Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications Fixed

Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints

By on June 28, 2016 at 9:31 AM.

Microsoft finally fixed its Windows 10 upgrade notifications following customer complaints

Earlier this year, Microsoft began pushing upgrade notifications to Windows users, suggesting they upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.

As the year marched on, the notifications became increasingly aggressive, to the point where there was no longer any way to opt out of the upgrade from the notification windows. Users were understandably livid that Microsoft wasn’t giving them a choice in the matter, but all of that changes this week.

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Windows 10 Upgrade: Lawsuit

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

By on June 27, 2016 at 12:35 PM.

Microsoft pays woman $10,000 for auto-upgrading her PC to Windows 10

Windows 10 auto-upgrades are like a sick, cruel joke being played on us by this point. Most stories that start with “my Windows 10 PC auto-upgraded” tend to end with “and then all my data was lost,” but this particular version has a happy ending, because it involves Microsoft paying out a lot of money.

A California woman has won $10,000 from Microsoft, after the tech giant gave up challenging a court case. Teri Goldstein alleges that after her computer was upgraded to Windows 10, it became slow and unreliable.

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Microsoft Edge Battery Life Comparison

One simple change can increase your laptop’s battery life by 50%

By on June 20, 2016 at 4:25 PM.

One simple change can increase your laptop’s battery life by 50%

It wasn’t long ago that we were celebrating the release of Opera’s power saving mode, but on Monday, Microsoft decided to prove to everyone that its own proprietary browser might be the best in the market for your battery.

In a new blog post, Microsoft Edge web platform team director Jason Weber explains how Edge can help save your computer or tablet battery.

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Windows 10 Clean Install

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

By on June 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Here’s the Windows 10 clean install you’ve always needed

Windows 10 has been the center of countless controversies over the past year. But while many users have been (often justifiable) complaining about some of the software’s privacy settings and intolerable update notifications, Microsoft has been quietly working behind the scenes to improve Windows 10.

On Thursday, the company released a preview build for Windows 10 which included a new tool that makes it even easier to perform a clean installation.

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Block Windows 10 Upgrade

The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10

By on May 28, 2016 at 11:11 AM.

The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10

Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. Like, a lot. So much so that if you leave your PC to its own devices for too long, you might come back and find that Cortana has settled in and made itself at home.

If you want to hang on your Windows 7 or 8 install without having to live in fear of an unexpected update (like this unfortunate TV weather crew), or if you want to prevent Windows 10 from spying on practically everything you do, we’ve put together the definitive guide.

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Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade Trick

Microsoft just turned Windows 10 into malware

By on May 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM.

Microsoft just turned Windows 10 into malware

For months now, Microsoft has done everything in its power to shove Windows 10 down your throat. The free update is mandatory at this point, and we’ve heard from many Windows users who discovered their computers updated to the newest version automatically, without their knowledge or explicit permission. Microsoft kept offering excuses for these annoying occurrences, and even said it will stop pushing upgrades to Windows users refuse to hope aboard the Windows 10 train.

Now, the company has come up with its most evil trick yet to get you to update your PC to Windows 10, and it’s based on the same methodology hackers use to trick people into installing malware.

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Halo 5 Forge Mode PC

Please, Microsoft, bring ‘Halo 5’ to PC

By on May 19, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

Please, Microsoft, bring ‘Halo 5’ to PC

Exciting news, PC gamers: 343 Industries is bringing the Forge editing tool from Halo 5: Guardians to Windows 10. This is big news not just because Forge is a great tool — it’s what it hints at for Halo 5 and PCs.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Forge, it’s a tool that allows players to create new maps and unique game types for Halo, originally introduced in Halo 3. It came to Halo 5 in the form of an update late last year, and now the developer is porting it to PC as a standalone experience, completely free to download.

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Windows 10 Upgrade Problem

Don’t blink, or your PC might upgrade itself to Windows 10

By on May 17, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

Don’t blink, or your PC might upgrade itself to Windows 10

Microsoft is keen for you to upgrade to Windows 10. So keen, in fact, that it will give it away for free. And hey, Microsoft reckons you shouldn’t even have to go to the trouble of scheduling an update yourself — it can do that for you.

What’s that? You like Windows 7 better? Well, don’t leave your PC unattended for too long.

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Windows 10 Start Menu

Advertising and bloatware are about to invade your Start Menu in Windows 10

Advertising and bloatware are about to invade your Start Menu in Windows 10

By on May 16, 2016 at 10:29 AM.

Microsoft has done a tremendous job with Windows 10 in so many ways, which is even more impressive when you consider that the company’s prior release was nothing short of a disaster. Microsoft knew it had fallen behind in mobile, so it tried to make Windows 8 as tablet-friendly as it could. What the company seemingly forgot, however, was that most people use Windows on a laptop or desktop, and a tablet interface in those environments provides a horrible user experience.

Windows 10 succeeded in erasing Windows 8 from users’ minds almost entirely, and the public conversation surrounding Microsoft’s latest release has been overwhelmingly positive (aside from when the world learned that Windows 10 was spying on users, that is). Nothing is perfect, and now a new change Microsoft is about to make will undoubtedly upset many Windows 10 users. More →

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How to Fix Windows Automatic Updates

Windows has finally fixed its awful auto-update system

By on May 13, 2016 at 11:47 AM.

Windows has finally fixed its awful auto-update system

Anyone who’s used a Windows PC for more than 20 minutes has probably run into the scheduled updater. This evil snippet of code will, on occasion, forcibly restart your PC, no matter how urgent a piece of work might be.

In the latest beta version of Windows 10, Microsoft has revealed how it will fix the auto-install with a new feature called “Active Hours.” It still doesn’t allow you to turn off auto-install — Microsoft is determined that you stay up to date — but it does the next best thing.

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Windows 10 Wifi Sense

Windows 10 will finally stop sharing Wi-Fi passwords after public backlash

By on May 11, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Windows 10 will finally stop sharing Wi-Fi passwords after public backlash

When Windows 10 first launched, one of its most controversial features was Wi-Fi Sense. If ticked, a couple harmless-looking boxes shared internet access to your Facebook, Skype and Outlook friends by default.

The setting (and its enabled-by-default nature) caused some people to get a little angry, although Microsoft defended Wi-Fi Sense as a useful feature. A year later, and it looks like Microsoft is changing its tune.

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