Category: Windows 8-8.1

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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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.


4 Ways To Boot Into Safe Mode In Windows 10

If you’ve used Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for a while, you might have noticed that the “old ways” of booting into Safe Mode no longer work. By that, we mean trying things like pressing the F8 or Shift + F8 keys on your keyboard while booting. These methods stopped working in normal cases because the boot procedure became faster than ever before. The same is true when we’re talking about Windows 10. Such actions don’t work. But that doesn’t mean Windows 10 has no Safe Mode. It’s just that to get to it, you have to follow other procedures. Let’s take a closer look and see how you can get into Safe Mode in Windows 10.

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How To Set Windows 10 To Get Updates From The Local Network & The Internet

Traditionally, the updates for any Windows device were delivered directly from Microsoft’s Windows Update servers. While this is the most secure way of getting untampered files, it’s not the fastest delivery method. For example, many Linux distributions connect to and get updates not only from dedicated servers, but also from other users, using peer to peer transfers. Microsoft will also offer this option in Windows 10. Learn from this tutorial how you can set Windows 10 to get updates from multiple sources, including your local network and the Internet:

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The Get Windows 10 program has hatched!

It’s official: Windows 10 will be available on July 29. So, it’s time to start thinking about the free upgrade process. Greg Shultz explains.

Back in April, I wrote an article titled “Microsoft hides a Windows 10 Easter Egg in Windows 7/8.1 systems,” in which I investigated the KB3035583 Windows Update/Get Windows 10 program in detail and compared it to an Easter Egg as opposed to what most folks were calling it: Nagware or Adware. In any case, the egg has hatched and the Get Windows 10 program is well underway on many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 system where the update is installed. I recently found that the Get Windows 10 program was active on my Windows 8.1 test system and began investigating it in detail. Let’s take a closer look.

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How To Connect To Wireless Networks In Windows 10

Connecting to wireless networks in Windows 10 is a very easy and straightforward process. It’s true that it depends on whether the router broadcasts the name of the WiFi network or not. But if it does, connecting to that network is as simple as entering a password. Let’s see how it’s done:

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The Complete Guide To Pinning Everything To The Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Have you ever wondered what kind of items can you pin on your Start screen? Well, there’s a lot of stuff you can pin that you probably didn’t know about such as libraries, networks locations, websites, different apps and many others. If you didn’t really liked the Start screen or you never saw its usefulness maybe after reading our guide you will. If you haven’t figured it out yet, our purpose is to teach you how to pin different items to your Start screen in a short but comprehensive guide. Let’s go:

How To Pin Windows 8.1 Apps On The Start Screen

Pinning Windows 8.1 apps on the Start screen is a really simple task. First, you need to locate the app you want to pin. To do this press the arrow-shaped button placed at the lower-left corner of the screen.

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How to Copy a Disc (CD, DVD or Blu-Ray) in Windows

Are you searching for a way to create a disc to disc copy, of a CD, DVD or Blu-Ray you have created at home? Then you are in luck. In this guide, we will discuss the steps and principles involved in making a copy of any disc. Then, we will cover some of the best tools for the job. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to read more.

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Introducing Windows 8.1: Group Shortcuts On The Start Screen & Name Them

Organization is the key to productivity. Having important stuff you pinned on theStart screen scattered all over the place is not very efficient. Your favourite apps will be hard to find, especially if there’s a large number of apps pinned on the Startscreen. The best option for Windows 8.1 users is to group the items and label them properly. Besides the utility of this feature, you will notice that your Start screen will also look more attractive. In this article we will show how to easily group the items on the Start screen and how the name the groups you created.

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