5 Most Lovable Features of Windows 10

Windows 10 is now out in the market and by this time many have tried their hands on its new features. Though the new OS has brought in several innovative features for users, some of them will really steal your heart.

Top 5 most lovable features of Windows 105 features at a glance

Customization of start menu: Windows 10 features a user-friendly start menu, which was last seen in Windows 7. The new start menu is even better as it can be customized depending on the preference of the user. One can get it enlarged to full-screen mode or keep it small. The content of the menu can also be organized as per choice with large, wide, medium and small tile sizes.

Real Assistance from Cortana: This is undoubtedly one of the most praised features of Windows 10. Once the Notebook collects relevant information from the user, it immediately processes it like a human and provides complete assistance to plan tours or arrange events. Cortana can be used as a complete search bar or as an icon.

Microsoft Edge browsing: The new browser has already gained much appreciation for its performance. It is not just user friendly but also has built-in Cortana support.

File explorer boon: Now, users can get a much organized file explorer with recently accessed files, designated favorites and frequently visited folders. Though this is useful for everyone, it is more advantageous for people working on projects containing multiple elements.

Work on virtual desktop: Managing multiple applications or programs is no longer a tough job with the virtual desktop feature. Dedicate one work space for each app and work without any distraction.

 This is not all. Updates for the new OS will be released frequently to make it even better. … Read the rest

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3rd Consecutive Cumulative Windows 10 Update Gives Users The Jitters

Windows 10 updateSince its launch on 29 July, Microsoft Windows 10 received its third update yesterday. Three consecutive updates from Microsoft has placed the sustainability of the latest Microsoft operating system in serious doubt. Experts associated with Microsoft stated that the updates are bound to happen as it is for the development and betterment of the OS. Additionally, a spokesperson from Microsoft has stated that users were facing some issues while using Windows 10 and the updates were meant to solve them.

What was the update all about?

KB3081438 is the latest update that Microsoft has provided for Windows 10.

Also Read: How To Get Windows 10 On Your Device: The User’s Guide

Even though it was stated that the new update was done to make Win 10 work smoothly, a spokesperson has said it was designed and re-aligned to solve issues relating to the Windows Store. Users were unable to download applications, download updates or access the store because of which the update was required. After the update, the issues were put to rest, users have reported.

Features not disclosed

While receiving a Windows 10 update, users do not know for which application the update was itemized. However, it is suggested for Win-10 HOME users to update the OS as and when updates are made available from Microsoft because they are working on improving the OS.

Microsoft is expected to make some big changes along the way as they are busy handling updates and patch work. Meanwhile, users are happy about the new updates because that has helped o remove a lot of glitches.

Must Read: Windows 10 Users Facing ‘Reboot Loop’ after Receiving Cumulative Update

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Windows 10 Users Facing ‘Reboot Loop’ after Receiving Cumulative Update

Microsoft Windows 10 users are in trouble again. Recently, the latest OS received a cumulative update that has been causing a ‘reboot loop’ on the systems of some users.

Windows 10 Users Facing ‘Reboot Loop after Receiving Cumulative UpdateThe latest update called KB3081424 was released last week. It was meant to bring “all previously-released fixes”. However, many users have failed to install the update into their systems. Thus, Windows 10 tries to install itself on restarting the system. This lands the system in a ‘reboot glitch’.

Adrian Kingsley of ZDNet opined, “The problem, in a nutshell, is that the update puts affected systems into an endless crash loop. The update tries to install, gets to a certain point, fails, and then displays the unhelpful – We couldn’t complete the updates, undoing the changes.” He added further, “If it stopped there things wouldn’t be too bad, but because Microsoft now forces updates onto Windows 10 users, the OS kept trying – and failing – to install the update, which in turn placed the system into a periodic crash/reboot loop.”

