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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Xbox One To Get Windows 10 Powered Update This Fall

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Looks like the roll out of Windows 10 is inviting all sorts of updates and improvements across a major chunk of Microsoft’s products. Yes, this includes the Xbox One, and as per the software giant, the game console will be receiving a major software overhaul later this year, bringing it in-line with the company’s latest desktop OS.
Windows 10 has already brought in an array of features that allow desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets users to seamlessly integrate with the Xbox One, but Microsoft made no secret of its efforts to improve the console even further when it announced a number of changes it was bringing to the gaming-box at the annual E3 conference.
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However, the Windows maker never ushered a word about the ultimate roll out of this much awaited Windows 10-powered update which is set to revamp the entire UI of the Xbox One – most notably the Dashboard. Speaking at the Gamescom conference, Microsoft has finally given us a time frame to bank on, and it looks like November would be the month when all Xbox One gamers will be gushing with excitement. While the redesigned Dashboard is indeed looking spectacular, it’s the addition of Cortana which will really help gamers elevate their gaming performance. Cortana will serve as your personal ‘gaming’ assistant, and Microsoft is saying that it will only “get smarter over time.” Users will be able to say “Hey Cortana, record the last minute and share it to my activity feed”, which should immediately publish a game clip.
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The Xbox One was aimed to become the mainstay entertainment-box for our living room, but over the course of its 20-month lifespan we’ve seen that mantle to slip away from Microsoft. Windows 10 has been referred by many to be Microsoft’s redemption, following what can be described as a less than satisfactory lineup of OS releases starting from Windows Vista. Windows 10 seems to be really holding its ground with a very positive feedback from users, which could be a sign of good things to come for the Xbox One as it now gears up to receive an update powered by Windows 10 this fall.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has also confirmed the arrival of a TV DVR functionality for the Xbox One, but that’s been slated for a 2016 release.

Control Your Android Phone From Windows 10 Using Cortana, Here’s How

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The world of the digital personal assistant is just starting to get interesting with the arrival of Cortana on desktops and tablets thanks to Windows 10, and while mobile has long had the likes of Cortana, Siri and Google Now around, we have a feeling that only now are things about to truly spring to life.
Part of that is Cortana making the jump to iOS and Android, breaking free of its Windows shackles. If you’re using Windows 10 and an Android device right now, though, you can, albeit indirectly, take advantage of Cortana on your smartphone before the digital assistant officially makes its way to the platform. You’ll just need to jump through a few hoops first.
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The heart of this whole thing is Tasker, a popular Android app that allows a plethora of tasks and actions to be completed automated based on states such as location, time of day and button presses. Tasker is best described as a more flexible version of IFTTT for Android, and its uses are almost endless thanks to the app’s many third-party plugins available on the Google Play Store. Turns out it can also be used to make Windows 10’s Cortana control an Android phone. Who knew?!
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To set it up on your phone and PC, here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: On your Android device, install Tasker and the plugins AutoVoice and AutoRemote from the Google Play Store.
Step 2: On your PC, install the AutoRemote extension for Chrome.
Step 3: Right-click the extension icon, select Options, add your Android device and enable Cortana commands for it.
Step 4: Download this Tasker profile to your Android device and import it to the app from Profiles tab> Import and then browse for the file.
Step 5: Set Google Chrome as your default Windows 10 browser.
Once that’s done, you will be able to do things like ask your phone to turn WiFi off right from Cortana on your PC, as can be seen in the video embedded below. It sounds, and indeed, looks like magic, even if it does mean you’ll forever want to use your computer to do anything!
Give it a whirl and see how you find it. You’ll definitely love Tasker if you haven’t tried it already!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Windows 10: The 5 best new features

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Windows. 10. Is. Here.
For a while there, it felt as though this day might never come. The world, trapped for an eternity in the nightmare that was Windows 8. But just as Microsoft was the cause of all that ailed us in Windows 8, so too will it be the cure. With Windows 10, Microsoft formally admits that its awful vision of a single interface for tablets and desktop computers alike was just that: Awful.
There is no question that the single most important reason to upgrade your computer to Windows 10 from Windows 8 is to bury the previous-generation operating system forever and never look back. That’s not the only reason, though.
Windows 10’s best feature might simply be that it’s not Windows 8, but in this article we’ll discuss five more fantastic features of Windows 10 that will make you want to upgrade right away.

