Folks Get An Early View Of Windows Phone 10

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Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 10 is now the centre of attention in the tech world. Every day, we hear new reports or rumors about the new Windows operating system. Microsoft comes up denying or admitting them from time to time.

Windows 10 Tech Preview is already out. Reports indicate that millions of users across the world have downloaded the Tech Preview and have tested it in their PCs. They seem to be quite happy with what Windows 10 has to offer them.

Windows 10 for Phone

Sources privy to Microsoft’s Windows tech support indicate that Microsoft would release the mobile version of Windows 10 immediately after the desktop version is released. No official comments about the features of the Windows Phone 10 are out yet. Nonetheless, it appears that the tech giant would not disappoint users.

Windows Phone 10 will benefit users’ taste for change

Reports indicate that users all around the world are looking forward to a change now. They are fed up with the monotonous features of iOS and Android. They are looking for a change and preferably, the upcoming Windows Phone 10 will take advantage of this context.

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People got an idea about how Windows Phone 10 would be like from its pre beta version on Lumia 930 recently. The device was introduced without much hype in the recently concluded Mobile World Congress. Multi device Cortana, Project Spartan, and Maps across devices were some of the notable features in the early version.

Meanwhile, sources close to the Windows tech support desk indicate that the final version of Windows Phone 10 will be quite different from the pre beta version introduced for Lumia 930. Like the Windows 10 preview, pre beta version of Windows Phone 10 is just meant to gather people’s opinion about the operating system. Users can send their views about the new mobile operating system to the Microsoft’s developer team, who assure that all their valuable suggestions will be taken with due respect.

It is not yet the time to speak about Windows Phone 10, because Microsoft has not even released the official beta version or Tech Preview of it yet. All we have is a pre beta version that was introduced just to give the world an idea about how the new operating system would look like.

From the initial responses, it appears that Windows Phone 10 will be heartily welcomed. Let us wait until the OS is officially released.

Windows Update Will Use Peer-To-Peer Technology

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Coming OS updates from Microsoft will be brought in to users via the peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol. This is apparently what the company is planning for Windows 10. With the traditional Windows Update not working in many of the cases, there’s the need for a better way to deliver platform and application updates to users who need it.

The latest of the leaked build of Windows 10 shows that updates are going the way of P2P. There’s a new option allowing users where users can allow “updates from more than one place,” bringing in the provision to get these updates from more than a single source at a time, speeding up the process of obtaining them. A screenshot was even posted online showing a Settings dialog in the new OS, asking the user to “Get updates from more than one place”.

Crowdsourcing updates

These updates will be available on a local network for Microsoft and PCs, or can even be had off a network of PCs over the internet. The move towards this particular business model is logical. Looks like they’re going to be pitting themselves against the likes of BitTorrent soon, having bought Pando Networks in 2013. We still can’t say what technology they’d be using for the testing, but there’re few other directions the Pando Networks acquisition points in.

, Windows Update Over P2P

Windows Update P2P Deployment

There have been no official announcements from Microsoft’s end. But they’ll soon be letting out another Windows 10 preview which is bound to carry some of these changes. This might come as a source of concern for some, as to the updates staying as safe as they used to be. The company probably has methods built in to keep that from happening, although there’s no guarantee they won’t bungle it. Because let’s face it: whatever they do, they can almost always get away with. All they had to do was dangle a shiny new product and people crawled back in, ecstatic as ever. But that aside, Microsoft probably has a way to make sure the update packages are valid before they’re applied to a system.

One of the common instances with Windows Update not working had to do with having the wrong date set on the system, or the connection being cut off in the middle of a download. With Windows Update over P2P, these problems will hopefully get taken care of.

Fixing Windows Explorer Issues

Windows Explorer Has Stopped Working

Windows Explorer Problems

Here’s one error that users certainly don’t like seeing, the one that says, Windows Explorer has stopped working. It’s not easy to fix this issue without using the SFC (system file checker) command. This is an official tool that allows the user to find and fix errors which relate to the corrupted system files causing the issue.

Put in the original disk for Windows when the SFC command asks you to do this. You can only run this form CMD.

Running the SFC command

  • You need to first open CMD in the elevated mode. That means with admin permissions, which is the maximum. For this, type CMD in the Start search field and right click on the first result that comes up, instead of simply selecting it. From the menu that comes out of this, choose Run as administrator.
  • If you’re asked to give the admin password at this time, do so, and hit continue.
  • After that, type in sfc /scannow on CMD to start scanning.
  • Put the Windows disk into the drive when you’re asked to.

