Monday, November 16, 2015

How to Activate Windows 10 with Windows 7 or 8.1 Product Key

Windows 10 Threshold 2 has finally made it possible to activate the new operating system with a Windows 7 or 8.1 product key, which kind of makes sense, given the fact that it was offered free of charge on PCs running any of these two versions.

So if you’re already on Windows 10 Threshold 2 and want to activate your computer, the process is a lot easier than before, when Microsoft first asked users to upgrade via Windows Update, wait for automatic validation, and only then perform a clean install.

How to activate


Basically, if you plan to activate with a previous Windows version product key, you most likely want to perform a clean install from the very beginning and thus avoid the pain of manual upgrades and then reinstall.

To do this, all you have to do is skip entering a product key when installing Windows 10 from scratch. If you do this, Windows 10 will be installed as an evaluation copy, and you’ll be allowed to provide a product key when all files are copied and you can log into your desktop.

Once you reach the desktop, go to the following path:

Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key
And enter the product key that came with your Windows 7 or 8.1 computer. The activation process should then be performed automatically, and if everything’s alright, you should be running a fully legit version of Windows 10 activated with a Windows 7 or 8.1 key.

We’re receiving messages from our readers who claim that the process really works smoothly, and no problems should be experienced.

Microsoft first introduced this option in Windows 10 preview build 10565, and the company said at that time that it was all based on consumer feedback.

“We have received a lot of feedback from Insiders on making it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer to genuine Windows by using existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product keys,” Microsoft announced.

Fortunately, this feature seems to be working really smoothly, so go ahead and try it yourself if you want to avoid the pain of upgrading and only then performing a clean install.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

OneDrive Unlimited Storage Killed Windows 7 Pro's Demise: Microsoft Roundup

Microsoft has spent a hectic week addressing a Windows Hello battery drain, partnering with Red Hat for Linux on Azure, launching an Insider preview for Windows 10 Build 10586, and continuing its mobile-focused acquisition spree.

Some users were unhappy with their Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices, which drew attention this week due to significant battery drains while devices were sleeping or in standby mode. WinBeta reports biometric authentication system Windows Hello could be behind the problem, so those affected should disable this feature until Microsoft delivers a fix.

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Other customers had a different reason to be grumpy this week. Microsoft announced Nov. 2 it plans to eliminate "unlimited" storage for Office 365 consumer subscribers and cut back both free and paid OneDrive storage due to user abuse.

Why the crackdown on cloud? Some account holders took advantage of the unlimited storage to back up multiple PCs and entire collections of movies and DVR recordings. For some users, storage exceeded 75TB per account holder -- 14,000 times the average.

Enterprise customers learned this week of Microsoft's plans to terminate sales of PCs running Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. As of Oct. 31, 2016, PC manufacturers must stop installing Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1. Sales of Windows 8 will end June 30, 2016.

After Microsoft's deadline, businesses participating in the Volume Licensing program can leverage their Software Assurance or downgrade rights to switch from Windows 10 to Windows 7 if they prefer. It should be noted the extended support for Windows 7 Pro will continue through Jan. 14, 2020.

The update indicates Microsoft's confidence in the growth of Windows 10, which could prove troublesome given a recent report from Laptop. In writing its Tech Support Showdown, the publication's researchers discovered phone support employees from Dell and HP discourage users from upgrading to Windows 10 and don't understand key OS features.

In other business news, Microsoft this week confirmed a partnership with Red Hat that will simplify the process for businesses to deploy Red Hat's open source software on Microsoft Azure. The partnership is historic for the two longtime competitors.

As part of the agreement, Red Hat Linux will become the "preferred choice" for enterprise Linux workloads on the IaaS platform. Microsoft will join Red Hat's cloud and service-provider partner program, and the two will offer an on-demand, pay-as-you-go license model for Red Hat products on Azure.

Microsoft has announced it's changing its approach to customer service in Dynamics CRM 2016. New capabilities will include Azure Machine Learning to give employees up-to-date information, and customer surveys to record feedback via Microsoft Social. News on mobility and intelligence in Dynamics CRM 2016 will arrive in coming weeks.

Redmond continued its mobile-focused acquisition spree with the purchase of Mobile Data Labs, the company behind the MileIQ mobile app. The MileIQ team will continue to develop mobile productivity solutions while integrating insights from Office 365 and Office Graph, as reported in a Microsoft blog.

