Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When Free Windows 10 Becomes Expensive You Must Know This

Welcome to the question that will not die: Windows 10 is only free for one year, so what happens after that?

For those who know the answer, they get irritated every time it is asked. That’s understandable, it comes up a lot. But for those who don’t know it isn’t their fault, the blame lies squarely on Microsoft for some dreadful wording and a lack of transparency which it still hasn’t sorted out.
So let’s do that now…

Enough Bad Language

It isn’t hard to see where the problem lies. Below is a grab of the ‘free’ pricing on the official Windows 10 homepage as well as the small print which accompanies it and nothing is clear about what happens after one year: limited trial? Compulsory subscription? Something worse?

The most maddening part is the reality is actually great news: upgrade to Windows 10 within the first year and it is free… forever. Really Microsoft, that’s not hard to spell out.

Perhaps the best effort we have had from an official company spokesperson so far is in a blog post by Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems. In it he states:

“We announced that a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch. This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost.”

That’s ok, but it’s verbose and buried in a blog. So may I suggest to Microsoft it simply put this direction on the Windows 10 front page itself:

‘Upgrade to Windows 10 within the first year and it is yours free, forever. No subscriptions, no additional costs.’

The Subscription Myth

And yet, despite all this, the myth that Windows 10 will eventually add a subscription cost for free upgraders perpetuates. Why? Partly because people are rightly cynical about something that looks too good to be true. But also again due to bungled Microsoft messaging.

On multiple occasions this year Microsoft has come out and said it sees itself as a services company moving forward and that it views Windows long term as a subscription service, not a buy once platform as it has been up to now.

Rightly or wrongly, this is Microsoft’s decision (personally I understand it) but to put out such messages just before a supposedly ‘free’ Windows 10 release only causes suspicion and doubt. In fact it is these attitudes which have become so ingrained in many that they will read this post and still think Microsoft has a Windows 10 subscription plan lined up for them.

And again this stance is understandable, because many vital Windows 10 upgrade questions still mysteriously remain unanswered…

The Unanswered Questions

So why are people so suspicious about the ‘free’ promise? Again because Microsoft has not helped itself by remaining silent over key questions. Namely:
  • Do free Windows 10 upgraders get a licence key?
  • How much of your PC can be upgraded before Windows 10 thinks you have a new PC and asks you to pay?
  • Can ineligible users simply buy a cheap edition of Windows 7 Starter and use it to get a free copy of Windows 10?
  • Why were Windows Vista and Windows XP users left out? (this baffles me)
  • Will a Windows 10 subscription model exist in future for those who miss the free upgrade window?
  • Will Windows 10 charge for any updates or upgrades to the system that add major new features or functionality?
Most of these probably have sensible answers, but no-one knows and that’s a crazy situation to be in just over a month before release. Even more so given the official answers we do have are brilliant:
  • Windows 10 free upgrades will be full, standalone copies
  • Windows 10 downloads can be attained as ISOs and burnt to physical media
  • Windows 10 can be reinstalled unlimited times on the same PC, if anything goes wrong
  • All of which means that we are left with a situation where yes, it is understandable if you are confused about what happened ‘after a year’ and yes, it is understandable if you’re still cynical about the whole thing.
  • Microsoft has been on a role, and Windows 10 is looking like one of the great Windows releases, but the marketing of what should be a truly great offer has been a mess. And that’s before we even reveal the bad news that not all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users get it free. Yes, here we go again…

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Windows 10 -Release Dates,Prices,Configuration,Synthesis

In recent weeks, Microsoft is accelerating the pace of its communication around Windows 10. If some information is clear, others generate some confusion, especially around the migration conditions, free for some and not for others free .

-The Versions

If Windows 10 is presented by Microsoft as a homogeneous platform, multi-screen and multi-terminal, sharing the same core and the same applications, the publisher still required to offer different versions according to the public and uses. They are six in number.

Windows 10 is intended for home PCs, tablets and large hybrid terminals offered to the general public. This is the most general release.

