Category: About Computers

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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Screenshots: A preview of Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 Desktop

Here is the Microsoft Windows 10 Desktop. It looks very much like a Windows 8 Desktop.

One difference is the “Ask me anything” section of the taskbar–that’s Cortana listening for those magic words: “Hey Cortana!”

You might also notice that there are some Microsoft Office 2013 icons on the taskbar, along with the familiar icon for the Chrome browser. Those were installed on this PC when it was running Windows 8.1, and they were there when Windows 10 finished its install. Windows 10 is basically a Windows Update.

By the way, I’m using an aging HP Pavilion Entertainment notebook PC (HP DV7t 1000) for this gallery. Windows 10 runs smoothly albeit a bit slowly.

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How To Access, Use & Customize Quick Actions In Windows 10

Windows 10’s notifications are a whole new way of always being up to date with what’s happening on your device. In a previous tutorial we already talked about the notifications, and among others, we also mentioned that the new Windows 10Action Center includes a set of quick actions which you can use in an easy manner. In today’s article we’re going to focus on these quick actions and see what they do, how you can use them and how to customize them to your liking. So without further ado, let’s get started:

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Screenshots: Declutter your phone with one of these handy apps

Like PCs, smartphones can accumulate a lot of clutter in the form of duplicate pictures, temporary files, and unused applications. All this clutter can rob your phone of performance and decrease available storage space. Fortunately, a number of utilities can help you to cut through some of the mess.

Note: This article is also available as an image gallery and a video hosted by TechRepublic columnist Tom Merritt.

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How To Use The Notifications From The Action Center In Windows 10

If you enrolled in the Windows Insider program and installed Windows 10, you might have noticed something new and different from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1: a small icon found in the system tray, that opens a notifications sidebar. Any smartphone or tablet user knows and regularly uses notifications, but for a desktop user, this is something completely new. If you want to know more about Windows 10’s notifications, read this guide to find out how to open, view and clear them out.

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Windows 10 on an old PC: When it comes to specs, how low can you go?

The days of Windows being a system hog are gone.

So modest are the requirements for Windows 10, you may be able to run it on machines that shipped with Windows Vista eight years ago.

But just how low can Windows 10 go when it comes to PC specs? Since Microsoft released the OS for testing last year people have been loading Windows 10 onto hardware dating back to 2003 – eons ago on the PC refresh timescale.

Here are the low-end and long-in-the-tooth machines that proved capable of running Windows 10.

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How To Reserve Windows 10 If You Don’t Have The “Get Windows 10” App

A while ago, Microsoft pushed the “Get Windows 10” app via its Windows Updatechannels. The app is supposed to help you reserve a Windows 10 copy for your computer, once it is officially released to the general public. However, many users didn’t get this app and couldn’t reserve their Windows 10 copies, even if, theoretically, they met all the requirements. This article will help you check if you meet the requirements for being eligible to a free Windows 10 upgrade, and also troubleshoot some issues that may stop your device from getting the reservation app.

Note: This guide is sharing information on how to enable the “Get Windows 10” app on a Windows device that didn’t get it yet. If you already have the app in your system tray, then these two guides might prove useful to you:

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How To Turn Your Windows 8.1 Or Windows 10 Device Into A WiFi Access Point

If you used Windows 7 or Windows XP, you know that these operating systems allow you to create ad hoc wireless connections between computers. You could use those connections to create a wireless network between multiple computers or to share the Internet connection that was available on one of them. If you use Windows 8.1 or if you just migrated to Windows 10, then you might have noticed that this can no longer be done, at least not using a visual interface. However, with the help of theCommand Prompt and a few commands, you too can turn your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 laptop or hybrid device into a WiFi access point. Here’s how:

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How much will Windows 10 really cost?

In last week’s article, “The Get Windows 10 program has hatched!,” I showed you how you can use the Get Windows 10 program to reserve your free copy of Windows 10 upgrade from your Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 system. As you may know, the free upgrade will move you to the same edition of Windows that you’re currently running. As Microsoft puts it on the Windows 10 Q&A page:

“When you upgrade, you’ll stay on like-to-like editions of Windows. For example, Windows 7 Home Premium will upgrade to Windows 10 Home.”

However, what if you get Windows 10 Home and then decide that you would like Windows 10 Pro? How much will it cost to upgrade? What if you are running Windows Vista or XP? Or, what if you are planning on building your own system and want to install Windows 10 from scratch? How much will you have to pay for Windows 10? Let’s take a closer look.

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Do Great Things with Windows 10

Hello World: Windows 10 Available on July 29

We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms. We designed Windows 10 to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens—all working together to empower you to do great things.

Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love. Windows 10 is faster than ever before, with quick startup and resume. And Windows 10 provides the most secure platform ever, including Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection, and being the only platform with a commitment to deliver free ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device

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