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How I Went From A Republican To An Independent

How I Went From A Republican To An Independent

How I Went From A Republican To An Independent…

I’ve ranted about this before and I am sure I will rant about this again but it’s worth repeating because just maybe I can convince a republican who is on the fence to make the leap. So let me start with a brief history of how I went from a Republican To An Independent.  The home I grew up in consisted of my mother, father, my mother’s father, my dog and myself. My parents were never really political but my grandfather was. He was tried and true republican. I grew up in the ’80s and when it came to politics, three people influenced me greatly. My grandfather, Ronald Reagan and Alex P. Keaton.

I was born in 1969 and graduated from high school in 1987. I have changed in so many ways since then. But at my core, many of beliefs are still the same. I believe that discrimination of any kind is a bad thing. I believe that gays should have the same rights as anyone else. I believe that we should all be kind to each other. I believe in traditions but not at the expense of science or logic. Republicans in the 80’s represented those core beliefs, in my eyes, and that’s why when I turned 18, I registered for the draft and I proudly registered as a Republican.

Jumping way ahead to the year 2003. I started to realize that between republicans and democrats, over the years, it was the republican party that had been lying to me about the most critical of issues. The Iran–Contra affair,  the “family values” being preached in the late 80’s and early ’90’s weren’t family values at all. They were a right wing Christian philosophy that preached hate and fear by suggesting that family values can only come from those consisting of Christian married families. No gays allowed in that plan.

In the 90’s when Bill Clinton ran for President, I didn’t vote him either time. Even though I seemed to agree with his philosophies, my party kept telling me he was a socialist, a communist and would throw our country into a great depression or worse. Of course, none of that was true.  He wasn’t perfect by a long shot but he did more for this country than Reagan did and he certainly fixed the economy that Bush Sr. screwed up. Everything I had been told about Clinton by my party turned out to be a lie. Even as the economy grew, my party continued to tell me it wasn’t. They made excuse after excuse as to why all the numbers were a lie. History shows they weren’t. Clinton wasn’t a communist or a socialist. He didn’t collapse the economy. Yet, I continued to vote republican. I just couldn’t see the forest through the trees.

When Bush Jr. ran for president the first time, sadly and embarrassingly I voted for him.  The sad part is that I knew he was an idiot! But, I told myself, it was that darn “liberal media” always making him look bad.  When Former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell sat before the United Nations and told us all that Iraq had WMD’s, I believed him. When Bush told me that we had to invade Iraq because al-Qaeda was there, I believed him.

As it turns out, pretty much all that fear and hate Bush and Cheney were promoting was all a lie. There were no WMD’s, there were no terrorists in Iraq and to top it all off Bush Jr. let Osama go at least two times! Both time after the events of on 9/11. We had him, and Bush let him get away. My theory, Bush Jr. had no intention of ever catching him.  Osama had become our villain, our Boogeyman. As long as Osama was out there Bush and the republican party could keep promoting all that fear and hate that kept so many voting republican. (As I said, that is a “theory”, that is not a fact. But, I truly believe it because actions speak louder than words and the actions of the Bush administration due nothing to suggest otherwise.)

Even today the republicans continue to spread the most outrageous lies.  These people refuse to take any responsibility at all.  They preach about unemployment levels and have yet to pass a single jobs bill. They preach about love for the troops and yet they almost never pass a bill that will help them and the few times they do, they pat themselves on the back completely ignoring all the times they screwed the vets. Some prime examples of republicans screwing vets, Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans With Children Act (2010). you can thank that America hating republican Mitch McConnell for that not passing. There was the Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act (2014). Senator Senator Bernie Sanders came up with this one but you can thank the Once again Mitch McConnell fucked the vets by attaching amendments against Iran to it. What did Iran have to do with the bill? Nothing. The republicans then decided the whole thing would cost too much. Then there was the Veterans Jobs Corps Act (2012). They killed that too. The list goes on and on. They say one thing and do the other time and time again.

