Evolution of Windows Operating System

As Windows 10 rolls out, take a step back in time through the evolution of Windows

By about 8 hours ago.

As Windows 10 rolls out, take a step back in time through the evolution of Windows

After years of anticipation, Windows 10 has finally arrived. Although Microsoft will undoubtedly be spending the next several weeks ironing out the kinks of its new operating system, the reaction from users and critics alike has been largely positive, proving that Windows 10 is a huge step up over the ill-fated Windows 8.

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Xbox Games with Gold August 2015

Every free Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download in August

By about 12 hours ago.

Every free Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download in August

Last month, Microsoft improved its Games with Gold program dramatically by giving Xbox One owners an additional free game to download every month. Xbox has always been a step behind PlayStation when it comes to rewarding subscribers of its pay-to-play online service, but this addition brings Games with Gold and PS Plus much closer to parity. More →

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Windows 10 Downgrade Windows 8.1 Procedure

An insane person’s guide to ditching Windows 10 and going back to Windows 8.1

By on July 30, 2015 at 4:56 PM.

An insane person’s guide to ditching Windows 10 and going back to Windows 8.1

So, you’ve installed Windows 10 on your laptop, tablet or desktop and for some reason, you don’t like what Microsoft has done to fix the tragedy that was Windows 8. Or, perhaps you’re aware of some bugs that Microsoft hasn’t yet patched. Luckily for you, Microsoft lets you downgrade back to a previous Windows version right from inside Windows 10, and the procedure is relatively easy, though not quite hassle-free. More →

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Windows 10 Error

5 common problems people are having with Windows 10 – and how to fix them

By on July 30, 2015 at 3:41 PM.

5 common problems people are having with Windows 10 – and how to fix them

There is absolutely no question that the response to Windows 10 has been overwhelmingly positive. True, anything would seem like a huge improvement compared to the disaster that was Windows 8. But people love that the Start Menu has made its triumphant return and replaced the Start screen that everyone hated so much, and new features like Cortana and the Edge web browser are big checks in the pro column as well.

Of course, nothing is perfect. More →

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Windows 10 Something Happened Error Message

Forget the blue screen of death, Windows 10 has the silliest error message yet

By on July 30, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Forget the blue screen of death, Windows 10 has the silliest error message yet

It looks like Windows 10 has fixed a lot of issues users had with Windows 7 and Windows 8, even though not all pre-release bugs have been squashed. In fact, you might discover things you don’t like here and there, though Microsoft is ready to fix some of them with quick updates. More →

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Windows 10 Day One Update Download

Microsoft has already released its first big Windows 10 update – here’s how to get it

By on July 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

Microsoft has already released its first big Windows 10 update – here’s how to get it

Windows 10 was released just yesterday — follow these steps to avoid waiting in line if you still haven’t received your upgrade confirmation — but there’s already an update available for the new OS. In fact, Microsoft’s first Windows 10 update is a pretty massive one, and you should download it right away. More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade

Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it

By on July 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it

Windows users, it’s time to breathe a collective sigh of relief. After what seemed like an eternity trapped in the clutches of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system is finally here to save us.

Tech bloggers the world over have sung Windows 10 praise. Is it really that great, or is it just that anything is better than the nightmare that was Windows 8? Who cares? Install it right now and you’ll never have to deal with Windows 8 again.

In a recent post, we told you how to skip the queue and install Windows 10 right now. Your job isn’t done once you’ve got it installed, however, because there are a few things you need to make sure you take care of right away. More →

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Microsoft Windows History Infographic

30 years of Windows, condensed into a single infographic

By on July 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

30 years of Windows, condensed into a single infographic

Windows is no longer the dominant force it was in the 1990s but it’s still by far the most widely used desktop operating system in the world, and that’s not nothing. To celebrate the launch of Windows 10 on Wednesday, MicrosoftTraining.Net has put together a terrific infographic that shows us Windows’ long evolution over the past 30 years. More →

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Windows 10 Microsoft Edge Browser

Edge: The story of how Microsoft’s Windows 10 Chrome browser killer came to be

By on July 29, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

Edge: The story of how Microsoft’s Windows 10 Chrome browser killer came to be

Microsoft Edge, the brand-new browser shipping with Windows 10, is by far one of the most important features of the new operating system right alongside the real revival of the Start menu button and the integration of the Cortana voice assistant into the OS. Microsoft execs recently talked to Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff about the beginnings of Edge, and how the new browser came to be. More →

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Windows 10 Privacy Issues

Windows 10 privacy issues you should be aware of

By on July 29, 2015 at 4:36 PM.

Windows 10 privacy issues you should be aware of

Windows 10 is finally here, and though not shrouded in the same type of pomp and circumstance that surrounded the launch of, say, Windows 95, it’s still a significant update worth checking out. Not only is Windows 10 available as a free update to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, but the new OS from Microsoft comes with a bevy of interesting new features that are certainly worth exploring.

At the same time, and as with any new OS release, there are a few wrinkles to be ironed out and new privacy issues worth noting. While most of the privacy issues associated with Windows 10 can be alleviated with a simple adjustment of one’s settings, there are still a few issues worth highlighting before you start using Windows 10 as your everyday OS.

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Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu – here’s how to customize it

By on July 29, 2015 at 3:03 PM.

Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu – here’s how to customize it

Congratulations, dear reader. You followed our instructions to skip the queue and install Windows 10 without waiting, and now you won’t have to live another minute with Windows 8. As familiar as Windows 10 is though, there will still be a period of adjustment while you check out Microsoft’s new features and learn how to get the most out of them.

Among Windows 10’s best new features — which we listed earlier on Wednesday — the triumphant return of the Start Menu is unquestionably ranked near the top. It has definitely evolved from the Start Menu of old, however, so let’s take a look at how to use all of its most important new features. More →

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Windows 10 Features

5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10

By on July 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM.

5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10

Windows 10 hasn’t even been out for a day yet, but it already seems like the sour taste left in our mouths by Windows 8 is fading. It’ll be a while before it’s completely gone, but there is absolutely no question that Windows 10 is a huge step in the right direction.

There are a number of great new features in Windows 10, and we covered five of the best ones in a recent article. Now, it’s time to take a look at five of the most awful, annoying, horrible problems from Windows 8 and see how Microsoft fixed them in its new operating system. More →

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