updating

Can I update to macOS High Sierra?

Episode 1512

Barbara from Redbluff, CA

Barbara would like to update to macOS High Sierra, but she thinks that she can't update it because she hasn't updated in a long time. Leo says you can. The way you can do it is to go to the last version your computer can handle directly. If that's macOS High Sierra, then just go to the app store download it and install. If you're getting notifications, then you're golden. It'll take awhile though.

https://support.apple.com/kb/SP765?locale=en_US

Can I update my Windows 10 tablet?

Linx Windows Tablet

Episode 1482

Mike from Maine

Mike just got a Linx tablet for about $100. It came with 32GB storage, a keyboard, case, and micro SD card slot. It can take 128 GB. Leo says that the problem with them is that he'll likely have trouble upgrading it. So if he can install his apps on the microSD card, that's a good way to go. What can he do to make sure he can update it? Leo says that most of the stuff that uses up space can be stored on that microSD card. That'll keep his on board storage free for updating.

Do I need to replace my iPhone SE?

Apple iPhone 5S

Episode 1461

Kevin from Spokane, WA

Kevin has an iPhone SE and it's not updating anymore, so he needs to buy a new smartphone. Leo says that there's a life cycle for mobile devices, and even though it works just fine, technology will pass it up, and it will seem slower than it used to be. Apple will support a phone for three years before it starts dropping them off the update cycle. The iPhone's battery also has limited charging cycles of about 500 full cycles, or 2-3 years. And as the phone gets older, Apple starts slowing the phone down to keep it from overtaxing the processor and overheating it.

How can I get my iPhone to stop asking me to update to iOS 11?

Apple iPhone 7

Episode 1431

George from Victor, MT

George has an iPhone 7 and he keeps getting asked to update iOS 11. His wife doesn't want to upgrade due to battery life issues. Leo says that he has iOS 11 and it runs just fine. A certain percentage may run into problems, even 1/10th of 1% would still be thousands. That's just the nature of the business. George doesn't know how to stop the notifications of iOS 11 other than to just ignore it. Once he upgrades, he can't go back. That's why the conventional wisdom is to wait a few weeks on updates, because there will be patches coming out in short order.

How can I get Windows to find my printer again?

Windows 10 Start Menu

Episode 1408

Steve from Murrieta, CA

Steve's Windows machine updated to Windows 10 and now he has trouble connecting to his printer. Leo says that he may want to remove the printer, and then research it according to its name, not IP. He can also go into his router and reserve the IP address for his printer. Lastly, he should give his printer a static IP address and tell the router. But that's the worst case because it could affect the router assigning IP addresses on the network, called "IP Collision."

How can I update my Android phone to Marshmallow?

Episode 1253

Peter from Lake Geneva, WI

Peter has a Motorola Nexus 6. Leo says it's a gorgeous phone but huge (code named Shamu). Peter says it hasn't been updated to Marshmallow yet, even though it's been unlocked. Leo says that T-Mobile got the Marshmallow update last month. Peter is on Google Fi, though. Leo says that he should've gotten it updated before anyone else. The word is that the Marshmallow OTA update has been out since October. Peter could install a factory image himself, but sideloading is tricky.

Why are my photos blurry in Windows 10?

Windows 10

Episode 1226

Pat from Cypress, CA

Pat has a problem with his Windows 8 computer which he just upgraded to Windows 10. It runs slower and he's also having issues with resolution of his photos. They even print blurry. Leo says that Windows 10 should speed up his computer, not slow it down. As for lower resolution photos, that's a concern. It could be a printer driver issue, or even the beginning of a flakey hard drive. He should try tweaking the settings.

Why can't I install Windows 7 SP1 on my computer?

Episode 1214

Tony from Ontario, CA

Tony is trying to upgrade Windows 7 to Service Pack 1 so he can update to Windows 10, but he can't get it installed. Leo says that sometimes antivirus software can get in the way. But it can also happen if he's trying to update SP1 piecemeal. Tony should download the entire service pack and install it all at once. Paul Thurrott at Thurrott.com says he can download the Windows 10 ISO directly and install it from scratch and then verify that he has Windows 7 by inputting his serial number.

When will I get Windows 10?

Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

Episode 1208

James from West Virginia

James wants to know how long it will take to get Windows 10 on his computer. Leo says that Microsoft is rolling the update out, so it may take a few days to get it. But if he doesn't get it by next week, he could download it directly and install it. The down side of that is that he may not get all the drivers and Leo has found that it doesn't activate. So James should let Microsoft push it to him. That's the best way. There's over 100 million users who are waiting and it's going to take awhile to roll it out. Meanwhile, take the time to get ready by backing up data.