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While Microsoft has closed one door (Windows 7), it has opened another one with respect to web browsers (Microsoft Edge). As promised, Microsoft has made available the public/stable release of its Chromium-based Edge web browser. Microsoft first made its intentions known that it would switch to Chromium back in December 2018, thus leaving behind the EdgeHTML engine. That move drew swift backlash from Mozilla -- the makers of Firefox -- but Microsoft continued development over the past year. After a steady stream of developer and public betas, the all-new Edge browser is ready for action. Due to the fact that Edge is based on Chromium -- the same engine that powers the world's most... Read more...
With today being the last day of extended support for Windows 7, many people are poised to make the jump to Windows 10. As we've reported in previous how-to articles, as long as you're running a genuine copy of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, you can make the upgrade to Windows 10 for free and Microsoft is encouraging this migration as soon as possible. However, given that you've probably been running Windows 7 for years, we've got a few helpful tips to make your transition to Windows 10 as easy and glitch-free as possible. 1 - Make sure your PC meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 10 Windows 10 isn't exactly a demanding operating system, and chances are... Read more...
Windows 7 extended support ends tomorrow, as we're detailed on numerous occasions. For most people, the most obvious "fix" would be to upgrade to Windows 10, which just about anyone can do for free as long as you're running an authorized, genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.x.  However, the folks over at Microsoft have another, more expensive proposition for those that are running an older Windows 7 PC. The company is encouraging businesses to just buy one of its Surface-branded computers. Going out and purchasing a brand new, fully functioning PC when a free upgrade to Windows 10 would suffice for most businesses seems like overkill, but Microsoft is trying to move hardware here,... Read more...
Time is winding down on Microsoft's extended support for Windows 7. Windows 7 emerged on the scene in 2009 with a bang, replacing the unloved and problematic Windows Vista operating system. Seen by many as the "true" successor to Windows XP, customers and businesses upgraded to Windows 7 in droves, and stuck with it even after Windows 8.x and Windows 10 arrived on the scene years later. But this week, January 14th to be exact, Microsoft will end extended support leaving customers on their own. There will be no more product updates or security patches for the operating system, which is to be expected considering that is over a decade old.  For businesses that are sticking with Windows... Read more...
Back in December, we reported on Microsoft's policy to get customers updated to the new, Chromium-infused version of the Edge browser. At the time, Microsoft indicated that the all-new Edge browser would be pushed automatically to allWindows 10 users in January 2020 via Windows Update. The only way that users would have been able to avoid getting the new version -- if they didn't want it -- was to install Microsoft's Blocker Toolkit for Edge. Today, however, Microsoft is clarifying its position on forced Edge updates and who it will affect going forward. Lots of speculation about automatic updates of the new Edge on Windows 10. We updated our documentation to make it clear that... Read more...
The Windows 10 Spring Update is hopefully just around the corner. In the meantime, Microsoft has released its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19541 to those enrolled in the Fast Ring. Build 19541 includes icon, task manager, and Cortana updates, as well as a few needed fixes. First, Microsoft has updated the notification area icon to better convey when an app is using the device’s location. Second, users will now be able to hop onto the Details tab in Task Manager and easily view the architecture of the processes. Last, Bing Instant Answers and Timers are once again available to users. Microsoft encourages users to test these features out by asking Cortana questions like “When... Read more...
In order to join the Windows Insider Program, you are supposed to have a Microsoft Account, or a work account in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). The very first step Microsoft outlines is to register one or the other, for anyone who wants to install a Windows 10 Insider preview build. However, there exists a workaround. More on that in a moment. The Windows Insider Program is a neat way to explore new features in Windows 10 that have not yet been released to the public. It's a two-way street—you get access to new stuff, and in return, provide feedback to Microsoft on any bugs or issues that might crop up. Suffice to say, it's best to steer clear of preview builds on mission critical systems.... Read more...
