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Microsoft Bringing x86 Emulation to ARM64 Systems in Fall 2017

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 21, 2016 03:27PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A number of signs are pointing to Microsoft working on x86 emulation for ARM64 based systems, a feature that would allow native x86 applications to run on ARM64 systems. Indications are pointing to the feature being included in Redstone 3 for Windows 10 in Fall 2017. Windows 10 currently offers Continuum, which only allows users to run the Universal Windows Platform. A new bit of code was discovered that indicates that the feature has a new codename, CHPE, with the meaning of the full acronym remaining unknown. Sources indicate that the C stands for Cobalt, while speculation points to Hewlett Packard and E indicates emulation. HP was been "working increasingly closely with Microsoft on its Windows 10 PCs and the HP Elite x3 Windows Phone," and users of HP devices would likely benefit from running needed business applications on device rather than through remote software such as Citrix.

Source: ZDNet



Unified Update Platform Revealed for Windows 10 Devices

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 8, 2016 03:44PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Whether you love them, hate them, or are ambivalent to them, chances are you have had to deal with Windows updates before. Like any part of a piece of software, Microsoft has been receiving feedback about how Windows updates and are preparing a rather significant response to this. It is called the Unified Update Platform (UUP) and will bring several improvements some of you are probably going to appreciate.

Going on a brief tangent, I suspect many of you have hated how large some game updates can be, despite the changes not apparently needing so much stuff. In some cases this is because a patch cannot be compiled with only the changes as other assets also have to be included, even if they do not differ from what you already have. With the current system, this has also been true with Windows updates, but under the UUP users will be able to receive differential downloads with just the changes, instead of a full build. The estimate is that users could see download sizes decrease by about 35%, between major updates. This features is targeted for after the Windows 10 Creators Update, so it will be some time before we receive the benefits.

With UUP the means of checking for updates is also being tweaked to make it more efficient for the end user. For PC users this might not be too important, but for those running the Mobile OS, the reduction in data sent and local processing should help your battery life. This is thanks to having the service take on more of the responsibility. Also, the requirement to use two hops to complete an update is being addressed, allowing UUP to use a "canonical" build that only takes one installation.

While the roll out for UUP is going to take time, it has already started for mobile devices. Insiders on PC should see it later this year though, but the Windows Update behavior should not change for us. The improvements and optimizations the Unified Update Platform brings with it exist in the background so the end user should not notice anything on the surface.

Source: Windows Blog



Russian Hackers Exploiting Recent Windows Vulnerability

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 2, 2016 03:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft is reporting that the hacking group known as Strontium is among those actively exploiting the vulnerability recently disclosed by Google, with security researchers FireEye going as far as stating that the group is "most likely sponsored by the Russian government." Microsoft has reiterated that users of the latest version of Windows 10 and the Edge browser are safe, adding that users must have Adobe Flash installed to be vulnerable. It is believed that Strontium began exploiting this flaw with spearphishing, "a technique that involves targeting specific individuals with emails and other messages that seek to fool them into revealing their logins." The involvement of the Russian government cannot be proven at this time, and the country continues to deny any involvement though researchers claim that "the amount of circumstantial evidence is certainly mounting."

Source: BBC



Google Reveals Windows Exploit Before Microsoft Issues Patch to Fix It

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 1, 2016 02:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has revealed a critical security exploit that impacts Windows systems, ten days after informing Microsoft of the exploit. However, Microsoft has not yet issued a patch for the vulnerability which is described as "a local privilege escalation in the Windows kernel that can be used as a security sandbox escape." The vulnerability is being actively exploited which "means attackers have already written code for this specific security hole and are using it to break into Windows systems." Microsoft is not happy that Google revealed the exploit before it had a chance to fix it, with a spokesperson stating "We believe in coordinated vulnerability disclosure, and today’s disclosure by Google puts customers at potential risk." Executive VP of the Windows and Devices group Terry Myerson added that the vulnerability doesn't impact Windows 10 Anniversary Update users and that a fix is expected on November 8.