In Windows 10 updates, Microsoft this week released preview build 10586 to the Fast ring of Windows Insiders. Gabe Aul, vice president for Engineering Systems in the Windows and Devices Group, said this build is more focused on bug fixes and general improvements in a blog post on the news.
Build 10586 includes the following fixes:

  • Tab previews in Microsoft Edge will no longer appear black
  • Pressing the power button on the Surface Pro 3 will put the device to sleep, not shut it down
  • Audio will continue playing at normal volume after Action Center notifications appear
  • Windows will remember how you previously logged in and prompt you in the same way
  • More reliable downloads of apps and games from Windows Store
Preview builds are known to be buggy, and Microsoft acknowledges the following as known issues in Build 10586:
  • Skype messages and contacts will disappear when upgrading between Insider preview builds. Work around this by going to "C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Messaging_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalCache" in File Explorer, deleting or renaming the "PrivateTransportId" file, and signing out of Skype. Log in and it should work.
  • Insider Hub might disappear after upgrading to Build 10586. Get it back by going to Settings > System > Apps & Features, select "Manage optional features," choose "Add a feature," and add Insider Hub.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pass4sure 70-680 Question Answer

You have a computer named Computer1 that runs Windows Vista and a computer named Computer2 that runs Windows 7. You plan to migrate all profiles and user files from Computer1 to Computer2.You need to identify how much space is required to complete the migration.What should you do?

A. On Computer1 run Loadstate c:\store /nocompress
B. On Computer1 run Scanstate c:\store /nocompress /p
C. On Computer2 run Loadstate \\computer1\store /nocompress
D. On Computer2 run Scanstate \\computer1\store /nocompress /p

Answer: B

You work in an international company which is named Wiikigo. Before entering this company, you have two years of experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment.


You are professional in installing, upgrading and migrating to Windows 7, deploying Windows 7, and configuring Hardware and Applications and son on.You have a workgroup which contains five computers. Windows 7 is run by the computers. A computer named C01 has video and audio files.You have to share C01s video and audio files on the network.What should you do? (Choose more than one)

A. Connect a removable drive and enable BitLocker To Go.
B. A HomeGroup should be created.
C. The files should be moved to a Media Library.
D. All BranchCache rules should be enabled in Windows Firewall.

Answer: B, C

Monday, October 5, 2015

Windows 10 Adapt Or Die

Windows 10's accelerated update and upgrade tempo requires enterprises to discard habits that accreted over decades, a painful change but one that can be managed, a Gartner analyst said today.

"There's a new velocity of the rate of change when you move to Windows 10," Steven Kleynhans, a Gartner analyst who tracks the Redmond, Wash. firm, said in an interview. "It's not optional. You have to get on board."

In an interview, Kleynhans, who this week will host a Windows 10 session for CIOs at Gartner's annual Orlando-based symposium, focused on what enterprises must do to deal with Windows 10, Microsoft's newest OS -- in particular, its rapid update and upgrade schedule. With Windows 10, Microsoft will deliver not only the usual security patches and the occasional non-security bug fix -- historically what the company shipped between each major version -- but also new features and functionality, user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) improvements, and enhanced services and apps.

Windows 10 will be updated about every four months -- central to Microsoft's pivot toward its "Windows as a service" strategy -- and although businesses will be on a delayed deployment schedule compared to consumers, they will, with some exceptions, be required to adopt those updates in order to continue receiving all-important security fixes.

Windows 10's update-and-upgrade practice runs counter to the previous 39 years of Microsoft practice: Software was updated and upgraded on a regular -- or not so regular -- cadence, and users chose whether to deploy the new. Between each upgrade, Microsoft usually made only the most meager of changes. The only deadline customers faced was Microsoft's 10 years of security support.

The one-two of constant and forced updates/upgrades will demand major changes in how enterprises test and deploy once they move to Windows 10. (They'll have to at some point, what with the corporate standard Windows 7 exiting support in four years and three months.)

"Most enterprises tend to be a little slow in how they approach change," Kleynhans said in a diplomatically-worded way that disguised the extent of business resistance. "They can't do that on Windows 10."

Traditionally, businesses treated a Windows upgrade -- again, the only instances when functionality morphed and new features appeared -- as a big project with a big budget and a corresponding long timeline.

"That's not the case anymore [with Windows 10]," said Kleynhans. "If you were to handle every [Windows 10] update that way, it would be ridiculous."

Instead, enterprises should craft what Kleynhans called a "production-line model" of dealing with change. Creating a set of tasks that are repeatable and in constant use will be critical, he said. As one update's deployment starts, the next update's evaluation and preliminary testing should already be in motion.
That's not to mean enterprises must -- or should -- blindly accept Microsoft's assertion that each update is problem- or bug-free. "You always have to test real production applications that keep the business running," said Kleynhans.

But it will mean that some previously-mandatory pre-deployment testing must get the heave-ho. "You have to look at what's important to you," said Kleynhans. "You have to understand what your real priorities are. Things that you're not quite so worried about, you'll just not be able to test those."

Likewise, Kleynhans suggested that enterprises reduce the amount of in-lab testing done on Windows 10's updates and upgrades, and replace that with pilot programs where small groups of users run the preview of the next-in-line update (Microsoft calls that preview "Windows Insider") or the current consumer-grade version before it hits businesses. Those users will serve as the enterprises' own guinea pigs, just as the at-large Windows 10 user base serves that purpose for Microsoft.

"Monitor that field testing, gradually expand those pilots, and start releasing to your general base of users," Kleynhans recommended. "It's a series of gradual, staggered deployments."

Then lather, rinse and repeat.