Take a minute and think about the lies republicans have told. Obama is Muslim. Obama will kill the economy. Legitimate Rape, ISIS is working with Mexican drug cartels, Ebola-infected terrorists could come through Mexico, The attacks and lies about Planned Parenthood from the lie that the government is funding abortions to that fake video. Obama is soft on terrorism, and yet he his had more terrorists killed than Bush. Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. How pathetic was that? Hell Ted Cruz wasn’t born in the U.S. and now suddenly there’s no republican outrage? Well, Trump is outraged but he seems to be the only one. Take something as factual and scientifically provable as global warming and yet this party is in complete denial over it. The republican party is out of control, the crazies have taken over and the good ones are sadly and cowardly keeping quiet about it, just so that they can stay in office.

Hell, they even tried to blame Obama for ISIS. They immediately claimed that it was Obama who let the man who created ISIS go. However, what the republicans refused to say was that it was Bush Jr. that gave the order for Abu Bakr al Baghdadi to be released. It was of course FOX News that spread this misinformation. This is just one of many things that FOX News has lied about. And, they keep repeating it, and sadly the more it gets repeated the more people will believe it. Anyways, you can read about the claim on politifact.com.

Mitch McConnell even went as far as to say that the parties primary goal is to make Obama a one term president. This was at a time when this country was facing the greatest recession since the great depression. Unemployment was skyrocketing thanks to the republican policies of the Bush administration. The Housing market was collapsing, the American auto industry was near dead. We were in the middle of two costly wars. None of that mattered to the republican party. Their goal is not to help the American people, it is one of self-preservation first, the country last.

If you look back at the history of the republican party since the 80’s, and try to keep an open mind, you will see a pattern of preaching hate and fear to win elections, to pass bills and to keep the republican party in office.  If you’re a republican, listen to those in office and don’t give them the benefit of the doubt just one time.  Just once, as you listen to them speak, hold them accountable for what they say. Don’t make excuses for them. Just do it once. Look up what they say and I promise that you will discover that what they are saying is at best purposefully misleading and at worse a complete fiction. It’s been happening more and more the past decade because the republican party has learned that it can make any claim it desires without repercussions.  It can do so because most republicans rely on FOX News for their information and FOX News has been proven to be biased in study after study. How do they do it? By convincing you that ever other source is a product the liberal media.

There are smart republicans out there. Some of them are good people.  Some of those smart ones, are not good people. Those of you that are good, think for yourself. Don’t take my word for anything that I’ve said. Look it up for yourself. Look at government documents, look at other media sources that are not FOX News. It’s hard to stay informed, and I am not saying liberals don’t lie. What I am saying is that liberals didn’t start the war in Iraq and Iran. They are the ones that have fought to end them.  They didn’t let Osama go, they hunted him down and killed him. A liberal president did that! Liberals didn’t create the recession, they ended it!

I am not liberal and I am not a democrat. I am an Independent. There is a lot of liberal bullshit out there, I am not going to lie and say there isn’t. However, if you take a deep breath and truly take a look at what the democrats have to offer versus the republicans you have got to admit that democrats are doing what’s right on every level. The economy, education, veteran affairs, human rights. I was a republican for most of my adult life and to be honest there’s this part of my that still sees democrats as this weak, uneducated group of hippies. I know that they are not. I have seen them fix our economy twice now. Once under Bill Clinton and now under Obama. I know that democrats are the party of humanitarianism and science.

That small part of me that has looked down on democrats was forced upon me by a propaganda machine that does not quit. It’s a strong machine and it can make you believe in things that simply are not true. You have to fight it. You have to look for the facts and learn to recognize the difference between opinions and facts. They are two very different things. You have got to look at both sides of an issue. Listen to them and then side with the argument that presents the most relevant facts.