Source: Venture Beat



Microsoft Aware of Issue with Latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: October 5, 2016 02:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft released KB3194496 to members of the Windows Insiders program last week. This fix is a Cumulative Update for Windows 10, and it appears that it has caused a significant issue for a "subset of users." These users have found themselves stuck in an install loop since the upgrade with no easy way out. The issue was apparently reported by some users before it was made publicly available, but Microsoft did not heed those warnings. The company has now acknowledged the problem and stated that it is working on a "clean-up script that will fix the underlying issue preventing the install."

Source: Neowin



Windows 10 Anniversary Update Could Take Three Months to Reach Remaining Users

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: September 14, 2016 03:13PM
Author: Nick Harezga

When Microsoft released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2, the company announced plans to do the update gradually. A recent e-mail sent out by Microsoft reads, "The Anniversary Update will download and install via Windows Update. The download is automatically available to you. It will begin rolling out on 2 August 2016 and may take up to 3 months to reach all users. Internet access fees may apply," meaning that some users may have to wait until November to get the update. Users that wish to force the update can do so through the Windows Update interface. The reasoning behind the extended rollout appears to be to allow Microsoft to fix issues as they come up without all users being impacted by them.

Source: ZDNet



Fix Found for Windows 10 Anniversary Update Breaking Some Webcams

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 22, 2016 08:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, a major update that brings many changes, and as is so often the case with any software release, some new issues. The update apparently disables support for some webcams, causing the video streams to crash or freeze. It seems to be just for those webcams that use h.264 or MJPEG compression for their video streams. Fortunately someone has already found a possible solution. (I updated my laptop recently and its webcam was not affected, so I have not tested this fix.)

The solution involves editing the registry, so only if you are comfortable doing so should you try. Microsoft will release a patch for this, but it is only speculation when it may come. After opening the registry, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform. In this folder add a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named 'EnableFrameServerMode' and give it the value 0. If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform and add the same DWORD (EnableFrameServerMode with the value 0).

As is often the case with registry edits, you should probably restart your computer to make sure the changes take effect.

Source: WCCFtech



Google Developing New Operating System

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 15, 2016 02:01PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google already has a pair of Operating Systems under its belt with Android and Chrome OS, and is now working on another known as Fuchsia. The new OS is being built from scratch and won't use the Linux kernel. Fuchsia is instead based on Magenta, a "medium-sized microkernel that is itself based on a project called LittleKernel, which is designed to be used in embedded systems." The fact that it is based on a microkernel doesn't mean it will lack in features as it is targeted at smartphones and personal computers with features such as a capability-based security model and graphics rendering already in place. It is unclear what the end game for Fuchsia is, with speculation including combining Android and Chrome OS, powering Internet of Things devices, or augmented reality interfaces. Users that want to get their hands on the code now rather than waiting for Google to release something officially can go to the company GitHub page.

Source: The Verge



Microsoft Will Skip Second Windows 10 Update for 2016

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 8, 2016 11:11AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft had previously announced that it would make two feature and maintenance updates per year for Windows 10, with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update the first for 2016. The company has quickly decided to abandon the twice yearly updates for this year, with the biannual updates set to resume in 2017. The decision to move the second update for this year to next year was made with "feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10." Windows 10 Insiders can expect preview builds of the next update sometime later this year.

Source: WCCF Tech



Windows 10 Breaks 20% Market Share

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 3, 2016 02:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Just over a year after its release, Windows 10 continues to gain traction in the desktop PC market. According to NetMarketShare, the newest OS from Microsoft can now be found on 21.13% of desktop PCs. The OS has seen its share of problems since release and just discontinued the free upgrade option for Windows 7 and 8 users. Windows 7 is still the leader with 47.01% of systems while versions of Windows 8 are at less than 10% and Windows XP is at 10.34%.

Source: Win Beta



Microsoft Pays $10,000 Judgement Over Unwanted Windows 10 Update

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: June 28, 2016 11:23AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last year Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public, and users of many older versions of Windows have the option to freely update to the latest OS. Since about the beginning of the year, I have been running Windows 10 on both of my computers without issue, but not everyone has been so lucky with the upgrade. In Sausalito, California, for example, a woman's computer upgraded to Windows 10, without her approval, and after the upgrade failed, the computer she used to run her travel agency business became unstable to the point of being unusable. She did reach out to Microsoft's customer support, but after that failed to resolve the issues, she sued the company and won. Last month Microsoft decided to drop the appeal, and paid the $10,000 judgment intended to compensate the woman for lost wages and the price of a new computer. Microsoft cited avoiding the additional costs of continued litigation for why it halted the appeal, and is still denying any wrongdoing.