If Kleynhans' outline for enterprises sounds familiar, it should: It's essentially what Microsoft has recommended, then backed with a built-in four-month delay after consumers get a given update before businesses receive the same, with the option to push that deployment back another four months.
Even so, Kleynhans isn't certain that the tools Microsoft has pledged -- but not yet delivered in full -- for its enterprise-grade Current Branch for Business (CBB) update/upgrade track will be sufficient for customers. Theory is all well and good, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating."They certainly have promise, make sense and seem like they will work," Kleynhans said. "But is it enough? We don't know this."

Since May, Microsoft has touted Windows Update for Business (WUB) as the mechanism by which corporate customers will manage Windows 10's frequent-and-forced updates and upgrades. It has suggested that using WUB will be more economical and result in more up-to-date -- and thus secure -- devices in the workplace than sticking with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), or its own or third-party update and patch management software.

Kleynhans' skepticism about WUB's and the CBB's abilities stems from the fact that neither has swung into action. Only parts of WUB have shipped thus far, and the CBB won't see its first release until March or April 2016.

But he remained insistent that, no matter the tools or whether Microsoft's would suffice, enterprises have to adapt to Redmond's regime, which, in turn, answered to the King.


"It's not Microsoft that's forcing this onto the market. Windows 10 is just following the market, forced by mobility," Kleynhans argued. "Microsoft is just following the pattern by the market at large. It's been inevitable that we've had to move to something more frequent like this. Microsoft is simply adapting some of the processes for the mobile market with Windows 10."

And although the changes seemed massive -- and overnight to many, what with Microsoft talking about the specifics only this year -- there will be time to make the necessary adjustments. Windows 10, after all, launched only two months ago, and enterprises have another 45 to get their ducks in a row, and their devices onto Windows 10 before 7 lumbers into retirement.

Likewise, measuring Microsoft's success in the transformation of Windows into a semi-service won't happen overnight. Kleynhans predicted that it would be at least two years before customers -- and Microsoft -- have a good handle on how, or even if, the new process works.

And if it doesn't?

"Microsoft can be pretty responsive to the customer base," said Kleynhans "If people say, "I just can't take this," Microsoft will work with the customer base."And if that doesn't happen? Well, then the buck will stop here. As in at the enterprise IT department.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Pass4sure 70-680 Question Answer

Your network consists of an Active Directory domain and a DirectAccess infrastructure.

You install Windows 7 on a new portable computer and join the computer to the domain.

You need to ensure that the computer can establish DirectAccess connections.

What should you do?


A. Install a computer certificate.
B. Create a new network connection.
C. Enable the Network Discovery firewall exception.
D. Add the computer account to the Network Configuration Operators group.

Answer: A



You have a portable computer named Computer1 that runs Windows 7.
You have a file server named Server1 that runs Windows Server 2008. Server1 contains a shared folder named Share1.
You need to configure Computer1 to meet the following requirements:
• Ensure that cached files from Share1 are encrypted.
• Ensure that files located in Share1 are available when Server1 is disconnected from the network.
What should you do?

A. On Server1, encrypt the files in Share1. On Computer1, make Share1 available offline.
B. On Server1, configure BitLocker Drive Encryption. On Computer1, make Share1 available offline.
C. On Computer1, make Share1 available offline and enable encryption of offline files.
D. On Computer1, copy the files from Share1 to the Documents library and configure BitLocker Drive Encryption.

Answer: C

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Windows 10 Worst Feature Installed On Windows 7 And Windows 8

Laughing at Microsoft MSFT +4.65%’s controversial data mining and privacy invasions within Windows 10? Well Windows 7 and Windows 8 users should laugh no longer as this most hated spying is now headed your way…

Software specialist site gHacks has discovered that Microsoft has pushed four new updates to both Windows 7 and Windows 8 which introduce new data collecting and user behavior tracking features.
The four updates in question and the official Microsoft descriptions are:

  • KB3068708 Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. (Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
  • KB3022345 (replaced by KB3068708) Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to in-market devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet been upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. (Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
  • KB3075249 Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 – This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels. (Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
  • KB3080149 Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – This package updates the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. This service provides benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. (Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1)
Furthermore gHacks notes that ” these four updates ignore existing user preferences stored in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (including any edits made to the Hosts file) and immediately starts exchanging user data with and

“These, and maybe others, appear to be hardcoded which means that the Hosts file is bypassed automatically”, gHacks explains.

I have reached out to Microsoft about the new patches and will update when the company’s response if/when it is received.

But until then the bigger question for those uncomfortable with these changes is: How do you stop them?

The Windows 7 and Windows 8 Advantage

While this development will inevitably amuse Windows 10 users (unless they are considering a downgrade), the clear benefit of Windows 7 and Windows 8 at this point is updates are not mandatory.

This means Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can choose not to download the updates or, if they have already been installed, they can be uninstalled and neither operating system will automatically reinstall them without user permission.

Taking this a step further, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can right click on any updates shown by Windows Update and choose ‘Hide Update’. This will stop them being searched for and accidentally installed again.