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Users are reporting success activating clean installations of Windows 10 using old license keys, and specifically those that apply to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. This method continues to work even after the Creators Update, which is the second major upgrade to Windows 10 since it was made available to the public in July 2015 (the first one was the Anniversary Update).Microsoft made it known that Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users would have a full year to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10 at no cost. Technically that offer expired around nine months ago. Be that as it may, users have been... Read more...
When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be the last monolithic version of Windows ever, it raised some questions on how that would work and what it meant for future updates. Now almost two years after the OS was released to the public, Microsoft has some concrete answers. Going forward, Microsoft says users and IT professionals can expect (and plan for) two major upgrades to Windows 10 every year. The same goes for Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft's productivity suite that lives in the cloud. Barring any delays, these will roll out every March and September. Microsoft has already doled out... Read more...
After all of the hype and anticipation leading up to the public release of the Creators Update for Windows 10, you might be left wondering, what's next? Well, there is another major update to Windows 10 that is scheduled for later this year. Called Redstone 3 for now, Microsoft has already begun dishing out test builds to Windows Insiders, the latest of which introduces power throttling. There are two builds available, one for PC (16179) and one for mobile (15205). Both are available to Windows Insiders subscribed to the Fast ring, which receives pre-release builds of Windows 10 ahead of everyone... Read more...
Are you constantly trying to remember dozens of elusive passwords? Well, Microsoft has got your back. The company now enables password free sign-in for Android and iOS users when they sign-in to a new device. Mobile device users can now add their account to a Android or iOS Microsoft Authenticator app. When a user signs in somewhere new, they will be prompted to enter their username. Users then will get a notification on their phone that their device is being accessed. The user till then tap “Approve” on their device in order to approve of the sign-in. According to Microsoft, “This process... Read more...
Many long time Windows users have not been pleased with Microsoft’s decision to block updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 for systems running current and future generations of processors. Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Ryzen chips are among the first blacklisted casualties of this policy.Microsoft deemed this necessary to improve the deployment cycle of Windows and ease the workload on hardware partners validating their products across multiple generations of Windows. Whether you buy that reasoning or not isn’t for us to decide. The fact of the matter is, Microsoft wants every one of its customers locked... Read more...
You do not need an advanced degree in engineering to know that cranking up the brightness on your laptop's display will shorten its battery life. That boils down to common sense. Be that as it may, Windows 10 with the Creators Update installed feels compelled to persistently warn users who max out their display's brightness level of the potential negative impact it can have. Grrr.The warning is part of a Health report generated by Windows 10's Device performance & health section. This is actually a beneficial thing for users, especially less savvy PC owners, as it scans for issues that could... Read more...
Using Windows Hello, a feature Microsoft introduced with Windows 10, you can log into your system (assuming it's compatible) with your face or your fingerprint. It's a nifty alternative to hammering out a password, but it could also be more secure. In an effort to make it so, Microsoft was recently granted a patent related to iris recognition that could be used in future Windows devices, including smartphones, tablets, 2-in-1 systems, and so forth. Microsoft's patented technology also includes "liveness testing," which means the iris recognition process would be able to tell when there is a real... Read more...
“Don't let the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead distract you from the fact that…” The Golden State Warriors had a record-setting run during the NBA regular season (2015 - 2016) and were even looking good throughout the playoffs. Heck, the Warriors had a 3 games to 1 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers when it all fell apart. The Cavaliers would rally during the finals to win three straight, clutching the 2016 NBA championship title. Needless to say, the meme community was (and still is) unkind to Steph Curry and his crew for the embarrassment. Golden State has a lot to prove this year in the playoffs,... Read more...
In a bit of news that could spark excitement in many Windows users out there, it's beginning to look like the next major iteration of Windows 10 (Redstone 3) is going to introduce tabbed applications, making it easier that ever to manage the slew of windows you have open. If you're not familiar with tabbed applications, the screenshot below should help clear everything up. Instead of having a taskbar littered with entries, or a single taskbar entry needing to be hovered over to then choose which window you want, tabbed applications make for a more all-in-one approach, allowing users to access different... Read more...
Microsoft's work on Windows never ceases. Earlier this week the Redmond outfit finally starting pushing its much anticipated Creators Update to Windows 10, but if Microsoft's engineers (and Windows Insiders) thought they could take a breath, they should think again. There is already a new build of Windows 10 available to testers, version 16176 for PC (and 15204 for mobile) as Microsoft works on Redstone 3, its next major update that is slated to arrive later this year. In the early going, the focus for Redstone 3 is to improve OneCore, the underlying the code that all versions of Windows 10 across... Read more...
Have the most recent Microsoft exploits been keeping you up at night? Microsoft recently remarked that almost all of the exploits have already been patched, while the remaining ones can not reproduced on supported platforms. On Friday, a hacking group referred to as the “Shadow Brokers” revealed a number of programs that could potentially be used to attack different versions of Windows operating systems. Microsoft maintains that the vast majority of these exploits have already been patched. “ETERNALCHAMPION”, a SMBv1 exploit, was patched by Windows updates CVE-2017-0146 & CVE-2017-0147. EnglishmanDentist”,... Read more...
In less than a month from now Microsoft will stop dishing out security updates for the original version of Windows 10 (build 1507) that was released back in July 2015. Microsoft had actually planned to stop supporting Windows 10 Version 1507 on March 26, 2017, but later decided to push back its end of servicing date to May 9, 2017, giving users some additional time to update. That date happens to be the second Tuesday of May, otherwise known as Patch Tuesday, which is when Microsoft rolls up a bunch of security fixes and patches into a single update. It will be the last Patch Tuesday available... Read more...
Microsoft made headlines early last year when it announced that users of Intel Skylake (and newer) processors, would need to run Windows 10, as support would be dropped on older versions of Windows. After that initial announcement, there wasn't much additional news related to the story. That is until last fall, when Redmond's most notable company told us that it was backtracking on the idea. That was a relief to many users, but unfortunately, it was only a temporary one. It didn't take long for another issue to arise, when it was revealed that those restrictions would go into effect with Intel's... Read more...
Microsoft has begun inviting members of the press to a media event scheduled for May 2, 2017, in New York City. Details on the event are light other than Microsoft saying it will be focused on education. Several sites are speculating that it will involve Microsoft's Surface products, though do not expect a new generation Surface Book or Surface Pro 5 announcement, neither of which are on tap for this event. Instead, rumor has it Microsoft will focus on a cloud-based version of Windows 10. If that is the case, it could tie in with a Surface product designed to give Google's Chromebook products a... Read more...
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