and submitted the 2’nd version for WordPress to review. Weeks passed… three weeks to be exact. I was very disappointed to see that there had been no activity around my theme any more. It later turned out that the guy who was supposed to review it for me had abandoned the thread- I guess he had other things to do…

 

So my theme got assigned to a new moderator called Poena after about two months. This is where things finally started moving somewhere. Many thanks to Poena for being a very supportive reviewer! She helped me through all the things I forgot to implement and when I didn’t know how to do something she first made sure I learned about it on my own and then proceeded to add her own ideas. I think it’s great that the reviewers at WordPress actually care about you getting better in your skills and help you learn like that. So after a total of nine revisions the GreyRound theme was accepted.

 

Download GreyRound 0.0.9

To download my first WordPress theme, GreyRound, simply visit the link below and don’t forget to rate!

https://wordpress.org/themes/greyround/

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Simple php guestbook script – Free download

I didn’t have anything better to do today so I decided to learn a little bit how to communicate with MYSQL databases using PHP. With this wonderful tutorial to help me I was able to construct a very basic guestbook script in about 4 hours. I know it shouldn’t take that long, but please keep in mind that this is my first ever attempt to create something like this with MYSQL and PHP.

Here’s a screenshot of the actual guestbook in action:

Ynef's random script screenshotAs you can see it’s very basic, nothing fancy.

You might notice that the title of my guestbook is ynef.net/b. Well, at first I wanted to create something similar to 4chan, but right now there is no option to post images- only text replies. I might add the option to browse and post images in the future when I learn more PHP.

What wasn’t mentioned in the above tutorial:

First of all if you follow the tutorial I mentioned above your script will work, but it will post an empty message every time someone visits or refreshes the page. To counter this I added if ($post != ”) right before the part where new posts are inserted into the MYSQL database.

This is a simple if statement that makes sure to only continue when the variable $post is not empty. Oh and don’t forget to put the code that inserts stuff into your database inside these brackets { }.

 

Another thing I added was the date of the post: $today = date(“F j, Y, g:i a”); Now you just have to echo the date variable $today along with your post.

 

I also tried making the guestbook a little bit more secure. By default if you follow the tutorial I mentioned your guestbook will be vulnerable to Cross Site Scripting attacks. In other words a bad person can submit malicious code along with his post and the next time someone visits the page that code will run. I looked into this briefly and I believe I was able to secure the guestbook by making sure that tags like <html> and <script> etc. are getting excluded when echoing the posts. It was really easy to implement with strip_tags();

 

Downloading and installing the free guestbook script

Download file: random.zip

 

Installing notes:

 

1. Open install.php in notepad and change the database variables to your own MYSQL database values

2. Upload install.php into your web directory and run it in your browser

3. Delete the install.php from your web directory

4. Open index.php in notepad and change the database variables to your own MYSQL database values

You can also change the title within the <title> tags and the guestbook name within the <h1> tags.

Yeah, I guess I could have just put the variables in one simple config file and included it in both install.php and index.php, but I was just too lazy.

5. Now upload both index.php and style.css to your web folder

 

If you followed the above steps then your guestbook should be working. If not please let me know!

 

*EDIT* Let’s see if spam robots find the guestbook: http://www.ynef.net/b/

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