Microsoft had already announced that updates will be received from Windows Update automatically as and when available to all Windows 10 Home users. Many users have reported the issue on Microsoft’s Windows forum. However, the company has not acknowledged the issue yet or released any update to fix it. A Forbes report suggests the issue is caused due to a bad entry in the registry of the operating system.

It needs to be noted that not all users are facing the issue. For affected computers, it is expected that Microsoft would soon release a patch to fix this bug.… Read the rest

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Toughbbook CF-54- Semi-Rugged Laptop by Panasonic Priced at Rs. 1,39,000

With the launch of CF-54, Panasonic has claimed it to be the thinnest and lightest of Toughbook model of all time. This semi rugged PC is meant for specialists who are on the move at all times. This PC can easily be used by service engineers catering to automotive diagnostic industry, several other business verticals and for field work considering the toughness it offers. This is best for indoor maintenance since the PC has retained its aesthetic appeal.

The CF-54 can be customized as well with 3G, integrated ports, dedicated GPS and otherToughbbook CF-54 things as per the requirements of the users. Since the PC weights only 1.99 kg and has a thickness of 29.8 mm, Panasonic said, “This makes it approximately 50% thinner and 25% lighter than the previous model CF-53.”

The latest Toughbook model from Panasonic is powered by 5th Generation Intel CoreTM i5-5300U vPro processor clocked at 2.3 GHz that can reach upto 2.9 GHz speed with Turbo Boost Technology by Intel, 3 MB cache memory and 4 GB RAM expandable upto 16 GB.

 “It has a good battery backup with 11hrs operational backup, it also has an option of hot swappable battery feature enabling you to change batteries without shutting down the computer, allowing you to work 24X7 if your work demands. It offers optional smart card reader, fingerprint reader and contactless smart card reader and various interfaces and options like Serial Port, VGA, PC Card, Rugged USB, 2nd LAN, etc,” Panasonic added to the statement.

 The CF-54 comes with a sunlight viewable screen so that everything can be easily viewed while outside. Moreover, it also has features like vibration, spill resistant keyboard, shock resistant and drop shock resistant upto 2.5 feet.

All these for a price of Rs. 1,39,000 and it is quite easy to integrate the Panasonic Toughbook CF-54 into existing IT infrastructures.… Read the rest

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How To Downgrade To Windows 7 Or Windows 8.1 From Windows 10

If you are not happy with the Windows 10 upgrade, you can easily downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1. Before you proceed it is important to backup your data.

Here are the steps to downgrade.

Downgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 from Windows 10 in a JiffyIn case you have upgraded your system using Windows Update within the last 30 days, the process is as follows:

i. Start Menu>Search>Settings
ii. Find and choose Update & Security

iii. Choose Recovery>Go back to Windows 7 or 8.1
iv. Select Get Started.

 

You would get your old OS back. During the process, you would be asked the reason to downgrade. You can choose either the pre-mentioned reasons or give your feedback. Since, the company is offering a quick rollback option; you would not lose your data but to be on the safe side backup everything important.

If 30 days have already passed since you upgraded to Windows 10, you need to downgrade the old fashioned way, which is by using a bootable DVD or flash/pen drive of the OS.

i. Insert the disk or pen drive in the DVD/USB drive and go to boot menu by pressing F2, F8 or F9 depending on your motherboard manufacturer.

ii. Choose the key that would ensure your computer boots from your DVD/USB drive.

iii. Thereafter, you would need to follow the process and choose options as per your requirements that will appear on your screen.

iv. Since, you would be downgrading, choose Custom instead on Upgrade when you are asked to do so.

v. Your copy of Windows needs to be activated again and you have to install the drivers as well.

 

 

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Windows 10 Scores A Sixer With Edge—Weighing The New Browser Against Oldies Chrome And IE

Windows 10 sure is Microsoft’s trump card and its master move comes in the form of the Edge browser. With complaint and issues marring its reputation, the Edge indeed comes  as a boon thanks to latest specs such as bookmarking, annotated page sharing and mark ups. Of course, the Cortana is an add-on that changes the way virtual assistance works. Therefore, we finally have a Microsoft browser that can complete against the Chrome from Google, Safari from Apple, Opera and Firefox from Mozilla.

