Uninstall Windows 10 Reinstall Windows 8.1 same license (Not a rollback).

Windows 8.1 LogoHello guys
I'm happy to announce that I found a way to get back to Windows 8.1! Not from the rollback option or the recovery! My way is uninstalling Windows 10. And reinstalling Windows 8.1 using the same license!

It's not a rollback. I had Windows 10 for over a month, plus I removed the Windows.old and reinstalled Windows 10. So no recovery options were available. What I did was an old fashion uninstall / reinstall job with some license work.
The method is very simple. I'm going to list somethings you need first:
  1. Make sure your Windows 10 works.
  2. Make sure you are using the same version of Windows 8.1 you had before.
  3. You must be online the whole time.
Your Windows 10 has to work because we are going to "Uninstall it". If it doesn't work for any reason DON'T INSTALL WINDOWS 8.1 RIGHT AWAY. I warned you!!
You need to repair or fresh install your version of Windows 10 in order to complete this tutorial. I made a post about it so feel free to check it out!

Uninstalling Windows 10

The first step is running the command prompt in administrator privileges.
and type in the command slmgr /dlv
You will get an information box about your computer. What we need from here is the Activation ID.

Information box about your license

After getting it we are going to uninstall that product key (so we can use it after reinstalling 8.1). Type in slmgr /upk 181520dd-3fc4-4df2-81f5c513467ad56d -I blurred out my key, so just put in yours-
If a box comes out saying your product is uninstalled. You done it right.
Go check the activation. If it says it's not activated, then you are free to move into the next step.

Windows 10 is not activated

Installing Windows 8.1

Make sure you backup all your data. And that you have your license key (That came with the disk or in an e-mail) and if you don't know where to find it. There is a helpful way to find it.

Get the Windows 8.1 disk. Boot from it by hitting F12 on boot.

Follow the installation procedure, format the drive Windows 10 is on and install Windows 8.1 there.

Make sure you are connected to the Internet when prompted.

Complete the installation as you would do normally. And when it comes to entering the key. Skip that step.

Activating Windows 8.1

When Windows 8.1 is up and running, run the command prompt in administrator privileges and type in the command slmgr /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX
 Where XXXXX is your serial number, which you will find on the label of the disk or in the e-mail sent to you.
You will get a box saying key XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX installed successfully. 
When checking the Windows activation, I found that the key used to activate was the same I had before upgrading to Windows 10. (I blurred mine for obvious reasons).

Windows 8.1 activation

Important Notes

If you use a different version of Windows other than you used, it won't activate and you would have to reinstall Windows 8.1.

You must be online the whole time.

If you are dual-booting, you will have to do these steps again to make sure everything works.

If you are unable to find your license key use the software in this post

Update: This part is written after rolling back.
I was forced to download all of the updates released for Windows 8.1. A total of 1.5 GB download on top of the 3 gigabyte download!

I hope you found this a useful post. Please comment below if anything. And if you are out there. Don't upgrade to Windows 10.

Top 3 common issues faced when dualbooting

Hey guys. This is a post to all dual booters out there.
Dual booting can bring many perks if done properly. It's like having two computers working together. And a really good idea in case one of the systems fails, you will have a configured running system and your work flow won't be affected by the fail. 
As I had to fresh install Windows 10 from scratch (because the rollback failed
There are some minor disturbances to take care of first. And those are mostly caused by Windows.

1. Ruins the dual boot.

I have a complete post about this topic! No matter what you do. Installing Windows will erase any grub boot data and you won't be able to access your other system (in my case it was Xubuntu) I made a whole post dedicated to this as a part of the dual boot saga. So please checkout the post for the fix.

2. Time is always wrong

As you use Windows you will notice your time settings are forgotten every time you shutdown.

This is quite easy to fix as you just need to edit a registry key to set the time once and for all. From run open regedit.exe and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\TimeZoneInformation
And create a dword32 key and name it "RealTimeIsUniversal" And set the value to 1 by double clicking on it.
Lastly reboot to Ubuntu and then to Windows and your issue will be fixed.

