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How To Fix Error 80240020 From Windows 10 Update Process

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 29, 2015 07:25PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A lot of people, myself included, have been looking forward to the release of Windows 10, so when word came out that there was a way to force the update early, the method spread and many people tried it. For many this worked fine and they got to update their computer to the latest and greatest Windows OS. For others, however, the update failed and gave an error 80240020. The good news is that a fix was found, along with a possible explanation.

To fix the error you have to delete all of the downloaded files, which can be found in the C:\$Windows.~BT. It is a hidden folder, so make sure you can see those, and some files will not be deleted, but remove those that you can. Also empty out the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. Now you should be able to run the wuauclt.exe /updatenow command again, this time successfully. Alternatively you should be able to use the Media Creation Tool, which worked for me.

Apparently, the error was the result of so many people trying to download the update that the files became corrupted or the download did not complete correctly. Either way, clearing out the files and trying again can resolve the issue and you can get to updating.

Source: WCCFtech



Get Your Windows 10 Copy Now; Internet Could Break from Traffic

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 28, 2015 07:51PM
Author: bp9801


Windows 10 isn't officially available until tomorrow at 10am EST, but there is a way to get it now, even if you aren't part of the Windows Insiders program. A redditor found a way to jumpstart the Windows 10 installation process, and while it isn't a guarantee to work for everyone, could be a nice thing to do if you absolutely cannot wait for Windows 10. Anyone who has reserved the new OS should have a folder on their primary drive called $Windows.~BT, which may be hidden unless you're set to view hidden folders already. This folder is probably taking up about 6GB or so of space on your drive, and is why your hard drive space suddenly shrunk. Well, if you want to get that space cleared up and begin using Windows 10 right now, run the Command Prompt as an administrator and type in "wuauclt.exe /updatenow" on the line, and then hit Enter. Windows 10 should begin downloading the rest of the way, and then you can either install it right away or wait until a later time.

Now, there are some issues with this, as some redditors are getting an error code or the download doesn't begin, or the folder just simply deletes itself without going through the download/install. So, some risks, and it may not work for everybody. But for those who simply just cannot wait until 10am EST tomorrow, this is for you.

One other problem is that Microsoft's servers are being absolutely slammed by traffic, with somewhere around 10Tb/s of data used up on its Content Delivery Networks (CDN). Microsoft apparently reserved 40Tb/s of capacity from the third-party CDNs, and if a fourth of that is already gone, well, maybe some seeders would be a good idea. If your download is slow and nothing else is, now you know why.

Sources: Reddit and StreamingMediaBlog



95% of Android Devices Vulnerable to Stagefright Exploit

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 28, 2015 04:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Security Researchers from the Zimperium Z Team have announced the discovery of six exploits found in the Android OS version 2.2 or later, which makes up about 95% of all Android devices. The exploits are collectively known as Stagefright and grant remote execution privileges to attackers. The most alarming aspect of Stagefright is that "a hacker need only send you a file containing malicious code" allowing them to "take control whether you respond to that sent file or not." Joshua Drake of Zimperium compared Stagefright to other exploits stating, "Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual – with a trojaned phone." Drake added that a patch has already been sent to Google, but it will be up to wireless carriers to get the patch to end users.

Source: Consumer Affairs



Windows 10 Arrives Tomorrow; Here's What to Expect

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 28, 2015 02:49PM
Author: bp9801


Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 10, arrives tomorrow, and if you're curious about what to expect, when to expect it, and nearly everything else the OS has to offer, you're in luck. This post will try to detail everything we know about Windows 10's launch tomorrow, and while Microsoft hasn't revealed all the information, we do have plenty to share. For starters, Windows 10 will begin rolling out at 10am EST tomorrow by way of a pop-up on your desktop saying it has downloaded, with members of Windows Insiders receiving it first. Anyone who has reserved their copy will then receive it in waves, but Microsoft has yet to say how long these waves will take. Millions of people are lined up for Windows 10, and while not everyone will get it on July 29, Microsoft does not plan for it to take weeks to provide everyone with their copy.

