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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...
As we reported last week, Microsoft is holding an event in New York City on May 2nd that will focus primarily on the education sector. Although we don’t expect to hear anything about Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book 2, the company is widely expected to announce new low-cost notebooks running the new Windows 10 Cloud operating system. Microsoft is targeting these new devices, which we’ll simply call “Cloudbooks” for simplicity’s sake, at Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. If you needed any further confirmation of Microsoft’s intention to take the fight directly to Google, look no further... 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...
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...
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...
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...
A couple of years ago, Valve relaxed its rules and regulations for customers being able to get a refund on a game title as a clear result of way too many unhappy customers asking for refunds. At that time, the company began letting people play up to 2 hours of a game, and if it didn't live up to expectations (or it simply didn't work on your system), you'd be able to get in touch with customer service and get a refund. Valve was praised for its move, and it was well-deserved. Now, though, Microsoft has decided one-up that offering for both the Xbox One and Windows Store, allowing customers... Read more...
With the Windows 10 Creators Update having just launched, Microsoft decided to create a quick guide that explains its numerous gaming-related features, such as Beam game recording/streaming, Game Bar, Game Mode, and the countless number of settings now found inside of the OS' "Settings" control panel. Of all the new gaming features found in the Creators Update, it's the Beam game recording and streamer that Microsoft is putting most of its weight behind - and it makes sense, as it needs to justify that acquisition cost. While Microsoft is undoubtedly going up against difficult competition, one... Read more...
We brought you news late last month that Microsoft will be holding a spring event to announce some new products. At the time, we were told that we shouldn’t expect to see a new Surface Book 2 or Surface Pro 5 at the event, and that we might instead see a major emphasis on Windows 10 Cloud and supporting hardware. A new report out this morning backs up this notion, and it comes from the same source: well-respected Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley. According to Foley, Microsoft’s upcoming Spring event is codenamed “Bespin”, which is the name of a planet within the Star War universe. While that might... Read more...
It might be only a matter of time before every version of Windows prior to Windows 10 barely registers a blip on the radar, but in the here and now, that is not the case. Windows 7 is still widely deployed. What's more interesting is that even though Windows 10 has been steadily growing its share of the OS market since it came out in July 2015, it has given up a bit of ground to Windows 7 over the past few months.By way of Windows users who have opted to send Microsoft telemetry data, Microsoft's own audit of Windows installs shows that Windows 10 dropped from 48 percent in December of last year... Read more...
  Microsoft is just now putting the finishing touches on the Windows 10 Creators Update, and it hasn’t even pushed the operating system out to the general public yet — that doesn’t happen until April 11th. However, Microsoft isn’t sitting still just because the Creators Update is ready for public consumption; it’s ready to move on to the next phase in the development of Windows 10. That means that Microsoft is moving on to the “Redstone 3” build of Windows 10, which should be publicly released later this year. Build 16170 has been released to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, and it brings... Read more...
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