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Windows 10 Anniversary Update June Bug Bash Has Begun

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: June 16, 2016 07:26AM
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 04:23PM
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 04:05PM
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 03:45AM
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 04:22PM
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 08:56PM
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 03:54PM
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 04:37PM
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 11:02AM
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 04:26PM
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 05:35AM
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 03:50PM
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 03:47PM
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 08:57PM
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 05:22PM
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 04:01PM
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 03:49PM
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 03:26AM
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 07:39PM
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



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, individual files won't be automatically synced; you have to choose which folders 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



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