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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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer

PSA: Upgrade to Windows 10 now for free, or pay $119 to upgrade after July 29th

By on May 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM.

PSA: Upgrade to Windows 10 now for free, or pay $119 to upgrade after July 29th

If you’ve been waiting until the last possible moment to decide whether or not you want to upgrade to Windows 10, that last possible moment is suddenly right around the corner. Microsoft reminded Windows users in a blog post today that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 30th, at which point the price for a full version of Windows 10 Home will jump to $119. More →

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Windows Vs OS X

Microsoft is bringing my favorite iPhone and Mac feature to Windows 10

By on April 26, 2016 at 7:52 AM.

Microsoft is bringing my favorite iPhone and Mac feature to Windows 10

It’s incredible how quickly the tide can turn on the internet. It seems like just yesterday that hordes of angry Windows users were banding together and vowing in unison that they would never patronize Microsoft again because of its shoddy Windows 8 platform. Now, it’s almost as though Windows 8 never existed — apparently skipping 9 and jumping directly to 10 worked pretty well indeed.

But Windows 10 isn’t just a marketing trick, it’s a well-crafted desktop platform that doesn’t overcompensate for Microsoft’s shortcomings in mobile, which is why the Windows 8 experience was so terrible. The best part is that Microsoft continues to make important improvements to its Windows 10 platform, and it looks like the next big addition to Windows will be one of my favorite features from iOS and OS X. More →

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Windows 10 AppLocker Security Issue

Dangerous Windows 10 flaw lets hackers secretly run any app on your PC

By on April 25, 2016 at 11:17 PM.

Dangerous Windows 10 flaw lets hackers secretly run any app on your PC

A newly identified Windows 10 security flaw lets hackers install malicious apps on any machine, without business owners being made aware anything out of the ordinary is happening. The issue lets anyone familiar with Windows security bypass its defenses without leaving any trace on the machine.

Discovered accidentally, the issue is significant, and Microsoft is yet to issue a patch. More →

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Uninstall QuickTime For Windows Security

Uninstall QuickTime from your Windows PC right now

By on April 15, 2016 at 2:28 PM.

Uninstall QuickTime from your Windows PC right now

Do you still have QuickTime installed on your Windows PC for some reason? If so, now is the perfect time to install it — in fact, I’d recommend uninstalling Apple’s video player from your computer right away and without delay. Trend Micro this week put out an “urgent call” for Windows users to uninstall QuickTime mainly because Apple will no longer be issuing new security updates for the software. That means if new vulnerabilities in QuickTime for Windows are discovered, they’ll never be patched. More →

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Windows 10 Smart Mobile Hotspot

Microsoft has a clever idea to smarten up mobile hotspots

By on April 11, 2016 at 8:25 PM.

Microsoft has a clever idea to smarten up mobile hotspots

It seems we rarely use our phones and computers anymore without some kind of connection to the web. Whether it’s through 3G, LTE, or Wi-Fi, we’re always looking to be connected to the internet.

Microsoft knows we’re always looking for ways to improve our connectivity and that’s why it’s figured out a way to fix a concern some internet users are having with Wi-Fi tethering.

The Windows 10 maker has created software that can intelligently adapt the power consumption of a smartphone to maximize battery life while keeping up a Wi-Fi hotspot that can be used by other devices to connect to the internet. More →

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Microsoft Edge Flash Auto-Pause

Microsoft Edge is going to save you from annoying Flash ads in its next update

By on April 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM.

Microsoft Edge is going to save you from annoying Flash ads in its next update

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: you should probably disable Adobe Flash altogether. It’s nearly obsolete, it’s a resource hog and it’s often the culprit behind major security scares. But if you just can’t let Flash go, Microsoft Edge is going to at least make it easier to manage in its next update. More →

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Start Menu

First look at the upgraded Start menu from the next version of Windows 10

By on April 6, 2016 at 4:09 PM.

First look at the upgraded Start menu from the next version of Windows 10

The annual Microsoft Build Developer Conference has gotten progressive more interesting over the past few years, but there wasn’t quite as much to get excited about in 2016. But that’s not to say there weren’t any announcement, with one of the biggest centering around the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. More →

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