Windows 10 Scores A Sixer With EdgeMajor Issues Grapple The Browsers

These existing and “popular” browsers have had issues such as slow speed; update stack-ons, poor plug-in performances and battery life drain. Thus, Edge has entered the browser space at an ideal time. To begin with, there has been a benchmark test to compare Edge to Internet Explorer and Chrome that tested the trio on simple browsing usage on both low-end as well as high-end personal computers. We also got scoop into how well the battery fared on these browsers on both high-performance and low end laptops during video streaming online. Let’s not forget that the Windows 10 OS comes with a benchmark application performance that is at par with the Windows 8 OS while running apps or programs besides Web browsers.

Weighing The Benchmarks

For the performance tests for browsing, a Dell XPS 13 had been employed that comes with Intel Core i5 CPU of the latest generation. On the other end, a Microsoft Surface 3 had been used that comes with Intel Atom processor. There are a number of cross-platform as well as browser-oriented benchmarks you may run. The test from CNET included a selection of Peacemaker, octane test and Jetstream. Chrome, contrary to general expectations, did not fare well enough to rank as the best in these tests. While it still scores a sixer in terms of speed in these tests, it drains the battery to a large extent. Edge, surprisingly helped maintain a decent battery power level despite being average in terms of performance speed. Aligned to most expectations, the Internet Explorer still scored a duck and remained a poor third among the three in these benchmark runs.

What We Especially Loved About The Edge?

Once you open any new window or a tab, Edge brig you a collation of the top websites with a customized news feed. More so, the URL menu bar at the top asks users- “Where to next?”  To remind you of the drab things with the Internet Explorer, the home page only allows you a bring grid of most visited websites at your end and a Bing-powered search toolbox. Good times are finally here for browsing addicts, thanks to the Edge!

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Intel Announces The Overclockable Desktop CPUs- ‘Skylake’ Core i5-6600k And Core i7-9700k

Intel chose the venue of Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany to announce its two upcoming overclockable enthusiast-class CPUs. These are of its Skylake generation. The models Core i5-6600k and Core i7-9700k are manufactured following a brand new technology. Intel has already launched Z170 chipset in order to support the latest processors.

Intel Announced The Overclockable Desktop CPUs- ‘Skylake’ Core i5-6600k and Core i7-9700kThe Core i5-6600k would come with a base frequency of 3.5 GHz, which can be further pushed to 3.9 GHz. The Core i7-9700k is clocked at 4.0 GHz and can move-up to 4.2 GHz. These models have four cores and Intel HD 530 graphics integrated. However the Core i7 model supports Hyper-Threading scheme by Intel that lets each core to execute together two threads. The Core i5 has 6 MB and Core i7 has 8 MB of L2 cache.

Both the models support DDR3L or DDR4 RAM and use the latest LGA1151 socket. Computers incorporating any of these CPUs along with the Z170 motherboard shall have 16 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 connectivity initiating from the CUP directly. Both these models have 91W TDP ratings and would not have coolers in the box. Intel does not want any of the enthusiasts to utilize bundled coolers anyways.

The Skylake generation is the ‘tock’ in the tick-tock product cycle of Intel. This proves it is based on a new technology that uses verified process of manufacturing. In this case, it is the 14nm node that was introduced with Broadwell early last year.

 

 While these are the first of the Intel’s sixth general core family of Intel, variations are already under process to get them run on notebooks, ultra-thin tablets and small-form-factor devices.… Read the rest

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Acer Launches Cloudbook With Windows 10 To Compete Against Chromebook

To offer tough competition to the Chromebooks, Acer has come up with three laptops powered by Windows 10 in its Aspire One Cloudbook series. Launched on Tuesday, these laptops would be priced between $ 169 and $ 199.

