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All posts tagged "Windows 8"

  • Windows 10: 5 key numbers to know before Microsoft’s big launch

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. If Microsoft ever found itself chin deep in a bog of its failed operating systems, Windows 10 would be the outstretched arm pulling it to safety. At least that's evident from what we've seen while running pre-release versions of the OS. With that said, Windows 10 is by no means a polished product. In fact, Microsoft has a massive list of "must dos" even after the OS is launched globally to consumers on 29 July. But, it's miles...

  • Can you upgrade to Windows 10? Here are 4 key questions

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft's big launch. It's the question everyone with middle-aged PCs are asking: can I upgrade to Windows 10 once it's released? Although the operating system will be available for free to all those running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and of course, Windows 10 Technical Preview, there's a large chance that computers created earlier than 2010 won't be able to run the latest OS. But don't worry, we've crafted a nifty little check list to help guide you through the new...

  • Microsoft Windows 10 will be sold on convenient USB drives

    In a show of how hip and happening Microsoft's new tech outlook is, the company will be offering Windows 10 on USB flash drives for the first time in its OS release history, as well as more traditional means. "Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch," the company told VentureBeat. The drives have been available on Amazon for pre-order, starting at US$120 for the Home edition and US$200 for the Pro version, which will pack a few more goodies than the standard breed. It's a suave move from the company considering that many...

  • Windows 10 Insiders will get Windows 10 for free, according to blog post

    We're just over a month away from Microsoft's biggest software launch in many a year, and Windows 10 Insiders have had a substantial role to play in the crafting of the new operating system. For this, Microsoft has announced in a blog post that Windows Insiders, regardless of their Windows 7 or 8 license status, will get the OS for free once its released. The news also suggests that those previously running illegitimate versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will get Windows 10 absolutely free, as long as they are Insiders and registered to use Windows 10 with an...

  • Patch Tuesday May 2015: Internet Explorer is this month’s problem child [update]

    Update (16 May): It seems that the relatively uneventful May Patch Tuesday updates have sprung a last minute surprise, mainly courtesy of KB3046002, which causes 64-bit Windows 7 machines to hang after installation. Typical. Although it might seem like a massive issue, the update itself addresses a Microsoft Journal issue. But there is a fix. WindowsITPro suggests cutting power to the PC in question mid-install, which should get the cranks moving again. As it turns out, it seems that the update just doesn't call home to Microsoft to tell it that it has installed properly, hence the hang. There hasn't been any...

  • Microsoft reintroduces ‘Solitaire’ to latest Windows 10 build

    Procrastinators, listen up. If you were gravely saddened by Microsoft's hasty removal of the much loved Solitaire suite from Windows 8, the company has (finally) felt your pain. A new tweet, initially spotted by The Verge, has revealed that Redmond will be returning Solitaire to its rightful, pre-installed place in the Windows 10 ecosystem. Although the game was previously available for those scouring the Windows Store, not everyone using Windows understood how to access these apps. Spotted by Irish gaming developer on Twitter, Steven Troughton-Smith (who has been giving the internet a run down of new features on the latest Windows 10 build),...

  • This smart coffee table runs both Windows 8 and Android

    We've seen some big tablets before -- like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, which earned the tongue-twisting mantle of The Table Tablet, or Samsung's 40-incher, which was curiously dubbed the Surface 2 before Microsoft got into the tablet scene. The Duet beats them all. The Duet by Ideum is a smart coffee table that looks like something from CSI: Miami. Beyond that, the beast of a thing runs both Android and Windows 8. With a click (or tap) of a button, you can switch between the two operating systems depending on your taste -- work or play. Apart from messing about with cute two-player...

  • HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft’s Windows 10 playbook

    We knew Microsoft was going to talk about Windows 10 at length today, but no one realised just how much the company had to show. Since its previous press event at the back end of 2014, the Windows 10 has grown in a number of aspects and spread its wings across platforms great and small. After a seriously long press conference in Redmond, we nurse our tired eyes to round up some of the most pertinent points for those who missed the announcements and suggest what the implications are for the end user, Microsoft's products and its rival's offerings. First thing's...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It's pretty detrimental to...

  • 20+ free and essential Windows programs for your new PC

    It's 2015, and the time has come for a new PC, at least that rings true for me. While Windows machines are largely functional out-of-the-box, the OS still lacks the functionality power users and some novices desire. I can think of a few issues with Windows 8 for example that third party freeware can fix immediately, but what if you just need a comprehensive arsenal of apps for every given situation from file management to multimedia playback? What are some of the essential Windows program every user should have? We at Gearburn have had a look at our program logs, curating...