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Windows 10 upgrade is free for Windows 7 or 8 genuine users. If you are using genuine Windows 7 or 8 follow the below steps to skip the wait for your Windows 10 update.

1. Backup your PC

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Backup your pc

Before performing any operating system upgrade, you should back up your pc. Backing up is a good practice in general, but it’s especially important as a fail-safe should something go awry during this manual upgrade process—or if you decide you don’t like Windows 10 as much as you thought you would, roll back to your previous OS, and discover your system isn’t quite the same as it was before.

2. Download the Tool

windows media creation tool

windows media creation tool

If you are using 64-bit Windows, go to the links of 7/8 of the 64-bit Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool Download . Download the appropriate version using 32-bit.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page

3. Run the Media Creation Tool

Right-click  on the exe file and select run as administrator to run. The next screen choose Upgrade this pc is the only option then press Next.

Run the Media Creation Tool

Run the Media Creation Tool

Now some people may have an error message that Something wrong ! If so, go to your computer Windows 7/8 Control Panel> Language to go in to the system language and English India, rather than English (US) is set to Restart the computer and run the tool to do that again .

Download files to your Windows 10 upgrade from the Internet it would take half an hour or a half day depending on your Internet speed. Please be patient.

The Media Creation Tool will then download Windows 10. When it’s done, accept the End User License Agreement (EULA), and then choose what you want to keep when upgrading. If you want to keep everything as it is, select “Keep personal files and apps”.

keep personal files and apps

After you’ve made your selection, the Media Creation Tool shows you a confirmation of the settings you’ve picked for upgrade; if everything looks right, click on Install.

The Most Important Note:

For those who are using the original Windows 7 or 8 after upgrading the product key will be changed. So, after upgrading to the windows 10 go to Belarc Advisor. Download the Belarc Advisor software from the site and scan your pc. After completion it will give you the complete information about your PC in that it appears the serial number of your Windows 10 (Windows 8 Product Key will save the old name . But the number varies) save the serial number. In the future when you format the system and the serial number of the new Windows 10 is mandatory to enter.

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What paddleboarding has taught me about being a balanced entrepreneur

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If I told you that I credit paddleboarding to my success in entrepreneurship, you’d probably laugh me out of the boat, or the board — and I wouldn’t blame you! Founding and running a successful business requires many skills, and propelling one’s self on a board in Miami waters is decidedly not the first one that comes to mind.

That said, as an entrepreneur, I get a lot out of my hobbies. They help me unwind, disconnect, and get my blood and brain pumping in new ways, making me a better leader when I am on the clock. I take photos, scuba dive, travel, and read, but there’s something special about paddleboarding that embodies everything good about what hobbies can do for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs don’t need to paddleboard to benefit, but they can learn a thing or two about the importance of taking time to shift gears, deriving pleasure in the activities of their choosing.

Here’s how paddleboarding, specifically, helps me as an entrepreneur, and what others can do to achieve similar results.

1. It forces you to disconnect

These days, everyone has their phones on them, nearly 24-7 it seems. Since the rise of smartphones, I’ve been a big proponent of taking time to disconnect however you can, for your mental health and your business acumen.

I’m far from the only one who thinks so. Research shows that constant connection can negatively impact our sleep, or cause us undue stress due to technological overload of emails, notifications, and communication expectations. Personally, I find it incredibly hard to think straight or relax without unplugging every day, at least for a short amount of time.

You know when you absolutely have to unplug, though? When you’re in the water. Paddleboarding forces me to keep the phone inside for 30 minutes, an hour, or however long I’m out there. This time is precious because I know I don’t have to answer to anyone, and couldn’t if I tried. I may zone out entirely, but it’s equally likely that a new business solution will pop into my head as I go through the motions.

Not everyone has the option of taking up a water sport, but most of us could disconnect for an hour or two if we tried. It’s just a matter of enforcing this habit, which any hobby can assist, though wetness certainly helps.

2. It immerses you in nature

People often underestimate the transformative power of nature. Entrepreneurs often live in cities, but whether you’re in New York City or the Bay Area, nature is within reach if you seek it out. And you should! Running a business is a high-stress venture, and nature has been proven to de-stress as well as any medical treatment.

In fact, studies show that nature significantly reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and can boost creativity up to 50 percent. You’d be hard pressed to find a drug that could do the same as safely.

The great thing about paddle boarding, as a hobby, is that you need a body of water to do it. Water has a healing quality to it, both theoretically and scientifically. As part of the scenery, water has an absorbing quality that helps us cope with our issues and put us in a positive mood.

The value of positivity and creativity for entrepreneurs can’t be understated, which is why it pays to spend time in nature from time to time. You don’t need a paddleboard: take a hike, go for a swim, or even work outside. Even some luscious office plants can make a difference.

3. It requires focus, balance, and agility

The benefits of exercise are manifold for your physical and mental health. Regular exercise keeps your skin young, your body lean, and your mind sharp. Physical activity improves cognitive function in ways that entrepreneurs will benefit from, as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are released, stimulating neurogenesis (the growth of new neurons) and making you smarter.