The GOP Insanity Seems To Have No End In Site

The GOP Insanity Seems To Have No End In Site

The GOP Insanity Seems To Have No End In Site…

There truly does seem to be no end insight to the GOP insanity we see today. “The GOP has become a disturbing place full of hate, fear mongering and stupidity on a level that is just staggering.” I said those words just a few seconds ago on Twitter in response to someone’s post.  I am not a liberal, I have said this over and over again but I lean towards the left and I honestly don’t see a time in the near future where I will be voting for a republican candidate.  Actually, as the right devolves into a dark pit of hate and blatant stupidity I don’t think I will ever again vote republican.

I don’t like to call the GOP stupid or cowardly but they have made no serious attempts to separate themselves from the literally bat shit crazy Tea Party and right wing Christian conservatives.  I call them stupid and cowardly because that is in fact what the party had devolved into.  Yes, stupid and cowardly. I say this because they have gone far beyond simple ignorance.  Ignorance can be understood and even on a small level accepted.  Ignorance implies an incorrect understanding of the facts or a lack of knowledge of them.  Stupidity on the other hand is flat out ignoring the facts because a person or people simply just don’t want to accept them. The truth is out there but the GOP refuses, as a whole to accept it.  And, when it comes to cowardly. We have republican leaders out there that are basically good people but are literally afraid of not only the stupid within their own constituency but also of their right wing peers. They are afraid to stand up to them, plain and simple.

Several years ago I had a debate with a republican friend on a forum.  It was during a time when Bush was running for his second term.  There was a lot of GOP bullshittery afoot.  Rush Limbaugh was up to his normally verbal diarrhea and beating his chest with the usual hypocritical vigor.  I had spoken out about the lies that President Bush was telling the people and the GOP’s consistent denial of the facts on everything thing from Global Warming to WMD’s.  I had just left the republican party.  I wasn’t, at this time, disgusted with the GOP but I was disappointed in them. I had voted for Bush in the first election and it took about two years before I could finally admit to myself that it was the biggest voting mistake I had ever made. I didn’t want to vote for John Kerry in the upcoming election but I wasn’t going to vote for Bush, not again. Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  My republican friend tried to convince me that every party has it’s crazy but the republican party doesn’t listen to them.

He truly believed that the GOP kept the Christian conservative right, in check.  They pretended to listen for show but didn’t really listen.  I disagreed. I explained that it might have been that way once but it isn’t any longer.  The winds were changing.  Bush and Cheney were already promoting hate and fear masked as patriotism. The country knew without a doubt that Bush was full of shit but when it came time to vote, ignorance and fear won the day and Bush, the worst president in modern history was re-elected.

The GOP continued to devolve as the next election came near.  This time it was Obama on the ticket.  Again, I had to vote for him. Not because I believed in him but he was running against Senator John McCain.  There was a time when I had a great respect for McCain but after 8 years of him basically voting for everything that Bush was selling, my respect wavered.  When he chose Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate the respect was gone, at least the political respect I had for him. His pandering for the women’s vote was pathetic.  Though I would have accepted the pandering had he put an ounce of thought into his choice for a female running mate.  It’s obvious to anyone that Sarah Palin doesn’t have the philosophical depth of a puddle let alone the brains to be the VP. I mean to call her stupid, is an insult to stupid people. Sarah Palin, in my opinion, was the key turning point. Before it was bad. After her, the level of GOP insanity began to grow in leaps and bounds.

So I voted for Obama and I was glad I did.  He’s been amazing and what blows me away is the absolute level of denial the GOP has of this fact. The republicans and democrats both wanted healthcare reform. The GOP wouldn’t lift a finger to help make a better healthcare plan. Hell, Obama’s plan was very similar to Mitt Romney‘s but the GOP did everything they could to shut down Obamacare. Even now, years later these idiots are still trying to shut it down.  They could have offered something? Anything? But, no. Sen. Mitch McConnell openly admitted that their only goal was to make President Obama a one term president.  They did this during the most devastating recession this country had seen since the great depression. They even found fault when Obama had Osama killed. How can you even say that? The GOP insanity just keeps growing and growing.