Start Menu

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Ask (1,497,832 times), and it shall be given you.
Users hated — and I mean, absolutely HATED — Microsoft’s decision to kill the Start Menu in Windows 8. After well over a decade of relying on that little Start button to give us access to a wide range of software and settings, it had now vanished into thin air.
Microsoft brought the Start button back in Windows 8.1, but it did so in the most heartless imaginable way: Clicking it would take users directly to the tile-based Start screen they loathed so much.
In Windows 10, that entire Start screen has been shrunken down and merged with traditional Start elements to create an all new Start Menu when the OS is used in desktop mode. It’s instantly recognizable, and you’ll love having it back.

Edge Browser

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OK seriously, Internet Explorer is terrible. You know it, I know it, and Microsoft finally knows it.
Windows 10 marks the start of a transition away from Internet Explorer toward a brand new browser called Microsoft Edge. It’s faster, it’s sleeker, and most importantly, it’s not Internet Explorer.
Many companies are still reliant on IE, so Microsoft isn’t going to anger them by just tossing its old browser to the curb. Eventually, however, it will go the way of the dinosaur and leave Edge in its wake.

Cortana

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Apple’s introduction of Siri caused all of its major rivals to create their own copycat products, and Cortana emerged among them. Every company copies every other company in consumer tech though, and Cortana is actually quite useful.
Of course, confining Cortana to the Windows Phone platform meant that about 19 people on the planet got to enjoy it. Now, billions will eventually have access to Microsoft’s voice-controlled virtual assistant.

Continuum Mode

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Microsoft still insists that one operating system is the way to go for desktop computers and tablets alike, but in Windows 10, it actually decided to optimize the interface depending on which type of machine you’re on. And best of all, the company made it wonderfully simple to switch between the two different interfaces on hybrid devices like the Microsoft Surface line of tablets.
Here’s a great quick video that shows how Continuum Mode works:

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Last, but most certainly not least, Windows 10 is completely free for users running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, as long as they’re not enterprise users. This is Microsoft’s way of saying, “we’re sorry Windows 8 was such an unrelenting travesty,” and it’s certainly appreciated.

5 awful Windows 8 problems that are fixed in Windows 10

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Windows 10 hasn’t even been out for a day yet, but it already seems like the sour taste left in our mouths by Windows 8 is fading. It’ll be a while before it’s completely gone, but there is absolutely no question that Windows 10 is a huge step in the right direction.
There are a number of great new features in Windows 10, and we covered five of the best ones in a recent article. Now, it’s time to take a look at five of the most awful, annoying, horrible problems from Windows 8 and see how Microsoft fixed them in its new operating system.

Start Screen

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It’s hard to state this definitively, but it might be safe to say that everyone hates the Windows 8 Start screen. Every single person. I even have friends who work at Microsoft and hate the Start screen. On a desktop or laptop, it’s just… horrendous.
In Windows 10, Microsoft has finally brought back the desktop Start menu, and it’s glorious. It includes most of the key elements from Windows 7’s Start menu, and then adds a section for modern tiles. In this format, the Windows tiles are no longer offensive — they’re actually useful.
Here’s what it looks like now:
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What about tablets?

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The second major Windows 8 pain point that Windows 10 fixes is the concept ofone size fits all.
Having a single operating system that spans desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones sounds like a great idea. Having a single user interface that spans desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones sounds like a terrible idea. Microsoft did it anyway with Windows 8, but fixed the problem in Windows 10.
Now, we have Continuum Mode, which alters Windows 10’s user interface based on whether you’re on a tablet or a PC. And if you have a hybrid device, you can even switch back and forth depending on whether you’re in laptop mode or tablet mode.

Windows, in Windows

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The Windows platform is named “Windows” because of the key feature that set it apart from older operating systems when it first debuted: Windows.
Windows apps open in windows. You can drag them around, drag a corner to resize them, and arrange them however you’d like. In Windows 8, modern apps took up the entire screen and you had to jump through hoops to make them the size you want.
Thankfully, Windows 10 dials down the crazy and lets you work in… windows.

Living on the Edge

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So long, Internet Explorer — no one will miss you. And Windows 8 was so terrible that it included not one but TWO versions of Internet Explorer!
OK, so maybe there are some people who would miss Internet Explorer, so Microsoft kept it around. It’s mainly for enterprise users though, and we highly recommend switching to Windows 10’s faster and sleeker new Edge browser.

