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Turn your Windows 10 Insider Preview into Windows 10 RTM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:22

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I think most active Windows Insiders have been hoping for a new build of Windows 10 today since it has been three weeks since build 10130 was released but unfortunately that build is not coming. We did however learn quite a bit about the last stages of the Windows Insider Program in these last 40 days or so before the release of Windows 10. In a blog post over at the Blogging Windows website, Gabe Aul our intrepid Ring Master, has provided information on key changes to the Windows 10 Insider Program related to the final builds before Windows 10 is made available to everyone on 29 July 2015. It all boils down to this – in order to get Windows 10 RTM (Home or Pro) on 29 July 2015 you need to take a few steps first. After following the those steps you will have any other pre-release builds delivered to your system and then the final version of Windows 10 will arrive for your Insider Preview based system on 29 July 2015. Through that upgrade process it will be properly activated for the life of that device. That build will be delivered via Windows Update just like all the others in the Insider Program. Connecting the Microsoft Account to a Windows 10 install is a change only for Windows Insiders. After the final build is delivered on 29 July no Microsoft account is needed to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 although that still doesn’t mean your Microsoft account might store your activation code for later use. These changes are being implemented now to wring out some of the infrastructure that will be used to continue a Windows Insider program after the release of Windows 10. Microsoft plans to ask Insiders to continue receiving updated builds of Windows 10 so new features, fixes and updates can be tested and of course they will continue looking for feedback before those changes are promulgated to the final build. If you have no interest in continuing to be an Insider there will of course be an option to leave the program...We have the steps needed to complete this process posted at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
You Won’t Be Able to Disable Windows 10 Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Monday, 15 June 2015 02:11

wndows 10Microsoft says Windows 10 will be “always up-to-date,” and they mean it. There’s no way to turn Windows Update off. Microsoft says feature updates will be tested on consumer devices before they’re rolled out to business PCs. With Windows 10, Windows becomes a lot more like Google Chrome or a web application — it will automatically update. But they’re forcing more than security updates, and Microsoft has a troubling track record with broken Windows updates recently. Windows 10 will be updated more frequently, and with more types of updates, than current versions of Windows. Traditionally, Windows releases saw only security and bugfixes. Occasionally, a service pack would add a few more features — but even those didn’t usually change much. The interface was designed to stay stable for the life of a Windows release. Microsoft has already started updating Windows more often, with the Windows 8.1 Update changing Windows 8.1‘s interface for the better. This time around, Microsoft is committed to rolling out both security updates and feature updates to Windows 10. Most of the included applications will also automatically update themselves via the Windows Store. Microsoft is thinking of Windows 10 as the last versions of Windows, so instead of a Windows 11 or Windows 10.1, we should see feature updates and interface changes appear on an ongoing basis. Windows Update Can’t Be Disabled (or Delayed) on Windows 10 Home. To ensure everyone is secure and up-to-date on a stable platform, Microsoft won’t allow Windows 10 Home systems to delay Windows updates. Updates will automatically download, and they’ll be installed when you next reboot, or you can schedule a reboot. You’re not allowed to disable Windows Update entirely, and you’re also not allowed to put updates off if you don’t want to install them...For more stop by windows8nesinfo forum.

 
Stopping the FUD PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Sunday, 07 June 2015 20:47

Stopping the FUD

How many times have you seen in on the internet, whether it be in news stories from sites who know nothing about Microsoft, or from commenters who love spreading false information. Or you've seen it from readers who are genuinely confused about what Microsoft plans to do. Let's help stop the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) and set the record straight. Windows 10 will not have an annual fee. Windows 10 will not charge you a yearly subscription after the free-for-one-year upgrade offer expires. Microsoft's Gabe Aul took it to Twitter just the other day to reiterate this point, after one Twitter user asked him to be clear. "@Microsoft before I go to #Windows10, you need to be clear what update free for year means? Statement leaves door open for annual fees later." Between July 29th 2015 and July 29th 2016, you will have the chance to snag a free upgrade to Windows 10. After July 29th 2016, you will have to pay for a Windows 10 license. How much will the license cost after the free year? That's not quite certain yet, but it will likely be the same price for the OEM version of the operating system ($119 for Home and $199 for Pro). However, chances are Microsoft will likely offer a discounted special to entice users to upgrade to the latest operating system. There will not be a yearly fee to run Windows 10 after July 2016. Unfortunately, Microsoft may have confused people by mentioning Windows 10 "as a service" causing people to believe there will be a subscription fee of sorts. There is no subscription model for Windows 10. Instead, Windows 10 "as a service" simply implies that Microsoft plans to update the operating system with smaller, more frequent updates, rather than larger Service Pack-like updates. Think of it like an app that gets updated regularly...At windows8newsinfo forum we try to keep everything as clear as possible.

 

 
The free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends July 29th, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 June 2015 16:04

The free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends July 29th, 2016

 

Microsoft will starting charging for Windows 10 starting July 30th, 2016! Not sure whether you want to upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches this July 29th? Well don't worry, you have exactly one year from that date to decide. Microsoft announced back in January that the free upgrade offer will last one year after the launch of Windows 10, meaning July 29th, 2016 is the last day you can upgrade for free. Once that date passes, you'll have to pay for Windows 10. Nobody wants to pay for Windows 10, right? So make sure you get upgraded before then, otherwise you'll be paying a hefty price for something you could have had for free. Microsoft has confirmed that July 29, 2016 is the last day you can take advantage of the free upgrade offer in their Windows 10 FAQ released earlier today. If you've already decided on upgrading, you can reserve your copy now via the 'Get Windows 10' app. This will enable pre-loading, meaning when July 29th hits, you will get updated straight away with no download times, making for a super smooth experience...Follow this release at windows8newsinfo forum.

