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Windows 10 The free upgrade is rapidly coming to an end -----> Only 21 days remaining. Plus Windows 10 Anniversary Edition news. By: J W Stuart April 30th, 2016, Revised July 8th, 2016
The latest news: June 29th, 2016
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Available August 2 The GWX Icon gets yet another update, what it should have been from the beginning Only 30 days remain to get the fee upgrade
Windows 7 - Speed Up Windows Updates -----> June 3rd, 2016, Revised June 16th By: J W Stuart
How to speed up the installation of Windows 7 Updates. Windows Update has become slow and slower over the years. Here is an easy fix to significantly speed up the scanning for updates.
Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 -----> By: J W Stuart June 10th, 2016, Revised June 16th
The Rollup is next best thing to the never released Service Pack 2 after performing a fresh / clean install of Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. It significantly reduces the number of individual updates (which can exceed 170 or more) that need to be downloaded and installed.
As of May 2016, Windows 7 still has a whopping lead of 48.57% of the total market share. How much impact will Windows 10 have; after 10 months Windows 10 is currently has 17.43% up from 15.3%, slightly better than Windows 7’s 17.11% 10 months after it was released.
Microsoft has yet again released another version of the GWX icon-----> J W Stuart May 26th, 2016
Closing the GWX pop up by clicking on the Red X per Microsoft “If you click on OK or on the red “X”, you’re all set for the upgrade and there is nothing further to do.”
Windows 10 how to make the command prompt text easier to read----->
If you use the command prompt to perform certain task and find the text is of not very high quality and may be hard to read on your display then here is how you can make it easier to read. J W Stuart May 16th, 2016
Windows 10 market share-----> J W Stuart May 10th, 2016
As of April 2016, Windows 7 still has a whopping lead of 47.8% of the total market share. How much impact will Windows 10 have; after 9 months Windows 10 is currently has 15.3% of the market share for all operating systems including Mac OS, with Windows 8 at 3.19% and 8.1 at 9.85%. Windows XP still has 10.6% and Vista only 1.4%.
Windows 10 - How to change the default application for file types -----> By J W Stuart May 3rd, 2016
Intel announces layoffs as PC sales drop due to hand held devices-----> April 29th, 2016
"We are evolving from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices," Intel’s chief executive Brian Krzanich declared.
Windows 7 and Intel Skylake processors -----> April 23rd, 2016 By: J W Stuart
Why Microsoft may have extended the drop dead date for systems that use Intel’s Skylake processors.
Windows 10 Anniversary Edition -----> by J W Stuart April 2nd, 2016
We now know that the next major release of Windows 10 (Code name: Redstone) will be named the “Anniversary Edition”.
How to create an Image Backup of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to an External USB Drive -----> by J W Stuart March 16th, 2016
Upgrading to Windows 10; then create a disk and partition image backup, not to be confused with a “System Backup” of your current version of Windows before you do. The built in Windows 10 Roll Back / Restore previous version of Windows don’t always work leaving you with a nonfunctional or incomplete restoration of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 A disk and partition backup includes and will restore all the partitions on your drive and not just the Windows partition.
Dual Boot Korner
How to dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 February 6th, 2016 By J W Stuart You have upgraded or performed a clean install of Windows 10 and find that you need Windows 7 for some of your applications. Here is how you can reinstall Windows 7 (or 8.1) and still keep Windows 10. ----->
Windows 10 market share March 5th, 2016 by: J W Stuart
How much impact will Windows 10 have on Windows 7 total market share in the next 12 months. Unless the next major release of Windows 10 code named Redstone breaks the ice, Windows 10 may be doomed for a long slow ride to the market share leader.----->
How to find your Windows 7 product key after upgrading to Windows 10 by J W Stuart February 27th, 2016 You upgraded your PC to Windows 10 and now you want to reinstall Windows 7 or Windows 8 key----->
What happens when an Insider Preview build reaches its expiration date Revised: May 27th, 2016 The expiration dates for Windows 10 Insider builds may vary by build number.----->
Windows 10 - How to extend the 30 day limit to go back to previous version of Windows by J W Stuart August 14th, 2015 Revised January 6th, 2016 If you have just upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you will discover that you only have 30 days from the time you upgraded in which to recover your previous version of Windows. Here is how you can go beyond 30 days and still go back-----> Windows 10 version 1601 1602 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 December 20th, 2015 By J W Stuart Windows 10 free upgrade still has many months remaining, what is not know is what will be the version number of the next major upgrade for Windows 10 users. ----->
Create your own ISO file from a Windows 7 installation DVD October 20th, 2015 How to use your or a friends “Retail” version (Upgrade or Full product) of the Windows 7 installation media to create an ISO file which can be used to create a multi-version Windows 7 installation DVD.----->
Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Digital River Windows 7 .ISO file downloads -----> February 6, 2015
Windows 7 enters the Extended Support phase on January 13th, 2015 January 8th, 2015
What this means is that Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support, design changes, or new features during the Extended Support phase.