Notification, er, Action Center

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Windows 8’s live tiles were cool in theory, but looking around for information pertaining to notifications was a huge pain. In Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the Action Center, which is its slight reimagining of Apple’s Notification Center from OS X.
Here, you’ll find all of your notifications in one place so you can act on them quickly and easily. This section is also customizable, just like Notification Center, so you can create the perfect notification hub for your needs.

Install Windows 10 On Mac Using Boot Camp, Here’s How [Tutorial]

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The following step by step tutorial will help you install Windows 10 on Mac using Boot Camp Assistant software by Apple.
Before you begin, make a full backup of your Mac using Time Machine that you can restore to in case anything goes wrong.
All set? Lets begin!
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Requirements:
  • Up to date version of OS X running on a Mac with at least 2GB RAM.
  • A minimum of 30GB of free hard drive space on Mac.
  • Genuine Windows 10 product key.
  • A minimum of 16GB USB flash drive to install Windows 10 with all the required Boot Camp drivers.
  • Windows 10 ISO file. Get it from here: Download Windows 10 Pro ISO File Without Product Key From Microsoft.
How to install Windows 10 on Mac:
Step 1: Launch Boot Camp Assistant. Do a Spotlight Search for it.
Step 2: Check both options under this ‘Select Tasks’ window as shown in the screenshot below.
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Step 3: Insert your USB flash drive and select your Windows 10 .iso file, as shown again in the screenshots.
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Step 4: Click Continue, you will get a warning saying your flash drive will be formatted. Click on Continue again.
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Step 5: Now sit back and wait for Boot Camp Assistant to copy all the required Windows files and Boot Camp drivers to your USB drive. This could take a while depending on the speed of your Internet connection and your computer.
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Step 6: Once the USB drive is ready, it will ask you to create a Windows partition. Select at least 30GB for Windows 10 and then click on Install button.
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Step 7: Boot Camp will now create the required partition and then it will reboot your Mac.
Step 8. On restart, you will be booted into Windows Setup screen.
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Step 9: From here, enter your product key when asked, select your Boot Camp created partition when prompted on where to install Windows. Basically just follow the on-screen prompts to start Windows installation process.
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Step 10: Once Windows is installed, your Mac will automatically reboot right into Windows 10.
Step 11: Once you have set up your login account stuff and are in desktop, you will need to install Boot Camp drivers for your Mac. These are the same drivers which were copied by Boot Camp Assistant software to your USB in Step 5 above. Simply navigate to contents of USB flash drive from File Explorer and run setup.exe to install the required drivers for your Mac.
Step: 12: After the drivers are installed and your computer is rebooted, you should now have fully functional Windows 10 running on your Mac.
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Dual-boot Windows 10 with OS X:
Now to dual-boot between the two operating systems, that is Windows 10 and OS X Yosemite, during Mac’s startup boot chime, press and hold option/alt key until you are presented with a menu to choose between Windows and Mac partitions, select your desired OS to boot into it.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

How To Download And Install Windows 10 Free Upgrade [Tutorial]

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Windows 10 is now live, if you are eligible for a free upgrade, you will get a notification for the download soon.
The following tutorial helps you download and install the free Windows 10 upgrade on your PC.
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Before you begin, make sure:
Step 1: Run Windows Update and see if your free reserved copy of Windows 10 is ready for install. It is important to note here that Microsoft is doing a phase rollout which means not everyone will get the update on day 1.
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If your Windows Update is showing you ‘We’ll let you know when the upgrade is ready to be installed on this PC.’ message, fret not, you can force it to download the update right now without any waiting time. Follow the instructions here on how to do that: Force Download Windows 10 Free Upgrade Right Now, Here’s How [Tutorial].
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Step 2: When Windows Update is finished downloading Windows 10 update, you will get the following prompts.
Either click on Restart now on Windows Update screen.
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or Start the upgrade now on this screen.
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Step 3: Your PC will now reboot, after which Windows 10 installation will automatically begin.
The installation is divided into three phases: Copying files, Installing features and drivers, Configuring settings.
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You don’t need to do anything. Just wait patiently for it to do its thing. During the installation process, your computer may restart a couple of times. The duration of this process can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of your data and speed of your computer.
Step 4: Once the installation is complete, you will boot into this screen.
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Step 5: Now simply follow the on-screen instructions to get to the login screen.
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That’s it! You’re done! Happy Windows 10 day!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education Features Comparison [Chart]