If you continue reading the Seattle Times article linked below, you will find other stories of issues with the Windows 10 upgrade process, as it has apparently become more aggressive of late. There is only about a month left before the free upgrade period ends, and it seems Microsoft wants as many people as possible to take advantage of this offer. The company's target is to have one billion devices running Windows 10 by the middle of 2018, but the current number is at around 300 million, so it has a way to go.

Source: Seattle Times



Windows 10 Anniversary Update June Bug Bash Has Begun

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: June 16, 2016 06:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The time of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is approaching, so naturally Microsoft has started a Bug Bash for the Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. For those who do not know, the Windows Insider program is a way for a user to get access to early builds of the operating system and its various components, so that you can provide feedback on what is coming, and report any issues you encounter. The Fast ring receives these pre-release updates the fastest of the public rings.

The new preview build, 14366 for the PC, has some 24 bug fixes in it, and two new things for the Windows Insiders to test. The two new things are Office Online for the Microsoft Edge browser, which will allow the Office Online extension to view, edit, and create Office files without having the larger software suite installed. The Windows Store has also received an update to improve its stability and performance. Among the bug fixes are changes to prevent displays from changing order and scaling, a fix for the French version occasionally reverting to English, and fixing Cortana search results to give a right-click context menu for .docx files.

A bug bash is a fairly common step ahead of a major software release, and the Anniversary Update is expected in July, and because the focus is on fixing issues, there will be few, if any new features added for some time now. If you choose to try out this preview build, which you can get through the Windows Update, Advanced Options page in Settings, you will be given Quests to complete. These are somewhat targeted directives meant to get the Windows Insider to explore the preview build, to make sure things are working properly, and to turn in feedback if things are not.

Source: Windows Experience Blog



Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available July 2016

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 13, 2016 03:23PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Windows 10 Roadmap indicates that the Anniversary Update will be available sometime in July 2016 with a number of features that are currently being previewed in Windows 10 Insider Preview 14316. Some of the features include "updates to Windows Defender, support for external touch displays when using Continuum, new authentication methods that will help users unlock their PCs using their Windows Phone or Android devices, and improvements to Microsoft Passport." Also expected to be included in the update are changes to Cortana, the Microsoft digital assistant. Among the expected improvements to Cortana is "pulling reminder-relevant info from emails so you have the details at hand."

Source: WCCF Tech



Unix Command Line Coming to Windows 10

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 31, 2016 03:05PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft had been working on a Linux subsystem for running Android apps on Windows 10 mobile known as Project Astoria. The company decided to abandon the project in February but it appears that some of the features developed as part of the program will see the light of day in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Users will gain access to the bash shell, which was built for Windows using Linux kernel APIs implemented using the Windows NT API. Microsoft received some help from Canonical, which provided a system image of Ubuntu command line tools to run from the bash shell. As someone that prefers bash to the Windows Command Prompt, I feel this is an interesting development but I doubt it will cause me to use command line tools any more frequently on Windows.

Source: Ars Technica



Users Report Windows 10 Being Installed Automatically on Windows 7 Machines

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 14, 2016 02:45AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was reported late last year that Microsoft was modifying user settings for Windows 7 and Windows 8 to ensure that the Windows 10 upgrade notification was always present, and it also changed the Windows Update status of the upgrade from optional to recommended. Just last week, Microsoft placed an advertisement generator within an Internet Explorer update that told users about upgrading to Windows 10 in newly opened tabs. Now, users over on reddit are reporting that their Windows 7 machines are automatically being upgraded to Windows 10 without their explicit permission. Terry Myerson, the head of the operating system group at Microsoft, warned users back in October that this would happened due to certain Windows Update settings, but users still aren't satisfied with Microsoft's efforts. Fortunately for users who happened to have the latest Windows operating system installed without their permission, they have 30 days to downgrade to a previous version of Windows. It is recommended that users double check their Windows Updates that are selected to be installed before proceeding with installation, as one of them likely controls the upgrade to Windows 10.