Another way to deal with the Windows Explorer has stopped working issue is to ensure that you have all the latest updates installed. Maybe you have new devices which don’t have the relevant drivers installed. Windows Update can take care of that for you. Just turn this on and look for the latest updates available, while online. Make sure the internet won’t be interrupted, then download the updates and install them. This will probably fix lots off issues on your computer, but most notably the one with Windows Explorer.

Windows Explorer Issue

Windows Explorer Troubleshooting

If none of the above stuff works, then there’s probably something wrong with the installed software. Try other methods to detect the problem and if you can’t you might have to go in for a System Restore. This is the operation that lets you use a previously stored image of the system and load this up as the current configuration. For this you’d need to get in through the Safe Mode and select the relevant option. To get there, push down on the proper key while Windows is booting.

This will likely get rid of the Windows Explorer issue, and if it doesn’t you might want to start considering a clean installation of the OS over what you now have.

Quick Fix For Boot Record Error

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Boot record error might appear to be a serious hardware issue and most users think that they should have it fixed by an expert. But, this error has all to do with the software. The OS installation media and Windows tool allow you to repair this boot error without much bother. In the opinion of experts, boot record error needs to be fixed properly as it could lead to many complicated issues like ‘Windows update not working’. If you come across a boot record error while using your PC, here is how you can go ahead with fixing the issue.

Fixing boot record error via Command Prompt

When boot record error pops up, the user will be blocked from accessing the Windows desktop or reaching the command prompt to work out the troubleshooting codes. The only possible solution therefore is to boot your machine from your Windows OS installation disc. Insert the disc into the DVD drive and restart your PC. When the Install Now screen pops up, select the link that says Repair your computer. This will initiate the System Recovery Options screen. Choose the OS that needs the repair and select Next to proceed.

To repair the OS, you will be required to execute certain commands. Therefore, accessing the Command Prompt option is essential. Click on the command prompt option. If you happen to be using the latest Windows operating systems such as Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, keep pressing either F8 key or Shift + F8 key combination on your keyboard while the PC is being booted. This will bring up a set of options. Navigate to Troubleshoot followed by Advanced Settings and Command Prompt. You can execute the commands that would fix the boot record error.

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Windows Update Settings

Once you are in the Command Prompt screen, the remaining steps, which is executing the commands, for troubleshooting the error is almost the same for all the operating systems. Type bootrec in the blank field of the command prompt screen and hit the Enter button. Once the command is successfully executed, you will receive a message that confirms whether it was successful or not.

You have seen how to deal with boot record error in your Windows PC. If the problem seems to persist even after you worked out the above troubleshooting steps, consider getting in touch with an experienced technician. Make sure that you insist on checking the ‘Windows Update not working’ issue as well.

Windows XP Has Been Officially Ditched, Yet Many Users Still Glued To The Old OS

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Windows XP, the old OS developed by Microsoft Corporation, achieved what no other OS from near about any software company has ever achieved. The OS was popular for over a decade and it is still one of the most used Operating Systems in the world. Microsoft had announced many months back that the operating system software has been removed from the list of supported products by the software maker.

Microsoft has ended the illustrious journey of Windows XP. We are talking about the end of support. Every software has to go through a life cycle. There are various support phases and ultimately, the end of support when the software is virtually dead. End of support for Windows XP means, all the Windows tech support, Windows features support, security packages and everything provided by the software maker has been stopped. Windows XP is totally unsupported by the software maker.

This is actually long overdue. The software maker had been waiting to stop the support for the OS for a long time now. Due to pressure from users across the globe, Microsoft had to postpone the end of support date several times. Windows XP lived for thirteen long years after its launch, which is the longest any software has survived ever.

Windows XP is still the second most popular operating system. This is not good as far as Microsoft is concerned. The software producer wants more users to move on to newer Operating Systems such as Windows 8 and windows 8.1. Many Windows users still sticking to Windows XP means the company is losing so many customers that could have been potentially using Windows 8 /8.1.

End Of Mainstream Support

                  Official XP Support Ends

Windows 7 is the most favorite choice of most users, who are willing to move on to any new OS from Windows XP. Actually, though it is not a bad idea, Microsoft has recently informed the users about the end of mainstream OS support for Windows 7. End of mainstream support for Windows 7 will happen January next year. This means Windows 7 users will not be able use all those free features such as Windows tech support provided by the software giant.

Even though end of mainstream OS support is near for Windows 7, there is no need to panic, as the security features will still be available. You can even subscribe for some of the features that will not be available when the mainstream support ends.

Windows XP Has Been Officially Ditched, Yet Many Users Still Glued To The Old OS

support-11-2Windows XP, the old OS developed by Microsoft Corporation, achieved what no other OS from near about any software company has ever achieved. The OS was popular for over a decade and it is still one of the most used Operating Systems in the world. Microsoft had announced many months back that the operating system software has been removed from the list of supported products by the software maker.

