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Free Tools to Convert Any File Format Online

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Use These Free Tools for Conversions

There is no need to download any software when wanting to convert a PDF into a DOC or a FLAC into an MP3. You only need to go to the computer, open your browser, go to one of these sites mentioned below, and be done in a hurry.

When using apps on the web, you do not need to worry about malware being installed as it does with software. In addition, there is no need to uninstall or clean this stuff out of your computer.

Zamzar: Convert Anything to Anything

Zamzar is one of the most popular and oldest online conversion tools. More than 1200 different format conversions are supported. It is safe to convert video files, audio files, images, documents, and many more. Size needs to be below 100MB.

After a file is added, the extension is analyzed and file formats in which it could be converted to will be shown next.

Interface is easy to use, with an option for a notification to be sent by email, which can be a nice way to send a friend your file link. There is no need to sign up.

Cloud Convert: Convert Cloud Based Files

Zamzar has two limitations making it worth to look at Cloud Convert. You are able to convert up to 1GB of files when you sign up for a free account, and you are able to connect it to cloud storage such as Google Drive. OneDrive, Box and Dropbox to download and upload files automatically from them accounts.

Although Cloud Convert only supports 208 file formats rather than the 1200+ that Zamzar supports, majority of formats you regularly use, including video, audio, image, and office-suite formats. Compared to Zamzar’s interface, it is more appealing and modern.

Small PDF: Convert To and From PDF

In many cases PDF files are not able to be edited, they need to be converted first for program use such as PowerPoint and Word. You cannot easily combine 2 PDF’s into 1, or only take one page out. Special software is usually needed for these actions, however, Small PDF takes care of this need.

It is possible to also convert a PDF file into PDF, so you will be able to compress and reduce the size of the PDF. You are able to split and merge two separate PDF files using Small PDF. The user interface is the most simplest ever.

Google Docs: Convert Images to Text

Google Drive is the best tool to use online for converting images to text. Go to Google Drive, click “Settings” under the cog wheel icon, and check the box “Convert Uploads”. This brings uploads to Google Docs. Upload a PDF or image to Google Drive, right-click, select Open With > Google Docs.

Very simple to convert files without having to download any software.

How You Can Downgrade From Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1

Windows 10 is going around, do you want to keep it?

Windows 10 is going around, do you want to keep it?

Downgrading Made Easy

Did you upgrade to Windows 10 and don’t like it? If your upgrade was within the last month, you are able to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1. If you decide later to go back to Windows 10, you can.

Downgrade Option Built-in

When upgrading to Windows 10 from a previous version of Windows, the old OS files are stores in a folder with the name Wondows.old.

There is a feature built-in allowing you to return to your old operating system. The stipulation is, this option is available for only one month after upgrading. There are other options available if this time has passed.

To start, press Start > Settings > Update & security > Recovery. You will notice a header named Go back to Windows X (depending on what version you previously had). Press Get started.

There will be a window asking why you are returning to the old version. After filling this in, press Next, keep note of the information and prompts, such as do not unplug your system during process. Your system will now begin to rollback, during which time it is unable to be used.

Downgrade When There is No Option Given

If you do not have the option anymore, you will need to do a fresh install of Windows 7 or 8.1 on your system. Keep in mind, doing so wipes everything from your drive. If you have a physical copy of Windows 7 or 8.1, put it into your computer. If you do not have a physical version, Microsoft Product Recovery for Windows 7 and 8.1 allows you to create one.

Next, restart your system looking for a message similar to this “press Esc to choose boot device.” The key and message might vary – F12 and F10 are keys commonly used also. To be sure it is registered, you can tap the key several times.

A menu is displayed with a list of all your bootable devices in which you can choose from. To choose the device that matches the media use your arrow keys and hit Enter. Next, follow the wizard for installation. If prompted, choose custom install – which means this is a completely fresh install. You will be asked to enter a product key, this is on installation media (if purchased separately), or with documentation for the PC (if PC came with Windows), or a sticker which is on the device. Some Window 8 PC’s you do not need to enter the key due to it being embedded in the computers firmware. In this case, it is detected automatically and allows you to install Windows without you having to enter a key.

Going Back to Windows 10

If you decide to hang on to Windows 7 or 8.1 for little longer, you can downgrade. Upgrading to Windows 10 is free for the first year. Just give it a go, but know that you have the option to use whichever you feel the most comfortable with.

Windows 10 Will Compel You

Windows 10 might be the next move for you.

Windows 10 might be the next move for you.

Compelling Reasons Why You Will Want Windows 10

Windows 10 has just came out and has many reasons why you should upgrade if you have not done so yet. This operating system is being offered to many users that use Windows. But what does Windows 10 offer the user and is it worth upgrading?

There is free updates, gaming support increased, personal assistant, and much more, this operating system is looking like the best, and probably final version of this operating system.