Windows 10 is going to be a free upgrade for the first year, which is a major step for Microsoft, and before you think there's a limit, well, there isn't. Anyone with a copy of Windows 7 or later, including those on Windows Phone 8.1, can get a copy of Windows 10 for free through a prompt on your computer/phone/tablet. However, the mobile version won't be quite ready yet, but you can still get it reserved for when it is. The OS will be free for 10 years (read, no surprises at any point), with mainstream support ending in 2020 and extended support in 2025. If you're on an older version of Windows or on a different OS, you'll need to buy Windows 10 for either $119.99 ($99.99 OEM) for the Home edition or $199.99 ($139.99 OEM) for the Pro edition. You can also become a member of Windows Insider and get it for free, but you'll be a beta tester for any new updates rolling out to Windows 10. Some may not be stable right away, like some recently seen ones with NVIDIA drivers on build 10240 (which isn't the final RTM build), so if you want to be a guinea pig, you have that option.

In order to run Windows 10, you need at least a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit, 16GB of hard drive space for 32-bit and 20GB of space for 64-bit, at least a DirectX 9 video card, and a monitor capable of displaying 1024x600 and above. Pretty standard fare, so if you've bought or built a PC at any point in the last five years or so, you'll be fine. The install for Windows 10 should take about 30-45 minutes, depending on how much time you spend customizing it. Backing up your files before the upgrade is recommended, but everything should be right where you left it on Windows 7 or 8.1.

There are some things that will be included in Windows 10, like OneDrive and the new Edge browser, but with some caveats. In the case of OneDrive, folders won't be automatically synced; you have to choose which ones get uploaded online. For Edge, extension support is missing right now (Flash is built in, like with Google Chrome), as is pinning websites to the taskbar, favorites importing (requires exporting from another browser and then importing), and dragging a file into the browser to upload to OneDrive or the like. Other things missing include Cortana support in all available countries and languages, and Windows 10 for Xbox One. Those and others will arrive in the fall update, which is hopefully out in October or thereabout. The Windows 10 we're getting tomorrow is still going to have a ton of features in it, just some are arriving a little later as they're still being finished up.

Windows 10 will be here in a little over 16 hours, where we'll get things like DirectX 12, the Edge browser, an actual Start menu, a vastly improved Activity Center that does away with Windows 8's annoying Charm Bar, windowed apps, virtual desktops, and so many other items. There will be plenty more coming in the next months and years, with Windows 10 set to be the definitive version of Microsoft's long-running OS. We'd love to hear from you how you're finding Windows 10 once you get it, so feel free to share your story!

Sources: Microsoft and TechRadar



Windows 10 Works Just Fine on Acer Aspire One from 2008

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 24, 2015 02:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has boasted that its next iteration of the Windows operating system is supposed to work on all devices that previously ran Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. In order to test this claim, Bogdan Popa at Softpedia decided to install Windows 10 on an Acer Aspire One that was released seven years ago, in 2008. The Acer Aspire One features an Intel Atom N450 processor running at a smooth 1.66GHz, 1GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard disk. The installation of Windows 10 was facilitated through a USB drive, and only took 15 minutes to fully install, with the user account setup taking just a few minutes more to get everything up and running. All drivers for the Acer Aspire One were installed without user interaction, the maximum screen resolution was automatically set, and the performance of the mobile device was flawless when navigating through various menus.

Although the device of course performs poorly when running demanding applications, and Windows 10 takes roughly 40 seconds to boot from a cold start, it is relieving that Microsoft is fully committed to supporting older systems.

Source: Softpedia



Comcast to Offer 2Gb Fiber Internet Service

Category: Internet, Operating Systems
Posted: July 13, 2015 04:38PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Comcast is now offering a new tier of fiber Internet service with 2Gb download and upload speeds at the low price of just $299.95 per month. The service is currently available in the "San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of California, plus Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and nearby areas." In addition to the hefty monthly fee, consumers will have to a pay an additional $500 activation fee and $500 installation fee. If you want to cancel the service early, DSL Reports has found that a termination fee in excess of $1,000 could be charged.