3. Error mounting drives

I couldn't mount the data drive because Windows is still not totally shutdown, the drives are being used to "fast boot" in order to be able to use the drive without error, we need to disable fast boot. The screenshot shows an error caused by fast boot on Windows.

Error mounting drive in Ubuntu

Since it's caused by Windows, we go and disable it from Windows.

Go to Start menu and type: Power Options and click on the choice.
Type in power options in the search bar

From there click on choose what the power buttons do.

Click change settings that are currently unavailable to unlock the greyed options.

change settings that are currently unavailable

Then uncheck turn on fast startup. And close the window.

Uncheck turn on fast startup

once the fast boot is disabled you will be able to access all the drives from Ubuntu without a problem.

Here I tried to list my experience on dual booting to help with these three bugs I faced twice. I hope you find it useful :)

10 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10

I had my initial doubts about Microsoft giving out Windows 10 for free. Everyday I am convinced that my worries were sound! And it was much worse sadly!
For these reasons I am regretting the Windows 10 upgrade offer
 I wrote this post prior to my upgrading, some of these fears aren't exactly true (or proven wrong) but still they sound pretty reasonable don't they?

Here are  10 reasons to skip the Windows 10 free update that expires July 29th.

التدوين من الهاتف المحمول 2

التدوين من الهاتف المحمول
كنت قد تحدثت في تدوينة سابقة عن التدوين من الهاتف المحمول ووعدت بتجربتها عمليا. اليوم ساتكلم عن خدمات الزبون في ليبيا ما يعرف ب customer service متخذا من شركة البديل مثالاً:

قرر صديقي اخذ هاتفه السامسونغ للصيانة لدى شركة البديل بشارع الجرابة، هاتفه لم يكن يشحن، ولانه لم يشتره من البديل ولم تكن عليه ضمانة فقد ضيع عدة ايام ينتظر هاتفه ودفع ثمنا باهظا للصيانة.
Albadeel logoبمجرد ان فتح هاتفه لاحظ ان تغطية الشبكة غير موجودة اطلاقا! فأعاده للوكيل لصيانته مجددا.
بعد عشرة ايام من الاخذ والرد والاعذار الواهية قامو باعطاءه هاتفه دون ان يصلحوه بحجة انه تمت صيانته من قبل و لا يمكن قبول هاتف "مفتوح"!!!
رغم كل المحاولات فقد ادعى الموظفون عدم معرفتهم بالامر بل وانكروا قبول الهاتف من أصله بحجة انه غير موجود في "المنظومة"! (حيث ان الاجهزة التي تصلح لديهم تدخل الى قاعدة بيانات خاصة بالأجهزة.)
وكان مايثير حنقي ان البائع الذي كان ينكر بكل قوة هو من تسلم الهاتف في المرة الأولى! وبعد قرابة ساعة كاملة و الحوار مع ثلاثة من موظفي المبيعات تعرف احدهم علينا اخيرا! ما أدى الى معركة خلف الأبواب المغلقة بينهم. حتى مهندس الصيانة أنكر رؤية الهاتف من قبل مع العلم انه من قام بصيانته في المرة الأولى!!!
قاموا بسؤالنا اكثر من مرة ان كان اشتغل بعد اصلاحه ام لا، في النهاية أخذوا الهاتف على مضض (بعد تاكيدنا اننا نريد فقط اصلاح الضرر ولانطمع في صيانة مجانية!) مع تحميله قيمة الصيانة الجديدة والمحاولات الفاشلة للاصلاح! السبب في إنكارهم هو خوفهم من صيانة الهاتف مجانا، علما بان التغطية كانت تعمل قبل ان يضعوا ايديهم عليه!
طبعا لم يتصلو به او يردوعلى اتصالاته..
وعندما ذهبنا اليهم بعد بضعة ايام اجابونا بان الهاتف يحتاج الى قطعة غيار، ولان مخزنهم مقفل فالأمر سيستغرق اسبوعا. مع شدة الاسف ووعدهم بتحمل تكلفة الصيانة كاملة. مع اغفالهم لعطل اخر ذكره عند التسليم. وزعموا انهم اتصلوا بصديقي ووجدوا هاتفه مقفلا مع العلم أنه لايقفله ابدا!
لم يتصلوا به أيضا فذهب إليهم بنفسه للمرة العاشرة ليخبروه بأن الهاتف معطل عطلا جوهريا ولا يمكن اصلاحه!
صديقي نادم بشدة على التعامل مع البديل الذي كلفه قرابة الشهرين واضعاف قيمة للصيانة بالاضافة الى الارتباك وسوء المعاملة الذي لقيناه من الموظفين! واجزم انه لن يتعامل معهم بعد ذلك ابدا! وابلغني انه سيأخذ هاتفه الى شارع المدار ولتذهب الوكالة الى الجحيم
هل لاحظت أن موقع البديل تم إختراقه؟ لا أظن أنهم لاحظوا حتى! 
التدوين من الهاتف صعب ومحبط!!

