Category: Windows 7

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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Licensing, upgrade paths, ‘Windows as a Service’ — here’s the lowdown on common Win10 misconceptions

With the world officially on a collision course with Windows 10 on July 29, it’s time to clear up common misconceptions about Microsoft’s latest, evolving version of its flagship OS. Perhaps not surprising, there’s quite a bit of misinformation floating around, some of it harmless, but some of it potentially damaging to any decisions you make about Windows 10.

InfoWorld has been tracking Windows 10’s progress very closely, reporting the evolving technical details with each successive build in our popular “Where Windows 10 stands right now” report. But there’s more to Windows 10 than bits and bytes, menus and apps, Universal and otherwise — so much, in fact, that it can be understandably confusing. Licensing, upgrade paths, Windows 10 updates — here’s where we cut through the myths and fictions, and give you the straight dope about Windows 10, in hopes of preparing you to make the most of Microsoft’s latest, though not last, Windows release.

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Free first aid for a wide range of Windows ills

Did you know that Microsoft offers over 500 automated, online solutions for common problems you might encounter with Windows software and hardware?

And that’s on top of the dozens of always-available troubleshooting tools built into Windows 7 and Windows 8.

I’m sure most Windows users are unaware of the breadth and depth of fix-it apps and troubleshooters available for free from Microsoft. As the LangaList Plus columnist, I thought I was on top of that topic. But even I had no idea that there are now over 500 solutions at our fingertips. Wow!

These extremely useful tools can provide 24/7 self-help fixes for problems with printing, audio, security, and networking along with many other hardware and software issues.

But (there’s always a “but”) not all fix-its and troubleshooters are easily found. In fact, following Microsoft’s system for searching for help can sometimes lead to dead ends, wrong answers, or missed solutions!

The information that follows will help you find the automated repair/diagnostic tools you need. Use it as a quick reference for what’s available, how Microsoft organizes its tools, and the best way to search for the solution to a particular problem. So let’s get started.

http://windowssecrets.com/newsletter/free-first-aid-for-a-wide-range-of-windows-ills/

 

Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force A Manual Sync, In Windows 7 & Windows 10

Even though we like the OneDrive service and we use it a lot, there are a few quirks that we have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now, without waiting for it to discover your newly added files in a couple of minutes. Another quirk is that sometimes you need to know when it performed the last synchronization so that you have an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added or not. Here’s how these things are done in Windows 7 and in Windows 10:

NOTE: If you’re looking for ways to learn when your OneDrive files were last synced and also force a manual sync in Windows 8.1, we already wrote a tutorial. You can find it here: Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force a Manual Sync.

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How To Provide Remote Support With Windows Remote Assistance

Not many people know about Windows Remote Assistance and how to use it to provide remote technical support to other Windows users. Therefore, in this tutorial we will cover this tool in detail and show you how it works. As you’ll see, it works smoothly and you don’t really need to install third-party software for a quick support session. Windows Remote Assistance will do the job just fine.

NOTE: Windows Remote Assistance looks and works the same way both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. For simplicity purposes, all the screenshots we’ll use in this tutorial are taken in Windows 8.1.

Prerequisites To Using Windows Remote Assistance

First of all, Windows Remote Assistance requires two parties: one to request help via this tool and another who will accept the invitation to provide it. In order for it to work, the party receiving assistance needs to have Windows Remote Assistance enabled in System Properties. We’ve already talked about how to enable it, here: How to Enable Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7 & Windows 8.

The party in need of help has to request it via Windows Remote Assistance.

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How To Defragment Your Disc Drives In Windows 8.1

The good old Disk Defragmenter tool that suffered a series of changes in Windows 7 has been changed again in Windows 8.1. It has a new name – Optimize Drives – and some new inner-workings. As a result, defragmenting drives in Windows 8.1 is a little bit different from what it used to be in previous versions of Windows. Read on to learn how to defragment your disc drives in Windows 8.1.

When To Use Optimize Drives?

When defragmenting a disk partition, Windows rearranges the files stored on the disk so that they occupy contiguous storage locations. Doing this increases the access speed to your files by minimizing the time required to read and write files to/from the disk and by maximizing the transfer rate. You might also see improved startup times.

Defragmentation should be done especially when both your operating system and your most commonly used applications are installed on the same drive and the operating system gets slower over time.

Do not defragment SSDs or USB drives. These types of drives have a different way of allocating files and they have a limited number of read/write cycles before they stop working. Hence, defragmenting them will decrease their lifespan. Given the high read and write speeds provided by SSDs, you shouldn’t encounter slowdowns anyway, so there’s no reason to defragment them.

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How to Install A Color Profile For Your Monitor, In Windows

One important element when working with images, video and even when playing games, is color. Every monitor has a different color profile, rendering it slightly different from other displays. It’s important to make sure that the colors your monitor displays are as close to reality as possible. That’s why you should always install your monitor’s correct color profile. In this tutorial we will explain what color profiles are, why they matter and how to install them in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. If we made you curious enough to learn more, don’t hesitate to read on.

What Is A Color Profile?

Color profiles are pretty complex to define, especially by people who don’t work a lot with image and video editing or photography. Therefore we will try to summarize the best we can:

A color profile is a set of data which defines a device working with colors, and how this device displays colors. Such devices are monitors, printers, scanners, etc. Each device has its own way of managing colors. Therefore, without the correct color profiles being installed and used, it can happen that the colors of an image you view on your monitor will be very different from those you see if you print the image. To make sure such differences do not occur, and you actually see the real colors used in an image, you need to install the color profiles for the devices working with colors on your computer.

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Why And How To Calibrate A Monitor In Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

In a previous article, we discussed installing color profiles for your monitor, and where you can find those profiles for your own equipment. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 include a Calibrate Display Color wizard that can help you calibrate your monitor for the best possible color display. In this article, we’ll discuss how to use that wizard to set everything to your liking.

NOTE: The process is exactly the same in both operating systems. The illustrations are from Windows 8.1. The wizard uses a grey background throughout.

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How To Use The Kindle App For Windows 8.1 To Read eBooks

If you own a Windows 8.1 device and you enjoy reading but you do not own an eBook reader like Amazon’s Kindle, there’s great news: in the Windows Store you can find the Kindle app which offers you access to over a million books from theKindle Store including new releases and bestsellers. Besides reading your favorite eBooks with it, you can place bookmarks, highlight text and add notes. In this article we will show you how to use this Windows 8.1 app to make reading an enjoyable experience for you. Let’s get started:

How To Get Started With The Kindle App For Windows 8.1

First you need to download the app. Click or tap here to get it for free.

After downloading and installing the app, you need to sign in with your Amazon account. To get started press the Sign in button placed at the bottom of the window. If you don’t have an Amazon account press the + button and follow the instructions for creating one.

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How To Customize The WinX Menu In Windows, Using Win+X Menu Editor

In this tutorial we will show how you can customize the WinX menu from Windows 8.1 using a free application called Win+X Menu Editor. What you are about to learn also applies to Windows 8 or Windows 10. After you read this article, you will be able to add or remove items from the WinX menu, or create and configure new groups. We will walk you through the complete process of downloading, installing, starting and using the Win+X Menu Editor application.

What Is The WinX Menu?

WinX draws its name from the many websites calling it like this, since Microsoft does not provide an official name for it. It is basically a power user interface that allows access to administrative features of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. You can read more about it here: What Is The WinX Menu & How To Access It?.

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