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One of the most annoying things about Windows 10 is that it often decides to apply updates right when you are in the middle of working. This is typically halfway through a long document or during meeting. A new Windows 10 Redstone 5 build that Microsoft has released to some Insiders dubbed 19H1 has new tech to avoid this issue. The Windows 10 now has changes specifically to the update system that takes advantage of new cloud-based logic. The goal of this cloud-based logic is to avoid unexpected updates when you are trying to work. The tech uses a predictive model that aims to improve over time... Read more...
The two most worrisome vulnerabilities in computers to have surfaced in recent months are Spectre and Meltdown, which were first first disclosed earlier this month. These flaws collectively affect processors from Intel, AMD, and ARM. The problem for some people, including Linus Torvalds, was that Intel's initial response was lackluster. After Intel finally got around to giving PC users a fix for the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, the updates caused unexpected rebooting of some machines -- a new bug that Intel eventually confirmed. Microsoft has decided to step in and help users who... Read more...
The day of reckoning has arrived for everyday Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users around the globe. Microsoft’s free Windows 10 operating system is getting bumped to first class, moving from an Optional update to a Recommended update via Windows Update. The move to “Recommended” status means that a lot more people will initiate the Windows 10 installer when they go through the routine process of keeping their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installations up-to-date. And for the uninitiated, they’ll probably just keep clicking “Next” and “OK” until they find themselves staring at the Windows 10 welcome screen.... Read more...
Microsoft seems to like to live dangerously. The company has come under flak for some questionable tactics in Windows 10 with regards to privacy. Microsoft endured even more scrutiny when it was discovered that Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines were silently downloading Windows 10 in the background, eating up not only bandwidth but also valuable disk space with a multi-gigabyte ISO. And if that wasn’t enough, the company admitted to “mistakenly” ticking the checkbox to install Windows 10 on Windows 7/Windows 8 machines within Windows 10. For users that weren’t paying attention, this would spark... Read more...
Microsoft has had great success getting Windows 10 installed on over 100 million PCs in the two months since it was officially launched on July 29th. Microsoft hit the 75 million mark nearly a month in, and crossed the 100 million threshold earlier this month.  However, Microsoft hasn’t been without criticism regarding its tactics to get customers to upgrade. Although the upgrade to Windows 10 is free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users holding a valid license, it is by no means compulsory for customers to perform the update. But that didn’t stop Microsoft from silently downloading the multi-gigabyte... Read more...