Source: Softpedia



Microsoft Using Security Updates to Push Windows 10

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 9, 2016 03:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Windows 10 to users of older versions of Windows. I am regularly encouraged to upgrade when starting my computer, no matter how many times I say not interested. It appears that the latest tactic out of Microsoft is the inclusion of an ad generator in part of the most recent Patch Tuesday update targeting Internet Explorer. Fix KB 3139929 "resolves several reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage in Internet Explorer… Additionally, this security update includes several nonsecurity-related fixes for Internet Explorer." The last part of the quote is where the generator is included. The ad generator works by adding a blue banner on new tabs that states, "Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10."

Source: Info World



Feedback Questions Are Now Mandated in Windows 10 Previews

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: February 29, 2016 07:56PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has taken another step in ensuring that it has a wealth of customer data concerning its latest operating system. Starting with Windows 10 build 14271, which was released last Wednesday and is currently the latest build within the Insider preview program, users no longer have the ability to adjust the feedback functionality that is built into the operating system. As a result, those who are a part of the Windows Insider Program and are utilizing the latest builds of Windows 10 will notice more frequent requests for feedback after making use of a specific feature or aspect of the Microsoft operating system. Gabriel Aul, the Engineering General Manager for Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, noted that "Starting with Build 14271 and newer, the frequency in which Windows will ask for your feedback will be locked to 'Automatically (Recommended)' in the Settings app and managed by the Windows Insider Program." Aul also revealed that if users are not comfortable with the recent change made by Microsoft, that they should abandon the Insider program and revert back to the latest production build.

Despite the feedback settings change that is now incorporated into the latest builds of Windows 10 under the Insider preview program, it seems that users are still able to ignore the myriad of feedback pop-ups that make themselves present, without any consequence.

Source: Computerworld



Windows 10 Gaining On Windows 7 According to Steam

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: February 2, 2016 02:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The January edition of the Steam hardware survey shows that Windows 10 continues to gain on Windows 7 as the operating system of choice for gamers using the platform. When combining the 32 and 64-bit versions of the OS, Windows 10 accounts for 34% of Steam users, up 1.6% from the previous month, compared to just over 42% for Windows 7. The gain in Windows 10 share came largely at the expense of Windows 8.1 users which saw a 1.06% drop while Windows 7 dropped just 0.5%. Steam has about 125 million users which makes this study a significant sample size, but at the same time results could be skewed as gamers tend to have different usage patterns and needs when compared to average PC users.

Source: PC World



LG Planning CES Reveal for webOS 3.0

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 22, 2015 03:37PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Consumer Electronics Show 2016 will take place in Las Vegas next month, and LG is planning to officially unveil version 3.0 of the webOS smart TV platform. LG Home Entertainment president and CEO Brian Kwon described the update stating, "The new webOS 3.0 is a major update since this advanced TV platform technology was first introduced in 2014. The webOS story of simple connection, simple switching, and simple discovery has really connected with customers and illustrates very clearly our commitment to securing a leadership role in the smart TV market with innovation and creativity." Version 3.0 will bring a number of new features designed to "simplify the process of finding and switching between content options, including broadcast TV, streaming services, and external devices." The new features include Magic Zoom, Magic Mobile Connection, Magic Remote, Channel Plus, and Channel Advisor. The three Magic features will allow users to magnify on-screen objects, display mobile apps on your TV, and control your entire entertainment system from a single device. Channel Plus "provides a wide range of over-the-top content in a user-friendly format" while Channel Advisor will monitor your usage patterns and make recommendations accordingly.

Source: PC Magazine



Microsoft Continues to Push Windows 10 Upgrades

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 17, 2015 10:02AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft is making some changes to how it is pushing its free upgrade to Windows 10 for users of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 operating systems. The company is supposedly reversing Windows 7 and 8 user settings that kept the Windows 10 upgrade notification at bay, meaning that the pop up now displays for users even if they attempt to use third-party applications to block it. Users who end up clicking on the free upgrade option are also noticing that the ability to start the download now and upgrade later is gone, with the only options usually being to “Upgrade now” and “Upgrade tonight.” Some users are even noticing that the only option is to “Upgrade now.” In a last ditch effort to get users to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is changing the status of the upgrade from optional to recommended, meaning that Windows users that have Windows Update set to automatically install recommended updates will receive Windows 10 without much notice.