 
Windows 10 Staging Site PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 05:15

Windows 10 Staging Site

Clear cut sign that we are nearing the launch of Windows 10, just months away. Microsoft have launched a staging website for their new operating system. Complete with details, images, videos and links to other important resources. The highlight is the clean interface — the one we have seen ever all Microsoft sites transition to ever since the launch of the company’s modern platform, Windows 8. Another key element is the short video clip that introduces the upcoming OS. A sneak peek in the form of images is also available, with the dedicated gallery showing many of the new features of Windows 10, both on desktop computers and smartphones. And finally, there are handy links to resources, both for developers and general users that want to sign up for the Windows Insider program. Business and corporate customers also have a couple of pointers if they seek more information. On the whole, this is a well presented introduction to the new operating system, and the software titan is sure to build this portal up as we near the launch of Windows 10 sometimes this summer...Follow along as we crescendo to the General Availability of the next iteration of Windows at this new staging site and at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Hands-On with Windows 10 Build 10125 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015 04:37

Hands-On with Windows 10 Build 10125

When it comes to Windows 10, there are the official builds—the latest being 10122, which was provided to Fast Ring testers last week—and then there are the leaked builds. Windows 10125 falls into the latter category, and given where we are in the development cycle of this new OS, it won’t surprise you to discover that there are only minor differences between this build and the latest official build. “From here on out you’ll see fewer big feature changes from build to build, and more tuning, tweaking, stabilizing, and polishing,” he wrote in the blog posted announcing the release of build 10122. “The Insider Previews continue to be aimed at very technical people who want to play with pre-released code, but I think you’ll feel more and more comfortable using this build and future builds on your day to day systems.” That wasn’t my experience with build 10122 at all, to be honest. Despite some obvious polish and improvements, Windows 10 remains too buggy for daily use. But what about build 10125? Is it worth braving the torrent world to attempt such an upgrade? No. And as always, my advice is to hold off for the official builds. I do this because I have to, because this is what I do for a living. And while I’m happy to share what I’ve discovered, you won’t have long to wait before we get a truly usable Insider Preview build. And let’s face it, we’re less than two months from the expected release of Windows 10. This thing is going to have to mature pretty quickly...Drop by windows8newsinfo forum for more hands on and to download this most recent leak.

 

 
Windows 10 upgrade paths PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:35

Windows 10 upgrade paths

In the last week we have learned that there will be six Windows 10 Editions when the new OS releases over the course of the next several months. Microsoft is yet to explain the exact details of how the free Windows 10 upgrade will work for users of Windows 7/8.1. While that info is expected as we get closer to Windows 10 RTM, which is currently sometime this summer, I may have found some good indicators of the various paths to Windows 10. While I was perusing the official MSDN RSS feeds earlier today I came across a blog post from the Microsoft Australia Partner Network site which was a recap of recent Windows 10 announcements. Based on that last bullet it appears the Windows 10 update will be provided to properly licensed versions of Windows 7/8.1 through Windows Update instead of the Windows Store. This is exactly how Microsoft initially pushed the Windows 10 Technical Preview to Insiders on Windows 7 and 8.1 so the system has been well tested. You might recall that Microsoft pushed the Windows 8.1 update to users on Windows 8 through the Windows Store and it proved to have its share of challenges. Hopefully, Microsoft will also provide properly licensed users of Windows 7/8.1 with a license key that can be used with an ISO of the correct version of Windows 10 for their system instead of having to install the old OS and subsequent updates in order to perform the upgrade to Windows 10 if a clean install is necessary. Thankfully, once the update to Windows 10 has been done, the user should also be able to use the Reset or Refresh options in Windows to give themselves a fresh start with Windows 10 as necessary...Are you looking for more detailed and complete information, please visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Security features in Microsoft Edge PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 May 2015 06:02

Security features in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is the new browser which Microsoft will ship with Windows 10, and is meant to replace Internet Explorer. This web browser boasts of several new security features. Let us look at some of the key security features in Microsoft Edge. There cannot be a comprehensive list of threats one can face on the Internet. There are malicious adverts waiting to pounce on browsers, there are innocent websites with malicious codes that download when you open the sites, there are hackers on the prowl who want to get hold of your browser and thereby your computer network and then there are phishing websites! A good browser should be capable of protecting you and your data from these and other kinds of threats. Among the most vulnerable are JavaScript and ActiveX controls for rendering dynamic content on websites. As much as they are a boon to web developers, they are a curse to browsers as they cannot identify between malicious codes and genuine codes. In addition, the extensions used on browsers have nominal safety standards as they do not have to undergo vigorous testing as other software do. These extensions may act as a small hole that can be used to compromise your browser and thereby, your whole computer network. Microsoft Edge promises better security over the Internet Explorer and over other browsers in the market. Irrespective of what kind of device you use, Microsoft will use the device certificate to provide you with proper login process. Microsoft Passport that comes with Windows 10 will make sure you are not logging into fake websites by making sure there is a certificate (as required by the two-factor authentication method) to log into your websites. If it is a phishing website, it will expect plain text credentials. But since Microsoft Passport will use asymmetric keys, it will not be able to decipher the key and won’t get any information about your login credentials...Further details can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
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