Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How to Downgrade Windows 10: Hate Windows 10? Uninstall Windows 10 and Reinstall Windows 7 or 8.1 in a Few Easy Steps

Downgrading to Windows 7 or 8.1 is easy with Windows 10

Windows 10 has been out a week now, and you've probably decided by now whether or not it's for you. If you hate Windows 10, it's easy to downgrade Windows 10 and return to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. We explain how to restore your old Windows in minutes. See also: Windows 10 review

How to downgrade Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1: Before you begin

You have 1 month to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 after installing Windows 10. So make sure you make up your mind before the option disappears.

The first step is of course to back up any information you currently have on your PC that you want to keep. Changing an operating system is a big thing, and data can often be lost along the way. You can use external hard drives, thumb drives, or some of the various online cloud storage such as OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Tresorit, that offer lots of space for free. When you’ve safely removed any documents, video, photos, or other important data you need, you’re safe to begin. Remember that this may also take a little time, so don’t start if you have plans for the immediate future.

How to downgrade Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1: Using the Update & Security settings

When you install Windows 10 on a PC that already has a Windows, the old version is stored away in a folder called Windows.old. While this takes up space, it also means that you can restore the version via Windows 10 itself. To do this first open the Windows Start menu by clicking on the icon in the bottom left of the screen. Select Settings from the menu.

Now you’ll see on option for Update & Security. Click it.

On the next page you’ll find a list of options on the left, one of which is Recovery. Click this and the main pane will display a variety of choices. The one you want is ‘Go back to Windows x’ where x will be 7 or 8.1 depending on what your computer was running. Click 'Get started' to begin. If you’re using a laptop you’ll also need to connect it to a power source or the option won’t work.

You’ll now be presented with a blue screen (no death involved) asking you why you’re downgrading? Take a moment to fill this in, as it’s a helpful tool for Microsoft in gauging the user’s experience with Windows 10. Click Next when you’re done.

Before Windows starts the process it gives a couple more opportunities to cancel, and also reminds you that if you had a password on your previous version of Windows then you’ll require it once the process is finished. If you’re happy to proceed then just click Next, then put the kettle on.

Windows will now roll back your system to how it was before the technical preview was installed.

How to downgrade Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1: Tidying up

On our test machine, which had very little installed on it, the whole process took about ten minutes and was pretty much trouble free. The only thing we needed to change was the shortcut to Windows Explorer in the taskbar, which had stopped working. To fix this we simply right clicked on the icon, unpinned it from the taskbar, then searched for Windows Explorer in the Start menu, dragged it to the taskbar, and everything was working again. All of our data was intact and in the right place, and the only other reboot needed was for Windows to instal a few updates. Fine work Microsoft! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Windows 7 vs Windows 10 comparison: Why you Should Upgrade To the New Version on 29 July

With Windows 10 due to be released on the 29th July, and offered as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, we look at how the new iteration of the world’s most popular operating system fares against its older sibling in our Windows 7 vs Windows 10 comparison.

For many, Windows 7 has been the benchmark against which to judge all others. Considering how confusing and ill thought out Windows 8's interface was (and still is in many ways), it's no surprise that many are skeptical of the free Windows 10 upgrade.

Well we have good news. Microsoft is back on form, with Windows 10 taking the best bits of Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as adding some welcome new features. Plus, the upgrade is completely free for Windows 7 owners: no strings attached.

See also:
  • Windows 10 Hands On review
  • Windows 8 Vs Windows 10 comparison
  • Will my PC get Windows 10?

Windows 7 vs Windows 10: The Start menu

 Windows 7 has a straightforward, well-designed interface that is very familiar to Windows users. Click on the Start Menu button in the bottom left corner and you can navigate your PC. When the minds behind Windows 8 decided to supplant this with a touch-focussed approach, it soon become apparent that not many users wanted big icons, charm bars, and menus swiping in from up, down, left and right.

In fact many people we talked to used tools like Classic Shell and Start8 to bypass this completely and revert to the Desktop mode with its simple Start Menu. Windows 10 doesn’t make the same mistake. The Start Menu returns from its brief hiatus, but now it’s been beefed with some useful new features. Live tiles from Windows 8 are now included on the right side of the menu, although if you’d prefer not to have these then they are easily removed. Alternatively there is also the option to run the Start Menu in fullscreen mode. The left side of the menu brings a sense of continuity with Windows 7 in that it contains options for regularly used apps, File explorer, Settings, and a Search bar.

 Windows 7 vs Windows 10: Searching the web from your desktop

One area where the changes between the two systems are obvious is in search. In Windows 10 the Search bar not only looks for folders, apps, and files on your PC, but is also linked to the Windows Store and your browser so it can seach the web right from your desktop. No need to navigate to the right tab when you want to look something up, just hit the Windows key, start typing, and your search results will be displayed in a browser window. In addition to this there’s also the rather impressive addition of Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana.