Free For Many People 

Upgrading to Windows 10 is free to many people. If you have Windows 7 or higher, you most likely have received a notification on your taskbar allowing you to upgrade. Free upgrade is available for one year. If your Windows version is older than 7 or not legit, you will have to pay $119 to receive the home version. Microsoft is hoping to have everybody on Windows 10 and off older versions.

Cortana

A feature already existing on Windows Phone is now on Windows 10. Cortana is Windows 10 personal assistant. It can recommend the best restaurants nearby to eat at, give you traffic updates, give you the latest news, and so much more. Commands can be typed or spoken, such as asking for the weather forecast or a reminder set.

Microsoft Edge

It is well known Internet Explorer has a bad reputation. Microsoft’s solution to this problem is a new browser bundled with Windows 10. This browser lets you write notes on a webpage, search results are given directly with its address bar, and is lightweight.

Start Menu and User Interface Updated

One feature that is used most for almost every Windows user is the Start menu. It was completely changed by Microsoft in Windows 8, and users were not happy. Windows 10 brought back the Start menu we loved combining the best parts of Windows 7 and 8. And back where it belongs, the power button.

There is two halves in the start menu. The regular file explorer is on the left and apps recently installed and used most. On the right is live times with modern apps.

This just touches the surface of all the compelling reasons why to upgrade to Windows 10. Now you just have to figure out how to work it.

 

How to Update Windows 8 to 8.1

How to Update Windows 8 to 8.1

Windows 8.1 is an upgraded version of Windows 8. It allows you to go to apps and play them much faster than you previously were. It was designed to help tablets and other touchscreen devices work faster than they currently do with Windows 8 on them.  Enjoy new features, like boot directly to desktop and the start button.

If you have a computer, tablet or other device that is currently running Windows 8, upgrading to 8.1 is free. It is a bit different than other updates you might have done in the past – this one comes from the Windows Store.

Preparing

Usually, if your computer or device is already set up for Windows 8, then you probably do not need to do much. However, there are some things to keep in mind prior to putting 8.1 on the device.

All of your files, desktop applications, setting and user accounts will automatically switch over – but, any apps that you purchased from the Window Store will not. You’ll have to go to the store to re-download them into the system. You will not have to pay again, though. Make sure to check the compatibility to Windows 8.1 on them.

There is a scan that is done by the system before it downloads. They check to make sure that everything is ready to go and that you do not have to worry about having to do something halfway through the download. A lot of times, you’re good to go.

If you do not already use a Microsoft account to log into your computer, it is recommended that you get one before getting 8.1. This is because it can help with many of the new features such as backing everything up on your computer using the cloud, see your contacts and download apps from the store.

You’re able to continue using the computer – even as the new update installs. This means it is not going to slow you down. If you do decide to go do something else, make sure everything is saved and closed down.

Your Computer or Device

Here are some things that should be done prior to installing the updates.

  • Back up all of your files on your computer. You want to make sure you have them once you make the switch.
  • Make sure there is enough space free on the disk to ensure that you can download this upgrade. If you do not, you’re going to have to re-do your computer to clean it out.
  • Make sure that your device is always plugged in. You do not want to lose power half way in between.
  • Make sure you’re connected to the Internet for the process. If you’re not, the process could take much longer.
  • Update all of your updates. Any critical or important ones should be updated before you put the new system into your device.
  • Turn off your antivirus program just for a short time. This is to stop the program from stopping the new software from being installed.

 

Getting the Update

Now you should be ready to download the free update from the Windows Store.

1. Go to the Start screen and then on the Store tile.

2. Click on the Windows 8.1 update within the store.

3. Click on Download to get it started.

4. The update will then begin downloading and installing itself in the background on your computer. You can use it to do other things in the mean time.

If something happens during installation, you’re able to go back to the Store and restart the download where it left off before it was interrupted.

Time to Restart

Once the download is complete and the first phase that comes with installation is complete, then it is time to restart the device. The download and first installation phase could take anywhere from 15 minutes to a few hours depending on the Internet connection and your specific device. Before it restarts, it lets you know that you have 15 minutes to save your work and close the apps. You can let it restart on its own or choose to do it yourself.

If you’re going to be walking away from your computer while doing this process, make sure nothing important is left running. You can lose all of your work by doing this. Save all your work and close out of everything, then walk away.

Restarting the computer and waiting for it to boot back up will take longer than it normally would. This is because it is downloading the new apps and updates needed to run the new system. It can go from 20 minutes to around an hour. Just be patient – you can’t use your computer during this time.

Welcome to Your New Windows

A lot of the start screen is going to look familiar to you once you’re ready to go. You can see all of your apps in the Store and check out which ones might be new to the system.

Now is a good time to re-install any apps that were deleted during the installation of the new system upgrade.

Enjoy Windows 8.1!

If you feel this is too much of a task for you, just contact a computer repair technician at IQ Computer Services.