Mobile Windows 10 is 8 inches and less terminals (smartphones and therefore small tablets). And we note a homecoming since Windows Mobile was already used before the launch of Windows Phone that disappears it. Windows Mobile 10 will ship with the Office version optimized for touch screens, and Continuum.

Windows 10 Pro includes the features of Home but rather targets SMEs. It incorporates additional security features, access to cliud and mobile fleet management in a BYOD approach. Enterprise Windows 10 is as the name suggests large enterprises with features more advanced security and fleet management.

Note that the Pro and Enterprise versions provide access to the new update service Windows Update for Business. The security patches and functional components can be managed at the request by the directors.

Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise is great declination Windows 10 Mobile accounts to equip smartphones and tablets under 8 inches.

Windows 10 Education will be used in the world of education and offers a volume licensing offers to equip classes etc ...

-The Release date

Windows 10 will be officially available from 29 July in 190 countries. Windows users 7 and 8 will have one year from July 29 to qualify for the free upgrade. Once the migration to Windows 10 made, they will benefit from constant updates throughout the lifetime of their device. Those wishing to be among the first to migrate to Windows 10 can reserve a free license in the coming weeks, says Microsoft.

-The Free, but for whom?

Microsoft communication about the free Windows 10 is far from being perfect and gray areas persist. But for a number of cases it is already possible to say whether or not, free will apply or not.
First scenario: "If I'm running Windows 10 Preview, can I qualify for a free license at the launch?"
The short answer is no. And a more substantial answer? "No, but it probably does not matter."

And Windows Enterprise Edition users? They are simply not concerned. These versions of the OS are available only through volume licensing agreement. To discuss prices, these customers should contact Microsoft directly.

What is important to understand is that a Windows license is tied to a terminal, and not assigned to an individual.

Therefore, if you are running a pre-release of Windows 10, the question that arises is this: my equipment he respects the license terms for Windows 10?

Whether you currently use Windows 10 pre-release does not come into play. Instead, you can get the answer by answering a few simple questions.

Is it a physical device or virtual machine?

With very few exceptions, the virtual machines are not delivered with a Windows license. See the following article for details on how to acquire a qualifying license.

If there is a physical device, such as a desktop, laptop or tablet, the underlying license must be valid to qualify for the free upgrade. Most PCs sold commercially or from specialist retailers come with a home or professional Windows installed. All come with Mac OS X.

What operating system was preinstalled on your PC?

Generally, branded PCs are sold with an operating system, usually the latest version of Windows at the time of manufacture, or OS X for the case of a Mac. If you have mounted your own PC or acquired it as a bare, then it is likely that the latter does not comprise associated Windows license.
Microsoft states that free update applies whenever the device is associated with a legitimate license for Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1. The upgrade must also be done during the year following the release of Windows 10.

Eligible for a free upgrade

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is required before you can install the update via Windows Update. Nevertheless, all PCs sold with Windows 7, including pre-SP1, Windows 10 are eligible.Windows 8: It is imperative before installing Windows 10 previously deployed Windows 8.1 (free on the Windows Store), then Windows 8.1 Update via Windows Update. These installations completed, you will be eligible for a free Windows 10. Windows 8.1: You can mount version to Windows 10 from Windows Update.

Not eligible for free upgrade

No operating system: If you purchased the bare or without valid copy of Windows PC, then you can not recover Windows 10 for free, even if you already have a preview of Windows 10. This also applies If you run Windows 10 in a VM. You must first install a qualifying license.

Windows XP or Windows Vista PC (probably old) is not automatically eligible for a free upgrade. However, you should be able to access it by moving initially to a newer version of Windows, Windows Seven or eight.

Windows RT: Your machine can not migrate to Windows 10. Microsoft said that some features of the OS would be available on RT via an update. When? The editor has nothing statement.

OS X: Your Mac must have a valid license to run Windows. And this applies whether you use Boot
Camp or a virtual machine.

If the preinstalled OS does not allow you to claim free Windows 10, what options are open to you?

You need what Microsoft calls a " qualifying license "if you install Windows 10 on a virtual machine on a Mac using Boot Camp, or mounted on a PC or purchased nude.

