Microsoft Follows Unconventional Methods For Windows 10

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In recent months, we see lots of changes taking place in the tech world and prominent players like Microsoft are leaving their traditional tactics for modern and unconventional tactics in hope of expanding their empire. The newly appointed CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, seems to be a visionary who has clear plans for the future growth and success of Microsoft.

Microsoft chooses unconventional ways for future growth

Microsoft’s recent decisions, especially the decisions to adopt unconventional ways to capture the market, are reported with much media hype. Decisions like rolling out MS Office on iOS were appreciated by a large number of users. In the past, the software giant was quite reluctant to extent its core services to third party platforms such as iOS and Android. However, it seems that the company has now realized that it can no longer survive in the market unless it adds interoperability to its core products such as MS Office.

Microsoft hopes to return to the market with Windows 10

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s dream project, although it was announced only recently. There are reports that Microsoft’s Developer team started working on Windows 10 immediately after the release of Windows 8. Initially, it was planned to be released as Windows 9 – as an upgrade to the Windows 8.1. However, the colossal amount of criticism Microsoft received because of Windows 8 flaws, made it rethink and rename it as Windows 10. According to Windows tech support desk, Windows 10 will be released as a brand new operating system.

Can Windows 8.1 users upgrade to Windows 10?

Questions like whether Windows 8.1 can be upgraded to Windows 10 are still unanswered and Microsoft hasn’t given any hits about it. As per Microsoft’s upgrade policy, Windows 8.1 users should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 without any issues. However, because Windows 10 is going to be an unconventional type of operating system, there can be some restrictions to upgrading to it from older operating systems.

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Windows 10 – Ideal for both touch and non-touch screen ecosystems

Among the unconventional features that Microsoft has announced for Windows 10, what tops the chart is the hype that the operating system can work seamlessly on both touch screen and non touch screen devices. The integration of a brand new feature called Continuum is what makes it possible.

Sources privy to Windows tech support desk reveal that Microsoft has kept many unconventional features secret. Some of them will be revealed with the Consumer Preview, which will be released early next year.

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Faulty Microsoft Patch Fixed, Now Available Again

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Microsoft has finally re-released the security update that caused problems in majority of computers two weeks after pulling back the faulty update. The update had caused many Windows powered computers to hang repeatedly, causing blue-screen errors among strings of other issues, flooding the official Support discussion forum from irate Microsoft Windows users.

The update was released on August 12 and was available under the name MS14-045 and was part of the usual Patch Tuesday updates. However, merely 24 hours after releasing, customers who ran into trouble with the update started posting messages on the official Microsoft update forum stating all the problems that had sprung up after downloading and installing the update. The 64-bit version of Windows 7 OS was the worst hit, with complete system crash that included the “Blue Screen Of Death” error message.

While some users were able to roll back the update by entering Safe mode, others were not so fortunate. The faulty security update left lot of unhappy Microsoft Windows users who were contacting our Windows Online Support for help with troubleshooting the system. Although Microsoft silently informed customers to uninstall some of the key updates that were part of the patch, it was almost three days later and received very few attention because of low publicity.

Finally, after the patched security update was available again, Microsoft commented upon the issue stating in the Microsoft Security Response Center blog that, “A small number of customers experienced problems with a few of the updates. As soon as we became aware of some problems, we began a review and then immediately pulled the problematic updates, making these unavailable to download. We then began working on a plan to rerelease the affected updates.” This statement was not only about the faulty update but about few other software updates as well.

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According to leaked information by a Microsoft official who obviously wishes to remain anonymous, it came into light that Microsoft had not tested the software well before releasing it. Kurt Phillips detailed on the support discussion thread that, “We made a fairly invasive change in font handling as part of a security patch and thought we had it tested properly, but there are definitely problems in our test coverage and design procedure that we need to address.”

After the new security update has been made publically available, no issues have been reported in the security patch. If you have any problem rolling back the software update and installing the new one, you may contact our Windows online support team.

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Microsoft Continues To Mend Windows 10 Preview

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News for Windows users who have been following Windows 10 preview updates and features – until New Year, there will not be any updates or features rolling out. Which does not mean that the team is idle, they will be working on its tinkering, only thing is that further updates will be released only post the New Year.

There were many updates and fixes offered for the November build of Windows 10 Tech Preview-9879. These updates and fixes also include a fix for Explorer specific crashes. Build 9888, which was not planned to be rolled out anytime soon, was leaked recently. The leaked build is the first one in Windows 10 to have changed the kernel number from 6.4 to 10.0.