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With Windows 10 due for launch at the end of this month, Microsoft has just released a comprehensive comparison chart outlining the key differences of its upcoming desktop operating system iterations. So if you were wondering what bells and whistles the software giant had packed into the OS, this would be the perfect place to start your journey.
Microsoft published a blog post quite a while back which identified seven Windows 10 editionsin total, including two designed for phones and one for Internet of Things devices. At that time, while there was some insight provided into the features that each edition will offer once released, but that info was not enough to help users make decision on which edition is right for them.
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And so now on a dedicated page, the company is comparing the desktop versions which comprise of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education with the features split between two types of experiences: Core Experiences and Business Experiences.
All four desktop editions happen to carry the same set of core features, be it the Home edition, or the Enterprise one. You get the good ol’ customizable Start Menu, the forever on-guard Windows Defender and Windows Firewall, the new InstantGo feature for fast startup, and of course the highly anticipated voice assistant Cortana. Windows Hello, Continuum and the newMicrosoft Edge browser are also listed as the core features for all four Windows 10 editions.
All the major differences however, are set on the Business Experiences front. For example, you may have device encryption available on Home edition and the rest of the editions, but features like Domain Join, BitLocker, Remote Desktop Access etc. will be missing from the entry level edition.
Some features mentioned in the comparison chart will be dependent on specific hardware, or a particular firmware, for that matter. This information has been detailed in the footnotes below, which also includes an update regarding the Enterprise Data Protection. Apparently the feature will arrive “sometime later” after Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education is released.
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Business Experiences:
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Windows 10 is due to launch this month on the 29th, and will be a free upgrade for all users running licensed copies of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
(Source: Microsoft)

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Microsoft accelerates pace with second Windows 10 update in 24 hours

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Microsoft has added yet another build - 10159 - to the fast ring, just hours after unveiling a major build 10154 which itself followed 10130.

Explaining the rapid succession of builds, Microsoft's Gabe Aul said both 10158 and 10159 passed the evaluation and validation stages quickly enough to go on Windows Insider Fast Ring and be available to Windows Insider Programme users.
Microsoft has added yet another build - 10159 - to the fast ring, just hours after unveiling a major build 10154 which itself followed 10130.
Microsoft has added yet another build - 10159 - to the fast ring, just hours after unveiling a major build 10154 which itself followed 10130.
What's likely to happen is a fair few of the estimated 4.1 million users will be downloading both 10158 and 10159 at the same time, which may cause error 0x80246017 to happen. Aul suggests that users should reboot their computers if that happens and choose 10159 from the settings options.

What's new?

10158 brought some general user interface improvements and refinements as well as a number of tweaks - such as a dark theme, Cortana integration with Office 365 and a new Edge browser button.

10159 doesn't bring major changes but added over 300 (yet to be documented) fixes. Windows 10 launches on July 29, so Microsoft still has plenty of time to push a few more builds through the door.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Download Windows 8.1 Pro ISO File Legally Without Product Key

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Until now, getting Windows 8 / 8.1 onto a computer hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world, if only because you couldn’t use a Windows 8 product key to install Windows 8.1 afresh or even choose the architecture to be installed. Instead, if you had 32-bit Windows 8 installed during setup you’d end up with the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1, too. There were other niggling issues too, but Microsoft has quietly made available a tool that goes quite a long way towards rectifying a good few of hose issues.
Called the Windows Installation Media Creation Tool, the app can be downloaded and can be used to create either an ISO or a bootable USB stick in order to get Windows onto a machine. It’s not rocket science these days, but here’s how you would go about downloading and installing Windows 8.1 now this wonderful little utility is around.
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Step 1: Head on over to the installation media webpage here and download the small app that is needed in order to kick this all off. Click on the ‘Create media’ button to initiate the download.
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Step 2: Run the newly downloaded executable and start making the relevant selections. That means you’ll need to choose a language for the new installation of Windows as well as the version of Windows itself that you want to install. Importantly, you can also choose which architecture to install at this point.
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Step 3: On the next screen you can choose whether to download Windows to an ISO for use later, or to a USB stick. The latter option is the default and only downloads the required files rather than a full ISO image.
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Step 4: Remember, everything on the USB stick that you’re using here will be erased, so make sure you’re using an already-empty USB, or back up the contents beforehand to save yourself some trouble.
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Step 5: Sit back and wait for the download to complete, and this could take a while depending on your Internet connection. The app will also make the USB stick bootable as part of the process, leaving you to simply install at your leisure.
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Who said Microsoft didn’t know how to make software easy to use?