Come aggiornare a Windows 10 Mobile terminali non ufficialmente supportati

Se avete un Lumia non ufficialmente aggiornabile a Windows 10 Mobile,  soprattutto se era di fascia alta (e.g. 920, 1020) vi posso riportare la mia esperienza alquanto positiva di aggiornamento a Windows 10 Mobile, seguendo le istruzioni presenti in questo post di WindowsBlogItalia, … seppur sia un port datato è ancora valido!
Personalmente ho aggiornato sia un Lumia 920 (tempo fa) sia un Lumia 1020 (oggi) con successo e con ottimi risultati anche in termini di prestazioni e stabilità: non sarà l’ultima build di Windows 10 Mobile (trattandosi dell’ultima fornita agli Insider dei dispositivi supportati ufficialmente) ma è sicuramente meglio che Windows Phone, anche perché anche con quella versione girano già le nuove app UWP che risultano così scaricabili dallo Store (e.g. Maps, Office, Facebook).

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A supporto delle istruzioni già presenti nel post di WindowsBlogItalia, inserisco alcuni screenshot che potrebbero servire per comprendere meglio la procedura da effettuare, talvolta non particolarmente esplicite, aggiungendo alcune avvertenze.
In particolare si noti che conviene scaricare il file .hex relativo all’emergency files dal sito http://www.lumiafirmware.com e non dai link forniti dal post di WindowsBlogItalia in quanto fanno riferimento ad un sito di sharing di file poco affidabile (ha cercato di spillarmi soldi mostrandomi una videata – con sintesi audio inclusa –  che falsamente diceva di telefonare ad un numero di Microsoft +1 844 779 0444 perché il computer era infetto; ho dovuto uccidere il browser Edge con il Task Manager e cancellare i suoi dati di cache altrimenti mi riapriva un tab con quella pagina che lo bloccava!). La pagina fake, facsimile di un sito Microsoft, ha poi una URL repostshub.today che ovviamente non ha niente a che vedere com MS!!

Altra nota importante è che nella impostazione del registro effettuato con regedit, è necessario impostare proprio esattamente quelle stringhe indicate in quel post che fanno riferimento a dati di un Lumia 635 (uno di quelli aggiornabili ufficialmente)… e questo anche se in verità il tuo telefono è diverso: diversamente non comparirà nel Windows Update la presenza dell’aggiornamento a Windows 10 Mobile. Infatti la procedura modifica alcuni identificativi del dispositivo in modo che si presenti diversamente al sistema di update di Microsoft per il Fast Ring di Windows Insider … e consenta quindi di effettuare l’update anche se in realtà quel telefono non è uno di quelli ufficialmente supportati (chissà poi perché dal momento che anche su quelli Windows 10 Mobile va più che bene!! In questo sicuramente Microsoft ha toppato alla grande, a mio giudizio …).

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Fake virus alert when I tried to download the Firmware ROM from the link available in the post of WindowsBlogItalia

To solve the fake warning delete the browser cache end kill the browser with Task Manager

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Impostazioni ERRATE che inizialmente avevo fatto: si DEVONO inserire quelle indicate che fanno riferimento ad un Lumia 635 anche se il tuo device è differente

 

 

 

 

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How to delete a wrong word inserted by mistake in the custom dictionary in Windows 10 Mobile

It may happen that, for mistake, you add (using the suggestion bar available in Windows 10 Mobile while you are writing) a not correctly written word: how can you delete it from the custom dictionary in order it will not be considered as a possible correct word in the future?

In Windows 10 you can manage custom dictionaries directly accessing some files available in your Windows User folder (e.g. C:\Users\myUsername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Spelling\it-IT ) as explained for example in this site .
As a may be better alternative, you can act from Outlook as shown in the following screenshot and as explained searching in the Outlook help “Add or edit words in a spell check dictionary“: after reached the list of the available custom dictionaries, you have to choose each one to manage its specific word list.

Add or edit words in a spell check dictionary in Windows 10 form Outlook

However in Windows 10 Mobile those capabilities are not available in Office apps and you cannot neither edit proper files: the only options can be reached from Settings > Time & language > Keyboard > Tap on a Keyboard language but they are not worth for our purposes.