Overall, the push that Microsoft is making for users to upgrade to its latest Windows operating system seems quite severe.

Source: Forbes



Retirement Date Announced for Windows 7 and 8.1

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: November 3, 2015 03:26PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft has announced that October 31, 2016 will be the last day that OEM manufacturers such as Dell and Lenovo will be able to sell PCs with Windows 7 or 8.1 installed. It is unclear if Microsoft will also stop the sales of standalone versions of Windows 7 and 8 on that date as well. Microsoft does this with all of its Operating Systems to encourage upgrades to newer versions of Windows. Microsoft traditionally set the end date at two years after the release of a new version, but extended the Windows 7 deadline to "allow PC makers to continue to pre-install Windows 7." This announcement joins other recent announcements that the company will start preloading Windows 10 on Windows 7 and 8 PCs next year and the stated goal of having Windows 10 on 1 billion systems.

Source: The Verge



Build 10558 of Windows 10 Brings Additional Features and Refinements

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: October 6, 2015 04:35AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Windows 10 preview build 10558 has leaked over the weekend and includes some additional features and refinements that further polish the operating system. Some of the new features include new Messenger and Skype Video applications, tab previews within the Microsoft Edge browser, and the ability for users to install applications to various drives. The Start Menu features a redesigned context menu that is available to utilize upon right-clicking a tile within the menu, and build 10558 of Windows 10 also ushers in redesigned icons for various components such as sound devices.

The first major update to Windows 10 is expected to arrive sometime next month, and should provide users of the latest Microsoft operating system with an improved experience overall.

Source: WCCFtech




Windows 10 Adoption Slows Down

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: October 1, 2015 02:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft enjoyed a rather quick adoption rate of its latest Operating System, Windows 10, capturing 5.21% market share after its first full month of availability. Growth slowed in the month of September, increasing market share by just 1.42% to 6.63%. Windows 8 increased 0.04% to 2.6% while Windows 8.1 fell 0.67% to 10.72%. Windows 7 dropped 1.14% but still holds a commanding lead at 56.53%. Windows XP even managed to increase in use from 12.14% to 12.21%.

Source: Fudzilla



Company Willing to Pay $1 Million for iOS 9 Jailbreak

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: September 22, 2015 02:47PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Exploit acquisition company Zerodium is offering a $1 million bounty for an "exclusive, browser-based, and untethered jailbreak for the latest Apple iOS 9 operating system and devices." The company is looking for exploits that require little to no user interaction to complete the jailbreak, and it is specifically looking for "a full chain of unknown, unpublished, and unreported vulnerabilities/exploits (aka zero-days) which are combined to bypass all iOS 9 exploit mitigations including: ASLR, sandboxes, rootless, code signing, and bootchain." The company hopes to make a return on its investment by obtaining exclusive rights to the exploit which it will then sell to other parties.

Source: PC World



Microsoft is Pushing Windows 10 Downloads

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: September 14, 2015 07:57PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has been highly successful at getting its users to adopt the latest Windows operating system known as Windows 10. Unfortunately, the company is trying to get even more users on board by pushing downloads of Windows 10 without explicit user permission. An Inquirer reader, who noted that he never reserved the Windows 10 upgrade, publically revealed that the ~BT folder, which houses images of the newest and greatest Microsoft operating system, had appeared on his system and that it was anywhere between 3.5GB to 6GB. The reader also noticed that Windows Update continuously showed an error of not being able to upgrade to Windows 10, even though he never attempted to install the operating system. When asked for a statement, Microsoft stated that "For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade." The company went on to state that "When the upgrade is ready, the customer will be prompted to install Windows 10 on the device."

Even if users do not reserve the Windows 10 upgrade, or want to ever install the operating system, it looks like upgradable machines will, by default, download the installation files for it if automatic updates are enabled.