Microsoft has ended the illustrious journey of Windows XP. We are talking about the end of support. Every software has to go through a life cycle. There are various support phases and ultimately, the end of support when the software is virtually dead. End of support for Windows XP means, all the Windows tech support, Windows features support, security packages and everything provided by the software maker has been stopped. Windows XP is totally unsupported by the software maker.

This is actually long overdue. The software maker had been waiting to stop the support for the OS for a long time now. Due to pressure from users across the globe, Microsoft had to postpone the end of support date several times. Windows XP lived for thirteen long years after its launch, which is the longest any software has survived ever.

Windows XP is still the second most popular operating system. This is not good as far as Microsoft is concerned. The software producer wants more users to move on to newer Operating Systems such as Windows 8 and windows 8.1. Many Windows users still sticking to Windows XP means the company is losing so many customers that could have been potentially using Windows 8 /8.1.dv1867070

Windows 7 is the most favorite choice of most users, who are willing to move on to any new OS from Windows XP. Actually, though it is not a bad idea, Microsoft has recently informed the users about the end of mainstream OS support for Windows 7. End of mainstream support for Windows 7 will happen January next year. This means Windows 7 users will not be able use all those free features such as Windows tech support provided by the software giant.

Even though end of mainstream OS support is near for Windows 7, there is no need to panic, as the security features will still be available. You can even subscribe for some of the features that will not be available when the mainstream support ends.

Microsoft Might Release A Surface Mini Tablet With Windows 10 This Year

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Windows Surface Tablet Series

We have been hearing rumours about a mini version of Microsoft Surface tablet for many months now. According to Windows tech support forums online, Microsoft was indeed working on such a project last year. But, with the lack of interest for the Microsoft Surface tablets in the market, Microsoft had to put this project in the back burner.

Will Microsoft release a Surface Mini version for Windows 10?

It was clear from the start that for the Microsoft Surface tablet to succeed in the market, it must have a really user-friendly operating system like Google’s Android. Windows 8 OS did not fit this bill and the Microsoft Surface tablets fared poorly in the market as a result. So, Microsoft put off their Surface Mini project until later.

Now, with the Windows 10 starting to look like a very promising OS, the Surface Mini tablet rumours are again making the rounds online. However, Microsoft has not issued any confirmation about this on any of their Windows tech support websites. So, all these are nothing but rumours for the time being.

However, it is clear that Microsoft has moved with caution this time around. They are not likely to forget the millions of dollars they lost because of the unsold Surface tablets in the year 2012. Though recent reports indicate that the Surface tablet sales have increased a little bit, the market is still dominated by Android and iOS tablets.

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On the other hand, Microsoft seems to be focussing on providing very effective software tools and a slew of accessories to lure in the professional users to buy the Surface tablets. Already, they have introduced the MS Office suite of applications as a free OS feature in the Surface tablets. This comes on top of the free OneDrive storage space available to the users. Also, the users can purchase cool accessories like detachable keyboards, digital pens and so on.

The main difference will of course be in the screen size. The Surface Mini tablets are likely to have a screen size between 8 and 10 inches. Of course, the standard Surface tablets versions with 13 to 14 inch screens will also hit the market at the same time.

If Microsoft cannot bring down the price of these tablets to an affordable level, then there is no point in releasing a mini version to compete with the popular Android and iOS tablets in the market.

Surface Pro Mini To Be Released Mid 2015

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The release date of the Microsoft Surface Pro Mini is not yet confirmed but there are many speculations about the release date. There are no official announcements about the release of the mini tablet from Microsoft and some of the unofficial reports state that the release date will be before the end of this year. Surface Pro Mini is the first tablet from Microsoft that features the latest Windows 10 operating system. The origin of this news is from the Chinese blog UDN. The blog claims that the Surface Mini will be released by the end of the year 2014. This is just unofficial news and Windows tech support desk has not confirmed the release date of the tablet yet.

The latest rumors on the tablet suggest that the device will be featuring the next generation mobile operating system from Microsoft, which is the Windows 10 operating system. It is also rumored that the tablet will be released together with the Surface Pro 4 device. Due to the latest possibilities, International Business Times noted that the Surface Pro Mini will have Windows 10 and that the new tablet will be having a release date that is scheduled for the fall or spring of 2015.