As usual, I asked for help in the Microsoft Community forum and, after some time, a good guy told me the solution that he found from an old post (13/10/2016 – What’s new in Build 14946) in the Windows Blog site => “Option to remove a word from user dictionary (Mobile): We learn from your typing on the phone and build up a local user dictionary that adapts the keyboard prediction, autocorrection and shape writing experiences to your language style. Sometimes you may type a misspelled word and send it as is, sometimes you may tap on a red squiggled word and then tap the “+” sign by accident. Both save the unwanted word into your user dictionary, and it may appear when you type something similar in the future. Now you have a way to manually remove bad entries: tap on the word you don’t like in the text box, and you will see a candidate that is the word with a “-“ sign before it. Tapping on that candidate will remove the word completely from your user dictionary and no longer suggest it“.

Unfortunately it does not works from Word or WhatsApp app but only with other apps like Cortana, Messaging (SMS): from so0me app (e.g. Word, WhatsApp) it is possible only to add (+ option) a word in the custom dictionary but there is not the possibility to delete one misspelled word ( option) you may added for mistake! Anyway, after deleting a wrong spelling word (inserted from whatever app) from the custom dictionary from one app that allows it, that word will not be available as right written for all the environment (all the apps).

Add a wrong word using the popup menu available in Word (+Parolasbagliata)

Add a wrong word using the popup menu available in Word app (+Parolasbagliata)

Add a wrong word using the suggestion bar available in the Messaging app (+Provasbagliata)

Add a wrong word using the suggestion bar available in the Messaging app (+Provasbagliata)

Once inserted, from Word app it is not possible to delete a custom word

Once inserted, from Word app it is not possible to delete a custom word

From Messaging is available, in the suggestion bar, the option to delete a custom word from the dictionary (- Parolasbagliasta)

From Messaging is available, in the suggestion bar, the option to delete a custom word from the dictionary ( Parolasbagliasta)

Also in Cortana it is possible not only to add a word in the custom dictionary but also to possible delete it afterwards, as in Messaging app: therefore it is a feature available from the O.S. but, I do not know why, not used from all the apps …

Add a word in the custom diction from Cortana

Add a word in the custom diction from Cortana (+ Parolasbagliata)

Delete a word available in the custom dictionary from Cortana (-Parolasbagliata)

Delete a word available in the custom dictionary from Cortana (Parolasbagliata)

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How to add a certificate in Windows 10 possibly required to use Skype for Business

Sometime to use Skype for Business in an intranet there is the need to install a firm certificate: it may even happens that Skype for Business works when your PC is connected to Internet (if you have required the proper rights) even without installing the certificate but that is required if you are connected to the intranet!

Having the certificate file (.cer) and possibly a command file (.com) that simply install it (certutil -addstore Root NameCa.cer), the installation is very easy as shown in the following screenshots.

  1. First you have to run the command prompt (available in C:\Windows\System32) as an administrator and go to the directory where there is the certificate file and the command file
  2. Run the command file in order to install the certificate (e.g. NameCa.cer)
  3. Possibly you need to restart Skype for business app in order to let it properly connect now using the just installed certificate.
Run the command prompt as an administrato

Run the command prompt as an administrator

Run the command file in order to install the certificate (e.g. NameCa.cer)

Run the command file in order to install the certificate

A possible alternative way, could be possibly to right click on the certificate file and choose Install Certificate.

Alternative way:  right click on the certificate file and choose Install Certificate

Alternative way: right click on the certificate file and choose Install Certificate

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What to do if a the performance of a Windows app starts to decrease

Sometime it happens that the performance of an app decreases (or it starts to work not properly): this may happens with some resources consuming apps like the Facebook one. Every app has a reserved memory where it can store locally data and may be after some time the stored data became too big and/or may be those data are not handled in the better way.

A possible solution could be to uninstall that app and install it again … but there is another easier and quicker way in every Windows 10 device, so both on PC/tablet and on a smartphone 😉

You must go to Settings -> App & features, select the proper app, then click on its Advanced options link: in that page are shown all the details of that app and, among them, its storage usage. Clicking the Reset button all the local stored data of that app will be deleted and it is like it was just installed. Probably you will have to insert again your credential to access that app if this requires authentication, but then surely you may notice that its performances will return as they were at the beginning!! 😉

All Settings -> App & features (PC/tablet)

Reset for that app (PC/tablet)

The following screenshots were taken from my Windows 10 mobile device: you can notice that before the usage storage is 428 MB and after the reset it is 161 MB, mainly the size of the app (only 16KB of local data against the initial 266 MB!!)