The GOP did nothing to help the American people. Nothing! They stuck to their game plan.  They promoted hate and fear though ignorance and lies.  This can be seen clearly through birth of the Tea Party.  If you’ve ever heard these people talk, it’s terrifying! The leaders they have chosen to believe in, without question, are either too stupid to know any better or are smart enough to know that sacred, stupid people are the easiest to control. The more hate and fear they preach under guise of patriotism, the larger groups like the Tea Party become.

Now, the GOP insanity has become accepted. Trump and Ted Cruz are leading the pack!? Trump has made the most racist, misogynistic statements, he has lied repeatedly about everything from his economic plan to something as simple as the number of people that attend his appearances.  Then there’s Ted Cruz who I don’t even think can legally be president because the law very clearly states that you have to be born in the United States to be the president. Unlike the lies told about Obama through the ridiculous “birther” movement. Ted Cruz really wasn’t born here.  This isn’t disputable.  He openly admits that he was born in Canada. Even his own damn father is fucking crazy. Even if you ignore the fact that he used to be a fucking communist for real he Rafeal Cruz believes his son is one of the Christian anointed kings prophesied that will bring about the great transfer of wealth from the wicked to the righteous. I am not lying, there is list after list of the fucking insane things shit his dad has said.

Hell, Ted Cruz along with a few other republican candidates attended a Christian summit held by a pastor that believes gays should be put to death. Right after the pastor said that in his speech, Ted Fucking Cruz walked up on stage and shook this crazy fucks hand.  Ted Cruz is right behind Trump in the polls! This is further proof of the GOP insanity that has taken control.

There is with in the GOP party an unapologetic acceptance of hate. When Trump called all Mexican immigrants rapists, there was no apology. He has continued to double down on the rhetoric, time and time again.  Cruz, Jeb! all of them are flat out telling lies and promoting stupidity. All you have to do is pick any conservative publication and read the comments. They are filled with hatred, stupidity and lies. We’re talking conspiracy theories, hate speech, opinions presented as facts. These people are frightening and the only thing we can do is to vote democrat across the board.  Every vote for a republican is a vote supporting hate, fear and stupidity. Because if we don’t democrat, this GOP insanity will continue for decades to come.


Below are some links used in the creation of this rant.  And, as usual, don’t take my word for it.  Check the facts. Research what I say and if you find fault, please let me know so that it may be corrected as soon as possible.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2016/01/21/conservative-convicted-of-trying-to-assassinate-obama-with-a-slingshot-yes-a-slingshot-screenshots/
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/anti-gay-pastor-event-hosts-3-gop-candidates-563178051820
http://aattp.org/flashback-rafael-cruz-calls-son-ted-cruz-an-anointed-king-responsible-for-the-end-time-transfer-of-wealth/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/07/the-six-craziest-quotes-from-ted-cruz-s-father-rafael-cruz.html

Can We Stop Blaming The Academy For It’s Lack Of Diversity

Can We Stop Blaming The Academy For It’s Lack Of Diversity

Can We Stop Blaming The Academy For It’s Lack Of Diversity…

It’s another Academy Awards season and another year that people are screaming about the lack of Diversity in the Oscar nominations. The Academy has a lot of problems however, it’s lack of diversity isn’t one when it comes to deciding who gets nominated.  I know, that’s hard to believe. I know we all want someone to blame but we need look no further than the filmmakers themselves and the studios behind them. They produce, primarily films staring white people, by the hundreds. That is the problem. We need to stop blaming the Academy when it’s not their fault.

What it comes down to is simple math. There are hundreds of movies the Academy has to choose from each year. Of those films, only a handful of them have non-white actors in them.  And, of that handful of films, only a few of them have non-white leads.  So when it comes time for the Academy to start sorting through the films, there’s a pretty good chance that a lot of good acting by actors of all colors including white actors are going to be unseen or ignored.

Let’s say there’s a hat with a 1000 names inside it.  Those names are all the actors and directors that made movies this year. Of those names, the Academy can only pull out 15 names. Now, of those 1000 names maybe 20 of them are non-white actors and directors.  What do you think the chances are that a non-white name is going to be pulled out of that hat? Stop blaming the Academy because “Hollywood” doesn’t make more movies with non-white leads. The Academy can only judge from what they’ve been handed.