You might already have a compatible license if you purchased commercially a copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. You can use this license on any physical or virtual PC. And this copy allows you to be eligible for free Windows 10 update.

You can also use an OEM copy of Windows 8, which is the only OEM version incorporating personal Use Rights (PUR). For some strange reason, Microsoft withdrew these rights 8.1 Windows OEM license. Technically, you can not use an OEM copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a PC or a VM you have mounted. In practice, this usage is so widespread that it is impossible to imagine Microsoft trying to enforce these technical license fees.

The best strategy might be to be patient. The boss of the Windows division, Terry Myerson, said that "very attractive offers" are available for OEM customers to PCs equipped with Windows "Not Genuine" licenses . It is not certain that these deals will be limited to China and other saturated with pirated copies of Windows markets.

-Quid Pirated versions?

Microsoft announced: all users of Windows 7 devices, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 will free up version to Windows 10 in the year following the launch of the latest OS.

All users or almost. The first declarations of the publisher could indeed suggest that even the owners of versions of non-genuine Windows or "Not Genuine" would be eligible for free Windows 10.

Microsoft held to clarify his remarks in a blog post by Terry Myerson , head of the operating system division. And the rule defined by the publisher is: No, invalid OS versions holders will not, like the others, install Windows 10 free.

"Although our free offer of upgrading to Windows 10 will not be applicable to non-genuine Windows devices, and as we have always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 clients to devices operating in a state Non- authentic " wrote Terry Myerson .

Microsoft therefore does not rise here of doubt about the eligibility for Windows 10. Several readings are possible. The publisher could open the possibility for users of Version "Not Genuine" to move to Windows 10, but still in a version "Not Genuine".

This message may also reflect the willingness of Microsoft to communicate specifically with non-authentic versions of the owners of Windows 7 and 8. notifications could then be displayed on their screen to encourage them to purchase a genuine license.

"As we are currently doing with Windows Update, we will notify customers in the product with details on how to get their free upgrade to Windows 10. These reports provide more detail and customers can deactivate them at any moment. "

Microsoft also states that it will partner with OEMs to push the update to Windows 10 offers "attractive" to customers old devices running a non-genuine version of the OS.

Recall that the copies "Non-Genuime" Windows are not always pirated versions. Sometimes users unknowingly buy copies of Windows that some resellers or retailers are as lawful, and which are counterfeited and / or falsified.

Prices Boxes

Microsoft has a lot of free press release of the next version of its operating system. This however will only be valid the first year, we have seen, under specific conditions.

Therefore, Windows 10, like previous versions of the OS, will also have a price. The Home Edition or Home of Windows 10 will be charged $ 119 by the publisher, and the Pro version $ 199. Note that to climb to the Pro version from the Home edition, it will cost 99 dollars.

These prices are virtually identical to those applied for Microsoft Windows 8.1, namely 119.99 respectively 199.99 and 99.99 dollars for Home editions, Pro and updating. Note that the publisher has wished to make any comment on tariff information published by and on OEM licenses.

Remember, these rates only apply to users who do not have a terminal with a valid license for Windows 7 (SP 1) or Windows 8.1, or if they do not mount version in the first year of launch. Indeed, after July 29, 2016 , Windows 10 will return to paying for all.

What Configuration?

The PC must have 2 GB of RAM minimum for 64-bit and 1 GB for the 32-bit version. On the side of the storage space, it will book 20 GB for 64-bit and 16 GB for 32-bit version.

Windows 10 Pro version will run on devices with a diagonal 7 inches, confirming the willingness of Microsoft to address small tablets. Consumer version will be reserved for screens over 8 inches. DirectX 9 minimum must be present.

Finally, UEFI 2.3.1 (replacing the BIOS) and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for security (encryption) will be required.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Microsoft Releases new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Aero Glass Cortana Redesign and Fresh Sounds

Microsoft launched a new Windows 10 preview for PCs today. The build includes a slew of improvements all over the operating system, both in terms of design and new features.