Updating to Windows 8.1 from the store (Dual Boot Saga)

Those were really busy days. But this step comes as the final step. Finally I can upgrade to Windows 8.1 from the store to get this over with. I'll have the latest update in both Linux and Windows. If you followed the saga you would know that none of this came easily!!

Fresh install Windows 10

After I was absolutely certain that Windows was unrecoverable. So I began the process to fresh install Windows 10. I really felt stuck but what can we do?

Windows 10 Logo
When I installed Windows 10 in July the promise was if you don't like it you can rollback within a month of install. I didn't like it since the first days and I had a long list of problems with it. I'll post that later. But when attempting to rollback I couldn't and I learned that the whole thing is just a sham!
 I was in a hurry installing so I didn't take any pictures. It's exactly like installing Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 when it comes to choosing the partition to install on it. 

 I used the same disk I used for upgrade, but instead of running it from Windows, I booted to it by F12 then choosing the disk from the boot menu.

The only different part can be found in the Windows 10 upgrade post

When installing Windows 10 for the second time after the upgrade ignore all and any prompt to enter your password. You can activate as soon as you get your desktop from System > About. As long as you can see a Product ID you are good to go. You can find more info about clean install in Windows 10 FAQ.

Activate Windows 10

My notes on the installation process are

  • It was much faster than the upgrade process. Probably one of the fastest ever as I had Windows 7 and Windows 8 fresh installed on this computer.
  • The wireless driver wasn't installed right away. And I had to do the update fix.
  • The Bluetooth wasn't recognized properly and I had to uninstall it and reinstall it for it to work.
  • Many people said they had problems connecting the computer to a TV. I had them too, my fix was connecting it after boot so the system won't "hang".
Well. For better or worse, I'm stuck with Windows 10..
Have a nice day :)

لماذا نستعمل الليونكس؟

لماذا نستعمل اللينكس؟

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

سؤالي اليوم هو لماذا نستعمل اللينكس؟ لماذا لانكتفي بما هو لدينا فقط؟ وفي أغلب اﻷحوال هذا يعني الويندوز.

Transfer Windows 8 licence to a new machine (Dual Boot Saga)

This is the third episode of the Dual Boot Saga. In the last two episodes we talked about installing Windows 8 and restoring the Grub menu so we can actually dual boot.
In this episode we will be covering the most important aspect of the whole saga, Transferring Windows license. 

LibreOffice 5.0 hanging on Ubuntu, can't highlight fix!

LibreOffice logo

While messing around with LibreOffice Writer 5.0 on Ubuntu I discovered that I can't highlight text, and trying to highlight text made the whole program freeze! I managed to fix it and this is how I did it..

I always download two versions of LibreOffice, one for Linux and the other for Windows, usually the one with the issues it the Windows version, but in this case it worked fine, while the Linux version was acting off.

LibreOffice 5.0 Banner

I assumed that the main culprit is the Java machine, because in Windows it refused to work with the 32 Java machine I had installed which ran version 4.4 well. So installing a 64 bit Java machine did the trick, and the reports worked fine!
I looked at the machines I have installed and they were: and none of them made the problem go away!
You can access them by clicking: Tools > Options > Advanced

Java machines on Ubuntu

They were both excepted by LibreOffice but the problem persisted even after restarting over and over again!