We have been hearing that the curtains for the consumer preview of the latest Windows operating system will be raised in January 2015. It is expected that the latest Continuum will be implemented in the latest operating system. This feature will enable the device to work in both modes which depends on whether the keyboard is connected or not. This might be one of the first builds in Windows operating systems to have Cortana incorporated.

For the updates and features for the Windows ecosystem, developed to work on both Windows Phones and Windows tablets, you need to wait. More details on this will be rolled out along with the release of the Customer Preview version of Windows 10 in the month of January next year. According to the Redmond giant, updates on Windows Phone operating system will be coming out around January 20 to 21.

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In the same month, Microsoft is planning to roll out the test build of its Windows Server for the second time. Back in October 1, the first test build for Windows server was rolled out. After which, server updates were not released for external testers. According to the officials, Windows server will have built-in Docker support for Windows Server, but they did not confirm on when this will reach the external testers to check what the latest build has.

As per the latest reports, it is rumored that a leaked version of Windows 10 is now available in most of the file sharing sites. On the other hand, the software giant is not advising testers to download or install the same. For more information on the latest updates for both Windows 10 and the latest Windows Server, visit the Windows online support page. The Windows online support page offers news and updates on all of Microsoft’s products and services.

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Removing The Autoplay Feature In Windows

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One thing that every Windows OS since XP has had, is the Autoplay feature. In fact it’s been around since before that, but it was called Autorun then. Autoplay is enabled in your Windows PC be default, but you can disable this setting. This will mean that you have to play whatever files manually, after finding them in Windows Explorer. This can be done by right clicking the My Computer option and navigating to the removable drive you inserted. This is usually a CD or DVD, or a flash drive.

Disabling Autoplay in Windows

  • Go to the Start menu by hitting the Start button at the right end of the taskbar.
  • Type in Gpedit.msc and hit the Enter button.
  • Hit the OK button and then select the Administrative Templates option.
  • Go to the System section, and then select the Turn off Autoplay option you see there. This will be in on the Settings pane.
  • When you’re done with that, choose the Properties option and then hit the Enabled button.
  • When the Turn off Autoplay dialog box opens up, choose the All Drives option there. You’ll then need to hit OK to exit the dialog.
  • Choose File and subsequently choose the Exit option to get out of the Group Policy dialog. You’ll be required to reboot the system before you proceed further.

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  • Go to Start and hover on Turn off Computer. Select Restart, and wait for the system to shut down and reboot. See if Autoplay has been disabled properly this time; put in a CD or DVD and see if you get the Autoplay pop up. If it comes up, get some help from a Windows tech support provider near you.

Using Administrative Templates

  • Go to the Windows Components option, and choose Autoplay Policies. You’ll find the Turn off Autoplay option on the detail pane here. Select Enabled, and then choose the All Drives setting in the Turn off Autoplay box.
  • Click on File, and then Exit. Restart the system once and see if the changes have taken effect. If it didn’t work, call tech support and avail further assistance.

For similar and related problems on your Windows PC which you need help fixing, call our Windows tech support hotline number. We’ll fix your problem for you in no time.

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Steps To Change The Default Settings Of Windows Live Messenger

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Most of you might have used Windows Live Messenger. This chat tool is popular among people of all age groups. The simple interface of the program and its support for various features makes it a favorite of many users. This chat tool is developed by Microsoft and is available for Windows platform as well as Mac computers.

The former name of this chat tool was MSN Messenger. This chat tool allows users to communicate with their contacts through chat as well as through video calls. When you download, install and configure the program for the first time, default settings are loaded in it. However, you can make changes to the default settings, make the program work, and look as per your wish. Let us find out how this is done.

Steps Involved

  • The display picture is something with which most of your contacts recognize you. Therefore, select the display picture found at the right top corner of the screen. This will give you the options to change the picture. Choose the picture of your choice by selecting the option Browse.
  • The default name of the program will be the email address that you have used to log in to the account. However, you can change this by selecting the display name.

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  • According to Windows online support forums, one of the most interesting features of the program is that it allows you to set status. You can set a status based on the events that are happening in your life. There are many statuses by default in the program. You can choose one by clicking the name on the Messenger screen. You may also set a personal message to appear below your display name.
  • In addition to the above statuses, the program even allows you to share the song that you are currently listening. For this, choose the small arrow found next to the personal message and choose the option Show What Song I’m Listening To.
  • You can also change the background of the conversation. For this, choose the option Change Your Scene when you are communicating with a friend. This will give a refreshing look to your window.

The features of Windows Live Messenger are endless. We have discussed only a few tweaks that can be carried out on the program, and there are many others. For further help, you may contact Windows online support or our technical support team.

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