Windows 10 Upgrade Fail

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

By on August 24, 2016 at 4:15 PM.

Privacy group: Microsoft should ‘come clean’ about ‘malicious’ Windows 10

Windows 10 has had a difficult first year in the world. Although the operating system itself has been generally praised, concerns over privacy and the overly pressurized upgrades have made with Windows 10 upgrade into way more of a saga than Microsoft needed.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for digital rights, has published a no-holds-barred blog post condemning Windows 10’s collection of data, and the “malicious” way Microsoft pushed 10 onto consumers. If you’re not a fan of seeing Microsoft being verbally beaten up, this will be a rough ride.

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Windows Holographic OS

Every Windows 10 PC will get Windows Holographic next year

By on August 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

Every Windows 10 PC will get Windows Holographic next year

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 is a phenomenal smartphone and Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 is shaping up to be an exciting upgrade as well. Companies are making huge strides in the virtual reality space right now, and we’re seeing very early versions of autonomous driving software reach the public. But for my money, mixed reality devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens make up the most exciting segment in consumer technology right now — at least, in terms of products that will materialize and be widely available in the next couple of years.

On Tuesday, Microsoft gave users even more cause for excitement when it announced ambitious plans to make mixed reality tech widely accessible as soon as next year. More →

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Windows 10 Tips And Tricks 2016

How to enable Windows 10’s hidden Dark Mode

By on August 4, 2016 at 7:20 PM.

How to enable Windows 10’s hidden Dark Mode

Somewhere deep inside Apple’s iOS 10 beta software there’s a special “dark mode” feature just waiting to come out. Sadly, users don’t have access to it just yet — in fact no one does unless you’re a developer and you know how to dig for it. As it turns out, Microsoft’s Windows 10 software also has a hidden dark mode. When enabled, it’s a theme that turns the platform’s entire interface dark. The heavy use of black and other dark tones in Microsoft’s dark theme make the UI look incredibly sleek, and it’s also a bit easier on your eyes.

The bad news is there’s no simple toggle in older versions of Windows 10 that makes enabling and disabling this cool feature simple. But the good news if you don’t want to install the new anniversary update is that unlike iOS 10’s dark mode, anyone can enable the dark theme in any version of Windows 10 in just a few minutes by following the guide below. More →

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update

The latest update finally fixes one of Windows’ oldest problems

By on August 3, 2016 at 2:21 PM.

The latest update finally fixes one of Windows’ oldest problems

There’s a long list of reasons why you should probably download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: better Cortana, the new Windows Ink, or just the long list of bug and security fixes. But if all that doesn’t do it for you, how about a long-needed fix to the way Windows handles licenses?

Starting with the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 now contains an “Activation Troubleshooter,” which lets you associate your copy of Windows with a Microsoft account, rather than tying it to the physical computer hardware. That noise you hear in the background? It’s everyone who has ever built their own PC crying with joy.

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Windows 10 Free Upgrade

There’s still one way to get Window 10 for free, but you’ll have to act fast

By on August 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

There’s still one way to get Window 10 for free, but you’ll have to act fast

On July 29th, Microsoft stopped offering free Windows 10 upgrades.

At least, that was the plan, but as several publications discovered, Microsoft introduced a “free upgrade offer extension” shortly after the deadline had passed, giving customers who use assistive technologies a little bit longer to install Windows 10 in order to take advantage of the improvements in the Anniversary Update.

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Free Windows 10 Upgrade Deadline

PSA: Tomorrow is the last day you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free

By on July 28, 2016 at 2:05 PM.

PSA: Tomorrow is the last day you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free

Some people have been complaining about Microsoft’s incessant prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year. But come July 29th, many of those same people will complain about missing out on the opportunity to install Microsoft’s best operating system to date free of charge. More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade

How to upgrade to Windows 10, while also getting heroically drunk

By on July 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

How to upgrade to Windows 10, while also getting heroically drunk

You know you should upgrade to Windows 10 this weekend. The latest version of Windows, which is faster, more secure and more useful than its predecessor, is only a free upgrade until next weekend. After that, you’ll have to pay $120 for a piece of software, which is unconscionable.

However, all the facts in the world don’t disguise the truth that updating an operating system is always awful. Windows 10 promises you “all your stuff will be just where you left it!” which is basically a lie.

Luckily there’s a solution: alcohol. So sit back, crack a cold one (or 12), and get ready for a software update, adult-style.

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Windows 10 Data Collection

Microsoft was just ordered to stop Windows 10 from spying on users

By on July 22, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Microsoft was just ordered to stop Windows 10 from spying on users

After learning just how much data Windows 10 might be collecting from users, France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act and “stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent” within three months.

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Windows 10 Download

Final countdown: You have 3 weeks left to update to Windows 10 for free

By on July 8, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Final countdown: You have 3 weeks left to update to Windows 10 for free

Look, we’re going to level with you: there are definitely some valid reasons to skip the update to Windows 10. Maybe you’re on a work PC and your IT department hasn’t authorized the update. Maybe you have some crazy custom legacy software that you’ve confirmed just won’t work on Windows 10. Maybe you’re afraid Windows 10 is going to spy on you.

We’re not going to judge you in any of those cases but to be frank, Windows 10 is pretty awesome. Microsoft did a terrific job of listening to customers complain about everything they hated in Windows 8 and undoing most of the damage. But be warned: If you ever plan to update to Windows 10, now is the time to do it. More →

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Windows 10 Upgrade Full-Screen Prompt

This might be Microsoft’s most annoying Windows 10 upgrade prompt yet

By on July 4, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

This might be Microsoft’s most annoying Windows 10 upgrade prompt yet

Imagine this: you’re watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones on your Windows laptop or desktop, paying bills online, or you’re catching up with some work, and an annoying image appears taking over your entire screen. It looks like a blue screen of death at first – or a new version of it – and you might panic for a few seconds until you read the prompt on that blue background. Your computer is safe, your documents have not been lost. It’s just Microsoft being even more annoying than ever with its Windows 10 upgrade notifications. More →

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