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.
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Upgrading to Windows 10 - Backup your current version of Windows before you do September 28th, 2015
For your protection be sure to back up your current version of Windows before you upgrade. Here is a low cost means of creating a backup. ----->
Windows 10 - How to extend the 30 day limit to go back to previous version of Windows August 14th, 2015
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 IT Professional Resources August 15th, 2015 Mainly for developers but may provide you some insight on what is going on behind the scenes with Windows 10 ----->
We couldn’t update the system reserved partition August 9th, 2015
In most cases this error message is unique to Windows 7 based computers (or systems that were upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 / 8.1) when attempting to upgrade to Windows 10. You may also get the following error code: 0x800F0922
As of July 2015 Windows 7 has slightly more than 60.9% of the total for all operating systems. How much impact will Windows 10 have----->
Windows 10 Korner
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10240 July 16th 2015 Microsoft released a series of new builds in less than two weeks for PCs releasing today to Windows Insiders in the Fast ringindows 10 Insider Preview Builds 10158 10159 10162 and 10240 ----->
What happens when a build reaches its expiration date Revised August 18th, 2015 The expiration dates for Windows 10 Technical Preview vary by build number.----->
Microsoft removed and re-issued the Get Windows 10 from Windows Update-----> June 8th, 2015, Revised June 9th, 2015
Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10130 now available May 29th, 2015 Build 10130 is only available via Windows Update. The previous build (10122) never made it to the users on the "Slow" ring due to some bugs and with only a short time remaining Microsoft is stepping up the pace in order to beat the heat----->
Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10122 now available May 20th, 2015 Build 10122 is only available via Windows Update but it installs far quicker (less than half the time required to install previous builds). ----->
Windows 10 - Windows Update for Business May 18th, 2015 Windows Update for Business is available for Windows 10 Pro and higher versions. This leaves consumers who upgrade to the Windows 10 Home version with a much less effective means of controlling when Windows Updates are installed. ----->
Genuine Windows 10 May 18th, 2015 Pirates and unsuspecting customers will see a watermark on their display that will identify that the version of Windows 10 installed on their computer is not genuine. ----->
Windows 10 Editions May 17th, 2015 Here is the lineup for the summer 2015 release----->
Windows 10 Technical Preview - How to download the ISO file for build 10074 and create an Installation DVD or USB. April 30th, 2015 Download the appropriate .ISO file for build 10074 using the links listed here----->
Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10074 now available April 29, 2015 Today we have a new build available to both the Fast and Slow ring for Windows Insiders----->
Windows 10 code name Redstone to be released sometime in 2016 April 7th 2015 Brad Sams at Neowin unearthed the existence of the Redstone codename on April 7, calling it the "next Windows update coming in 2016."Read the whole story here----->
Windows 10 Release Date March 19th, 2015 Microsoft’s Terry Myerson (Executive Vice President) announced that Windows 10 would be released globally sometime "this summer".----->
Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041 now available March 18, 2015 Microsoft is rolling out Build 10041 for PCs to the Fast ring ----->
How to customize the Windows 10 Start Menu or Start Screen-----> March 2nd, 2015 A little known secrete is the ability to group your most often accessed Tiles and add a title.
How to recover your previous version of Windows using the Windows 10 Recovery or Rollback feature-----> January 27th, 2015 Windows 10 now supports a Recovery / Rollback feature that allows you to go back to the version of Windows installed on your PC prior to installing the latest build of Windows 10.
How to dual boot Windows 10 Preview with Windows 8.1 -----> January 12th, 2015
How to dual boot Windows 10 Technical Preview with Windows Vista -----> December 18th, 2014 How to dual boot Windows 10 Technical Preview with Windows XP -----> December 6th, 2014 How to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 10 Technical Preview-----> October 12th, 2014 How to protect your existing installation of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8 / 8.1 and evaluate the Windows 10 Previews over the coming months. Don’t upgrade Windows 7 to the Windows 10 preview on a PC you depend on for everyday use. A “Dual Boot” setup is a far better choice. It’s the best way to compare the differences. Just reboot to switch between your current version of Windows and the Windows 10 Preview.
How to uninstall or remove Windows 10 from a Windows 8 or 8.1 dual boot computer January 6th, 2015
Since we will be removing Windows 10 and keeping Windows 8.x, follow these steps ----->
How to uninstall or remove Windows 10 from a Windows 7 dual boot computer January 6th, 2015
Since we will be removing Windows 10 and keeping Windows 7, follow these steps ----->
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.