If they Academy does anything in an attempt to make the Oscar’s more diverse than the whole thing becomes meaningless.  That being said, as I understand it, the majority of people that make up the Academy are “old and white” as I have heard countless “liberals” scream over the past few days. I think that this is a vary valid point.  I think it’s absolutely pathetic and everyone, not just liberals should be upset over this. However, the Academy could be made up of all non-whites and it wouldn’t change the diversity of the Award nomination that much.  We know this is true because when nearly every single movie released is directed by a white guy and stars mainly white actors, all the results are going to be the same year after year. History has shown this to be true.

It’s easy to blame the Academy. There is so much wrong with them.  The lack of diversity within its members. There is a lack of categories that we care about.  When is the Academy going to recognize comedy and horror? These don’t even exist to the Academy.  That’s something the Academy can change. What they can’t ever change are the movies that are released each year.  They also can’t change who stars in those movies or who writes and directs them. You can blame the Academy for a lot of things but please, stop blaming the Academy for it’s lack of diversity with regard to the nominations because it’s not really their fault. Hating on the Academy for it’s lack of diversity is like hating on 2 + 2 for always equaling 4.  You get out of it, what you put into it.  You want different results, feed the equation new numbers.

If You Are Going To Hate Cops, Do It For The Right Reasons

If You Are Going To Hate Cops, Do It For The Right Reasons

If You Are Going To Hate Cops…

I don’t hate cops.  In most cases I believe that anyone stupid enough to refuse a cops lawful orders is a dumbass.  I believe that part of doing a cops job is having the ability if not necessity to enforce the law.  When people fail to comply with the law, it is probably going to lead to some kind of violence.  Sometimes that violence is going to be excessive and sometimes, it’s going to be criminal.  But, sometimes, it’s just the way it is. Violence is always ugly and sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. As citizens, we have to look at these instances with an unbiased eye.  Most importantly we have to understand that cops are human and they make mistakes.  They are not supermen capable of shooting guns out of people’s hands or shooting them in the leg.  Basically, if you are going to hate cops, do it for the right reason.

What do I mean by all of that?  Well, when you are forced to make split second decisions we have to stop hating cops for not making the best decisions.  We have to accept that sometimes cops are going to make mistakes and it’s never going to change. For example, when a cop is faced with someone pointing a gun at them.  If the gun looks real, and the cop shoots that person, no matter how old that person is, you can’t blame the cop for that at face value. Yes, it’s brutal and it ugly and it’s a tragedy.  It doesn’t mean that it was criminal.

Now of course I believe it should be investigated. Absolutely! Did the toy gun look in question look like a super soaker or did it look a real gun?  Did the cop believe the person with the gun was a threat to public safety?  Would a reasonable person believe their life was in danger? Did the cop think the gun was a threat to their own safety. Did the cop believe that lives were at stake? If so, the cop sadly, did the right thing.  Sometimes, doing the right thing is tragic.

I am not trying to say that the cops are always justified, they are not.  For example, just the other day a cop in Phoenix, AZ shot and killed a person for throwing rocks.  I am not lying.  Some guy was throwing rocks at a police station.  He also throw some rocks at a patrol unit and broke a window.  A cop was hit on the hand by a rock and for that, the cop shot and killed the man.  Now, I will admit that, I don’t have all the facts of the case. My opinion is based solely upon the facts at hand. At this time, I see NO justification for the shooting. What that cop did was commit murder.  He should be arrested and tried for the crime. I don’t know why no one is protesting in defense of the rock thrower.  There must be a reason no one seems to have a problem with this shooting? There are no hashtags, no one screaming that the shooter be fired? Color me, perplexed!