In case you have managed to ignore and forget the full-screen nag screens in Windows 7, support for your operating system will soon end, with Microsoft looking to herd the masses over to Windows 10. The last day is January 14, 2020. After that, Windows 7 goes into retirement, though fortunately it seems Microsoft is still permitting free upgrades to Windows 10. Before we get to that, let's talk about the support status of Windows 7. In just a couple of weeks, Windows 7 sails off into the sunset, in a manner of speaking. Well, sort of. It's not as though Windows 7 will suddenly fail to boot or otherwise cease to function once support ends. However, Microsoft will not offer technical support or... Read more...
Have you ever wondered what Windows 10 would look like if Apple had designed it? One concept artist has reimagined Windows 10 as an Apple product. The concept includes a few interesting features, but overall we find ourselves personally favoring the existing Windows 10. Kamer Kaan Avdan published a video that asked “How would it look like, if Apple created Windows 10?” His version of Windows 10 features Apple’s iconic playful and colorful aesthetic. Several Windows 10 features also have naturally been replaced with Apple items. For example, users would browse with Safari instead of Edge and Cortana has been replaced with Siri. There are also a handful of characteristics that... Read more...
It's been a long run, but it's coming time for Microsoft to end extended support for the Windows 7 operating system. Microsoft first released Windows 7 to the public over 10 years ago, and it was an instant hit with long-time Windows users. Given the disaster that was Windows Vista, Windows 7 built on the strong underlying foundation of Vista. However, it added a lot of polish and robust device support which enticed customers that had been spoiled by the long-in-the-tooth Windows XP operating system. Windows 7 Support Ends In January Microsoft has set a January 14th, 2020 termination date for Windows 7 extended support. Microsoft issued the following warning earlier this year: January 14th, 2020... Read more...
We thought Microsoft had gotten over its penchant for accosting users with non-removable banner ads to promote its products, but the company is back at it again. Microsoft is now inserting small ads into two of its popular Windows 10 applications: Mail and Calendar. When using Outlook.com accounts in the Outlook app, the banner ad promotes the complimentary mobile app, stating, "Get the free Outlook app on your phone". Likewise, if you're using a Gmail account within Outlook, the banner changes to say "Get your Gmail on your phone." What's interesting, and perhaps a bit disingenuous is that by clicking on either banner will take you to an Outlook.com web address to download the mobile... Read more...
Microsoft has released the first Windows 10 20H2 build to the Fast ring, and it's official known as the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19536. Microsoft said last month that Windows Insiders who had opted into Skip Ahead would be migrated back into the Fast ring. This was a move to provide everyone in the Fast ring the freshest Windows builds at the same time. Insider Preview Build 19536 marks the first launch since that change was instituted. Microsoft says that this new release is an active development branch called RS_PRERELEASE, and is where the teams check in all their latest code changes into the OS. The Fast ring will receive its builds directly from this active development branch, and... Read more...
Back in November, we reported that Microsoft had begun forced upgrades for certain customers to Windows 10 1903 (May 2019 Update). The update was targeted at customers running Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 Update) or older. Today, we're learning that Microsoft is taking the step to force another group of users to an even newer build: Windows 10 1909 (November 2019 Update). This time around, Microsoft says that it will begin a slow rollout to "automatically initiate" an upgrade for Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) user to the new November 2019 Update. Although the end-of-life for the October 2018 Update is still a few months out, Microsoft says that it is being proactive by beginning... Read more...
Are you still using Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1? Windows 10 was released over four years ago, but you can still get with the times and get Microsoft's latest OS it without paying a dime. A loophole continues to allow users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free nearly three years after their initial free upgrade offer. Windows 10 was first released in July 2015. Many people were reluctant to upgrade due to privacy concerns and interface preferences. Microsoft decided to sweeten the deal by allowing users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free during its first year of availability. The free upgrade should have technically expired in 2016, but users are still able to take advantage of it. Why is that the... Read more...
Fortunately, Microsoft's roll out of the November 2019 Update for Windows 10 has been far less problematic than some of the previous feature upgrades, based on the number of reported issues we are seeing. That said, it's not entirely problem free. Some users are reporting issues with the revamped search experience in File Explorer after applying the update. It's a relatively minor thing in the grand scheme of things, though still annoying for those affected. One of the main reasons why it has been mostly smooth sailing with the November 2019 Update is because Microsoft took a different approach to its roll out—it was delivered as an enablement package, meaning the necessary files had been... Read more...
