Month: July 2015

How To Upgrade Your Windows 8.1 Or Windows 7 PC To Windows 10 Right Now!

Windows 10 is officially launched and it’s already on its way to many people’s computers or devices. If you are eligible, you can go ahead and upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer or device to Windows 10, either by using the reservation app, or the Media Creation Tool offered by Microsoft. If you are not satisfied with how the reservation app works and the fact that it is slow to provide you with an upgrade, then the Media Creation Tool is your only chance of getting Windows 10 today. Here’s how to use it to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer, today:

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Top 11 Things We Don’t Like About Windows 10

While Windows 10 comes with lots of new features and improvements, there are also some things we don’t like about it. We’re not trying to be perfectionists here but there are a couple of things that Microsoft could change or improve. Some of our complaints are small while others are quite significant. If you are curious to learn what we don’t like about Windows 10, don’t hesitate to read this article:

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Where To Buy Windows 10? Which Version Should You Buy?

f you are interested in Windows 10, you will want to know how to get Windows 10. Can you get it for free? How? If you can’t, then where can you buy Windows 10 and how much will it cost you? Also, which edition of Windows 10 should you buy? The answers to these questions are not that obvious and you will need to do a bit of research in order to answer them. We decided to make things simpler for you and do the research for you, so don’t hesitate to read this article:

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Windows 10 review: Full of promise, but not a must-have just yet

Unlike its predecessors, Windows 10 isn’t expected to be superseded by a new release but rather upgraded over time, with Microsoft bolting on new features via regular updates – which home users won’t be able to refuse.

That means even if you don’t like Windows 10 now it should get better over time. That’s good news – as, at present, Windows 10 seems more like an operating system with promise, rather than a must-have.

Of course, many of these criticisms should be tempered by the fact Windows 10 is free to the vast majority of users. As widely covered, anyone running Windows 7 or 8.1 will qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10, which, providing they meet the system requirements, will be available via Windows Update.

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Deep-dive review: Windows 10 — worth the wait (video)

Finally, an operating system from Microsoft you can love.

With Windows 10, Microsoft undoes the damage wrought by Windows 8. This is a cleanly designed operating system that works equally well on traditional computers and tablets, brings back the much-mourned Start menu and introduces useful features such as the Cortana digital assistant and new Edge browser.

I’ve been following the progress of Windows 10 ever since the first technical preview last year, and wrote about the second technical preview back in January 2015. I lived with, tested and reviewed its major iterations. I’ve seen rough edges smoothed, new features introduced and some features dropped.

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How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10

In Windows 10, your device is always kept up to date with the latest features and fixes. Updates and drivers are installed automatically, with no need to select which updates are needed or not needed. In rare cases, a specific driver or update might temporarily cause issues with your device, and in this case you will need a way to prevent the problematic driver or update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.

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Upcoming TAPCUG and OMUG Linux SIGs

The next TAPCUG Linux SIG meeting is Sep 15, 2015 (3rd Tuesday) 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the SE Tacoma Community Center 1614 99th St E, Tacoma, WA 98445. Traditionally we are on vacation during the summer- June, July, August.

The next OMUG Linux SIG meeting at the Olympia Center is Aug 11, 2015 (2nd Tuesday) 7 PM, see . To get the most out of these meetings bring your ideas, questions and be an active part of the discussion. New members are always welcome.

We have three major computer systems today: Windows which is based on DOS, Apple’s OS X which was derived from open source FreeBSD . (Windows and Mac are closed proprietary systems). Linux, which is based on the Linux kernel and unlike the first two, is basically free and open source. Companies make money from the packaging and support of Linux.Linux is much more secure because its roots are from Unix,a serious business multiuser system. Linux has extra built in security such as Netfilter and IPTables which makes your system rock solid and secure.

Linux was created by Linus Torvalds in 1991 because he wanted a better desktop operating system. Ironically, it has totally dominated everywhere else from supercomputers, to servers, chromebooks and your smart phone but monopolies have so far mostly kept it off computers you can buy until now. It is now time to switch to Linux including Linux Mint XFCE or a Chromebook.  Linux Mint is the number four operating system in the world! Download and try it for free. Install if you like it. You convert easily and save lots of money! A+ Computers sells Linux computers along with other proprietary computers.

At the TAPCUG General meeting Aug 8, 2015 we will demonstrate Google+ Hangouts on a Samsung ARM Chromebook. At the Sep 15, 2015 TAPCUG Linux SIG we will review all the software that runs on the Raspberry Pi 2 including Berryboot and Noobs. We will review gpt vs mbr partitioning, xda Android replacement, plex, Chromixium, Nvidia Tegra K1 computers, K1 Linux install, Transmission, Openshot, Google Drive, Linux flash drive install, Gnome system monitor, quantum computers, youtube-dl,   LightbeamGoogle hangout, Google Keep, Kdenlive, recorditnow, Chromecast, Pixel Qi screens, Remastersys and mesh networks, dual booting Linux on a Windows 8 computer, audacity, Mint xfce 4.12 upgrade, smart phone customizing: Convert Android to OnePlus One, TV music streaming, owncloud, youtube-dl, Google+ Hangout On Air,Samsung ARM chromebook hdmi to vga cable, BIOS replacements including UEFI, Coreboot, Seabios, OpenBios, Plop, flashrom.

We also plan to connect other persons computers to the projector so they can demonstrate what they are using.
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Joel Carlson

Top 12 Lesser Known Features & Improvements In Windows 10

Windows 10 is ready for launch and many tech publications have covered it in their articles. However, everybody talks only about its biggest new features. As is always the case with operating systems, there are many small things that are new to Windows 10 and most people have never heard about them. We tested Windows 10 during its development cycle and we know many of these small new features. We decided to share them with you in this article:

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Top 12 Most Exciting New Features Of Windows 10

Windows 10 is said to be the best Windows so far and that means it has to meet plenty of high expectations. Luckily, Windows 10 brings some really neat and interesting new features: starting with a completely redesigned Start Menu and continuing with a better Desktop experience, to Cortana (a witty personal digital assistant), to Microsoft Edge (the most modern web browser built by Microsoft in recent years). It’s no surprise to us that Windows 10 got everybody excited, at least in the tech scene. In this article we are going to share some of the best new features that you’ll find in Windows 10. Let’s get started:

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Microsoft: Here’s why you should upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft has kicked off a new series of videos and blog posts that aim to explain why you should upgrade to Windows 10.

Launched on Sunday, the initial blog post authored by the Windows Team focuses on the Start menu, which is alive and well once again inWindows 10 but with a few twists. The team highlights the new Start menu by saying it’s back in a “more robust and expanded format” with access to your most frequently used apps, Windows settings and space to add live tiles.

Following the feeble response to Windows 8, Microsoft needs Windows 10 to be a hit. As such, the company has been fine-tuning its new OS since October 2014 with ongoing new versions, or builds, of its current Technical Preview based in part on user feedback. One way Microsoft has been enhancing Windows 10 is by bringing back some of the features from Windows 7 that people have missed. And Numero Uno on the list is the Start menu. Even Microsoft now realizes it made a major boo boo by killing the Start menu in Windows 8 in favor of the Start screen. People don’t like change. And the Start menu was a familiar way of working. Now in Windows 10, the Start menu has returned, but with some of the Windows 8 flair.

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