Windows 7 vs Windows 10: Cortana

 Windows phone owners will already be versed in the ways of Cortana, the virtual assistant to whom you can issue voice commands. Of course Google Now and Apple’s own Siri perform similar duties, but in Windows 10 Cortana has become an integral part of the desktop OS. Clicking on the Search area in the Taskbar opens the Cortana interface and allows you ask her various questions, such as search queries, your upcoming appointments, the weather, directions to the nearest coffee shop is, and many others. She can also schedule appointments, take dictated notes, add tasks and reminders, plus play music on your PC. Microsoft also revealed recently that it is launching Cortana apps for iOS and Android, which hopefully means the notebook that she uses to remember all of your requests will also work on those platforms. This could make Cortana an incredibly useful way to organise your life across all your devices, whatever they may be, and all from your Windows 10 desktop.

Windows 7 vs Windows 10: Virtual Desktops

While it’s technically possible to have virtual desktops in Windows 7, via the Desktops v2.0  software available on the Windows Sysinternals site, Windows 10 has the feature included directly in the operating system. Simply click on the Task view icon located in the Taskbar (or use the WIN+Tab key combination) and you’ll be able to quickly add a virtual desktop by clicking on the Plus sign in the bottom right corner. Now you can easily drag open applications onto the new workspace and declutter your various tasks. Navigating between them is easy, and as they all share the same data any changes you make will be universal.

 Windows 7 vs Windows 10: Universal Apps

When Window 7 was first released back in 2009 the smartphone phenomena was only just beginning and the iPad was still just a rumour. The idea then of having software that worked across all platforms was one that really didn’t make any sense. Nowadays, in our increasingly mobile centered world, this is a much bigger issue. In Windows 10 Microsoft has announced Universal apps (or Windows Apps as they’ve now renamed them) whose purpose is to run smoothly across your phone, tablet, PC, and even Xbox One.

This means that when you buy an app, you buy it once and it’s immediately available on all your devices. Of course it isn’t quite that simple, as a full version of Photoshop really isn’t going to run on a £59 budget smartphone, but expect to see trimmed down applications that can do a lot of the basics and sync up with each other seamlessly. Here's how to use Universal apps in Windows 10.

Windows 7 Vs Windows 10: Edge browser

Internet Explorer has been a staple of the Windows experience for many, many years. In Windows 7 it is the default gateway to the world wide web, as it comes pre-installed with the OS. Of course there’s nothing stopping you downloading an alternative browser - say Firefox, Chrome, or Opera - but statistics show that many opt to go with what they’ve got.

There’s good reason for this, as IE is a standard that many sites on the web are guaranteed to work with, and it’s a stable, easy to use app. It came as something of a surprise then when Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would ship with a brand new browser - Edge - that it thought was better suited to the modern web. After testing Edge recently we certainly agree, as it is fast, elegantly designed, and features a variety of advanced capabilities including being able to annotate web pages and then send the image to friends or colleagues, Cortana integration, a new simplified reading mode that clears out the clutter on a screen, and a number of under the hood improvements. Here's how to use Edge browser in Windows 10

DirectX 12, PC Game DVR, and Xbox One game streaming

 One of the most popular uses for a Windows machine is - of course - games. Windows 7 is a tried and trusted gaming platform that has stood up well to the rigours of time, still delivering excellent performance, stability, and compatibility. Windows 10 builds on this solid base with a few additional enhancements that might make you consider making the leap to the new version. The most obvious is the inclusion of DirectX 12, which has already seen some impressive bench testing results on a variety of gaming sites. Owners of AMD based systems should take note of this in particular as reports suggest that DirectX 12 makes significant strides in improving gaming performance from AMD-powered graphics cards.

Another game related addition in Windows 10 is that of PC Game DVR. This smart upgrade to the Xbox app allows users to record videos of their games in real time and then share it with friends. Users will also be able to play Xbox One games on their PCs by streaming across their local network. This new feature means you can plug your Xbox One controller into your PC, fire up the Xbox One, don your headphones, and play away happily in the next room while the rest of the family watch the television.

Windows 7 vs Windows 10: Price and roll-back

 There are a number of other improvements that we've seen in Windows 10, including Snap Assist, Syncing desktop settings, Contiuum, Refresh and Reset options, not to mention the new design language, but probably the most compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 are that it’s free and Microsoft has made it easy to downgrade back to 7 if you’re not happy. Built into the system is a very simple setting that allows you to restore your previous version and keep your data intact. As always we’d advise you backup everything first, but if you’re worried about making the change then the knowledge that it isn’t an all or nothing process should give you confidence to try it out. If you really don't like it, just downgrade Windows 10 in a few simple steps

Our Verdict

Windows 7 is still an excellent, reliable, and stable operating system, but we've been impressed by the innovations Microsoft has included with Windows 10. If Windows 8 left a bad taste in your mouth, or just never really appealed, we think you'll find the user friendly feel of Windows 10 an easier transition from 7. The new features make it really feel like an operating system for the modern world, with mobile device and web integration opening up the possibilities. Give it a go and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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.