Source: PC World



Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10166

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 10, 2015 05:08AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Days ago, it was reported that Microsoft was expected to deliver another updated build of its Windows 10 operating system before the end of this week, and it seems to have successfully done just that. Yesterday morning, the company officially released build 10166 of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders. While an RTM build of the latest Microsoft operating system was supposedly wrapped up yesterday as well, build 10166 offers various bug fixes as well as fit-and-finish improvements that further improve the overall user experience. Build 10166 of Windows 10 also allows those within the Seattle region to utilize the Microsoft Wi-Fi application to purchase paid Wi-Fi through the Windows Store. When a Windows 10 user is around a network that supports the transaction, they can simply choose to purchase Wi-Fi access with their credit or debit card, a Microsoft gift card, or their PayPal account. According to Microsoft, the ability to utilize this feature of Windows 10 is expected to roll out to the rest of the United States in the near future.

Source: Windows Blog



Microsoft Expected to Deliver New Windows 10 Build This Week

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 7, 2015 05:28AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Just last week, it was reported that Microsoft released build 10159 of Windows 10 to its testing audience, with the company successfully eliminating over 300 bugs from the upcoming operating system. The next day, Microsoft revealed just how the upgrade path for Windows 10 would work and also released build 10162 of Windows 10, showing just how dedicated the technology giant is to perfecting its upcoming product. Now, reports have surfaced that while Microsoft is expected to finish the RTM build of Windows 10 on July 9, a new build is expected to be delivered sometime this week that will provide Windows 10 users with even more features and tweaks. Some of the explicitly noted changes will come in the form of the Xbox Music application now being called Groove and Xbox Video being titled Movies & TV.

It is unknown at this point in time if the new build of Windows 10 that Microsoft is expected to deliver amidst RTM preparation will come before RTM of after it.

Source: Neowin



Microsoft Details the Upgrade Plans for Windows 10

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 2, 2015 10:19AM
Author: bp9801


Windows 10, the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft, is due to arrive at the end of this month. It is a free upgrade for the first year for anyone who wants to take advantage of the offer, which is a fantastic gesture from the folks in Redmond. OEMs and retailers will be receiving their versions of the OS before long to ensure new and recent PC purchases are ready to go. If you're curious exactly how and when you can get your free copy of Windows 10 Home or Pro, wonder no more, as Microsoft has provided the details on when we can begin the download. Starting on July 29, all Windows Insiders will be the first to get the official version of Windows 10. So if you've already been testing it out through the Insiders program, you'll get it first. After that, Windows 10 will roll out in waves to everyone who has reserved a copy on their Windows 7 or 8 machine. All reservations will receive a notice once Windows 10 has been downloaded and is ready to go, so just hold tight once we get to July 29.

The waves should be rather large, but some people may not get Windows 10 as soon as others. It isn't an entirely bad idea, since those still waiting for the new OS can hear from others exactly how it is working. If a system is not yet ready to receive Windows 10, Microsoft will provide solutions on how to make it compatible, and it is up to you whether or not to download Windows 10 before then. For businesses and schools that have purchased Windows 10 Enterprise or Education keys in bulk, those will be sent out on August 1.

Source: Windows Blog




Latest Windows 10 Build Fixes More Than 300 Bugs

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: July 1, 2015 03:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The official release date of Windows 10 is July 29, but Microsoft continues to put out preview builds of its next OS. Build 10159 is the latest and carries with it more than 300 new bug fixes. Build 10158 was released a day earlier to the Windows Insider program and "was heavy on new features." Also included was a new background image which is reported to be the new default background.

Source: WCCF Tech




Windows 10 Will Receive Various Patches at Launch

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: June 3, 2015 08:10AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft pushed quite a bit of patches to Windows 8 the day of its release, in order to polish the operating system up even further and fix various bugs that affected users. From the looks of it, Microsoft will do the same when Windows 10 launches at the end of next month, with the company expected to release several patches for the latest Windows operating system. The latest build of Windows 10 reportedly suffers from an unresponsive Start Menu at times as well as driver crashes, and with the release to manufacturing process coming up later this month for Microsoft, the company is running out of time to include performance improvements and bug fixes before launch. Any updates not included in the RTM version of Windows 10 are expected to arrive on the July 29, which is when Windows 10 is scheduled to be publically available.

