Sunday, January 23, 2022

Your Trial Period has Expired!

" Your Trial Period has Expired!"

This is a depressing message especially when you still haven't achieved what you wanted to do in the trial setup.

Most of the software today provide a fixed trial period. You my try it during the duration and then purchase it to continue beyond the trial period.

But what happens when you need to extend the trial? Well some do provide a small extension but you need to provide your credit card details which means there is a risk of billing if you forget to turn off the trial before the billing cycle starts.

You may be surprised to know that In most of the cases, you can just request and the people managing it may simply accept your request - just for free without needing any payment details.

I have had multiple experience with Microsoft product Dynamics365. They first provide a 30 days trial and then an extension if you provide your credit card info. But you may just try contacting the customer care and request them to extend without any credit card/payment info. Most of the times they just do it.

I had another experience with ScreenMeet which is an extension for D365 CSW. The agent was happy to extend my trial without needing much explanation itself.

So, before giving up, please try to contact the company and check if they could extend the trial period just for you.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Sleeping issues with Laptop - Windows 10 PC keeps waking up in sleep!

Have you faced the issue of PC waking up in sleep? Most of the wake-ups are to do important stuff like critical updates, mandatory virus scans, etc.

But its really troubling when:

  • PC wakes up and consumes all battery while you were expecting it to be fully charged.
  • PC wakes up and consumes all battery and then hits a hard shutdown and loosing any unsaved stuff
  • PC is packed in a bag and during journey and it gets really hot in the bag
These are some real life scenarios where you would want it not to wakeup - the ideal solution would be to take the pain of shutting it down. But shutting down is a longer and cumbersome process to most of us, and many of us never shutdown the PC - just sleep it.

Identifying the causes of wakeup:

Device/Hardware - there maybe components which would be causing the wakeup. Type below command in command prompt to find:

powercfg -devicequery wake_armed

Once the items are listed, you may find them in device manager and then turn of the wakeup checkbox in the Power Management properties.

Software - These could be the scheduled tasks, etc. Type below in Powershell to identify:

Get-ScheduledTask | where {$_.settings.waketorun}

and then you may review and disable the unnecessary tasks.