Source: The Inquirer



Big Changes Coming to Windows 10 in November

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: September 5, 2015 04:22PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Rumor has it that Microsoft will be publically releasing a massive update to Windows 10 this November that will usher in a wealth of changes to the latest Windows operating system. Windows 10 has made its way to more than 75 million devices since its release, despite usage share dropping recently. The November update is expected to include a range of new features, with the most notable ones at the moment surrounding the Edge browser. The Microsoft Internet browser is expected to receive support for the WebM open source HTML5 standard and feature extensions, a universal messaging application for desktop users, and performance enhancements. 

Windows Insiders have had access to the Windows 10 November update since mid-August.

Source: Fudzilla



Usage Share for Windows 10 Drops Substantially

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 21, 2015 03:01PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Just days ago, it was reported that Microsoft had successfully placed Windows 10 on 53 million machines around the globe. This number included upgrades from older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and 8, and also included fresh installs. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the usage share for Windows 10 has just drop substantially, according to newly released data from StatCounter. The data shows that the usage share of Windows 10, which was at 6.6 percent last Sunday, dropped to 5.8 percent on Monday and then down to 5.7 percent this last Wednesday. Additionally, StatCounter showcases that the week-over-week increase for Windows 10 fell to under 20 percent, and its absolute increase in user share fell under one percent, with both occurrences marking the first time that each has ever happened.

While it is common to see usage share fluctuate throughout the various days of the week, it is unusual to see such a decrease in usage share for a brand new and heavily marketed operating system, especially one that is being offered for free to certain users for a limited time.

Source: Computerworld



Windows 10 Now Installed on 53 Million Machines

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 18, 2015 02:49PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Microsoft was quick to announce its first public milestone of Windows 10 being installed on 14 million machines around the globe, the latest Windows operating system has now been installed on 53 million devices. Windows 10, which was released a little less than three weeks ago for consumers around the world, now accounts for 4.95 percent of the entire operating system market, according to StatCounter. At its peak, Windows 10 was being installed on 1,500 machines per second, which includes upgrades and new installations. While the adoption rate of Windows 10 cannot be directly compared to that of Windows 7 or Windows 8, since the latest Microsoft operating system is free of charge for select users, it is amazing to see just how quick Windows 10 is making its way into homes around the world.

Source: Neowin



Fixes are Available for Windows 10 Users Experiencing Slow Startup Times

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 11, 2015 02:26AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Windows 10 received a lot of hype before its official release, and while some users have had trouble installing the operating system, the latest version of Windows has received a wealth of praise as more and more people download and install it. Unfortunately, some users are not having the best experience with Windows 10, as the latest Microsoft operating system apparently suffers from slow startup times. This can be due to malware residing on the system, high impact processes that run during startup, as well as the disabling of the fast startup option included in Windows 10. Before downgrading to an earlier version of Windows to solve poor startup performance, those utilizing Windows 10 should follow these steps to help improve their system’s startup time.

  • Get rid of malware and viruses by running a full and complete system scan with a reputable security software suite.
  • Remove resource intensive startup processes that make Windows 10 appear slow to start. This can be done through the task manager, by clicking on the tab labeled "Startup," as well as through the services administrative tool that is available by running "services.msc."
  • Turn on the fast startup feature found within Windows 10. This can be done by going to the power options panel, clicking on "Choose what the power button does," then selecting "Change settings that are currently unavailable." From here, a new option titled "Turn on fast startup" will be present under "Shutdown" settings.

Source: WCCFTech



Missing Bandwidth on Windows 10? Disable the P2P Seeding for Updates

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: August 3, 2015 06:39PM
Author: bp9801


Windows 10 has arrived, and if you're one of the many people who have downloded it so far, you're no doubt getting acquianted with everything Microsoft has done to its long-running operating system. However, if you've noticed a decrease in your download speeds, there is an explanation for that. Microsoft implemented a new peer-to-peer delivery system for Windows Update, which helps seed any updates to any computer on your network, as well as any PC connected to the Internet. This feature, if you can call it that, is enabled by default, and luckily it is one that can be easily disabled. You do need to go through some menu options, but once it's done, your bandwidth is back to normal.

In order to disable the P2P Windows Update, simply go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Advanced options. From there, click on "Choose how updates are delivered" and then click on "PCs on my local network" or just click "Off" to turn off P2P entirely. That's all there is to it, so you can either keep P2P for everything, just your network, or only rely on Microsoft's servers. Your bandwidth should now be back to normal.

Source: Reddit



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