Source: WCCFtech



Windows 10 Arrival Date and OEM Pricing Now Available

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: June 1, 2015 06:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to Terry Myerson, the Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, Windows 10 will be made available for PCs and tablets on July 29, 2015. The announcement comes weeks after it was revealed that Windows 10 will launch in six different versions, and almost a month since it was publically stated by Jerry Nixon, an employee at Microsoft, that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. Users of prior Windows operating systems that are deemed eligible for the free upgrade offer from Microsoft should receive a "Get Windows 10" icon in the system tray on their machine, which provides users with the ability to reserve their free copy of the next version of Microsoft’s operating system.

While Windows 10 is fully expected to arrive on July 29, Newegg has just leaked OEM pricing for Windows 10 Home and Professional versions. The Home and Professional versions, which are expected to be released on August 31, 2015, according to the Newegg site, feature a price tag of $109.99 and $149.99, respectively.

Source: Windows Blog and ZDNet



Android M Expected to be Announced at Google I/O This Week

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: May 25, 2015 02:39PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The annual Google I/O conference is taking place this week and it is expected that the company will reveal its next version of Android, Android M. Android L, or Lollipop, was revealed at the conference last year and another reveal this year would make sense. At this time the new version carries a codename of Macadamia Nut Cookie, though it will likely be changed to something shorter as previous version of Android have been. The new version of Android joins the also rumored Android based OS Brillo, targeted at Internet-of-Things based systems, and should provide for an exciting Google I/O this year.

Source: PC Mag



Google Working on New Android Based OS

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: May 21, 2015 04:20PM
Author: Nick Harezga

According to the latest rumors, Google is working on a new version of its Android OS targeted at low-power devices. These devices fall into the Internet of Things category and usually have very little processing power and resources. The OS is currently identified under the Brillo codename and will work on devices that have as little as 32MB of RAM. The targeted devices "need to boot up, use an SoC, handle input and output, and communicate over a network," a process that is currently handled by the manufacturer of each device. Google wants to create Brillo to handle these tasks and plans to give OEMs free access to the OS. More information is expected to be revealed at the Google I/O conference next week.

Source: The Information via Ars Technica



Windows 10 Will be Available in Six Different Versions

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: May 14, 2015 08:31AM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Windows 10 will apparently be the last major version of the iconic operating system, Tony Prophet, the Corporate Vice President of Windows and Search Marketing at Microsoft, has revealed that Windows 10 will be offered in six different versions, not including the three embedded and Internet of Things versions. The six versions that Windows 10 will be available in include Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, Mobile, and Mobile Enterprise. The Home version will be focused on the mainstream consumer market, while the Pro version will cater to power users, technology enthusiasts, and mobile workers. The Enterprise edition of Windows 10 will be available to volume-licensing customers and feature the ability to only receive new security updates that Microsoft pushes out, and the education version will be available through academic volume licensing and is developed for staff, administrators, teachers, and students. The Mobile version is developed for small Intel and ARM tablets, as well as Windows Phones, and the Mobile Enterprise version is catered towards volume-licensing customers and offers the latest security and feature updates to users.

Standalone pricing, licensing specifics, and detailed feature sets have not yet been revealed by Microsoft regarding its six versions of the Windows 10 operating system.

Source: ZDNet



Windows 10 Set to be 'Last Version of Windows'

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: May 7, 2015 08:06PM
Author: bp9801

Windows 10 is set to arrive this summer at some point, but apparently it's going to be the last version of the venerable OS. That is according to Jerry Nixon, an employee at Microsoft, who had this to say: "Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10."