Why do I believe this shooting was murder and the “toy gun” scenario is not?  I don’t understand how anyone could not see the difference but I will explain it, nonetheless. In the first scenario, the cop thought the toy gun was real.  The cop shot the person, because he or she believed by doing so they were protecting the public and themselves from serious harm or even death. That’s when it’s justifiable to shoot someone.  When it comes to shooting someone because they are throwing rocks, chances are, no one is going to be seriously injured when the throwers alleged targets were all property.  Chances are no one was going to be killed be cause someone was throwing rocks at cop cars and cop buildings. The cops new the man was throwing rocks.  They didn’t believe those rocks we hand grenades or that those rocks we going to be used as a deadly weapon.

Yet, I must point, that those rocks could be considered deadly weapons and I believe the cops could have arrested the man and charged him with “Assault with a Deadly Weapon.” However, I do not believe that the cops only tactic available to them was to shoot the suspect.  The cops have many tools available to them in this case. At no time was any cops life in serious jeopardy.  Therefore, the cop is guilty of either murder or manslaughter. Again based only upon the evidence at hand, at the time I am writing this article.

Cops are human beings, it doesn’t matter how much training a cop has, they will always be human and they will always makes mistakes.  The true litmus tests to acts of violence committed by the police has got to be not only that the cop feared for his life and that of the public’s safety but also would the average person have realistically feared for their lives as well.  That’s why I believe that if you’re going to hate cops, at least hate on them for the right reasons.  We have got to stop hating on cops the instant we see or hear that they a cop had to use some kind of force to impede the progress of a suspect.  As I stated earlier, sometimes doing the right thing can have tragic results. It’s just the way it is.  If you want to hate on someone, blame God. He could have just as easily created a world without guns, conflicts and hate.  If you don’t believe in a god then blame life because life, like nature, can be a beautiful thing but it can also be cruel and disgusting for absolutely no reason.


One of These Is The Toy Gun Tamir Rice Was Holding
Phoenix cop shoots and kills man throwing rocks at precinct; striking cruiser, window and officer

 

Red States Have The Worst Drivers

Red States Have The Worst Drivers

Red States Have The Worst Drivers…

I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that red states have the worst drivers. I recently moved to Arizona a little over a year ago from the High Desert in Southern California.  It’s a big change.  The city I now live in seems to pride itself on its ignorance and from what I’ve seen on the news, so does the rest of the state.  At least the vast majority of it does.  Seriously, from gun nuts walking around with their guns out to the outright disdain of anything they think is liberal.  You know, things like science and facts.  But, worst of all are the drivers.

On my cell phone, I have the ABC15 app.  It’s supposed to notify me of breaking news.  Sadly, it mainly just notifies me of the constant accidents in the center part of the state.  That’s another thing about Arizona that sucks.  If you don’t live in or around Phoenix, you don’t really matter.  If you’re lucky, you might get a mention on the news during the weather segment but that’s about it. I live closer to Los Angeles and Vegas than I do Phoenix but it seems that the whole states is forced to hear about the news from Phoenix and it’s border cities. Even so, day or night, when I get a notification it’s about one of two things, there’s an accident or there’s been another shooting.

We are constantly being told by gun nuts that there would be less shootings if everyone had guns.  So not the case.  Our state legislature also came up with the brilliant idea that once you get a drivers license it’s pretty much yours to keep until you’re 65.  Seriously, when I got my Arizona license last year I thought it was a mistake when it appeared to be good for the next 20 years.  Expires, 8/27/34, it had to be an error.  No mistake. I am good to go.

Can you believe that? If I end up needing glasses in the near future the MVD could care less. I am good to go. I could lose a fucking a limb and MVD don’t care. They’re like the Honey Badger of the vehicle world.  Within a few weeks of moving here I had already driven by several accidents.  Mostly old people that have lost of all concept that other people are on the road.  I am constantly being cut off by old fucknuts that shouldn’t be driving.  Or worse, having these idiots just pull right out in front of me like I’m not even there.  I have watched them, they don’t even look before they pull out into traffic.  If I wasn’t paying attention to them we’d both be dead.  But, to be fair, it’s not just old people.  Arizona drivers seem to take driving as a right and not a privilege. It’s just that almost every time I come upon an accident or someone cuts me off, it’s an old person involved.