I've finally been able to fix the problem that made LibreOffice hang and freeze when highlighting a text.
All you have to do is to navigate to:

/home/”User name”/.config/ and delete the folder LibreOffice.

It will work fine after that!!

Thunar confing file unhidden to delete LibreOffice config

You might have to unhide the folder in your file manager!

It's not a Java machine problem. But I don't think it would hurt if you download the latest version.

لماذا نستخدم الویندوز؟

ولم لا ؟ فهو الذی وجدناه فی جهاز البیت عندما إشتریناه، وهو الذی یوجد بكمبیوتر المدرسة و العیادة. وكافی الانترنت. وهو الذی أخذنا علیه دورة الكمبیوتر التی أهلتنا للوظیفة التی نحلم بها، وهو الذي يحوي عشرات اﻷلاف من اﻷلعاب التي تمتعنا وتسلينا،  وهو الذی أصبح ملازما للكمبیوتر ولایفارقه بإضافاته العدیدة، وإصدارات برامجه التی تصدر كل سنة..

Restoring Linux boot (Dual Boot Saga)

Dual Boot saga episode 2
After I installed Windows. I have lost Linux in the boot menu, in fact there wasn't a boot menu at all!
As soon I boot the computer Windows would come up and take the boot from there?!

Setting the first line as the file name in LibreOffice

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One of the few features I missed moving from Microsoft Office was the auto name upon save, where Word takes the first line of the text and uses it to name the text file. LibreOffice (and OpenOffice before that) don't have this feature! It's a small thing but over time it becomes a growing nuisance!
Luckily there is an easy fix for that! Which enables you to enjoy the luxury of easy naming of files and limit the Untitled flood over time! 

LibreOffice 5.0 is out!

Finally after what seemed like forever! LibreOffice 5.0 is out!
"LibreOffice 5.0 is the tenth major release since the launch of the project and and the first of the third development cycle. LibreOffice is a full feature open source office suite which compares head to head with every product in the same category, while it stands out for superior interoperability features."

LibreOffice Banner

I've downloaded it for both Windows and Linux. And I immediately noticed the different GUI elements implemented into LibreOffice 5 in comparison with 4.x which are differently cleaner and takes less screen space!

LibreOffice 5 Main interface

Thanks to improved filters the compatibility between LibreOffice and other office suits like Microsoft Office has improved. And a lot of under the hood work has been done to improve the stability and reduce the crashes overall.
 Version 5 with be the foundation of the Android version, Ubuntu touch, and the upcoming cloud version.

Note: if you are downloading the 64x version for Windows you are going to need a 64x Java machine.

It looks really good and I can't wait to sink my teeth into it and make full use of it's amazing features!

Windows 8 Installation and Activation (Dual Boot Saga)

Episode 1
I freshly installed Windows 8 Pro on an old friend's laptop that soon collapsed. So I had to do something so I don't lose the Pro license!
That laptop has been acting off for quite some time. 

Customize LibreOffice with these awesome native themes

LibreOffice logo
With LibreOffice 5.0 just around the corner, I thought I should share this awesome tutorial with you to make LibreOffice look better and enhance your productivity!

LibreOffice 4.4.5 is out. LibreOffice 5.0 is around the corner

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Hey fellas!
Thank god that craze was over, now let me return to what I really love, open source!

LibreOffice's next milestone is just around the corner, it should be there on  Wednesday the 5th of August. but let's talk about the latest version first!
LibreOffice 4.4.5 is the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.4 family bringing 80 fixes over the previous version.
It's also replacing 4.3.7 as the stable branch of development (means it's stable)!
Feel free to download it from this link.

Now that we covered 4.4.5 let's talk in detail about the much awaited 5.0 milestone.
To make things more clear the document foundation has made a chart highlighting the development milestones of LibreOffice since it took over Apache Open Office in 2011.

LibreOffice development milestones

Among the features it's having a 64x version for Linux, Mac, And Windows alongside the 32x version.
And will be Windows 10 compatible (I am running 4.4.3 with no issue on 10 btw).

Are you excited? I know I am and I have been waiting all summer for this release! It's so good to see an open source project take off with confidence and make global impact!
Will you download it?