How To: Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

Windows 7 will be end of life in a few months, which means it will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft. Running software, especially an operating system, that no longer receives security updates will greatly increase your chances of getting viruses or other malware on your computer. The time to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 is now, and luckily Microsoft has made that process relatively simple.

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If you’ve followed my previous tutorials on Creating a Ubuntu UEFI boot USB and Creating a Bootable Windows 10 UEFI USB Drive Using Linux, you’ll understand how easy it is to create UEFI USB boot drives for modern UEFI based systems. But what if we have an older system that isn’t UEFI based? It’s still pretty easy to create a bootable USB drive, the process is just a little different.

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In a previous post on Using a Raspberry Pi For Digital Signage, I mentioned that I was using my Raspberry Pi as a display for viewing the cameras for my Zoneminder system. Since I didn’t want to put a plaintext password into a script, I was wondering if there was some other solution I could use to have the script pass the login information to the Zoneminder server. As it turns out, Zoneminder has this feature built-in!.

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Using a Raspberry Pi For Digital Signage

I have a surveillance camera system using four (cheaper) wireless cameras and Zoneminder to monitor and record events. I’ll discuss this setup in more detail in a future post. For now though, I want to describe how I set up a spare Raspberry Pi as a viewer for the four cameras. This is just loading the URL for the “montage view” in Zoneminder, which let’s you see all your cameras arranged in a grid.

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Repair GRUB2-efi boot

I ran into a weird problem with Ubuntu 18.04 on one of my computers recently. I was performing a regular software update via the Software Updater GUI when the install got stuck at Installing for x86_64-efi partition. I left the computer for a couple of hours but the install never moved beyond this point, so I had to find the updater process and kill it. I had a feeling that things weren’t going to behave nicely after a reboot since I had interrupted an update in the middle of a GRUB install.

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