 Acer launches Cloudbook with Windows 10 to Compete Against ChromebookThe Laptops, Cloudbook 11 AO1-121-C1G9, Cloudbook 11 AO1-131-C7DW  and Cloudbook 14 AO1-431-C8G8, may be priced on the lower side but that does not mean they have sluggish hardware. All of these models come with dual-core Celeron N3060 processor with 1.6GHz clock speed with Turbo Boost Technology, which can help the processor acquire speed upto 2.16 GHz. These devices sport 2 GB RAM. While the C7DW model comes with 16 GB internal memory, the rest of them come with 32 GB internal SSDs. Both the Cloudbook 11 series have 11-inch display and the Cloudbook 14 series comes with 14-inch display. All of them have 1366×768 pixels resolution.

The internal storage may be low but you need not worry since Microsoft is offering 100 GB OneDrive voucher with the C7DW and 1 TB voucher with the other two. The storage space on the cloud is available for one year. Moreover, you would also get free subscription plan of Office 365 Personal for one year.

The devices support Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/c, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, SD card slots and DHMI on the connectivity front. One thing that you may not like about the laptops is their webcam, which has only 480p image shooting ability. Acer promises that the Cloudbook 11 series laptops will run for 7 hour and 14 series laptop for 6 hours on single charge as far as battery backup is concerned.

The best thing about these laptops is that they all run on Windows 10 Home. The Cloudbook 11 series will hit the market in the US later this month and the Cloudbook 14 series will be available for sale in the next month.… Read the rest

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Windows 10 Raises Privacy Concerns Within A Week Of Its Release

Windows 10 is making many people unhappy within just one week of its global release. Both users and privacy advocates are condemning the new desktop OS by Microsoft. The latest OS that comes with a lot of exciting features is making people worried about the way these tools work.

Windows 10 Raises Privacy Concerns with a Week of Its ReleaseIt was Wi-Fi Sense first that was shammed by users. This feature lets your friends get connected to your Wi-Fi network automatically. It is enabled by default and could share Wi-Fi credentials to anybody and everybody in your Facebook, Skype and Outlook contacts. Though the company says that everything happens over an encrypted network yet the users are concerned about the potential abuse that this feature can bring onto them.

Windows 10 has not left even the Solitaire alone. This game is now a freemium but ad-riddled version where video advertisements cannot be skipped. If you want to stay away from ads, you would have to pay $ 10 to Microsoft every month.

The digital voice assistant, Cortana, that Windows 10 features in quite a good application but the catch is that it gets its data from your text messages and emails as well as from the list of people you call, your phonebook and how often you get in touch with them through your computer.

 The feature Windows Update Delivery Optimisation, which is also enabled by default, uses your Internet data to update OS of other’s computers. This feature uploads parts of updates that you have downloaded earlier with users on your LAN and strangers on the Internet.

It seems if Microsoft does not take care of all these issues, it will be hard for the company to create a loyal customer base for its new OS.… Read the rest

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Now, A Bootable USB Disk For Windows 10

Windows 10 is now readily available for installation. You can choose to upgrade to Windows 10 automatically or can also make a bootable USB disk to access the Windows 10. Here is how to do it

How to Make a Bootable USB Disk for Windows 10Firstly, you need to be sure that the DVD or USB that you pick for the Windows 10 media does not have any important data. This is because during the process, you will lose all data. The drive needs to be of at least 4 GB capacity. You need to follow the below mentioned steps to make a bootable Windows 10 drive.

  • Download the Windows 10 media creation tool. For the sake of checking the type of Windows that you run one can go to Start> Control Panel > System and Security > System type.
  • No,w launch the application. You need to choose create installation media for another PC and then click on Next.
  • Choose the desired language.
  • Make sure you choose USB flash drive and click on Next to following the remaining steps.

Once the Windows 10 media creation tool has done its job, you need to have Windows 10 bootable USB disk/ DVD drive, which depends on the type of option you choose.

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