You may have noticed that installing the November 2019 Update for Windows 10 went quite a bit quicker and was hopefully less problematic than some of the prior feature updates Microsoft has rolled out. There a few reasons for this. One is the nature of the update—unlike past feature upgrades, the November 2019 Update was designed more like a Service Pack from earlier days. Don't expect this to be the norm, though. As a Service Pack-style update, the upgrade to Window 10 version 1909 feels a little underwhelming, compared to some of the previous feature updates. There are no major additions that are on the level of something like the Xbox Game Bar, and the look and feel of Windows 10 is... Read more...
Microsoft has issued a notice for an issue with Windows updates that impacts users of some older versions of Avast and AVG anti-virus programs. Microsoft says that it has identified compatibility issues with some versions of Avast Antivirus and AVG Antivirus with any application that is version 19.5.4444.567 or earlier. Microsoft says that to safeguard the upgrade experience, it has applied a hold on machines that use affected versions of the AV software.  Impacted versions of Windows include Windows 10 version 1909 (November 2019 Update) and Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update). Microsoft has a workaround for the issue. It says that before users upgrade to Windows 10, version 1903,... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that it has added the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19025.1051 (20H1) to the Slow ring. That means more Windows Insiders have a chance to try out the update before it lands for the masses during the first half of 2020. The build brings with it several improvements, unlike the Windows 10 November 2019 Update which was more of a service pack. Quick searches are now in the Search Home, allowing users to find information that matters to them more quickly. Four quick web searches were added, including weather, top news, today in history, and new movies. For other searches, there is a search box located below the quick searches. Another significant change in the preview build... Read more...
Many computer users know that Microsoft doesn't email you about Windows updates, but many people unfortunately still fall for spam tricks. There is a new malicious spam campaign going around that tells users to download a critical Windows update. If users install the attached file, Cyborg ransomware is then loaded on the system. The threat was discovered by researchers at Trustwave, and is said to be unique in a few ways. The attached file claims to be a .jpg format, but it opens as an .exe file. Another of the email's unique aspects is that it has a two-sentence subject that states, "Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now! Critical Microsoft Windows Update!" The body of the email has only... Read more...
It is always and adventure when Microsoft rolls out a major feature update to Windows 10. Fortunately, the November 2019 Update is less ambitious than most previous ones (it's more akin to a Service Pack from yesteryear), and in my experience, it installs fairly quick and easy. Nevertheless, Microsoft has identified an issue and is blocking the update on potentially affected PCs. What this boils down to is a lingering compatibility issue between recent builds of Windows 10, including the November 2019 Update (version 1909) and a now-outdated version of Realtek Bluetooth driver. If you are running a driver version earlier than 1.5.1012, you will not be able to update Windows 10 to the latest version.... Read more...
As Black Friday bargains start to arrive, you may want to shop for a new wireless router, depending on old your current one is and whether it supports WPA2 (or later) encryption. Otherwise, you may soon find yourself unable to connect. Microsoft posted a list of features it plans to deprecate in Windows 10, and one of them is the older (and much weaker) WEP protocol. "Since the 1903 release, a warning message has appeared when connecting to Wi-Fi networks secured with WEP or TKIP (which are not as secure as those using WPA2 or WPA3). In a future release, any connection to a Wi-Fi network using these old ciphers will be disallowed. Wi-Fi routers should be updated to use AES ciphers, available... Read more...
Microsoft has been doing everything in its power to ensure that its customers are running the most recent versions of Windows 10. Microsoft's motivations are understandable, as newer Windows 10 builds have all of the latest features and security updates to ward of attacks from nefarious parties. The latest users that are under the microscope from Microsoft are those running Windows 10 1803 users, which is better known as the April 2018 Update. However, that version of the operating system has now reached end-of-life, which means that after this week's Patch Tuesday, it will no longer receive updates from Microsoft.  As a result, these customers will soon be automatically upgraded... Read more...
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