Apparently that means there's no follow-up to Windows 10 in the works right now, like with two years ago when Windows 10 was being worked on as Windows 8.1 rolled out. Microsoft is going to play up Windows as a service, which so far doesn't have any real information behind that statement. Windows 10 is a fundamental shift in how the company created an operating system, so it is feasible that it really is the last full OS and everything after is just an update to it. There's already a Windows 10.1 update in the works, so why not do similar updates later on as technology changes? Apple already does that with OS X, so Microsoft could do the same with Windows 10. Various software for Windows 10 is being designed to handle regular or even monthly updates, such as Mail, Office, and Xbox. That could be the strategy for the OS as a whole, which is not a bad idea if it means things like greater expandability, acceptance, and compatibility.

Whatever the exact plan is for Windows 10 now and in the future remains to be seen, but I imagine a yearly or so upgrade would be far preferrable than a brand new OS every two or three years.

Source: The Verge



Ubuntu Plans to Switch From Debian Packages to Snappy in 15.10

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 28, 2015 03:50PM
Author: Nick Harezga

It appears that the next version of Ubuntu, 15.10 to be released in October, will be offered in a Debian package version and a Snappy version. The move was announced by Ubuntu Desktop Engineering Manager Will Cooke who said, "Our plan for 15.10 (which is still being finalised, and will be discussed in more depth at UOS in a couple of weeks) is to have a build based on Snappy Personal and so the current .deb based Desktop Next image will be going away and will be replaced with the new Snappy version." Ubuntu will still be built on the Debian OS but the change to Snappy should provide "faster and guaranteed upgrade and increased security due to the confinement of apps." Ubuntu Snappy will still be available in two versions, Core for server installs and Personal for desktop users. Ubuntu engineers have stated that developers should have an easier build process for creating Snaps compared to Debian packages and users will be able to get more frequent updates to their applications.

Source: IT World



AMD Earnings Call Reveals Possible Windows 10 Launch Month

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 20, 2015 01:01AM
Author: bp9801


During AMD's recent earnings call, an interesting piece of information slipped out concerning Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10. According to AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, Windows 10 is expected to arrive by the end of July, which is something the company believes may delay back-to-school deals/bundles/promotions. This is the first time anything definitive has been associated with the release of Windows 10, as so far Microsoft has only said a summer release is likely. The end of July would certainly put it within that time frame, and would mean the arrival of DirectX 12, Project Spartan, and an overall unified OS, plus hopefully one more friendly to gamers. We'll just have to see if this proves to be true and how soon Microsoft will come out with some kind of statement concerning the release, but either way, we shouldn't have too much more to go to get our hands on Windows 10.

Source: WCCFtech



Windows 10.1 Expected to Launch in 2016

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: April 8, 2015 04:09AM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Microsoft has yet to release Windows 10 to manufacturers, the company is already working on what will be known as Windows 10.1. The recently unveiled version of the Windows operating system, which is codenamed Redstone, is expected to be similar to what Windows 8.1 was to Windows 8. Features that get cut from the RTM version of Windows 10 will likely be featured within Redstone, which is expected to roll out to Windows Insiders before it makes its way to the general public in two phases. The first phase is scheduled to begin in June 2016, while the second phase is expected to take place in October 2016, although the time frames could change due to Redstone being over a year away and included features and bug fixes being unknown at this time.

Source: Neowin



Windows 10 Technical Preview Now Compatible with 36 Lumia Models

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 30, 2015 04:57AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Starting in February of this year, Microsoft made its Windows 10 Preview program available for a limited number of smartphones. The small number of smartphones that were listed as compatible with the technical preview program was due to the system partition sizes configured by manufacturers simply being too small. In order to make Windows 10 available on additional smartphones, Microsoft had to work on a feature known as Partition Stitching, which allows partitions to be resized to support the upgrade. With work on this feature now complete, Microsoft has announced that its Windows 10 Technical Preview is now compatible with a total of 36 Lumia models. While this number may change based on device specific bugs, making the full list preliminary, it is nice to see that additional devices are supported with the next flight.

Source: Windows Blog



Windows 10 May be Released This Summer

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 18, 2015 04:08AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has revealed at its reborn Windows Hardware Engineering Conference that consumers can expect Windows 10 to be officially released this summer. While a more definitive timeframe was not announced, a summer release is better than the previous announcement that Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer, made in December of last year, when he stated that Windows 10 would be released to users in the late summer or early fall. Microsoft is touting that Windows 10 will have a fairly comprehensive launch, with the latest operating system covering 190 countries in 111 languages.

