Below you will find the latest articles about Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. In addition an occasional Random Thought and Quick Takes.
Click on the XP Tips, Windows 7 Korner, Windows 8 Korner, Windows 10 Korner, Dual Boot Korner, Wiki Korner, Random Thoughts and Quick Takes Tabs located at the top of the page to find even more articles.
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Windows 10 - Change the time when Windows 10 Updates are installed -----> November 12th, 2014
You may notice a delay when Windows Updates or new build are installed simply because the default time for the automated process named “the maintenance window” is set for 2:00 AM in the morning.
Also: How to speed up when new builds are installed
Windows 10 Technical Preview - The latest news----->>> November 12th, 2014 - New build (9879) available to the Windows Insider Program. Also this is the last build for this year and .ISO download to be available shortly.
November 9th, 2914 - Could November 11th, "Patch Tuesday" be the date the next build is released?
October 24th, 2014 - Two new mystery Windows Updates available. October 21st, 2014 - New Preview Build Released.
Wiki Korner Updated November 4th, 2014
This is your jumping off point to a number of great Wiki articles available on Microsoft's "Community Forums". Click here to find a brief description of various Wiki articles and a link to the complete Wiki.
Windows 10 Technical Preview - 10 things that need to be improved-----> October 19th, 2014
Windows 10 Korner
Windows 10 Early Sales Date set for this year's holiday shopping October 17th, 2014
Don’t be surprised if PC venders offer Windows 8.1 based laptops and desktops with a free or low cost upgrade to Windows 10 when it goes public next year. More details ----->
How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10 Technical Preview-----> October 12th, 2014
Don’t upgrade Windows 7 to the Windows 10 preview on a PC you depend on for everyday use. A “Dual Boot” setup a far better choice. Just reboot to switch between Windows 7 and the Windows 10 preview. It's the best way to compare the differences between Windows 7 and Windows 10.
Windows 10 Technical Preview - First thoughts October 1st, 2014 Revised: October 3rd, 2014 (Screen shots and more)
In short if you use Windows 7 then Windows 10 is what Windows 8 should have been, try it but not on your everyday PC as this is still an early build (9841). ----->
It's official, Microsoft has skipped over the Windows 9 name and instead named the next version Windows 10 September 30th, 2014 Microsoft announces the next version of its core operating system will be called Windows 10
Excerpts from the Windows 10 Preview presented by Terry Myerson, Windows Chief.----->
Windows 7 Korner
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.----->
Windows 9 - Latest news August 12th, 2014 Revised: August 15th, 2014
Revised: September 15th, 2014 and September 18th Revised: September 30th, 2014 - In a little less than 2 hours from now Microsoft will anounce the next version of Windows.
At this point in time its looks like any chance of seeing Windows 9 (code named “Threshold”) released for the fall shopping season is not very likely. ----->
Windows 8 Korner
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.
Firefox - A fox with its tail on fire -----> May15th, 2014
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.