What about Windows Updates: The monthly security updates will continue until Jan. 14, 2020, currently Microsoft’s "End of extended support" date.
How to move from a smaller SSD to a larger SSD September 26th, 2014
If you find that your old SSD is running out of space here is how to migrate to a larger Solid State Drive now or in the future. For this article I’m using my 128GB SSD with Windows 7 installed and moving to a larger 500GB SSD. If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 the concepts and steps are the same. ----->
Windows 7 Mainstream support August 8th, 2014 Updated October 31st, 2014
Sales of computers to consumers with Windows 7 and 8.0 (not 8.1) pre-installed by OEM PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Etc. ends on October 31st of 2014.
Mainstream support for Windows 7 ends January 13th, 2015 and enters the “Extended Support” phase. The long goodbye begins: “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.” ----->
Windows 7 Availability
July 10th, 2014
Windows 7 has another problem. Want to purchase a version of Windows 7 (Upgrade or Full retail), all I can say is good luck on finding a copy. ----->
Windows 7 - How to delete outdated Windows updates
November 20, 2013
Microsoft recently released a Disk Cleanup Wizard addon / plugin / hot fix that allows users to
delete outdated Windows updates on computers with Windows 7 SP1 installed.----->
October 31st, 2014 Sales of computers to consumers with Windows 8.0 and Windows 7 (not 8.1) pre-installed by OEM PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Etc. ends on October 31st of 2014.
How to move Windows 8 or Windows 8.1from a Hard Disk Drive to a Solid State Drive using Acronis True Image 2013 or 2014 July 27th, 2014
A step by step guide on how to replace your existing Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive with a Solid State Drive using Acronis True Image 2013. If you have Acronis 2014 the steps are basically the same.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 - Released -----> April 10th, The Windows 8.1 Update 1 is still available to consumers who use Windows Update and not WSUS which is for corporate customers.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 - Released April 8th, 2014 - Revised 2:40PM US EDT
Update 1 is now available (KB2919355) when you run Windows Update, also the usual security updates and Office updates are listed.
The list of what updates are installed and in what order is now included in this article.
As previously mentioned, on April 2nd 2014, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update 1 to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. The general public Windows 8.1 users will get the Update (KB2919355) on April 8th via Windows Update and not the Microsoft Store as was the case in the past. Also at its Build 2014 conference, Microsoft has revealed that a future update to Windows 8.1 will resurrect the Start menu.
How to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 for free----->
Released: October 17th, 2013
Revised: October 29th, 2013 and November 5th (Windows Update issue resolution), November 9th (Mouse lag or stutter, see step #9 below) and March 27th, 2014 (Why can't I find the update in the Store?).
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 9
July 10th, 2014
The latest news + building your own computer and things that could stop you cold.
Windows XP: Although Microsoft discontinued support for XP on April 8th, 2014 you may still want to upgrade to a faster system.
Windows Vista: The latest motherboards and processors do not support Vista
Windows 7: Windows 7 has another problem. Want to purchase a version of Windows 7 (Upgrade or Full retail), all I can say is good luck on finding a copy.
Windows 8, 8.1: Never really did warm the hearts of traditional Desktop / Laptop users. Market share about 12.5% as of July of 2014 and as breaking news has it Windows 9 may be available as early as October of 2014.
Windows 9: As rumor has it Windows 9 may be available as early as the fall of 2014. An RTM version may be available sooner for MSDN subscribers and possibly on TechNet before it closes its doors.
How to dual boot Windows 10 Technical Preview with Windows XP-----> December 6th, 2014 How to protect your existing installation of Windows XP and evaluate the Windows 10 Technical Preview over the coming months. A “Dual Boot” setup is a far better choice. It’s the best way to compare the differences. Just reboot to switch between Windows XP and the Windows 10.
The latest news + building your own computer and things that could stop you cold.-----> July 10th, 2014 Although Microsoft discontinued support for XP on April 8th, 2014 you may still want to upgrade to a faster system.
May 1st (Good news for XP Users) Microsoft to include fix to Internet Explorer for Windows XP users even though support for XP officially ended on April 8th of 2014.