Windows 10 Consumer Preview

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Some of the tech news channels reported that Windows 10 is in its bug testing stage and the technical preview of the operating system is available to the users who signed up for the Windows Insider program. There were numerous signups for the Windows 10 program even though it is in the bug testing phase. As per the report of Tech Times, Microsoft will be holding an event to launch the Windows 10 consumer preview after CES or the Consumer Electronics Show 2015. It is reported that this event will take place in January 2015.

Surface Mini might be having an 8-inch or 10.1 inch display; the latest tablet from Microsoft, the Surface Pro 3 has a twelve inch display. It is also reported that the tablet will be having an ARM or Qualcomm processor. Some of this information was offered by the Windows tech support team. If you wish to know more details about the Windows 10 tablet from Microsoft, you can contact the Windows help and support team. They will be able to help you know more on the features and the official release date of the latest Microsoft tablet.

Users Seem To Ignore The Fact That Windows XP Is No More

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Windows XP Support

Microsoft read the obituary of the thirteen-year-old Windows OS, Windows XP, on April 8, last year. Windows XP users worldwide will have to accept the fact that their systems will no longer be receiving some of the vital Windows tech support, technical assistance, security packages and feature updates from the software giant. This means, Windows XP has no use surviving, because continuing with the OS can prove to be an uphill task for most users since there will be many things they need to deal with.

Though Windows XP is dead, millions of users are still clinging on to the old OS for whatever reason. Using an unsupported system can prove not only dangerous for the OS users, but also to others. This is because XP users are like disease-carrying people. One cough in the public, it can spread to anyone. Internet does not differentiate between OS users. So, a virus, malicious codes or anything thing bad can easily get into the information superhighway. Windows XP was really suffering from a variety of attacks from everywhere even before the end of support. This is mainly because, Windows XP was there and around for so long that hackers or malicious coders have gone through all kinds of holes in the OS.

There might be genuine reasons for people for not migrating to a new OS. Familiarity is one of the most common reasons why so many people still love using Windows XP. When you are so familiar with the OS, you prefer using the OS over other operating systems.

Windows XP Is Dead

XP Support No More

Another possible reason why people keep using Windows XP is the horrible experience of Windows Vista. Windows Vista actually helped users to stick with Windows XP. That OS was a big flop due to loads of issues with various features in the OS. Windows XP users did not quite find it necessary to switch to other operating systems.

There are some small and medium scale businesses having various business processes dependant on Windows XP. For them, there are very few affordable options but using Windows XP. So they continue with the OS.

Whatever may be the reasons to keep using Windows XP, it is not going to get Windows tech support, security updates and all the other features anymore. So, if you wish to use Windows XP, you will have to guard it always and even stop using internet.

Unnamed AT&T Customer Sued By Microsoft Over Activating Pirated Windows 7 Copies

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Pirated Windows OS

Microsoft has released very few details about what patterns it looks for when determining pirated products. However, after Microsoft has recently filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District court in Seattle, Washington, few clues have come into light on how the IT giant homes in on suspicious pirated activities. Microsoft has revealed that it does not know the true identity of the individual who pirated the operating system. However, the corporate does know that the individual’s Internet service provider is AT&T and operates from the IP address 74.245.7.147.

According to the complaint filed by Microsoft, “A Microsoft product key is a 25-character alphanumeric string generated by Microsoft and provided to customers and OEMs.” During the activation process, the product key as well as other technical information about the device is voluntarily transmitted to the activation servers located in Tukwila, Washington. The Windows tech support team can be contacted if you wish to seek the latest information about the same.

Microsoft has several different ways of activating its Windows operating system. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) distribution channels have two separate wings, Commercial OEM channel (COEM) and the Direct OEM channel (DOEM). Microsoft detailed in the lawsuit that COEMs make use of “individual product keys to install and activate software” to activate Windows OS in PC. In contrast, DOEMs use “either a master key to install Windows software (as in the case with Windows 7) or a separate file generated from Microsoft to install and activate Windows software (as in the case with Windows 8) for each device.”

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With an objective to combat wide-spread piracy, Microsoft launched Microsoft Cyber Center. The wing uses cyberforensive methods to recognize pirated Operating System by analyzing the “product key activation data voluntarily provided by users when they active Microsoft software, including the IP address from which a given product key is activated.” However the use of the term voluntarily has provoked ire since the users have to mandatorily provide the product key to establish the operating system as genuine.

Further detailing about Microsoft’s cyberforensic methods, the company mentioned that it analyzes billions of activations of Microsoft’s software and checks the generated patterns of identity activation, identifying the IP addresses that are associated with pirated activations. However, Microsoft has not detailed the number of pirated copies of Windows 7 and Office 2010 the accused has circulated. If you want to know more about Microsoft’s activation process and wish to know if your copy is genuine, you can contact the Windows tech support team.