First up, Microsoft is reintroducing some Aero Glass elements in the user interface. The distinct look was introduced with Windows 7 but dropped in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

“We’ve also heard loud and clear that many Windows Insiders want to see Aero Glass from Windows 7 make a comeback,” said Gabriel Aul, the leader of Microsoft’s operating systems group’s data and fundamentals team. “We’ve been working out how to satisfy this request, and are trying some things out with this build to see how you like them.”

Aul explains that not everyone will see the return of Aero Glass, as Microsoft is running an A/B test with this build. Half of Windows 10 testers will see normal transparency on the Start menu and taskbar while the other half will see a blur effect. Microsoft will choose which one to make the default based on feedback it receives.

Next up, Cortana has received a visual refresh “that makes the experience feel more ingrained into the overall Windows experience.” Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the operating systems group, showed off some of the changes at Build 2015 earlier today.

In short, Cortana is more tightly integrated with the Start menu/screen. Searching for an app will bring up Cortana, the new Windows split view control has been added to Cortana’s left rail, and Cortana now provides navigation consistent with many other Windows first-party applications.
Better yet, Cortana has gained new features powered by Bing Instant Answers, meaning it tries to give answers while you’re still typing. It has 11 new functionalities:
  • Weather — type “Seattle Weather”
  • Finance — type “MSFT stock”
  • Dictionary — type “define astounding”
  • Calculator — type “48*92″
  • Flight Status — type “UA 238″
  • Reference — type “how tall is brad pitt”
  • Showtimes — type “movies near me”
  • Tech Help — type “memory in my computer”
  • Time Zone — type “time in London”
  • Unit Conversion — type “42 ft in meters”
  • Chit Chat — type “tell me a joke”
Continuum is a Windows 10 feature that handles transitions between interface modes. Today we learned Continuum wouldn’t be limited to just convertible laptops and tablets, but was coming to smartphones as well.

Yet today’s build is for PCs. Continuum improvements thus include a simplified taskbar, general polish on snapping, and the option to adjust the size on the shared divider between two snapped windows.

Other additions and improvements in this build include:
  • Multitasking: Alt-Tab, Task-View, and Snap Assist have all been refined. Snap Assist also now supports the ability to close a window.
  • New default Windows sounds: Not all have changed, but most sounds are completely different.
  • Music and Video preview apps: The Music app has a more immersive Now Playing experience with a true full screen mode while the Video app can now download movies, TV shows, and TV seasons. You can download, delete, and even re-download videos as many times as you want on up to three devices (a limit that Microsoft is planning to increase).
  • Xbox app April 2015 update: Game DVR for PC games, screenshots, a Live Tile, user profiles, and real-name sharing. Drivers for Xbox controllers are also now included.
  • Windows Store Beta improvements: Blue tile, Xbox Live games, and in-app purchases are all ago. Most importantly, apps you purchased on Windows 8.1 will now show up, and vice-versa.
  • Discovering features and apps in Windows 10: More “bite-sized” learning and discovery experiences have been added.
Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number from 1061, released on April 22, to build 10074. The update should arrive overnight for Windows 10 preview users via Windows Update (your PC has to be plugged in, and be on or sleeping). If you want to get build 10074 now, head to PC Settings, select “Update and recovery,” then “Preview builds,” and click the “Check Now” button.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Windows 7 and 8.1 Users Nudged in Windows 10's Direction

Windows 7 and 8.1 users have not received further stimulus to download the Windows 10 and later this summer, after secretly Microsoft implements a push in the right direction, as part of a new update.
The optional KB3035583 update for the two previous versions of Windows include "additional capabilities for Windows update notifications one when new updates are available for the user", and upon inspection found more Top MyCe That this was, in fact, a Windows installer 10.

Users who choose to download the update recommended-but-not-essential find that a new folder inside called System32 added "GWX." It contains nine different files and an additional folder called "Downloads".

The file that matters is "GWXUXWorker.EXE," For in the file description that includes the text "Download Windows 10." In addition, the config.xml file in the folder is "OnlineAdURL" That line indicates you should go to "" where the update presumably be expecting a Once released.