The news of a summer release for Windows 10 comes alongside the announcement of Windows Hello, which allows users of Windows 10 to log into their computers with their eye’s iris, their fingerprint, or their face.

Source: PCWorld


Latest Windows 10 Preview Includes P2P Support for Windows Update

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: March 16, 2015 03:38PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Screenshots obtained from the latest leaked build of Windows 10 show off that the next Microsoft operating system will feature peer-to-peer support when it comes to Windows Update. While Windows Update itself has been used for some time now to deliver operating system and application updates, the ability to download the updates from sources other than Microsoft’s own servers is completely new. As long as the feature remains included in the final version of Windows 10, users of the operating system will have the choice to download application and operating system updates from Microsoft and PCs on a local network, or from a combination of local PCs, internet PCs, and Microsoft’s own servers.

Source: The Verge



Microsoft Looking To Work With Cyanogen On Custom Android Version

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 30, 2015 01:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Bloomberg is reporting that a source has revealed that Microsoft is in talks with Cyanogen to create a "version of the Android mobile-operating system that’s more friendly to Microsoft services." As part of the arrangement, Microsoft would invest in the startup and enter into a commercial partnership. Cyanogen is known for creating a version of the Android OS that gives users the ability to customize the OS to their liking, and this experience would be great if Microsoft is hoping to expand its offerings on Android. Representatives from both companies declined to comment on the speculation.

Source: Bloomberg



Introducing Project Spartan, Windows 10's New Browser

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 21, 2015 02:24PM
Author: bp9801


Right before 2014 ended, a rumor appeared that Windows 10 will have a new browser in addition to Internet Explorer. Well, it is no longer a rumor now, as Microsoft has officially revealed Project Spartan as Windows 10's new browser. Project Spartan is simply the browser's codename, but it already is shaping up to be the exact opposite of Internet Explorer. The new browser is quick, doesn't take up a lot of resources, and is secure; all upgrades over IE. Microsoft built Project Spartan with a new rendering engine (presumably Trident) and not WebKit, like what Chrome and Firefox use, so getting things to work in it may take a little bit of work.

Luckily, the new rendering engine means a lot more features can be added to it, like snapping, which lets you freeze a web page to add comments or notes to send to a friend/coworker. Web pages can also be reorganized to be more reader-friendly and resemble a book, much like what Apple's Safari browser can do. Project Spartan also features built-in Adobe Reader support for PDFs, so no more separate downloads of a PDF viewer. One other built-in feature is Cortana, Microsoft's voice-search tool that will be even more similar to Google Now with its predictions.

Windows 10 PCs will get Project Spartan first (another reason to catch that free upgrade during its first year), with Windows Phone 10 devices getting it later on. Internet Explorer is still going to exist for compatibility reasons, but for all intents and purposes, it won't be of much use to anyone otherwise. Expect more news on Project Spartan as we get closer to Windows 10's arrival, and exactly what Microsoft is going to call it.

Source: Engadget



Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Within the First Year

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: January 21, 2015 02:09PM
Author: bp9801


Microsoft is kicking off its Windows 10 event today in grand fashion, as the company announced the new OS will be a free upgrade for a year to any device running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1. For one year after Windows 10 arrives, users can upgrade to it for no cost at all, which is rather generous of the folks in Redmond. Exactly how the upgrade will be handled isn't known considering the wide-range of hardware Windows 7 is on, but presumably a hardware check to ensure compatibility will be part of it. At any rate, a free upgrade to Windows 10 certainly should not be missed, especially since it already sounds like a simpler way to get the new OS instead of dealing with a multitude of versions.

Once the first year passes, upgrading to Windows 10 will set you back some money, although an exact price is not known at this time.