All of this made me wonder, do all red states have the worst drivers?  It made perfect sense in my mind. I mean, in this day and age, anyone stupid enough to support the republican party can’t be too fucking bright.  I know this because I’ve debated enough of them to know that their elevators don’t go to the top floor.  So I did a few Google searches and guess, what? Red states have the worst drivers!

8 out of the 10 states labeled for worst drivers, are red states.  The two wobbler states are Delaware and Hawaii.  All the remaining states are without a doubt, red states.  Seems the more dumbed-down a state is, the worse their driving becomes. It’s sad, but when states don’t care enough to educate their people, what do you expect?

Well, as usual, don’t take my word for it, below are a couple links were you can read up on the subject.  Or just do your own Google search and see what you find.

Tough question: Which state has the worst drivers?
Worst Drivers By State

 

How To Install Windows 10

How To Install Windows 10

How To Install Windows 10…

I’ve had this little icon in my system tray for months now promising to notify me when I can install Windows 10.  When it fist appeared I followed the quick instructions advising me to “click here” and get on the list. Days, weeks and then months went by and no change.  It seems there’s a really long queue or maybe there was an error somewhere.  In any case, I wanted to get Windows 10 installed.  I was going to have to manually install it.  I learned two things, trying to find the actual install file took me forever!  But, actually installing it?  It was the easiest install I’ve ever done.  I’m writing this to save you some time if you want to get this installed yourself.

This isn’t a full tutorial.  This is just here to get you to the tool you’ll need to download so that you can actually Windows 10.

First thing you need to do is go to this page and download the Media Creation Tool.  Before you download the tool you need to decide on either the 32bit or the 64bit exe file.  Chances are if you have a newer PC you’re going to need the 64 bit tool.  But, if you don’t know, you can quickly check what version of the system you’re running now.

To find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following: Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties. Under System, you can view the system type.

The link to the actual documentation from MS. Click Here.

Just getting to this point took me about a half-hour because most links and tutorial sites for some reason link to pages that want you to download this file GWXWebWindows.exe and all this file does is basically either install or open up the same app that’s been sitting in my system tray promising me the Windows 10 install that never came.

So I once I finally found the MediaCreationToolx64.exe file on the Media Creation Tool page all I pretty much had to do was double click and just answer the questions.  It’s so easy and there’s only a couple of questions you need to answer.

When you open the exe file (below is what you’ll see).  What this allowing you to do is either install Windows 10 right now on your PC but choosing the “Upgrade this PC now” and simply answering a few simple questions and this install does the rest. Literally it does most of the work.  I sat there for about an hour or so while it just did it’s thing.  The second option asks a few more questions but basically it allows you download the actual installation file or files so that they can be saved to an external drive and then be used to install Windows 10 on other PC’s.  It’s all real simple.  All you need to do is choose a couple of options.

After choosing the “upgrade this PC now” option the only thing you really need to be careful about is choosing whether you’re going to want a “Clean Install” or just an “Upgrade.”  Basically, a clean install is going to delete everything on the drive you are installing windows on.  Then it will install your new windows version.  This means, any programs you’ve installed that are not part of the Windows 10 operating system will have to be reinstalled. Things like Photoshop and other programs you may have installed in the past will be gone.  It also means any photos you have on the drive or videos will be deleted.  So if you go this route, make sure to copy all that stuff to another drive or external drive before you proceed.

If you chose the upgrade option, it will basically, upgrade you to the new version of Windows but it doesn’t delete your files and programs.  So, for example, when I did this last week, I upgraded and it took about an hour or so. When it was done, I opened up my browser and pretty much went on with my internet life.  Photoshop, Sony Vegas Pro, my photos and videos were all intact.

 

Under the photo I will provide some links to more specific information.

Windows 10 Install Exe

How to Install Windows 10 on Your PC
How to get Windows 10 now: upgrade to Windows 10 today. Plus: how to fix flashing screen
 (This link provides a short video and screen captures to show you what you’ll see along the way.)