Paddleboarding is great exercise for the body and mind, plus, it requires some skills that parallel with entrepreneurship. For example, you have to achieve good balance to stand or kneel on the board without capsizing. This requires absolute focus and control over your body. Learning to do this is empowering, and in my opinion, translates in the business world, where focus is critical, as is balancing a number of tasks, employees, and projects.

Then there’s the matter of waves and position adjustments. When on the open water, you never know what you’ll be greeted with: perfect tranquility, mild turbulence, or full-on waves. As such, you need to know how to take each on, and adjust your position to best meet obstacles that arise. In entrepreneurship, there is also a great deal of unpredictability that requires mental agility.

The point is, besides being a great boost to physical and mental health, exercise helps us deal with challenges without missing a beat. Simply running and switching up your route now and then can do the same. Just make sure you’re working up a sweat, problem-solving, or both.

It’s all about balance

For me, paddleboarding is the perfect activity to disconnect from technology, become one with nature, and work out my physical and mental physique all at once. When challenge arise at work, I find myself soothed and ultimately assisted by this extracurricular pastime.

Everyone is different though. My paddleboarding is Richard Branson’s chessWarren Buffett’s ukulele, and Steve Wozniak’s segway polo. We all need something to take our mind off the work and bring us joy in our free time.

So, entrepreneurs, go out there and find your hobby! If it incorporates exercise and nature while excluding tech, all the better for you. And next time in you’re in Miami, ask me to go on a paddleboarding outing. It may just kickstart your next big business venture.

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There are a million ways to make a million dollars. A whole bunch of those ways involves digital marketing, so if you’re going to learn how to utilize the power of the web and social media to drive your business sales, there are a host of different approaches to that profitable goal.

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It’s just a couple of pros imparting knowledge…and for more than a day of content featuring all that usable information, $15 is the type of limited time price you can’t ignore.

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5 thing to keep in mind when choosing a business partner

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In an era where many CMOs are focused on digital transformation, we’re often focused on the tools, processes and technology that can help us succeed in creating the omnichannel strategies that drive revenue (and other jargon). But there’s another important area to focus on: Your partners – the people and companies that you choose to help you on the path to transformation.

The businesses we choose to team up with have a direct impact on the success of our journey, including the vendors we choose for internal tools and those we endorse publicly as valued partners.

As someone with decades of experience in developing productive business partnerships for digital and traditional media, I’ve learned that there are five keys to choosing the right partner:

1. Your cultures are complementary

I get it — opposites attract. But, if you’re teaming up with another company, working with like-minded people is a key to success. Find a partner that shares the same ideals as far as company culture, go-to-market strategy and values. For example, let’s say your new partner doesn’t value privacy compliance as much you do — if you’re not aligned, the fallout may rest on your shoulders.

Another example, what are your marketing priorities? If your team is highly focused on personalization, for instance, but your partner is functioning at half the level you are, the disconnect between the two organizations will cause issues. Closely aligned customer priorities, overall values, and company culture ensures your partnership will not only function smoothly internally, but present a strong, united front to the public and your customers.

2. Your solutions stack up

In addition to being a good culture fit, your new partner should complement your solution, providing each organization something that the other doesn’t. If your counterpart is spread thin in one area of your business, your side of the house should offer skills or technology that pick up the slack.

Diving deeper, what does the future look like for each organization? Will each product continue to evolve in a scalable manner, with the possibility of turning into an integration? Integrations are a huge bonus — especially to customers — which is why you should place heavy importance on the compatibility of solutions when looking for a partner.

3. Customer experience is improved

Customer experience should be at the forefront of your mind when exploring the possibility of joining forces with another company. Why partner with someone else if not to better serve your customers with enhanced features and functionality?

I recommend mapping out your customer journey, highlighting points where the partnership will impact customer experience and evaluating whether each area of impact is positive or not. Reviewing the potential partnership with that level of detail will ensure there are no surprises if you decide to move forward — and give you a true list of pros and cons that can help make the right call.

4. You’re exploring new horizons — and verticals

One big advantage of joining forces is the opportunity to explore new market verticals. Your company might be well-known in one industry, but have far less recognition in another.

Teaming up is a great way to introduce your company into an entirely new audience with the added weight of being a partner to an already trusted source within the industry, gaining traction and new customers.

5. The benefits are mutual

When searching for new, potential partners, evaluate and consider their reputation. You don’t want to judge a book by its cover, but reputations are important. Teaming up has to mean both companies are benefitted by the partnership. If one company is significantly upgraded by the union while the other company loses ground, the imbalance will have an effect in the long run and that kind of partnership might not last.

It’s vital to remember that the partners you choose have a hand in the ultimate success of your business. Ensuring you carefully consider the compatibility of your businesses will help you drill down to the core components of a solid union that helps each party equally. And that’s truly the gold standard of partnerships.

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