Source: The Verge



Windows 10 May Have a New Browser in Addition to Internet Explorer

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 30, 2014 01:56AM
Author: bp9801


Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system is shaping up to be a worthy successor to Windows 7, if the technical preview is anything to go by. Recently a new rumor has appeared that is rather interesting, as it looks like Windows 10 may not use Internet Explorer when the OS arrives in 2015. There has been a "Spartan" Web browser in the talks for a while, which many just thought was a codename for Internet Explorer 12. However, it may be a brand new browser in its own right, with Microsoft designing it to more resemble Chrome and Firefox than IE. It should be based on Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Trident rendering engine, with even two versions of Trident in the works for two different browsers.

When Windows 10 arrives in full, it could very well have Internet Explorer 11 for backwards compatibility, and then Spartan for the new offering. Remember, Spartan is just its codename, with the folks in Redmond more than likely figuring out what best fits with the new browser. Microsoft may want to distance itself from any negative connotations with the IE name, so making a new browser with a new name would be the best option for Windows 10.

There is a chance we'll receive our first look at Spartan when Microsoft reveals more of Windows 10 on January 21, but it could also be a little too early for that. It could also be too early for the Windows 10 January Technical Preview update, with an early build of Spartan arriving in February or March. Whatever the case may be, we may finally see an end (or at least the beginning of the end) to Internet Explorer when Windows 10 launches.

Source: ZDNet



Apple Releases the First Automated Security Update for Macintosh Computers

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 23, 2014 08:47AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Apple, which always releases security updates through its regular software update system that typically requires user intervention, has confirmed that it has pushed its first automated security update to Macintosh computers. The update addresses vulnerabilities surrounding the network time protocol component within the company’s OS X operating system, after the bugs were made public by the Department of Homeland Security and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute in security bulletins released last Friday. According to both entities, the vulnerabilities of the network time protocol within OS X could enable hackers to gain remote control of machines. Bill Evans, a spokesman for Apple, stated that the update itself is seamless and that the fix does not even require users to restart their machines. Evans also noted that Apple is unaware of any cases where Macintosh computers were targeted for exploitation due to the network time protocol bugs.

Source: Reuters



Microsoft Releases Patch That Removes Faulty Windows 7 Update

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 15, 2014 09:00AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Microsoft has officially released a patch that removes the faulty KB3004394 update, which was pushed to the public on December 10 through Windows Update. The problematic update does not affect Windows 8 and 8.1 users, but causes various issues for Windows 7 users, including the inability to install programs, Windows Defender launch failures, various errors with User Account Control, and problems with running VirtualBox. The KB3004394 update may even prevent Windows 7 users from installing future updates released by Microsoft. Users of Windows 7 are being urged to download the latest patch which will remove the faulty KB3004394 update automatically, or to uninstall it from their machines manually.

Source: PCWorld



Microsoft Will Reveal More Windows 10 Details on January 21, 2015

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: December 12, 2014 08:33AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Last September, Microsoft held an incredibly limited attendance event at which it pulled the wraps off Windows 10, its latest operating system that is currently under development. The event was mainly focused on business applications and experiences, though many interesting features were revealed to the technology industry during the unveiling. Microsoft has announced that a second event for Windows 10 is coming soon, which will focus more on the consumer experience, according to an individual familiar with the plans of the company. The event, titled "Windows 10: The next chapter," will take place on January 21, 2015 and will be held in Redmond, Washington.

Source: CNET



Windows XP Usage Lowers Thanks to Windows 8.1

Category: Operating Systems, Modding
Posted: December 1, 2014 11:06AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to StatCounter, Windows 8.1 has officially overtaken Windows XP usage. Windows XP is now used by 10.69 percent of the total desktop market, dropping from 11.95 percent in October, while Windows 8.1 is now utilized by 10.95 percent of all users, up from 9.31 percent in October. The growth of Windows 8.1 is likely due to the recent back-to-school season, along with the surge of holiday shopping. Additionally, more users may be moving to Windows 8.1 due to the free upgrade that Microsoft has continued to offer Windows 8 users.

Despite the growing amount of people now using Windows 8.1, Windows 7 continues to represent the majority of the total market, with the five-year-old operating system now accounting for 50.34 percent of the total market.

Source: PCWorld



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