App & functionalitiesAdvanced options of the selected app

Reset button

Popup alert that all the app local data will be deleted with the requested reset

 

 

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Why your iCloud email, configured in your email client, do not work anymore since 15/6/2017

Some months ago (exactly since 15/6/2017) all my email clients I configured in my Windows PCs and smartphones started to have problems in accessing only an iCloud email … while the same account continued to work properly only on an Apple device I have (iPad 2).

Useless trying to recreate the email account with the email client (e.g. Microsoft Mail app or Outlook) even configuring that account not only automatically (choosing iCloud as account type) but also manually from the Advanced setup (last choice that becomes visible only scrolling down the list) and setting properly by hand the IMAP4 account (Incoming email server: imap.mail.me.com:993:1  ;   Outgoing (SMTP) email server: smtp.mail.me.com:587:1 )!!

Useless trying to recreate the account also with the Advanced setup

Useless trying to recreate the account also with the Advanced setup

Sometime happened that the client couldn’t find the new created account, even though the username and password were correct, some others the account was created successfully BUT, then, no synchronization succeeded!

The client couldn't find the new created account

The client couldn’t find the new created account

Account created successfully but ...

Account created successfully but …

 ... no synchronization succeeded

… no synchronization succeeded

Searching in some forums I found the reason: on 15/6/2017, Apple introduced new security measures for using 3rd party apps or devices that access an iCloud account, as explained in that Apple support page.
From this post in the Apple forum you can read the following further details: “In order to get those apps or devices signed back in so that they can access iCloud, you need to use an App-specific password to sign them in. The only way to get an App-specific password is to set up either Two-Factor Authentication or Two-Step Verification on your Apple account. If you have an iOS device running iOS 9 or later, or a Mac running Yosemite or later, you can set up Two-Factor Authentication. If you do not have either of those, then you can set up Two-Step Verification. Here is the Two-Factor Verification link, and within that link is a separate link if you need to set up Two-Step Verification: Two-factor authentication for Apple ID – Apple Support. Once you get either 2FA or Two-Step set up for your Apple account, you can then generate an App-specific password that you would then use to sign in with instead of your regular Apple ID password: Using app-specific passwords – Apple Support“.

Therefore, if you want to continue to use a third party email client, you have to set in your Apple account a two-factor authentication or a two-step verification and only after  that, you can request for a specific password for each specific third party client!!
… that procedure, I thing, it is really useless in most cases from the security point of view and it was probably introduced mainly to let the user chooses an Apple client instead of a third party one! In fact an Apple client does not necessarily require those security measures … I wonder why!

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P.S. From another post you can read another information that can be useful to you, related to the username you have to use accessing to your iCloud email: “You need to authenticate with your Apple ID email address and password (NOT necessarily your iCloud email address and password!  Many people’s APPLE IDs are NOT their iCloud email address because when someone got his new Apple device, he probably already had another email address that he wanted to use when Apple had you create an Apple ID.  So THAT is what you are going to use because iCloud uses your Apple ID (which is NOT necessarily your iCloud email address) as a centralized way of authenticating“.

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Protetto: Collegarsi ad una rete WiFi aziendale con un PC/tablet Windows 10/8.1 e con smartphone Windows 10 Mobile/Windows Phone

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Ibanez Custom Agent – model 2405 (sunburst)

I was 15 years old when I received this electrical guitar. I liked it since the beginning and now, that I just cleaned it and revised a bit (I only screwed some screws …), it looks like nearly new … against all its years!

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I searched in Internet for information about this particular model of that Ibanez guitar … and I realized that it is a rare model that was produced only for few years and today, in excellent original condition, this guitar is worth between $1,200 and $1,500!!

It was produced between circa 1974 and 1977, but serial numbers were not applied to Ibanez guitars until September 1975. Since my guitar does not have a serial number (I could want to check the potentiometers for date codes), it was most likely produced before September 1975: in fact, if I remember well, I got it as a Christmas gift in December 1974!