It applies to all PCs running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Someone wants to take over he has to manually check the box next to the update to receive it.

Microsoft confirmed in January and 8.1 That all PCs with Windows 7 receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 after release and that even includes pirated copies of the operating system. Users of Windows XP, meanwhile, have to install Windows 7 or 8.1 before you can use Windows 10.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

70-680 Question Answer

Question NO: 3 

You work as a desktop support technician at The network consists of a single Active Directory domain named purchases a new client computer named ABC-WS680. You have been instructed to perform an automated installation of Microsoft Windows 7 on ABC-WS680 using the Microsoft Windows 7 DVD. What should you do?

A. You should consider creating an ANS file named sysprep.xml and copying it to a network share.
B. You should consider creating an ANS file named winnt.sif and copying it to a removable drive.
C. You should consider creating an ANS file named autounattend.sif and copying it to a network share.
D. You should consider creating an ANS file named autounattend.xml and copying it to a removable drive.

Answer: D


When Windows 7 is booted from the DVD, it automatically searches for an ANS file called autounattend.xml. If it finds such a file, it will use that to ANS all of the configuration Qs.Incorrect ANSs:
B: Winnt.sif is the Windows XP auto-ANS file name.
C: The file should be named autounattend.xml not autounattend.sif.

Question NO: 4

You work as a network administrator at The network consists of a single Active Directory domain named The servers on the network run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and the client computers run Microsoft Windows 7. A network user named Mia Hamm has a client computer which she regularly backs up. Mia Hamm additionally creates system image backups. During the course of the day Mia Hamm's computers disk fails and she replaces the failed disk drive. wants you to recover Mia Hamm's computer to the previous Windows environment. You started the computer using the Windows 7 installation media. What should you do?

A. You should consider having the System Image Recovery option selected.
B. You should consider having the Upgrade option selected.
C. You should consider having the System Restore option selected.
D. You should consider having the Command Prompt option selected.
E. You should consider having the Last Known Good Configuration selected

Answer: A

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First Look: Microsoft Office 'lite' for Touchscreens 

Microsoft Office

As part of the beta release program for Windows 10, Microsoft has released free touchscreen versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word through the Windows Store. This does not represent the next version of Office, but instead a simplified version of the current Office. Nonetheless, together, they are a full-fledged set of tools that you can use to create documents, and edit or view your current Office format documents (.doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls and .xlsx). 

Only available for Windows 10 Technical Preview testers

Excel Preview, PowerPoint Preview, and Word Preview are each available for free for the time being, but are meant for testing purposes, and only for users of the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is Build 9926. Each is downloaded separately from the beta of the desktop version of the Windows Store. Their file sizes range from 78 MB up to 90 MB.

Designed to work across all screen sizes

These are among Microsoft’s first apps intended to work across different Windows 10 device platforms: desktop/notebook, tablet or phone. To accommodate touchscreen use, the toolbars utilize large fonts and icons with plenty of whitespace in between. When you highlight text or an image, a toolbar appears listing Cut, Copy and Paste buttons. The UI still works with the traditional keyboard-and-mouse. Thus, these apps are well suited for Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, which is designed to be switched between notebook and tablet modes. 

Features: Not as extensive as Office

Some Office 2013 features are missing. In Word Preview, you can’t create a table of contents. You’re not even allowed to define custom margins or page sizes; you can only choose from a selection of preset margins and sizes. But when it comes to the features they do have, these three apps are similar to the web app versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word. They are “good enough” for most users’ needs. Excel Preview includes charts and formulas helpfully grouped into categories. The light bulb icon works as both a help search engine and agent that can guide you on how to do something to your document. 

Availability of final releases

As for the price of these apps when their final versions are publicly released, it’s speculated that they could be included with the next version of Microsoft Office (which is being targeted to come out sometime in the second half of this year) and to subscribers of Office 365. They will also come pre-installed on Windows 10 phones and tablets (which have screens of a certain maximum size, perhaps 10 inches and smaller), and could be offered for free for other Windows 10 computers and devices. Either way, additional features would be unlocked with an Office 365 subscription.