These Ibanez “copy” guitars from the 1970s are so cool in the opinion of many, as I found in my Internet searches. I fact, while it’s obvious they are copies of popular models, Ibanez designers applied their own artistry and flair to them—something Gibson and Fender rarely dared to try. The Custom Agent model 2405 seems to be listed in the book Ibanez: The Untold Story and older Ibanez catalogs.
Single cutaway mahogany body with a carved  maple top for good looks and tone. The mahogany neck features a 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with fancy banjo style inlays. Wild F style scrolled headstock. Dual Super 70 pickups deliver killer tone. A Tuneomatic style bridge and stop tailpiece keep everything solid. Deluxe sealed “star”  tuners too.  My example is finished in a nice violin sunburst.

The model 2405 as it appeared in mid-’70s Ibanez promo literature

The model 2405 as it appeared in mid-’70s Ibanez promo literature

Ibanez: the untold story

The development of this guitar is interesting, especially because the design is unique. But first, let me give some background on the “lawsuit era” of Ibanez guitars.

Hoshino Gakki started as a bookstore company in 1908 and began importing guitars under the Salvador Ibanez name in 1929. Hoshino bought the Ibanez company name and started making guitars themselves in 1935. In the 1970’s American guitar manufacturers were making poorer and poorer versions of their mainstay guitars, so Ibanez jumped in and started “copying” famous brand looks at a budget price. These copies were so good that Gibson sued the Hoshino company and now the Japanese guitars of this era are called the “lawsuit” guitars.

Up until the mid-1970s, Ibanez mainly offered Japanese-manufactured copies of popular American designs like the Stratocaster and Les Paul. The large American guitar manufacturers certainly didn’t appreciate the business they were losing as a result of Ibanez blatantly copying their instruments. And on June 28, 1977, Norlin (Gibson’s parent company) filed a lawsuit against Elger (Ibanez’s parent company) for trademark infringement, claiming Ibanez was copying Gibson’s headstocks too closely.

What many people don’t realize is that by 1975, Ibanez was already working on their “original designs.” By the time the lawsuit was filed, nearly all Ibanez guitars had a much different, non-Gibson-style headstock. That’s not to say the body shapes weren’t still being copied, but there wasn’t much Gibson or Fender could do about this since they didn’t have specific enough trademarks on their body shapes or styles. The lawsuit never went to trial, and Elger signed an agreement to stop marketing Gibson-copied designs and using model names suggestive of Gibson. Elger complied, but the lawsuit represented what was really more of a formality than a radical change in the way Ibanez built their guitars.

The Custom Agent model was one of the first Ibanez guitars to feature an original design: it was the Ibanez answer to the Gibson “lawsuit”. The body is obviously based on a Les Paul, but it has a mandolin-scroll-style headstock, banjo-style fretboard inlays, and a decorative pearl inlay below the stud tailpiece that gives the appearance of a trapeze tailpiece. Though it’s missing on my guitar, the stock pickguard for this model was also uniquely shaped with scrolls.

The Ibanez Custom Agent 2405 was only produced for a short time in the mid 70’s and was one of the top of the line guitars for the company. It featured the distinctive single cutaway, maple top and mahogany back and sides. The guitar also had some features that immediately set it apart from other LP copies. It had a mandolin scroll headstock, matching pickguard and a faux ivory inlay behind the bridge tailpiece.

So it has a mahogany body with a maple or birch top, a set maple neck, a 22-fret rosewood fretboard, two covered Ibanez Super 70 humbuckers and four knobs (two volume, two tone).

Nice medium sized neck, and set up really nice- plays great up and down it with no buzzes. Guitar is lively and resonant unplugged and the Ibanez Super 70 pickups Paf style vintage sound great plugged in with the High End touch with the classic F5 mandolin headstock scroll shape and F5 ornate fretboard inlays.

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In the following some pictures I took of my “old” (but just cleaned 😉 ) Ibanez Custom Agent – model 2405 sunburst!

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And at the end … how it looks like before I cleaned it:

How it looks like before I cleaned it!

How it looks like before I cleaned it!

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On Internet I found the following picture of the same 2405 model of guitar but with a different color (however it is with a missing pickguard, likely non-original pickups, replacement knobs and tarnished hardware!):

Same model but with a different color

Same 2405 model but with a different color

Currently, the Ibanez model that seems to be the nephew ot the Custom 2405 is the IBANEZ AR725-VLS … but now it is made in China (as said in the product description in the Amazon site) …

Ibanez AR725_VLS

Ibanez AR725_VLS

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